Friday, January 9, 2015

A Salvaged, Weathered Wood Sign Embellished With Rusty Goodness

Making signs is one of my favorite ways to be creative.
I believe that I've mentioned before that we "inherited"
  a lot of wood when we bought our place. Which is 
perfect because I can use it for my wood projects!

 This piece has so much character. 
I wish now that I would have gotten some
close-ups of some of the details. 
But I'm sure you get the idea. 
I just love the rough edges and 
you can kind of see the broken knothole
on the left. The grain of the wood is 
so visible from the years of weathering.

I just dry-brushed the lovely gray with some
Antique White acrylic craft paint.
After that dried, I lightly brushed on some
Lagoon acrylic to add a little color. 
I really like that with the 
rust, white and gray.

And I didn't notice at first, but it actually matched 
the patina coloring in one of the rusty pieces that
I chose from my junk stash.
And I just happened to grab a shot of that
because I thought it was so neat.

There are some criss-crossed rusty nails
in one corner. (I'm sorry I didn't get 
more detailed photos. I get so impatient sometimes
that I forget that.) The rest pretty
much speaks for itself.

It's been one of my favorite words for 
awhile now. I just keep having so many reasons for it.

My life is so blessed. 

And in December, my husband, of
almost thirty years, survived a terrible
accident in which he totaled his pick-up.
He sustained only a few minor injuries and
was treated and released that same morning.

And that is just ONE thing.
And so I have 
adopted GRATEFUL to be
my word for 2015.

Here is one of my gathered quotes..

 Gratitude unlocks the fulness of life.
It turns what we have into enough and more.
It turns denial to acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast,
a house into a home,
and a stranger into a friend.

Gratitude makes sense of our past,
brings peace for today
and creates a vision (of hope)  parenthesis mine
for tomorrow. 

{ Melody B. }

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Aimee at Refresh-Renew... said...

Beautiful post! Love your sign too. Thanks for sharing-aimee

Tamara said...

Thank you for coming by, Aimee. And it's so wonderful to have you following along!

Monica said...

Sending love!

Tamara said...

Thank you, Monica! and love back to you..

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

This is so creative and a perfect word choice. Happy to hear your husband was not seriously injured.

lynn said...

so glad your husband is ok--scary thing to have happen. sweet sign, tamara! i love making signs, too:) happy weekend!

Tamara said...

Thank you Betsy..and the word is so fitting for my life..

Tamara said...

yes it was scarey..Lynn...thank you ..signs are very fun. I love the signs you make!

Janine A said...

Hi there, our approach to finding joy in the everyday seems alike and I look forward to following in your journey on your blog. Please do pop back to my blog if you have time! J9 x

Kezzie said...

I love this!!!! You are so clever!!! What a wonderful craft to do!!! And thanks for your sweet comment, I look forward to reading more of your blog z