August 9, 2012

Signs For The Rehearsal Dinner

I needed a couple signs for my sons vintage themed rehearsal dinner in November.  The dinner will be at a little cafe around the corner from my house and since parking is limited at the cafe I needed to direct my guests to the abundant parking by the lake.  I actually thought...Pay a professional sign store to make the signs!  

But, I just couldn't, not without giving it a try myself


It's not that us "Do it yourself" folks are cheap (Ok, maybe), it's that we know we can turn something from ordinary into unique and fun....Well, basically we can do a better job!


Bless the Graphics Fairy, this was a new graphic that Karen posted of a hand holding a piece of paper

I took the hand, enlarged it, cut it out, then glued it on foam core

Now, I took my garage sale sign (We all have some of these) and painted it a light blue


 I then printed out "Parking" and using some  old tracing paper


 Transferred the outline to the sign and filled it in with paint pens


And hot glued the hand on top


I needed another sign at the cafe to announce that this was a private party

Way back in March I found this sign at the thrift store for $8.00


After a transformation, I used it at my booth when I was a vendor the Fancy Flea


Time to transform it again for the rehearsal dinner   


I mod podged sheet music and then printed off the words onto paper and used a heart rubber stamp in the middle


So, there you have it......Park by the lake


And no party crashers allowed


And this is why I love blogging.... Because I think you all "Get it", sure I could have paid someone to make professional signs, but we love doing something different and thinking out of the box, we refuse to settle for the ordinary !

Happy Creating!
Carol

44 comments:

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Carol,

You are so right, we just need to put our own spin on things, that's why we are DIY gals. The signs look great, and November will be here soon.

Blessings,
Linda

Ruby Jean said...

Oh Auntie Carol, you have outdone yourself... You truly do wear some real "Fancy Pants" :) So cute. I LOVE the parking sign "Brilliant"!!!! and what a great find $8.00 for that Standing Sign... The party is going to be Amazing!!! Be sure to get Lots of pictures, for those of us who can't make it.. :)

stefanie said...

oh, those are fabulous!!! no one could of made those better! your the best!

It's All Connected said...

This rehearsal dinner just keeps getting better and better! I can't wait for the actual day! ~ Maureen

Carrie@comfortablycarriedaway said...

Good job Carol! I always think things are so much more interesting when done with a personal touch.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

Better than any you could have ordered!!

Dina said...

How cool is that parking sign, Carol!! It makes me smile! And the private party sign is stunning!
Have a great weekend,
Dina

Bargain Hunting Treasure Seeker said...

Great job on signs!! Very creative!!

Maki said...

Your guests will LOVE these signs!!!
You've done it again, girl, what a wonderful, creative idea!!!
As always, you inspire me!
Hugs, Maki

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Well nobody could do it better than you ! you are just making it so much fun and so creative, if I were passing by I'd ignore the private party and crash :))

XOXO

lynn said...

these are so creative, carol! love them! the hand is great and i love the phrase you used on the tall sign!

Marilyn said...

Yep, you are a smart cookie! Had suspicions, but now the proof. And we are thrifty. November is a long ways off, but I'm sure you will be busier and busier as it draws near.♥♫

Betty Sneeringer said...

Very good! Should tell them where to go and where not to go!

Betty

From Hickory Hill said...

Love them!! Will make the celebration even more special.

Createology said...

We do "get it". It is about being creative and knowing we did the look and style we want. Great signs dear...

marda said...

I'm sure that was a lot more fun and way more satisfying than paying someone else to do the signs.

Kasia Wolak said...

Youre so right!!! We do get it, these are just fantastic!!! :D You hit the nail on the head! :D

Hugs,

Rebecca said...

Totalleeeee LOVE IT! What can't you do?

Do you sing?

Dance?

Polka?

:)

xoRebecca

Susan Erb said...

