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Gimme a Sign!

Hiddey-Ho, Neighbors!  I would like to apologize to all of you that noticed my lack of blogging, lately.  I needed to put blogtime on hold for a tiny bit to focus my attention on my other hobby – photography.   (Though I kept on crafting!) I’m just starting out and learning the ropes, but I’m really enjoying it!  I started up a facebook page to build myself a portfolio.  I’m not yet sure where I’m going with it, but feel free to check me out!

I promise this blog won’t throw photography stuff all up in your beeswax. (Ha…see what I did there? Probably not so funny if I have to point it out, eh?)  So…moving, on! I shall do another one of my loverly recaps for you folks.  There was a cake-themed one a few months ago. This one is all about signs!

Numero Uno!

Well, this is actually a two-fer.  Our dining room had this weird blank spot that I’ve been wanting to cover up with some form of artwork.  Problem? Art is expensive, yo!  My eyes have been peeled, just searching for the perfect something to make myself.  Pinterest helped, of course!  I stumbled upon these lovely gems and fell in love.  I spent a few days looking up quotes and phrases trying to decide on one for my canvas.  I found a bunch and emailed them off to the hubby for final decision-making.  He instead emailed me back a list of nerd-a-rific quotes.  (Think Goonies, Star Wars, Doctor Who…)  I called him giggling, and said “I am not putting Goonies never say die! on my dining room wall…the word DIE does not belong up there!”   We’re laughing and he’s giving me other “wonderful” ideas when I realized this could really be fun!  I would get to pick a quote and he would get a quote and we’d make TWO canvases!   I just requested that he choose a quote that didn’t involve death. ;)

After choosing our quotes I headed up to Joann Fabrics.  I purchased two canvases and two bags of wooden letters.  (I actually purchased WAY more than that and spent two full hours in the store that night.  These were the only things I needed for this project, though. J)  I had already purchased some almond spray paint and super glue from Walmart.

I went home and was super pumped to get started.  The wooden letters didn’t have a breakdown of what was in each bag.  I didn’t really think twice about it.  Sigh…I really should have.  I opened the packs of letters and started laying out the design on my canvases.  Shoot. Not enough letters.  Joann’s is a good 20 minutes from my house and it was too late to run back up to grab another pack.  Completion would have to wait a few days.

I finally made it back to Joann’s where I grabbed another pack of letters with no breakdown of what was inside.  I started assembly for the second time when I realized….not.enough.letters.  I was short one letter.  Stupid Y’s!  I had to wait a few more days (again) before I could finish it for real.  Big sigh…

Making the signs was actually really simple.  You just have to line the words up however you’d like, glue them down, and spray paint over the whole thing.  Easy as pie!

Twosies!

I literally have no place to put this at the moment, but I loved the idea of it.  I stumbled upon the quote “I fall a little more for you everyday” and instantly I knew I had to turn it into a piece of art for my favorite season: Fall!  I bought a piece of canvas and stole a fabric leaf from my mom.  Yay cheap art! :)  I kind of played around with the layout using Word on my computer, but ultimately I just winged it in the moment.  I don’t love
my handwriting, but I’m one of those sad crafters without a silhouette or cricut.  (Saving up money to change that, yay!!)

The steps are really easy!

1. Spray paint canvas.  I used the color “Boot” I had leftover from other projects.

2. Decide on a layout for words and leaf.

3. Glue leaf in place.  I used super glue, but since the leaf is so thin it kind of leaked through a bit.  There’s a spot that has a weird crustiness
from the glue.  Sad day.  I think I would recommend hot glue.

4. Paint on the words and you’re done!

I had to go over the words a few times which made my “FALL” not look so hot.  The color was just too close to the brown.  I’ve been tossing
around the idea of adding some white around those letters to make them stand out a bit more.  Based on past experience, though, I think I’m just going to “leaf” it alone.  (I crack myself up…its sad, actually. Lol!)  Usually the more I dink around with something, the worse it looks.  Best to just walk away.  The word “perfect” should be erased from my memory….

