Monday, November 2, 2015

What A Turkey!

I hung this guy on my door this morning.  What a Turkey!  I am in love.  

I cut this guy out of 1/4" mdf handi-panels, sanded the edges to my favorite beveled edge, then painted him up.  I mod podged pattern papers to his feathers for some color, then distressed them a bit around the edges with the same paint used on the feathers and a dry foam brush.

It took me about a week to settle on what to put on this sign.  These things are very serious matters not to be taken lightly.  I like Give Thanks, and Happy Thanksgiving and all that.  However, I wanted this sign to be a statement of how I feel, not a command to everyone else.  Finally I settled on "We Are So Blessed" cause that is how I feel.  I LOvE Thanksgiving.  It is actually one of my favorite seasons.  There is so much energy in the air, no presents are needed, and it is just about family and reflecting on all our blessings.  Thus, my statement.

Now I need to make my letters for the shutter next to the front door.  I made a pattern today and have it all drawn out on my wood.  It sits there, leaning up against the garage door, waiting for the morning when the boy becomes a Man...or the wood becomes a work of heart.  Until then,
Happy Thanksgiving Season!
It's the best <3 p="">

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloween Signage {Free Files!}

Check out my new Halloween signage born in the dead of night.  I had a photo session lined up out of town a little while back, and must have been worked up about it or something because I could not sleep a wink.  About 3:30 I finally jumped out of bed and hit the garage to find a scrap of wood I could make into a cute sign. I popped open Silhouette Design Studio to make a Trick or Treat sign, when I realized I totally needed to make a pumpkin stand.  I had spent days in a stupor trying to think what set-up to make for the shoot.

Here is a little peek at my process...  Make a little mark, shoot a couple nails...

Base paint black...

Topcoat amazingness...Beautiful!

I was feeling pretty proud of my self right about here...then there was more...

 I had made 4 signs, starting with a thought and finishing with total love by 7:30am.  I dragged my kids out of bed and we hit the road.

This was my setup at the park.  You have to love Minnesota and their ever abundance of lakes!  This is a sight for sore eyes when you are used to Arizona's deserts.  We have been in Minnesota almost 3 years and I still can't even wrap my head around the beauty here.  There are trees everywhere just dripping with life, not to mention grass that grows like thick shag carpet.  Love.

All I needed was a cute kid, and this little guy worked perfectly for that.

My Pumpkin's sign was made from one plank of cedar fencing.  I wanted a rough and rustic feel to the sign and cedar is perfect for that.

I did bring some witchy things too in case anyone wanted a setting with a little more Halloween and a little less harvest.

I made this sign out of a scrap piece of 1x12 pine too short to make into an iPad stand.  

It goes perfectly with the witch hat and broom I made last year.

On the backside of the Trick or Treat sign I made this "Here Comes Trouble" sign.  Yep.  It's reversible.  That makes for one less thing I have to haul into the site.

After all that was ready, we just inserted family after family.  

I took these pictures in my yard before I left town.  I loaded the car and went in the house to grab "just one more thing."  I came out to Eli...

In the tree.  My son has decided to go out for swim team and after beefing up a bit, has found a new passion in climbing anything that will hold his weight.  He is going to kill me.  If he doesn't kill himself first.  He climbs everything.  Why!?!  The boy either can't get off the computer or is at the top of a tree.  I don't get teenage boys.

I love him, but I don't "get" him.  My prayer is that we will make it all the way to snowy frozen trees this year without a broken bone.  This sign...
Was inspired.  Thank you Eli.

OH!  I almost forgot!  I have some silhouette cut files for you!!!  If you like these signs and want to make one of your own, you can download the files HERE from my dropbox account.  Don't have a vinyl cutter???  I do!  I will gladly cut you a piece or two, just comment below, email me at or message me on Etsy.  I will hook you up ;0}
Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Just A Peek!

Oh!  Isn't he cute!?!  I have so many cute faces to edit, so little time.  
Be back soon to show you more!

More From My Ratty Front Porch

At the rate I am going, I might get three whole projects done by the end of the year.  I, just this weekend, finished my LEARN for my Front Porch Shutter...on my Ratty Front Porch.  It only took a little cutting time Saturday before Conference began to get the little school shapes cut and sanded, then I got to play the rest of the uplifting afternoon.  

All shapes were cut from 1/4" mdf, sanded, then painted and sealed with Rustoleum 2x Clear Matte Spray.  I am a freak about that clear spray.  Just use that brand!

After my first few letter sets I wired together, I switched to the ribbon as the way to hang this all up.  I just lay out the ribbon, lay the letters on top where I want them, then go back through and hot glue each letter in place.  Rinse, repeat...Lay out the shapes, go back and hot glue those on, then hang.

Don't you love the paint set!?!  It is my favorite!

I even put my school bus back up so I could get the whole picture ;0}  

Then I took it all down and put up my SPoOKy from last year.  I am hoping to get my spider door sign finished before my pictures this weekend.  Wish me luck!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

If You Give A Mouse A Paintbrush...

I worked like a dog to get orders packed and shipped this morning so Madison and I could play this afternoon.   When playtime finally arrived, I started with one project hoping to get finished, only to run out of this or to have to drive someone there... At the end of my day there wasn't one finished project to show for the time, but a ton of fun was had!

The first project was to make three more of these scarecrow/snowman signs.  First the paint was touched up.  Next I reworked the vinyl faces, cut them and got them applied.  The painted noses were glued on and it was dinner time already.

The terrible thing is I wanted to paint my pile of new projects.  I didn't get that far...but I did get my turkey's legs and beak painted when I touched up my snowman noses.  Lol.  Some days I have to celebrate the small sucesses.

After dinner I glued some burlap around my no. 10 cans I use to hold my brushes and other junk, like glue sticks and my plyer collection.  I tried a couple of wooden shapes to be used as labels, but the pieces were all too small.  I have to cut bigger ones so that project will have to wait.

Last, I spent a couple hours working and reworking these three Cinderella pieces to fill Emmalee'S adorable metal frame I have for her room.  I finally got all the curls on the letters right where I wanted them, plugged the files into my Silhouette and hovered the whole time the machine cut.  I was totally excited to watch my design come to life.  Sadly, I have a busy weekend so these projects all have to hang for a while. 

It's OK though.  It has been such a long time since doing my own projects, I'm really just glad to have started   Have a great weekend.  I hope yours is full of fun, family, or creating!