New Family Sign

Family name sign by Aimee Weaver Designs // personalized and handmade with reclaimed barn wood

I have a new family sign in the shop this morning! It is personalized with your last name and hand-painted on reclaimed barn wood.

I create a lot of family signs as wedding gifts, and this one is perfect for that!

Family name sign by Aimee Weaver Designs // personalized and handmade with reclaimed barn wood

The sign can be ordered through my website here.

Have a great week friends!

Personalized Reclaimed Wood Clocks {new!}

Many of my signs and products are a result of wanting to create something specific for my home. And my new reclaimed wood clocks are no exception! I wanted a large, round sign for my entryway, and my talented husband created one for me.

Wood personalized clock by Aimee Weaver Designs

I just love these clocks and am so excited to add them to the products available in the shop! I did a really fun photo shoot for them at a customer’s home, who happens to be a neighbor. Her home is gorgeous and so photogenic, as you can tell!

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These reclaimed wood clocks are personalized with a name and date (or they can be left blank), and there are many colors to choose from. You can find them on my website here.

Words Matter

Our homes tell the story of who we are and what matters to us. One of the reasons I love to see inside people’s homes is because it gives me a glimpse into who they really are, in their most sacred and safe place.

Here are some photos of my signs taken in my customers’ homes…

To grasp how deep is the love of Christ wood sign by Aimee Weaver

Our homes aren’t perfect, in fact most times they’re a mess, and sometimes when we can’t figure out what our style is or how to make our house a home, we give up and don’t even try.

Whatever is true wood sign by Aimee Weaver Designs

Wood sign by Aimee Weaver Designs

One of the things I like the most about using meaningful words as artwork is that it brings a piece of what we value most into our space, and it tells our visitors a story.

Words are deeply impactful and have the power to change us. Words can remind us of what truly matters. Of how we want to live our lives.

Love story sign by Aimee Weaver DesignsGod is great, God is good sign by Aimee Weaver DesignsTo grasp how deep is the love of Christ wood sign by Aimee Weaver Designs

If you’d like to add meaning into your home, please visit my website, and I’d be honored to create artwork just for you!

Wrapping up the week

We’ve spent as much time as possible outside working on our property this week, although it’s has been COLD. But there have been some pretty, sunny days that almost make up for it.

We are busy cutting down overgrown shrubs, dead trees, and getting things cleaned up. I’m creating flower beds around the house and getting ready to paint the outside of the workshop, which is a large 3-car garage. I may be in over my head with that job, but I’m going to try anyway. Painting the house will be next on my agenda!

Here is our One Second Everyday video for March, and, as you’ll be able to tell, we spend most of our time outside…

 

Here are some fun links for your weekend:

-I found the Tiny Canal Cottage feed on Instagram this week and could not get enough. I am inspired to plant all the things!

-There is a small greenhouse on our property and this photo has me inspired to paint it white (it’s currently bright green).

-I can totally identify with The Nester’s post this week about real life.

Have a great weekend, Friends!

How to create a hanging shelf

Last Saturday morning I was in the mood for a really quick project, so I decided to create a hanging shelf in front of the large window in the studio for some of my plants.

The window doesn’t have any curtains right now, and it looked kinda lonely. It needed some life, and plants were just the thing.

How to create a hanging shelf

How to create a hanging shelf

I used only what I had on hand. Here’s what you’ll need:

-A flat piece of wood

-String or rope

-4 small eye-screws

-2 hooks

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Fasten the small eye-screws into the boards at the corners, then attach the string to them.

Fasten the hooks into the ceiling and hang the string from the hooks.

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How to create a hanging shelf

I had the fern and succulent, but I picked up the other two plants at Lowes this week. I don’t have a green thumb when it comes to indoor plants, so I’m crossing my fingers that they will survive longer than a few weeks.

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Introducing a few new signs!

Happy Monday friends! I have a few new signs in the shop this week!

