It’s been a little over a week since the end of Fair! I’m happy to settle back into my routine. Katie’s 4-H market lamb project was a great learning experience, but, I have to admit, I’m missing her rowdy boyz – Pistol Pete and City Slicka’. They were so funny to watch (cheap entertainment) freely galloping (springing) around the yard with Katie like a couple of huge puppy dogs! It was bittersweet – to have them auctioned off – realizing their ultimate purpose/destination. A lot of hard work and credit goes to ALL the 4-H livestock project kids and a huge thanks to ALL the buyers for their support!
Besides catching-up with a never-ending chore list including picking, canning, preserving, re-planting… I’ve been working on updating my farm shop sign that hangs at the end of my driveway. A coat of fresh paint along with a simple ‘re-design’ may be what I need to feel, eh, productive?!
My ‘licensed’ business is actually Sheepy Hollow Herbs, LLC. That’s a mouthful to place on a small sign!! While I still raise organic herbs, my business today focuses more on fiber art… mostly wooly prims & sheepy folk art that I create with my farm-raised wool, handmade goat’s milk soap and herbal sundries.
I had an idea in mind for my ‘new’ sign. I began by sketching ‘Sheepy Hollow’ using a piece of chalk – so I could easily make any adjustments to spacing, size, and so on – until the layout suited me! If you need help, you could use a stencil (available at craft stores) or other alphabet template from the web. HINT: It may be helpful to identify the center of your piece and define borders/spacing and work outward. I used a half-inch flat artist’s brush and acrylic paint for the lettering.
Next, my sheepy motif. After several sheepy doodles on paper to help me visualize, I decided on a somewhat whimsical prancing sheep for the focal point on my sign (perhaps a reflection of my whimsical fiber art?).
Chalk is my best friend! I sketched my sheep onto my board, tweaked and finally painted her with two coats of acrylic paint. I sealed (weather-proofed) it with two coats of satin polyurethane. I may even apply a coat of wax… for extra protection.
The flip side of my sign is a mirror image of the other. However, I ‘cheated’ when it came time to re-draw my sheepy motif. How-To: I placed a piece of baking parchment paper over my sheep motif and TRACED the outline with a pencil. I then rubbed chalk onto the back-side of my outlined tracing, positioned it exactly on my board, and re-drew my ‘tracing’ … leaving the chalk-line impression…an exact copy of my original sheepy!! Easy peasy!!
…ready for business!