Tuesday, May 26, 2015

GROCERY Sign - How You Can Make Your Own

Who hasn't seen all these pins of the GROCERY  sign.  I love it.  We even saw it in Hobby Lobby.  My husband liked it too.  I was like YES!

He said, "Let's buy it".

Of course I said, "No Way!  I can make that for FREE!".

He was having a bit too much fun in there.

So I went out back to my stash of free wood, found a board & painted it red, with left over paint.  Badly painted, I might ad, so it looks distressed already.

I had a specific spot to fit it in.  To make the letters tall enough I couldn't use stencils.  They were all too wide to fit that many letters on my board.  I wound up free handing it.  I measured it out so I knew the letters would fit.

I used a 1" foam brush.

 Sanded it a little

The finished look!

Thursday, May 21, 2015



He's like the newest and best version of Mr. Potato Head.

We don't usually celebrate Earth Day.  I mean really everyday is Earth Day.  We are called to be good stewards of all that God has given us.  

However, the homeschooled kids we know have a little book club.  This meeting they learned about Earth Day and we joined in.  It is ok to have a reminder that we need to not pollute, reuse and recycle.

And of course reusing is one of our favorites around here at Ford Country.

We went out back to the shed where I knew there would be plenty of rusty nuts and bolts.  The kids thought this was awesome.

We gave them a good wash!

Same with the tin cans.

Brought everything in and made a mess of the table.

Cut up pieces of magnets and glued them to the bolts, nuts, washers and everything else. 

Now it's like a Mr. Potato Head except metal and rusty.  You can make faces and interchange the pieces.  Throw all the pieces inside the can for storage.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Feed Sack Art

I love the whole feed sack look, but I was thinking I don't like the dust a fabric picture would collect.  I decided to just paint my own feed sack pic on wood.  On wood it can be dusted easily.

This is my inspiration for the piece.  I saw this on Pinterest.  It is painted onto a shower curtain.  Super cute!

I started with a cupboard door I (well my husband built it) that I never used.  Sorry honey.  It was a flat board with trim around it, already painted black.  Here's what it looked like.

I can't find the pics we took along the way.  But here are the steps.

1.  Paint the whole thing black.
2.  Paint White over it.  Just don't paint it very well.  Leave some black showing.
3.  Draw your cows.  I have an artistic daughter.  I showed her the image I wanted.  She hand drew it with a pencil.  Then painted it brown, added some white.  And this cute little brand on its bum.

4.  Place the stencils.  I used a big round lid to get the arch.  I place the stencils around it and taped them down.

5. Customize.  I changed the name of the mill!  Ford Country Mills.  Also the brand on the bum.  That's the same as  the sign on the front porch.

The year we were married.

6.  Last step.  Stain.  I age my pics like this by going over the finished product with left over stain.  I used a rag and rubbed it on.  A little here and thicker there.  Too much can be wiped off before it dries.

This one is hanging in the bathroom I'm making over.  If I ever finish I'll show that to ya'll.

Friday, May 8, 2015

A Little Boat, A Little Fishing, A Lot of Family

Maybe this verse means:
 Enjoy your Family during Fishing Season!

Todd recently decided he and the boys were in need of a boat!  And a boat it was.  Hours on Craigslist.com and with a little cash in hand they brought home this beauty.

The joys of a warm spring evening.

On a Thursday evening I would not be the first to say sure let's go to the lake.  Todd was going to take the boys out for a first run and we had one sad little girl.

Now we are all going.


 Giant Leaves!
A turn in the Boat!Finder of Lost Bait!

Giant Shadow!

A Beautiful View!

Another day, Another Adventure!