Tuesday, August 11, 2009

No Solicitors at My Door…..

Found this little guy at Goodwill for .99 cents. I’ve had a project in mind for a few months but was waiting to find just the right frame….and I found it!!!

Thick printer paper in a cream color, online image of one of my favorite things (fleur de lis), scrapbook paper, an old frame that has lots of potential, and some black craft paint……I’m ready to start

I loved the origional gold trim around the frame and wanted to leave it so I taped it off and painted remaining area black.

Here he is all finished and ready to do his job. Let’s name him....... Franswa! Not so sure no soliciting signs actually work but maybe Franswa will catch their eye before they ring the bell.
Kent was worried the suction hook would not be able to hold the fame up but I found these great suction hooks at Wally World (Wal-Mart). They were cheap and work really well. You can flip the hook around so you can hang from different sides and when you flip the hook in place it locks the suction. I realized how great it works after I opened the package but I wanted to share it with you in case you’re on the hunt for a good/strong suction hook. Who isn't....RIGHT ;o)

What do you think? Will Franswa keep the solicitors away? Probably not but he sure is cute!

Franswa back in the old days when he was known as Frank

Franswa improved and with a new purpose in life! I’ll let you know if he gets to keep his new job.

I did a little online search while I was trying to decide what I wanted my sign to say. I would love to have been blunt but didn’t want to upset anyone in our “family friendly” neighborhood so I went the nice route. I found some funny No Soliciting signs though and wanted to share. Maybe your brave enough to make one and go the blunt route. Let me know if you do!

(This was my fav!)
No SolicitingYes we’ve found God,
We already donate to charity,
and we already bought candy, popcorn, wrapping paper (whatever you are selling) from our coworkers children!

(This one is funny but a little harsh)
No Soliciting
If we don’t know you…..
go away!

No SolicitingMy dog’s favorite treat is a solicitor

No Soliciting!
Yes we are talking to you!

Did you see any you thought were funny?

Not only can you use this project for no soliciting signs you can also use it for:

*Baby sleeping. Please do not ring bell.

*Welcome sign, welcoming your guest You can place a little quote or small poem inside. I know there are some great little poems about houses out there.

*Change it up with the holidays and seasons…Happy Fall Y’all, Merry Christmas

Let me know if you decide to make your own little door sign. I would love to see what you come up with! Oh and if you do not have a window by your front door you can add a little ribbon to your frame and hang it from the brick or incorporate it into your front door wreath or display.
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  1. Cute!

    I just tell the kids to answer the door. That scares ANYONE away.

  2. I really like your sign. It's pretty. What a transformation from the original. Let's us know if it works!

  3. Good morning Kendra, I am so happy to find you. I am Barbara, the Purple Goat Lady and a fellow TEXAN...I am putting together a list of just Texas bloggers.

    Please come and visit me.

  4. So cute! I would see something like for 99 cents and just move right along! Such a cute idea...You will have to let us know if it works!

  5. I love Franswa, how creative! Btw, I grabbed your button. :)

  6. Kendra--I see you and I are neither one to take the "wait and see" approach :0)--I saw your message to blogger as I was posting mine!--Glad that is cleared up--I was missing everybody! I always put up a "SHHH...it's naptime" sign when my kids were little!

  7. Hope it works! It looks great!

  8. I am so loving Franswa! So much fancier that Frank. I mean, what was Frank thinking?

  9. Love this idea! Thanks for playing along today!

  10. Franswa will soon have a cousin in Oklahoma! I have been seriously thinking about doing something like this, and now you have given me my inspiration to get started! It was great meeting you last night! Can't wait to see all your fun ideas! Take care!

  11. I love this! I made my own sign last year. When I do get a solicitor I just point to it and smile. I've even had some tell me they are not soliciting, just taking a "survey". Yours looks great!

  12. great idea, I really need one of those here...

    happy thrifting


  13. Cute! I like the hook thingy you put on the top!

  14. I love your sign. What a super idea. Laura@the mansion

  15. Cute post. I love your new little sign. I hope it works. Hugs, Marty

  16. You did a great job on the sign! Love it!


  17. I must say you were more inventive than I was. I had taken some of the kids letters, stuck them together on cardboard and stuck it in the window.
    It actually helped till the letters started falling off...
    Love your way much better. It's classy Kendra.
    Happy MM
    Love Claudie

  18. Cute, Cute Cute!! Love the different soliciting quotes :)

  19. What a cute idea.

    Your fav is mine as well!

    And why, oh why, do they come only when you're in the bath?

  20. This is such a great idea! I have long been wanting to make something to direct people not to bother me when they are hunting for my neighbor (he has a business behind our property and often times people mistakenly think our house is his house!). I just don't know how to word it without sounding harsh but your little frame is perfect and would do the trick! Now to figure out what to say....

  21. I don't know if some of these people ringing my doorbell even KNEW what soliciting means!! LOL So, my sign simply says, Please do not Disturb. It's right above my doorbell, not off to the side where they might miss seeing it. Seems to work. Ding Dong...

  22. LOVE the NO SOLICITING sign. GREAT job.

    Come for a visit.
    Its So Very Cheri

  23. Franswa and his OK cousin will have another relative in CO today. I often just send my 21 YO son to the door. Most of the organizers at the university avoid him now (he's very blunt and quite sarcastic), so I usually send him to the door.

    Pretty good ones here, especially the top one.

  24. Or this one?


  25. What a great idea. I'm going to look for a frame like that and just put different quotes in it. I love quotes!

    Please stop by and say hi!

  26. I am currently making my own sign..and below it, I am putting the definitely of soliciting..hopefully that will help!

  27. LOVE this idea!!

    I will never forget the time an office supply salesman walked into my office ("No Soliciting" was clearly written on my front door) and tried for 20 minutes to sell me supplies. I looked at him straight faced and asked "Do you have any No Soliciting signs?" Not sure he thought it was funny!


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