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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  1. Joy - How neat to bring attention to the ones who inspire you the most. What a gracious thing to do!! But then, I think you must be one of the sweetest and most gracious bloggers I have met. You inspire me with each post you do! Thanks!


  2. It is nice to get ideas from other people and then to implement them... and give credit. :) thank you for sharing this... Stenciling really is a treasure.

  3. Joy this is such a nice post! How wonderful to share the bloggers who inspire you. We all have them and I do think it's great to let them know it! Hugs!

  4. This is a great idea Joy. I think I'll borrow it if you don't mind.

  5. What a nice post. I will have to take some time and visit all those blogs. I have never tried stenciling letters to make a sign. The old style market ones you made are my favorite. I have always admired your creativity and I really enjoy your beautiful photography. I'm loving that brass bunny in the last photo!

  6. Great post giving tribute to those 4 bloggers. I'll have to check out the one's I'm not familiar with.

    Happy weekend.

  7. Those are neat signs, thanks for the inspiration and some new bloggers to visit!

  8. I love stenciled signs and I have seen some of the ladies' you mentioned posts and stencils. I was on a stenciling spree a while ago and must get back to it. I love your bright green GARDEN sign redo. Perfect!

  9. What a beautiful way to honor 4 amazing bloggers Joy. They have all made such a difference in many of our lives. Your stenciled signs are lovely and it's so great to see that we all make mistakes

  10. What a nice blog honoring some great bloggers! Thank you Joy!

    xo Dianne

  11. A lovely collection of new blogs to explore. Thank you for sharing with us at #overthemoon link party. Have a beautiful week.

  12. Joy, you are such a sweetheart!! You brought a huge smile to my face when I saw my name in your post :) Thank you for the terribly kind shout out. I always enjoy your vintage find and stenciling posts--you've got some amazing skills in both areas. Hope you have a great week!

  13. Such pretty and inspiring stencils! Thank you for sharing all of these great bloggers and their handywork with us.

  14. Oh what a wonderful post! Love the idea of showcasing other people and acknowledging their awesomeness <3

  15. You've certainly picked some great bloggers for your signage inspiration, very talented ladies indeed.
    Thank you for introducing them to the MM crowd this week.

  16. Fabulous folks I look forward to visiting. Thank you so much for sharing those who inspire you here... and in the GRAND Social link party! So glad you joined us!

  17. Stenciling is so fun and these gals all have some wonderful stencils! Great solution for fixing the misspelled sign. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  18. Hi, Joy - Thank you for sharing these amazing signs. Thank you also for your generous shout-out to bloggers who have inspired you.
    Nice to meet you at AIM Weekly Link Up.

  19. A great collection of pictures, projects and bloggers. :)

  20. Thanks for attending the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty, I shared your post.

  21. Loving the women you shared, I have followed Donna at Funky Junk for years and she is such a great lady Very inspiring Joy!

  22. Oh, you are so sweet! Thank you for the mention! Such a unique blog topic, and am honoured to be a part of your fab lineup! Thank YOU for inspiring me with your stenciled creations done with your special take!

  23. What a wonderful post! I love meeting bloggers that are "new to me"! Thank you for sharing these lovely introductions at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures


Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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