Tips/Tricks

5 Must-have Tools for Wood Signs

This post was inspired by a craft day that I had with friends who are wedding planners. I've been obsessed with making wooden signs lately, and can't get enough of them--as a matter of fact, I've got scrap wood all over my living room floor right now for my brother's wedding that's coming up. It's a perfect addition for any event, rustic or elegant, and can be as dressed up or down as needed. Best of all, it's an inexpensive and easy DIY project.

If you're thinking about making a wood sign for your next wedding, or just want one on your wall read on for the five must-have tools and some Amazon shopping links!

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1. Cheap wood. I like going to Home Depot because they have bigger pieces that could get cut down to size, but craft wood from craft stores and online works too. Pine takes stain best! 

2. Wood Stain. Love the ones from Minwax because it goes on smooth and doesn't have a coating on it that would give wood a sheen. Instead, it has a very natural look.

3. Chalk. Work with it lightly to use as your outline. Tip here is to make sure not much of the powder gets on it, so clean up will be a breeze. Chalk pencil works great too, but I personally just like to have on hand a box of cheap chalk because it works great. Just try to avoid chalk paint pens just because it goes on a little thicker and more opaque.

4. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. I cut/rip it into small pieces and use to erase the aforementioned chalk outline.

5. Paint pen. Last but not least, a great quality acrylic paint pen is of course the star of the show. There are cheap options out there too but this is the one tool I wouldn't skimp on. Using a cheapy pen with poor coverage or one that runs will make your life much harder and not worth the dollar savings. I love Liquitex Fine Tip in Titanium White and Molotow white in 2mm, the only difference here would be whether you prefer a chiseled tip that allows you to do thick/thin strokes (Liquitex) or a uniform round tip (Molotow). It's worth getting both and trying it out to find your soul-pen.

And that's it for the 5 must-have tools for wood signs. Any other tips, tricks, or tools you personally can't live without? Let me know in the comments below!

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Kiss my sweet ass

Phew, not sure about other parts of the world but in Southern California, especially in the valley, the days are getting pretty hot.

I started with the word "sweet" for May, just because it was peach and because it's been sticky hot around here. I've been super fortunate this year, and been feeling it this past month especially, that I get to fill my days with things that fuel me. Drawing, designing, meeting new clients, and of course spending time with friends and family. So from that very grateful place, my snarky self said "fuck all those other bitches" who don't add any value to my life.

So say eff you, to the girl who was mean to you in high school or that naysayer who only has negative things to say or that guy who broke your heart, whatever and whomever. You do you, and that's the best revenge.

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Just save the image onto your iPhone and it's ready to be your new wallpaper. Use the calendar for the lock screen, and the quote for your background--or vice versa!

Time to start shit

Oh shit, it's already April. It feels like a cruel April Fool's joke from the universe, but yes darling, we're almost halfway into this year.

Spring is always an interesting time of year, where you get this inexplicable urge to get going on things. Weather gets warmer, your allergy attacks start (ha!) and there's a bit of this buzz in the air. Hope y'all answer that call age start some shit. Be disruptive, be bold, be you.

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Just save the image onto your iPhone and it's ready to be your new wallpaper. Use the calendar for the lock screen, and the quote for your background--or vice versa!

The Big Fake Wedding

If you told me 2 years ago, when I was balls deep in my own wedding planning, that I'd be doing some wedding gigs for other people--I'd tell you that you were cray.

But here we are, and I'm now a "Featured on Ruffled" kind of gal. If you're into weddings, you know why I'd be geeking out about it--even if you're not, just humor me here and insert a "woahhhh" to make me happy.

A few weeks ago, I participated in The Big Fake Wedding Los Angeles, a bridal show with a twist. Just like the name suggests, the premise of it is that instead of vendors just having booths and standing around in a convention room, we all throw a wedding together, and the show guests are the wedding guests. Sound fun, right? And kind of funky?

That's what I thought when the show organizer reached out to me to be one of the vendors, and that's why I thought hey, I'm totally going to do this. I've done wedding invitations and décor design, but was unsure whether it was something I wanted to do under the F&D name. The premise totally got me though, so I said yes, and I am so glad that I did.

It was so much fun, I got to meet amazing people who are killing it running their own business, which was super inspiring.

Oh and bonus, of course, featured on Ruffled.

Here are some of my favorite photos. I gotta say, professional photographers are just fucking amazing at making my stuff look exponentially cooler than life.

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Don't be scared to be afraid

I am so excited for the printable section of the blog to grow! Hope you enjoyed the free greeting card for Valentine's Day. Now it's calendar time because yep, the month is already over.

I got the inspiration for this month's quote from the Roman God of war Mars, which is March's namesake. It reminded me that war has been a part of our life since humanity had sprung. We're always fighting amongst each other, and even with ourselves. The latter is the kind of fight that I've been thinking about lately.

The thing about internal struggles is that at least for me, it's usually a battle of talking myself down from talking myself down. My instinct usually (and maybe for some of you too) is to say that I can't. There are many reasons for the can't--sometimes it's self doubt, sometimes it's because I don't feel worthy, and most of the time it shares one thing, which is fear. Fear is a strong motivator for us, it gets us to do things but it's more often than not the wrong reason to take action. Fear tends to subtract, deter, discourage. It's an instict for surviving, not thriving.

I'm a firm believer that to thrive, we actually need to lean into fear, and the things that scare us shitless are the very things that we need in our lives at that moment. So fight on every one, and have courage to allow yourself to be in situations that are frightening as hell. And surprise yourselves.

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Just save the image onto your iPhone and it's ready to be your new wallpaper. Use the calendar for the lock screen, and the quote for your background--or vice versa!