Thursday, June 9, 2011

EAT! I SAID EAT!

Before I started my blog, I was stalking, um, I mean, browsing through other blogs and I was loving all the EAT signs in Blogland.  There are some really cute ones, like these:

So, I decided to make my own with what I had on hand at the time.  This was probably back at the beginning of March.  I used to work at HomeGoods (and no, the discount wasn't that good, only 10%!), but did I ever bring home a paycheck?  Hardly.  Hubby was not happy :)  Anyway, I won a $15 gift card and picked (probably the ugliest) metal art to hang in my bathroom.  I have no idea what I was thinking, but it was the first thing to come to mind when I was looking for material to make an EAT sign.  Plus, it had three separate thingys for the letters.
 Seriously!  What was I thinking???  It may be somebody's taste, but not mine.  I must have been suffering from exhaustion during this purchase.
Please, please, please, don't stop reading my blog because I have crappy pictures!  I really do plan on getting a new camera soon!
Used whatever cheap spray paint I had and let me say....it looks 100 times better just like that!.  This is when my brain goes into weird mode because I hadn't yet figured out what I was going to do.  I wasn't having much luck with my scrapbook paper matching my decor, and I knew I had to make the letters either, red, green, black or white.  Then I stumbled across some aqua colored paper and thought I could make it work with red letters.  But that wasn't going to cut it...looked too plain.  Then my mind went, "eat, eat, eat.....food, food...RECIPES!"  Went through my recipe books, found one my sister gave me AGES ago (low-carb...phft, who needs low-carb??) and pulled out three recipes...an appetizer, main dish and dessert.   Used good old Elmers glue to glue down all the paper, then did the scribble transfer ( that is printing out your words, tracing them on the back of the paper, putting them in place on your board or other material and then scribbling on the front side, transferring the words to the material so you can hand paint them.  You can see the method here and here)of my letters I made in Word, then hand painted them.  I added some watered down brown paint on the edges to give it a distressed look.

 I added an old fork and spoon (well, they weren't really old, just a mismatched pair we acquired from somewhere....probably my mom's) and it was finished.

I could have done a lot better, painting straight lines, but I'm okay with being an imperfectionist! :)  Is that a word??  It is now......

Thanks for stopping by!
Libby :)


16 comments:

  1. Can we get a clarfication of the "scribble transfer" method?

    Cute idea by the way!

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  2. I'll go back and put it in! I call it the scribble transfer, but there may be another name for it...I print out the letters, trace the back side of the letters, place them where I want them to be, then scribble over the front of the letters. This leaves the words on the board or material you're using. I hope my description helps!

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  3. Great project. The recipe background looks fantastic. I am a new follower. Check me out at www.sciencesoftballandsomethingsweet.blogspot.com.

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  4. Great idea using the metal art piece :) We all by things and wonder WHY did we purchse that..??? LOL! An easy site to use that enhances photos is

    http://www.picnik.com/

    I have used it for a few of mine - it also adds watermarks to your photos too (haven't tried that yet).

    Come by my blog when you get a chance :)

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  5. I think it turned out great! I'm with you on the camera thing...I want a new one too :) Ah, someday. Love this project! Have a great day.

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  6. Thanks Jennifer and Jen! I'll definitely check out your blogs! Thank you for visiting mine!

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  7. Thank you Tanya! My daughter used to let me borrow her camera, but I had those privileges taken away after I left it out where her brother got a hold of it! LOL I don't blame her, it's a sweet camera! It is on my list of "What I want when I have a paycheck that doesn't go towards kids" Ha! Have a great day and thanks for visiting!

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  8. Yeah! It looks great....love the recipe book page idea sooo much!

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  9. Hello! I'm Kassandra & I featured this here @ Coffee and their Kisses. Please feel free to grab a featured button on the left hand sidebar!

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  10. That is such a cute idea!!! We found your blog through a link party. We are your newest followers and would love for you to follow us back!

    www.sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com

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  11. Thak you Kassadra! I kow I'm spellig wrog, ut my so just spilled a drik o my keyoard!!! Guess which letters are ot workig?? LOL

    Checkig out your log right ow Six!

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  12. get right down to it simply eat I love it

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  13. Super cute! Perfect way to use that sign! Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party!

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  14. i really love these! you have such great creativity! i would love the floral one :)

    xo katie elizabeth
    ohheyylife.blogspot.com

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  15. This is such an awesome idea! I love plaques and frames like that but I hate to spend the $ that the stores charge and I've been dying to try out some kind of DIY method! Thanks for sharing.

    I found your blog in a roundabout way - this project was featured at another blog where a recipe was featured from a blog that I follow. Got all that? Haha.

    I'm a new follower! Check me out at http://bje-life.blogspot.com/. =)

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