No Soliciting Wooden Sign

I realize the timing of this post might seem weird, but it makes sense to me because A) we've gotten a LOT of people selling stuff recently and B) this is a quick and easy way to make a sign that you could use for Halloween (witch parking, ring the bell for treats, etc.) and you can make it in time for Thursday!

The story behind this sign is that we get a lot of people trying to sell us stuff around here. By phone, at the door, in the mail... A LOT of stuff. I can't stop everyone from harassing us, but I figured it was past time to make a sign for the door or front window to let people know we don't want to hear it (apparently Max barking loudly like he's a Rottweiler isn't scary to people for some reason). I'd seen the stuff about "if you're not selling thin mints, go away" and I looked up some sayings and found the one I wanted to use. Then it was just gathering the materials and getting to work...


Pretty awesome, right? Well, here's how you can make your own (and BONUS! I'm giving you the cutting file to make your own a bit later on in the post too)!

Supplies
  • Wood board (mine was 12" x 16")
  • Spray paint
  • Vinyl
  • Silhouette/cutting machine
  • Quote cutting file (download below)
  • Vinyl transfer paper
  • Clear laquer/weatherproofing type spray
  • Weeding tool for Silhouette
  • Scissors


Instructions
First, you want to spray paint your board. I got the unfinished kind from A.C. Moore (I think) and spray painted it regular white. I did two coats to get the opaque color coverage, I believe.

Then, I made the cutting file but lucky for you, that's already made. You can download the cutting files (in .studio form, for Silhouettes cause that's what I use) from Box here. (They are actually two files because my sign was 12" x 16" so I had one 12" x 12" file - part one - and then a 12" x 4" section - part two.)

You want to have your cutting machine cut out both. I just weeded the extra vinyl from the first file (part one) and then used the transfer tape to move those letters to the top of the board (after it was dry, of course). Then, I did the same thing for the second part. It helps to trim that part down so that you don't have lots of background paper/vinyl there that prevents you from lining up the pieces.

After that was all applied, I sprayed the laquer (to weatherproof it because it's going outside) on the front AND back of the sign (since both will be outside). I went with two pretty thick coats. And voila!

The sign reads:

No Soliciting
We are too broke to buy anything
We know who we are voting for
We have found religion
Seriously, unless you are selling Thin Mints, please go away!

I feel like it might still be way too subtle and polite for some of these people (seriously, it's astounding!), but I think it's still a pretty nice sign though it's meaner than I would normally ever be, but these people have pushed us beyond reasonable limits.

I will share the fonts I used in a future post (and give you links to download them all for free!), but I think you don't need them to just have the cutting file work... but I could be wrong.

I'm pretty thrilled with the sign because it really didn't take very long and it looks pretty nice (and doesn't suffer from my crooked handwriting issues). I'd love to see one if you make it!

I'll be linking up to some of my favorite parties...

Tuesdays: New NostalgiaHope StudiosTip JunkieLadybug BlessingsFunky Polkadot GiraffeCoastal CharmA Bowl Full of LemonsNot Just a HousewifeA Diamond in the StuffhomeworkCrafty ConfessionsMe and My BoysThe Kurtz CornerSugar BeeChef in TrainingToday's Creative BlogHome Stories A to ZDIY by DesignTales of a Trophy WifeOur Delightful Homehomemade gingerIf It's Not BaroqueTime to SparkleInspiration ExchangeThe Blackberry Vine, Salt Tree Social, The Scoop

Wednesdays: Creations By KaraSeven Thirty ThreeSugar and DotsSomeday CraftsLil LunaSew Much AdoWe Are That FamilyA Little TipsyMy Girlish WhimsPolka Dots on ParadeGinger Snap CraftsFrugally SustainableHandy Man Crafty WomanClean & ScentsiblePincushion CreationsPrimp JunktionOrganize and Decorate EverythingSavvy Southern StyleJAQS StudioThe DIY DreamerFree Pretty ThingsWork It WednesdayLife Inspired, Pinterest Power Party, Work It Wednesday


Thursdays: House of HepworthsThe Shabby Creek CottageA Glimpse InsideFireflies and JellybeansKatie's Nesting SpotBeyond the Picket FenceRhinestone BeagleSuzy's Artsy-Craftsy SitcomSeven AliveThe 36th AvenueSouthern LovelyThe Crafty Blog StalkerProject Stash Link PartyCrafty Scrappy Happy52 Mantelslive. laugh. rowe.Artsy CornerDelightful OrderThe Train to CrazyMine for the MakingThe Taylor HouseThe Frugal GirlsNo Minimalist HereKeep Calm & Link UpCreate It ThursdayInspire Me PleaseThe Creative ConnectionThe Weekly Creative
Reasons to Skip the Housework


