I figured it was high time I covered things that get asked frequently. So… here they are!
1. Who are you and where are you located?
I’m Donna, a junk fanatic and mom to a teenage son. We reside in British Columbia, Canada on the west coast.
2. Where is your store? What do you sell?
No brick and mortar store, however I do sell a line of old sign stencils online as of 2014!
3. Do you sell old signs?
Not at this time. Hence, the stencil line.
4. What’s the paint colour that runs throughout your home?
Canada’s Cloverdale Paint’s Bamboo Beach, half strength, kitchen quality eggshell. It’s the PERFECT mocha undertone that isn’t pink nor green. It’s the perfectly clean brown and looks great with everything.
In some updated rooms such as the salvaged bathroom above, the colour strength was cut to half to brighten things up.
5. What sign equipment do you run?
I own a Graphtek 24″ cutter, alongside CorelDraw and Signlab software. I run it all on a mac these days, set up with Parallels to run the PC side of things.
These things aren’t priced for the novice, this is pro equipment. If you desire to cut decals for your own use, I’d suggest to look into a Silhouette machine for a mere few hundred dollars vs thousands.
What I use my sign equipment for today are for stencil proofing. I draw my own ideas, and cut them out of vinyl to trial out. Once approved, my files are sent to my stencil gal for fabrication.
6. What kind of camera do you have?
Nikon D800 full frame. I’ve written a post about what I have HERE.
7. When will your How To Make Old Signs ebook be on the market?
I’m uncertain I’m still heading in that direction. The stencil line has taken over. Thinking of maybe offering how to videos instead… to be yet announced.
If you think I should write a book, I think I need your push!
8. Do you host workhops or speak?
I’ve also been a keynote speaker at Blogpodium, Canada’s largest blogging conference in Toronto and have spoken at Snap, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
9. Where do you find your junk?
I hit the curb, burn piles, backyards, thrift stores, and yard sales. Garbage day can be good too!
Hit Fort Langley while you’re out this way too. It’s an entire town filled with antiques and junk.
10. Where do you find your pallets?
I frequent a firetruck manufacturer through my work which has tons of crates and pallets in their back 40 all the time. As for reclaimed lumber, I find it. If I spot fencing boards piled up in one’s yard, I’ll go ask if I can have it before they throw it out.
Is pallet wood safe to work with?
THIS post will explain everything.
How do you take pallets apart?
I generally don’t do that myself. I attempt to look for crates that are already broken open so all I have to do is load the wood into the back of my truck. But if a pallet is made out of straight nails vs twisted, I’ll use a hammer and crowbar and rip it apart. I made my coffee table from a dismantled pallet I did all by myself!
11. Can I pin your pictures or feature you on my blog?
Please do! No need to ask at all if it’s just the odd photo here and there with the watermarks intact and you’ve linked back to the original post. If you desire more than one or two photos, please contact me and we’ll figure it out.
12. Do you accept guest posts?
I’m sorry, but at this time I don’t accept guest posts. I’ve tried them in the past but they didn’t do well as folks tend to come to my blog for my own content. I will however feature other artists I choose myself on occasion.
13. Can I, a business, add a paid link inside one of your posts?
Sorry. Google says no so I have to as well.
Plus, I only endorse companies where I have tried their products. If they are a good fit for my biz and my readers, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s chat.
14. What are the fonts you use in your signs?
I give away lots of stuff on my blog, but some info I hold back so my work isn’t mass produced. I hope you understand. The fonts you love so much are being used in my stencil line!
15. You work, yet you blog AND raise your son on your own. How do you do it all?
Update: I’ve finally taken the leap from the dayjob and now blog fulltime! Read the story HERE.
16. How do I subscribe to your blog?
There are two ways to subscribe to blog posts:
#1 click the header icon as shown to subscribe via your choice.
#2 open a post on the blog and scroll to the bottom, and enter email in the ‘enter email for inbox updates’ area.
17. What’s next?
The stencil line is opening up to retailer options Feb 2016!
I am travelling more. Here are my travels in 2015, some work, some play.
Travel even more!
Teach what I’ve learned and help others.
Write a book book.
Possibly sell a line of decorating products with a repurposed flair.
Continue to build/design rustic furniture… maybe design it and have someone build it for me to sell?
Continue to fix up my house… there’s so much still to do.
And, my VERY big dreams are…
To land a cabin on a lake somewhere so I can stop running away to far off more expensive places for vacay! And decorate a cabin. Swoon…
Move to farmland so I can host my own encouraging workshops in the comforts of a renovated barn.
And… I don’t know.
I’m honestly open to whatever may come knocking. And I’m a believer in, when the time is right, that’s when it will come.
Please call if you have a brainstorm. I’d love to chat.
This document is updated frequently.
Have any more questions? Fire away! I may add them.