Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Various Signs

Well, hello there! So nice to have you visit my little neglected blog!  For anyone who cruises by I thought I'd just share a few of the signs I've been painting lately. 

"All Because Two People Fell In Love"
-Black words on White background
-this was for an Etsy order
-Brown on White
-this is just a little sign for your kitchen
-let your lil puppy dance
around your feet as you bake goodies!
-I took this one to Leaf's Treehouse (Coos Bay)
-I painted this on a rustic beachy blue background
-I took this one to Leaf's Treehouse (Coos Bay)
"But first, coffee."
-uh, duh? right?
-I can see this in everyone's kitchen!
-I took this one to Leaf's Treehouse (Coos Bay)
"Love is Sweet"
-this is a larger sized, 24 inches long
-this was for an Etsy order
"To go to sleep I count antlers not sheep."
-Brown on White background
-we live in an area where there are LOTS of hunters;
fall hunting season isn't just a big deal, for some it's the ONLY deal!
-I took this one to Leaf's Treehouse (Coos Bay)
"life is better when you're laughing"
-I found a similar sign online, and loved this saying
so just had to make one!
-Warm White on Rustic Cedar background (4 boards)
-I took this one to Leaf's Treehouse (Coos Bay)
"Camp Grandma"
-various colors
-I usually paint this on a smaller 16" board, but this one was
ordered as a 24" board, with some graphics added
"YOU are the ICING on my cupcake"
-Black and Pink on White
-this continues to be a popular sign, especially for bridal showers,
where they often have fun and fancy cupcakes instead of cake!
-"ICING" can be painted in any color; I often am asked
to match colors of bridesmaid dresses

"I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always,
as long as I'm living my baby you'll be."
-Pink on White
-this is another one of signs I sell on Etsy
"beach" (with a directional arrow)
-painted on a piece of driftwood I found at the beach
-I took this one to Leaf's Treehouse (Coos Bay)
"Sugar & Spice and Everything Nice
That's What Little Girls Are Made Of"
-Pink on White
-A lot of times this is ordered for girl baby showers;
the host uses it as a centerpiece then gifts the mom-to-be
with the sign at the end of the shower
-This was painted for an Etsy order
"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Do you know how loved you are?"
-this one continues to be one of my top sellers
-I'll paint it in any color (or color mixes) the buyer wants,
but this was the first time I'd ever painted it in Gold!
"You will forever be my always"
-Red on rustic cedar 4-board sign
-this is another one I saw online and wanted to try!
-I took this one to Leaf's Treehouse (Coos Bay)
"Uncle, here comes your Bride!"
-This is my two sided sign for weddings;
once the couple are married, the child turns the sign
over as they go out to reveal....
"Mr. & Mrs. _____"
-This is the second side of the "sign carrier's" sign!
-this is another popular sign ordered for weddings
-I usually suggest the buyer keep the color Black on White,
as I've shown, so that it shows up well in photos.
Thank you for taking the time to look through some of my recent signs!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Headboard from Pallet Wood ~ Includes Custom Signs

On July 9, 2011 a very sweet couple we know were wed.  They were married in a park-like setting next to a rushing river, a perfect hot July Oregon day!  To help the guest find the wedding setting I painted a few signs to stake on the road.


Fast forward three years and a few months later.  The Mr. made a pallet headboard for the Mrs.! How sweet is that?  (And isn't the Little Face adorable?)

The Mr. included a couple of the rustic signs I had made into his design, which you would just know I'd think was brilliant!

You like?  Well, if you live in Medford, Oregon area you're in luck! The Mr. is making and selling these.  If you are interested just contact me and I'll put you in touch.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

From Summer to Christmas?

Life goes on and increases it's speed as it goes!  My last post was August and now I want to mention something about Christmas?  Where'd those months fly off to?

I was looking through some holiday ISSUU (online magazines) issues and came across a Christmas issue for Amy Power's "Inspired Ideas" from four years ago.  It just so happens I have an article published in this one!
So go take a look and perhaps you'll get in the mood to get started on crafting some fun Christmas things. Be sure to check my craft on page 156-159.  :)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Marshfield Vintage Market ~ Coos Bay Oregon ~ 2014

We just finished up the 1st Annual "Marshfield Vintage Market", here in Coos Bay, Oregon! My daughter and I had a blast! We thank our families, friends and even neighbors who helped us.

