Farmhouse Bakery Sign DIY

farmhouse bakery sign diy

Do you love farmhouse signs as much as I do? Have you tried your hand at making one yet? Well today I would like to share my own farmhouse bakery sign DIY process with you. It was so darn easy, I don’t know why I waited so long to give it a try myself!

farmhouse bakery sign diy

The first thing you want to do is to think about were you want your sign to hang. It’s no fun if you put all your time and effort into making a sign that rocks, then you discover it doesn’t fit in the spot where you had planned to hang it!

I knew right from the get go that I wanted my sign to fit perfectly in the space that was above my cooking stove and beneath the exhaust fan. After taking the exact measurements I asked my husband if he would build a wooden sign for me. He said, “yes”, of course!

While my husband was  out in the garage busy working on the sign I was busy creating a three course sumptuous dinner for him. I can’t lie….I was busy searching picmonkey to find a font that I would like to use on my farmhouse sign. For the large lettering on the sign I chose a very simple font. For the bakery items I decided to go with a fancier cursive.

farmhouse bakery sign diy

I copy my lettering right from my computer screen, but you can also print the lettering out, cut it and lay it on your board. Then trace the lettering. For the smaller cursive font I used carbon paper and traced it on to the surface. It is pretty hard to cut such small lettering accurately.

Now this next step is going to be a stunner for you! I filled the lettering in with magic marker. Yes, you heard that right. It was a brand new Sharpie permanent marker. It filled in the letters so easily. Lastly I applied three coats of sealer to finish for a protective coat since my sign was going to hang over my cooking stove.

farmhouse bakery sign diy

Here is my finished sign before I had hung it. My husband says that it looks like a professionally done sign. He, no doubt, is my greatest fan.!

farmhouse bakery sign diy

In conclusion, farmhouse bakery sign DIY is simple and anyone can do it. Just give it a try!

If you would like to view another simple sign to make for your home, check out my post here.  If you have any question about either projects just give me a shout and I’ll do my best to answer you. As always, feel free to pin!!

Blessings-Kim

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Harvesting Lavender

harvesting lavender

For many years I had dreamed of the day when I could walk out to my own little herb garden to harvest my very own lavender.  I would envision myself harvesting lavender, filling baskets and baskets full of this sweetly aromatic herb. While thumbing through a magazine one day I came across some very impressive pictures with fields of lavender, no doubt they were lavender farms!  This prompted me to begin planning, not of fields of lavender for myself, but at least a decent sized border row all along one side of our property. You know, much like a farmers tree hedge row, only with lavender.

harvesting lavender

 Fast forward to today and here I am ladies harvesting lavender!  Yes, my very own lavender. It’s not a row of lavender yet, but hope does spring eternal that someday it will be. My figuring was that if I didn’t kill these first two plants this year then I’ll buy a few more every year until I finally have that row of lavender.

harvesting lavender

 I harvested  two plants of lavender and this is what it yielded.  Admittedly it doesn’t look like much. But I am hopeful that I will be surprised by how much it actually amounts to when it is dried.

harvesting lavender

harvesting lavender

harvesting lavender

To make a simple drying rack for the lavender just paint an old picture frame. Next replace the glass with utility wire fencing or even chicken wire could work.

lavender harvesting

I have hung my drying rack in the kitchen out of the direct sunlight. Not only is it pretty, but it smells fabulous!

harvesting lavender

Within hours I realised that the lavender was drying fast so I added a t-towel to the bottom of my frame to catch what had already dried.

harvesting lavender

Within one day I had already harvested a half of a pint of lavender. I am so excited that I now have lavender to use for sugar scrub and sachet that I want to make for gifts. I hope that this inspires you to add lavender to your herb garden. It is so fragrant, so pretty and so easy to harvest!

Blessings to all-Kimberly

harvesting lavender

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Chalk Painting a Milk Jug

CHALK PAINTING A MILK JUG

I have had an old Kalamazoo milk jug hiding in my cabinet for years that needed a face lift. Finally I came up with the idea of chalk painting a milk jug! I have seen so many Mason jars painted that look so nice in a farmhouse kitchen so I knew I couldn’t go wrong trying this application on my milk jug. 

chalk painting a milk jug

The first thing I did was tape the top of the milk jug with green painting tape.  You will want something that sticks well and will result in a very sharp line, not allowing any leakage of the paint. Using painting tape will make it easy to remove after you are finished too.

chalk painting a milk jug

The next step is to chalk paint the entire surface of the milk jug from the tape mark down. Notice how nicely the lettering is showing through now that it has been painted? It was hardly visible when the glass was clear. If you don’t have a chalk paint recipe here is Plaster of Paris recipe that I prefer to use:

chalk painting a milk jug

chalk painting a milk jug

After the chalk paint dried I went back carefully with my fingernail and scraped the paint off of all of the lettering. Probably a fine sand paper might do the job just as well but I was afraid that I would end up sanding off areas besides the lettering and then have to go back and repaint again! This just seemed like a more accurate way to do it to me.

chalk painting a jug

There you have it, a new flower vase for your farmhouse kitchen! I can see myself using this vase for all seasons of  decorating. I think it will even look nice on it’s own (flower free) added to a farmhouse vignette. How would you use it in your home?