How deep the father's love for us wood sign by Aimee Weaver Designs

An awesome reminder of God’s amazing love for us! You can find the “How deep the Father’s love for us” sign here. I happen to love the new metallic gold lettering color that I’ve been incorporating into a few signs lately!

The mountains are calling wood sign by Aimee Weaver Designs

And I love how “The mountains are calling” sign turned out! You can find it here.

Enjoy your week!

How to paint stained trim without sanding

I’ve gotten a lot of questions recently about how I painted the stained trim in our new house, so I thought I’d share exactly how I did it here.

The trim in almost the entire house was a very glossy dark stained wood. Here is a before/after of the family room.How to paint trim 8

It is purely a personal preference, but I love the look of a lighter trim color. I feel like it opens up the space and looks so fresh and clean.

Here is the stained trim, which is still in our dining room. I haven’t painted it white yet, but it’s stained days are numbered!

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How I painted my dark trim white with NO sanding:

-Make sure the trim is clean.

-Use Frogtape to tape off the edges. I have been so impressed with the quality of this painting tape and it comes in several widths.-Paint two coats of B-I-N Primer onto the trim. It is a shellac-based primer, so you won’t be able to wash out your brush with water, but it is worth the hassle. It sticks to surfaces incredibly well and covers up almost anything. It is the best primer I have found, and we’ve gone through literally gallons at our old house and our new one. It does have a strong odor, so you need to generally have windows open while you paint, but it dries very fast – in about 15 minutes.

-Paint 2-3 coats of a great quality semi-gloss paint like the Benjamin Moore Aura line. Yes, it is A LOT of coats, but I’ve found it takes a lot to cover dark trim, especially if it’s glossy like our’s.

And the better quality you use, the better coverage you will have, so it is worth it to spend more. We used Benjamin Moore Aura in Simply White throughout most of our new house.

And that’s it! It obviously takes a chunk of time to do all the painting, but it’s so worth it.

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A peek in the studio

Ocean painting by Aimee Weaver Designs

There is always so much goodness going on in the studio each week! It is truly my happy place.

Lately, there have been lots of these beautiful ocean scenes that we create using reclaimed wood. Each one is so unique.

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I absolutely love how each week is different, and I’m constantly working on something new that is stretching me creatively.

Have a lovely week friends!

Gotcha Day! {One Year Ago}

sawyer 3.16 25.jpgOne year ago we met our precious little boy all the way across the world in China! This year has been full of so many changes for all of us. We’ve gone through difficult seasons and times of unbelievable joy.

Here are two photos from the first few minutes that we met him one year ago. In a lot of ways, it is difficult to look at these photos. He had bruises on the side of his face, he wore ill-fitting clothing, had a cleft lip and palate, and he showed no emotion toward us. But, oh how we loved him because he belonged to us. I literally couldn’t take my eyes off him and could not stop smiling.

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This week after his speech therapy appointment, I took him out to the backyard and had a fun little photo shoot with him. It is unbelievable how much he has changed in the past year! He was beautiful then, and he is beautiful now.

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Sawyer has made our family complete. He has the most awesome personality and is full of life. His ability to adapt and his resiliency has made the adjustment for him and us fairly easy. When you go into an adoption, the hardest thing is not knowing what to expect. Not knowing what kind of child will become part of your family, what their personality will be like, what kind of special needs they might have.

Honestly, we had very low expectations and tried to be very realistic with what we might be facing when we brought him home. But he has been an absolute joy. And I’m not just saying that to make it sound good or that every adoption is easy.

He really is a joy.

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There were times of frustration and difficulty (there still are), but overall it has gone so much better than we ever hoped. He has had two cleft lip and palate surgeries that have gone well, and he is currently in speech therapy to help him learn to speak more clearly. His doctors are all very pleased with his progress.

As you can tell from the pictures, he is a HAM!

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He is such a natural part of our family now. It of course takes time until it feels that way, but after a year, he just fits right in. I cannot wait to see how he channels his energy in the future, and what he will do with his life. I have a feeling God has some really BIG plans for him, and I will always be honored to be a part of his life!