I suppose if I have to have a song stuck in my head all week long, it might as well be a Beatles song. By the way, that song-stuck-in-your-head phenomenon is called earworms ... go read about it here! Seriously, I pinned this pin last week, and I have been singing Hello, Goodbye ever since. I was hoping that maybe if I finished my project the song might go away ... I guess I'll find out when I get up tomorrow morning :)
Although I love the look of the word hello stenciled directly on the concrete like the original pin, I didn't think Mr. B would look too kindly on me stenciling our brand new deck :) So instead I bought a cheap doormat from Target. Much better to replace a $4 doormat if I mess up than to replace a whole deck!
The process was rather simple. I created a stencil - which you can get for yourself for free RIGHT HERE. Then I "borrowed" some white acrylic paint from my kids very similar to the way they "borrow" my sewing tools and use them for nefarious purposes :) I used a small foam brush to dab the paint on the rug, promptly removed the stencil, let it dry (kind of since it was starting to get dark) and snapped a few pictures out on the deck. I don't know that it will hold up for very long with the type of paint I used, but it really doesn't matter since winter will be here fairly soon. And I can always make it more permanent in the spring if I need to.
Did you know that if you read the word hello enough times, it starts to look like it's spelled wrong. I really do know how to spell it, I promise, but while I was editing the pictures, I could swear I spelled it wrong. I had to reassure myself several times that I wasn't going to look like a dolt when I posted this :)
I just realized this is the first tutorial(ish) thing I've done on this blog that is in no way sewing related. Don't worry, it won't last :) Come back tomorrow for a simple lesson on drafting a-line patterns!