The thing that irks me the most about being home during the day is solicitors. It seems like every other day someone is knocking or ringing the bell with the hopes of taking some of my time and possibly some of my money. I don’t know if it’s just my neighborhood or if this is something everyone experiences. I get it, sometimes this is the best way to get new customers, but still, it’s annoying.
The problem is that we get packages from the UPS or FedEx man somewhat frequently, so I do have to check to see who’s at the door. Also, we have a barky little dachshund to alert us to visitors and of course the boys go running to see anytime there’s a knock. So people know that someone is home. And they wait. And I guess I’m just too polite to walk away after someone waves and smiles through the window.
I decided to be one of those people and put up a No Soliciting sign. I feel a little rude about this, though, so I also decided to add a “welcome” sign to the door itself and some cheerful flowers. Somehow letting people I actually want to knock on the door know that I want them to be here compensates for telling everyone else to go away.
I added “please” to the sign to make it a little more polite and I put it right under the doorbell, so I think there’s no excuse not to see it. I guess the only way to find out if it works is to wait and see if solicitors are still ringing the bell. At that point, is it rude to ask if they can read or not?
Rather than buy a sheet of fiberboard for the project, I went up to my parents’ house where my mom has a veritable warehouse of tools and project supplies. My mom is a project-making genius and although I could have done this myself, it only took me one try and 45 minutes with her help. Not 8 hours and a box of tear-stained tissues. That said, using a jigsaw is really easy once you’ve had some practice and there are lots of things you can make with one.
You might not have a need to keep solicitors away, but this is really a tutorial for getting your feet wet with woodworking and making a decorative sign. What you choose to say with it is up to you.
Now I have a lovely decorative sign that will hopefully keep unwanted visitors away. The beauty is that if it doesn’t work, I can just peel the vinyl letters off and use it for something else. I love multi-use things, don’t you?
Do you own any power tools? Do you ever use them?