Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Baby Feet Sign

Good morning ladies!

How's your Tuesday morning going?

About 2 weeks ago, my cousin and his wife welcomed their 1st child, a sweet little boy named Sean.

If you've been with me for a while, you know that I love to add a personal touch to every gift I give.

So...here's what I came up with for baby Sean...


I started with a 24"x6" piece of premium pine that the guys at Home Depot cut for me...thanks HD guys!

I sanded my board nice and smooth and added a couple coats of Rustoleum Spa Blue.  After that was dry, I added a couple of coats of Rustoleum Espresso.  Once everything was thoroughly dry, I sanded the edges to expose the blue paint. 

I printed out the words, "Our family has grown by two feet" and the baby's birth info on my Silhouette SD using some baby blue vinyl.  I made sure that I sized the text so that there would be sufficient room on the right side for Sean's footprints.

After a couple of coats of spray sealer and a saw toothed hanger on the back, my sign was ready for gift giving!

I also included a small bottle of baby blue acrylic craft paint and a sponge brush in a cute little bag and tied it onto the sign.

Cute, right?

Monday, June 20, 2011

Home of the Brave Sign

Hey chickies!

If you've been with my for a while you know that we are a family of volunteer firefighters.  Hubby and I belong to the same volunteer fire company.  I actually started with this company at 14!!!  When I met Prince Charming, he belonged to a fire company in a neighboring town and came to join  me after we met.  Our 17 year old son is now a junior firefighter in our company too.

Last year, hubby was named Volunteer Firefighter of the Year for the Hudson Valley region of New York!  He pulled an unconscious man from the third floor of a burning building.  I couldn't be prouder of my brave Prince! 

This led me to one of my latest signs, which I created in honor of my Prince and gave to him for his birthday a few weeks ago.


I picked a 1x6 board at Home Depot and had the guy there cut it down to 24" pieces.  Did you know they did that?  I didn't until recently either!  It makes my life so much easier!!!  Thanks HD guy!!!!

Once I got it home, I sanded the edges really good.  I painted it Colonial Red by Rustoleum (one of my favs).

I cut my vinyl using my Silhouette.  I found a maltese cross fire emblem gsd file with a Google search.

I let my sign dry and then applied the vinyl. 

A friend saw the sign and asked me if I could make one for her Dad for Father's Day.  Her Dad's fire company has green engines, so I painted his sign green to match.

I hope he loved it!

I am offering these signs in my Etsy shop if you have a firefighter in your life that you'd like to honor.

Have a great Monday!

Hugs!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sharing Some Etsy Love!

Hey chickies!

Last week, I found the cutest Etsy shop...My Personalized T-Shirt!

I ordered a t-shirt for my niece, Maddy, that looks like this one...


...and a onesie for her soon-to-be baby brother, that looks like this one...


They came in the mail today and they are waaayyyy cuter than I had even imagined!  So cute that I couldn't even keep them in my hot little hands long enough to take pics for you guys....hee hee!  I had to run right over to my Sister-in-law's office and show them to her!  She loved them...of course!

Can't wait to see the kiddos in their new shirts!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Chalkboard Countdown Sign

Good Monday morning chickies!  I hope you had a great weekend!

Prince Charming and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary yesterday!  I can't believe it's been 18 years, it seriously feels like it was just yesterday!  Ahh!  We had a really nice dinner for two at his favorite restaurant.

Last week I got a request for a very special countdown sign that my customer will give as a gift for a couple of kiddos to countdown until their Daddy comes home from being deployed.

As soon as I got the request, my head started spinning with ideas.  I was sooo excited!

Here's what I came up with...


I took an 11"x11" piece of pine and painted it Rustoleum Oregano, which kinda resembles a military green.  I used a 6"x6" piece of 1/4" mdf and painted it with chalkboard paint.

I added the lettering in black vinyl and finished it all off with a "holder" for chalk...which btw is nothing more than a cabinet handle turned upside down!



I think it looks really cute!  So cute that I decided to offer it in my Etsy shop!  As a big thanks for our military families, I'm offering 10% off on the purchase of each of these signs!  Coupon code: BIGTHANKS

Have a great day chickies!

Hugs!


Friday, June 10, 2011

Have you PINNED lately?

Hey gang!

How is everybody doing?

I apologize for not being around lately...as I hide my head in shame.
I have no excuse...just being a slacker!  Hee hee!

Anyway...George's last day as a Junior in High School is today...yikes!  Josie has one more week of finals and then she graduates from 8th grade!  Double yikes!!!!  It's amazing how fast they've grown...and yet I'm still 21!  Amazing right?  Wink wink!

So...as I mentioned in my last post...a hundred million years ago...I had gotten tix to take Josie, her bff, and my niece to a musical festival that a local radio station was having.  The festival was this past weekend and it was sooo much fun!

I got to see Jordan Knight from NKOTB in concert for the first time since I was 15!!!  I know that was only like 6 years ago but still...hee hee!  The girls didn't quite share my excitement over his appearance, but there were plenty of other acts for them to enjoy!

And...in other news...I've recently developed a new online obsession!  PINTEREST!!!!

Oh my goodness do I LURVE this site!  If you are ever lacking inspiration...I know that never happens to you creative chickies, but in case it ever does...head on over and check out Pinterest!  You can find any sort of awesomeness you can ever imagine!

I've described to my hubby...although I doubt he was paying attention...as an online bullletin board where you can pin up anything that suits your fancy on a board for other peeps to enjoy.  It's so much fun!

K...gotta go PIN...talk to you chickies later!

Hugs!