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Looking for more fun signs and wall hangings, unique one-of-a-kinds that nobody else will have? I'll bet you can find something here!
For some specific theme signs (apple, watermelon, bath & powder room, bed & breakfasts, kitchen, cats), use the links on your left.
This page has lots and lots of old fashioned pointing hand signs
For beleaguered mothers with teenage daughters, your signs rated their very own page!
How about something for those days when your kids are driving you crazy?
Have some Western theme signs here plus a couple of nostalgic style signs for horse & pony lovers
Also have some frogs on the page you're on now.
and lots of NEW baby chicks signs!  (Be sure to check out Kitchen Signs for eggs signs and other Chicken Theme.)
and signs for rabbit lovers
the latest Flying Pig sign is in my Bed & Breakfast signs.  Better check it out quick plus the other pig theme sign there, too!  Also, check out the Flying Pigs in Bracelets.
Some signs just for fun...and otherwise 
APT. DWELLER CLOTHESPINS  (OK, so these aren't a sign.  But I ran out  of appropriate  places to put things when I cleaned out "the Attic" page...and this most certainly qualifies as something for dorm life!!!) A  half-dozen brightly colored, highly detailed boy-girl pairs sporting silly grins, holding a flower of some sort.  (A dozen clothespins/pack)  Very Politically Incorrect---there's something here to offend every stereotype.** Sanded, high gloss finish--meant to be used, but disclaimer for any damage to delicate clothes that might snag on any left-over rough areas.  "Gift packaged" in plastic, with header label.  Perfect gift for the person going away to college or setting up house-keeping for the first time.  Also any other non-domesticated types....     $12/dozen + S/H
**This is meant as tongue-in-cheek joke.  Get a grip, people!!!  

Apt. Dweller Clothespins       
 
"Finest Quality Wool " sign.  Handpainted on weathered wood.  Sheep is painted in the style used in the late 1800's to early 1900's. with appropriate shading that does not show up well here.  Slate blue back-ground, lettering in darker blue with "gold" outlines and red with "gold" outlining, including bicolor border of red + "gold."  Features brass chain hanger to complete the nostalgic old-time look.  Copyrighted artwork &  design by Janice Austin DBA Austin Originals.  Sign measures 5-5/8"   x 15-1/8"; gloss varnish.  *Be sure to note the large knot near border alongside first line of lettering as well as the other obvious irregularities in the board's surface!  
Allow 2# shipping wt.   * Will probably be shipped 1st Class to save you postage..
Order as Finest Quality Wool sign #1
$32.50 + S/H
Old-fashioned Pointing Hand signs 
*There are some more in Old-time Bath Signs
Masonite Hand Cutout (annotated with dimensions and sayings available)Great idea for dorm rooms,  bedrooms, bathroom doors, front doors?  You name it!  Original "old fashioned" design; handcut and handpainted, so each one is a bit different, including irregularities in coloring.  Masonite cutout measures 5-1/4" wide x 9-1/2" high.  Hang from a nail or screw through hole predrilled in fingertip.  Comes in your choice of sayings.  *Most are done on right hands but some on left hand; my choice!  Order from pull-down menu.  Each $12.95 + S/H  
Order as:
 Hand Cutout #1 (= No Solicitors)
 Hand Cutout #2  (= Please knock)
 Hand Cutout #3  (= Private)
 Hand Cutout #4  (= Keep Out)
Message on sign






Limited # available! Another original "old fashioned" creation.  Masonite cutout which hangs from a bent wire hanger ~ can be hungHand CO Entrance #2.jpg from a nail or what have you or a doorknob.  Handcut and  handpainted (with all the irregularities that entails!), expect each one to be a bit different.  Actual scan shown (Shown before hanging wire has been attached.)  Measures ~ 9" long x 5-1/4" high, 8+ inches high with wire hanger.  
Order as Pointing Hand: Entrance
$12.95 + S/H
One only available at present. This Way Out - pointing hand sign, points to right. Copyrighted by Janice Austin DBA Austin Originals. Description for above sign applies except this one says "This Way Out", pointing right.
Order as Pointing Hand-Out (R)
$12.95 + S/H


