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I’ve seen some of the neatest signs on Pinterest lately and as an avid sign lover myself, I thought I’d do a post sharing some of the signs I have around my house with you (You can follow me on Pinterest by clicking here if you’d like).
Most of my signs are located in our Diner or the kitchen. We don’t have an actual open-to-the-public diner or anything, but since we converted our sunroom to a fifties style diner, that is what we call it. I’ve had a lot of fun hanging memorabilia up on the walls in there!
The Story Of Our Diner
This is a photo of our Diner. I needed more room in the kitchen but adding onto the house wasn’t an option for us. We had this beautiful sunroom right off the kitchen that we weren’t using but it just doesn’t look right as a dining room to me so I came up with the diner option and got to looking online for diner booths and furniture. There are all sorts of options for second hand but none of them were able to be shipped so I finally settled on buying having my furniture made just for us – and it ended up costing much less for everything than I would have paid for a dining room suite at a furniture store.
We have a booth with a table for four, another table for four with five chairs, and a table for two with two chairs that I keep in the kitchen as a little breakfast table.
WE LOVE OUR DINER!
I have hopes of decorating it more and would like to add little cafe curtains and such. The kids really want a neon open sign ~grins~. But all of that is just going to have to wait. We’ll get there eventually and in the meantime the journey is half the fun!
I call it the “Do Dine In”, which I think is terribly clever – and the kids just roll their eyes at me every time I try to explain how clever it is. 🙂
This is our booth where the four of us eat supper every night. We always loved sitting in booths in restaurants so getting our own was pretty cool for the kids.
We do have a terrible time keeping the cats from scratching it though. I’ve tried putting the little covers on their claws and spraying repellent on the backs of the furniture and nothing has helped. If anyone has any ideas please let me know.
This is Katy Rose in her waitress costume. She loves to put this on when we have company 🙂
This is part of one wall hanging in our diner.
I’m only showing close ups of some of these so if you have any questions about particulars let me know. That 45 record is a Leslie Gore song. The skillet is the one I got at the Taste of Charleston Iron Chef Competition a few months back (It was a gift).
This post only has some of the signs hanging around my house because…well I really have too many to put into one post ~grins~
Happiness is not a destination. It is a way of life.
I like to pick signs that have words I want my kids to remember, lessons that I feel are important. This one is crucial. I know so many people who have spent entire lives just waiting for x,y, and z to fall into place before they will be happy. I also know people who haven’t got a penny to their name and they’re living lives more full than the richest among us could ever hope for.
This sign is pretty huge, about a yard tall and over a foot wide.
I got it at Cracker Barrel a while back. Since then I’ve seen a lot of them crop up in antique malls and such for outrageous prices (well over $50.00 – I paid $20.00).
This baby came off Ebay. It is a cast iron plaque that says “On this site in 1897 nothing happened.”
~grins~ I have it hanging on the wall in the diner.
This is a cute little sign, about 5×7 in size. It was a gift from my friend, Beth.
I have no idea where she got it but it sure is cute!
This sign is over 40 inches wide and customized with our name.
The center Coca Cola medallion is a three dimensional metal disk. I got it off of Ebay for a little over $30.00
“Laugh a lot, and when you’re older, all of your wrinkles will be in the right place.”
Jyl got me this one. She and I are big advocates of wrinkles – They are one of the best ways to tell if someone has spent their life smiling or scowling.
Family Rules: Share. May Every word be full of grace. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. Give Thanks. Hug Often. Obey your parents. Rejoice in this day that the Lord has made. Love one another. No whining – ever.
I got this one at Cracker Barrel this past summer.
Everything is Beautiful in it’s time. Ecclesiastes 3:11.
This is from the Dayspring line. Their merchandise can be purchased from their website and many Christian book stores.
These little fellas are tin concession stand signs.
I got them off Ebay for about ten bucks.
To enjoy the flavor of life, take BIG bites.
I think I got this one at Old Time Pottery for about $10.
It’s Never Too Late to live Happily Ever After
This applies to so many situations. I think every married couple needs this in their home.
I got this one at the Nashville Flea Market. There used to be this man who set up and made the neatest signs! I was there this past weekend and he wasn’t there anymore but he may start coming again once the weather warms up (winter months are slow for them).
MANY PEOPLE HAVE EATEN IN THIS KITCHEN AND GONE ON TO LEAD NORMAL, HEALTHY LIVES.
I picked this one up at a little gift shop in the Earlyworks Museum complex in Huntsville. It was just too cute not to come home with me!
This is a Buy Fresh Buy Local poster from Alabama that they sent me when I let them use some of my recipes on their website.
Isn’t it pretty? I just framed it in an inexpensive frame and put it up.
I love you like biscuits and gravy
This is a letterpress sign made by Yeehaw Industries that I received when I spoke at a food blog conference last year.
Those who wish to sing always find a song.
This is so so so so so true.
Also, those who wish to wish to complain, always find something to complain about. I want to be in the first category 🙂
I got this from the little sign man who used to be at the Nashville Flea Market.
This is a special sign because it was a gift from Su James. Su has been reading Southern plate just about since I started. She and her mother live in Australia. When they came over to visit the south for the first time two summers ago, I drove to Atlanta to spend the day with them (and make some banana pudding for Su to try!) and she and her mother bought me this sign in a gift shop at Stone Mountain. I think of them every time I look at it!
The most important things in life aren’t things.
If only more people realized this.
Another gift from Jyl. It’s like she knows I like signs or something…
You are my sunshine.