I’m still loving the concept, but my outcome isn’t making me jump for joy.  Guess someone’s just going to have to buy me a silhouette… ;)

Tres-a-rooni!

PS – I add the phrase “a-rooni” onto the end of just about everything.  Nope, I don’t know why…

Do you remember when I blogged about the baby gifts?  Well, that amazing little boy has entered this crazy world we live in!  Yay, babies!!
As you could imagine, I have a bunch of wood letters leftover from the first signs I made.  I used a few of them to make his name stand out from the rest of the sign.  I really like how it turned out!

First, I spray-painted the canvas grey and painted the wood letters a nice yellow color.  I’m really picky with the color yellow.  A lot of times I just really don’t like it.  When we first bought our house, our kitchen was a gross yellow color.  It was just so overly bright!  But, I actually like this yellow color!

The rest of the words I just hand painted.  Man, that makes me nervous!  I used a post-it to plan out the layout –I’m really high-tech. ;)  I did mess up a little bit, but I fixed it with a little spray paint.  I sprayed some grey onto some cardboard and then used a paint brush to touch up.  It worked great!

I stapled a bit of ribbon to the back so that they can hang it up if they’d like.  I’m really happy how this one turned out!

I forgot to take a picture after my touch up...

WOOD you like a tutorial?

Corny?  Yes…But that’s pretty much me in a nutshell–corny and a little bit nutty.

WOOD LETTERS TUTORIAL!!! (Did you say that out loud like the UFC’s Bruce Buffer?  Cause I did.  You should, too.)

Soooo….Other people spend 2 hours at a time in Joann Fabrics, right?  I have a lot of projects to hit you with, but this is the first one I finished.  It was so easy!  I decided that I do not have enough fall decorations.  I’m sure the truth is that I have more than the average Joe, but I’m nutty…remember?

Joann’s sells plain wood letters that you can finish anyway you’d like.  I bought white ones that can stand by themselves.  I believe they were under $2/piece, but I bought them on sale.  At first I grabbed the letters “B” “O” and “O”, but then I decided it would be smarter to get something with a longer decor run.  I’ll keep my fall stuff up until I decorate for Christmas.  I waltzed back to the area with the wood letters and pulled out the letters to spell “fall”.  Hubby and I stood in the aisle and debated for quite some time.  You see, I think the “F” looks like an “E”.  He reminded me that I was nuts.  I really wanted “fall” instead of “boo” so I let him talk me into it.  Now that they’re finished, I like the “F” so much better.  I decided to decorate them with scrapbook paper and some sort of embellishment.  At first I thought I’d adhere the paper with modge podge, but that stuff makes me nervous.  I decided to go with spray adhesive, and I am super happy with my decision.  It was so quick and easy!
Here’s what I did!

Step 1:  Choose your letters.
Step 2:  Choose scrapbook paper and embellishments. (I went with 3D leaf stickers.  Did you know they made 3D stickers?!)

Letters lined up to decide on a pattern

Step 3:  Take paper and turn over to the “wrong” side.  Do the same with the wood letter.
Step 4:  Carefully use exacto knife to trace along the edges of each letter.
Step 5:  Cover the front of the letter with spray adhesive and smooth on the paper.

Place the letter near the edge and you'll be able to use the rest of the paper for another project!

Step 6:  Add the stickers and bend up the sides.

Step 7:  That’s it!  Line up your letters and admire!  So.fracking.easy!  Pretty sure I’ll need to make a set for each holiday…

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Heeeere’s your sign

My brother’s kitchen is going to rock.  I made him two more beer signs.  These ones are painted, but I’m only blogging about one of them.  The other one?  It sucks.  It was looking good, but I just kept playing with it…whoops.  I just started a new one to replace that one, so I’ll finish that story later.

