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Hand-painted signs have become a staple around here so I thought I would show you one of the methods I use to transfer fonts and designs onto wood, canvas, fabric, or whatever object you desire. Here are the supplies you will need for the projector method of sign-painting: Design or words of choice Microsoft Word Transparency sheets Overhead projector (yes, these are still around!) Pencil Paint and paintbrush First, decide on the design or words you want to use and download the image or type the words in Microsoft Word.  I’ve used poems, Scripture verses, popular sayings, and single words.  A wonderful resource for images and fonts is The Graphics Fairy.  This site is loaded with thousands of free vintage images and ephemera, but I’ll warn you ahead of time: Stay focused when you visit her or you may never come back! I found the following image on The Graphics…

If you follow me on Instagram, you have seen glimpses of our newly wallpapered powder room. My goal last week was to finish styling this space so I could transition to other projects in good conscience. On any given day, my mind entertains a myriad of creative ideas and beckons me to numerous endeavors; it takes strength and discipline to finish one thing before moving on.  However, I am seeing progress in this area.  Every now and then I take my own chin in my hands and rotate my face back to the original project, not unlike my daughter used to when she longed for my full attention. First off, squeal!  This wallpaper is much more fun than I anticipated and has completely transformed our powder room.  For those of you still uncertain about embracing wallpaper (“Isn’t wallpaper outdated?” you ask.  Absolutely not.), I recommend testing wallpaper love in a…

Saturday afternoons are becoming my creative outlet time, and today was no exception.  After returning from an afternoon Christmas program rehearsal, I told the family I needed one hour to release a little stream of creative juice I’d been suppressing since early in the week. I even promised to start dinner by 5:30pm if I could only. have. one. hour.At 4:25 I gathered my supplies, kneeled on my bedroom floor with iphone inspiration pictures handy, and went to town chalking up my newly painted chalkboard frame.By 5:17 she was hanging on the wall.  How’s that for efficiency?Oh my goodness how much fun this was!I was inspired by the chalk art of Dana Tanamachi whom I discovered through a blog several months ago.  Just this week I returned to her website after finishing the making of this chalkboard, knowing I wanted to do something special with it.I pondered for several days what to do,…

On Saturday I planned ahead and “scheduled” a day of creativity.  Somehow, writing CREATE on my calendar granted me permission to do those things around my house that might otherwise be considered fluff. Let’s face it: A girl needs fluff on a regular basis. Among the little things I’ve been adding to my creative to-do list was to go back into the rooms I’d somewhat finished and add personalized details.  I read a quote in a design magazine the other day that said, “God is in the details.” I recognize that I often stop short in the accessorizing department (a fundamentally all-too-common error, one of my favorite designers Suzanne Kasler says).  It seems like by the time I’ve painted walls & furniture, selected fabrics, and arranged everything, I’m ready to move on.  It’s also because I still feel like such a baby in this area!  You’d laugh if you knew how long it took me…

I gave a sneak peek in my last post of a painted sign I was creating….a project I’d never tried before but was eager to explore.  I’ve often heard of using what, to many now, are old fashioned projectors to ‘project’ a selected image on a wall or board and then trace around it prior to painting, but I’d yet to try it myself.  A couple weeks ago, during our church’s annual Mother/Daughter Tea, I happened to be visiting with one of our associate pastors and asked if the church happened to have a projector they’d be willing to sell or give away.  She said they did have a few in the building, but they really didn’t use them much any more, so she’d be happy to loan one out to me for as long as I needed it.Yippee!I knew exactly where I wanted to hang my first painted sign…..right in…