Part 2: The Giveaway!

I painted the Holden Family sign today. Click HERE to see the previous post about the making of the sign.I used a satin black spray paint to cover the entire piece, sanding with a very fine sandpaper between coats and let dry well.With basic craft acrylic paint I painted a cream color into the grooves and wiped with a moist rag as I went to remove the overpainting.I painted the crest with a few coats of apple green acrylic paint to match my kitchen wall and used metalic craft paint in silver for the letter H and the crown to coordinate with the stainless steel appliances. I didn’t think the cream color around the crown looked great so I went back and painted black into the areas around it and the initial.I finished the sign with a light spray coat of satin varnish and hung above our wood stove.The cool thing is that if my decor colors change, I can easily repaint my sign to match! This is now an official Holden family heirloom.

And now it’s time for a fantastic giveaway!

Jack Qiao of will make and send a custom wood sign to two JSIM blog readers! The winners will have the choice of either designing one sign each (up to 10″ x 18″) themselves on his easy to navigate website, or I will create for them a custom sign design similar to mine, but with their family name or choice of wording to send to Jack for carving. The winner will have the option of receiving their sign bare to custom paint themselves or have it finished in one of the many finishes that offers.

In order to enter, please be willing to share a photo of yourself with your sign once it’s finished for Jack to put on his website. If that sounds OK to you, please leave a comment on THIS post. I’d love to hear your fantastic ideas for using’s services, but a simple “enter me” will do just fine! Be sure your comment leads me to a way to contact you if you win or simply leave your email address. Good luck!

The winners will be announced on Monday, October 12.
Remember for wedding gifts, holiday gifts, fundraisers, custom home decor and more!

Bonus: Jack is offering 10% rebate on all JSIM readers’ orders if you send a photo of yourself and your sign for use on his website. To claim the rebate, just reply to the order confirmation email with your photo once you receive your sign.


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