Exit Pointing Hand sign.jpgOne of a kind Exit sign.  This is done on a rough edged piece of recycled wood.  The suit sleeve is done in a dark green wash.  The sleeve buttons and cufflink are in metallic gold, which doesn't show properly in webcolor.  (The black border is the background, not part of the sign.)  The pointing hand portion is done with pen-and-ink drawing, then the hand is stained slightly to offset it.  I liked the old-timey look of the rough saw marks on this part of the board, so I left them unstained.  I curved the corners of this end for a little variety.  It's pre-drilled with holes for hanging, either with nails or screws.  Back is washed dark green.  Flat finish.  Signed Austin Originals. Measures 13" long x 3-3/4" high.  Wt. = 8 oz.  Shipping wt = 1 #.  
Order as Hand Exit sign board #1.      $18.95 + S/H
This would be fun for a business or other public facility.  Done on a piece of recycled wood measuring ~3-3/8" x 9-1/8.  Green washed sleeve, buttermilk cuff and ochre lettering with black outlining.  Entirely freehand painted.  Signed on front.  Backside flat green wash only.  Predrilled for mounting with screws or nails (not supplied).  Sanded to enhance the old-time feel.  
Weighs 7 0z.  Order as Pointing Hand - Stairs (points R)  $16.95 + S/H
This sign covers all bases in a 10-3/8 w x 7-5/8 board.  This is one of those All Purpose signs:  Do you have days when you need to be reminded where you even are???  (You might be able to guess I'd just had "one of those days" when I was inspired to make up this sign!)  Or want to let somebody know "they've arrived"?  Or remind everybody (yourself included?) to enjoy the moment?  Or just want something goofy to lighten the mood?  Even the design is off-center---that's part of the joke.   Front borders are a blue wash.  Tole freehand decoration is in dark green with buttermilk highlights.  Hands are highlighted with pen detailing.  Edges are burgundy.  Satin finish.  Signed copyright Austin Originals on front, with my label adhered to back also.  Not shown is short chain hanger.  Weighs 8 oz.  Allow 1# shipping wt.
Order as Hands Sign -You Are Here        $22.50 + S/H
 
Whimsical colorful one of a kind small sign says it all!  Slate blue border.  Measures ~ 5-1/2" high x 6-3/4" long.  Gloss finish.  Features short jack chain hanger adds additional 2-1/2" to height.  Back is painted and my label applied.  Shipping wt. <1#
Order as WARTS SIGN-BLUE
$14.95 + S/H


Whimsical colorful one of a kind small sign says it all!  This one in  Pond Green (?) colors.  Measures ~ 5-1/2" high x 6-3/4" long.  Gloss finish.  Features short jack chain hanger adds additional 2-1/2" to height.  Back is painted and my label applied. Shipping wt. <1#
Order as WARTS SIGN-GREEN  
$14.95 + S/H
Around the Hen House      "Here chick, chick, chick.................."     H.face
For some more hen & chicken themed signs, see Kitchen Signs
                                                                            
ChicksForSale(3ticked_chicks).jpg  Artwork and design ©Austin Originals.  All rights reserved.A fun small sign for a touch of nostalgia for the farm.  This is done on a 1/2" thick piece of wood, measuring 8-7/8" wide x 6-7/8" x 3/8".  It's painted in barn red, with lettering in 2 shades of ochre and sides in ochre.  All handpainted from scratch (no pun intended), of course.  I left it matte (no varnish) and really scuffed it up to make it look like it's hung around the homestead awhile!  I liked the twine instead of the wire on this one.  Back is painted black and my label applied.  

Order as Sign-Chicks for sale (3 ticked chicks)
$18.95 + S/H

FarmChicks-twine,dot border.jpg  Artwork and design ©Austin Originals.  All rights reserved.

