Apiary & Fresh Butter

by | Dec 30, 2010 | Painted Signs | 20 comments

In the frenzy of getting things ready to take to my retail spaces, I turned my attention to two neglected pieces of wood in the corner of my office.  They belonged to a drop leaf table that had seen better days. 
For the first one, I pulled some inspiration from The Graphics Fairy, where I found this beautiful bee graphic.
I’ve been thinking about making an Apiary sign for a while, so I enjoyed finally putting brush to board on this one.

This one is going to the Old Lucketts Store to sell.  The second sign was inspired by what I’ve been eating far too much of lately…

…and now I have to start Weight Watchers online and working with my “personal trainer” on the Kinect. 

You’d think I’d lose weight with all of the work I do, but when you replace running on the treadmill with blogging…well…enough said.  Anyway, I love how this paint finish turned out. 
If you’d like some tips on making your own “antique” sign, click HERE
A lot of people have asked me to share the colors and paint technique used on my French chairs and trumeau mirror and I will share all of that in a few days. 
Miss Mustard Seed


  1. TYRaines

    I love the Bee graphic! Did you stencil it onto the wood? Very sophisticated looking.

  2. Karen

    I know what you mean about the butter! I lost 70 pounds in the 11 months preceding the holiday season.Now the old jeans are getting a little snug,I'd better get back on track asap.Those signs are really great,I'm going to read the tutes and see if I can come up with something for my soon to be less horrible laundry room.

  3. Victoria Hayden

    Love both of them! Yes, I too love fresh butter…back to the gym for me!! 😉


  4. Sarah AKA The Thriftress

    I am recommitting to WW after the new year as well! Good luck to you! I know how it is with kids etc to not be able to make exercise a priority. You can do it!
    Happy New Year!

  5. time worn interiors

    Great signs! I know what you mean about to much butter! I joined Weight Watchers a couple of weeks ago! Have a Happy New Year!

  6. KimW

    I love the new WW plan – I have been on it for less than 4 weeks and lost 7.5 pounds!!! Even with the holidays. I hope to be much thiner by the time I go to Lucketts in May. MMS's Mom

  7. Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy

    How cute! I hear ya on the working out thing! I'm trying to locate all my weights that the kids have strung out around the house so I can start exercising again! 🙂 It's been a while!

  8. Becky

    Love At First Sight! So beautiful! I have that bee on my computer right now. I was waiting for the right project, this is it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Gillian

    Beautiful! I love all things "Bee". Wish I could buy it.

  10. Susie from Bienvenue

    I'm loving your bee but you had me at the blue. I think that blue is the sweetest of all blues. Wishing you a very Happy New Year. ps…your voice is just beautiful~

  11. Sweet Bee Cottage

    Boy do I wish I lived near you and Lucketts! I love this sign – you probably can't imagine why! 😉

    Happy New Year and thank you for being such a source of inspiration!

  12. SueAnn

    Your signs are fabulous!!! And that bee is amazing!!! Love him for sure!!
    Happy New Year dearest one

  13. LouLou

    Love both the signs… We have a great piece of old wood just waiting for one… I think we're gonna do our Last name and established…. I know… Not very original.

  14. Sherry@ Ties2ThePast

    I just found your blog….thank goodness!! You do alot of the things I do! Your great ideas, tutorials, & tips will make it easier for me as I venture out on my own in 2011. My husband retires at the first of the year & I hope to join him & start my 'crafting' career!
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  15. Cozy Little House

    You do such fantastic work! You're creative genius has stunned us all. Love your blog and Happy New Year!

  16. bj

    O, I am loving the butter sign. What a great finish. With your help, maybe I can do one of these. Gonna try. 🙂

    Have a blessed and wonderful New Year.
    xo bj


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