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Friday, January 18, 2013

Starting again...

Hi all...Welcome to my blog!
 I have been a bit lax for a while...but, after seeing Vicki's post on 
2 Bags Full, I knew it was time to get back to my blog. 
She's having a "Grow My Blog" party. 
What a great idea!!! 
Thanks Vicki for lighting the fire again!

As my title suggests, I tend to write a little about everything. I love decorating, DIY projects, and tablescaping. And you can add to that gardening and antiques...really anything vintage. 
 However we're right smack dab in the middle of building a new "old" home and 90% of my things are packed. {I do still have my glue gun out, just in case!}
I do have something to share today:
simple signs that will hang in my new home.
They were to make...really.

We've had lumber delivered frequently to the property on pallets.
Did you know that the workers usually throw those away?
I couldn't believe it!
We saved as many as possible and cut off the usable pieces,
just like the slat above.

Following Miss Mustard's Seed steps, {don't you just love her?},
I sanded down the rough spots, dry-brushed paint, and applied stain sparingly.

A font was chosen, printed off, and traced with tracing paper onto the prepared wood.

I used a Sharpie to fill in the letters, Miss Mustard Seed used paint, but my lettering was a bit smaller.
The Sharpie worked like a charm.
Super easy!

This sign didn't take very long so there was time to try a second one.
The steps were a little different:
sanded, completely painted, traced, stained, then sanded again.

It turned out a bit muted...but I love the weathered look.

And finally, I found this quote here on Pinterest and made this last sign.

The wood was from our project and prepped like the ones above.
However, the lettering was printed on a piece of scrapbook paper and ModgePodged to "glue" it down. Adding a bit of jute and seashells from Sanibel, it will be perfect on someone's shelf!
Don't you think?
Would you like to win it?
Here's the good news!
Anyone can enter, anyone can win, regardless where you live!
You don't even have to have a can have one!
See, it's simple!
If you'd like to enter, just leave a comment on this post with your email address.
I'll have the give-away on February 1, 2013 and post the winner on that post!
Happy winning!

So, what do you think? Which "style" sign would you like to try?

Thanks for visiting!

If you'd like to see past posts, you are most welcome to stay and browse awhile. 
There are a few pictures not showing on some of my posts...something happened when I temporary switched from Blogger to WordPress and back again.
{There's probably a button or box that I should have checked or not have checked but I can't get the pictures back.}


  1. Your signs are wonderful! I like the faith hope and love. I look forward to reading more of your blog. New follower!

  2. I just love how you re-purpose things. We have used pallets for storing items and for making a compost pile. They are very versatile. So nice to meet you through the Grow Your Blog party.

  3. Such a lovely blog...and I've enjoyed scrolling around and getting to know you even better. Love these signs...what others consider "useless" someone with a good eye can see a true treasure!

  4. How fun!! Thank you for sharing your ideas, I would never have thought of doing this but am sure that I could. Lovely to meet you on the blog hop. Good luck with the house.

  5. wow, it looks simple enough & so decorative. please check out my blog & see you again soon. have a great weekend. take care. ( :

  6. I would love to! If I'm not I will 'borrow' the saying and stitch it up.

    You have a very lovely blog. I'm a new follower and a 'Grow Your Blog' participant. Have fun at the party!

    Evalina, This and that...

  7. I love both of them to tell you the truth. But you can't lose with Miss Mustard's seeds paint!! I would be honored to win! Love those shells from Sanibel, I am a Florida girl transported to North Carolina, Di@ Cottage-Wishes

  8. Hello fellow Texan! I'm actually 25 miles south of Houston and 25 miles north of Galveston, where you will find me on most days in the summer exploring the beach! So nice to meet you. I scrolled down a bit...lovely house you are building!

