In this post, I’ll show you how to make easy hand lettered signs – and you don’t need good handwriting!
I have an art problem. It’s a collection problem – I just love collecting it! When we moved to New York, we had a slightly crazy number of boxes labeled “art and decor.” I have a special soft spot for hand lettered signs. Whenever I go to craft fairs, or even Hobby Lobby, I want to buy ALL the farmhouse signs. Anyone else raising their hand?!
After one such craft fair, I realized I had a stash of perfectly sized scraps of wood. With a couple of inexpensive canvases I picked up on sale, by trial and error, I figured out how to create my own hand-lettered signs, without learning calligraphy!
It’s officially fall! Although, for me it was a little anti-climatic, since I started decorating for fall the first week of September. But now, we autumn-aficionados can revel in our favorite season and post too many photos of pumpkin spice lattes while wearing cozy sweaters and boots.
I shared in my Friday Finds post these adorable velvet pumpkins from Target (for $1!) but bemoaned that they only had one color left. After I brought them home, I remembered that I have yards of bright blue velvet in my fabric stash, thanks to the Ikea curtains we bought for our master bedroom that needed about a foot cut off of the bottom to fit our windows. I didn’t have any real pumpkin stems, so I DIYed a cute way of getting around that, so don’t despair if you don’t have any pumpkin stems either. I like the contrast of the hemp twine and velvet anyway; it’s very farmhouse chic.
These frames look way more expensive than the one dollar that they are! I bought two 8x10s and two 4×6 frames, and I could use a few more.
2. Glasses from Warby Parker
I’ve written about my love for Warby Parker glasses before, but my loyalty was recently renewed after my eye appointment last week. My eyes have gotten worse, a symptom of now being in my late twenties, and they tried REALLY hard to get me to buy glasses in the store. Even with my vision insurance, the glasses were still more than Warby’s, and they weren’t as cute! Nor did they give one pair away when you buy one. The sales lady was skeptical of my $99 glasses, and sniffed, “These are way better quality that what you’re buying online.” I told her they have the same anti-glare, anti-scratch coatings and the frames are acetate – which is exactly what the ones they sell are made of – but oh well. I’m shopping for some new frames tonight, although I might stick with my “Wilkie” frames. Brian called them “sexy librarian” style, and I’m ok with that.
3. Target Dollar Spot Pumpkins and Towel
I always love the fall stuff in the Dollar Spot (or Bullseye’s Playground? Whatever it’s called) bins, and I couldn’t resist the velvet pumpkins. I bought all they had left, three of this light green color, for $3 each. Some stores apparently have navy blue ones, and I’m very jealous. These mini porcelain pumpkins are too cute, and were $1 each. Here’s a link to similar-ish ones online. The towel has stitching in rose gold/copper, so that’s going to look stellar in my kitchen!
4. Zoya Purple Nail Polish
I’m going to the dark side, and trying this on my fingernails. Zoya nail polish doesn’t contain the “big 3” most harmful chemicals. This color is called “Debbie,” and it’s perfect for fall. Tip: if you’re not sure about a bold or dark color, I find that I typically like using it on my toes.
5. Fur Pillow from TJ Maxx
Maybe this pillow looks a little ridiculous, but I don’t care. IT’S SO FLUFFY I COULD DIE. So cozy and soft, it’s perfect for cuddling with my coffee and a good book. Here’s couple more options if you’re interested in adding some texture to your couch: Amazon fur pillow, TJ Maxx patterned fur pillow.
What’s one thing you’re loving? Let me know in the comments!
Today, I’ve been on a self-imposed bed rest as I recover from a second oral surgery ( braces are the worst! ) which gave me time to put together a list of some things I’m loving right now, but not including naps, ice packs, and dairy free ice cream, all of which are on my personal list! Cozy finds:
I used to be ambitious with my fall bucket lists, and my summer bucket lists for that matter. The last fall bucket list I could find had ten items on it, with little doodles illustrating the items. This year I focused on our top priorities: food, travel, and, you know … overpriced pumpkins.
The memories are priceless, right?
1. Eat all the Pumpkin Things
Hooray for Trader Joe’s! But I hear Aldi’s has a great selection also.
2. Visit a Pumpkin Patch
The most popular pumpkin patch in our area costs $18 a person. So… we found a cheaper option that ended up being just as much fun for Edison, I’m sure, considering that his favorite things were the corn maze, seeing a tractor, and looking at all the pumpkins.
3. Take a Day Trip to See Fall Foliage
Our #3 item started as a day trip to Sedona, but we ended up going past Sedona to Flagstaff, because more than anything, we wanted to feel cold. When the sun was setting, we rolled the windows down as we drove through the mountains, and shivered happily for as long as we could, before putting on sweaters.
We went for a “hike,” more of a walk, in Munds’ Park to enjoy the orange and yellow oak and aspens.
4. Explore a New Place
Google “best small towns,” “scenic drives,” “best diners,” “historic landmarks,” in your state and see where it takes you!
We’d been to Flagstaff before, but we discovered new places this trip. We had turkey ruben sandwiches and deviled eggs at Aspen Deli, and spent the afternoon going to shops downtown and watching trains. And we found this incredible mural on Orpheum Theater!
5. Organize Closets
I started with Edison’s closet, and took a Saturday to sort through the pile of clothes Edison has outgrown that I’d been shoving into totes in his closet without any organization. I now have a trash bag full of stuff to donate, and one big tote full of all my favorite baby items, and one more tote full of clothes for Edison to grown into.
Making a capsule wardrobe for yourself, or your kids, is another great way to spend a Saturday and organize your closet.
6. Run a Turket Trot
The evenings are cooler, so after work I’ve been loading Edison into the stroller and taking Sirius along for a mile run. My goal is to run every night, but some nights Brian comes along and we’ll go for a longer walk. Other nights, it just doesn’t happen. Progress, not perfection. I’m just looking forward to that pumpkin pie at the end of the race!
7. Paint a Pumpkin
Easier and less messy than carving, plus, it’s great for little ones to get involved! Check out 30 painted pumpkin ideas!
Last year, we bought a jug of apple cider from a grocery store that will remain nameless, only to discover that it was indistinguishable from apple juice. This year, we tasted samples of cider at Trader Joe’s before purchasing, and then we found a new brand of apple cider at our Fry’s grocery store that’s also pretty decent. We still haven’t found any as good as the stuff made by the apple orchard in our hometown, so the search continues.
This is our own family tradition – usually in October, we begin the series with little Harry in the Sorcerer’s Stone, and by January, usually we’re finishing with the Battle of Hogwarts. If you’re not into Harry Potter, that’s ok (I guess), but you can start a different series you like, like Anne of Green Gables, Gilmore Girls, Star Wars, etc.
What’s on your bucket list? Share your ideas below, or on social media!