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The drive to make signs is back and it’s a good thing because it felt like I was in a funk. Between the move and getting the workshop set up, it was difficult to create anything that really inspired.
I must have rearranged my office 3 times within two weeks, Robert built me this awesome work table and things were still feeling forced. Then last Saturday I decided to take the day and play. This was a smart move and inspiration hit from the word “Dreams.”
Dreams are a wonderful thing and they’ve helped me get through many difficult times.
When I started gathering supplies for this sign I started thinking about those dreams, the biggest would be living simple and helping others get back to the land. How neat is that?
I also dream about getting a little boat so Robert and I can go fishing on the lake. I keep dreaming of this simple life and discovered this is where my inspiration is focused and where my thoughts need to be centered because it’s my life.
Supplies and Measurements
The sign was measured to fit the stencil with enough space on each side to add fun details later. I already had my supplies so the next step was to get started.
- One 6 ft. Cedar Fence board
- Saw, drill, screws and bits
- Dixie Belle Paint – Fluff and a Rag
- Stencil from Studio R12, stencil brush and black chalk paint
- Sand Paper
- 2 wood slabs cut in half
- Vintage fishing needles
After the boards were cut I attached them from the back with two wood strips using screws. I drilled pilot holes first because cedar splits under pressure which can ruin a project instantly. Once the base was connected I sanded the entire thing getting it ready to add paint.
Paint Stain, Stencil and Ribbon
- I used the Paint Stain Technique with white Chalk paint. Learn more here.
- Applied the stencil using black paint. How to Stencil here.
- Drilled 4 holes, two on each side where I slipped ribbon through and tied off in knots.
Cutting Wood Slabs
These wood slabs are from a bois d arc tree we encountered clearing land, take a look at the color variation, isn’t it pretty. I took two and cut them in half with the chop saw. This was really quick and make sure you cut with a fine blade.
Adding Wood Slabs with Screws
I left the slabs natural because I want them to slowly crack over time. I drilled pilot holes again and slowly drilled them to the back of the sign. If you’re slabs are thin I would recommend using a hand screw driving.
I love this addition, it added an element of surprise that reminds me of working hard. At this point I really thought the sign was finished but guess what? It wasn’t done, because I remembered I had three vintage fishing needles in my desk.
My Dad was a fisherman, a gill netter actually and when I was a kid he prepped his nets using these needles. Buoys and rope are threaded to the nets so they don’t sink to the bottom of the bay. I was always fascinated by his work; the life of a fisherman is rough but at times I think it must have also been peaceful. My favorite thing to ask him after a night of fishing was, “How many fish did you get?”
It was those final details that made this sign a one of a kind, something that inspires beyond a simple message. The next time you make a sign take it to a new level and let it tell a story beyond the words. This one reminds me that goodness is out there and we should never stop dreaming.