More Stenciled Signs

09-DSCN6138I love, love, love the way this sign turned out.

We were invited to the wedding of one of my son’s friends. My son was/is in the wedding, but the rest of us were unable to go as we have company for the weekend. I still wanted to send a special gift. The registry looked like it was pretty well taken care of by other guests, so I decided to come up with something on my own.

06-DSCN6129I used my Cricut and the fonts I had available to come up with my stencil. This actually took the longest to do.

Once it was cut, arranged and taped the way I wanted it…

07-DSCN6130…I made up my sign board. I had measured the stencil, so I had a general idea of the size I was going for. Scrounging through the wood scraps, I found enough pieces for the front…

08-DSCN6132and two braces for the back. I glued the braces and also connected them with wood screws. FYI: The sign size was approximately 19″ x 22″.

Once stenciled, I added two sawtooth hooks to the back braces and it was done.

10-DSCN6140I didn’t think wrapping paper was going to work for this gift. It was too heavy and I was sure the paper would be torn around the braces before it got to the wedding. Out came my stash of upholstery fabric and a custom tote was made. I, of course, had to add a little bit of shabby yummy-ness to tie the handles closed.

11-DSCN6102I made several of these signs as graduation gifts. The boards were horizontal door panels from a couple of old doors that were coming apart. I dry brushed the surfaces with flat white paint and made the stencil with my Cricut. The wire hanger is rusty baling wire.

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Blue Jean Tablecloths

1-DSCN6098Blue Jean Tablecloths

I originally made these four years ago for another graduation party and am finally getting around to writing down what I did. Since they were completely made using recycled jeans the cost was free. With all the expenses of throwing a party, not having to buy tablecloths is a win-win.

You will need lots and lots of old blue jeans. Since I have grown boys and I seem to save everything, I have a steady stash of jeans. My friends and extended family are also great sources for keeping me well stocked.

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Each block was a 14-inch jean square. I cut the legs off of the jeans and opened up each leg along the flat-fell seam. Actually, I completely cut off the seams and saved them for other projects.

Most adult jean legs yielded two squares (four per adult jeans). If there was a hole in a knee, I was only able to get one square from the leg. A square can be pieced if needed.

5-DSCN6125Eight rows of four blocks were stitched together using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. I flipped the rows over and pressed all of the seams in the same direction.

3-DSCN6120I flipped the rows back over with the front facing up and top stitched along the seam, catching the raw seams on the back in the stitching. The top stitching makes the tablecloth lay very flat and prevents seams coming apart from fraying.

Each row was stitched together and more top stitching was done over the new seams.

4-DSCN6121After I evenly trimmed the edges of the tablecloth I top stitched around the edge to prevent fraying.

Now that the last graduation has past, I think the tablecloths will make great picnic blankets.

2-DSCN6118Enjoy!

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Rope Photo Garland

16-DSCN6066Rope Photo Garland

I’m almost embarrassed to call this a tutorial. It was so simple, but it made a big impact on the decor of my son’s graduation party.

27-DSCN6081I used ordinary household rope. I bought this rope at Walmart. It was in the aisle where the clotheslines and clothespins are.

26-DSCN6080Blue fabric was ripped into 1-inch wide by 12-inch long strips. The strips were tied around the rope and spaced approximately 4-inches apart.

28-DSCN6082I made a print of each of my son’s senior pictures. I clipped the photos to the garland using clothespins.

31-DSCN6086Simple or not, I love the way it turned out.

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Shabby-Vintage Graduation Party

41-DSCN6100What a day! Actually, the last couple of weeks have been absolutely exhausting. I’ve been missing in action on the blog, but I took lots of pictures.

30-DSCN6085While preparing for graduation I decided we needed to clean out the garage. We had a garage sale last September, and are planning on another in the next month or two. We still had our leftovers from the garage sale stacked high in boxes, taking up a good portion of the garage. I spent a very hot day moving the boxes and miscellaneous to the barn.

My whole thought was to straighten it enough to look “okay” just in case someone needed to get something out of the garage. A week ago our weather forecast showed rain on graduation day. Since extended forecasts tend to change dramatically, I wasn’t too concerned, but I did decide we needed a Plan B for our outdoor party. I couldn’t wait until the day before to put it together so this last week has been pretty crazy and full of aches, pains and sore muscles I didn’t even know I had.