Carol,

Your signs just add one more personal touch that shows your creativity. And yes, it is so satisfying to see that when you do it yourself it is better than you could have paid someone to do! Love the signs :)

Sue

laurie said...

there are no "professionals " who could match what you have done, you are so creative, such a vision you have, I have been having so much trouble with my blog list, people keep disappearing, I know of a couple of others that are having this trouble as well, I keep losing three or four blogs, I have lots of catching up to do, things have been so tense here four the last 5 weeks, all will be calmer after next week.I treasure your friendship, thankyou for the kind words,

Olivia said...

As always, you amaze me with your craftiness! Looks awesome!!!
xo
Olivia

Katie said...

Ok Carol... A. You are adorable and so very creative! B. I love Graphics Fairy also. C. I have that very same tracing paper. I think we are telling our age with that. LoL D. I'm on a mission to find one of those standing signs. Love it... XoXo

rosieinspirations said...

Love the hand and the rehearsal dinner sign is just perfect. I love that you reused it!

Connie said...

totally charming!

SavannahGranny said...

Loving you love for this "LOVE" thing. The are fabulous.
xo Ginger

Connie@shabbyforsure said...

Hi Carol, I love your signs and everything else you have shown for the wedding...Connie

Little Miss Maggie said...

Carol, I love both your signs but I especailly love the hand sign. I'm glad you made your own. Much more creative and personal.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Oh my goodness--I love your signs! This wedding is going to be so amazing! You so know it--us bloggers totally get it!

Tee said...

It may have been cheaper but it don't LOOK cheap. Awesome job and insight.

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

A+++++++ on both signs. Ingenuity and creativity is again at work at the polka dot closet. Excellent!!!!

Connie said...

Thank you Carol. I am over-the-moon happy that you liked my fake version of crown molding. It was a fun project. Thanks again, Connie :)

romance-of-roses said...

Fantastic signs, both of them. Yes, you aree right, we like doing things our selfs and we do a pretty good job anyway. Congratulations. Hugs, Lu

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Actually, I think you ARE professional! Great job!!!

Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes said...

How wonderful Carol! Both signs are nice, but I really like the private party one. I'm sure your son and daughter-in-law (to be) will love them. Have a great Sunday!

Debbiedoo's said...

Those signs are awesome Carol!~ My sisters wedding was a sure hit. I can't wait to share all the fun little details. Of course, I missed taking a few pictures along the way. Everything went by so fast I forgot to capture a few things. I can't wait to see your son's wedding. I posted a pic on my facebook fan page of the bouquet my Mom made. It was sooooo beautiful!

LuLu Kellogg said...

Oh you clever Girl!!!

I love these!

Love,
LuLu~*xoxo

Stampin D Amour said...

Love it! I'm going to use that sign for my booth! LOL!

-pamela :)

Debbie said...

You, dear Carol, should never pay a professional to do anything because you can always do a better. "professional" job! I love what you did, and I totally agree about the burning need to just figure out a way to do it yourself.

And now I'm thinking that I need to start a pin board just for future wedding dreams. It'll freak my daughters out, but I love the "crazy little thing called love" theme. Plus, I saw a great wedding post on Debbiedoos today too.

Kismet? I think so...

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I LOVE your signs, Carol...and I'm sure it was even more special to your son and fiancee that you made it for them!

Chenille Cottage said...

Clever as always...That's you, Carol!
Smiles,
Carolynn

Gypsy Heart said...

You are one of the most creative & talented folks I've had the pleasure of "meeting" around blogland. These are totally perfect for their intended use. Can't wait to see more of the plan.

xo
Pat

Bliss said...

Just more beautiful touches that are going to make the whole day fantastic.

~Bliss~

Kelley Highway said...

So adorable!

Nancy said...

No Professional charging an arm and a leg can pick a creative mind and do what we want, they all usually have to put their spin on it too. These signs are just fantastic!! Everything you are creating is flowing so well together!!

This whole Wedding is going to be a over the top week end affair!!

What's Next?

Huggs, Nancy