Wednesday, July 17, 2013

DIY Junk Sign

 Man, It's been a while since I've done a project! I felt pretty good this past couple of days and decided to make this little sign as a gift for a dear friend (don't we all need a reminder to keep dreaming??) I've always admired the 'altered' signs, I just think they look really cool...and it was really easy once I gathered everything I needed. Lucky for me, we went to the Joplin Vintage Market this past weekend and there was a fantastic vendor that had practically anything you could need in salvaged goods (most of them did). Letters, old license plates, chandy crystals, marquee signs, toys, books....all sorts of things. I spent some time picking out letters to spell 'Dream'. The 'D' is not old, I picked it up at Hobby Lobby to mix it up even more and add a little dimension.
So a few things you'll need...although you can completely customize and change it to fit what you find, or the word you chose.
-A mix of letters spelling your choice of word
-A piece of pallet wood or salvaged wood that is big enough for your word
-2 New or old knobs (optional)
-Jute twine (optional)
-E6000 (or your choice of glue)

 Pallet wood:
 Place the letters fairly centered  and straight on the board (or slanted would be neat too) and glue them in place.
 The license plate letter I picked out was a little too big, but a a pair of pliers bent it around the board and it worked out pretty good.
 I found the glass knobs at Hobby Lobby and used them as a means to hang the sign. This is completely up to you though, a saw tooth hanger on the back works just as well. Measure enough jute twine to hang the sign and tie around the knobs.
 Was that easy or what? :)
 I think the only thing that would present a challenge is finding a variety of letters.

 I hope she likes it.

 I want to thank you all for the love and support in light of my recent far as how I've been feeling, I've had some good days and bad days (don't we all?!). Shortness of breath and general abdomen pain is a constant...but that is where the tumors are, so it's to be expected. The trial at MD Anderson will hopefully be starting soon. I learned last week that they have temporarily put it on hold, but I'm praying whatever problems they are having that it works out before I am suppose to go back. Again, thanks for the thoughts and prayers, it means a lot to me.
In kitchen news, the cabinets are all purchased and Justin will be putting them in soon and then I'll be painting's going slower than expected, but that's ok. 
I've also started thinking about Fall for my booth space and really excited about the plans I've got scheming! It is crazy to be thinking of Fall in 90+ degree weather, but I absolutely have to plan ahead. I found a book shelf (about 5' high) that I can't decide whether to paint or not and I'm revamping the armoire that  use to be in Logan's room when he was a baby. Lots of little things happening all at once, some things never change.