two for your nerves


well, first, a million and one ‘thank yous’ for all the love you gave me yesterday about my table and signs. you people are ah-mazing. sure know how to make a guy feel special. (and it’s nice to see so many ‘the office’ fans out there!)

i wanted to share two more signs with you today … hope you like them.

this first sign i made from a text/graphic i found on a blog. i don’t remember where, so i do apologize. (if you know – shoot me an email.)

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i’ve been saving images and sayings in a file on my computer for signs i want to make. this quote i found a couple weeks ago and thought it would make a great sign!

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the text is in an orangish yellow. i pieced together two oddly cut boards. i think the combination works really nice. and since the snow doesn’t want to seem to stop falling from the sky today, i can just look at this here sign and think of brighter tomorrows.

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this next sign is completely 100% inspired by a sign i saw here. in fact, other than the wood it’s painted on, the text is pretty much identical.


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i’ve been in love with this sign for quite some time so i knew i had to make it. i love how it looks on my new shelf.


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i gave the wood a blueish/greyish feel. it may be hard to tell in my pictures, but it’s there. again i used some old wood piece together. which reminds me, i got this wood from the wonderful people at r.m. smith lumber & wood. i found them via an ebay search. it turns out they live sorta nearby. (shout out to all my fellow pennsylvanians!) i believe they are tearing down a shed so this is where all the wood is coming from. they have a facebook page, and also do a little blogging too. in fact they just shipped me some more wood today! yay.


oh, and my kitty jax wanted to say hi.  he’s a little shy/scared of the camera as you can tell from the expression on his face. but isn’t he the sweetest?


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hope you’re having the best wednesday ever! unless your jen, in which case i hope you and your family feel better soon. being sick is the pits!

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  • White and Rust at

    Love the signs! Both of them! And your table 🙂

  • Andrea - Faded Plains at

    Your signs are a m a z i n g! Love the fresh berries one…and the previous posts grocery sign is perfect…as is your table…so cute. Oh…and to answer your questions…yes to etsy!

  • diedre at

    hi there michael-love your signs. did you paint the lettering? are you giving tutorials? what kind of paint did you use and did you first pencil on the text? yes, we need a tutorial! your kitty is darling. we just got a new kitty after several kittyless years. ours (we don’t really care)has some russian blue in her. is yours
    also part russian blue?

    would love to know how to make signs. oh, and are you still accepting fabric for your quilt?

    question overload.

    thanks a bunch,

    folsom, ca

  • Michael - Innkeeper at


    thanks for your comment. i couldn’t find an email address for you so i’ll try and answer some of your questions here.

    i’ll be putting together a tutorial sometime soon! promise.

    the paint is acrylic. and yes i print all the text/images out on my computer first. i’m good … but not that good.

    my cat is a stray so i’m not sure who his mom and dad were.. but i assume there’s a little russian blue in him.

    and yes! i still need fabric. thank you!! 🙂

  • Shannon at

    Sell these!! I need one for my kitchen. We have a really high wall with shelves & it needs some more decor. And I love them all, great job Michael!

    random…I’ve got a russian blue too!

  • Leanne at

    love them all…great job!
    and btw i clicked on your “first quilt” posts and saw that you love Alicia…she is the reason I started blogging TOO!

  • Robin at

    Oh how I love your signs! The first one is so pretty, I just love all the swirls. The second one is adorable. Love that the type is not the same, yet it works so well together! The weathered wood is amazing,

  • Smith Lumber at


    The signs are great. My wife really wants one. We may have to come see your place and visit the gift shop.

    Thanks for the links and acknowledgments. I appreciate the photos on our Facebook page, too.

    That’s the last of the boards from this building, but we have another that has to go. A storm two weeks ago took off the roof. We’ve been thinking about taking it down and I think it is too far gone to repair the roof, now. So….signs, I guess.

    Thanks again.

  • eddieross at

    Happy Wednesday to you! Thanks for the post on my blog!

  • DanielleisNesting at

    You really need to sell these. I’ve been doing a lot of Etsy stalking for my weekly Etsy featurettes. Signs are pretty popular but the script + wood elements like this are very original. Love it. You’ve got skillz.

  • Jen@Notes From the Heartland at

    Awww Michael you are the bestest. Feeling better tonight…the magic of modern pharmaceuticals. 😉 And the signs…um hello…F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. The tulips in your pics are making me dream of spring…my favorite flower ever.

  • Kim @ NewlyWoodwards at

    The best is yet to come. I love that. You are making me wanna try this painting thing. You and Jen are inspiring me.

    Sell these. Seriously.

