Thursday, April 20, 2017

Behind Bloggers Photos

I couldn't resist adding a bit of reality to my posts.

Sometimes a blogger with a great sense of humor and several like minded friends comes up with an idea that needs to be copied used ...  that is what Marie of the Interior Frugalista and a few of her friends did. Reality photography - the surroundings behind a great photo. When you read her post check out the links to the others who joined in, great reads.

It reminded me of Claudia at Mockingbird Hill Cottage when, several years ago she hosted a party about Reality Shot Thursday. She continues to keep her posts real but without the linky.

Here is the first one I wrote about sharing my painting reality.

and then here  

and here.

Donna of Funky Junk Interiors who had a short one month Heap of Change 2015 linky on making change and others could join in with their projects and progress. 

Here are a few of mine from Donna's January 2015 Heap of Change short series.

Week 1 (January 15 2015)



 Week 2 January 2015




Week 3 January 28/15



It was a short party, lots of work to get the changes done and surprisingly the changes had long lasting success. I loved the challenge.

This is my one photo collage of a bit of background and closeups that I could find while searching through my iPhoto huge library.

The surrounding wire, metal and plywood background for the white buffet (painted in my carport in October some years ago) didn't detract from the cropped juice strainer or pumpkin.

What amazed me is that I have very few 'surrounding area' pictures to go with my cropped photos.

I think I will do some background shots to go with my closeups, occasionally in the future, reality checks.

Hope you do check out Marie and her friends, you will get a chuckle, some good ideas and maybe you will want to write a post about close-ups and reality background.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

More Stencils = More Signs

More signs. Love making them and I am so glad I feel like working on them again. The collecting of suitable boards, prepping the boards, adding new stencils to my collection, deciding on what stencil matches or fits and then stenciling, waxing and taking photos and putting the signs in my booths at Village Antiques Mall is a sequence that works for me.

Bistro No. 1, finished, started a couple of months ago.

As I add more stencils and paint and wood to my storage area I have to become a bit more creative about 'where things go. So I cleared off the top a tall cupboard, filled a garbage bag with dried hydrangea, removed most of the vases and... moved my small boards up and off the floor. I don't love the look but it is a relief to have an area of the floor empty of boxes and boards and reclaim another section of the living room.

Earlier organization October 2016 has been maintained and supplies remain readily available. New paint and waxes have been squeezed in.

I started the year adding several of  Donna@Funky Junk Interiors new Old Stencils to my collection, prepped my boards, made a few signs, more signs and...winter snow and ice got in the way of making more.

Snow, more snow, more ice and snow seemed to care of January and February. Spring Break activities took a big chunk of March. Furniture was repaired, great winter Estate sale finds were photographed, priced and put in my booths, posts were written, more home organization was accomplished. Now the time has been carved out to make more signs.

I was looking back to my first tries at using stencils. This one is from April 2012, a long way from what I am working on now.

My confidence and understanding of how to fix a stenciling problem have increased (chalk paint washes off a stencil project if done right away and can be sanded off if dried, as well as over-painted with the background colour and tried again).

I got to practice that with the mis-spelled Jarden sign that I changed to Garden since only one letter was involved in that change. Had to repaint the area I sanded back and stenciled over each letter on the original sign to make sure the letter colours were the same.

I made another sign to replace it. Below you can see the messes I made with my second try of the Jardin sign. Drill press issues when making holes which I filled with drywall compound, then had a stencil 'whoops' again, started E when the letter I was needed

Washed off the mistake, repainted that area as well as the repair to the back and the marks from fingermarks on the board. Not my plan when I started. 

Hope the black arrows help out with the right/down/left sequence.

Finished 2nd sign - waxed, polished, hung up

Next sign was a smaller sized FARMHOUSE. I visited Painted With Love , 1269 Beach Grove Delta BC and Brittany had some signs I wanted. She had Funky Junk Interiors small Farmhouse sign so I started with that. I picked up Fusion Lamp White for the background.

One coat each side (drilled holes in the board before starting) then added a second coat to the front, stenciled with Beckley Coal then when dry clear waxed.

I am loving this smaller FARMHOUSE stencil.

Finally the beautiful cutting board is stenciled and I love the result.

Flashback to April 28/16 Thrifted and Stenciled 2.

Took a picture of the Coffee Sign in my booth.

Hint of next post picture.

