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.)


     

Meet Longhorn Vader

Did you know my family are all Texans? In fact, I’m a native Austinite, which is hard to come by these days. My kids were born in the same hospital that I was!


(Us showing our Texas pride in Washington DC)

Our family are big University of Texas Longhorn fans. Ben is a UT alumni, and graduated in 2001 from the Business School at the University of Texas at Austin. My grandpa was even a Professor at UT in the Computer Science Department.

Ben and I have been going to games together since we were married in 1998!

The kids have been longhorn fans since birth. Here they are at 2 and 4 at a football game.

We mostly go to the football games with our little family, but we love going with friends and family too.

Every year we take at least one weekend road trip to go to an away game. I really love away games! In 2009 we went to Oklahoma State. The game just happened to be on Halloween night so we created a Longhorn themed costume to wear.

Longhorn Vader was born that night.

The fans went NUTS. Totally coo-coo cray-cray over him. We were even invited to go sit with the band!

When we got home we watched the game on our TiVo. Longhorn Vader was on ESPN!

We knew at that point that we had created something pretty darn awesome. Instead of it being a one-time Halloween costume, Longhorn Vader starting making weekly appearances at all the games.

We get stopped weekly by people wanting to take pictures with our little Longhorn Vader.

Cheerleaders are our favorite!

Each week we pull a bigger crowd than the week before. It’s so fun and just plain weird that people want to take pictures with our little guy. :)

Our 10 year old son Travis usually wears Longhorn Vader. He loves the attention. We mainly wear the helmet before and after the game, but we’ll put it on in the stands after a touchdown.

Our daughter will wear it occasionally but she doesn’t like the way it fits (too big) so usually she’s happy sporting some face paint.

Well, after 3 years of Longhorn Vader, he was looking rough. And the sign was looking worse. They were chipped, torn, and tattered. It was embarrassing taking it to the game so I sat down with my Silhouette and busted out a brand-spankin’-new sign.


Notice the old sign below the Silhouette?

And I gave Darth a nice brand new fresh coat of Rustoleum’s “Cinnamon”.

Check out how much better our sign is! I even added our facebook fan page at the bottom of the sign so we didn’t have to keep telling everyone about it.


*The fonts on the sign I downloaded free from random font websites. The fonts are called “Collegiate-Normal” and “Star Jedi”. I used black vinyl only. The orange is colored in with a sharpie. To laminate it, I covered the entire foam board (front and back) with clear box tape.

Last Saturday was our first game with the brand new sign and helmet. And the line for pictures was longer than ever. Longhorns love them some Longhorn Vader!

The first sign I hand-drew with sharpies while in the car on the way to the game. This new sign looks so much more crisp and clean. I am really excited about how it turned out.

The kids were so excited to get more pictures with the cheerleaders. Kinsey loves them and watches them more than she watches the game.

Here’s some more pictures of us over the years at UT games.

If you think Longhorn Vader is pretty cool, we’d love for you to become a Longhorn Vader fan on facebook. It’s purely for fun. We don’t make money off him and we aren’t selling anything. We just love UT and having a good time.

If you want to see even more pictures of Longhorn Vader, head over to the fan page to see all the photos other fans have uploaded.


     

Rolling Tote for the Silhouette CAMEO! {awesome promotion}

{The weekly Hookin’ Up with HoH #101 is still going strong.}

Silhouette is having a killer deal this week. I’ve been working with Silhouette for a year and a half, and this is the FIRST time they’ve EVER offered a promotion like this one. Ev.er.

If you want a Rolling Tote, now is the time to buy one! They have two different options to choose from:

Option A
Want a CAMEO & a Rolling Tote? Get the Silhouette CAMEO & Rolling Tote bundle for only $309.99. (Use code HoH4ever @ checkout)

Option B
Already have a CAMEO? Buy just the Rolling Tote for $54.99. (Use code HoH4ever @ checkout)

I have been drooling over these totes for months and months, and FINALLY, they are on S-A-L-E!

The Rolling Tote is the size of a regular duffle bag on wheels and is loaded with pockets and storage.

The tote is a soft duffle bag and is lightweight. It travels well because of the pull-up handle and smooth wheels.

I wouldn’t recommend checking the bag on an airplane because it isn’t a hard case, but it would be a perfect carry-on. It also travels beautifully in the car.

Check out how much stuff fits in. I still had loads more room but ran out of stuff to put in it! lol

The CAMEO stores on the bottom with it’s own zippered pocket which is nice because you don’t have to unload the whole bag to get the CAMEO out. The tote is also lined with thick foam and keeps the CAMEO very well protected.

Inside the top portion of the bag are tons of repositionable dividers so you can customize it any way you want. On the side is also a deep pocket for all the large cutting mats and even a separate pocket for your laptop. It really is a one-stop-shop. Whoever was in charge of designing the bag thought of everything.

I was also really surprised by the amount of detail that went into the bag. Each zipper is customized with the Silhouette logo. Aren’t the zipper pulls adorable?

To save yourself from scrolling up again, here are all the order details one more time:

Get a Silhouette CAMEO & Rolling Tote bundle for only $309.99. (Use code HoH4ever @ checkout)

Or buy just the Rolling Tote for $54.99. (Use code HoH4ever @ checkout)

This promo runs Thursday, May 24th thru Thursday, May 31st.

The Tote comes in either Teal or Pink. Both are super cute!

Have I mentioned lately that I love my CAMEO? Because I do. And I use it all.the.time.

See some of my favorite Silhouette projects by following this link.

The weekly Hookin’ Up with HoH #101 is still going strong.


     
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