Seven Up

Remember how we stopped at this place in Maryland on our way to our Labor Day beach weekend?

And remember how we spotted these cool sign letters there that were made even cooler when we learned that they were meant for a Dollar Tree store and were selling for $20 each? I was obsessed with them and almost took home an E, R, or A, just because (sadly there’s no P, J, S, C or B in Dollar Tree).

Well, I finally got me one. Let’s give a lukewarm welcome to letter L.

Why L? Well… give that L a little 180 degree spin and whaddya get? Our favorite number AND a happy John (our first kiss: 7/7/05, our wedding date: 7/7/07 – even Clara was born on the 14th, which we affectionately call 7+7).

Maybe it makes me a little too happy, actually. Avert your eyes Sherry.

What? Nothing weird going on here. Just a man snuggling a giant number 7. It’s completely platonic, I swear.

So here’s the deal. Since I kept talking about how much I regretted not getting that L, Sherry had been brainstorming a way to surprise me with it (we didn’t realize its 7-like appearance ’til we were back home looking at road trip pictures). Her maniacal planning came to an abrupt conclusion when Lesley read the initial post about it where Sherry mentioned that we regretted not getting one and contacted Sherry to act as a secret courier to help with the surprise. Apparently she lives right near the Ole Sale Barn in Denton, Maryland and her mom lives in Richmond so she frequently makes trips between the two spots. Perfect!

Sherry had planned to surprise me for my birthday next week, but Lesley made a trip earlier than expected so after a quick meet-up-in-a-parking-lot and a cash-for-giant-letter swap, the 7 was mine ours. I was actually really surprised. And more than a little in love (both with the wife for her sweet surprise and with my giant number seven itself). It’s already keeping me us company in the office (still need to figure out what to hang next to it, get a real side table and lamp for that corner, etc).

We thought about hanging it on the other wall behind the chair but we both decided we liked walking into the room and seeing it “smiling” back at us, face first (instead of seeing the side of it most of the time, which would be the view if it was hung on the other wall behind the chair).

Oh, if you’re wondering how it’s hung – it was pretty easy. The letter was still wired with lighting, but we’re not planning to get all Novogratz up in here by actually using it as a light (at least not anytime soon due to the cost of wiring the wall). So I carefully disconnected the two giant nubs on the back that would’ve required it sit out from the wall about an inch and stuffed the wires into the 7 for possible future use (we can fish them out with a coat hanger if need be).

Once those big metal things were removed, I was left with two holes – plus some others at the top – that were perfect for hanging it. I just put a couple of anchors and screws into the wall where I wanted ’em, and hung the 7 in place.

A big thanks again to Lesley and taking the time to deliver it us (and for temporarily forking over the $25 to pay for it). Yup, the guy raised the price by $5 since Labor Day. Oh well, still totally worth it.

Psst-We’re over on BabyCenter sharing one of the most creative kids’ birthday parties we’ve ever seen. Seriously, it’s so imaginative and fun.

Psssst- We’ll be back with a kitchen update this afternoon. No dust flying yet, but very very soon… 


  1. toni from says

    I am so glad you got your 7. Ironically, that is the hubsters and our favorite number too and we were married on the 7th. lol. I love where you hung it, looks great!

  2. Beverley says

    Yay – you got your giant L, er, 7! :) It looks great in the office & adds to the relaxed atmosphere you’ve started with the fun stencil, colors, and artwork.

  3. bridget b. says

    pretty cool to see a guy that doesn’t mind being sentimental. i love that you still remember the date of you and Sherry’s first kiss! :)

  4. CherylM. says

    Sweet of Sherry to surprise you! But please don’t compare yourselves to the Novogratz’…. can’t stand them or their idea of decorating. You two are soooooo much better. I would watch your show

  5. Beth says

    My family’s sign company here in Virginia Beach made all the Dollar Tree signs up until a couple years ago. It may very well be theirs! Although I’m not sure why they wouldn’t have made it to their destination!

    • says

      That was our question too! How did they ever end up with all the letters to a Dollar Tree store? Unless they’re old ones that were replaced with a new font or something…


  6. says

    I have a letter A that’s like that, only bigger, and we wired it with light bulbs! Now it hangs on our wall in our office and glows happily.
    She should have brought you Beyonce.

  7. Margaret says

    Hah, love the Novogratz reference….I love their house, but then I really don’t think I could live there? But it would be so cool if I did? Maybe I’ll just try to assimilate with their 7 children, they might not even notice another one, and I’m bitty like you, Sherry.

  8. says

    1. I totally thought you guys were crazy when you said the L would look like a 7 back in that old post, but I was totally wrong. That is one awesome 7! And I’m very jealous, I would have loved an A for my boyfriend, Alex.

    2. On a completely unrelated note, in the “we’re digging” sidebar there’s a typo. It says stiped dishtowels instead of striped. I normally wouldn’t point something silly like that out, but since it stays on your homepage for so long, I thought you might want to know!

    p.s. I’m so excited to see the progress in your kitchen!!

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