Saturday, January 1, 2011

Back of the Barn Signs

Raise your hand've been busy creating during this past week off.  Me, too! 

First of all, I hope everyone's Christmas and New Year's were safe, loving, healthy and wonderful, filled with family, friends, good food, and great gifts! (I admit it...I love the "getting" almost as much as the "giving"!)

I've been off from work since two days before Christmas and it's been wonderful.  I do so enjoy being a domestic goddess.  Anyway, today I went out into my cottage to mentally sort through things...lo and behold, four hours later, I had created four Back of the Barn Signs(how do you like the name I chose for my sign-making venture?)

This is a close-up of how much I distressed the signs. It's my favorite part...I actually put them down in the gravel, step on them, and go to town with the distressing!

Good advice...I gave two of these signs to teachers at school; they now hang in their classrooms!

I decided that I'm going to go a little easier on the distressing of signs with a "spiritual" message (I think).

  They all still have to be varnished and hangers added, but after that, they're done.

Oh yeah...I LOVE this gift!  Bob gave me this wonderful little "wood-stove" heater for my cottage.  It's actually electric, but I pretend it's real.  Talk about cozy.

 Getting back to the name I chose...Back of the Barn Signs.  I chose it because each of my signs is made to look as if you found it lying underneath the hay, next to the old tractor, way in the "back of the barn".  When (please note I said "when", not "if"; I'm working on being more positive) I display the signs for sale, that'll be my name. We shall see, we shall see.

Ok gals.  Off to shower and hopefully, truck shopping tomorrow.  I'm in the market for a "new" vehicle and am hoping for a Ford Explorer.  Wish me luck.  Stay well and warm!


  1. I always love your signs. The fireplace looks wonderful; it is always nice to be warm when crafting.
    We scrapbook in our garage, which has been fixed up a bit to be a family game room. It is too cold to use it now. When we can afford it we are going to build a wall at the garage door, insulate it and put in some electric heaters.

  2. Did you make the Welcome sign hanging above your fireplace? Do you have those for sale? I don't know if I told you or not either, but my boys loved their German Valley signs and wanted to know where I found them! They were like go figure, you order a sign about the midwest from out east. :) They thought the fact that we met through blogging was pretty cool too.

  3. Love the signs!

    I didn't win the lottery either so off to work I go tomorrow too! YUCK! I'd like a few more days.
    Plus they painted our room ove r the break and we have to put it together again AND teach too.
    Someone wasn't thinking.

    Have a good one.


  4. Hi friends. So good to hear from you. :)

    Lori--I did make that sign also. It's 10" x 20" and $20. I don't know about shipping, but I don't imagine it would be that much; there's no weight to it. I can find out if you'd like. By the way, it's not made for hanging in the's only been varnished for "inside" use.

    I'm glad everyone's doing well and hopefully staying warm. :) We don't have any snow to speak of, but there's a definite winter chill in the air.