16-DSCN6066First off, I needed to expand the available space inside the garage. We work in our garage so having it clean enough to have a meal in it had never crossed our minds. It’s a two-car garage with a work bench area along the right side. There is also about 4 feet separating the the two car sides. I pushed the things in the 4 foot area over to the right and part way into the right car side. I dug out all my salvaged doors from the barn. I hosed them off and hauled them to the garage. They became my walls to enclose the party space and to block the eye from seeing the garage stuff.

22-DSCN6074I also pulled out a shelf I use for craft shows to display all the things my son wanted to show his guests. It’s open on the back. I placed old salvaged screens on the back to close it off from the garage, although you can still see the garage through the screen. (sigh) Nothing’s perfect.

20-DSCN6072I have a tall shelf that I keep craft junk and supplies on. I wrapped a blue tablecloth around it and hung the painted sign I made on the front.

That’s the bones of the party space. Decorating came next.

25-DSCN6078I made tablecloths from old blue jeans. The table decorations were the balloon block weights I made and old Coke bottles with artificial flowers I already had. More to come on the construction of the tablecloths at a later date.

31-DSCN6086I made a garland using rope and scraps of blue fabric. This was hung across one wall of doors. I made copies of all of my son’s senior pics and pinned them to the garland using clothespins. More to come later on this project.

42-DSCN6101I brought out vintage touches, flowers and the things my son wanted to display for the shelf. One of the ideas I stole from Our Life In A Click was the Jenga Block guest book. The blocks also went on the shelf. I had plans to steal a lot more of her ideas, but…well…life happened and plans had to change.

Stay tuned…I plan on doing something with those blocks.

38-DSCN6095I used an old galvanized washtub to hold ice and salads.

39-DSCN6097A vintage-looking pedestal held the lemonade.

36-DSCN6092An old quilt was hung as a backdrop to the dessert table.

So these are the photos of the setup. We found out early on graduation day that we would need to use this plan. The following pics are kinda dark because the skies were dark and my camera flash doesn’t work.

14-DSCN6063This is my husband and one son frantically grilling as soon as we got home from the ceremony. They finished grilling just before the rain started. We kept everything warm in an electric roaster.

08-DSCN6056We enjoyed the company of lots of family and friends…

10-DSCN6058…then the tornado sirens sounded…twice! Nobody seemed interested in going to the fraidy hole.

05-DSCN6051We kept a close eye on the radar and kept the party going. Then a severe squall went through. Thankfully, we had no problems or damage where we live.

12-DSCN6060Yes, I know, we were extremely lucky.

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Graduation Sign From Campaign Sign

5-DSCN5974Graduation Decor From Campaign Sign

I live on rural property just off a highway that gets a lot of traffic everyday. We get many requests for posting campaign signs. No matter the party, we will usually approve the requests as long as the opposing parties respect the property (signs) of the other. This is not a political post. Absolutely not. I do not and will not talk politics. Enough said.

1-DSCN5961This sign is one that blew down during the last campaign. It was blown to an area of our yard that wasn’t noticeable during the fall, but now that spring is kinda here, we found it. I decided to recycle it for my son’s graduation party.

My son’s school colors are blue and white. Since I had a gallon of royal blue paint, I painted one side of the sign to cover up the campaign lettering. It took two coats. It probably could have used another, but for what I am going to use it for, I think two is kinda perfect.

DSCN0892I found a Dr. Seuss quote I liked, so I cut my own stencils using my Cricut and the Jubilee cartridge. I set the size at 5 inches and used ordinary card stock. You may remember my Rustic Stenciled Signs. The stencils were made in the same way. I connected the center of letters like the “O” using thin slivers of masking tape to bridge the center of the letter with the outside.

2-DSCN5965The rustic signs used one word. This was a little different. I was making an entire quote. I cut out each word individually (two if they were short words) so that each word had a common upper border.

4-DSCN5970Did I just confuse you? I kinda confused myself, so it’s okay to say “yes”. What I mean by common upper border, is that I was able to connect the words together with the top edge even. That way the line, or sentence, would be even. I used index cards to space each word. Masking tape was used to attach everything together.

Once I had each line created, I placed them on the sign. The lines were measured, spaced and taped.

5-DSCN5974When I finished stenciling the quote I felt it was a little sparse. It needed something more, so I added a border. Please excuse the shadow from the electrical line across the sign. I didn’t notice it while I was taking the photo. Oh well…just keeping it real. 😉

Enjoy!