Saturday, October 21, 2006


Magnetic Sign
(click on pic to see biggah)

Welp, there it is. (See Friday's post for explanation, if you haven't already.) I went back and forth a couple of times on the style. My immediate thought was Shabby Chic Vintage Collage, since that is mainly what I do. Then I started to think that maybe the colors would be too muted. Since she'd want to be sure any random doorbell ringer would immediately notice it, I decided that something bright, graphic and retro would be better. I've always had a place in my heart for that hep Mid Century vibe and have started making cards that reflect that. Guess I just wasn't feelin' it last night. I learned a couple of things while making it, like I really need to learn how to do the whole cover a piece of cardboard with paper thing better. And I need a lot more practice with walnut ink. And I should invest in a set of larger plain letter stamps, cuz inkjet printer ink smmmmmmmears during the sealing pro-cess. And I gots ta work on my Photoshop skillz. The photo I used is a scan of one from my ginormous collection and I think it printed out a little too much on the yellow side. Live and learn.
My Auntie Jude brought up a good point about its vulnerability in being exposed to the evils of today's avaricious society (aka, it could get stolen), and I had thought about that, too. I could possibly punch holes through it and attach those rings that snap together (uh, technical term, anybody?), but I don't know if her gate has big enough holes to put them through. So I decided that if she does buy it, then she can figure it out herself or we can hope that she lives in a quiet neighborhood.
I'll letcha know if she buys it or not, as I'm sure you all virtually breathless with anticipation.
Hope everyone is having an enjoyable weekend! XXOO


Mandy Klevenski said...

Oooo! That is so kewl! I love the photo of all the little'uns. I don't think it's too yellow ... it looks like an old faded photo. Very authentic looking. I can't wait to see your stuff in person in a couple of weeks!!!!!!!! (I hope!) Oh ... I think they're called binder rings?

s@bd said...

it's beautiful.

what will you charge for it (if you don't mind me asking?) ?

Mama P said...

Yes, like S@bd said, how much? And if you say "2.00" I am going to get my sleeping kids up right this minute (since we don't have a magnet) and drive like a maniac to San Diego where I will promptly hunt you down and bitch slap you. Hugs! PS: If you want to sell some on EBAY, but you don't want to open your own store now, I will happily put them in my store for you.

Katherine said...

You are so talented! I love the colors you used - beautiful! Do you have "Thank You" cards yet? I've sent 3 in the past two weeks - I need some! I'd love to buy them from you and get something unique.

meno said...

I have an slightly inappropriate love of buttons, i just don't ever know what to do with them. This is wonderful! If she doesn't want it, i do. Even though i don't have napping kids anymore. more like napping cats.

Mama P said...

I just looked again. It really is fabulous. How can she not LOVE it. Unless she is psychotic, in which case she doesn't deserve your talent.

jude said...

I like it, Teri...great color scheme and elements. What size did you decide on?

bobealia said...

I definitely think you should get more stamps in various sizes. Another way to get the text looking old is to print it out on your printer, crumple it up, then soak it in watered down coffee. Let dry. Voila. Old letters. It will run, but it will look intentional. Best of luck.

Teri M. said...

Mandy: Thanks. :) And, yeah, I guess they are binder rings, now that you say that. CAN'T WAIT TO SEEE YOOOOOUUUUUU! :-*

s@bd: Thank you. I asked them to charge her $14.95 (American, hee) and left it open for a (very) little negotiation, since I don't know her financial situation. But I thought that was reasonable.

Mama P: I did not charge $2.00, so no slapping, beyotch or otherwise, is necessary. LOL Stop, yer making me blush. ;) And thanks for the offer, I will keep that in mind.

Katherine: Thanks :D I don't yet, but thanks to your advice I thought I would definitely make some. Email me, let me know what sort of style you like and favorite color(s) and I'll see what I can come up with.

Meno: Oh my, I know what you mean. One of our local quilt shops has a huge chest full of buttons and I can spend an hour or more just pawing through it. I didn't know what I was going to do with them at first, but now they've started showing up in all my shabby chic stuff. All y'all are making me blush from the compliments.

AuntieJ: Thank you. I decided it was bright enough to be noticed, but not garish. It's 5-1/2"x8-1/2".

Bo: I printed this on my inkjet printer, thusly the unartistically schmeared ink. I do love how coffee staining looks and plan on using that for some of my card elements that don't need to be quite as clear. (hey, any chance I can get your email address? Email me!)