  9. Hi Sharlotte! All of your signs are wonderful and the seashell one would be perfect on MY it. I am so glad you visited my blog so I was able to follow you back here. It looks like we have a lot in common. We also lived on the beach and our island was hit twice by a cat4 hurricane. Unlike ours, our home did survive but had to be gutted and pretty much rebuilt. I see we also both like using seashells and coastal inspired decor in our homes. I am looking forward to following along as you complete your new home and begin decorating. xx, Sherry

  10. I have so enjoyed your blog. Your visuals are a delight. I will be back many times. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Hi Sharlotte, I think you're right that we do have a lot in common! I'm now your newest follower and will be back to see what you're up to and all the "fun" moving process. We did that two years ago and it's all still a work in progress.


  12. What a gifted lady you are!
    Im a GYB visitor and had a great wander round your blog....
    thankyou so much.
    Ive bookmarked your blog and will be back!

  13. I just love your blog and have become your newest follower. Love the "how-to's",which, having tried to post them myself, are not the easiest thing to do. But your photos are great and the instructions make it seem like you are right beside me! Can't wait to keep reading about other projects and the development of your new, old home!!

  14. Hello Sharlotte ,
    Thanks for coming over and saying hi on my blog!
    What a wonderful way to meet like minded women. So glad that Vicki "Grow Your Blog"has gone to such an effort to showcase so many blogs. Creative and generous...Your blog is very creative and inspiring.

  15. Hello,

    Nice to meet you in this party.:)

    There is a giveaway on my blog,too.

    All the best.:)

  16. Hello Sharlotte,

    So nice to meet you. Sorry I'm a bit late, been feeling a bit under the weather. But better late than never, as they say. Your blog is lovely and I wanted to return the visit, and I would like to grow your blog as well. Hope you have a great day.


  17. Nice to meet you at the party!
    Beautiful blog and I love your lovely giveaway...
    I am looking forward to more inspiration posts from you :D

  18. Your ideas are great! So lovely pictures. I'll visit again, be sure!

  19. your last sign made me laugh out loud...thank you! I love Vicki, she's one of the most generous people I've ever known and Miss Mustard Seed has some great her blog as well.

  20. Hello Sharlotte

    How lovely to meet you via our dear friend Vicki's Grow Your Blog Party!
    Isn't she just the kindest person in blogland.

    What a lovely warm post - I feel like we've been sitting down chatting over a cup of tea - getting to know one another.

    I really love the wooden signs you've made - I like the weathered look too! How clever you are.

    I’m your newest follower and I'm into all things creative too!

    Love your very yummy Giveaway!

    I do hope you'll pop over and see me too and enter my GYB Giveaway!
    Enjoy the party.
    Shane ♥

  21. Hi Sharlotte,
    What a pretty blog you have. I enjoyed looking around at all your treasures. This blog party sure is fun!
    Hope to stop in again soon.

  22. Sharlotte - what a lovely post and beautiful blog. Thanks for the fabulous giveaway. I will be a new follower in a minute! Smiles. Please stop by if you haven't already and sign up for my giveaway. (I'm tardy because my motherboard died and went to the grave!) But, I have a replacement now! Hugs from Alaska. Karen

  23. ,,this blog hop has been so much fun.. and your blog has been fun touring.. beautiful.. thanks for the chance at your lovely blog candy !!! mitz_zee@yahoodotcom

  24. Hello Sharlotte, I've come all the way from Melbourne Australia,
    It was a long way to come for the GYB party hop but so worthwhile. I've had a lovely time reading through your posts.
    I need to spend a little more time here so I'll be back! ;D
    I think your signs are stunning and I couldn't choose one against the other. I'd be thrilled to win any.
    I've also got a giveaway so if you have a quick five minutes then there's still time to enter!
    Hope to see you soon :D
    Neesie ♥

  25. Ha! I had to laugh at that seagull sign! Too cute! Glad to have found you via Vicki's party! I shall be sure to add myself to your Followers list so I will be sure to return! Love all the vintage / antique photos!


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