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My First Craft Fair; Part 2

If you have never visited the Department of Motor Vehicles in Connecticut, then take my advice and try not to. The good part is, they offer Wi-Fi in their offices. The bad part is pack a lunch, your computer, a good book and plan to stay a while. I am prepared and therefore able to make good use of my time by writing this blog while I sit here for multiple hours.

I am working on signs for the upcoming craft fair. Pray for good weather so people show up and all this work isn’t for nothing. I love how the Wash & Dry sign turned out so I thought I would share it. It would look great in any laundry room. I am also trying to figure out a way to display all these signs. My thought now is to use pallets (cheap wood) to make a fence to hang them all on. I will also have a table for the mason jar totes, bottle totes (if you missed these take a look at my post from last week) and other things I have made. If any of you have any inexpensive and cute ideas for displaying the signs please share them with me.

I switched directions for a few hours and did make a few signs this week in hopes of selling them to my husband’s work. They have a rustic theme and needed some bathroom signs for the golf course. If they do not like them, then I can simply sand off the golfer, add a colonial figure and sell them at the craft fair. I beat this wood a lot to make it look old. I’ve read that a chain works good but I don’t have one so I opted for a hammer, screwdriver and metal clamp. I also drilled a few screws in them and then removed to make it appear as though it was recycled wood. Then I stained and polyurethaned them. Once dry, I painted with watered down white and immediately wiped it off. Once that was dry I used my silhouette machine to make the stencil and painted with a watered down white chalk paint. After that dried, I used steel wool to “knock down” the stencil. Wiped them off and called it done. I did not wax them because they do not really need protection and I didn’t want them to have a shiny look. Now, let’s hope they buy them and order 2 more for the other restrooms.

bath sign

And, here are a few signs my mom made for me sell. They look really cute hanging in a kitchen, especially if you have a soffit (a boxy area between the top of your cabinets and the ceiling). And now you know where I get all my craftiness from, well 1/2 because my dad plays a big role in this also. And then there’s my father in law who gave me all the tools a few weeks ago that I cannot wait to get moved up north next month.

bld signbreakfast dinner lunch

And last, any ideas for this large board? It is very heavy but a pretty piece of wood. The person I got it from said it was an antique toilet tank cover. As in, when the tank was wood, hung on the wall and a separate piece from the seat part. It measures about 24 inches wide by 18 inches tall. It is very heavy so my thought is a “family” saying and it would go great sitting on a mantle. If you have any suggestions let me know in the comments below.


Stay tuned for more craft fair samples next week and in 2 weeks I will share with you how it went along with pictures of my booth, what sold and didn’t, etc.

Visit these weekly link parties (where I share my projects) to get more great ideas:


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WayWow Linkup ◊

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Creative Spark ◊

Penny Pinching Party

Your Whims Wednesday ◊


Vintage Charm ◊

Home and Garden Thursday ◊

The Creative Exchange ◊

Lovely Little Link Party ◊

The Handmade Hangout ◊


Shabbilicious Friday Link Party ◊

Craft Frenzy Friday ◊

Sweet Inspiration ◊

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Peace, Love, Linkup ◊

The Creative Circle ◊

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Weekend Wind Down ◊


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  1. Cyndee

    “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”

    1. (Post author)

      A very good possibility. And if it doesn’t sell I would gladly put it on my mantle. Thanks!

  2. Debrashoppeno5

    You have been very busy making some nice signs.

  3. Becky

    I love these!! I just went to a board&brush creative studio and fell in love with making signs! #pinmeparty

    1. (Post author)

      I really enjoy doing them. I have a friend that asked me to pray for her just last night, as her and her husband are considering adopting. Interesting that I ended up on your site today. I am going to share it with her.

  4. Rebecca

    All the signs are awesome! Your post made me laugh, California’s Department of Motor Vehicle offices are the same. Thanks for linking up at Welcome Home Wednesdays!

  5. Nikki

    Good luck at the show, I can’t wait to see/hear how it goes! I love signage. It looks great in any kind of decor and adds some fun to a room. I love the bathroom signs, I sure hope they get them, the golfer looks great!

    Looking forward to seeing how you set up your booth! Excited for you!

    1. (Post author)

      Thanks. I am looking forward to sharing my craft fair adventure.

  6. Diana

    Looking good! I bet they’ll sell pretty well for you at the craft fair–best of luck to you 🙂 I really enjoy making signs, too. Thanks so much for linking up at Vintage Charm 🙂

  7. Keri

    Your comment about the DMV reminded me of the movie Zootopia, the sloth part is hilarious! Anyway, I love your signs!! I’m sure you’ll sell lots of them; they’re great!!

    1. (Post author)

      That’s funny. I think that was one of the funniest parts because it seemed so much like real life. Thanks for the humor.

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