Towards the end of last week we had fall-ish weather.
I got to wear tights and boots with my skirt one day and the next day I got to wear my wellies due to the thunder, lightening and rain.
So, me, the one who lets go of summer rather reluctantly, was officially ready to embrace autumn.
this week, it's in the nineties!
It's kind of putting a damper on my desire to dig into the whole fall decor thing.
I did get my autumn craft on with a scrap of wood I've had set aside out in the garage.
First of all, I lightly sanded the board and gave it a quick coat of watered down white acrylic craft paint.
I wanted it to look weathered, like it really was an old sign that had been used outdoors.
Next, I used painter's tape to mark a line so the letters were not all crooked and wonky.
(Yes, this is the first time I've thought of doing this instead of just eye balling it. Lightbulb!)
Then I marked the center of the board, figuring out where the words should go based on that.
Good thing I planned ahead, unlike my usual compulsive crafting nature,
because I originally wanted the sign to say apple cider, but there would not have been room for that.
Once I started painting the letters, I tried to keep the brush fairly dry, so the letters looked worn.
Why not start out with them looking that way, rather than to have to go back and sand them down?
Once the sign was done, I did think a couple letters looked too "new" so I lightly sanded those.
When everything was dry, (which took about 30 seconds in this heat),
to make the sign look older, and a bit grungier, I took some brown shoe polish paste and lightly rubbed a bit of that on.
If you have dark furniture wax that would work, too.
Then I rubbed on some natural furniture paste wax and gave it a buff.
I screwed three small "eyes" in the top of the sign to hang the sign from.
Then I hung it up over my dining room window where my homemade "Boulangerie" sign usually hangs.
My kind of craft, fairly simple, and done in about an hour!
Also linking to the Fall Craft Party at the Lettered Cottage!