I can’t believe it is fall already. That means it is my blogging anniversary. Or as some say in the blogging world, blogiversary. However, you look at it I am so excited to have an awesome giveaway to some lucky reader. But first I will show you how to celebrate autumn with a sign and then the giveaway. And for last years fall sign you can read about it here.
There is a story to this sign. It is really a table leaf for a table I found when I went to my local grocery store with my friend, Marsha for our lotto tickets. As we drove out I saw the table on the grass. Marsha is the one that usually tells me about curbside finds. She said she saw it when she went to Publix earlier but said she was afraid it was wet because it had rained. I certainly wasn’t going to let that stop me. Fortunately, it was in good shape.
Since the table was missing the other leaf I immediately felt it would make a great sign for autumn. In my travels, I had bought a salvaged architectural piece of acorns. How perfect to combine the two for the perfect sign.
The stain on the table leaf was cherry but in bad shape. I sanded it down and you will wonder why I did it like this but I stained it again. My friend, Marie who blogs at The Interior Frugalista did a beautiful technique using stain and a stencil. It was my inspiration but I did it a little differently than Marie did.
After the stain dried, I used vinyl letters I happened to have. Now if you are fortunate enough to have a Cricut or a Silhouette then you can cut out any style and word.
Because I don’t I did the next best thing. I spaced my word out on the table leaf to spell out “Thankful”.
After the letters were placed when I wanted them I used wood glue to glue down the wooden acorns. Then I mixed up some orange paint and painted over the entire piece.
The next color I used is a rich brown. Once that layer was dry I used a creamy color to finish it off.
It was time for the reveal. The first letter I peeled off pulled a little bit of the paint off. For the rest of the letters, I scored around the letters with the utility knife. Much better.
Some distressing and waxing and this “Thankful” sign was done. I felt it was so appropriate because I am thankful for your friendship.
You don’t know how I appreciate each and every one of you for visiting every week. And because I wanted to show you how I appreciate you I have a giveaway to celebrate.
To help with this celebration I have the most AMAZING gift for you. I suspect most of you read Thistlewood Farms, a blog written by KariAnne Wood. She has written a wonderful book, “So Close to Amazing”. And has so graciously provided a signed copy for one lucky reader of Shoppe No. 5. And if you can’t wait for the announcement to find out if you are the winner, you can preorder the book by the 7th at Amazon and get some great bonuses. Good Luck Everyone!
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Table leaf or board Salvaged architectural piece
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