Easel for a Wedding

Last summer I was asked to make an easel to hold a pretty frame at a wedding. The mother-of-the-bride wanted something that wasn’t bulky, was white, and was not distressed nor rustic.

I chose to use poplar, which is strong and takes paint well.
I didn’t have a pattern, I just made a basic easel to fit the size of the frame and that would sit at the height the customer wanted it to.  It is five pieces of wood plus a chain and a hinge.
There are three legs, a top cross piece and a ledge that the frame sits on.
The back cross piece holds the front legs and has a hinge on it which allows the back leg to be folded in for easier portability.
You can see in the following picture how the crosspiece is set into grooves cut into each leg.
Here you can see the back of the ledge that has grooves cut into it, it is both glued and screwed to the legs. The back of the ledge has a screw eye that holds one end of the chain. The other end of the chain is attached to the back leg.
The bottom of the legs are cut on angles to allow them to sit flat on the floor.
The easel was painted with a primer and then three coats of white semi-gloss paint. 
Here it is holding one of my framed seahorse designs.
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Anchor “Guest Book”

Yesterday I showed a board I made for guests to sign at a wedding reception.  Living on an island, we have many fishers here, especially those who go out for lobsters (yum!)

So, some brides here choose a nautical theme for their wedding day, including shells, lobster traps, buoys and anchors.
I’ve recently made two anchors to be used at wedding receptions, both are 31″ tall and 24″ across at the widest spot.  One is white and one is mint green, both are distressed. I’ve also made a turquoise anchor, it was 27″ tall and distressed and covered with a grey stain, which gives a different look, that one was sold as a d├ęcor item to hang in someone’s home.
Here is how I put together the anchors, it’s quite a lot of work picking through the wood. I use basic lumber store strapping and try to find sections without too many knots or cracks.
I glue the pieces side by side, usually sections at a time.
Anchor Being Glued 
I draw my pattern on the back and cut it out with a jigsaw. (Since a jigsaw cuts on the pull, or up stroke, it cuts neater on the underside)
Anchor pattern 
Anchor cut out 
I then paint the anchor, let it dry and sand it. Then I wipe on stain, let dry, paint names and cover with a clear coat.
Turquoise Anchor Covered With Grey Stain
Turquoise Anchor with Grey Stain 
White Anchor With Brown Stain
White Anchor 
Light Green Anchor With No Stain
(Not as dark as photo shows on my screen)

 Green Anchor 

As I wrote, the last two will be used for guests to sign at wedding receptions, and make a great keepsake.
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Wedding “Guest Book”

Apparently it’s common these days for the bride and groom to have a large board or sign at their wedding reception for guests to sign their names on. I’ve made a few.

This one is 5 boards glued together and stained. The bride-to-be wanted the edges to be darker and uneven, so I sanded the middle section only. I then painted their initials and wedding date.  They used a permanent marker for the guests to write on the board.  This piece was about 30″ wide and 16″ tall. It’s a nice keepsake that the couple can hang in their house for many years to come.
guest book 
Thanks to the bride, Annie, for sending me this photo of the “guest book” at the reception:
guest book 
Tomorrow I’ll post a couple more guest books that I recently made.
I enjoy working with brides, maybe you know a bride I can make something for?
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Wedding Signs and Chalkboards

These signs were made by myself for a wedding that took place last summer.  I was contacted by the bride, through email, after she saw my local ad on Kijiji.

Sarah wanted original signs with a different font, more fun and curly, than regular signs I do. I work with brides to get the signs they want and I can do any font and any size, so the possibilities are endless.  I used old pallet wood that had been outside for quite a few years and had an aged grey patina. (All my signs are completely hand painted.)

She settled on this font:

Sarah wanted some directional signs because the drive was out in the country.  I thought these were a great idea that Sarah came up with:

She also needed some “Bride” and “Groom” signs and chalkboards.

The chalkboards were cut with grooves for the hardboard which you can see how I make here, but this time I went with mitred corners.  The couple’s initials were painted on the top.
Sarah ordered 3 chalkboards to use at the reception:

She also wanted a larger sign with some writing and the couple’s names and wedding date. This sign was made by edge-gluing five boards together.  (You don’t need screws, glue is actually stronger than the wood and will not come apart)

This next photo shows the whole order:

Here are the signs in use on the special day:

And here is the beautiful couple:

Thank you to Sarah for choosing me to help make her day special with personalized signs and also for providing me with extra photos.

