It is said that a change is as good as a rest so yesterday I decided to down tools in the sewing department and pick up a paint brush in an attempt to make a new sign or too for the kitchen.
I printed out then cut out the words OLD SIGNS and stenciled in reverse so to speak as I painted over the letters the peeled them off. This was an idea I got from Suzanne's wonderful blog, Pieced Pastimes.
It was definitely trickier trying to stick them down on the wood and not let the paint bleed through but with some patience and help from the girls we got this far:
Today when the paint was dry I had stain to hand as I've been varnishing the hardwood window frames around our home, so I applied some to the sign
Doesn't look as though I got it on evenly from this pic but as I put in my post title, some things are born out of necessity.
I just can't believe the hike in shipping prices from the US on international orders.
I can fully understand why so many who are hosting a giveaway restrict it to the 48 states.
This week I wanted to order some craft goods from the US from a well known craft supplier from whom I had received goods before but, boy was I in for a shock when I saw the cost of shipping on a few bits and pieces like rusty pins, pip berry - just small lightweight items.
Can you guess the shipping on those few bits?
If you reckoned on $30 you're nowhere near right - try $69.00 - yep that much! I was horrified and had to cancel immediately in case I fainted or my hubby would have when he saw it!
So I soldiered on and made up my own stencil and there you have it, less than perfect, but a prim lover's got to do what a prim lover's got to do and learn from it!
However, I made the mistake of taking a peek on Ebay for something I would really love for our home to primify it of course!!LOL! We are talking about a piece of furniture so I found one at an amazing price - shipping not too bad - until that is I said I lived across the Irish Sea and guess what - yep, the shipping costs doubled!
Needless to say it came and went... Oh well...
But when I think of the plight of others in Pakistan where there are thousands without a home, I am so thankful for all we have - we are blessed!
Forgive this little rant of mine - next time I promise to be in better form!