Custom Order From a Photo

Wow, I really haven’t written in quite some time. I have discovered Instagram and have to admit that I will do a quick photo post these days as opposed to a more lengthy blog post. I enjoy writing though so I am making a mental note to try to find the time to write more in the future.

The reason I am writing today though is because this custom order I had the honour of working on last week needed more words. I have a customer who has ordered a number of things from my Etsy shop, both straight from my shop and custom, too. Β I have to say it feels pretty darn good when someone likes your work so much they keep buying more.

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This custom order was extra special though because my customer’s parents lost their dog and he was interested in having me do one of my silhouette’s to give to them as a gift in memory of their furry loved one. Of course, I am a huge animal lover and also still remember when I lost my beloved dog like it was yesterday. After having so many orders from this person I feel like I know him that much better and I wanted to make this one extra special. Ordinarily, I just find silhouettes of a dog breed and paint from that but in this case I thought I would give painting from a photo a shot. I am really happy with how it turned out and hope his parents love it. I also hope Biscuit is happily carrying mail and newspapers at the Rainbow Bridge with my dog, Stella.

This is the photo of Biscuit that I worked from to make the painted sign.

It’s a Car Theme

Lately, I have been working on some car inspired signs which got me to thinking about the cars I have had.

My sister once accused me of being a car snob. She said I always seemed to have nice cars. I don’t think that is necessarily true. While I have always had an eye for nice cars the only thing I really require to drive a vehicle is that it be safe (although that was even questionable for the 1978 Ford Fairlane I got from my sister. Sometimes  it would stall while driving and with it went the automatic steering …that was one heavy vehicle to control)!

For many years I was single, employed  and on my own with just a dog to feed. So, it only makes sense that it is easier to have a nicer car. My first “nice” car wasn’t even that nice although I loved it.  It was a red 1971 VW Karmann Ghia. It was very rough around the edges and cost me $2500. At the time I found it I was driving an old Hyundai Stellar. I had always loved VW’s, especially Karmann Ghias (I loved the pink one Molly Ringwald drove in the movie Pretty in Pink). It didn’t take much to convince me to buy it. A couple of years later I was able to afford a newer car so did. I bought a VW Jetta. I loved that car to drive but it caused me no end of grief with engine trouble. After the warranty period was over and I had to pay for repairs (the same ones over and over although VW wouldn’t acknowledge it) I decided to trade it in for a BMW 323. That was another fun car. I could afford it while I was working but at the end when I could no longer tolerate my employer I sold my BMW without a second thought.

I ended up buying a really cute 1991 Nissan Figaro that had been imported from Japan. That was another fun car. Actually, I bought it when I was considering opening a yarn shop. I thought it would make a great yarn shop car (can you just imagine it parked outside the shop). But again I sold it once I found out I was pregnant with the girly. I preferred the idea of not having a two seater (well the back seat was so small I’m not sure people are supposed to sit in the back of it) and two door car with a baby and all the things that go along with a baby.

That was my run on fun cars. I had a Honda CRV for a while until hubby and I decided to go down to one vehicle to save money.  However, when his job changed and he started driving everywhere we picked up a Mazda 3 for me to drive. I have to say it’s a little fun, too.

I have been wanting to do a Volkswagen series for some time and have finally got to them.  While I usually do black and white I felt these need some colour.

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And, I have also had the idea to do a Route 66 sign. When I came across this “rougher than most” board I thought it would be perfect.

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Wedding Guest Book Tree

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I have been waiting so patiently to post this one! I was asked to do this wedding guest book tree as a custom order back in March. I was given a picture of a tree that was used to have wedding guests sign the leaves then the idea is to frame the paper and you have a piece of art and also a fabulous souvenir of your wedding. This lady wanted one on wood! How great of an idea is that? So, we discussed colours, font etc. and because the couple already have a child she asked me to add an extra bird in (awww!) Then I went to work and I LOVE how it turned out. Of course, because it was a surprise for the bride and groom and their wedding wasn’t until the beginning of May I promised I wouldn’t post it before the wedding. I certainly don’t want to spoil any surprises!! I hope they love it, too.

Things I Have Been Working On

With gearing up to do another market of course I set my mind to Valentine’s Day. It still seems so far away to me …wasn’t it just Christmas? …but when I thought about it I realized it is already January 12th! How did that happen?

Anyway, yesterday was a paint day and here are the things I came up with:

She Ran Away In Her Sleep and Dreamed of Paradise

This was a custom order. I was given free reign with the font and I think this one worked perfectly.

you & me

Perfect for a Valentine’s Gift, Valentine’s decor or even year round decor.

P.S. I love you

Who has seen the movie P.S. I love you? It’s one of my favourites. Of course, it comes to mind when I think of love. Another great gift or decor.

Home is wherever I'm with you.

This was actually a shingle my husband brought home. It has a natural heart cutout. I love when nature designs things for us! I have been wanting to put these lyrics on a sign for some time and this was perfect.

XOXO blocks

Recently someone was looking for XOXO blocks so I decided I should do some. Hubby had a 4×4 lying around so I put it to use. I love the rustic well loved feel to these. I made 2 sets.

Heart Block

I had one block leftover after making my sets so a heart it became. Rustic and lovely.

LOVE blocks

And, of course, I had to do a set of LOVE blocks, too. Also, rustic and lovely

Look for these in the shop soon! (Except for the custom order …that one is spoken for. Although you can always ask and I could do another one special!)

 

My Christmas Ornaments are Done and in My Shop

I finally finished my ornaments and listed them in my shop. (Well they have been done for a bit it just took me time to get it together and take photos, write descriptions and all that fun stuff.

The wood ornaments are almost like miniature versions of my signs. They are actually made from the odds and ends leftover from hubby cutting wood to size. Back in September I had been looking at a pile of the wood bits trying to think what they could be transformed into when suddenly the light bulb went off …christmas ornaments, of course!

Here is what I came up with:

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Simple Rustic Tree Ornaments

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Simple Rustic Star Ornaments

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Rustic Reindeer Ornaments

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Rustic Heart Ornaments

And then I have really been loving all the tree branch ornaments I have been seeing. I showed my hubby the ones my sister made and the next thing I knew he brought me a pile of a sliced up branch he chopped down from one of his jobs. Here is what I came up with:

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Simple Wreath Tree Branch Ornaments

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Well Loved Ice Skates Tree Branch Ornaments

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Pine Cone Tree Branch Ornaments

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Decorative Peace Tree Branch Ornaments

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Berries and Branches Tree Branch Ornaments

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Sleigh Tree Branch Ornaments

And that has been my christmas ornament fun so far. I have done a few christmas signs, too that I am excited about. Those will be posted soon.

I have to admit that it has taken me a little time to do the photos. We have moved since my last real set of photos and it takes time to find the right spot in the house with the right light. Also, I used to use the wood floor in our old place as the back drop for my photos so I had to creatively come up with something new. In the end I (mostly) used a pile of driftwood I have as a back drop and I am quite happy with how it turned out.

 

 

A Custom Order for a Dear Friend

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A custom order for a dear friend. I love the message, too!

I had a dear, old friend get in touch and ask me to do a custom order for her. In addition to getting to connect (we don’t live close to each other anymore) I also got to make something for her, too. Yay! I really love how after sanding the wood grain showing through makes each piece unique.

This was also the first thing I photographed in the new house. I am thinking I should start to get my husband to take the photos for me since he did such a great job with the ones of my knit/crocheted items. I also think my other photos I have done to date are just meh. Maybe they should be redone, too? Anyone have any thoughts or opinions?