This past weekend I spoke at the Becoming Conference and I brought two of the mini-thistles with me.
I used to call them the twins.
At the conference they worked with me during the DIY class and helped me in the decorating session and ate ice cream with the crickets at dusk and participated in Zumba at midnight and got their nails painted five different colors and tried on earrings in the hallway and took 501 selfies at the photo booth and soon the conference attendees started calling them the mini-thistles….
….and it stuck.
We drove to the conference, the mini thistles and I. And as we wound our way through the green pastures and horse farms of Kentucky and the hills of Tennessee and the winding mountain roads of North Carolina, I listened to the gentle chatter of two almost seventh graders….
….and I discovered five things.
1. I love being a mother.
2. You can get your hair wet, wrap part of a t-shirt around it, sleep on your t-shirt hair and end up with waves.
3. They make shag rugs for your locker.
4. “Hey Future Husband” by Megan Trainor has some wisdom for the ages.
And the most eye-opening discovery of all….
5. No one in the car, except for me, had ever heard of a rotary phone.
It made me a little sad and made me sigh and gave me pause and made me think of all the things their generation and all the generations to come were going to miss out on.
Like phone books.
And land lines.
And life without caller ID (remember when you had to actually answer the phone to see who was calling)?
Do you think yard sales will ever go the way of those phone books and long-distance charges?
I hope not.
I’d lose my main decorating supply line for furniture and fabrics and milk glass and vintage baskets and shutters….
….and stacks of old wooden craft letters for .10 each.
And in case yard sales are still in style where you live, here’s how I used my yard sale letter find to make this sign.
Step 1: Start with the letters
If you didn’t find them at a yard sale, Hobby Lobby sells them in the wood section.
They measure about four inches tall.
Step 2: Cut the board for the sign
This board for this sign measures 34″ long by 6″ wide.
You can have them cut it for you at the home improvement store.
Step 3: Glue the letters to the board
Space out letters. Grocery is a seven letter word so you want to start with the “C” in the center and space the rest of the letters out from there.
You don’t want to use hot glue because your letters will not really lay properly.
Use craft glue instead.
Step 4: Paint the sign
I used 5 different colors of paint on this sign that I found out in the work shop. I started with SW Mindful Gray and added in SW Rice Grain and layered in some other random grays and whites.
I didn’t over think it. I just painted and then dry brushed and took some paint off with a paper towel and then painted some more. And then I distressed the whole piece with 120 grit sandpaper and sealed it with a light coat of polyurethane.
And I painted this sign with the oldies station blaring in the back ground for inspiration.
The oldies station.
Featuring all those songs that were around when caller ID was invented.
PS When it starts out with Zumba at midnight and ends with a painted sign….
….do you ever wonder where these posts are going?
I’m just glad you’re along for the ride.