Friday, October 9, 2009

A Sign from Susie

Remember when I said I wanted to put a long, old-looking sign above the Reading Room?
Well, last week I drew a rough sketch of the sign I had in my head using Photoshop and sent it to my friend Susie Harris.
I envisioned a large sign on top, with the name of our favorite book store, "Page & Palette", on it. (Click on the link to read about our inspiring experience there!) I pictured a second, smaller sign, suspended from little hooks on the botton edge of the bigger sign. Here is the rough sketch I sent Susie...




When I say that Susie is a signmaker extraordinaire, I mean it.
We received our handmade sign from her today and we LOVE it!
Here it is, hanging in its new home...



Her lettering is amazing...



She even used the exact kind of trim around the edge of the sign I told her I loved. Her attention to detail is second to none.





Every time we walk by our new (old) sign we'll be reminded of that stormy night in Fairhope. It taught us a lot about following our dreams, and embracing our creativity.
Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us Susie! Now our memories of "Page & Palette" will also include the wonderful & talented you!
:-)

Kevin & Layla

PS...If you're ever in the Fairhope, Alabama area, make sure to stop by
the shop
that inspired the creation of our sign!

60 comments:

Kasey said...

well...
i LOVE that sign and Susie did a fabulous job!!!!
xo

Lady Katherine said...

I adore your sign! Suzie did a great job. I am trying to remember, I spent a lot of time in Fairhope, while working and traveling with an aviation company, I think I been there, I going to read your other post! Now, I want a sign! Different words. You did this on Photo shop? Maybe I should download it? Can you tell me more? Love to hear from you, for your sign looks wonderful above your lovely reading room.

Beckie said...

I have been reading your blog for quite some time and just had to say how much you both inspire...I would love to have an ounce of the creativity that runs through your veins....I will continue to read and enjoy your fabulous ideas! Great job on the sign Susie!

Vintage Junky said...

wow! that looks great! Now I am off to read the story behind the sign!

Smiles!
Michelle

Mary said...

love, love, LOVE it! You are both just too talented for words! ;o)

Twig - Love Your Home said...

Holy moly. I LOVE it. So cute!!!!

♥Amber Filkins♥ said...

Oh, that sign IS to die for!! I absolutely ♥LOVE♥ it. Susie did a fabulous job!!

Nancy said...

love it! She did a beautiful job. Again!

Miss Obara said...

Really, could your house get any cuter?
Yes, I'm sure it will!Thanks for sharing!

Cheryl said...

Susie is a sweetie, isn't she? She did a fabulous job with the sign. It really puts the finishing touch on your reading room area. Love your and Kevin's little stories with all the neat little things you incorporate in your home.

Leen said...

It's gorgeous! I love this look. I have made a couple signs similar to this for my home and I am always looking for a new spot to hang one :)

CountryCouture said...

love the sign...except i would personally use a little brownish paint to distress the hooks.

Southern Queen Bee said...

Your sign looks great...Susie was so worried, she wanted to get it just right. I think it turned out perfect.

Aura said...

It's beautiful! I love the colors, she's very talented.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Oh, that is beautiful! I got a little sneak preview by phone of your wonderful sign. It is gorgeous, that girlfriend of ours is great.

Stephanie said...

love it!

Alissa said...

she did a amazing job!!

Kimberly said...

How fabulous! She is really talented and what a great idea you had. Love it!

geri said...

That is a perfect addition to your home.You and Suzie did a terrific job.
It fits in so beautifully with all the other creative touches you have done.
I love that so many of the special things you do and add to your home have their own unique story.
Whenever I go on somewhere special I try to bring back something that I love as well as bring back all the memories of that trip. It is usually something under 20.00 and something I see each day.
Can't wait to think of a special sign for my home.
I so enjoy sitting with my tea each evening and joining you and Kevin on your daily adventures. All the best,geri.

the lady of the house said...

She did a great job and good choice picking out what it should say. Such a great little story behind it and such a classic look for your reading nook.

Pony Girl said...

What a great replica! It turned out great, she is really talented! It looks great, how special to have a name with such meaning, too! ;)

Stephanie said...

OK, now I went back and clicked the link - LOVE Mary Kay Andrews books! Hissy Fit was one of my favorites! It was a great post too! thanks for sharing!

Ruby Moon Designs said...

