I love chippy, distressed, worn and weathered wood signs.

I love creating them.

I love painting them.

I love hanging them.

What do you think that says about me?

Do you think it says I need direction in my life?

Do you think I need to be reminded to go places?

Or do you think that I need advice on proper hygiene?

I think I like signs because they tell people a little about who we are.

Or remind us of where we have been.

Signs can also tell people where we want to go.

I am working on a new sign.

It’s going be painted with my mission statement for this year.

“Life is a series of moments called……now.”

This is how I want to live my life in 2012.


In the moment.

No regrets.

Sometimes we consume ourselves with the destination and forget about the journey.  I want my journey to be purposeful and authentic and I want to experience every step with my arms wide open.  I want to embrace the me that I am at this very second in this very place.

And I’m so glad you are here at this place, at this time, on this journey with me….

…..and all my signs 🙂

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  1. Image for Heidi @ Decor & More Heidi @ Decor & More

    Signs just speak to me; words in general, in fact. And when you combine words with art -- well, it's perfection IMO. Can't wait to see... and learn. Love your motto this year, my friend. So happy I found you on our journeys!! xo Heidi

  2. Image for Linda Adams Linda Adams

    Hi Karianne, You are a "wordsmith." Great mission statement too! I look forward to your sign tutorial. If you have time, hop over for my, Valentine gift to you, tutorial. Happy Valentine's Day! Joyous Wishes, Linda PS. How is the Q letter coming?

  3. Image for Beverly Beverly

    Your mission is perfect, Karianne. It will serve you well as a mission for life, and it will serve everyone that loves you and all of us well - because we love you just the way you are. Embrace the you.♥

  4. Image for Kelly Kelly

    I like signs too. You have a lot of nice ones! I like the first one you showed. Did you actually measure the miles to each destination from you house? That is so clever! I'm assuming those are 2 places that you like to go or want to go. Looking forward to seeing your newest one.

  5. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    Karianne...I am "borrowing" your mission statement for a dear friend of mine..It is so appropriate..Hey, maybe I will challenge the impossible and make the sign for her..! I heart, heart with all my heart..your signs..I am drawn to them each time I go into antique shops...I have been on a quest for some time to find the appropriate one for a very large space over a bank of french doors on a 16 foot tall wall... Great post..Have a great day of you being you..a good thing!

  6. Image for Betsy(@coastal-colors) Betsy(@coastal-colors)

    I just love your signs! You're so right too; they say so much about the person and their home. I'm excited about the tutorial! Your signs all look amazing!

  7. Image for Jen (Arriving) Jen (Arriving)

    I bought my first text sign a few months ago and love it. I've been thinking about getting a projector so I can make my own... just add it to the list of projects in the back of my mind. Looking forward to your tutorial.

  8. Image for SheilaG SheilaG

    Your signs are lovely. And I love your mission statement- it's such a good reminder, maybe I need one of those.... :)

  9. Image for High Street Cottage High Street Cottage

    Signs have been a part of my life since birth. I grew up in the sign business, so I hear you on the old ones. I made an old sign myself years and years ago, it still hangs above my French Doors in my living room. They do indeed remind us of special places we've either been, or want to go.I think old signs remind us of more innocent times. When signs were hand painted, there was a real artistry to sign making. Yours are just wonderful.

  10. Image for dee dee dee dee

    I love your signs, maybe if I had a few, I would remember a few more things I seem to forget all the time....dee dee can't wait to see what you come up with for your new sign and excellent mission statement! dee dee

  11. Image for Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

    Sometimes you read a blog post, and there is something that just jumps out and grabs your heart.... This is one of those times. That quote, those signs....sigh. Beautiful. And I need to live more in the moment, not in the boxes that still need to be unpacked, and the stuff that needs to be done. This is our dream, we are living it, and I need to start living it now, clearly a wake up call for me! Thank you. Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  12. Image for Lisa Lisa

    I think they show how creative you are, and that maybe you like things that look like they have a history, and things that guide you, or things that you make that combine all of those. -Or, maybe you just like words?! ;-). I adore old signs, or old looking signs, and I have signs hanging in my house of some of my favorite cities. And I have a sign over the hubs office made of old printing blocks that says GO FLY. He's a pilot, so he says that a lot. "I have to go fly...". If I had an old farmhouse, I would certainly incorporate more of them into my home decor. I feel like I can't pull it off very well in a California stucco home. :-( Someday, maybe I will have a wonderful old farmhouse filled with great old treasures. I love your home. And all of your signs. Do you have an Etsy store? If not, maybe you should open one. xo -Lisa

  13. Image for Barbara F Barbara F

    Can't wait to see the tutorial - your signs are decorative and fun! What an outstanding mission statement - well done!

  14. Image for sherry sherry

    Your signs are beautiful, maybe I need a sense of direction because I'm always forgetting where I need to go and what I'm suppose to do. Luv the post!

  15. Image for Jo-Anne Jo-Anne

    I love the signs you have shown us and I mean love them they are so cool I would love to have such signs around my home.............................yes I want them and yes I am a little jelousy of your wonderful talent......................

  16. Image for Vee Vee

    Looking forward to your tutorial and I love the two different destinations featured. Sometimes our hearts do live in two places or more.

  17. Image for Gwen Gwen

    Oh my gosh, this is such a beautiful post! I am so tired to allowing the past to hold me captive and your words speak so very deeply to where I am and how I want my 2012 open and bloom!

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