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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Spoonful of Sugar

My inspiration for this sign was an image posted by The Graphics Fairy.  Hers was a black and white and I wanted mine to be a bit lighter so I used gray.  I originally was going to make this a children's bookstore sign, but the theme took me in a different direction so I just went with it, plus I love to host and attend whimsical tea parties myself.
The board for this sign started out as a broken table I purchased sight unseen from an online auction.  They did list the table as "as is,"  but they didn't explain what the as is was.  The legs were broken and one of the top pieces was cracked and busted.  I used the table top for another project I will show you next week, but for the broken half of the table I knew immediately I wanted to paint a sign on it.  My husband sheared the bad part off and made it even for me and painted it with a satin white paint I had on hand.
 I made a reverse copy of the image from The Graphics Fairy and reduced it so it would fit on my board with my artist's projector.  I projected the image onto the board and lightly traced the image with pencil.  All  I had to work with for gray paint was some old latex paint  that was nearly gone.  I wanted to save myself a trip to the craft store to save time.  Also I am a firm believer of using what you have on hand.  The latex paint worked just fine.
 As always, I map out my lettering ahead of time on paper.  This may sound like extra work, but it saves so much time and re-doing, it is worth it.  I figured out the spacing of the letters and then I could easily figure out the exact placement on the piece.
 Here I used three different stencils to do the lettering.  After it was all done, I thought it was a little too pristine for my taste so I shabbied it up a little bit.  Here is the finished product.

Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special

The Graphics Fairy


Highpoint Circle said...

So darn cute, I can't believe you don't have a billion comments. I love it!

Debbiedoos said...

maggie this is spectacular! WOW very neat. Thanks for sharing and for joining in my newbie party.

Debbiedoos said...

Try linking up again the picture is not showing.

Teresa@magazineyourhome said...

This is brilliant! You definitely took what you had and turned it into a work of art, well done! I just became a follower, stop by my blog and say hi. Teresa at www.magazineyourhome.com

Anonymous said...

This is such a great idea! Your graphic looks great! I love it! I'm a new follower.

WhyCuzICan said...

Very sweet, and love that you used a lighter color (gray) for your images. Nice job :D

Visiting from BRAG MONDAY at Graphicsfairy :D

From Chilly NW Illinois,
Suzanne at WhyCuzICan

Anonymous said...

Enchanting! (via Graphics Fairy)

My Beautiful World said...

This is amazing thank you so much for sharing I have enjoyed looking around your lovely blog. I'm now following hope to find a spare minute and visit me follow back if you like nice to meet new friends. I hope you have a wonderful day.

Always Wendy

Stacey Stuwe said...

This is absolutely adorable!!!

Miss Charming said...

Such a creative design. It doesn't even look like the same piece. Beautiful job! I'm your newest follower.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How adorable! You are SO talented! Happy holidays! ♥

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Hi visiting from Debbiedoo's, I had to come see how you did that cute sign, I think it is Practically Perfect! I am your newest follower and also have an antiques booth. You will pick up soooo many great ideas from the blog world! And we will pick up so many ideas from you! Welcome and congratulations on your feature!