Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Chicken on a Pallet

I posted this picture on Facebook today.  I asked people what they thought it was & I got some really funny comments.  

This is the latest in my quick & easy projects I am doing to get ready for the Brasleton Antique & Holiday Festival which is only 5 weeks away!  I found this chicken outline on the internet.  It looks really simple to draw but I can't draw a stick figure so I enlarged this one on my copier.  

I had to piece it in 3 sections but it was fairly easy, I drew a line across the middle to give me a place to easily line up each piece so I didn't end up with a funky chicken (now that song is stuck in your head, isn't it?)

I used tracing paper to draw it out onto some old pallets that I nailed together.

I painted it with American Paint Company Navajo White but it looked too new so I lightly sanded, added some dark wax to the edge of the boards & clear waxed all over.  Then I hung it in different places all over my house.

Now go make your own chicken!!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Quick, Easy Market Sign

I have 6 weeks to get ready for the Braselton Antique Festival.  Six weeks!!!  So now I am in panic mode, I don't know what I have to take or even if I have enough stuff!  I needed some quick easy projects & fast!  I was looking over my wood pile to see what I had that I could throw together quickly.  I came across a broken piece of wood & knew it would make a great sign.  The hard part was deciding what to put on the sign.  Luckily I had been on Pinterest drooling  looking at kitchens & I remembered seeing a cute sign that said "Market".

 Here is a piece of broken wood perfect for a sign.

(You will also need a cute little paw like the one in the bottom of this photo to help you.) 

I printed out letters on my computer, taped them down & traced around them with a pencil.

I heard about this Sharpie paint markers & decided to give them a try.  

The markers filled in nicely on the wood.  I was surprised how well they covered.  Of course I had to remove some of my hard work of coloring to make it look worn.  So I lightly sanded & then added American Paint Company Clear wax  to protect it.  The broken corner looked too new so I added a little dark wax.  

In less than an hour I have a super cute sign to take to the festival.  (If I don't keep it for myself!)
Ivy and Elephants