loveinamasonjar is participating in a handmade craft fair! TOMORROW!

Hello friends!

Just a quick note to say that we’ve been busy creating because we are participating in the Knot Too Shabby Bazaar in downtown Glendora, TOMORROW!!

If you’re local, we’d love to see you!

This is the current state of my dining room table.

We will have reclaimed wood signs, burlap and lace mason jars, hanging mason jar vases, soy wax candles, burlap and lace runners, placemats, banners and MORE!



Wooden signs, distressing, and stencils!

Hello world! Lately I’ve been into making wooden signs… using old wood “as is”, or distressing, painting, and stenciling… making it into something new! I’ve been trying out different techniques and wanted to share!

What got me started was this amazing wood Matt saved for me from when he was working on a project in our house. It is almost 100 years old, so the wood was perfectly aged and textured and a beautiful brown color.

Because it was so thin and had a great color, I thought it would be perfect for a WELCOME sign. I looked through many different techniques on stenciling, tracing, transfer paper, etc., to get fonts and text onto a sign, but for this I decided to use chipboard letters in this wonderful western font and trace them onto the wood. I also didn’t even paint the wood, I just left it “as is” because it was already distressed and beautiful.

Here is what I used to paint the words onto the sign:

1) wood

2) chipboard letters

3) pencil

4) paint pen

5) paint

So, it was simple really…I placed the letters onto the sign and traced them in pencil! And then I had a wonderful outline for painting!

As fas as the painting, I may have cheated a bit, but I used a paint pen first to outline what I had previously traced in pencil. Then I used paint to fill it all in. And this is what it looked like! Super easy!

With the same wood, I also made a Wedding Arrow sign, but for that I thought a white color would be better. And since the wood was so old, I didn’t want it to look bright white and new, so I decided to distress it.

For distressing, I did the following steps:

1) paint the wood with one coat of whatever color you want to show through and let it dry

2) paint over that coat with a crackling medium (similar to a glue texture) and let it dry

3) paint over that with the color you want the sign to be and let it dry

4) use sandpaper to sand and distress! pay attention to areas that would normally get distressed and worn, such as corners

5) top it off with a little chisel or nail to nock some holes or chips into the wood

AND you have something like this!

For the letters I used the same Western font chipboard, traced them in pencil, outlined in black paint pen, and filled in with black paint to make the word “WEDDING”. (the arrow was free hand – no tracing here!) 🙂

Here are some photos of some additional signs I made for a wedding that I sold through the ETSY shop.

Stay tuned for more posts on other signs and stenciling techniques!

Pinterest inspired reclaimed wood love headboard

My little brother and his girlfriend have been dating for 4 years and he wanted to give her a special gift.  Like a lot of things these days, his inspiration came from a picture he saw on pinterest (or she saw on pinterest and showed to him – probably more accurate…) None the less, he wanted to make her a headboard out of reclaimed wood, and of course, since he knows Matt can pretty much do anything, he asked us to help.  It was pretty easy, we did it in an evening, and it turned out pretty cool, so I thought I’d share the process!

First step is to have super cool neighbors who let you use their old fence posts 🙂 Or, just figure out where you can get some reclaimed wood.
 My brother already had a design drawn out he kinda liked, so we started with that. And he knew how big he wanted it to be, so we mapped out the framework in our truck bed with painters tape.
 Then we began cutting the wood into different lengths. It looks best when the lengths vary in size and the seams are not all in a line when fully assembled.
 And then arranged the pieces in our tapped outline.
 Once we had all the pieces cut and we were happy with how the wood was arranged, we used some other wood to be the backing and support.
Then we used wood glue to adhere the pieces for the backing to the headboard pieces, and then followed up with a nail gun to make sure all the pieces were nailed in. (the key here is making sure the pieces on the back are all close to where the seams are so that you can nail each piece together).
 And here it is, all set and sturdy.
Then it came to my part of the project – the handwriting. I knew I was out here for something! Using my brother’s design of what he wanted it to say, I used chalk to trace my outline. (chalk will wipe off easily if you mess up!) And then I painted over it when we liked how it looked.
 And the final product?

What do you think? Pretty cool huh!