How to: Handpainted Signs

Hello Sunshine!
I thought today I would show you how I created my
Sunshine Cottage Sign.
(Try saying that 3 times)
It all started with this piece of wood I bought at Re-Store for $1

I just loved the bright yellow paint on it and knew it would make the cutest sign.
So I brought it home and gave it a good scrubbing, It was pretty yucky.

I laid it out with the help of my kitchen stools.
Then using Chalk and a Ruler I made a border on the top and on the bottom. This worked as my guide. Because I was free handing the letters,  I wanted them to be straight and all the same size.

I could have used stencils...  but I didn't have any big enough.
I could have printed off some lettering from the computer and then traced it on,  but that seemed like a lot of work.
So I decided to Free Hand it!

So using the chalk I wrote out Sunshine Cottage.
I did erase it and start over a few times, Just to get it all centered. Once I got it to where I liked it, I traced the letters with a pencil.

I then removed some of the chalk just by wiping lightly with a paper towel. I didn't remove it completely because I still wanted it to help as a guide.  I just wanted to make sure that there wasn't any big chunks that could mess up the paint.
From there I used a small paintbrush and carefully painted over the pencil marks.
I let it dry, and then gave it another coat of paint using an even smaller paintbrush which worked great for cleaning up the edges.
 Here is how it turned out.

Ironic that it was such a Gloomy day when I shot this picture. Don't ya think?

As you already know this sign was SOLD at my flea Market booth.
 I also had a few other signs for sale that I had made a while back using barnwood and stencils.

 This one I've kept for myself.

  I also have this one for Sale.  I think I'll probably add it to my etsy store since it didn't sell at the Flea.  But can I just tell ya,  It was so funny,  Like at least 2 people came up to me and asked if I was selling Berries, and Where are the Berries?  I had wished I did have some berries to sell them,  They seemed pretty confused and disappointed.

Anyway,  don't be too scared to hand write your own sign.   I was happy with the way mine turned out.

Flea Market Recap

As you all know, I had signed up for a booth at the Idaho Expo Flea Market.
It was Last Saturday and Sunday.
I had a Wonderful time. I will definitely be doing more booths in the future.

I had never done anything like this before, so it was all new and exciting to me. I had no idea what to expect. My only worries coming into this was that #1 I would come down with the same flu that my boys had and #2 I was worried that I wouldn't sell Anything.
I guess I got lucky because neither of those happened, although my husband Jake did pick up the flu, but he was still a big help, loading, unloading, and taking care of the boys. 

So on Friday I dropped off all of my stuff. This is the Expo building for the Flea Market.  I was actually able to drive my car in and unload. 
(And there is my sick little Jax hanging out.  Good sport!)

 And here is the same space the very next morning! It did not look the same at all.
This picture was actually taken on the second day. I had a whole different set up on the first day,  but after laying in bed analyzing it, I decided to take everything down, move the table and change out the table cloth.  Good ideas always come to me when I'm trying to get to sleep.
(oh and that groovy tie-dye was from the booth behind me,  Not mine,  although a big one may have made an awesome colorful backdrop  hum...maybe next time!).

My favorite thing that happened, is when I came in on that first morning I had a bunch of notes from some of the other vender's wanting to buy some of my things.
 I think I made 4 sales before the doors were even opened. 
All of the other vender's were so nice and welcoming. 

The first day was super busy,  I made a lot of sales.  Although people were buying more of the items that I gathered from around my house then the items I had made and re-purposed.  I think probably because it was a flea market and those were the kind of things people were looking for.  My hand made items will probably sell better at a farmers market or in a store, so I want to look more into other venues.
But don't get me wrong I did sell plenty,  the Sunshine cottage sign, the little yellow cabinet and most of my spindled bird feeders were all sold.    

Here are the chalkboards I had mentioned I was working on. I'll show you a little more about them in another post as well as these bottles. 

When I came home after the first day,  I realized I needed to add more stuff to sell, so I whipped these babies up.  I took some bottles that I had already painted and mod podge on some book page cut-outs of birds and butterflies  Again I'll be showing you more about them in another post.
But for now, I just wanted to let any of you who were interested know how my first show went.
I learned a lot and I had a great time doing it.
Thank you to all of you who had stopped by to say hi,  I appreciated it.  It was so great meeting new people
I can't wait to do it again!

Goodies for my Flea Market Booth

Good Day All!
So, like I mentioned before I got me a booth at the Idaho Expo Flea Market for this coming weekend.
I've never done anything like this before.
I'm super excited about it!
I dream of owning my own shop one day and figure this will be good practice for me.
Plus,  I Love Flea Markets.  Don't You?
So for the last 2 weeks I have been busy finding and making product for my booth.
First I went around my house pulling items that I no longer need or use.
I have also done a little thrifting to find some fun and unique pieces. And I have made a few things as well.

  I thought I'd share some of the goodies that I will be selling.

I have found some adorable Mismatched t-cups and plates.
Which I have turned some of it into darling spindled
bird feeders.
I plan to do a few tutorials in the weeks to come, and this is one I will be for sure showing you how to make.
I just love how they have turned out.

