ANNOUNCING!! ‘Make and Take’ SIGN MAKING Classes

I am now offering

‘Make & Take’

sign making classes

on how to make your own sign.

I’ll provide EVERYTHING you need to make your sign.  You can choose which sign you want to make from my library of over 200 designs.

To avoid spending half of our class time watching paint dry, I’ll do the sign prep for you in advance; so when you arrive for the class, you’ll just have to stencil on your chosen design.  Your sign will be done in about an hour.

Once you know the ropes and don’t need my direct guidance anymore; you can rent studio time for $10.00 per hour.   For studio time you will need to prep and paint your own boards at home and bring them with you ‘ready to letter’.   I will explain how I prep the sign boards, so you can easily do it at home.  If you don’t have an electric sander to distress your sign boards, I can help you with sanding when you get here; as part of your studio time.

For the MAKE & TAKE classes, prices are per sign; and vary with each student, depending upon which design you choose.   Prices (and approximate sign sizes) are listed with each design.  Since you’ll be using a stencil to letter your sign, the size of the lettering cannot be altered; BUT you can make a slightly bigger sign by using a larger piece of wood.  (you’ll see this option in some of the pictures of signs.)

I will provide you with varnish to use as your final top coat, and a nail-less sawtooth hanger for hanging your sign.  These signs are NOT weather proof, and intended for indoor use only.

*** Hover mouse over individual sign picture to see price and measurements.***

  (Yes, I know this doesn’t work if you are viewing on a device other than a computer with a mouse; but for now, it’s the only way I am able to do it.  Sorry!!)

I only offer light colored backgrounds for signs and black lettering.

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COLOR OPTIONS:

Left column, top to bottom:

Sage, Grey, Lt Blue, Aqua, Turquoise

Right column, top to bottom:

Pink, Cream, Ivory, Tan, Yellow

(Not shown, Lavender, Pumpkin, Mustard.)

Select your sign –  your color – a class date – make your payment via PayPal.

The wood for your sign will be cut to size, sanded, base coated in Black, top coated the color of your choice, edged and sanded to distress BEFORE you come to class.  I have room for up to four people per class; and it takes less than an hour to complete one sign.

LAUNDRY SIGNS:

BATHROOM SIGNS:

GARDEN SIGNS:

HOME / WELCOME SIGNS:

ROOM SIGNS:

*** SOME room signs are in other categories; IE LAUNDRY ROOM OR POWDER ROOM ***

BEACH SIGNS:

ENCOURAGEMENT / INSPIRATION / HUMOR SIGNS:

SEASONAL / HOLIDAY SIGNS:

IMAGINE – DREAM – BELIEVE  SIGNS:

LOVE – MARRIAGE – WEDDING SIGNS

PARIS / FRENCH SIGNS:

BIG ‘SUBWAY STYLE’ & SPECIALTY SIGNS:

The above ‘fancy cut’ board will work for several of my stencils; and is available in two different sizes:  13″ x 28″ and 13″ x 20″.  Cost to ‘upgrade’ to this style of sign board for any other stencil is an additional $15 / 25.00 on top of the regular sign price.

OTHER MISC. SIGNS:

CROWN, PRINCE & PRINCESS AND QUEEN SIGNS:

CHANDELIERS AND GRAPHICS SIGNS:

EMAIL me with your class date and time request.  Once your class date is set and you’ve selected your project, I will send you an invoice via PayPal to make your payment.

 *IF, for any reason you cannot make it to your scheduled class, you can reschedule for a different time, or request a 50% refund.  Only a partial refund is available as I will have already done the prep work for your sign in advance.

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New signs in my etsy shop

It’s been a very long time since I created any new designs for my etsy shop!  

This ‘Home Sweet Home’ wreath actually came to be because of a special request from one of the gals at my Post Office.  With as frequently as I am there shipping orders fro my etsy shop; they have asked ‘what I do’.  I gave them business cards so they could see my signs in my etsy shop.

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One of the gals came across something on Pinterest that she wanted to replicate, and was asking for my advice on how to do so.  It was a wreath with ‘home sweet home’ in the middle (like this!) on some old wood slats.

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As I was telling her how to do it, it occurred to me that it would be much easier to SHOW her how to do it.  I invited her to come over to my place where I can SHOW and tell her how to do it.  I already had a stencil very similar to the wreath she wanted, but I could NOT find a stencil anywhere that resembled what she wanted.

