Monday, October 5, 2015

I just keep painting!

Here's some recent signs I've painted:
I paint a lot of these custom family signs!

Custom "Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be."

And, I paint a lot of these "YOU are the ICING on my CUPCAKE" signs!
The word ICING is in your color choice.

Another custom sign.

This also was a custom sign for a local buyer.

A purple custom sign.

My "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Do you know how loved you are?" sign continues to be a buyer favorite.

Then of course this "Bless your heart." is a favorite to give as a gift.

Lots of weddings throughout the seasons,
and everyone loves to see the "sign bearer" carry this sign
(instead of the ring bearer).

A custom order, they wanted a round sign for the sign bearer.

I sell signs like these locally.
"I love us."

"nato con la camicia"
(A custom sign: "born lucky".)

"Act Justly ~ Love Mercy ~ Walk Hubly
Micah 6:8.  A custom sign for a little boy.

"I'd rather be at the LAKE", sign sold locally.

"GO JUMP IN THE LAKE" sign, sold locally.

"EXPLORE EVERYTHING", sign sold locally.

Owl "always kiss you goodnight.", sign sold locally.

"Owl love you forever" sign sold locally.
The next blog post will be some pictures of furniture I've restore and painted.
Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Various Signs

Well, hello there! So nice to have you visit my little neglected blog!  For anyone who cruises by I thought I'd just share a few of the signs I've been painting lately. 

"All Because Two People Fell In Love"
-Black words on White background
-this was for an Etsy order
-Brown on White
-this is just a little sign for your kitchen
-let your lil puppy dance
around your feet as you bake goodies!
-I took this one to Leaf's Treehouse (Coos Bay)
-I painted this on a rustic beachy blue background
-I took this one to Leaf's Treehouse (Coos Bay)
"But first, coffee."
-uh, duh? right?
-I can see this in everyone's kitchen!
-I took this one to Leaf's Treehouse (Coos Bay)
"Love is Sweet"
-this is a larger sized, 24 inches long
-this was for an Etsy order
"To go to sleep I count antlers not sheep."
-Brown on White background
-we live in an area where there are LOTS of hunters;
fall hunting season isn't just a big deal, for some it's the ONLY deal!
-I took this one to Leaf's Treehouse (Coos Bay)
"life is better when you're laughing"
-I found a similar sign online, and loved this saying
so just had to make one!
-Warm White on Rustic Cedar background (4 boards)
-I took this one to Leaf's Treehouse (Coos Bay)
"Camp Grandma"
-various colors
-I usually paint this on a smaller 16" board, but this one was
ordered as a 24" board, with some graphics added
"YOU are the ICING on my cupcake"
-Black and Pink on White
-this continues to be a popular sign, especially for bridal showers,
where they often have fun and fancy cupcakes instead of cake!
-"ICING" can be painted in any color; I often am asked
to match colors of bridesmaid dresses

"I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always,
as long as I'm living my baby you'll be."
-Pink on White
-this is another one of signs I sell on Etsy
"beach" (with a directional arrow)
-painted on a piece of driftwood I found at the beach
-I took this one to Leaf's Treehouse (Coos Bay)
"Sugar & Spice and Everything Nice
That's What Little Girls Are Made Of"
-Pink on White
-A lot of times this is ordered for girl baby showers;
the host uses it as a centerpiece then gifts the mom-to-be
with the sign at the end of the shower
-This was painted for an Etsy order
"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Do you know how loved you are?"
-this one continues to be one of my top sellers
-I'll paint it in any color (or color mixes) the buyer wants,
but this was the first time I'd ever painted it in Gold!
"You will forever be my always"
-Red on rustic cedar 4-board sign
-this is another one I saw online and wanted to try!
-I took this one to Leaf's Treehouse (Coos Bay)
"Uncle, here comes your Bride!"
-This is my two sided sign for weddings;
once the couple are married, the child turns the sign
over as they go out to reveal....
"Mr. & Mrs. _____"
-This is the second side of the "sign carrier's" sign!
-this is another popular sign ordered for weddings
-I usually suggest the buyer keep the color Black on White,
as I've shown, so that it shows up well in photos.
Thank you for taking the time to look through some of my recent signs!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Headboard from Pallet Wood ~ Includes Custom Signs

On July 9, 2011 a very sweet couple we know were wed.  They were married in a park-like setting next to a rushing river, a perfect hot July Oregon day!  To help the guest find the wedding setting I painted a few signs to stake on the road.


Fast forward three years and a few months later.  The Mr. made a pallet headboard for the Mrs.! How sweet is that?  (And isn't the Little Face adorable?)

The Mr. included a couple of the rustic signs I had made into his design, which you would just know I'd think was brilliant!