May Ray and Sarah continue to enjoy the Happiness forever!

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Wedding Signs

Isn’t this just a beautiful photo!

Photo provided by Expressions Photography

I was contacted by a local bride-to-be after she saw an online ad for my wedding signs.  She had some ideas in mind and said there were signs she saw online elsewhere and that she would like some made similar to those.  Imagine my surprise when, of all the blogs and online creative people, she chose signs made by Gail at My Repurposed Life!   Not only are the bride and myself in Northern Ontario, but Gail is my online friend and lives a long way away in Kentucky.

I contacted Gail asking her if it was okay to copy her and she graciously said to go ahead and make them and then she even supplied me with the font name.  Gail is the absolute best, thanks Gail! xoxo

So, Sarah decided on the wording for her signs which I made out of old barn boards and hand painted.

She also wanted a Bride and Groom sign for the backs of their chairs:

Photo provided by Expressions Photography
Photo provided by the bride – thanks Sarah
Photo provided by the bride

I am so happy to work with brides, they appreciate having something made just as they have pictured in their minds.  Brides have been so friendly to me, I work through emails back and forth with them figuring out sizes, fonts, wood types, etc. and they always are happy to see their signs come to life.

I provided Sarah with a little extra sign and was surprised to see in the wedding photos that it had even appeared at the reception

Photo provided by Expressions Photography

Thanks so much to  Sarah (and Darryl) for choosing me to make these special signs for their big day and to Tanya and Sean at Expressions Photography in North Bay, ON for sharing these photos with me so that I could show them to my blog readers.

Perhaps I can make a sign for you?  See more wedding signs at my website here.

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Projects for a Very Special Wedding

My husband’s nephew, Justin announced his engagement last year.  I offered my services to make anything related to woodworking to his beautiful bride-to-be, Rebecca.
After considering things and doing some searches online, Rebecca decided she wanted some signs as well as cake stands and flower stands.

Rebecca wanted three signs, which I made from pine. She was going for a country look and “crackled” paint. I glued three or four boards edge to edge to make each sign.  I stained the boards with my rusty water (steel wool and vinegar) technique so that the white paint would have something a bit darker to show through the cracks than the light coloured pine would.

I put quite a thick layer of crackle medium all over the signs and then I painted with white outdoor house paint over that and crossed my fingers that the crackles would look nice.  You really can’t redo it, and the paint must go on in one coat without going back over it.

One sign was to have their names and wedding date, the second was a copy of something she found online saying “Happily Ever After Starts Here,” and the third was for a seating plan.  The first two signs were 20″ high x 32″ long and the third was 22″ high x 32″ long.

I planned and printed out the lettering on my computer to the correct size and then using carbon paper, traced the letters and corner swirls onto the boards. I hand painted everything with black craft paint.

Here is a close up of the Justin & Rebecca sign:

and a close up of the Happily Ever After…

Here are the finished signs at my home a few weeks before the wedding:

Rebecca wanted a Seating Plan sign with the same font and corner decorations and a space for her to attach lists of each table with the names of who would be seated there:

As for the other decor, Rebecca decided on log slices that would sit in the middle of each table with a mason jar full of flowers on it.  My husband, Eric’s, chain saw died so we ended up buying a new chain saw and Eric cut  about 25 slices off a large log we got with our winter firewood order.

Here are some of them stacked in my workshop:

One last thing she wanted was two cake stands made out of logs, which I don’t have a photo of before the wedding, but will show those with the wedding photos. They are log slices glued to a length of log for the base.

Last Saturday Justin and Rebecca were married in a beautiful ceremony and I was so proud to see my signs as part of the decor. The bride thanked me in her speech and I was so touched I got teary eyed!

The sign with the couples names was at the reception in the foyer:

The Happily Ever After sign was in the church entranceway and also at the reception afterwards.
Unfortunately I didn’t get a close up of the Seating Plan, which you can see here on the right.  Rebecca did a great job with the way she attached the names to the board, so pretty with different black edged papers.

This isn’t the greatest photo but shows the log slices under the flower jars as well as a mini-sign in front of the bride and groom:

Here are the cake stands, Rebecca made the cakes as well as the cupcakes:

and here’s the beautiful bride and her mother cutting one of the cakes:

Sending best wishes for a happy and healthy life together to the newlyweds, Justin & Rebecca!
It was a pleasure to be able to contribute to your lovely wedding.
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