Sooooooo, I turned to my ‘go to’ stencil gal, Amie from ScrappinAlong and had her custom make the ‘Home Sweet Home’ stencil to my specifications.

By the way, through July 6th, she is offering a 30% discount on all stencil orders.  If you are in need of any stencils, NOW is the time to buy them!!

I had her size the ‘Home Sweet Home’ stencil to fit the center of a wreath stencil I already had, but of course it can be used alone too.  I was just using up whatever pre-painted scraps of wood I had on hand, and added the flourishes to fill the extra space.

She also designed this sign per my request; to go with the crowns I have in my booth at Stars.

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The crown stencil for it is also available.  Since I’m talking about custom stencils, I may as well tell you about this one that Amie designed for me too!

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It has a stencil of “… and God bless” then the entire alphabet in the same font so you can personalize the sign with any name.

What do you think about the ROUND ‘Home Sweet Home’ wreath sign??  It was a bit of an afterthought . .  . I’m kind of undecided on whether or not I like it round.  I was also thinking about a rounded one with a more scalloped edge around the leaves?? Just trying to come up with something new! I’m starting to get a little bored with making the same signs over and over again!

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For the Portland area locals, Stars IS open this holiday weekend and on Monday, July 4th; 11am – 6pm.

P1280013As always, my booth is crammed full of goodies!!

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Beach cottage decor in my etsy shop

It’s been a while since I blogged about my etsy shop; so here you go!  A post about the great beach cottage decor items in my blog.

LOTS of Framed white fingerling starfish.

Great hung alone, or in a group.

OR hang a sea glass wreath with a couple of framed starfish.

 This is the very LAST of the sea glass wreaths that I will EVER be making.  I had stumbled upon a ‘once in a lifetime’ AMAZING buy on the glass to make these; and I’ve finally used it all up.

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For as ‘simple’ as they appear to be; they are EXTREMELY time consuming to make also.  There is NO way I could actually charge for the amount of time I put into them. Lesson learned.   Even though they were so labor intensive that they can’t be make ‘profitably’; they really are beautiful in person.

When I first got the sea glass and was sorting through it, I had set aside a few ‘extra pretty’ pieces.  Some uniquely shaped; perfectly round or square or like gumdrops.  they were just too special to mix in with all the other pieces on the wreaths.  So, I put together some little ‘treasure’ boxes for them.

I custom blended this glitter for these mermaid crowns.

And of course, beach cottage SIGNS in my etsy shop!

Another mixed media collage

I bought ‘a bunch’ of these wire topped wall plaques at the dollar store, YEARS ago!
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I didn’t really like them for what they WERE; rather for what they could BECOME.

That’s what I did with them ‘back when’ we had our own gift store.  I found ONE last one recently and decided it was time to use it up.

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First I covered with assorted papers; including some vintage pattern paper as the last coat.  Using them as the last coat adds a nice ‘softness’ to the look and sort of ‘blends them all together’.

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I painted a heart with wings; glittered the wings, and cut out words form a old book to put on the heart.

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NOW I just need to figure out what I want to do with the rest of these backgrounds that are ‘ready to go!

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STENCIL SALE!!

As I have mentioned before, I buy many of my sign making stencils from    “Maison de Stencils”.   If you have been considering making some signs of your own, NOW is the time to buy them during their biggest sale of the year with 40% off ALL stencils.  Click on the link to go to the site and get the ‘code’ for the sale.

As for my ‘to paint of not to paint’ conundrum, all your comments have convinced me to NOT paint them.  At least not before I TRY to sell them ‘as is’.  I think I just get a tad ‘nervous’ about buying / selling PINK, because it has NEVER sold well for me.  sigh.

Back when we had our own shop, and I was able to divide the floor into multiple little vignettes, I had a cute little PINK area. Pink furniture and accessories, all arranged in a room-like setting.  I got more comments and ‘OOOoo00oooohs’ and “Ahhhhhhs!” on that pink area . . . .but nothing ever SOLD!!

And even when I took the ‘pink stuff’ to a show after our store closed, none of it sold.  I eventually gave up, repainted all the pink furniture and it sold right away.  Hence, my ambivalence over the pink on the vintage plaster cherub plaques.  But, I SHALL take your advice and see if they sell ‘as is’ before I potentially ‘ruin them’ by painting them all white.

