A while back I purchased a bookshelf at the auction for some smalls for my space at KDM Antiques, the bookshelf ended up being an awkward size, I think it was used for DVD's because I could not fit anything on the shelves.
I painted it with Milk Paint, I don't have the picture, the back was a cheap piece of board so I ripped it off, then I realized that cheap piece of board was actually holding the entire bookshelf together, so I figured that I would go to Lowes and buy a piece of plywood for the back, well that was three months ago. So last week it was just in my way in the basement, so I got my mallet out and just ripped it apart.
Now I am left with pieces of wood. I thought to myself, maybe I will build something....ummm no,
I made signs.
Maison Carree, The Square House, here was my inspiration for what to write,
A vintage post card book from a museum in Paris called Nimes, Maison Carree. Lucky for me it has the name in English so I knew what I was writing. The background is Milk paint and the words are in
ASCP, Aubusson Blue and Scandinavian Pink
Potato's, kind of weird? The inspiration is ever weirder,
I mean come on, who eats a huge potato on a spoon?
This ad is from a 1951 Life magazine.
I used ASCP in Greek Blue and Old Ochre,
clear and dark wax.
The Englander, this is the best picture I could get I was in my basement, and the lighting is not so great.
I told my son I would give him $5 if he guessed what the Englander stands for........his answer was,
ummmm, when you live in New England, you are a New Englander...........
pretty good answer, but it was wrong!
The Englander was America's most Luxurious Mattress in 1947. My sign should have really said,
Better Sleep Makes Better Husbands...........hehe.
For the Englander sign I used ASCP in Paris Grey and Antibes Green, I am keeping this one!
Chateau, aka my basement, the inspiration for this sign came from the color I used,
ASCP, Chateau Grey Barcelona Orange and the letters are Old Ochre.
This year for Christmas, my son got me a wood carving/burning set,
so for this sign I actually burned the outline after I traced it in pencil.
Those are my wonderful stencils from The Dollar Tree,
boy I have got my money's worth on those babies.
Ok, one more and I promise I'm done for tonight.
Little Things Count Big
It's always about the little things for me, on Monday morning I got in my car to go to work and I noticed that I had a full tank of gas, I never have a full tank, ever I drive on empty all the time, bad habit.
My husband left me a little note saying, that he knows I never have gas
and that he wanted me to have a great Monday, it's the little things that make us happy!
Here is the inspiration for the sign,
It's from an old Ford ad, need I say more?
I used ASCP in Arles, Cream and Paris Grey.
I still have four signs left, but I will save those for another night!
Oh, I almost forgot, the bookshelf before I ripped it apart,
I am curious to know, where does your inspiration come from?