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Scrap Wood Shamrock Signs

February 27, 2015

Scrap Wood Shamrock Signs

This project really took on a life of its own.

I sell lighter, smaller things on Etsy, mainly because bigger, heavier things are more expensive to ship. So what do I do with the furniture and wood things that I make when I am not doing craft shows?…I sell them on Facebook.

Facebook has several local selling pages for people that want to sell just about anything. I post a picture of the item, describe and price it. When someone is interested, they contact me and I send them info on where to pick it up.

A customer that bought one of my scrap wood hearts a few weeks ago asked if I would be making anything for St. Patrick’s Day. Honestly I hadn’t even considered it. With the cold weather and snow I was pretty sure it wasn’t going to happen, but then last weekend there was a few hours that were almost spring-like. I knew it wasn’t going to last so I gathered and cut wood to make signs.


…and painting could be done indoors.

I made four and posted them on Facebook…and WOW! Within a couple of hours I had sold all four and had orders for nine more.

Who knew St. Patrick’s Day was such a popular holiday!?!?!

Making the extra orders was not as much fun. We didn’t get a lot of snow, but the wind managed to pile that small amount of snow around, on top of and in every crevice of my wood pile. I was about frozen by the time I pulled out the wood I needed for the signs. Then, of course, there was the time I spent freezing in the garage while I cut the boards.

Since the wood was in the snow, it was pretty wet. I went ahead and built the signs, but then I had to allow them to air dry overnight before I could paint them.

When they were dry, the assembly line really got moving. I made five more than I needed to fill orders because I knew we were in for more frigid weather and the idea of digging for more wood was/is definitely not appealing.


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  1. My hands seem to have mind of their own today, am little shaky after running hubs to VA, thought he was having another stroke. It’s a long ride from our house to VA hospital. Hence why you haven’t gotten your pay for adorable items you were so nice to reserve for me. He wasn’t having a stroke but they decided to adjust his meds. His blood pressure was thru roof again. Scares bejabers out of me.
    You have such a great talent and knack for making things people want where you live, don’t know what in heck people here want. No distressing, no this, no that color. Think it’s just me, can’t seem to get hang of it here.
    Your shamrock signs are great Cyndee, who knew so many people did like St. Pats day? Sure glad for you after all your hard work making that stuff in the cold. You must have one heck of a huge wood pile with lots of good stuff.
    Ok gonna go see if I can get your money sent without screwing it up. Have great weekend. We’re supposed to get about 6″ of snow but as always will believe what I see..

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