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Attempts at craftiness

 I didn’t quite follow through on my mission of picking a paint color for the house this weekend. Instead, I started on a new project.

Yesterday, I decided that I wanted some fun signs for my house, specifically the guest bedroom and the kitchen.  I already knew what I wanted the signs to say, so did a quick Etsy search and came up with the following signs:

I get by with a little help from my friends   for the guest bedroom

and

If you’re afraid of butter, use cream for the kitchen

While these are both really cute signs and the Julie quote is actually really reasonably priced, the colors aren’t quite right for my townhome.  But I had my mind set on these quotes.

Most people know that I am not necessarily the craftiest person.  I’ve attempted to make things before, but it just isn’t my thing. Luckily for me, I have Wes.  He can make pretty much anything and isn’t one to turn down a project for the house.  Even though this one was slightly girlier than he typically prefers, he agreed to help me.Wes told me that we would definitely be able to recreate these in colors that I wanted, so my new weekend project began.

After a quick trip to Lowes for supplies, I came home last night and began painting. Wes got to work on mitering (not sure if that is a word) edges out of crown molding for my signs.  Today, I attempted to do some of the writing.  I wanted a really comfortable handwritten look for the John Lennon quote, so that one seemed like the best to start with.  Wes used the magics of illustrator to recreate the sign for me on the computer so that I could mess around with fonts and spacing.  I decided on one and he printed it out for me as a guide.

After a failed attempt at turning it into a stencil, we decided the best approach would be to do a light tracing, and then freehand the rest.  Here is what we have so far:

Tomorrow I am taking a trip to Michaels for a paint pen to outline the edges, and also a stencil for the Julia sign. I want that one to be more of a girly script, so I will definitely need a premade stencil for it. My handwriting seriously lacks any form of girlyness.  Sad, but true.

I am pretty happy with how these have come out so far.  I am hoping a few more finishing touches will make the Lennon one perfect.  Look for an update soon with pictures of the Julia Child’s quote. I am really excited about that one.

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