Saturday, September 1, 2012

Ice cold soda anyone?

Hello all!
I know, my second post today but I just couldn't wait to put this up :)  Don't you just love it when you've had an idea for something in your head and it actually comes out the way you 'saw' it?  I have always loved the retro diner style signs and have been wanting one for our house back in England for when we eventually move home.  I've been sitting on a pile of pallets and wood crates for a while now (not actually sitting but you get my point!) and so I thought it was time to use them.

        I used the bottom of a crate that I had dismantled with more brute force than skill!  I then sanded and painted it and sanded it a few more times and I had my base ready.  I printed the large letters for the word 'Soda' and traced over them with carbon paper underneath to get the edges, filling them in with acrylic paint by hand and then outlining them with a Sharpie.  The other words and the corner flourishes were painted on using a vinyl stencil cut with, yes, you've guessed it, my Cameo!!  As I wanted the sign to have 'Ye Olde feel' to it, I then sanded it back once more.

I love it!!!  I'm so pleased with how it turned out and hubby thinks it's pretty darn great too :)  He's even got me a commission today on the strength of this photo - how cool is that?
I am linking this up to the 'Under $100 Linky party' at and also the 'Fabulously Creative Friday Linky Party' at
Thanks for popping in !


Unknown said...

Dawn this is fantastic! Wow, is all I can think to say!! Love the lettering, smart idea to use the sharpie to go around the them:) It has the retro feel to it! LOL just gotta love the Cameo! My daughter has a Coke collection too! Hugz and enjoy the weekend!

Shelby said...

This is completely cool and awesome! What amazing work. Love it


Penny said...

What a great idea, Dawn! You are such a crafty girl! You made a wonderful retro sign--love it! And it looks way cool with your "accessories" in the photo! So you're going to start making and selling them, huh? That is wonderful! :^) Way to go!

Tress said...

Wow! You've created a very special looking piece of art!

Sandra said...

This is so cool Dawn!!!

Tracy said...

This is awesome Dawn! Wow! I wish I could visualize projects like that. It couldn't have come our more perfect. Congrats on your commission! Hugs!

Kathi said...

Your sign is really wonderful. I love that font and love the vintage Americana feel of it.

Great work!

Teresa Arsenault said...

Dawn, this is super cool. What a great job you did on this sign. You are one crafty lady.
Blessing hugs,

nwilliams6 said...

Dawn, I can't imagine what your moving bill is going to be when you go back to England! LOL! This is fantastic. I am sooo impressed. Looks totally like it was made 50 years ago and is such a fun sign too. You are very talented in so many things!!! Wow!

Patricia St Martin said...

How cool is this, I just love this Dawn.
Wanted to say thanks for all the pins you did on the silhouette. Do do not have mine yet but it is in the mail, can't wait for it to come.