Wonderful matte finish shabby chic sign with rustic red base, ochre lettering and milk white dotted border.  Just right for a spot of farm cheer in your kitchen or foyer!  Hangs by 16-1/2" twine hanger.  Measures 7¼" wide x 7¾" high x 1/4".  Back is painted flat black.  Has my label applied.  Signed ©Austin Originals on front.  

Order as Farm Chicks Sign- twine/dot border
$19.95 + S/H
FarmChicks3ToleBorder.jpg  Handpainted one of a kind shabby chic sign ©  artist Janice Austin.  All rights reserved.
Cute little matte finish shabby chic sign with rustic red base, ochre lettering and milk white "tole" border.   Sign measures 7¾" x 7¾" x 3/8" with twine hanger which can be adjusted if you desire.  Just the right size for tucking in a corner grouping or hanging  from a narrow space between a window and a corner that's just been calling out for something decorative to jazz it up.  (Or cheer it up?  Or "countrify" it?  All of the above?!)  It'll make you feel happy, however you want to look at it.   Has my label applied.  Signed ©Austin Originals on front.  

Order as Sign-Farm Chicks, twine/tole border
$19.95 + S/H
Handpainted one of a kind shabby chic sign ©  artist Janice Austin.  All rights reserved.  ChicksForSale(3)+eggs.jpg
Talk about nostalgic!  This'll take you right back to the farm and/or make you wish you'd been there "when"....   Just the right size for small spaces but big in appearance due to the hanging bent wire and the open placement design.  Plenty of sanding and scuffing up of the weathered rust red wood.  Measures 8-3/8"x9"x3/8"  17½" hanging length with wire hanger supplied. Has my label applied.  Signed ©Austin Originals on front.  *Please note that the picture was taken with the sign at just a slight angle (compare with similar one directly below) but mostly the sanding along the right side creates an optical illusion that the wood piece isn't squared at the bottom.  (Even so, since it's rustic, would it matter?)

Order as Chicks + Eggs Sign #1
$26.50

Handpainted one of a kind shabby chic sign ©  artist Janice Austin.  All rights eserved. WeRaiseOurOwnChicks+fresh_eggs.jpg

Very vintage looking little sign looks "big" due to long wire hanger and the open design.  Matte finish, edges heavily sanded, rustic red base, lettering in ochre and milk white . Measures 9¾" x 8¾" x 3/8" 18½" hanging height.  Unique!   Has my label applied.  Signed ©Austin Originals on front.  

Order as Chicks + Eggs Sign #2
$26.50



Handpainted one of a kind shabby chic sign ©  artist Janice Austin.  All rights reserved.  BABY_CHICKS-5.jpg 
 Here's a nice fairly large rustic sign with 5 barred chicks on a heavily sanded, knotty piece of 1/4" wood wired with bent baling wire hanger.  Measures 15¾" long by 5¾ high.  Approx. hanging height 10½".  Flat matte finish.  Back painted black, with my label applied.  Back painted black, with my label applied.  Signed ©Austin Originals on front.  
Order as BABY CHICKS sign-(5 barred)
$21.50 + S/H
Handpainted one of a kind shabby chic sign ©  artist Janice Austin.  All rights reserved.  BabyChicks(5)R07.JPG
A striking attention grabber for that "special spot."  Five baby chicks set on a barn red background.  Weathered wood is further enhanced with sanded edges for that genuine vintage look.  Long bent baling wire hanger lends authenticity to the look and gives it a Big Sign look with its 14" hanging height overall.  Measures 13¼" long by ~4"x 3/8" thick.  "Free range" lettered in milk white.  Other lettering in light ochre.  Back painted black.  Has my label applied.  Signed ©Austin Originals on front.  Click on image to see an enlargement.
Order as Sign-BABY CHICKS (5), free range
$21.50 + S/H
Chicks(single on wh,twine)R07.JPG  Artwork and design ©Austin Originals.  all rights reserved.A little atmosphere for small spaces...    I was having such fun doing hens and chicks, I couldn't help myself.  Gotta have something for everyone! This is done on a scrap measuring 10-5/8" x 2-5/8" x 3/8".  With twine hanger, it's about 10" hanging length.   Lettering and outer edges are barn red.  I've added quill pen detailing to the cute little chick.  Wood  has "nice" surface irregularities which I've further enhanced by sanding for that very shabby chic look.  Backside is painted, with my label applied.  Wt. 3-1/2 oz.   Order as Chicks #1 sign     $12.50 + S/H
 