Here's just a few fun photos for now...

 (Melissa and I at the show)
I have a dress form I dolled up for the event. I was inspired in part by the Junk Gypsies.  This was a two day event, and on day one I had a beautiful metal crown to top her off. Our neighbor/fellow vendor, Fox Hollow Cottage, (Shannon) bought the crown on day one:

So for Day Two I brought a red cowgirl hat:

I had a pair of boots at her base, painted pink! Someone bought the boots within the first two hours:
You should see me in my cowboy boots...

I had various signs set out, I think every last one of them sold!

Coos Bay wanted and needed an event like this!  The organizer, Thea Synder, owns Haven Décor in downtown Coos Bay. If you live here, or come to visit, please visit her store and say "Hi"!
(Outside the grand entrance of the show...
showing off a couple of our vintage trunks...
Jessica helped us with the one on the bottom.)
Life is Good! 
And I thank God for His blessings!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I tried it and I like it!

(Photo filled post....)

I tried it and I like it! What is it? Coconut oil!

Jessica (daughter #2) mentioned making some chocolate chip cookies using coconut oil a while back. Honestly, I'm late for the dance, as I'd never heard of coconut oil for cooking.  Then I remembered even a longer-while back Melissa (daughter #1) had mentioned coconut oil for use for... something, but I just didn't remember!

I bought some coconut oil, which in itself was a challenge here in our town. I think I had to go to three store before I found a jar of it.  I originally was looking for "oil", as in canola oil or olive oil. I didn't even know it was a hard oil, as in "Crisco Oil"!  I had even called Jessica from the store when I couldn't find it, and that's when she said it's a solid oil.

Once home I used Jessica's recipe for "Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies."  Now I'm not like our daughters, who love chocolate chip cookies and/or chocolate chip cookie raw dough, (I do like a good sugar cookies!), but this raw dough was to die for!  Here's the recipe:

The baked cookies were yummy, too.  For some reason the dough reminded me of the chocolate chip cookie "dough" in the ice cream by the same name!

Fast forward a few weeks to a day out in the country picking blueberries.  I only had time to pick about 4 pounds, so bought a box of 15 pounds (the blueberry farm workers had picked them earlier that day).  I "sold" 5 pounds to my friend, then took the rest home to freeze.

Tonight for dinner I decided to make Blueberry Muffins, but use coconut oil for the "soft shortening".  Here's the recipe I used:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Grease a 6-muffin tin

1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup soft shortening (this is where you use coconut oil!)
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Mix all ingredients except berries; gently fold in blueberries; fill muffin tin; bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes (tops will be a nice golden color when done); serve with butter!

(Sorry, I don't write out complete recipe instructions, once you've made a muffin-or whatever-you've got the technique!)

I have to say, these were the best blueberry muffins I've ever tasted!  I guess 1/2 cup of sugar will make anything taste good to me, but I think it was the coconut oil! (The main dish tonight was Sweet and Sour Pork over rice, just so you know it wasn't just muffins for dinner!)

I've been busy with various projects: my "big girl job", painting signs for my Etsy orders, and other custom signs orders from locals; and now a big even in our town called "Marshfield Vintage Market".  Here's the poster.

Melissa has a space and I'm her side kick!  I'll bring signs and other projects I've been working on, too many to even begin posting photos at this point. 

And, finally, just for fun, a sampling of recent signs I've been painting:

(this sign is at Leaf's Treehouse, Coos Bay-unless sold)

(this sign is at "Overcoat", the store in Myrtle Creek, OR)

(this sign is at Leaf's Treehouse, Coos Bay, unless sold)

(this sign is at Leaf's Treehouse-unless it's sold)

(this sign is at Leaf's Treehouse, Coos Bay-unless it's sold)

(This sign is headed to the store, "Overcoat" in Myrtle Creek , Oregon, next to Dairy Queen. You simply must stop and visit Tonya if you are anywhere close!)


