Sometimes the idea for a stencil comes from purely selfish reasons. We're not entirely altruistic here at Maison. lol! A while back while working on the pallet project, I realized I was going to have some leftover wood and wanted to make something for myself. So I created a monster 24x24 pallet sign I wanted to fill a blank wall in my kitchen. I didn't really know what to do with it though.
I was browsing through our stencils for something to blow up that size when I started thinking about our custom name and date stencils. They're really popular for crafters who want to make signs or pillows with the date they got married.
There are some great options there, but I wanted something that had more of a vintage look, to go with the feel of my house. So I designed a stencil that had a bit of a Victorian look and had it cut mega large for the 24x24 pallet.
I really love the way it came out, even if the sign is way crooked on the right side. I thought about fixing it, but I like it imperfect. We live in a crooked house, on a crooked street, just go with it, you know? I'm pretty boring about reusing paint, you may have noticed. So that red color is the same as our hearth pad for the wood burning stove, our staircase going to the second floor, and several signs elsewhere in the house. It's nice to have some continuity in color, I think.
Here's another photo of the kitchen. We have a built-in breakfast nook my husband built. That's what the sign is above. It's one of my favorite spots in the house. I sent a photo when it was all done to Laura and she really loved the design and insisted we make a pillow with it as well. (I'm learning how to sew.) So she dragged out her Viking and showed me how she makes her pillows and we used this stencil for my demo project. The fabric is actually drop cloth from Home Depot. Too cool!
So the pillow resides in the living room where it is most often loving sat upon by our orange cat, Moe.
Nico, the tortiseshell, favors the other chair. I love the way the pillow came out. We used a 12x12 size for that and decided we want to offer it in the store. So if you check out the custom category, you'll find this stencil there. Like all of our custom stencils, just email us after purchase with the info you want plugged in and we'll design it for you.
That's all I've got for today, catch you next week!