Blessings-Kimberly

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Easy to Make Sign

Easy Bedroom Sign

Here, my friends, is my version of an easy to make sign. I made it especially to hang over our bed. It reminds me of a favourite old Randy Travis song, “Forever and Ever, Amen.” here.

easy to make sign

Here is how to created this easy to make sign: Begin by removing the glass in an old picture frame. Mine was free!  Next cover the picture with a piece of leftover painter’s cloth or burlap if you like. You don’t need to glue this if you allow a half of an inch extra on all sides. It will lay nicely inside the frame without the use of glue.  I copied my letters from picmonkey right off of my laptop screen. You can print them on paper if you don’t mind using the ink required for this. I find it unnecessary unless it is something I am going to make more than one copy of. Now trace your lettering to the cloth with a heat removable marking pen. The ink will disappear from heat of your iron.

easy to make sign

This is an easy to make sign because it doesn’t even require paint.

easy to make sign

I used chalk! So easy and simple.

easy to make sign

For my easy to make sign I added a tarnished brass #4 and two wooden birds recycled from another old sign I was no longer using. Be creative here and make it your own. I had considered a small vase to hold flowers in the center as a possibility.

easy to make sign

Here is how my sign looks hanging over my bed. And it only took a few hours to make.

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My Sewing Closet Conversion

Well, here at long last is the sewing closet that I finished last week.
I’ve put off sharing it because I am not at all happy with the photos of this little nook, but for some reason even with the many adjustments on the camera I’m still not getting clear pictures.
Onward with what I have…..
I’m not sure whether you can tell, but this is a full sized closet. Somehow it doesn’t look like it is!
Here is how it all happened….
First Tim and I removed the tons of Winter coats that were hanging inside. Next he made two new shelves for me. He built a large bottom shelf to hold my sewing machine and another shelf above for much needed storage. The very top shelf was there already.
As you can see, I went a bit crazy with the scrap paper wall quilting again.
I can’t seem to help myself!
Honestly though, the reasoning behind this is very sensible.
 One, I hate painting! Which I’m sure I’ve shared with you so many times before. And secondly, I love the bright and colourful patterns on the five dollar scrap paper book that I had purchased at Wal Marts.  I don’t scrap book so they had to go somewhere-hence the closet walls!
I opted for just painting a frame I had black and hanging a clipboard to write my future projects on instead of a cushioned bulletin board.
In case you’re wondering how I attached the paper squares, it was done with homemade Mod Podge.
I have everything quite cluttered nicely arranged on the shelves: my scissors, rulers, threads and bobbins, most everything I need for sewing.
My favourite storage unit is the white drawered cabinet on the left that my father made for me many, many years ago. It was his first attempt at making something with drawers and they are a little bit wonky.
This makes me smile whenever I look at it. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how special it is to me…
And lastly, here is my sweet little doggie who so faithfully holds my spectacles for me until I need them to thread the needle!
Which is always.
Now I just need to get with it and get on to those many projects I’ve been wanting to work on lately.
Shall I list them?
No, I will save that for another day. This post is far too long as it is!
Blessing to all and have a good weekend
Kim
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Re-Purposed Lamp

I’m not sure whether you will remember me saying  last week that I was working on a re-purposed lamp for our screened in porch or not….
 Well, I’m happy to report today that the re-purposed lamp is now finished!
My repurposed lamp is now hanging, pretty as can be, from a rafter of our screened in porch.
Here’s how I did it:
 I made my re-purposed lamp from an old lamp shade that I had stripped the old fabric off of.
 I then attached an old thrift store lamp upside down to the lamp shade frame, right in the center where a finial would’ve been screwed on.
This was done with torn strips of white t-towel fabric that where wrapped around the base of the re-purposed lamp and then wrapped again to the inside frame of the shade.
Next I wrapped the top and the bottom of the shades frame with the torn white t-towel fabric and then covered the lamps base with a white doily, just to add a little prettiness to it.
To decorate the shades frame Tim downloaded a couple of vintage seed packet prints I had found on Pinterest  for me.
I attached them, along with a tiny bouquet of periwinkle, to the frame.
Then lastly, I tied three long t-towel strips to the top of the frame for hanging.
Refer back to photo #2.
Here is a view of it hanging in our porch.
As you can see I really went for bright and cheerful colours in there!
I will show you more of my budget porch re-do in the next few days.
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For those of you who read my post from yesterday, the measuring sticks that I had found in my basement were used in the past by lumberjacks to measure the width of a tree in the forest before they cut it to be sure it was legal size.
I am told they now have a computerized way of measuring.
That figures!
I’m off now to see what you are busying yourself with today and  then to see if I can’t find a party or two to join!
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