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Hello, Sweet Pea~!

       I‘ve been the busiest little bee, ever. Period. Because of this I haven’t been able to share all the fun things I’ve been up to! This week, I finally finished a wood poster for a dear friend. She asked for this so long ago I just feel like dirt handing it to her so late! This darling friend of ours, whom I will call Lady S, was having her very first sweet pea. {isn’t that exciting?! I love wee bairn} She wanted this poster for his room.

From pumpkinspeoniesandperfection.com

The inspiration for Lady S’s Poster. It’s a wee bit smaller than what she wants.

       Lady S, found this lovely poster via Pinterest. Unfortunately, this specific poster is no longer available from the original designers/makers. She initially was going to buy a similar looking poster- Ikea made it I was told. It was a picture of a map on wood that was printed on canvas. That canvas was expensive. My dear father told her that I could make something similar- and out of wood, at that- so she kindly commissioned me to create it. I had no idea I was even going to start this project until he came home one day and told me.

Making the Sign ♠

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       I really wanted this to be what she wanted. I wanted it to look exactly like what she imagined if not better, so I started with basic questions. I asked for colors, sizes, preferences, etc. Then got straight to work. Gathering the material took the longest. This I feel was because this was my first time ever making a wood poster. I had to look into the wood, and methods for putting it together- the whole nine yards. I did do some online research, but nothing really helped. Everyone did it differently.

Adding some texture with screws and hammers

Adding some texture with screws and hammers

       Naturally, I “winged” it. I started with measuring and cutting the wood. She wanted a poster that was 4ft wide and 3ft tall. That’s a strikingly large poster! So, using the miter saw I cut everything to length. Then I took the bundle of wood to the backyard and started terrorizing it all with nails, hammers, chains, and rocks. This part was great fun and an excellent stress reliever.

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       Once that was done I used the wonderful little Kreg Jig to put the boards together. This is where things got odd. I did all this with the instructions of my father. I put the wood together with all the nails going in one way. He said that this should be fine, and so I left it be- but, this poster was wobbly and would bend. It worried me, and I knew something wasn’t right. But, seeing that my dad said it was fine I left it.

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Look at all those lovely little dents and dings~!

       Well, guess what happened a few days after I stained it and got it looking all pretty? It fell over and snapped. *que epic score of agony and pain*I wasn’t too upset actually. I was however, yielded. I wanted to finish it before the imaginary deadline {She never gave me one so, I made a few and missed ALL of them…}! So, lesson learned.

       Darling, Lady S wasn’t sure if she should go with a dark stain or a light one. She said that her sweet pea’s walls were going to be a soft gray, so she instructed me to go with my gut on this one. My gut chose a dark stain. Let me tell you- I was terrified of this part. I don’t like working with stains. They have a mind of their own and let you know immediately! I had to use a paint brush, but throw it away when I was done. I don’t like tossing paint brushes. Anyway, I mixed three different stains to get this end result. I personally love it.

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       So, I made a decent amount of progress- that is, after I stopped waiting for help. ? I was waiting for my Dad to teach me how to use the power tools. In the end I just learned a bit online and had my mom and YouTube teach me. Next I intend on sharing with you the rest of this story. It’s a long one and there is much that happened, so stick around!

Until Next Time~!

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