Hand-Painted Vintage Sign

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I wasn’t going to write a blog post about my goals for 2015.

I wasn’t going to tell you all the things that I want to accomplish in the coming year and how I was going to OWN the next twelve months. I might have to turn in my blogger card for stating this, but the truth is that kind of thing doesn’t really interest me. They say if you write down your goals and share them with others, you are more likely to accomplish them. I’m more of the mind set, do what you gotta do and if you find that you’re doing something well, let’s celebrate that. Tell me your tips and tricks for conquering life and I’m all ears.

It’s not that I don’t make goals.  I do.  And I share them with others too. I’ve even read about and encouraged others with their goals. I just don’t find them super interesting to write about in this space.

But then last week I got this message from a reader on Facebook:

“Just found your blog and have searched high and low to see the finished project of the vintage sign you were working for your husband from Oct. 2012. Did you ever finish it and if so, where can I find it? Looking for inspiration. Thanks!” 

Did you catch it?  She wanted to know the outcome of a little project I started in October 2012.

26 months ago.

She had searched high and low on Storypiece and was unable to find it.


Vintage Sign | Storypiece.netBecause it’s still not done!  No… for 26 months, I’ve moved this 6ft wide board around our home with the intention of finishing it, only to have to stash it away because guests were arriving.

Custom Retro Sign |Storypiece.net

For 2+ years my sweet husband has asked if I might be planning to finish this custom vintage sign for his studio anytime soon.

Vintage Wood Sign | Storypiece.net

One of my greatest fears has become that it’ll be time to move and this thing STILL won’t be done.

And if that wasn’t enough, this went down that VERY evening:

Text | Storypiece.netHow to age new wood and make your own vintage sign is one of the most popular posts on this blog. So why am I not motivated to finally finish and give the “big reveal”?

Hand Lettered Vintage Sign | Storypiece.net

Simply because it’s taken me HOURS to get this far and I don’t want to mess it up.  It’s easier to avoid the whole project taking a nose dive and do something else instead.

Custom Vintage Sign | Storypiece.net

I actually love how the vintage sign is turning out and I enjoy painting when I actually sit down and work on it.  But the perfectionist in me works overtime to psych myself out of finishing it.

So it’s time…

Handlettering with Chalk | Storypiece.net

Time to get this custom retro sign completed.  It’s not so much a goal, but a life necessity.  I’ll post my progress on Instagram if you are interested in following along.  And the finished piece will show up here some time before the dawn of 2016.

Hand Lettered Vintage Sign | Storypiece.net

Custom Retro Sign |Storypiece.net

So let’s hear it… have you made any goals for 2015? How are your New Year’s resolutions going? Tackling any long overdue projects over the next few months?

UPDATE: To see the finished sign click HERE

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  1. Terri H Johnson says:

    From quilting to scrapbooking to painting, I have unfinished projects everywhere. I sometimes have crafter’s block (is that a thing?), annoying perfectionist tendencies, and just plain old procrastination. I really want to complete the things I start. Anyway, I stumbled across your precious Valentines-themed cross stitch patterns and decided to take up cross stitch. I am working on my very first cross stitch project (a CareBear kit that I have been holding onto for a decade), and I am excited that I might get something finished! I think I am addicted. I can’t wait to start on the mini projects you have posted–they make crafting so doable for someone as busy and crazy as I am! I LOVE your blog and all of the crafts you have posted. I’m so glad I found you!

    • Danielle says:

      Crafter’s Block is very much a thing! It sound s like we are kindred spirits. 🙂 I love cross-stitch and needle point too. Feel free to email a photo of your first finished project. It’s so fun to when they are complete. I think that’s why I enjoy the mini-projects… I can whip them out in a day or weekend. Instant gratification. Thanks so much for reading and leaving a comment. You seriously made my day!!

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