Happy Monday, friends! Well, the count-down is ON! Just 4 more days until Christmas! Today I’ve been doing some baking and a little last minute shopping. But, I wanted to share with you this beautiful sign made by my talented niece, Faith Elizabeth. Come check out “O Lord we thank thee for this food sign!
I saw this quote about 10 years ago in Traditional Home Magazine. They were featuring talk show host Garrison Keillor’s beautiful home. He had this sign in his dining room and I fell in love with it! I dog-eared the page and then forgot about it until recently. Since we do have so much to be thankful for, especially this year, I wanted to finally “put some feet on it” as my Dad says. My niece recently started her own little side business making custom signs. I”ve seen some of her work and I KNEW she could make this one!
So, I sent the quote to Faith Elizabeth and she confirmed she could do it and just needed a few details. First of all the size? I had a really large picture that I bought at a garage sale for a mere $25. It was pretty, but a little dated. But, I loved the ornate frame and it already had a piece of glass in it.
I sent the dimensions to my niece and she worked out the wording on her computer and sent me a mock-up. It looked great, but I wanted the first “O” to be different and in cursive. Again, Faith sent me a few options and I chose this one! She bought the board, painted it in a satin black finish. Then she added the words using her Cricut Machine. Didn’t it turn out beautifully? (I assume the author is unknown, because Mr. Keillor didn’t have one on his either.)
I had given Faith approximate measurements so once I took apart the frame, the wood sign was just a tiny bit too large. (Totally my fault for not taking the frame apart and measuring the opening exactly.) So, my husband and I taped off the edges so they wouldn’t splinter when he cut it down with a circular saw. Well, even though we measured twice and cut once, we cut off a little too much and now the edges of the wood showed through the front of the glass. I wanted to cry! I must have messed with trying to fix it myself for hours. First I tried cutting a matte and putting it around the outer edge of the board, but every time I tried to put it all together, a spec of wood or dust showed in the glass.
After a frustrating morning, I finally called my local frame shop and they said they could fix it for me. So, I loaded it all up and took it to the frame shop before I could change my mind. (or tell my husband.) I chose a simple black matte, and they fixed it right up for me! And you can hardly see the matte, which was my goal. Whew! Crisis averted! It did take about 2 weeks to get it back, but it was worth the wait. And not one spec of dust to be seen. Leave it to the professionals!
I hung the picture over our sideboard the other day and I really love it! It’s a great reminder of how much we have to be thankful for.
If you live near Goldsboro, NC and are interested in a custom sign, please see my niece’s online shop called @woodedbrook. She does great work! Well, my zucchini bread is almost ready. Time to whip out a few more goodies! Well, and some dinner. Have a great night friends! Let’s chat again soon! xoxo Dell