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 official store, however I do sell a line of old sign stencils as of 2014!
3. Do you sell old signs or decals to make 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.
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.
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?
Sorry! It’s not done yet. Hopefully by the end of… oh who am I kidding…
8. Do you host workhops or speak?
If I’m called upon, I sure do! Among the list is Bella Rustica Nashville, Lucketts Spring Market Virginia, Crafty Affaire Chilliwack, Women’s Expo Chillilwack, and others.
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?
Google frowns upon paid links in a post, so I have to say no. Sorry. But I will indeed link back to blogs and reputable companies I work with.
14. I linked up twice on your party, sorry! Can you delete my other link?
The link party is set so you can delete your own posts. Just look for the little red x. If you don’t see it, please let me know in the comments to that linkup post and I’ll tweak it. Just leave me the link # you want deleted please.
15. 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.
16. You work, yet you blog AND raise your son on your own. How do you do it all?
Ohhh believe me, I don’t. If I’m on the computer, my dishes aren’t done. If I’m doing my dishes, I’m not answering email. If I’m hanging out with my son, the house and blog both need me. I just do a little of everything as time allows and generally finish nothing in one day.
A blog post can take days to complete. I divide my time up: build one day, stage it the next, photo shoot the day after, edit next week and post after that.
17. 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.
18. What’s next?
What I’m working on? Ebooks. My first one, How to Make Old Signs is nearly complete!
In my dreams? Write more ebooks on other topics. Teach. Travel. Write in more publications. Write a book book. Sell something… a line of products? Partner up with a company to sell junk wares. Continue to build/design rustic furniture… maybe design it and have someone build it for me to sell?
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 desire. I’d love to chat.
This document is updated frequently.
Have any more questions? Fire away! I may add them.