Tuesday, January 28, 2014

My 2nd Silhouette Project - Barnwood Cowgirl Up Horseshoe Sign

While I was staring out of the window of my workshop,
hoping that we would get some snow today,
I noticed the box of old horseshoes, that my neighbor gave me, sitting on my workbench.
They got my mind thinking about what else I could make with them.
With St. Patrick's Day coming up,
I had the inclination to make a sign that said LUCKY,
 using one of the horseshoes as the U.
but then, I thought, what about a sign that said COWGIRL UP.
That would be more my speed.
Don't get me wrong.
 I'm not a cowgirl, unless owning a few pair of cowboy boots and line dancing qualifies.
I cleaned up a piece of barnwood that I had leftover from building the kitchen cabinets in our cabin.
(you can check out our barnwood cabinets here)

Then, using my Silhouette Cameo machine I created a stencil for my lettering.
(If you don't have a cutting machine, here's a project I made using handmade stencils)
I aligned the stencil on my board and tried to get it centered and even,
then painted the letters white.
I sanded the dry letters a little to give them a distressed look.
After cleaning the horseshoe and grinding the tabs off of the back of it,
 I wiped a little white paint on it and nailed it in place.
Next, I added two eyelets in the top of the board
and twisted a rusty wire onto them to create a hanger.
Now it just needs a coat of clear matte finish on it for protection.
I'll have to wait for a warmer day, so that I can spray the finish on.
If you would like to see the other projects that I have made with horseshoes
you can check them out here and here.
I have another idea for a St. Patrick's Day project using rusty horseshoes,
so check back in a few weeks for that one.
It has started to flurry outside. I hope it keeps it up for a while.
I think I'll go in the cabin now and curl up in front of the fireplace.
How's your weather? Are you keeping warm
or are you blessed with warm temps right now?
'til next time,
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  1. Looks great! I love my Silhouette, too. I blog a lot about it!

    Would love for you to link up at Link'n Blogs, if you haven't already. :)


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    1. Hi Daniela,
      Thank you for the compliment. I'll be right over to check out your blog and link up. I can't wait to see your Silhouette projects.