So, originally when I decided that I wanted to make something for Cody’s kitchen I searched the internet high and low for ideas.  I didn’t really know what I wanted to do (or what my superbly picky brother would like).  I found subway art and fell in love.  I eventually decided to make it out of beer words (and later made one with beer brands), but was waltzing around the idea of quotes about beer/alcohol.  I had emailed a bunch of quotes that I found (Yay Google!) to my family to look over.  Cody decided that he was pretty stoked about two of them.  So I went ahead and made them into signs!

Our workshop is full of a bunch of scrap wood, and I thought this would be a great way to get rid of it upcycle it!  I headed off to Hobby Lobby where I bought light gray and off white paint (And some crackle paint which I will complain about in a future post.) and some nice brushes.  I spent less than $15 and will be able to use this stuff again and again!  I found a nice sized piece of wood and painted it black with some paint we already had lying around.  Yay free!  Once the paint dried I just went ahead and painted on the quote freehand.  I was positive that I needed a stencil, but I couldn’t find anything that I liked.  I just sucked it up and gave it a try.  I think it turned out pretty darned great!

At first I liked it, but it was still a little plain.  I took a bit of the light gray and added some color around the edge.  Then I sanded up some distressing action along the sides and rounded the corners.  Then I added a bit of gray into some of the lettering…and Voila!!  Honestly, I can’t really give you a step by step tutorial because I hardcore winged it… but I wanted to blog about it anyways. ;)

 

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Oops! I did it again!

Yep…made another piece of subway art for my brother’s house.  My mom called me up and requested another piece.  She has a “vision” for his kitchen. Cracks.me.up.  So, I came up with the idea to make this one using the same theme, but using beer brands instead of beer words.  It was definitely easier this time around.  Always is the second time, isn’t it?  I did it the same way as the first piece of subway art.
Check it out!

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To beer, or not to beer…

My little brother bought a house.  It’s another one of those moments when you have to stop and ask yourself, “When did we grow up!?”  Well, anyone that actually knows me would question if I am, in fact, a grown up but you get the picture.  So, being the amazing big sister that I am (pause for Cody’s rebuttal…), I thought it would be fun to make my brother a fun piece of artwork for his new kitchen.  He’s a 23-year-old boy so naturally he’s going with a beer theme.  I expect nothing less from him.

I’ve been obsessed with subway art lately.  There’s so many different ideas out there and people are using the idea for just about anything!  I stumbled across a picture of beer-themed subway art and knew that I had to take a crack at my own masterpiece.  Cody’s favorite beer is Budweiser (pause for a collective “ewwww”….I mean it’s Wisconsin.  Where’s the Miller, dear brother?), so I incorporated that brand and some of its catchphrases into the art.  I made the entire thing on Photoshop CS4.  I just started learning Photoshop, so I thought this would be a nice little project to get my feet wet.  It definitely took more time than I thought it would, but I wouldn’t say that it was hard. 

I think it really turned out well!  I made it as an 8×10 and we’re going to print, mat, and frame it.  When all is said and done, my brother will have a piece of custom artwork for under $20!  I think it’ll look cute!  Cody hates the word “cute”…had to make sure to throw it in here somewhere.  Looooooooove you! ;)

 I’m excited to try this for all sorts of different themes.  Maybe a Green Bay Packer one will be next. (Go Pack Go!!)

 

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Tape + Canvas + Paint = Art

This is the easiest piece of homemade artwork you ever did see!  Therefore, this will be a tiny little post. :)  See my post title?  That’s seriously all you need.  Hubby and I threw together this artwork for our bedroom.  We had searched all over for something we both loved AND was in our price range.  Do you know how impossible that is!?  My mom had seen the idea for this on some home show…nope, don’t remember which one.  The steps are SUPER simple and you can alter this any way you’d like.
Purchase canvas. (We waited for a canvas sale at Hobby Lobby and purchased 3 the same size.)
Place painters tape (or masking tape) haphazardly across the canvas.  Rub your fingers along the edges of the tape to make sure it is firmly secured.
Paint the canvas.  We stuck with one color, but you could definitely use more than one.
Allow paint to mostly dry and remove tape.
Hang on wall.

See!?  So easy!

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