The Very First Sign

My first custom sign was a bridal shower gift for one of my very best friends. I’ll admit, I definitely stalked her Pinterest board looking for her favorite quotes and DIY home décor projects she had pinned to tackle someday for her new house. I would like to take a moment here and reassure potential customers that I will not invade your privacy and stalk your social media accounts in order to produce custom orders. Friends and family? Sorry, you guys are still fair game!Stories, Jess and Joel

When I was making this particular gift, I was living in an apartment and created the sign right on my living room floor. What a process that was! I’ve always enjoyed painting and drawing, but I had never experimented with stencils in all my years of creating art. After hours of obsessing over whether the letters were straight enough, and taking breaks to clean paint off of my cat Marshall’s paws each time he decided to touch the paint, I stood back and admired a type of art I had never attempted before.

A few weeks later my friend opened the present I had worked so hard on, and worked even harder to keep secret until the day of the bridal shower! It was fun for me to see her expression wondering how in the world I knew she wanted that quote for her and her husband-to-be’s home. Not long after that, I began making custom signs for other friends and family members. Every sign I’ve made has come from reclaimed wood, each piece unique in its own way. The funny little quirks give my custom pieces a distinct personality, and it is one of the inspirations that lead me to start my small business. I enjoy restoring such beautiful material and giving them life with personal, meaningful words. They truly are a pleasure to make and a genuine labor of love, but what means the most to me is knowing how much they impact the people who take them home. That’s what this is all about for me — creating something that is inspiring, encouraging, and a daily reminder of your family, faith and your life story.