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Perfect Year End Teacher Thank You Gift

I was asked to paint this sign by a couple moms. I suggested having the children write their names and the date on the back.

Both moms reported back to me that the teachers had tears in their eyes when they recieved the signs.
(There were actually three signs given out....)

I designed the signs to look like chalkboards, though they are not chalkboards. The are about 16" by 24". 

I'll list this on Etsy soon.
So, how is your summer starting off? 
         Blessings, Heidi

Saturday, May 3, 2014

He has shown you O man LARGE sign

My large sign, "She is clothed..." is the perfect daily reminder that my strength comes from God.  I've painted this sign many times and knew it was perfect for a girl's room.  But what about verse sign for a boy's room. Ah, a buyer had me paint the perfect one, Micah 6:8.

The Bible version I used was NKJ (New King James),  because I like the way they worded the "O man" part. If you purchase this sign let me know if this is the Bible version you want. I can use any version, such as KJV, NKJV, NIV, etc. 

The size is 24 inches by 24 inches. (With the wood trim , it's about 26 inch square.) The color shown is called "Melted Chocolate" (a brown that for some reason shows up darker in the photo than it is). I can paint it in any color.

Bible verse signs are great for boys and girls rooms, they memorize the verse in no time at all!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Passion Week Booklet (Free Download)

Passion Week Booklet by Heidi Woodruff (c) 2013

You may download this booklet.  When you go to print, select "PRINT AS BOOKLET" from your printing options.

The following note is from the begging of the "Passion Week" booklet:

March 2013

Dear Friend,

Thank you for joining me in this personal study for Easter Passion Week. Passion Week is the week from Palm Sunday to Resurrection Sunday. As a Christian, Easter is the basis of my faith; it’s my shout of "Amen & Hallelujah!" to Who I put my trust and faith in.

During Passion Week in the year 2010 I went through a daily personal study of where Jesus was each and every day of the week leading up to His crucifixion. My purpose when I printed out my study notes (in 2011) was to share with our COTB (Calvary on the Bay Church) Bible study ladies the journey I went through , so that they could have a guide to do the same. Now each year I repeat this Passion Week study. That is why this is in YOUR hands now: my desire is for YOU to spend quality time in the Word daily during Passion Week. The journey led me through the final days that Jesus spent on earth before He died on the cross. For me. For you.

Although it seem like there’s a lot in this guide, you’ll find it (hopefully) simple to follow. To use this guide, follow the days of the week in the booklet. Listed on each day are the Bible references as to where Jesus possibly was, and what He was doing, a harmony of the Gospels. If you have time, go through all the suggested Bible passages. If you are limited on time, just read one passage. The second daily page is for your notes, thoughts and prayers. The third daily page is for notes I’ve collected, along with occasional thoughts and written prayers. Writing out prayers was something I had never done before, I found I liked being about to go back and read a prayer, rather than just a prayer list. (Not all prayers were written by me.) I also suggest you journal along with the study. It may be something you’ll want to pull out year after year for Passion Week.

Before you begin each day, spend time in prayer and communion with the Lord. I’ve included a communion cup; you can use any juice and bread/crackers. I take communion daily throughout Passion Week. Ask Him to guide you and to open your eyes and heart to truths you may discover for the first time. Or, perhaps He will open your mind to new applications for stories you’ve previously known. If you seek Him, you will find Him (Deuteronomy 4:29). If you desire to live grow closer to Him this week, He will be there with His hand held out waiting for you (James 4:8) You’ll know it’s His hand reaching for you when you see the nail scars.

I would also like to challenge you, if you have influence on any children (your own children, grandchildren, nieces/nephews, neighbors, etc.) to take Easter beyond what the world offers, such as bunnies and eggs. Talk daily to your children this week, teach them everything you can about what Jesus did.

Establish in your mind and heart that this week is different. This week you will devote time daily to spend in the Bible and with the Lord following the Perfect Lamb before He was sacrificed. Be passionate about it.

May you have a fierce passion for Jesus.

Heidi Woodruff