Thursday, 19 August 2010

Of necessity...

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!


  1. Well I will rant right along with you on the subject of excess postage to deliver from the UK mainland to Northern sooo annoys me! As does the driver who drove into my 17 year old son's car last night and left the scene...but hey, today my son got his AS exam results and they were excellent..I too feel truly blessed Christine...

  2. Forgot to say that I love how you've done the sign...well done!

  3. I agree w/you Christine~that's a horrible price to pay for shipping!! I am so sorry you all don't have more shops over there where you live.

    You did a nice job on your sign! and what a clever idea!

    Come check out the cr. st. shop I just posted about! You'd love it!

    Yes, we are all very blessed more than we know!

    Have a great wkend!

  4. u r up late :-)
    Hum.... not just the us that every thing is going up is it ?
    Or is it Me ?
    Your stencil looks just as good.
    Saved you £ £ £ £ £ £ £ ££ 's :-) x x x

  5. I love your sign Christine! It's perfectly prim and with prim it's not supposed to be "perfect".
    You did a wonderful job! I think I would have fainted if I saw those shipping prices!! I hope you are able to find what you are looking for in other places.

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  7. Hey Christine, the sign looks great. Nice and prim!! That is awful about the shipping. I wonder if that is actual shipping charges?? Some places I don't order from because they charge so much for S&H, way more than it costs to actually ship it.
    There is a stencil place that ships free if you buy $35 in product. Most stencils are $5.99, others more but a good selection at that price. And that is free international shipping. Here is the link:
    I think I remember telling someone else about this, if it was you please ignore my forgetfulness. 8-)
    What you did looks great though!! Maybe more time consuming but you can definitely say it is "handmade". 8-)

  8. Christine dont forget my stencils are very inexpensive and I ship Free INTL 1st Class with a $35.00 purchase on stencils. I do offer my giveaways to everyone and I have lots of INTL winners. Some people say well its cheap to mail a stencil...well think again shipping to France is over $9.00 for me plus I have to stand in line at the PO ~
    Some of the companies that sell to us here in the US rip us alive on shipping too. I know how much it costs to ship things from here to here.
    Hugs BeCca

  9. I think your sign turned out great! I always feel better after I stain something, I guess it's the primness coming out.

    It is sad how much shipping costs. Like everything else... it keeps rising but our paychecks don't rise with these things. But like you said... we are blessed to have what we have! So very true.


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