Monday, June 27, 2011

My first Silhouette sign!


This little sign is in celebration of a yet-uncharted new phase of my life. I took the pictures outdoors (because I'm wickedly challenged getting a passable indoor digital shot), but this now hangs in my foyer, as a visible reminder of the choices I make to enjoy every single day!

Okay, so please be honest...is this one too "busy?" As a new home decor blogger, I SO value your comments and suggestions!

Three of my grandchildren will be travelling with their parents from Ontario tomorrow to spend the whole summer with me here in Nova Scotia...all little boys, ten, seven, and five years old...aaahhhh, life is so very GOOD!

Okay...onward! I've had my Silhouette for a couple of years, but really haven't used it much. Seeing all the great signs all over blogland, I think that's about to change.

I cut the letters from black vinyl, using a couple of different fonts, then mounted them on this kitchen cupboard door I bought at the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. I sanded the door, primed it with Zinsser Bin, painted it with Old White Chalk Paint, dry brushed a little Louis Blue Chalk Paint after the white dried, distressed it with my mouse sander, and applied a simple glaze of brown acrylic paint mixed with a little water. (The distressing seems to show up only when I enlarge the image.)

I see MORE of these signs in my future...and all around my house! (lol) Total cost $7.00!


I used a Dreamweaver Stencil and Black Matte Embossing Paste for the swirly heart design at the end.


After I'd finished this, I decided to make it a little more practical, and added coat hooks for the grand-boys' jackets 'n' such, after painting them with Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze. These are inside shots, as you can see by the grainy yellow cast...a photographer I am NOT!

This watercolour is a grandson at White Point Beach here in Nova Scotia, where we spend many delightful afternoons...and no I didn't paint it (lol)





Thanks SO much for visiting today...your comments mean so much to me.

PS Sending a great big hearty Nova Scotian shout out to Jennifer for featuring this over at



34 comments:

  1. What a wonderful first project! Congrats! Thank you for linking up!


    Smiles,
    Melanie

    Reasons To Skip The Housework {The Blog}
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  2. Well done! I love the quote.

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  3. Great job!! You would never know this was your first sign!! It looks perfect!! and I love the saying on it!!

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  4. I really hope you do see more of those signs in your future, it is wonderful:)

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  5. I love your sign (the saying) and that you added the hooks. It looks super.
    awww about the boys! sounds fun!
    gail

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  6. I love your sign, the saying, the hooks, everything. Hard to believe this is your first one. Placing it underneath the watercolor makes it even more meaningful.

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  7. that turned out great! i love the added hooks!

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  8. Love the sign. how do you like using your silhouette ive been thinking about getting one.

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  9. Excellent! This post has motivated me to pull out the cupboard door I've been saving for a special project. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Such an important message to remember and such a pretty way to remember it! Thank you for linking to Handy Man, Crafty Woman's Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

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  11. That's your first sign! BRAVO! You did a great, great job. I found you at Transformation Thursday. I love what you did. I will be following to see more! I hope you check out my submission #238.

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  12. The sign is awesome!!! Love the message on it... it is sooo true!!!

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  13. LOVE it! You did a great job not to mention I love the saying on the sign! thank you for joining TTF and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  14. Very nice! Now that you've discovered the joys of signs with vinyl, it will be difficult to stop. Check out my blog for some more ideas. I'd love for you to visit!
    Also, I'm discovering the frugality of using contact paper instead of vinyl for uses in masking and transfer taping purposes. More on that later as I investigate. Stay tuned!
    Fondly, Tami
    www.thisandthatfromtami.blogspot.com

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  15. I love your little 'coat' rack..great job !! Looks wonderful !..found you through Miss Mustard Seed feels like we are neighbors, I am from PEI ! We are waiting for Will & Kate to get here..enjoy your summer with your grand children.)

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  16. The Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop has grown for the better because of your participation. Thanks for linking up this great post!

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  17. I would never have known this was your first sign, but you gave yourself away! You did such a good job, and the saying you used it wonderful!

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  18. I love it! And love the hooks!

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  19. Coming over from Common Ground's link party to see your fantastic coat rack you shared...xoxo, tracie

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  20. Deborah,
    That is super cute and you did a very nice job on it. I like the addition of the coat hooks. You will get some use out of it with the children there this summer. That sounds fun. Have a great summer with them and thanks for linking it up at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  21. Love it! Its a great reminder that the home is in our hearts - well done! xoxo michele

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  22. Love this quote! Great job! The smaller, more fine letters are more difficult to work with, I think. I am just getting the hang of my Silhouette too!

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  23. Love the quote, love the hooks!

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  24. LOVE that quote! I don't think it looks too busy at all. I featured you today on my gift idea round up as part of my Christmas In July series :)

    http://sunshineandchaucer.blogspot.com/2011/07/christmas-gift-ideas.html

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  25. Found you through Kendra's Terrific Under Ten. Love the sign and the way you added the hooks to it - great idea!! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  26. Hi! I LOVE this!I am a new follower! I would love it if you would follow back and become my newest follower!
    Thanks!

    Kirsten
    www.mushkiloves.blogspot.com

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  27. Well, it looks pretty awesome to me. I love that saying--it should definitely be up somewhere! Great job.

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