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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

NEST Garden Signs

Thursday, August 14, 2014

and making two garden signs using reclaimed wood, 

it seemed only natural to make 
NEST garden signs. 

Following the same basic steps used in 
these new small signs include a graphic. 

The Graphics Fairy
Thank you, Karen at The Graphics Fairy. 

The Graphics Fairy has thousands of FREE images 
which makes it hard to choose what to use in a project, 
but, oh, what fun looking. 
Go to the site to download images in order to get the crispest image.  
The black and white graphics can be colored using photo software. 
I used the built-in Preview program that comes with Mac computers. 

My little garden of garden signs is growing. 

I have already created other canvases with different phrases 
that are ready to be attached to old wood and stakes, 
but it is going to be a few days before I finish them. 
While hammering in the last nail on the green nest sign,
I hammered my left index finger, 
smashing it so badly the fingernail was torn and 
a small cut runs from front to back of the finger. 
 Oh, the woes of a DIY blogger. 

There in the background... 
Do you see it? ... 
The first tiny, blurry glimpses of the big project 
going on at Botanic Bleu...  
Fortunately, a contractor who knows his way 
around tools is doing that project. 
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  1. Judith, sorry about the smashed finger. Ouch! Loving the new signs, especially the green nest sign. Can't wait to see the progress on the "big" project.

  2. Love the signs, Judith! I also love the Graphics Fairy and use designs from Karen often. So sorry about your finger! Hope it heals quickly -- DIYers need their digits to do all those projects!

  3. I SEE YOUR PROJECT IN THE BACKGROUND! Judith, this is exciting! Not only do the birds have "nesting" on the brain, but we humans never stop thinking about how to improve or add to our domiciles. LOVELY WORK on the signs, and for me, school starts next week (meetings and prep) and on August 25 (first day of school). Let's create no matter what we are doing!

    Enjoy my friend. Anita

  4. Love all your signs, Judith! Can't wait to see more of "the big project". Ours is scheduled to start this morning... after many (many) delays. We'll see. :)
    Have a lovely weekend!

  5. Ouch! Poor finger!
    The signs are adorable.

  6. Hi! I hopped over from Share It One More Time! Your signs are just charming. I love your blog header also! Another Texas garden girl, here & a new follower!

  7. So sorry to hear about your smashed finger. Love these signs. Thank you for sharing at the Share It One More Time Party. Looking forward to seeing you next week. Cathy

  8. Ouch!
    Judith! You are a "wizard" with your computer and paper!
    (Karen's passion is such a gift to all.)
    You have made so many beautiful keepsakes from the "fairy's" gifts!
    I can't wait to see what your carpenter is up to. Did I see something bleu?


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