Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A sign for the garden, and a new toy!

It all started with this really beautiful "Rose Hair Oil" label from the Graphics Fairy . . .  The label itself is such a pretty shape, and I love the two-tone coloring.  Her great dictionary page showing the "Hare" would have to be included too.
So the idea for a garden sign was born!  

From this . . .                                            to this! 

Here's the process -
First of all - here she is!  
One of my latest acquisitions!  As classrooms move to Promethean and Smart Boards, old faithful (the overhead projector) is getting its pink slip.  Well, this one was gathering dust in the boiler room and it came home with me on my last day in the classroom!   It's still very useful in my world.  Yes, there are things that an overhead projector can do, that a Promethean Board could not begin to accomplish!
 Then a trip to Habitat for Humanity's Re-Store!  These cupboard doors came to a grand total of $4!  For this sign I used the white door, second from the right.
So I grabbed a bunch of label graphics from the Graphics Fairy and printed them out on an overhead transparency.  The transparencies aren't cheap, so I wanted to cram as many graphics on there as possible.
Then I roughly traced on the Rose Oil label, omitting the original words and replacing it with the dictionary page "Hare", and the french words "le Jardin" (the garden). 
I needed to paint over the lines and cover my work with a durable, weather-worthy protective coating.  I painted it in blues instead of the pinks on the original label.  Pinks are easy colors to grow, but blue is harder to come by, and it's my favorite in the garden.
There are some things I'd do differently next time, like have a little less going on.  It's pretty busy, the scrollwork, the rabbit, bouquet, and words - but it's not bad for a buck!!!!

Sharing this on Miss Mustard Seed's
Furniture Feature Friday
Transformation Thursday
at the Shabby Chic Cottage
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Penny@ "WDWS Design Trends" said...

Can't wait to see! I love to paint but just haven't had the time or inspiration. But I feel it coming back now that I have found your blog!

Boom said...

Anxious to see how the Rose "hare" Oil for Le Jardin turns out!!

Gwen said...

Absolutely gorgeous garden sign! Happy retirement. We know you won't be slowing down :)

Joy said...

This is so inspired! I'd love to find one of those old projectors myself! Lucky you! Love how your garden sign turned out!

Connie the crafterbug said...

This is my kind of blog! I have a projector that I use for the same purposes and I just inherited about 10 cabinet doors. I love your sign! I am a new follower.

Kim said...

Suh-WEET!!! Awesome idea. I'm here from Miss Mustard Seed's party. Great blog! I'm your newest follower. Pop over for a visit sometime!

Mary in VA said...

That's marvelous! Thanks so much for the 'how-to'! I am glad to find you. Have a great day! Mary

Sommer said...

Oh so pretty! Please share this at my party this weekend =)

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

I love this project. What a great idea. I am a new follower!!

Mickey said...

Love it! I'd have to keep in in my house though:) Gorgeous.

Biljana said...

Great, I love your sign, so beautiful:-)
Hugs, Biljana

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Hi Nan,
Loved you sign so much, I took a tour of your blog and I love it. I just became a follower. Stop by and visit me sometime.
Rosemary :)

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

This is soon as I get moved I am coming back for ideas...I will be ready to create something...great job!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Wow! Your own work is so lovely. Thank you for you kind comment on my 'chocolate' coffee table!

the artful cottage said...

What a beautiful and charming sign you've created!

Pattie said...

Found you on MMS! Love your art! Thanks for the giveaway. You do beautiful work.8>)

EllaBoo and Co. said...

Love it Nan! It's perfection. Power to the projector. I am so pleased to see these old war horses getting the craft love they deserve. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and thanks for sharing this lovely project!



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