I hope so.
Last week on Tuesday, it occurred to me that
I had 3 nieces graduating from high school Friday night and I had nary a gift. :(
My first thought was to get them gift cards since it was so close to graduation. But I really didn't want to.
I wanted something more original that would mean more. So, I began some serious brain-storming/ Pinterest searching. I'm not really sure when or where the idea occurred to me, but I decided to make them each wall plaques.
Hand painted ones, no less.
Yeah, what on earth was I thinking?
It's now Wednesday; graduation is Friday. I have never hand painted a sign in my life. I also have a small baby who hasn't been feeling the best. (Teeth?) But I didn't think about all that; all I could think about was how neat it would be to give them something hand-made by me.
Little did I know what I was in for.
Due to the time constraint, I did not achieve the level of perfection I would have liked
but here they are. This is the first one I did.
This one is made from wood I salvaged from an old crate.
The crate was here when we moved here and I intended to use it for
something sometime. Unfortunately, my sons thought it was junk
and 'dismantled' it. These were the only pieces I could salvage.
Along with the one end that had the advertisement on.
The second one looks like this.
This one was a cabinet door I had in the garage.
I should clarify things. These graduates are sisters; two of them adopted.
Since these were all going into the same house, I wanted them to all be different.
I tried to consider the tastes and personality of the graduates. The girl this one
is for is more immature/girly. The sign looks a tad more childish than I was
going for but it matches her bedroom.
The third and final one:
This one I used an open barn wood frame from Hobby Lobby and used
wood reclaimed from the old shed in the back of the house.
I whitewashed it to freshen it like I did the barn door/bathroom door.
The spacing on this one really bugs me. They all have issues with the letter/line spacing
but this one is the worst. Otherwise, I like this one best.
For all of the signs I used graphite paper to transfer the letters onto the wood.
I then used paint pens to paint the letters.
So that was my projects for last week.
I want to show you my finds from Springfield on Saturday
but I haven't had a chance to photograph them yet.
I hope to later this week.
Linking to: Wow Us Wednesdays
From the Farmhouse