Google+ House Revivals: Lovely Things, Rustic Signs

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Lovely Things, Rustic Signs

Remember those New Year's resolutions from a few months back?  They always make me feel like a failure about two weeks into the year.  So, a couple of years ago, when I heard about taking one word and applying it to all aspects of your life, I was intrigued.

Last year, I chose the word "health" as my "word of the year".  My goal was not to lose forty pounds, give up fried foods, and run a marathon.  Rather, I made a conscious decision to apply the concept of health to decisions regarding every aspect of my life, from finances to organization to relationships.  At the end of the year, my life wasn't perfect.  It was, however, healthier.

This year I chose "beauty" as my word of the year.  This scripture from Philippians really speaks to the concept of beauty.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things. Phil 4:8

If our thoughts are without beauty, how can we have any beauty in our lives?  As a reminder to guard my thoughts, it seemed like a good idea to create a sign that I would see every day.  Flipping through a Pottery Barn catalog, I saw this sign with an old proverb in a bedroom vignette.  Perfect inspiration!

The Pottery Barn sign has the words "Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come" stenciled on strips of wood lath.  It is lovely.  For my own sign, I wanted something a bit beachier, so I used ordinary construction stakes.  They reminded me of beach fencing.

They had serious splinters, so I gave them all a light sanding.  Then, I used a little stain to give them a weathered appearance.

Next, the stakes were laid out, face down, on my counter.  I used pieces of cardboard between the pieces as spacers.  Then, I glued extra large stir sticks to the backs, using Gorilla Glue.  I used an assortment of heavy objects to weight the stir sticks down while the glue cured.

You can add your lettering using any technique you like.  I looked at stencils and stamps, but didn't find the font I wanted, so I printed mine, cut them out and Mod Podged the letters onto the boards.  ( I really need a Silhouette!)

The final step was to distress the lettering by sanding them.

I like how it turned out.

And I like the daily reminder (trust me, I need it).

Do you have a word, a resolution, 
or a set of goals for the year?

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  1. I love this!!!!! What a beautiful thing to have ...what a beautiful thing to remind ourselves everyday..

  2. This looks great! So inspirational!

  3. Amanda,
    Your thought about choosing a word for the year is a very postitve and wonderful idea.
    And your sign with the quote from Philippians is gorgeous! I would love to have this inspiration in home/yard/ well, anywhere.
    Thanks for sharing your informative tutorial.
    I am so happy to find you, you have a delightful blog.

  4. The sign is a beauty itself!!! I love the look and the sentiment!!!

  5. What a lovely thought. I would love it if you would link this up to my party A Marvelous Mess....each week I pick one project to feature on my sidebar!! Here is the link:

  6. That is so beautiful Amanda and I love the verse. :) My word this year was simple....not really sure how that is going for me. :)

  7. Love it! I have tons of barn wood and need to do something like that!! I'm your newest follower and would love you to check me out and be mine!
    P.S. I love Yellowtail Shiraz too!!
    God bless,

  8. I really love your signs. They are my style.


  9. I absolutely love the rustic sign. Your blog is divine! I wanted to thank you for your lovely comment on my tutorial on a fabric rug over at Remodelaholic!

  10. This is right up my alley - love the rustic sign and the verse you choose! This is beautiful artwork - with character and substance!

  11. That piece is stunning!! Such a neat weathered look. And I love the verse. :) Thank you for the visit!

  12. That's just fantastic. I love it so much ... think I'll have to make one too. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Love the quote, the medium, and the New Year's Resolution concept! Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. That is such cute idea! I love the quote!
    I would love it if you shared your creativity at my linky party @ {nifty thrifty sunday}!

  15. Amanda - I am totally lovin this one! The worn wood creates the perfect backdrop and the quote is so inspiring! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this today. Hope you are enjoying your week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  16., Amanda. A "beautiful" reminder. I liked the PB version, but I love your personal version. You're an inspiration. ;)


  17. What a great idea. I love my hand-carved Colossians 3:23 sign above the stairway. It's from (name of missionary here) Hand in Hand project
    "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not men."
    I have an award for you at Life is Good
    Thanks for being such an encourager!

  18. LOVE this! I've been thinking of painting some various song lyrics throughout my yard too. I LOVE what you did!

  19. What a great project! Thanks for linky up last weekend, I'll be featuring this as one of my fav's! Please stop over and join the party again this weekend.

  20. You did a fantastic job. Can you make me one? haha. I have added your project to my post this week. You can see it here -



  21. Amanda, what a wonderful piece of art ... amazing!!! i really need your energy ... i only have ideas ... not actual completed projects ... sigh ...

  22. That is gooooorgeous. A lot of work cutting out the letters, but soooo worth it in the end! That is one of my favorite verses. I do have a word this's not the typical word that you would think would come from God, but it stems from John 16:33. I am writing an essay/ladies retreat sermon about it. I might just share it in a post one day on my blog, but I am just luuuuuuuving the sign you made. I am definitely putting this one in my inspiration folder of 'to do' projects! Thanks Amanda!

  23. You were featured at Today's Top 20! Hooray!!


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  25. This is SO beautiful! I'm saving this in my "idea" file! I may copy it exactly for my front porch which I'm planning to 'doll up' -- it's a very small, sad looking porch right now!

  26. Amanda,

    This is stunning. I love not only your daily reminder but your workmanship in creating it.

    Thank you for the tutorial.


  27. Thank you for allowing me to use your sign photo Amanda. You've done a lovely job and I'm most happy to feature it in my post today on wall art!

  28. I love this!! What stain did you use? It's beautiful.


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