Saturdays: Tutus & Tea Parties & Here's to Handy AndyFunky Junk InteriorsBe Different Act NormalTo Sew With LoveSix Sisters' StuffGingerbreadHomemaker in HeelsA Vision to RememberPositively SplendidToo Much TimeCrafty Moms ShareSerenity YouShaken TogetherClassy Clutter

Sundays: Under the Table and DreamingLambAroundFlamingo ToesPetite HermineHomemaker on a DimeThe Foley FamNifty Thrifty ThingsThe TablescaperMy 1929 CharmerIt's OverflowingCircle of FaithOur Sunday Best

Your Science Experiments: Francie's Scarf Organizer

In the spirit of sharing projects done long ago, but never posted, I'm sharing a crafty experiment from someone else! Today's awesome project is a scarf organizer that Francie of Escovedo Escapades created and showed off here

This is Francie's awesome project...


And here's my version (you can see the tutorial here). 


I LOVE it, Francie! Thank you so much for sharing and please accept my public apology for not sharing this sooner - I had the post in my drafts since April and just messed up. But I LOVE the project and I'm so excited you liked the tutorial! And remember you can find Francie at her blog, Escovedo Escapades!

(And remember that if you make a project after seeing anything here on the blog, I would LOOOOOVE to see it and feature it, if you'll let me. Just email me at craftingscientist@gmail.com or leave a comment somewhere!)

Papercut Honeycomb Art

I would say that I'm not sure how this little project slipped through the cracks, but then I remember what the last 18+ months have included and I feel a bit better about my craft-project-amnesia.... I'm just glad that the internet still seems to think honeycomb and hexagon patterns are awesome (because I definitely do)!


Supplies
  • Shadowbox frame (I used one with backing and straight pins)
  • Foam dots/squares
  • Honeycomb/hexagon pattern + pencil + knife
  • Solid color paper (two pages)
  • Scissors
  • Gluestick
  • Paper Mod Podge
  • Monochromatic magazine
  • Plain cardstock

Instructions
The first thing I did was to download this awesome free printable from Sprik Space. I printed it out on regular paper and then cut out the green (color) part, leaving the white space to trace around. I didn't own a Silhouette then or I might have used it to make this project easier.... but I did this all by hand. 

I traced the stencil onto two different solid color pieces of paper (yellow for me). 

Then, I cut the honeycomb pattern out (cutting out the hexagons and leaving the "webbing" behind). I trimmed both to fit into the frame (I used 12" x 12" for everything which made it easier). 


Then, grab your monochromatic magazine pages and cut into strips - maybe a half inch wide. I cut my piece of cardstock to fit the frame and then glued down the strips of magazine pages onto the whole page. I covered it with Paper Mod Podge (during a break from cutting out my hexagons) - it was kind of like the process I followed for the upcycled magazine page fleur-de-lis project

Once the strips were drying and the pattern was cut, I placed the first honeycomb pattern paper I'd cut into the front of the frame, flush against the glass. 


Then, I pinned the other cut out page on top of the magazine strips page, all on top of the picture frame backing. I wanted the two honeycomb pages far apart, but all of it to look layered so I used some foam squares and rolled them up to fit just under the bottom honeycomb pattern paper and used those to stick the cut paper onto the magazine pages. 


My frame came with straight pins that I used to hold all this in place (the bottom papercut paper and magazine strip pages and the frame backing) at the very ends of the corners. 



Then I put it all together in the frame....


I LOVE how layered it looks... almost crystalline! A few more photos so I can fawn over my handiwork all over again... 


Ta da! Some elbow grease was required, but the only thing I had to buy was the frame!


I'll be linking up to some of my favorite link parties... 

Tuesdays: New NostalgiaHope StudiosTip JunkieLadybug BlessingsFunky Polkadot GiraffeReasons to Skip the HouseworkCoastal CharmA Bowl Full of LemonsNot Just a HousewifeA Diamond in the StuffhomeworkCrafty ConfessionsMe and My BoysThe Kurtz CornerSugar BeeSweet Little GalsChef in TrainingToday's Creative BlogHome Stories A to ZDIY by DesignTales of a Trophy WifeOur Delightful Homehomemade gingerIf It's Not BaroqueTime to SparkleInspiration ExchangeThe Blackberry Vine

Wednesdays: Creations By KaraSeven Thirty ThreeSugar and DotsSomeday CraftsLil LunaSew Much AdoWe Are That FamilyA Little TipsyMy Girlish WhimsPolka Dots on ParadeGinger Snap CraftsFrugally SustainableHandy Man Crafty WomanClean & ScentsiblePincushion CreationsPrimp JunktionOrganize and Decorate EverythingSavvy Southern StyleJAQS StudioThe DIY DreamerFree Pretty ThingsWork It WednesdayLife Inspired


