Thursday, May 26, 2016

Island Shaped Reverse Cut-Out

I've been very busy in my shop and haven't had time for blogging.  It's hard to believe it's the end of May already. The tourists have not arrived yet, but I am still making things I hope they will like.

This is a very large reverse cut-out (is that a term?) of our island.  If you've been to Prince Edward Island you will probably know that it is a crescent shape which is used on many products and advertising.

I used 1" x 4" boards from the lumber store, glued together, cut out with a jigsaw and stained and distressed.

 This PEI wall hanging is 36" wide x 16" high. Here's a close-up:

Hope you like it!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Old Barn Board

I bought a stack of about island barn board that is about 100 years old, last fall.  The person I bought it from had taken it off an old barn nearby.  Some of it is 12" wide and many pieces still have nails in them.

Here's a sign I recently made and sold with a piece of that wood, it's about 23" x 9"

I made another one yesterday with the same wording and font, but of course every piece of wood is different, and this one is a big larger.

On another note, I received a lovely gift of flowers from my mother-in-law, congratulating me on the opening of my shop.  It was a nice surprise... thanks Thelma!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Face-to-Face Seahorses

I've been making quite a few signs that I hope visitors to our island will like.  This one is from a graphic that I got at The Graphics Fairy where there are thousands of free images for people like myself to use. (Thanks Karen!)

I glued together some pieces of wood side-by-side and cut in a shield shape.  Then I dry-brushed white paint over the front and turquoise on the side.  I hand painted the seahorse image as well as "Prince Edward Island."

This sign is 17" high x 13 3/4" wide.

I think I'll make another one similar, do you have any ideas on what colours I should use?

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Shop is Open and My First Walk-in Custom Order

My shop in O'Leary is now open and here are a few of the things I have for sale:

On Mother's Day in Prince Edward Island it is tradition to have lobster since May is the opening of the lobster fishery.  The day before Mother's Day the lady that lives next door to my shop brought me a fully cooked lobster!  (Isn't that the coolest thing?)  Here he is sitting on my shop counter:

I had my first walk-in order from Eileen, who lives in a small community nearby.  She wanted a sign to put in her garden and she likes barn board, script fonts and beach type décor, so this is what we came up with.

She just loves it, and I do too!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Chalkboard Shapes

I've been busy in my shop making an assortment of things.  Being in a farming community, I thought these chalkboards might sell.

Cow chalkboard 17" long x 12" high

Pig chalkboard 17" long x 11" high

Perfect for shopping lists or just use to put sayings on them, like "Have a Great Day!"

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Fisher Signs

A few days ago was "Setting Day" on Prince Edward Island.  This is the first day the fishers go out and set their lobster traps.
Photo from WelcomePEI facebook page

Here are some signs I made for sale in my shop:

18 1/2" long x 3 1/2" wide.  Distressed and available in many colours.

The men and women who venture out work very hard in tough conditions.  I hope they have a good and safe season.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Bakery Signs

My daughter got a job at the local bakery that recently moved and opened a café on the premises.  I really appreciate all they have done to assist her.

I made two signs for them, this one is by the front of the bakery/café and everyone that goes there passes by it on their way inside:

The bakery is run through Community Inclusions, a non-profit organization that provides support to adults with intellectual disabilities.  I found this quote on their facebook page, so I made this sign for them as well:

Hope you like these!

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