You like?  Well, if you live in Medford, Oregon area you're in luck! The Mr. is making and selling these.  If you are interested just contact me and I'll put you in touch.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

From Summer to Christmas?

Life goes on and increases it's speed as it goes!  My last post was August and now I want to mention something about Christmas?  Where'd those months fly off to?

I was looking through some holiday ISSUU (online magazines) issues and came across a Christmas issue for Amy Power's "Inspired Ideas" from four years ago.  It just so happens I have an article published in this one!
So go take a look and perhaps you'll get in the mood to get started on crafting some fun Christmas things. Be sure to check my craft on page 156-159.  :)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Marshfield Vintage Market ~ Coos Bay Oregon ~ 2014

We just finished up the 1st Annual "Marshfield Vintage Market", here in Coos Bay, Oregon! My daughter and I had a blast! We thank our families, friends and even neighbors who helped us.

Here's just a few fun photos for now...

 (Melissa and I at the show)
I have a dress form I dolled up for the event. I was inspired in part by the Junk Gypsies.  This was a two day event, and on day one I had a beautiful metal crown to top her off. Our neighbor/fellow vendor, Fox Hollow Cottage, (Shannon) bought the crown on day one:

So for Day Two I brought a red cowgirl hat:

I had a pair of boots at her base, painted pink! Someone bought the boots within the first two hours:
You should see me in my cowboy boots...

I had various signs set out, I think every last one of them sold!

Coos Bay wanted and needed an event like this!  The organizer, Thea Synder, owns Haven Décor in downtown Coos Bay. If you live here, or come to visit, please visit her store and say "Hi"!
(Outside the grand entrance of the show...
showing off a couple of our vintage trunks...
Jessica helped us with the one on the bottom.)
Life is Good! 
And I thank God for His blessings!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I tried it and I like it!

(Photo filled post....)

I tried it and I like it! What is it? Coconut oil!

Jessica (daughter #2) mentioned making some chocolate chip cookies using coconut oil a while back. Honestly, I'm late for the dance, as I'd never heard of coconut oil for cooking.  Then I remembered even a longer-while back Melissa (daughter #1) had mentioned coconut oil for use for... something, but I just didn't remember!

I bought some coconut oil, which in itself was a challenge here in our town. I think I had to go to three store before I found a jar of it.  I originally was looking for "oil", as in canola oil or olive oil. I didn't even know it was a hard oil, as in "Crisco Oil"!  I had even called Jessica from the store when I couldn't find it, and that's when she said it's a solid oil.

Once home I used Jessica's recipe for "Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies."  Now I'm not like our daughters, who love chocolate chip cookies and/or chocolate chip cookie raw dough, (I do like a good sugar cookies!), but this raw dough was to die for!  Here's the recipe:

The baked cookies were yummy, too.  For some reason the dough reminded me of the chocolate chip cookie "dough" in the ice cream by the same name!

Fast forward a few weeks to a day out in the country picking blueberries.  I only had time to pick about 4 pounds, so bought a box of 15 pounds (the blueberry farm workers had picked them earlier that day).  I "sold" 5 pounds to my friend, then took the rest home to freeze.

Tonight for dinner I decided to make Blueberry Muffins, but use coconut oil for the "soft shortening".  Here's the recipe I used:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Grease a 6-muffin tin

1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup soft shortening (this is where you use coconut oil!)
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Mix all ingredients except berries; gently fold in blueberries; fill muffin tin; bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes (tops will be a nice golden color when done); serve with butter!

(Sorry, I don't write out complete recipe instructions, once you've made a muffin-or whatever-you've got the technique!)

I have to say, these were the best blueberry muffins I've ever tasted!  I guess 1/2 cup of sugar will make anything taste good to me, but I think it was the coconut oil! (The main dish tonight was Sweet and Sour Pork over rice, just so you know it wasn't just muffins for dinner!)

I've been busy with various projects: my "big girl job", painting signs for my Etsy orders, and other custom signs orders from locals; and now a big even in our town called "Marshfield Vintage Market".  Here's the poster.

Melissa has a space and I'm her side kick!  I'll bring signs and other projects I've been working on, too many to even begin posting photos at this point. 

And, finally, just for fun, a sampling of recent signs I've been painting:

(this sign is at Leaf's Treehouse, Coos Bay-unless sold)

(this sign is at "Overcoat", the store in Myrtle Creek, OR)

(this sign is at Leaf's Treehouse, Coos Bay, unless sold)

(this sign is at Leaf's Treehouse-unless it's sold)

(this sign is at Leaf's Treehouse, Coos Bay-unless it's sold)

(This sign is headed to the store, "Overcoat" in Myrtle Creek , Oregon, next to Dairy Queen. You simply must stop and visit Tonya if you are anywhere close!)