 I found this great wooden green box.  I think it would be perfect for storing wrapping paper. 
 Also, in the corner of this picture is a vintage hole punch that's really fun.  You can only see the handle of it, not sure why it didn't make it into the picture and I'm too lazy busy to go take another pictures of it.
But I think it's super cool.  Jake laughed at me, saying he's got a bunch of them at work.

I painted up a few old drawers in lovely Spring colors

And also a cute little side table.

Here is one of the many signs I have made, incuding the one in the first picture of this post.
I'm sure I'll be doing a tutorial on them as well.

And just an old frame I painted up.
I have a lot more items that I will be selling, but these were just a few favorites.
I'm also working on some chalkboards, but I'm having a little bit of an issue with the paint at the moment, So I still need to get those finished up.

Also I've had some sick little boy's, like the worse kind of flu/sick.
And I'm just soo hoping and praying I'm not next.
That would not be good.
Wish me luck!

 If you live in the Boise area, definitely stop by.
Saturday, March 24th 9:00 - 6:00
Sunday, March 25th 10:00- 4:00
$2.00 admission.
for more information go here.
Stop in and say Hi. 

How to add texture using Sand And a Spring Vignette

So I have this Great friend named Shana and I know I have talked about her before in this post here titled Plants & Gardens.
Shana loves to garden and in that post I shared a few pictures of her beautiful flowers as well as shared a great little tip of hers about how to add more foliage to your house plants.
Shana is also very crafty.  She e-mailed me these pictures a while back of a little project she had come up with.
She had seen some cool textured birds around and decided to create here own.

 She found some cute little green ceramic birds, covered them in glue using a paint brush.  Then she poured Sand over them to give it that cool texture. Waited for the glue to dry and then painted them with white craft paint.
(The picture above on the left is the Before and After).
This is such a great idea,  you could try it on lots of different objects and paint them whatever color you wish.  I think it would be neat to try on clay pots as well. 

The little birds had a hole in the bottom. This worked good for Shana to hold with her finger while she painted it.  Then she signed it,  And.....

Sent me some for my Birthday that was a few weeks ago.  The package was just so fun and thoughtful.  It also had a beautiful bird picture that looked like a painting on a metal sign and a cute little wooden stand for it.

Thanks Shana!

I have brought it all into my bedroom and created a little Spring Vignette on top of my dresser.  I hung the metal bird picture up in an old drawer.

Then placed the sweet little birds around.
They are so cute.  I like them both, the original green as well as the white textured one.
They make me Happy when I look at them.

Here is a little more of my little corner of the room.

One day I will paint that old 70's dresser,  but not anytime soon.  I have been super busy getting things ready for my booth at the Idaho expo Flea Market coming this weekend.  I'll be sure to get a quick post in to show you some of the projects and finds I've been working on to sale.

Thanks for stopping by.
and Thanks Shana for letting me share your great ideas.  Keep them coming!

Spring Chicks

It's that time of year again when all of the baby chicks start hatching.
I took my boys to D&B Supply to look at all of them.
They are so cute. 
Little Chirpy Furballs.
Of course my boys wanted to buy some.... and I was almost tempted at 79 Cents a piece

But then I remembered that they grow up to be chickens.
As much as I love the idea of owning chickens and collecting my own Fresh, Organic Eggs every day, I'm Frighted of them.  They freak me out with their beady red eyes and clawy feet.

But they are so Sweet as Chicks.
I'm thinking Maybe if I get a baby Chick and watch it grow, I may overcome my fear. Maybe?

 My Boy's we're mesmerized.

We even saw a few Ducklings mixed in.
The Store usually has some bunnies too,  but they just happened to be fresh out.

 Another reason I want Chickens is because of all of the Amazing Chicken Coops I've seen lately.  I'm sure you've all seen this Beautiful one from the Fancy Farmgirl.  But by chance you haven't you can see more of it  here.

Who knew a Chicken Coop could be so Beautiful.
Here is another picture from it.

Here is another Great one.  So Charming!
You can see more of this one, Here

I'm sure anticipating spring.  I've enjoyed these warmer/lighter days.
I have been opening up all of the window to let in some fresh air.
I've also brought in some flowers that my sweetie Jake brought home for me.

Welcome Spring!

Stenciling on Wicker

I've been seeing a lot of stenciling on wicker lately and think it looks really neat.  I've seen numbers, stripes and writing. You can see some examples of what I'm talking about on my pin board titled,

 It seemed simple enough, so I decided to give it a try.
I started with an old basket I had. As you can see it's even missing one of it's handles... I'm guessing it's in my boy's toy box somewhere, since it resembles some sort of sword or weapon.

 I got these stencils at Hobby Lobby a while back,  and as you can tell they have gotten a craft load of use.

 I painted on the stencil using a sponge brush.  It worked great and I was able to get down into all of the the cracks with it.  I used a dark brown paint but I've seen this done in black, white and blue.  I'm sure it would look great in any color really.

 I really didn't have much of a plan.  I just picked the numbers that I thought would look good. I started in the middle then added on from there.  It originally just had 194, but then I decided to keep going.  I like the way it turned out. 
I'm sure I'll now be painting more of my wicker baskets.

Thanks for stopping by,