I Am My Beloved’s custom artwork sign

So, ya, I made another sign. It wasn’t for me though. A friend asked me if I could replicate some art she found on pinterest. I had her send it to me and decided I’d take a stab at it. Here is the original art she sent me:

It’s from a blog called My *PINK* Life.

Isn’t it such a pretty piece of art? Well, here’s how mine turned out. My friend chose teal paint for the lettering instead of black. She also changed the reference from “Song of Songs” to “Song of Solomon”.

I think it’s a pretty good replication if you ask me. We were both happy with it at least. My friend came over and helped me make it and we had so much fun. I taught her how to use power tools and she used a nail gun for the very first time. I love seeing that look on someone’s face the first time they try out a power tool and realize that they can do it. It’s so empowering.

We started out with a bunch of scrap pieces of wood that I had leftover from making some previous signs. I just attached them all together. Each board is a 1×4, and for this project we used 14 boards. This is the biggest piece of art I have ever made. (Here’s a complete tutorial for building a sign.)

Once the boards were assembled we primed it then painted it white (Alabaster by Sherwin Williams to be exact). After the paint was dry we took some brown paint, watered it down a ton, and then brushed it all along the edges. Rubbing dark stain around the edges with a rag would have worked as well.

I used my Silhouette to print up all the lettering. The font is called Scrptina and you can download it here for free. Once the vinyl was attached to the board we painted it with teal paint, then peeled it off to reveal a nice lettered sign.

And here it is in all it’s glory.

Here’s a quick close-up to show detail.

A special thanks to Aimee Weaver for the beautiful inspiration piece. Oh, and BTW, she had a shop where you can buy all sorts of beautiful handcrafted signs.

(I am not affiliated with Amiee Weaver. She doesn’t know who the heck I am. I just think her work is pretty.)


     

Andy Warhol inspired chair pop art

{I have been glued to the TV all evening watching the hurricane coverage. It’s heart wrenching to watch. Ben and I (and our chicklets) lived in Long Branch, New Jersey for a year in 2008 so I have a special place in my heart for Jersey and its shore. Watching it get slammed with this terrible storm is just awful. And poor New York City. I cry every time I see more footage of Battery Park. I feel like Jersey and New York are my homes away from home. I hope everyone affected by this awful storm stays safe, dry, and warm. Please know I am thinking about you guys and crying for you.}

A long time ago I made four canvas art pieces as a nod to Andy Warhol. I love his abstract and quirky art.

I’ve wanted to frame the art for a long time, but frames aren’t cheap, and I always had other places I wanted to spend my limited funds. Fortunately I lucked out and found the perfect frames for less than $3 each at Michael’s. I didn’t know you could buy frames that cheap – especially frames that are 11×14.

I laid out my canvas art pieces on top of each frame to test how they would look. They fit perfectly.

I really like the look of them on top of the glass (as opposed to behind the glass).

I opened each frame and removed the little strip of paper with the info and upc code on it. Turns out the mats had been badly faded and were whiter where the little strip of paper was. It was an easy fix though, I just tured the mat around.

Once the mats were put back in the frame I decided to attach the canvases on top of the glass. To do so I just used box tape on the back of each mat and then stuck them directly to the glass.

You can see how they pop off the glass a little giving a more 3-dimensional look. Also, I was afraid the glass might put a glare on each chair, so by adding the canvas to the top of the glass I minimized any glare.

I really love how the art looks on my shelves in our dining room.

I gave you guys a sneak peek of my Andy Warhol inspired art when I showed you my new cow painting:

I like the chair art because I feel like it’s kind of funky and weird and quirky. I like to add a splash of weirdness to each room in my home just to infuse more of my personality into it. And the chair part of the art itself just works because chairs and dining rooms seem to go together.

Now I can check Project #5 off that to-do list I made last year (and still haven’t finished). Baby steps.

What specific things have you done to your home to infuse your own personality into it? It doesn’t have to be weird or quirky, just something that is very uniquely you.


     

Turn gift bags into {cheap} art

Every summer during my childhood my mom would pack up her daughters, and her best friend would pack up her two girls and we would hit the road for our annual “no boys allowed” beach vacation (they both have only daughters. No sons were left out). The moms we’re dubbed (and still to this day are called) “Beach Barbara” and “Beach Lynda”. We would stay at a condo for a week, eat all the fresh boiled shrimp we could, and play in the sand and surf from sun up to sun down. Of course, there were plenty of shenanigans going on as well. With 5 girls all within a few years of each other we reeked plenty of havoc and made a few too many boys cry.

Though all the girls are grown and mostly married, and there are lots of grand-babies added to the mix, my mom and sisters still try to have our annual beach trip. Some years we’ve missed, and it’s been far too many years since I’ve sat on the beach with my mom’s bestie Lynda, but because of our yearly tradition I have very fond memories of the beach.

My mother thinks that there are beaches in heaven. And she thinks her veins bleed salt water. She is happiest during our beach trips and if she could live among the seagulls and sand crabs I think she would.

So when I saw this gift bag that read “Life is good at the beach” I just had to buy it for her.

Of course, there really isn’t much you can do with a gift bag except maybe put a gift in it. But the coloring is pretty, and the letters are nice, and the overall look would be fabulous as art.

This really is quite a simple tutorial. I headed over to the dollar store and bought an 8×10 dollar frame.

Make sure to get a frame that is roughly the same size as your gift bag.

To frame the bag, cut it up one side and lay it out flat. Then just trace it around the glass in the frame and cut the bag to size. So easy.

Such an easy way to make pretty art. I’ve already given it to my mom and she loves it. I keep telling her she can tuck it away on a bathroom counter, but she insists on keeping it on her mantle so she can see it ever day. Even though I’m 32, she still keeps my art around to appease me. ;)

The frame with the girls in it I’ve had for years and years. It’s a framed picture of me with two of my sisters during one of our beach vacations. I think it was taken in about 1996 when I was 16, Lindsey was 14, and Merideth was 12. Even after all these years the picture still makes me smile with fond memories.

Here’s a pinterest-ready picture if you feel so inclined to pin it. Your friends that don’t read my blog (gasp!) will thank you for sharing this simple idea with them.


Do you have any life-long traditions? I would really love to hear them! I love traditions and think they are so important. Spill your guts and tell us yours.


     
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