Chicks(2-ply+twine).jpg  Artwork and design ©Austin Originals.  All rights reserved.Here's another cute little lightweight one that you can order without paying an arm and a leg for postage.  This is done on clear 1/4" wood measuring 10 3/4" L  x 3 1/4" high.  Approx.  9-3/4" hanging length with twine hanger.  Three cute little baby chicks with ochre and red dotted border.  Napa Red outer edges.  Edges sanded for that antique look.   Back is painted black, has my label applied.   Wt 4.5 oz   
Sign-CHICKS (3, plain, twine)
$12.95


For Rabbit Lovers 
 
The Rabbitry (composite)R.jpg  Artwork and design ©Austin Originals.  All rights reswerved.
Click image to see enlargement
Allow 1# shipping wt.
Order as Sign-The Rabbitry
$19.95 + S/H



A sign just for rabbit lovers, this one's done on a nice dark-stained piece of wood with horizontal striations.  Three different "breeds" of rabbits here in the straw.  The lettering is done in an aged-looking white.  Side edges are done in ochre.  It's been given a soft satin coat of varnish, then sanded and scuffed up for that antique, shabby chic look.  Sign measures 12-3/8" x 6-1/4 x 1/4".  With bent wire hanger added, overall hanging length is 13-1/4" +.  Back is painted black, with my label applied.  Weighs 9 0z.
 
Rabbits (blue border)R.jpg  Artwork and design ©Austin Originals.  All rights reserved.
Click image to see enlargement
Order as Rabbits sign-Pastel w/ blue border
$18.50 + S/H


For something a little bit different, I did this one  in pastels (except the lettering and border).  Makes a nice, fresh little sign, complimented by the warm colored natural wood.  Some irregularities in the wood's surface and defects (as seen from the edges only), and I've accentuated the look by heavily sanding the edges for that aged, shabby chic look..  I've left the sides unpainted.  Back painted black, with my label applied.  Measures 10.5" x 7.5" x 1/4".  Bent wire hanger added after the scan brings overall hanging height to ~13".  Weighs 9 oz.
Allow 1# shipping wt.
  
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For those who like a somewhat realistic look, this nice little sign fits the bill. The little brown rabbit on straw sort of blends in with the nice rich dark-toned wood, just like Nature's camouflage would in the wild.  Black lettering with ochre border.  Sides are painted midnite blue.  I've scuffed and sanded it for that aged, shabby chic look so it looks like it's been hanging around the farm awhile.  Back is painted black, with my label applied.  Measures 9-1/2" x 7-3/8" x 1/4".  Bent wire hanger brings overall hanging length to about 13". Weighs 8 oz.
Allow 1# shipping wt.
Order as Rabbits sign-Ochre border
$18.50 + S/H
 
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Allow 2# shipping wt.
Order as Sign - Bossy
$22.50 + S/H


Holsteins seem to be the  rage in the Fine Art world currently and this idea kept popping up in my mind, stimulated by certain people I deal with in my daily doin's.  I figured this "said it all"--it could be just a fun decorative sign for somebody who's into cows, or it could be a subtle message to somebody, or it could be a tongue-in-cheek self-acknowledgement to all your very own visitors?!???  Makes a nice, fresh color spot.  Measures 10-3/8" x 10-3/4" x 3/8".   Bent wire hanger brings overall hanging length to a little over 15".   Surface is somewhat rough (see enlargement for better idea).  Sides and back are painted black and my label's been applied.   Weighs 12.5 oz.
 
