No Soliciting Sign

I have been enjoying working in my yard so much this summer!  I have never been great at keeping plants alive but it is amazing what watering them daily can do…who would have thought?! My Grandma Bloesser helped me pot up these bad boys and I brought them back from Ulysses at the end of May.  I even made sure to have a neighbor water them while we were gone so they would be ok!  (Thanks Richelle!) Here are a few before and after pictures of them because I have to show them off!

Sweet Potato Vines from Grandma Bloesser right when we planted them.  There is a geranium in there too but now the vine is so big you can't even see it.  I am debating moving it to another pot.

Sweet Potato Vines from Grandma Bloesser right when we planted them. There is a geranium in there too but now the vine is so big you can’t even see it. I am debating moving it to another pot.

Look how beautiful they are!  I was so excited to see them draping out of the wagon!  Beautiful!

Look how beautiful they are! I was so excited to see them draping out of the wagon! Beautiful!

Tomato plant before...

Tomato plant before…

Tomato plant sitting tall and pretty!

Tomato plant sitting tall and pretty!

No tomatoes quite yet but they are starting to bud!

No tomatoes quite yet but they are starting to bud!

This is a flower JoAnn planted a few years ago.  Alex keeps getting on me for giving it a little Miracle Grow every few days or so.  It has really grown since May.  I started watering it regularly along with the other plants and it measures 27"x21.5"!

This is a flower JoAnn planted a few years ago. Alex keeps getting on me for giving it a little Miracle Grow every few days or so. It has really grown since May. I started watering it regularly along with the other plants and it measures 27″x21.5″!

Most people would agree that solicitors are not exactly anyone’s favorite people to deal with on a day you are home and trying to relax.  I can remember when I was little and solicitors would come by the house. We would all hide and be super quiet so they wouldn’t know we were home! To help alleviate this, I have been brainstorming up a No Soliciting sign for awhile.  In fact, my original plan was to make a mini sign to put into my watering can that I made-over for Alex.  I even painted a small wooden sign that I grabbed at Michaels and painted it red.  I was going to use white and black vinyl to make it but I really wanted something bigger.  I mean…let’s face it….we need it to stand out so they will see it!

Click here to see my tutorial for the Nebraska watering can!

Click here to see my tutorial for the Nebraska watering can!

I was watering my plants the other day like a good little gardener...and I found this piece of wood and this wooden stake that were just laying in our back yard.  I decided right then and there that I must use this to make a sign!

I was watering my plants the other day like a good little gardener…and I found this piece of wood and this wooden stake that were just laying in our back yard. I decided right then and there that I must use this to make a sign!

So I took some nails and put the sign together!

So I took some nails and put the sign together!

I cut out the lettering using vinyl and my Cricut.  After placing the vinyl where I needed it, I painted it with some acrylic paint I scored from Wamart for 57¢!  This project cost me practically nothing as I used some scrap vinyl from another project!

I cut out the lettering using vinyl and my Cricut. After placing the vinyl where I needed it, I painted it with some acrylic paint I scored from Wamart for 57¢! This project cost me practically nothing as I used some scrap vinyl from another project!

The wood was pretty old and the vinyl did not want to stick very well, so I had to tape it down to keep it from lifting while I was stenciling.  Make sure to be careful not to push excess paint underneath the vinyl when doing this!

The wood was pretty old and the vinyl did not want to stick very well, so I had to tape it down to keep it from lifting while I was stenciling. Make sure to be careful not to push excess paint underneath the vinyl when doing this!

Here is the final product!  Ironically, while I was painting this, there was a solicitor that came by and stuck a flyer in our door.  Maybe that won't happen next time!

Here is the final product! Ironically, while I was painting this, there was a solicitor that came by and stuck a flyer in our door. Maybe that won’t happen next time!

Our House!

Our House!

 

 

 

 

 

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