A while back I received a new PB magazine in the mail. After browsing through all those lovely glossy pages, my mind was in sign building mode. I was soo inspired by a few of their signs, that recreating them was my main focus in life.
So, one night around the dinner table I started casually asking Anthony some questions.
Just in case you’ve ever wondered what a normal dinner conversation with me is like, here’s a little sample:
Me: How many miles do you think our house is from our farm?
Me: You know. Is it like 1 mile, 1/2 or 1/4 of a mile?
Anthony: Ummm… the house is on the farm….
Me: Well, yes, I know that. But how many miles? Do you think like half a mile?
Me: From like, the mudroom to the field. How far is it?
Anthony: Which field?…
Me: Well, my arrow will point north, so the north field. Maybe like 1/4 of a mile, you think?
Anthony: It’s right beyond the back yard…
Me: Yes, I know that. But how far is it?
Anthony: Well, maybe like .06 of a mile?
Me: Ok. You sure? It’s going on a sign. It’s permanent.
Anthony: …. sigh….
But all that questioning was worth it:
Here’s how I made it:
I grabbed an extra piece of wood from the breakfast nook plank wall, then we built a frame for the back.
We nailed the top in place…
I grabbed a yard stick and pencil.
And used the width of the yard stick to trace around the frame.
Then, I taped off the center.
I filled the holes and gave the outside frame a couple coats of white paint.
I pulled off the tape and let it dry over night.
The next day, I taped off the white painted section.
And painted the inside with a few coats of black paint.
I pulled off the tape and waited for the black paint to dry.
Meanwhile, I attempted to make friends with my Silhouette machine again. In case you’re new here, I would really like to be friends with my Silhouette machine. Problem is, it doesn’t want to be friends with me…
After another very mature screaming & fit throwing session, I was finally able to get the darn thing to properly cut my wording on card stock.
…sigh…. It wasn’t my finest moment and luckily I was home alone… the darn thing is suppose to make life easier!
Finally, I traced the words onto the sign.
And was left with a nice outline of each letter…
A few years ago (yes, years), I picked up a couple of gold-ish tester paints from Hobby Lobby. I used two of the colors to get it right for the sign.
With the first color, I used a small brush and painted each word.
Then, I used the next color, which was a little more brassy than gold, and painted it over the first color.
While it was drying, I touched up all my “oops” with black paint and freshened up the white paint too.
It’s a lovely little sign…
The simplicity is perfect.
And, you can see that the gold & brass paint has a little sheen to it…
I couldn’t help but take pictures with it against those lovely tree blossoms… sigh…
We’re FARM PROUD!
It’s real home is in the mudroom, but this proves to be the hardest room to photograph since sun light shines right on the glass of my coat rack.
Goodness, this sign makes me happy. It warms my heart in such a meaningful way. Since growing up on a farm and ranch, and now having our own small farm, I am beyond happy to bring that love and honor into our home.
AND, I’m so glad Anthony and I were able to agree… the house is about .06 miles away from the North field…
P.S.- I fell in love with these signs, and they were the inspiration behind mine.
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