Kids for Sale 9 x 7 plywd.jpg  Handpainted sign by artist Janice Austin.  Artwork and design ©Austin Originals.  All rights reserved.
Click on image to see enlargement
 
This could possibly  be taken as a double entendre`on some days...  Hang it up and watch smiles come across peoples' faces and just guess what they're thinking!  Of course, it'd be great for a Goat Lady's abode, too.  Measures 9" wide x 7" high.  Tole details and edges are dark green.   Hangs by bent wire hanger.  I used a rough, weathered side of wood for the painted side, varnished it, then sanded it here, there & a bit everywhere to rough up the surface as if the entire sign had been batting around somewhere back in the barn.  Weighs 9 oz.
Allow 1 # shipping wt.                      
Order as Sign - Kids for Sale #2.  
$24.95 + S/H
 
Allow 1# shipping wt.
Order as
 Sign-Remove Spurs
$18.50 + S/H
I seem to have a recurring cowboy theme popping in at odd times.  Maybe it's the National Rodeo Finals being televised?  Maybe it's just love of cowboys.  Anyhow, sometimes they do "get forgetful" about certain women's expectations when it comes to The Great Indoors.  Maybe you know somebody who'd get a kick out of it...or maybe you could use it around your own place?!  Actual sign measures 9" wide x 7" high x 1/4", with a long soft black bent wire hanger that brings overall hanging height to 14-1/4". (The wire, of course, is easily shortened, if desired...or you could even remove it, I s'pose.)  It's done on a really knotty, somewhat rough piece of recycled plywood that looks like the sort of thing somebody might've picked up around the place in desperation to make this sign up.  I further sanded off the edges for that used and abused aged look.  Be sure to look at the enlargement for "up close and personal" look at rustic "trim" and pointing hands, plus  character of the wood.  Colors are rust, black and buttermilk.  Edges are black.  The back (which has BIG surface defects...but the wood is sound) is painted black, has my label applied.
NoSpursIndoors(R7-07).jpg  Handmade sign ©Austin Originals.
Here's a smaller more muted version that you could stick unobtrusively by the back door or wherever.   Measures 10" long x 3-1/2" high x 3/4" thick, with wire hanger bringing it to a little bit under 89" hanging length.  Satin varnish and mellow colored wood that's been randomly sanded to make it look like it's been around a long time! Allow 1# shipping wt.
Order as Sign-No Spurs Indoors (small)
$14.95 + S/H
This is done on a nice, heavy 5/8" thick piece of scrapwood that  Leave dogs & guns outside(R).jpg  Handmade sign ©Austin Originals.has some cut away (for reasons unknown to me) along the top and the bottom.  Seemed to me like just the sort of thing a person might grab to hang this on their porch or by the front or back door.  You can probably make out some of the other surface irregularities.  I sanded it to enhance the defects and give it even more "age."  Measures 15" long by 5-3/4" high.  Takes about 9-3/4" hanging length with bent wire hanger.  The message is plain and simple!  Weighs  1#4 oz.  
Allow 2# shipping wt.
Order as: Leave Dogs, Guns Outside
$19.95 + 2# SH


No dogs, firearms indoors.jpg

Here's another one with the same message but a little more formal and polite about it.  *-)    This piece of weathered scrapwood measures 15" long by 4" wide by 5/8" thick.  It's got an overall hanging height of about 10-1/2", with the bent wire hanger.  It's greyed in nicely, so all I really needed to do to give it the antique look was to sand it a bit after I lettered it. My label applied on back.   Weighs 10.5 oz.  
Order as: No dogs, firearms indoors.
$16.95 + S/H


Pony Rides - Dapple on whitewash background, ruszt borders with Teal striping.  Lettering in teal and rust.  Signed copyright Austin Originals below pony's right rein.  Satin finish.  Measures 8-3/4
Allow 2 lb. shipping wt.

