Thursday, March 10, 2011

Shabby Cottage Sign

Spring is coming! Really! I know here in the Pacific Northwest it will feel like winter for another month or two but the crocuses are blooming and the daffodils are ready to burst into color any moment. I just planted 2 new rose bushes and can't wait to see them bloom.  Hurry up, Spring!

A few weeks back I entered a giveaway at Castle and Cottage .  While I didn't win, I just fell in love with Paula's beautiful handpainted signs.  Unfortunately, I can't hand paint anything like that, so I decided to make a sign with my Cricut.

I tried lots of combinations of fonts but found myself once again drawn back to Chopin.  I have used this font on so many projects including a Bon Appetit sign awhile back and my blog header and button.  It is so pretty and flourishy. (Yep, probably not a word - flourishy, but I like it).

So I started with a board I got at Lowe's for 97 cents!  The guy was cut it to 3 pieces for me so like 32 cents a sign. 

A little sanding and a few coats of white paint later it was ready for my vinyl letters.  Another recent score was this huge roll of black vinyl contact paper for $7.99 the other night at Fred Meyer.  24 feet!  Compared to the Cricut vinyl which is $9.99 for 2 pieces of 24 INCH vinyl, it is an amazing deal!!!  So I cut out my letters and applied to the board.  The last step was a bit of gray glaze that I wiped on and off to age it.  Love the finished sign!!

Hope you'll join me at the fun parties below! Don't miss my friend Lisa's fabulous giveaway here!
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  1. Reneé it looks great. Lucky for you!!!!!having the Cricut vinyl cutting machine. saves a ton of time....Wish I had one of those.
    Bonne journée

  2. Your sign is lovely! I think you did a wonderful job:) I was lucky enough to win one of Paula's giveaways last year, I chose the Jardin de Lavende sign and I loooove it!

    I added myself as a follower to your blog:)

  3. Your sign is so pretty Renee! Your circuit is awesome!

  4. Oh Renee ... you did an amazing job with your sign! I adore signs and have a small collection that I've purchased from various Etsy sellers. Again, these would do so well in your Etsy shoppe.

  5. Just gorgeous!

    I am having an antique auction on my blog. All sorts of lovely and romantic finds looking for a new home. I hope you'll stop by.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  6. Love your sign! It's amazing all the things you can do with a sheet of vinyl.

  7. Your sign is awesome! Love the font of it and the colors! Just found your blog and love it!


  8. Great it. Would you mind sharing which cartridge has the Chopin font?

    What a great deal on the vinyl....I should be so fortunate!


  9. Susie, I don't use cartridges, I use SCAL software. For around $50 it is the best deal ever~ every single font on your computer becomes a cutable font! LOVE IT!! And shop around for black and or white contact paper, it works just like the Cricut vinyl at a fraction of the cost. I got the white contact paper at Dollar Tree!!!

  10. Your sign is darling! I love to paint signs too- it can be hard to freehand them sometimes but using a font and the contact paper is a great idea! Thanks for sharing this at FNF! :)

  11. Your sign is great! And on quite the budget, too! I don't have a Cricut, but I think I will buy one -- or a Silhouette, soon. Any input on which is the better machine?

  12. Amanda, I got my Cricut on Black Friday for $59!! So it was the price that made my decision! I would have loved to have the Silhouette but just couldn't swing the price and I am very happy with my choice. But the best deal was the SCAL software, no need to ever buy a cartridge! Love that!


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