Friday, January 28, 2011

I have been FEATURED! My first! And a Gate Sign.

My last post of my Wonderful Studio has been featured at a bunch of blogs!  How fun is that!
  My Fabulous Creative Space!
That was a very nice surprise this morning.  It is gorgeous here in the mountains of N. California.  Mild temps and pure sunshine!  Now the poor folks in the central valley are not so fortunate, they are all socked in with dense fog (so the news says).  Been there, done that!  Yucko!  I do feel for them as I bask in sunny warmth.

Well, after having my morning coffee I went out and fed the chickens, found a spot where a skunk is digging in so I need to get out there with some stones later today to block access.  But first I wanted to share my latest project.  I did say I would get you all photos of the inside of my studio and I have photographed it but....it would send you all into a tizzy!  It is a creative MESS!  I am thinking of entering it on Glitter Done over at
 
 I certainly qualify for it that is for certain.  But until I get to that here is something I made for my home.  I am always painting signs for folks and needed one for my house.
First off, I purchased four 6' cedar fence boards.  I figured how tall I wanted my address sign and cut them to length.  (I can use the drops for other signs so no waste here!).

Sand, sand, sand, then layout a couple scrap 1 x 4's to fit as cross pieces.  My aim is to have it look like a gate.
Cut them to fit, glue and nail in place. Then comes paint...I thought I would like this blue against the yellow of my house.

But changed my mind, re-sprayed it with white (so the aqua would be as bright as I wanted) then
 I changed it to this. 
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This is my first time with the Ultra Cover, I have to say I was impressed. It did a great job!
So after letting it dry I started to lay out my design. (this is inside my studio, my paint table in it's messy glory gives you an idea of the rest of the place)


Another shot of it in progress, added the roses, daisies and blue posies.  Then I painted the address.

Put a coat of varathane spar urethane over it all (water base) and hung it on the corner or our home. The bench below was painted to match.  That is another post entirely. I built the bench as well.

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A shot from the street.
A close up.

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I have debated on adding our name to the top cross piece.  Just not sure yet...what do you think??
Also I did not care how the ribbon turned out, I can do much better but have yet to figure out what color it should be...another thing to contemplate, one day it will come to me and I will fix it but for now, this is it.
There are a couple of design faux pas here but so be it. Nothing I can't live with!Phew, it took me long enough to get this done as well as the post.  Now I need to go add my studio post to some more link parties.  Seems to be a popular item.
Ta ta for now....Pam

ps...one more question..should I offer these type signs on my website??  Maybe I better find out how much it would be to ship them, that is the killer...shipping can be so pricey!!


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23 comments:

  1. Oh, beautiful! What a great creation. I think you should add your name to the top cross
    piece. Have a blessed weekend!
    Hugs ~*~Wendy~*~

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  2. Congrats on being featured! That was fast for your new little blog! Good work. I am off to read that post now. And I vote for adding your name to the gate sign. It looks so good!

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  3. Congrats Pam well deserved! I would put your street name on the top rail of the sign.
    ~Sharon~

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  4. Love your sign, Pam. And congratulations on being featured. How fun! You do beautiful work. I'm your newest follower and I hope you'll visit me at www.cottageandcreek.com and do the same. I'm new to blogging too. I'm sure enjoying it though! Have a nice weekend and thanks for sharing.
    Lynn at Cottage and Creek

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  5. What a great idea for an address sign, Pam... it turned out wonderful! Love your wraparound porch, too! I think you name would look great across the top of the sign and help balance out the numbers below, too. :)
    Have a great weekend!
    ~ Jo

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  6. That fence and bench are so swee-eet on your front porch....reminds me of summer...good job, some one who is craft challanged like me at Mel's Cabin would do this project...lol

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  7. Love the color you picked! Looks perfect against the house!
    Christine
    greatoakcircle.com

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  8. Hi Pam! I'm so thrilled that you found your way over to my Inspiration Friday party this week! I absolutely love your gate sign and the pop of color it adds to your gorgeous porch. I'm so jealous of that porch! :-) Thanks so much for linking this up and I hope to see much more of you in the future!
    Vanessa

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  9. Hi Pam~ What a darling sign!! I love the color you chose- it is perfect! I'm in the Northern California foothills- I know what you mean about the fog in the valley!! Thanks so much for stopping by and joining in Feathered Nest Friday~new follower here! :)

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  10. look at you cutie - love the aqua - and beside the bench it is PERFECT

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  11. Dang, Girl! That is too cute! Yes, add your name to it. Yes, offer them for sale. Shipping is high for everything, so go on ahead.

    But here's what I really want to know .... where in No. Calif are you? I'm in Placerville, between Sacramento & Tahoe. Now, wouldn't that be a hoot if we are close to each other?!?

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  12. The blue color is beautiful! Great job!

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  13. Just beautiful!!! Love the colors you chose! Love that you incorporated that into being your address sign!!!!!

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  14. I love that shade of blue! Great sign!!!

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  15. This would totally have qualified for Gitter Done! You got it done all by yourself. But I guess we will have to wait for your studio makeover. Looking forward to it.

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  16. Adore the color and the way it pops up against your house!! I agree with your 3rd commenter! I think putting your street name is a great idea!

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  17. I love the sign, it's beautiful. Your studio space is so amazing. I had a greenhouse that did not fair well with all our bad weather. I love gardening,too. Here in the Northeast we usually start our seeds indoor early. I'll miss it this year.

    Ruth

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  18. What a great creation! I love the Turquoise!

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  19. Hi Pam! I followed you over from the blog hop. I love your sign! It looks so fresh and sweet on your porch. I am sure that you could sell them, but I agree that shipping charges would be the rub. I am your newest follower and can't wait to see what you do next. Stop by and visit my cottage sometime.

    Love,
    Susand and Bentley
    xxoo

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  20. I love this! You did a wonderful job, and the colors go so well together!

    Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites! I'm featuring you this week! Come by and grab my featured button if you'd like one!

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