DIY Reclaimed Wood Sign: Iowa Roots

Heelllloooooooooo, friends! It’s a rainy weekend here in Arizona, which means it’s perfect blog-writing weather! And, omg, I am ridiculously excited to share my latest DIY project with you! An adorable wood sign, made using our new Cricut Explore Air 2, a little paint, and our reclaimed wood from Porter Barn Wood. It’s probably my most favorite sign I’ve ever made.

DIY Reclaimed Wood Sign - Final

My mom and I have made plenty of signs in the past, but we’re always looking for the best method to getting our designs onto the wood or canvas. We’ve tried transfer paper, cutting out and tracing letters, free-hand painting, etc., but it’s either a huge hassle or not the prettiest. So, on Thursday, we decided to go half-sies on a new Cricut Explore Air 2 machine (they’re a little pricey, on sale at JoAnne for $250)! It’s this machine that cuts out text and shapes, as well as draws with a marker. It’s kind of mesmerizing to watch. I’ll show you a video in a bit.

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Tour Through an 1860’s Mansion

Over Thanksgiving, the hubs and I went back to Pennsylvania to visit his side of the family. I literally cried when I saw fall color (I’ve been a bit deprived)!!

Andrew and Hayley in VA

It was a nice week spending time with family, trying out a few local spots, seeing more horse-drawn buggies than I’ve seen in my whole life, and finally checking out the 1860’s mansion Andrew’s family has been restoring for… a few years. 😉 As his dad says, “It seems to take forever when you’re doing things right.”

This incredibly antique mansion has been given new life since they bought it. They’re not quite done renovating it yet, but I’ll take you through my favorite parts and give a little history along the way.

The Isaac S. Long Mansion

As I mentioned, this mansion was built in 1860 by Isaac Long. Isaac lived in New York but built this “summer home” (ha!) in Pennsylvania where he could hunt and spend his spare time. I wish I could have a summer home with 18 rooms!

Isaac Long Mansion - Front - 1860

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