Sunday, 29 August 2010

gents ... banner

If you read my title and immediately thought ... loos ... you wouldn't be wrong!

We are organising a party and have decided that we would allocate separate toilets for men and women. No arguments then about the toilet seat being up or down. OMG!! I should warn you now that this blog post is all about toilets, so look away now if this offends you.

So our house is to be transformed into a Marks and Spencers layout. Everyone who has ever been to M&S knows that men cannot walk or even be conveyed on a conveyor belt upstairs. Sooooo, our downstairs loo will be dedicated to the men, whereas the poor women will have to climb the stairs. 

Now, I'm all for making it easy for the men and because I have nothing better to do (uggggg?????) I decided that I should make BANNERS for the loos, just so that no one strays into the wrong one.

My immediate thought was to create the men's loo banner first, purely because I knew exactly which paper I would use ... hello Graphic 45 ~ A Proper Gentleman.

Now, I had already informed the OH that I would be making a banner and he said 'ok'.

It later transpires that he has no concept about what a 'banner' actually is.

I used Haberdasher as my background paper and I've embellished it with bits and pieces from the Tags sheet.

The chipboard letters are by Basic Grey. I bought them in a sale yonks ago and never used as they were too big, but are perfect for this. I  first painted the letters with a black paint dabber and then painted them with Tim Holtz: Distress Crackle Paint ~ Antique Linen and hey ho, although the pot had been opened, it wasn't dried up!! Just had to grab a longer paintbrush to reach to the bottom of it.

I've used Tim Holtz sprocket wheels between each piece and other TH embellisments to decorate. I really had fun putting each section together.

OK, so as I finished putting each letter piece together I showed them to OH. BIG MISTAKE!! For the first one I showed him the letter G. 

He said: what is it? 

I said: it will spell out the word 'Gents'.

'ok' he said 'but men won't understand that'.

Ho hum.

So as I finished off each letter piece, I showed him. He said: 'But when a man wants to go to the loo, he wants to go to the loo! He isn't going to stand there looking at that!'

OK, I said, 'but what if there is a queue?'

I won't tell you the response.

Finally, I finished it all off and showed him the finished piece.

'Too busy', he said. 'There is too much going on. What man is going to stand there and work all that out, when all he wants to do is pee? No-one will even notice it'.

OK. He might have a point.

But I am going to have it there and I will let you know how many men, if any, comment on it.

All of the elements are raised up on foam pads and I have used differing heights of 1mm, 2mm and 3mm. This pic might show you better:

Now I need to make one for the ladies, and please don't tell me they won't notice!

I am entering this into the following challenges:
Thank you for looking.



Kim x said...

what a great idea Keeley, your gents banner looks fabulous im sure it will be noticed! Can't wait to see the ladies.
Kim x

Faye said...

Brilliant, just brilliant. And you made me giggle. AND. I have to tell you men do notice the sign. I once managed a restaurant, where I took a rather vicious complaint from a man unhappy the signage said 'Gents' and not 'Gentlemen'...

♥ Lydia ♥ said...

Lol...Men!!! It's fabulous...and I'm sure that it will be admired by many...even if it's not those in the queue with more pressing matters on their minds!!! ^.^

K said...


Lynne Forsythe said...

So....your story was quite humorous!! and the banner is pretty FAB if I do say so!!
thanks bunches for playin' along with the Design Teamies and Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!!

Domna said...

great idea and realization!

debby4000 said...

Oh I think this is brilliant and even if the men don't comment the ladies will when they realise its not their loo

Riet said...

Ohhh wowwww Keeley,this is so wonderful.

Hugs Riet.xx

Unknown said...

This is just fabulous hun...just fab.. I hope men do take time to look at it xx

Thanks for playing at one stop this week xx

Unknown said...

This is a fabulous banner ... LOVE it. Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week ... we hope to see you again next time!

Neet said...

Each letter is a work of art - and so brilliant. Fantastic idea and I cannot wait to see the next one.

Juls said...

so gorgeous and creative! love it! Hugs Juls

Joanne Leddy said...

Aren't banners fun?! I want to make one for every holiday and celebration. Thanks so much for sharing your talents ... we have inspired me!

joy said...

Great banner with wonderful detailing! Thanks for participating in the Creative Belli challenge.

Maria Matter said...

Wow, Keeley, this is amazing! A gorgeous banner hun!
thanks for joining us @ Creative Belli!

michele said...

Gorgeous banner Keeley! bet the ladies will notice and comment on both banners :) silly men lol! hugs xx

gina g said...

Hi Keeley well i think its brilliant what would most men know about crafting lol. Thanks for joining us at the OCSS for our challenge this week. luv gina xx

Anonymous said...

This is one amazing creation!!! Your guests are going to blown away by your fancy loos! Thanks for joining in with the Gingersnaps paint challenge.

Createology said...

I just found your blog from Gingersnap Creations and what a great blog you have! Love your story of the loo and it is so very true. Your banner is fabulous to say the least. Happy creating...

Kathy said...

Oh my this is fabulous toO!!! I love it!! All the details are fabulous and love the cracked letters!!! Make sure you show us the ladies one too!!