I love the idea of having a personal connection with my home and it seemed appropriate that “she” should have a name. It makes me think of cute cottages along the English countryside and seems so romantic and old fashioned. As I mentioned yesterday, I have decided to name my new home “Morning Joy.” This was inspired by Paslm 30:5 “Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.” I hope this will remind me to trust in God and choose joy each day even when faced with hardship.
I enjoy taking my dog, Daisy, to the beach and I always keep my eyes peeled for great driftwood finds. I found a beautiful piece of driftwood during my first summer in West Michigan, back in 2010. The wood is nice and smooth on one side and a little bit longer than a sheet of paper. I always wanted to make a sign to hang outside of my home, but I never got around to it. During my move, it turned up in my garage and I knew it had to be one of the first projects in my new place! First, I needed to decide what method I wanted to use to make my sign. I toyed around with the idea of wood burning for a while. However, with the cost of tools and the likelihood of me messing up and ruining my prized driftwood, I chickened out. I looked around on Pinterest (of course) and decided that I love the rustic/imperfect style of hand painted signs. My penmanship is not great so I decided to print a template to help me along. I decided on the free font “skinny jeans solid“. I like that it looks like my handwriting but better. I wanted something casual and fun. I laid the paper on the wood and traced over it with a ballpoint pen. This left a nice groove to place my paint. I used Martha Stewarts acrylic craft paint in the color “Lake Fog.” It is such a pretty creamy color and gives a nice subtle contrast with the pale driftwood. I just used a small craft brush and painted in the lines. I wasn’t super careful, because I wanted a whimsical hand drawn effect. I used two coats and called it good. I hung the sign on my closed in front porch. I just used three 3m command strips to attach it to the vinyl siding. I had to bump up the definition on these photos, but in person it is a subtle and playful shout out to my house’s name. Now, I want to make signs for everyone I know! Lyrics, verses, names, and locations, the options are endless! What would you paint on a sign? Would you ever name your home?