  • Danielle at

    Hi Michael…I am passing along the stylish blogger award to you. I am really glad I found your blog recently and look forward to your posts! Check out my blog to see what I mean! Take care, Danielle

  • Wendy at

    Michael, thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I was having a particularly bad day and seeing you took the time to leave a comment made me smile! Your blog is fantastic!

  • Tricia - A Rosy Note at

    Oh my, your signs are great! The fresh berries one is my favorite. You should make some up and sell them.

    Love your kitty too 🙂

  • Simply Bungalow at

    I love your signs. They are simply amazing!

  • Gen at

    Love the signs, great job Ü

  • Miss Amy at

    absolutely beautiful cat! love the coloring 🙂 Great blog, and love your photos.

  • Roxanne at

    Found your blog through the CSI Project…love love love that “best is yet to come” sign. Please sell these…I wanna buy it!

  • Scrappy Creations at

    I would love to see a tutorial, too. Although I’m not sure even with that and a computer, I could paint something so well. Love the signs!!!

  • Today's Gift at

    Your cat is beautiful! I had a gray cat growing up and now they are pretty much the only kind I like. 🙂

  • Priscila Peters at

    Love your cat!!

    Thank you for visiting my blog earlier this week.

  • Let's take a coffee break at

    I saw your blog from Tatertots and Jello! Nice sign! I too really like what you did to your table on your previous post! And the schrute farms sign is HILARIOUS!!!! Love “The Office” and I would love that in my kitchen. For those that don’t watch the office could think that it’s some cool organic farm or something and for “The Office” fans…they would get a kick out of that. I suggest you make another sign and do a giveaway!! =)

    New follower!


  • Amanda Joy at

    Hey! Thanks so much for your sweet comment. Still in awe, your signs look SO GOOD. I really love everything about that quote and your translation of it. And glad you have great content for me to thief! 😉

  • Starwood Country Creations at

    Your table is awesome! Your signs … FAB U LOUS! Have you seen the post at Miss Mustard Seeds blog bout posting something in her style? You have to post your sign.


  • Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack at

    Your signs are amazing! Love the “Fresh Berries” sign! I need it, haha! You should sell these! Wonderful!

    ~Michelle 🙂

  • Miss Mustard Seed at

    You’re right! The Fresh Berries sign looks exactly like mine! I did a double-take. It is one of my very favorites, but I just sold it a few weeks ago. It was tough to let go, but I didn’t have the perfect spot for it.

    You did an excellent job on yours.

    Thanks for linking back to me. 🙂

  • molly susan strong at

    From another sign maker…lovely. Come on by and see some of my own.

  • ⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ at

    Awesome sign, you are very talented. Again if you could add my link that would be great…

  • Pamela at

    Love this sign! It is gorgeous!

  • Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas at

    Michael, I LOVE the signs! Especially “The Best Is Yet To Come”! LOVE that!

    And since I am a lover of the kitty cat (I have four) I adore the picture of Jax!

    I am a new follower and I will be back!

    Lou Cinda 🙂

  • Nerd Mama at

    A beautiful quote and a beautiful sign! I love how rustic the wood is.

  • CreationsbyJune at

    I love the use of old wood… We tore down an old barn when I was a kid and my Dad still has all the barn boards stored away… going to have to get some out to me!

  • Laurel at

    Love these too…the wood, the sayings, perfect! Laurel@chippingwithcharm

  • admin at

    Great signs and I love the yellow tulips in the photo. Thanks for sharing.

  • Kim @ Cheap Chic Home at

    I love your signs, the script is just perfect and you found great wood scraps to use.

  • freckled laundry at

    Popping in from Marian’s Copy Me Challenge. Your signs are beautiful. I am in awe at how closely you replicated her “Fresh Berries” sign. Unbelievable!

    Great job,

  • Michelle@ A Full Cottage at

    Your sign is beautiful! I want one!

    Please come by my blog I am having a big giveaway.

    😉 Michelle

  • Melissa at

    I love your signs…i am curious did you glue the wood pices together?

    Best wishes,

  • mitchiesmom at

    Love, love, love your signs!!! I would snap up the Best is Yet to Come if only you sold it – you have to make more and sell!!! I’m a new follower and so glad to have found you!!!

  • Mrs. Limestone at

    Love this. I would absolutely love to see the tutorial if you ever get around to putting it together. Beautiful work.

  • judi at

    kudos michael! these signs are just wonderful, i love them both but the swirls in the first are impressive.
    i second the idea of selling these signs…perfect for your shop, no?!

  • at

    First time vistor, saw your sign on pinterest. THEY ARE AMAZING! Did you ever do the tut? Would love to try this, after I get a lot more practice in. Thanks for the inspiratiion!
    Lorrie (in PA!)

  • Rhonda at

    I love vintage signs and both of yours are my new favorites! Would LOVE to know what font you used for the top sign. I am so looking forward to your tutorial…

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