Monday, March 14, 2011

No Soliciting

Just in case you missed it last week, I wanted to share my Wood You Like to Craft? project.  It was a blast to make and I sure hope you'll play along and link up your take on this months project.  And if you did miss it, be sure to head over to Under My Umbrella to see the rest of the projects.  They all turned out amazing!


I was so happy when Melinda announced this month's craft because I new instantly that this was going to be a solution to one of my problems.  You see, we have a solicitor problem.  In the summer especially, its relentless.  Sometimes the people that come to our door are really pushy and down right rude, and being home alone a lot of the time it makes me uncomfortable.  At one point in time I had a little vinyl "no soliciting" sign on the door but it got in the way of my wreath and came down. (Because we all know the wreath is far more important!)  My husband has been asking me to put something back up, so when I saw Melinda's sign, I new mine would be a "no soliciting" sign.

Wanna See?

Sigh.... I'm in love!  Its almost too pretty to have such a functional message.  But my favorite part is that its not subtle in the least.  Anyone who comes to my door is going to notice it and know my wishes.  Do you think it will work?  Let's hope so!

Mine is made the same as Melinda with the following exceptions.
  • I have a love affair with scrapbook paper.  I literally get sucked down the scrap aisle at the craft store and get stuck there.  (Although I've yet to use a page to make an actually scrap book.) I just adore all the patterns and colors.  So I decided to use scrap paper for my design.  The letters are also cut from card stock and all of it is modge podged on.
  • When I went to Lowes and asked for a 6x6 castine, they looked at me like I had sprouted horns.  So I ended up finding a 7x7 wood plaque at Micheal's.  Same difference really.
  • To hang, I drilled two holes so I could thread my ribbon through and have a cute little bow up front.
  • Because the majority of my sign is created from paper, I was worried about it holding up to the weather outside.  So after is was complete I sprayed the whole thing down with Thompson's water seal.  (the same stuff you'd seal a deck with.)  This gave it a water proof finish, although it does leave the sign a bit greasy feeling, so be warned.
Here are a few (okay a bunch) more pictures because I can't help myself.  

(Jeez Krystal, get a new doorbell!)

Thanks so much Melinda for the awesome inspiration.  I can't wait to see what you create!

Linking to these great parties.


Sarah @ The Bird's Papaya said...

What's the background scrolly part of the plaque made of? Did I miss that part?! I adore this and am TOTALLY making one.

chinamommy said...

SO cute!! Hope it helps keep them away, good grief! I just don't answer the door, pretending you can't hear also works :)

Krista said...

I'm glad you posted this! I'm SO going to do one for our front door! (we have a hard time with solicitors in the summer too!) I was going to mention you in my "I'm Lovin' It Friday" post because I printed your family rules sign and hung it! Super cute and I LOVE what it says! I had a bad Friday, so I'm hoping to post about it today!! Thanks again for all the cute stuff you do and I get to copy!! ; )

Crafty Housewife said...

The sign is fantastic! I love it! I have always wanted a sign with our name on it, like Moon Manor or something. This would be the perfect idea for that!

Steph said...

So pretty! I do need to make one of these as well, but never imagined it could look so nice!

Marian said...

What a cute way to keep those pests away!

Erin said...

I LOVE it!!! Seriously, that is so pretty...and functional!!! Fantastic. :)

Erin said...

Oh...and I'm a scrapbook paper (but non-scrapbooker) addict too!! LOL

V said...

I LOVE this! We have a horrible soliciting problem too and I really could use a sign this beautiful!

Kris @ said...

saw you on not just a housewife link up! i love this!!! i need to make one!!! thanks!

Lauren @ YoungNester said...

LOVE love love this! Thank you for sharing!

I am your newest follower :)

Marlie @ Crafting, Cooking, and Cats said...

This is SO adorable and polite. :)

Found you over at Not Just a Housewife.

Amy @ 11Magnolialane said...

This is a great idea. I will take down the little laminated paper sign I have and do something pretty. You did a great job!

Sarah @ The Bird's Papaya said...

Totally got all my supplies and I'm working on mine now! can't wait for the linky party!!

angelfitch said...

WOW! I could have written this post; even the part about being sucked into the paper aisle. Don't you love it?!?! LOL! Thanks for this gorgeous idea, I am def. going to make one of these for my house!!


Visiting from 504 Main. Very cute. I should put one of these up.

Humble Homemaker said...

I just adore your version of this sign. It is simply gorgeous! Thanks so much for stopping by Humble Homemaking and leaving me such a cute comment... and for becoming a follower! :) I think your blog is really lovely. I am following you back. Have a great day.
Humble Homemaking
p.s. I have a weekend party going on right now so feel free to hook up any project if you want to. :)

Emily {WhipperBerry} said...

I wanted to let you know we featured this on WhipperBerry today. Thanks for sharing!

Julie said...

Seriously cute. This is the second one I've seen, now I HAVE to make one (and remove the tacky paper "no soliciting" label from my front door). Love the "PLEASE" let's hope they stay away!

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