DIY Pictures on Wood?

IMG_0497Frequently, I set up booths at craft/trade shows around the Dallas/Ft. Worth area to sell and advertise my business. While interacting with the shoppers, I watch as people react when they first see my displays of my portraits on reclaimed wood.  I would guess that 80% of the patrons stop in there tracks or do a “double-take” when they see them.  I watch them slowly reach towards the portraits almost as if they were apprehensive about touching a living person.  Now, I am not saying my portraits are life-like, but among the responses I hear are, “Oh my gosh”, “These are beautiful”, “These are so cool”, and a very large amount of “how do you do this?!?”.  I of course tell them the secret…”pure magic”. They then typically laugh and realize that I am not about to give up that information.

One of the other comments I sometimes here (though usually when I am not looking) is, “Oh that’e easy…you can find it on Pinterest.”  Not knocking Pinterest, as they have some great ideas and wonderful DIY projects, but you won’t find my process on Pinterest or any other website.  I have tried all of the photo transfer processes and there are several problems with the techniques.  Among the most frustrating is the roughly 30% success rate when applying the techniques.  One process requires you to basically rub the tips of your fingers off.  I could not imagine doing that day after day, and the result you are left with is a dull, lifeless image.  Other techniques, like printing on wax paper have decent results, but the slightest error when applying the paper to the wood or even a shaky hand will smudge beyond repair.  Assuming all things go perfectly, the resulting image is still not close to a professional looking display. In my shop BellaRemi Designs, you will find several different choices of my professional portraits.  You will find that my pricing is better than the others who sell much less quality displays and the result is a beautiful rustic portrait that you can display forever.  They make the perfect wedding, baby shower, Mother’s Day, Father’s day or Christmas gift.

I really enjoy creating these portraits for folks to enjoy in their homes, and the feedback I get makes me proud.  I just can’t imagine feeling as proud by offering an inferior product due to using inferior techniques!

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Signs and Wonders

I love making different signs for my clients.  Some recent ones are shown below.

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Whether it is an original idea of mine, or an idea that was given to me by them, I get a great deal of joy throughout the process.  I feel so blessed to be able to turn my love of crafting into a business that I can run out of my home.  I am also grateful for some of the amazing people that I have met through this transformation thus far.  Two people that I have met are extra special to me and they create some of the most beautiful signs I have ever seen.  They are much different than the style of sign that I create in that the signs they craft are carved wood signs like these:

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These two people that I am about to brag about are Brent and Amanda Hutchens.  They are the owners of Signs and Wonders in Springtown, Texas and they create unique carved wood masterpieces. Brent has been creating everything from wood signs and furniture, to building homes for decades and has truly mastered the art of wood carving. Their signs amaze me every time I see them.  The detail that Brent can achieve while carving is incredibly awe inspiring.

Besides signs, they make the cutest carved wood benches:Signs and Wonders Carved Bench

carved chests:Signs and Wonders Carved Chest

and carved candle-lit lithopanes:Signs and Wonders Carved Lithopane Signs and Wonders Carved Lithopane 2 Signs and Wonders Carved Lithopane 3 Signs and Wonders Carved Lithopane 4

Amanda also uses her imagination and talent in creating rustic furniture pieces by re-purposing doors, windows, fences and pretty much anything else she can get her hands on.  I love watching their customers reactions when they see the new creations that Amanda dreams up.  I’m sure my reaction is the same when I first see them.  Their pricing is more than reasonable and the custom orders that they receive are handled professionally with an incredibly fast turn-around time.

If you can dream it up, I bet that Brent and Amanda can create it for you.  They are two truly talented people with the biggest and warmest hearts that passionately create unique, custom works of art.  You can connect with them at their online shop or their Facebook Page.

Subscribe to my blog to see my upcoming rustic reclaimed wood decor, DIY articles and tutorials I will be posting in the future.  You can follow me at my social media sites as well as shop at my Etsy Shop.

Be safe out there,

~Lacey    

Hello world!

Hello everyone,

Today starts a new chapter in my world of creating unique rustic home decor.  I am now a blogger.  My hope is to share new ideas, techniques and tutorials that may be new to some and maybe a refresher for others.  I specialize in creating rustic decor made from reclaimed wood and re-purposed items. Most times my techniques are quite unique and often unusual.

I have had a natural love and passion for crafting since I was a young girl. It has been a part of virtually every day of my life. I have spent my adult years in the corporate world, but have come to a point in my life that I have chosen to leave that world behind and pursue my passion. Spending much more time with my husband and two little girls is a very special bonus.

I truly love coming up with new ideas and creating them in new, unconventional ways resulting in an amazing piece of work that people can enjoy. I am excited each time a friend, family member or customer comes to me with an idea and says, “run with it, Lacey”. I would like each of my new customers to feel comfortable enough with me to say the same thing, and in the end wind up with the perfect piece of home decor that they wanted.

I opened my Etsy shop, BellaRemi Designs, in February of this year (2015) and have had success at several trade shows thus far.  I am so excited to see my little shop grow and add a little bit of my creativity to my clients homes and offices.  My “Reclaimed Wood Photo Display” has quickly became my signature item.  My husband and I, through trial and error, were looking for a good way to consistently get a great quality photo on wood, but still be able to see and feel the grain and texture of the wood.  We did not want to just slap a picture on some wood.  We wanted the picture to become part of the wood itself.  We finally discovered a process that works great and yields beautiful results.  I get so many compliments on them and it brings such a big smile to my face each time I watch my clients eyes light up when I present them with their portrait, or to read the emails from them telling,me how much they love them.   Below is an example:

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I also really enjoy creating different styles of rustic wall decor. These range from hand-painted signs to re-purposed shelves and curio cabinets.  Some of these can be found in my shop as well.

Thank you so much for taking a few moments to read my first blog.  I am a crafter, wife and mommy, not a writer, so please try to look past the errors that you are sure to come across. 🙂 I invite you to subscribe to my blog and follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, as well as favorite my Etsy shop.  I welcome any ideas for future blog topics or projects.  I look forward to sharing new ideas, projects and hopefully interacting with my readers in the future.  God Bless each of you, and be safe out there!

~Lacey