Friday, November 20, 2015

Vintage Suitcase Makeover Into Shabby Craft Show Sign

Hello Everyone..

I've been getting ready for the craft show this weekend.
I have been so busy but I wanted to share
with you all this little project

I found this vintage 60's suitcase at a thrift for 
2 dollars. It was an ugly blotchy gray.
I have misplaced the photo of it's original color.
But here it is primed and ready to paint.
 The name of my business is 
The Shabby Gypsy.
I had ordered this Genie font
stencil and thought it would be perfect for
the lettering style that I wanted.

I had originally wanted to hand paint it.
I even drew the letters on but decided it would 
take too long as I'm still learning
the hand-lettering techniques.

Well then I had to figure out how to get the pencil
off! I tried erasing it. But that didn't 
work very well. So I tried
the Mr Clean Magic Eraser. 
It was a life saver!
I just rubbed the pencilled letters
with a baby wipe to moisten the writing
and then rubbed the Magic Eraser 
over it. I had it all off in ten minutes!
I was so thankful!! 
 Here's the work in progress.
I had a lot of fun making the shabby flower.
Here's the finished sign.
I used Calypso Sky acrylic paint for the
lettering. I then dry-brushed the letters with a little
bit of Vintage White. After that dried,
I brushed the letters with some tacky glue and
glittered them up a little.
I also used a  flourish stencil and glue to put
a pretty glittered area in the top right hand corner.

This was a fun project. And now I have a sign
to use.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
I'll be back with some photos of my projects next week.

I made some Christmas ornaments and
did some paper crafting.

Thank you for coming by.

Tamara XO


Kezzie said...

Oh that is beautiful Tamara! And it is so quintessentially you!!!Xx

Karen B. said...

Love the suitcase and the sign even more.
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

Roosterhead Designs said...

SO gorgeous Tamara!! It turned out beautifully~ And such a great and clever 'sign' for your booth! Love the shabby chic.
I wish I could be there at the Craft Show! LOL I have not been to one in over a year : l and I may be having withdraws ; ) Looking forward to seeing some of the highlights you may have photographed~ Much success to you, Karen O

Christine said...

Oh I love it Tamara! What a fun name for your business! I wish you every success at the craft fair. I decided not to do any this year as I hardly have time to stitch much these days & miss it!
Blessings to you!

Junkchiccottage said...

Beautiful Tamara.

Tamara said...

Hello ladies..
And thank you so much for your sweet, encouraging words! Since I was gone at the Christmas Market, I wont try to respond to each comment.. But I'm so grateful for your visits and your comments. The market was very festive with a tree and many, kind vendors. We had a wonderful time of fellowship and though the shoppers weren't out in abundance, I had a good day anyway.

Blessings to you all and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tamara XO

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

How completely fun this is! Have a wonderful, Thanksgiving, Tamara ~ and thank you so very much for your well wishes over at my little blog.

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

Congrats on the great find in the suitcase Tamara! Have a wonderful thanksgiving-Aimee

Stephanie said...

Oh Tamara, your unique sign is beautiful! I love the suitcase and the name is absolutely wonderful. Do you have an Etsy shop, my friend?

I hope your show went well as your items are simply stunning and made with love. Hugs to you!