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Wedding gift- Family name sign

Wedding gift idea- Last name sign

Have you ever had a friend that you just know will be a life long friend? Someone who you maybe don't see very often, but when you do it's like you never skipped a beat? You can start right where you left off. And you could never possibly forget all of the memories you've had together. Well, that's what it's like with my friend Sarah. 
Sarah and I have been friends since middle school, when an alphabetical seating chart in choir class had us destined to sit next to each other. By our first year of high school we were best friends. We had sleepovers where we stayed up until four in the morning talking about boys, the latest high school drama, and family matters. We laughed, and we cried. We wrote ridiculously long notes that I still can't throw away all these years later because I still giggle when I read them. We had some years where we weren't as close as others, and some years where we were attached at the hip, but we were always there for each other when it mattered most. 

Here's an awkward picture of how cool we were at our prom in 2006 :)
High school prom

Sarah has lived in a different state since we parted ways for college almost ten years ago (has it really been that long?!). We saw each other sporadically through college, but I still knew all about her friends, her sorority, and that dreamy red head she had her eye on. They eventually started dating, and I must say, he was the perfect match for Sarah. I'll save you the story, but I will never forget the day I met him. It's one we will always laugh about. 
This June, I couldn't have been more excited to attend Sarah's wedding. She was going to marry her dream man, that red headed gentleman. I don't think anyone who knew Sarah growing up could have pictured a man any more perfect for her! I was so excited that I could be there to celebrate a childhood dream come true with one of my oldest friends.

Aren't these two just stunning?? I can't wait to see the rest of their wedding photos by Karena Dixon!!!
Sarah & Andy's Wedding

I used to make gifts for Sarah back in the day. I never had money to buy gifts, and me being the crafty lady that I am, I always came up with something to make... photo collages... hideous purses that I was so proud of... all kinds of things. So I wanted to keep the tradition going and make her a wedding gift. I love making signs these days, and last name signs are always a great wedding gift. 
I started with a plain wooden sign* that you can purchase at your local craft store.

Wedding gift idea- Family Name Sign

I painted the sign with a neutral color. You can never go wrong with neutrals when making gifts. Neutrals go with almost anyone's decor color pallet!

Then I used my favorite text transfer method to add the lettering. You can learn how to do this here. It's so easy! I print out my text in different fonts and sizes, cut everything out, move it around to see what combination and layout I like best, and then I follow the transfer method to trace my printed fonts. It ends up looking like this...

Wedding gift idea- Family Name Sign

Fill in all of the penciled letters with an archival ink marker* or pen. You can also use paint for this, but I find I have more control with a marker. 

Wedding gift idea- Family Name Sign

I added a ribbon to the back using a staple gun to make it easy to hang.

Wedding gift idea- Family Name Sign

I'm so happy for Sarah and wish her and her husband all the happiness in the world in the years ahead! I also hope that our friendship will continue to stand the test of time and that we will continue to be there for each other during life's monumental moments!!!

My forever friend and I with a baby bump and a wedding dress!

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