The Atwood Inn Sign Project

Do-it-yourself sign making with Three Hills and friends.

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Tricia Bowden and her friend, Philly**  brought our vision to life with this awesome Whistle Up The Bay inspired design and color palette. Our challenge was to scale it up to a 4′ x 8′ sign with zero budget or sign making experience.

**Phil Detloff is his real name, and he’s a real graphic artist. We are thrilled with the designs he created for us and highly recommend him. LOVE it!

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Lexi, Dave, & Shane did a bit of strategizing and practicing with the old sign. Lexi is saying, “Let’s use a grid system,” and Dave is saying, “I can free-hand that s**t.”
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Father and daughter snapping chalk lines.
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Mmmm…. pretty blue paint.

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Our beautiful daughter and sign painter.
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Meanwhile, Dave cut down the cross beam, but kept the side posts and existing sign frame.
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Pretty as a picture.
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Our neighbor, Chuck, donated a ballast to get the whole No Vacancy sign working properly.
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Lexi painted happy little trees.
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The first layer of paint took a few days to dry.
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Therese painstakingly and meticulously traced and spaced my homemade paper letter stencils and Dave painted them in.
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Therese came back yesterday to help me paint walls in three rooms, and then helped Dave put the sign in the frame while I stood around taking pictures.

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Finished with this part for the day. Passersby were honking and giving Dave the “Thumbs Up.”
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Dave had band practice, so I spent part of the evening making the lamp post stencil. I traced the outline from the logo with Photoshop Elements, saved it as an eps file, then enlarged and printed it as a banner in Publisher. Perhaps not the most elegant way to have done it, but it worked.
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Dave applied the paper stencil to the sign this morning.
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Traced around the stencil with pencil.
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Then he filled it in with white paint.
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He’s a lefty.
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He has a good eye and a steady hand.

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Cleaning up the job site.
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And Voila! Welcome to the Atwood Inn!

 

Day 244: Stream of Consciousness Meets To-Do List

As you may have noticed, I have been struggling to make time for beautifully articulated, picture laden updates. Today’s Motel Possible project journal offers a verbal off-the-cuff glimpse at what is happening at the motel and in our heads at any and every given moment.

Here it goes: Researching and pricing mulch, fascia, trim boards, skirting, bladder tanks, and reservations systems. Caulking. Scraping. Painting. Mowing. Differentiating between commitments and goals, between what we want and what we need. Working our “real” jobs. Having fun. Walking the grounds together every morning and evening. Laughing at our little posse tagging along. Discovering and identifying a variety of winged and non-winged creatures. Telling ourselves we need to write it all down. Taking lots of pictures instead. Cleaning and organizing. Thrifting. Worrying/not worrying about money. Trying not to feel guilty about all the help and support we’ve been given. Looking forward to paying it both backward and forward. Staying in gratitude. Feeling overwhelmed and anxious and, oftentimes, just plain beat. Working through it. Knowing that we are exactly where we’re meant to be at this moment and doing exactly what we are meant to be doing. Working with the people we love. Living the dream.

Mr. Wonka: “Don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he wanted.”
Charlie Bucket: “What happened?”
Mr. Wonka: “He lived happily ever after.”

Jiminy Crickets, I almost forgot the most important part! We are planning a Work Bee / Open House / BBQ / Hootenanny Dance Party with live music on Saturday, July 18th. We’ll fill you in on more info and details as we have them.