Monday, November 26, 2012

Mon Reve

In case you don't speak French, mon reve translates to "my dream."  I don't speak French either so I had to look up the meaning of the phrase. 

That said, these are my latest pair of French signs.  If you recall, these are the recycled cabinet doors I found at the salvage yard.  There were two of them, and I experimented with the Modern Master's crackle finish.  You can find the tutorial here.  Then I did a reverse mod podge transfer method for the image of this beautiful lady.  You can find that tutorial  here.  The image is from Graphics Fairy.  I emailed the photo to Fed Ex office and had them resize it for the area I had to work with.

I love my French signs to have an old world look to them and that's why I chose to do the reverse mod podge.  It gives an aged patina, and you can see some of the paper rubbed off, but that's okay because I was going for a very old, antique look.
Next I applied some of my pretty rose appliques and then I printed some lettering.  I wanted these to be perfume signs from the get go, but the width I had to work with on the lettering was only 4 1/2 inches so I kept it short and sweet.  The signs are identical except that the image of the woman is a mirrored image, one from the other, and one says eau de parfum and the other one says eau de cologne.  I am pointing that out because my husband thought they were identical.
Here are the backs of the signs.  As you can see, I don't disguise the fact that these are cabinet doors.  I use this type of door for the specific purpose of getting some extra architectural details that add some interest.
Thanks so much for your visit.  I always love it when you drop by.

I'm partying at...

Mondays          Le Chateau des Fleurs       The Graphics Fairy    
                                      Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday
Tuesdays          Knick of Time       Coastal Charm  
                                      Boogie Board Cottage    A Stroll Thru Life   
                                     Cozy Little House Tweak it Tuesday
Wednesdays     Savvy Southern Style
Thursdays        The Shabby Creek Cottage    No Minimalist Here 
                                     Between Naps on the Porch Tablescape Thursday    
                                     Rustic Restorations Homespun Happenings
Fridays            French Country Cottage       My Romantic Home        Miss Mustard Seed
                                    Potpourri Friday     Common Ground
                                    The Charm of Home    Rooted in Thyme
Saturdays        Funky Junk Interiors

Sundays           My 1928 Charmer Sunday's Best


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I LOVE these, Maggie! They turned out gorgeous.

Anne said...

Beautiful Maggie!

suzyq said...

Oh mon Dieu - c'est magnifique!
HAD to compliment this one in French lol
Gorgeous beyond words - beautiful job Maggie!

Donna said...

Your signs are just amazing, Maggie! I love the image of the woman, and the floral details are the icing on the cake! Thanks for the mini French lesson, too!!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Beautiful! I love the background color you used, too.

Inma M. said...

Te ha quedado un trabajo precioso.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Maggie, you are a sign expert, these are beyond fabulous!!


Sacred Heart Design said...

These are so beautiful! So creative! ~Diane

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

These are stunning!!! How creative... I love the women and the floral details... a great transformation!
I'd love you to join TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS at StoneGable! The link goes live every Wednesday at 8:00 pm. Your beautiful signs will be a very welcomed addition!

melanzana said...

Prekrasno!!!!Super blog!!
Pozdrav iz Hrvatske.

Junk Fairy said...

Hi Miss Maggie, thank-you for your sweet comments on my blog. Listen, if you are ever in the OC look me up.I'm always home.
I love your latest projects!
Gurl, you are talented!!!
Wishes & Kisses,