Stenciling returns.

Thanks for visiting.

If you love a barn door look check out this one posted by Donna of Funky Junk Interiors and fall in love with reclaimed barn wood.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Bloggers Who Inspire Series # 1

After 7+ years of blogging I am aware how much positive influence other bloggers share and so this is the first in my series about Women Who Inspire in the areas of Home, Garden, DIY, Business, Stenciling, Painting, Family.

# 1 in the Series is showcasing 4 stencil makers (among so many other skills and interests and talents).

Today I am writing about four women who have given me (and so many others) encouragement to be our best by sharing their creative lives with other bloggers. They write about what they are doing, how they manage to grow and change, create.

Since I am in love with stencils and stenciling each of these ladies do produce stencils and that is the common thread for choosing the first 4 women who inspire me. 

Diana writes the blog Adirondack Girl at Heart and Adirondack Girl Vintage Shop recently shared a tutorial about recycling very chippy pieces of wood and making a LAKE sign February 10th. When you check out her blog type 'sign' in her Read Older Posts search box and be impressed. Diana sell her stencils here. Diana co-hosts Vintage Charm.

Marian at Miss Mustard Seed has added her Hand Painted Stencils in her shop. She has been hand painting the patterns on her furniture and has translated that into her new line of stencils. Her creations and expansion of her business is almost legend (Happy 39th Marian) and she has just written about new changes coming to her life here.

Angie at Knick of Time has Vintage Signs, Inspirations and Farmhouse stencils through Etsy. She has written many posts on making stenciled signs. She too has been generous with her  other tutorials and ideas. She is a prolific blogger and co-hosts Talk of the Town.

Donna writes Funky Junk Interiors and sells her  Old Sign Stencils, through her blog. She recently wrote (February 1/17) How To Sell Stuff and Know If Its Right For You and has a very detailed tutorial on how she stencils her signs here. If you type 'stencil' in her 'search for' box you can find more great stenciling information. Donna hosts DIY Salvaged Junk Projects.

These were among the first stencils I made using a few of Donna's Old Sign Stencils.

They all inspire and provide a push to try something new in stenciling signs, painting faux grain sack stripes, painting furniture, making a junky tool box and so much more.

Diana @ Adirondack Girl recently posted Farmhouse Style Signs which included Garden and Jardin. Inspiration. I took two already used board signs, sanded off the last stencil, re-painted/stained them a bit and a using stencil letters set made the two signs. Sanded, waxed and ... in my shop. 

OOPS on the Jarden sign, correct spelling is Jardin so it will be coming out of my booth so I can fix that problem. Thanks Gail for noticing. 

Here is the fix.  I sanded the letter J until it was gone but that did take some background away so I pulled out all the greens I had and finally a yellow and redid that section of the board to match the rest of the board. Stenciled a G and then kept working to get the right shade of off white and also re-stenciled over the other letters to make them the same tone.

I replaced the J as it had the least change with spacing and turned the sign into: GARDEN.

Donna of Funky Junk Interiors re-purposes her signs, using them in other projects and I finally let go of worrying about painting over a stenciled project and started re-purposing my signs, no reason to not utilize a good piece of wood.

I painted 14 pieces of various boards to prep them ready for making more signs. I ordered a great number of Donna's new stencils and have been having some fun making them here plus deciding what to stencil on what board.

2017, a year to make many more signs
(and have fun at the same time).

Its is good to try out so something new that could be a failure but could also be a success. New Old Stencils from Donna + my painted boards = fun in the future.

Angie @ Knick of Time has always been a leader in creating and re-purposing. The first thing I remember learning from her was making a faux grain sack stripe banner using her free pattern. Angie shares a wealth of graphics too.

Loved making grain sack stripes (my 2015 Collection).
Marian @ Miss Mustard Seed explores and shares her projects and her many interests on her blog as well as at the workshops she provides - and the materials she makes available through her many re-sellers (hemp oil is one of my favourites) as well as selling directly on her blog.

These 4 strong women inspire, they work hard, they make their own paths and share how they became who they are now. 

Thank you Diana, Angie, Donna, Marian. 

You all inspire us to 
try something new,
learn a new skill,
practice and

One Pinterest Stencil board

Mystery something from the past here, great junk.

Below a peek at my next post.

More posts coming on Bloggers Who Inspire.

 Thank you for visiting.

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