 Just the thing to trigger that nostalgia button in all horse lovers or "old kids" who can still remember when pony rides were relatively common and just as alluring then as now.  Sign measures Pony Rides-Dapple (oval detail).jpg  8-3/4" x 11-1/4".  The  Dapple pony is painted on  a faux "whitewash"  background that's been further texturized to simulate aged paint.  (See oval insert for a better idea).  Lettering done in Teal and Rust.  Rust borders with Teal striping.    Signed copyright Austin Originals below pony's right rein.  Satin finish.  Hangs by screw eyes and chain from top (ns in scan).
Order as Pony Rides-Whitewashed
$26.95 + S/H
Pony Rides - Pinto on age-splattered pecan colored background, ruszt borders with Teal striping.  Lettering in teal and rust.  Signed copyright Austin Originals below pony's right rein.  Satin finish.  Measures 8-3/4

This "Pony Rides" sign also measures 8-3/4" x 11-1/4".  The sorrel and white pinto pony is shown on a faux Pecan background, which has been splattered to mimic aging and insect burrows.  Lettering is done in ivory and Teal, with a Teal strip around the border.  Signed copyright Austin Originals above pony's left rein.  Satin finish.  Hangs by screw eyes and chain from top (ns in scan).
Allow 2 lb. shipping wt.  
Order as Pony Rides-Pinto on pecan   
 $26.95 + S/H
 
This is done in flat barn red and buttermilk on a greyed-in, weathered, No Smoking behind Barn sign, hand letttered  in burgundy and buttermilk flat paint on piece of weathered greyish lumber ~ 15.5 somewhat battered 3-1/2" board measuring 15 1/2" long.  I used flat paints and no varnish and went back and scuffed and sanded it all a bit more even.  I even pounded and pried at it with a hammer where any sensible person would've put it up with nails, rather than the bent wire it comes to you with.  Weighs 11 oz. Allow 1# shipping wt.  
Order as No Smoking behind Barn.    $18.95 + S/H.   
                                 
Red Dog Saloon signThis sign really has an Old Time feel to it.  Even the piece of wood "cooperated" with the look I was trying for, with a horizontal irregularity all the way across and the wood itself took on such a nice stain!  I'd been wandering through antique shops, looking at old handpainted pieces with Folk Art scenes and such and this idea just got burned in my mind until I had to "get it out" and onto something!  Sign measures 5-1/2 "W x 16" L,  ~ 13" H with brass chain hanger.  Shown here is (a rather poor quality) enlargement of dog painting:  Insert (enlarged somewhat) of Red Dog Saloon sign.  Artwork copyrighted by Janice Austin DBA Austin Originals.  All rights reserved.Artwork and design copyrighted by Janice Austin DBA Austin Originals.  All  rights reserved. Order as Red Dog Saloon Sign.
Shipping wt. =  Allow 2 lb.
$32.50 + S/H

NoFloozies.jpg  ©Austin Originals.  all rights reserved.Here's a fun one you won't see just anywhere.  Great for your bar...or your dorm room, etc.  Painted in  rust red on a  stained and varnished  piece of pine (?) which measures 3¼" x 16" x ¾" which has then been  scuffed and sanded to "age" it.  Comes with black wire hanger.  Allow 1# shipping wt.
Order as Sign- No Floozies
$18.95 + S/H
These signs and their descriptions, links to see enlargements and  ordering buttons can be found in
Blue is Beautiful plaque (adj 2-25-10).jpg   Handpainted wood cat painting by artist Janice Austin.  ©Austin Originals.   All right reserved.
Love a Manx (calico) 9 x 12.jpg  Handpainted wood cat painting by artist Janice Austin.  ©Austin Originals.   All right reserved.

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