I hope my kids remember this sign when they grow up….
Old Time Pottery again. Their signs are really cheap there.
A rich person is not the one who has the most but the one who needs the least.
I think I got this one from a dollar store or something. I have no idea. I’ve had it quite some time though.
The letters on the wall read “The Kitchen Is The Heart Of The Home” and the sign under it says “Because Nice Matters”
This is in my kitchen.
God’s Top Ten: Put God First. Worship Him only. No bad words. Work 6, Rest 1. Obey your parents. Harm no one. Don’t cheat. Don’t take what is not yours. Tell the truth. Be happy with what you have.
Yup, these are the actual commandments paraphrased.
I got this sign at Cracker Barrel this past summer but a few days ago saw one exactly like it at a Lifeway Christian Bookstore. I’ve had a lot of people ask about this one.
This is over the doorway leading from the kitchen into the den. I’ve had this sign for at least twenty years so I have no idea where I got it.
That hook you can see on the top inner bit of the doorframe is where I hang mistletoe at Christmas 🙂
This isn’t really a sign but it’s hanging on my wall and I like it.
A set of miniature copper molds in their original display package. I hang a set of copper measuring spoons on individual nails beneath it and I use those all the time.
I’m not a decorator and I know this arrangement is a bit crowded but I’ll live.
The phone on the left is our kitchen phone – I think we still have a house phone number but I turned the ringer off when I first got it and have used it maybe twice so it’s mostly for decoration. The mug rack on the right is one that my grandfather made and finished and Grandmama cross stitched the Morton Salt center of it.
I love this saying and this particular sign was designed by a nice lady on Etsy. I bought a jpeg file of it from her and had it printed on a 16×20 canvas at Wal Mart.
To get it to go on the canvas, I had my husband add an inch and a half border all around to the original file so it wouldn’t have white space when stretched across the canvas frame. I posted a photo on Facebook and so many people asked about it that I emailed the lady who made it and asked her if she would consider setting up an easy auction for the image with the needed boarder around it but I’m afraid I never heard back from her. You can search and find the image on Etsy if you’d like, it is only $8.95 for the jpeg and you have rights to print it on whatever you like (would make great gifts) but if you decide to do it on a canvas like I did some modification will be needed.
Having a place to go is Home.
Having someone to love is Family.
Having both is a Blessing.
I think this came from Kirkland’s a few years ago.
This is a reproduction Coca Cola menu board that I picked up a few years ago at the gift shop in Lake Winnepesaukah
This is a paper potato sack that I got at a flea market two years ago for $2.00.
Now let’s head back into the Diner…
Here are a few signs over the window in the diner. Let’s get a little closer…
A beautiful metal sign from the Loveless Cafe gift shop in Nashville, TN.
Quit Your Meanness
I love this one! How many times have we wanted to tell folks this?
This is actually a bumper sticker that I mounted on cardboard and then just stuck up on the wall.
Visualize Minnie Pearl
Another bumper sticker that I mounted on cardboard and then stuck up on the wall in the diner. This one came from the Loveless Cafe Gift shop.
Flea Market Find.
This is a reproduction sign. It was original $24.00 but we got him down to $20. It’s hanging in the diner.
I got this from Ebay. I can’t speak with certainty here, but I’m pretty sure this was meant to be read by the writers at the New York Times and all those other folks who have come out of the woodwork to get five minutes of fame in exchange for saying nasty things about Paula Deen. As my mother would say “Their time is coming.”
Having a sense of humor is vital to survival. If you are blessed with a sense of humor, exercise it often. If you are not blessed with a sense of humor, give serious thought to acquiring one 🙂 Having said that I love this! ~Giggle~
This sign came from Amazon.com. Click here to buy one if you’d like.
To see more of my kitchen itself (beyond the signs) and the rest of my house (on a day it was clean!) click here to see a tour.
Do you have any signs around your house that have a special quote or message on them?
“Humor is the great thing, the saving thing.
The minute it crops up, all our irritation and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.”
– Mark Twain
Submitted by Jenny. Click here to submit your quote.
Christy, I have admired your diner seating since you took it out of the box and I caught a glimpse on that cinnamon roll post.
I’ve been wanting to get one myself and now the time has come that I’m going to get serious about it and I don’t know where to even start looking.
Where did you purchase your lovely set?
Thanks for all the GREAT recipes and even greater life stories!
Hey Glena!! We ordered ours from http://www.restauranteq.com We worked with a man named Tom, they were super nice!!
A cheap easy way to keep cats off of furniture that you use often is to take an old office chair mat and cut it to the size of your furniture. Then lay it upside down on whatever you are protecting. The small cleats on the bottom of the mats will keep your cats off. They are easily removed when you want to use the area and easily returned when finished.
I enjoyed your website! Thanks for sharing yourself with us!
Great idea Sara!! Thanks for sharing!!
I can’t get over this diner. What a cute place to hang out with friends and family. I would love to have a place like this. I know you must really love it.
What fun & how creative! Is everyone in your fam kinda tall? When you’re kinda short, and you sit down at some booths, the table comes up to almost your neck…not making for good dining! lol! I love the down home friendliness of your kitchen!
Thank you Linda!!!
Your kids must totally enjoy eating in that room. You must have a ton of wall space. Loved every one of your signs, especially the one about laughing and wrinkles.
I have three cats- non declawed. The lady who posted about the double sided tape was right, it keeps my cats from scratching the woodwork on my doorways and furniture. Can get some at Walmart in the pet section. Don’t declaw- it actually is amputating the tips of their toes.