Create Beautiful Signs at University Pickers!

I wrote about my desire to create beautiful signs from the vintage wood I bought at Harrison Brothers’ basement. Well, today I took a class at University Pickers in Huntsville, and I made the sweetest little sign…It turned out better than I thought!

Thanks to JennLin for teaching the class. She took us, step-by-step, through the sign-making process. Not only was she a lot of fun and encouraging, she was also very generous with her crafting supplies!

Here is my finished product!

Create a beautiful sign at University Pickers--just like this one.

How we Made these Sweet Signs

Now, I know the secret! JennLin prepped for the class by cutting out the stencil on her Silhouette machine. Ohhhhhhhhh, so that’s how they got those letters so perfect!

I’m sure you can find lots of different ways to transfer your stencil to your wood panel. We stuck the stencil on contact paper…and did a few more steps that I can’t remember. You’ll just have to take JennLin’s class to find out!

family sign The stencil.

Anyway, we painted in the stencil, and dried it super-quickly with a dryer.

craft dryer I want one of these paint dryers!

We pulled the stencil away, and behold! The text was afoot. (Borrowing from Sherlock Holmes…random, I know, but I’m trying to post this by 5 p.m. and just have to go with whatever words come to find!)

After that, we embellished like crazy. Like I said, JennLin was super-sweet and generous with her embellishments. Thanks, JennLin!

lots of glitter love Glitter anyone?

The Finished Sign

So what do you think? Here’s a finished sign that JennLin is selling at University Pickers.  I patterned my sign after hers.

beautiful sign

My University Pickers Sign Classmates

Why take a class instead of just going to Youtube for sign-making instructions?

Look, if you’re a mom or a work-at-home kinda person like myself, you’ve got to get yourself out of the house…Can I get an Amen on that?

I went in to create my beautiful sign at University Pickers, not knowing a soul. I came out with some new friends! I asked all of these fabulous, beautiful ladies who would prefer me not to photograph them for the blog post, and not one raised their hand!!! Isn’t that amazing?

My seat-mate is this amazing mom from North Dakota…a military mom who began taking University Pickers class to find friends in the crafting community. I told her the only things I know about North Dakota is that there are a lot of good jobs there and Laura Ingalls Wilder lived in DeSmet, North Dakota.

She was cool with that. I think we’ve all got our biases about certain states in the Union. Sometimes people think that life in Alabama isn’t that cool, but it really is! Anyhow, here’s a big shout-out to my new friend, Tammy! Big hugs!!!

fellow crafters Tammy from North Dakota.

More Beautiful, Creative Sign Pictures at University Pickers!

Don’t forget to send me a little message to let me know what you think! Bloggers love comments! 🙂

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Shabby Chic!

A lady who I recently met introduced me to University Pickers on 3024C University Drive in Huntsville.

I went a little Shabby Chic crazy and took a bunch of pictures of stuff I liked. University Pickers sells vintage, re-purposed, and handmade products.

Hope you enjoy!

Vintage paper.

Vintage paper.

tiles

thebestisyettocome

the_water_glass

Teal, distressed dresser.

Teal, distressed dresser.

tea_pot

soaps

Love this look!

Love this look!

pottery

Picture_frames

Pearls and lace on a blouse.

Pearls and lace on a blouse.

Old_books

Melody_overcoat

Rusty lantern.

Rusty lantern.

jeans4

jeans3

Lace on jeans.  I think Anthropologie sold their patched jeans for $80!

Lace on jeans. I think Anthropologie sold their patched jeans for $80!

Easy peasey way to dress up your jeans.

Easy peasey way to dress up your jeans.

home_sign

girl_figurine

Whimsical vintage.

Whimsical vintage.

frames

cuff_bracelets

cabinet2

cabinet

boo

Baby shoes.

Baby shoes.

University of  Alabama stationery.  I think my friend Wendy may have done these.

University of Alabama stationery. I think my friend Wendy may have done these.