When the pandemic hit, Roseanne Kitney found joy in creating porch signs; “We were so stuck inside that it became a kind of little therapy for me”
People have chosen many different hobbies to occupy themselves with during the pandemic, from making sourdough bread to crocheting. For Thorold resident Roseanne Kitney, it was all about making porch signs.
“I think a lot of people do it because it’s one of those nifty things that’s gotten popular,” Kitney says, while showing her work to JhoroldToday. “All of a sudden these signs on porches became the thing to have.”
Kitney, who is 66, started creating porch signs in December 2019, but when the pandemic hit, making signs became her life.
“Nobody could do anything,” Kitney said. “It gave me something to do when I came home at night because we couldn’t go anywhere. We were so stuck inside that it became kind of a little therapy for me. I would come home, have dinner and go out to the garage.
To make her signs, Kitney uses a Cricut machine.
“It’s a machine that’s hooked up to your computer,” Kitney explains. “I work on a model that I want. You enter and configure everything. You choose your font, your style, your measurements, then you feed the vinyl into the machine and it cuts it.
It may seem like a quick process, but Kitney says it can take a long time to get everything perfect.
“The cut is five minutes,” she says. “It’s spending time figuring out what you want and where you want to put it. Sometimes I could spend two hours looking for a nice font.
A lot of work is also required to paint the wooden panel.
“Some people use a paper stencil, but I create it with a piece of vinyl,” Kitney explains. “You put it on the wood, then I paint it and take the vinyl off, and the images I paint by hand. I really only use the machine to create the lettering because I can create many different fonts.
Over the past few years, Kitney has branched out and taken on different projects, such as toilet roll holders and planters, but porch signs are still her favorite.
“I love doing the porch signs just because they’re so much fun,” Kitney says. “I now make flower boxes and hanging planters because people say, ‘Damn, you think you can do that? “I’m lucky to have a husband who helps me ride it because every time I drive a nail in, I’m always afraid it will come out where it shouldn’t be. ”
Working with her hands is something that comes naturally to Kitney.
“I’m just someone who has to be busy all the time,” she says. “Before doing this, I could put a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle together overnight. I can’t just watch TV, I have to do something. If I didn’t have that, I would paint the rooms in my house. C is what I did before making the panels.
Kitney is happy that she found her love for porch signs at the right time.
“I thank God it’s honest,” she says. “I would have found something to do, because I am like that. It’s very calming for me. I’ve always painted or done different things, but doing it on panels is something completely new. That’s why I appreciate it. It’s like, ‘What can I find?’ It’s so nice to me, it really is.