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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Baby & Child Collection?

 

 

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My latest “I love you to the moon and back” rustic sign. This would be perfect in a child’s room.

 

My husband recently brought an old baby carriage home. It was in the midst of a bunch of things he was asked to haul away. With my mind wrapped up in upcoming markets and how to display my things I couldn’t help think this would make a great piece for somebody to display their wares at a market. Then I thought “why not me? …I could create a baby & child collection!” and my mind started spinning.

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Wouldn’t this make a great piece to display stuff at a market?

 

So, my question to you is what kind of sign would you put in your baby’s or child’s room? More sayings from children’s books? Pictures of vintage cars or ballet shoes? Anything in particular you have been looking for? Please help inspire me by leaving your comments!!

A Giveaway!

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Recently, my Facebook page hit 100 likes. It made me do a happy dance and think about what I would like to do to celebrate. Immediately, I thought I should give one of my signs away …but which one? I wanted it to be a sign that would appeal to a wide range of people. And then, I thought of the very first sign I made and thought it would be perfect for a giveaway. Who doesn’t love the beach? So, I set to work (the first one has long been sold) and here it is.

If you want to win this fantastic beach sign, click on the picture to connect to the post on my Facebook page. Then leave me a comment telling me which sign of mine is your favourite before midnight PST on March 1, 2015. I will randomly select the winner from the comments.

(And, while you are there feel free to like my page if you haven’t already 😉 )

I Love You to the Moon and Back

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Guess how much I love you? This is my latest sign. It was on my list to make along with my other Valentine projects but I had to wait for the right piece of wood to come along. And here it is, a sizeable chunk so that it can easily stand alone on a shelf to display if you wanted. Who could resist a rustic well-loved sign for a well-loved quote?

 

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.