I am just in love with that sign. The thing I like so much about your home is that every item that you display truly has a story to tell. It must be wonderful to live among such cherished memories.

-Grace

Mandi @ Finding Home said...

So completely gorgeous! Hey, question, do you decorate for the different holidays/seasons...for instance, do you have any fall decorations out?

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Beautiful job and so perfect for a reading room!

Brittany@Superwoman said...

I wish that I actually needed a sign made. She pays wonderful attention to detail!

I must leave now to inspect my house to determine where I can put a sign.... =D

Chris said...

You're right. Susie is a signmaker extraordinaire! It looks wonderful!

Katrina Chambers said...

Oh wow, that looks sensational. Happy with that!

Cathy said...

Aww that is beautiful! Susie is awesome...

{{Big Hugs}}

Cathy

Lylah Ledner said...

It's lovely. Except, I'm missing something. Where is or what is the sign for?

Have a wonderful weekend! blessings..lylah

Polly said...

How wonderful! Every thing you do has so many unique touches to it. I only wish I had the time to do even half of what you get accomplished.

Mom in High Heels said...

That sign is beautiful! I want a page and palette of my own!
I was born in Fairhope! Both of my parents grew up in Daphne and much of my extended family still lives there. I love visiting the sweet little shops in Fairhope when I'm in the US visiting.

My name is PJ. said...

Me likey! Me hire her too!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Oh my, Layla, that is FABULOUS. The perfect touch for the entrance to your reading room. Oh, how I wish I had a reading room, and I could get a sign from Susie for it...
Have a great weekend!
Kimm

PINK POPPY said...

LOVE.LOVE.LOVE your sign! it looks just perfect there...and so sweet that in conjours up the fond memories! :) sweet!

Morning T said...

I just love Susie AND I love that sign- it's perfect!!

Love the Decor! said...

I love Susie's work!! The sign seems do perfect for your lovely home!!

Kim Klassen said...

Layla
the sign is absolute perfection! great design, beautiful art. what a treasure! well done ladies!

happy day, kim

Cazra said...

I live in Mobile, a mere 30 minute drive from Fairhope. We love the whole town...the flowers, the shops, the pier, everything! We get over there quite often!

Lori said...

I love it and it looks like it just belongs there.

tale of many cities said...

looks amazaing Layla!

the undomesticated wife said...

Susie is so talented!

Busy Mom said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your sign. And I love Page and Palette!! You should have been here when the Deen Bros were in town!! Oh MY!! Please look me up when you are back this way!! We need to have a GRAND day!! Oh and Susie should come as well!!

Ashley Schott said...

Wow!! I love this so much! It looks so great. How cool:)

Lisa said...

I love your blog! Your sign is just so sweet...it just makes you want to go into your reading room and READ! Hope you have time to relax and enjoy it ...:)

Lisa said...

Love your blog and your sweet new sign...Hoe you can relax and enjoy it!!!

undomestic chica said...

What a great sign! have I menioned before that I'm so jealous of your reading room?

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

What a neat idea to remember a favorite haunt! Love the sign

truly blessed said...

That sign is absolutely beautiful. What a special, personal momento to have on display. It's sure to make you smile inside every time you look at it.

Katy said...

Susie did a gret job with your sign, it's WONDERFUL!!
Congrats on doing the DIY True Value project, I cannot wait to follow your newest project.

karin said...

Wow! I just received this google alert and wish I could have met you when you came to the store. I love this sign and the cute little room it represents. Please ask for me next time you're in the area so we can meet. Karin, owner of P&P. Thanks!

Swan Family said...

I love it!!

ropergirl3 said...

that is just amazing and fits that spot perfectly!

Kristy said...

Susie is amazzzzzzzzzing, I am loving that sign! Love The Lettered Cottage, btw...you two are very creative and inspirational. :)

A Touch of Country said...

it frames the entry perfectly! How fabulous!

Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating said...

That is absolutely beautiful! Susie is tremendously talented.

abeachcottage.com said...

all I can say is I want one too.

more than gorgeous

sissie said...

I think your sign is so beautiful.
The artist is quite talented and your design is wonderful. I'd love to have something like that, so I envy you.
I also enjoy reading your blog.
I'll be back!

abbymaya said...

I loved the store when we visited on vacation and Fairhope is just a magical place. The sign is perfect.

TidyMom said...

Susie does amazing work and what a beautiful addition the sign is to your room!!!

~TidyMom