I’ll be taking my Valentine inventory to my booth at Stars soon, and will include the cherub plaques.

 

Half Price ‘Sign of the Month’ in my etsy shop

il_570xN.647524388_ek3jNew month means a new HALF PRICE SIGN OF THE MONTH in my etsy shop.

Regularly $22.00; now just $11.00 while current inventory lasts.

aed9b6da-3eb8-4176-8372-0e33b6927ab0Want MORE “half price action”?  Here you go!!  During the Stars Antique Malls Sidewalk Sale EVERYTHING in MY BOOTH will be 50% off!  Regular prices will show on the price tags; 50% discount will be given at check out.

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P1220399Vintage chenille bedspreads!  The bottom one shown is actually a bundle of TWO matching twin spreads.  Very difficult to find matching spreads.  I’m selling these as a SET only.  Regular price is $89.00 for the two.  $45.00 for the two of them during the sale is a STEAL!

P1220346A fresh batch of aqua and turquoise wall frames.

P1220355And lots of smaller ones (4″x 6″ – 8″ x 10″) with backing and glass.

P1220360All the other booths in Stars will be ‘on sale’ too; at varying sale % depending upon the individual dealers.

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HALF OFF ANY ONE SIGN IN MY ETSY SHOP – Through June 12, 2015 only

I usually do a ‘half price sign of the month’ in my etsy shop.  As the end of May is fast approaching as well as my impending move; I was pondering what the next sale sign should be, since it’s availability will be shortened when I take my shop ‘off line’ for the move.

I’ve got a HUGE inventory of signs made for my etsy shop, which is usually a gratifying feeling.  Notsomuch when I think about packing and moving them though.  So, I smashed those two conundrums together and came up with a “HALF OFF ANY ONE SIGN SALE” in my etsy shop; now through June 12, 2015.  (the date I take my shop off-line to move.)

Read through this listing in my etsy shop for the particulars of how to get your 50% off any one ready made sign in my etsy shop.  (simply enter the specified coupon code at check-out)

THE 50% OFF SALE PRICE APPLIES TO:

*** ONE READY MADE SIGN ONLY.  NOT SETS OR SPECIAL ORDERS.

*** NOT VALID ON ANY OTHER ITEMS IN MY ETSY SHOP.

*** ONE HALF PRICE SIGN PER MAILING ADDRESS.

***  OFFER EXPIRES JUNE 12, 2015.

***  LIMITED TO CURRENT IN-STOCK ITEMS.

This is a ONE TIME offer that I will probably never EVER run again,  So if you’ve been wanting one of my signs, but holding off because of the price . . . get your half price sign NOW.  

Visit my etsy shop HERE.

Maison de Stencils SALE!!

You know all the fabulous stencils I buy to make my signs?  I constantly get asked WHERE I get my stencils and I ma very happy to let you know that I get MOST of them from Maison de Stencils.

And I am even happier to let you know that they are having a SALE right now!

BUT ONLY UNTIL SEPTEMBER 18TH!!!

Save 20% on all purchases with code sept20.

or save 30% on purchases of $100+ with promo code sept30. Now through the 18th of September ONLY.

GO check the site out!!!  Just  click on the hyper link above to go directly to their site.

Hand made signs would make great Christmas gifts!!

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New stencils

I took advantage of ‘Maison de Stencils’  recent sale to add some new stencil designs to my repertoire.

P1150400You would think that 5 or 6 different “Paris” stencils were enough?!?!  But I really liked this font . . . .  and they were on sale!

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P1150403I know that doesn’t look like a WHOLE lot, but even on sale this batch of stencils cost me over $120.00!  So be sure to watch for those sales.  Sign up for their email list to get sale and new stencil notifications.

HALF PRICE SIGN OF THE MONTH FOR JULY

New month, new half price sign special in my etsy shop.

il_570xN.619626373_sb4mSmall laundry sign regularly priced at $19.95; now just $10.00 (+ shipping)  Sale valid via my etsy shop only.

il_570xN.619510140_4nl0I just made a nice big batch of them for this sale; lots of colors to choose from too.

il_570xN.619510200_czddSale price is valid on current existing inventory only.  Sale ends at the end of the month OR when current stock sells out; whichever comes FIRST.  More of the small laundry signs will be listed again thereafter, but will then sell at the regular price.