Thursdays: House of HepworthsThe Shabby Creek CottageA Glimpse InsideFireflies and JellybeansKatie's Nesting SpotBeyond the Picket FenceRhinestone BeagleSuzy's Artsy-Craftsy SitcomSeven AliveThe 36th AvenueSouthern LovelyThe Crafty Blog StalkerProject Stash Link PartyCrafty Scrappy Happy52 Mantelslive. laugh. rowe.Artsy CornerDelightful OrderThe Train to CrazyMine for the MakingThe Taylor HouseThe Frugal GirlsNo Minimalist HereKeep Calm & Link UpCreate It ThursdayInspire Me PleaseThe Creative ConnectionThe Weekly Creative


Saturdays: Tutus & Tea Parties & Here's to Handy AndyFunky Junk InteriorsBe Different Act NormalTo Sew With LoveSix Sisters' StuffGingerbreadHomemaker in HeelsA Vision to RememberPositively SplendidToo Much TimeCrafty Moms ShareSerenity YouShaken TogetherClassy Clutter

Sundays: Under the Table and DreamingLambAroundFlamingo ToesPetite HermineHomemaker on a DimeThe Foley FamNifty Thrifty ThingsThe TablescaperMy 1929 CharmerIt's OverflowingCircle of FaithOur Sunday Best

Free Printable Medical Tracker

I realized recently that I sort of fell off the sharing bandwagon when it came to the organizing printables I made for our house so I figured I'd get back into the swing of things. This printable is something you can fill out and take with you to doctor's appointments or reference when you need to find old records or just call the current doctor. It's available in both the Citrus & Magenta and the Teal & Lime editions, just like the other free organizing printables!

Nothing too complicated - you just write down your name and key info for various doctors you've seen. If you have multiple people in your family and you want to record info for them, you would just print out another set and ta da!

Check out the two options and download whatever you want for free!

The Citrus & Magenta version....
Click here to download.

And the Lime & Teal version....
Click here to download. 

Enjoy!

I'll be sharing with some of my favorite parties...

Tuesdays: New NostalgiaHope StudiosTip JunkieLadybug BlessingsFunky Polkadot GiraffeReasons to Skip the HouseworkCoastal CharmA Bowl Full of LemonsNot Just a HousewifeA Diamond in the StuffhomeworkCrafty ConfessionsMe and My BoysThe Kurtz CornerSugar BeeSweet Little GalsChef in TrainingToday's Creative BlogHome Stories A to ZDIY by DesignTales of a Trophy WifeOur Delightful Homehomemade gingerIf It's Not BaroqueTime to SparkleInspiration ExchangeThe Blackberry Vine

Wednesdays: Creations By KaraSeven Thirty ThreeSugar and DotsSomeday CraftsLil LunaSew Much AdoWe Are That FamilyA Little TipsyMy Girlish WhimsPolka Dots on ParadeGinger Snap CraftsFrugally SustainableHandy Man Crafty WomanClean & ScentsiblePincushion CreationsPrimp JunktionOrganize and Decorate EverythingSavvy Southern StyleJAQS StudioThe DIY DreamerFree Pretty ThingsWork It WednesdayLife Inspired


Thursdays: House of HepworthsThe Shabby Creek CottageA Glimpse InsideFireflies and JellybeansKatie's Nesting SpotBeyond the Picket FenceRhinestone BeagleSuzy's Artsy-Craftsy SitcomSeven AliveThe 36th AvenueSouthern LovelyThe Crafty Blog StalkerProject Stash Link PartyCrafty Scrappy Happy52 Mantelslive. laugh. rowe.Artsy CornerDelightful OrderThe Train to CrazyMine for the MakingThe Taylor HouseThe Frugal GirlsNo Minimalist HereKeep Calm & Link UpCreate It ThursdayInspire Me PleaseThe Creative ConnectionThe Weekly Creative



Saturdays: Tutus & Tea Parties & Here's to Handy AndyFunky Junk InteriorsBe Different Act NormalTo Sew With LoveSix Sisters' StuffGingerbreadHomemaker in HeelsA Vision to RememberPositively SplendidToo Much TimeCrafty Moms ShareSerenity YouShaken TogetherClassy Clutter

Sundays: Under the Table and DreamingLambAroundFlamingo ToesPetite HermineHomemaker on a DimeThe Foley FamNifty Thrifty ThingsThe TablescaperMy 1929 CharmerIt's OverflowingCircle of FaithOur Sunday Best
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