the back says lunch :) its basically just a list of things the diner sells besides the lunch specials and a hamburger and hot dog!
the outside menu was a pain in the ASS.. first off the only reason why I decided to make these things is because the diner is soooooo old school .. like most diners haha.. they've never had menus.. only the little lunch menu board they change everyday but other than that no type of advertisement or anything like a sidewalk menu for specials.. so I decided what the heck! it will most likely bring in more money thats why people have them right? RIGHT! except most business buy theirs.. and they can run up to $350 for the board and the letters and numbers all that.. there was no way I was dishing out that money hah.. so I said "Ill make one".. I had the bright idea to find a sign that was metal paint it.. and then stencil out a bunch of letters and numbers,laminate them glue a magnet on the back.. and it would be done.. my ideas seem to be done in my head in like a minute.. lol so when we found a sign.. it was not metal:/ sooooo I said i would paint it with magnetic paint... that sucked so bad lol three coats of black magnetic paint and then two coats of white paint! Then I put fridge magnets on it and it worked friggen awesome.. so I went ahead with my letters.. stenciled out seriously a thousands A's B's & C's so on.. laminated them and then put magnets on the back. it worked great until I decided to put it outside of the diner on the windiest day EVER and the letters blew all into the street into traffic it was miserable.. Tom and I were running after them so we knew this whole thing sucked! how could we get these letters to stick!?
Then Toms cousin came into the diner and said use velcro! holy crap no kidding! why didn't I think of that!? it just sucked that I spent a whole weekend painting and spent the money on magnetic paint which isn't cheap.. and putting magnets on thousands of letters:/ after we bought the velcro it went real quick though and Tom helped me hah... so we've had it done for about 4 days and we've already seen a huge difference!!!! first of all those velcro letter DO NOT BUDGE!! hah yay! second of all it was basically a $20 project well $40 if you count the magnetic paint.. which was the before project:/ but I think for doing it all myself it came out really good! and besides.. if it gets crappy we will just buy one now !knowing that it has helped !!
we keep the menu on the porch and theres one of our cats lol! I blocked the number because even though you can look up the business and find the number ... well you know what Im talking about lol!
So after all that crap! which took days seriously!!! all the stenciling i went through about 4 permanent markers! Tom and his dad have seen a definite change.. not thousands of dollars coming through the door but people are reading the menu when they drive by and coming in or getting stuff to go! that's just regular things the diner sells the other side will say the specials.. for instance fish & chips! a lot of people that dont come to the diner have no idea that we do fish & chips and our towns only seafood restaurant went out of business last year so now everyone will know we have some seafood too:)
onto other things... some of you may also know that Tom & I are foster/adoptive parents! I've touched base on this in a post before.. not sure which one but if you have any questions or are thinking about becoming one let me know! Anyways we were foster only 0-5 year olds but we recently just changed our age limit to 8 yrs old so we needed a twin size bed ... we have toddler beds and cribs but we needed something for an 8 year old or even a 5 year old is kinda to big for a toddler bed.. so first we were going to go with a sofa bed in our play room.. so that when a kid came to us they could have there own room with a tv and stuff.. and we would just be able to pull out the bed .. and when they left we could make it back into a couch and the kids could have their playroom back .. which we still might do for the other bedroom too.. BUT I found this beautiful piece of kid furniture on craigslist haha!
Its by little tikes and its a friggen twin size bed on a play house!!! are you kidding me with this awesomeness!? I want to sleep on it hahah another unknown fact about me... I love kids play houses we now own 6 of them! I have four in the back yard and one on our porch and now this one in our play room! also you can put another twin mattress on the bottom so its a bunk bed!! so cool!
Right now Wes has been playing in there and he loves it and goes on top to take a nap but he knows that it will be used as someones bed and hes fine with it because he has a little tikes twin size car bed haha:) we love these ginormous plastic things! Tom put this pic on facebook the other day and said "another house to add to our collection".. seriously im collecting these things!! I have a problem hah
So thats what we have been up to! reallllly busy if you read all of this update you are the best!!!
and if you are wondering whats on my nails currently.. a franken!! i havent named it yet but isnt it gorgeous!?
Talk to you all soon!