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I Love Signs that are Different

Updated on August 29, 2017

Collecting photos of these can easily become a hobby!

In the centre where our business is situated, they've used the antique metal casting look for all their signs and lights. The sign on top of one of these indicating where the exit is, is very eye-catching and different, especially in our area in Southern Africa where everything is modern and square.

It reminded me of a visit to Havre de Grace in Maryland 20 odd years ago when we were in the States and I fell in love with the carved and painted signboards there!

Because I love texture and am a visual type of person, the impact of artistic and thoughtful signs appeal to me.

We've got our own type of special signage here in some of our rural areas and I would love to drive around and photograph them to make a different type of collection! If I had the time to do this, it could so easily become a hobby, not even a thought! At the moment I snap them if I see them, otherwise I spend some time online every now and then to look for intriguing signs and now have here to post them as part of my inspiring collection.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Intro Photo and others not credited is my own and copyrighted.

Our Business Sign - Letters were cut from a Railway Sleeper

Natural Health Centre
Natural Health Centre

You can see our office from up the road and the top of the building above the entrance was the perfect place to have our name on. From the very beginning when I looked at it, I envisioned the name in wooden cut-out letters.The railway sleeper we ended up using was made from jarra wood, which is extremely hard to cut, but we eventually found someone who was prepared to do it for us!

It turned out really well and looks great!

Carved and Painted

Decoy Duck Museum - in Havre de Grace

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This is the type of sign that inspired me originally! The whole of Havre de Grace on the Chesapeake Bay is very quaint and we stayed at some of my ex-husband's yachtie friends in a marina. They were friends with the owners of the Decoy Museum and said we absolutely HAVE to see it.

So they contacted their friends who then specially opened the museum for us on a Sunday as we were going to leave early the Monday morning again! We had a personal tour through this privately owned gorgeous museum. What an amazing experience and what awesome people!

Made from Driftwood

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Made from Sand - This is unbelievable!

On the Beach at Durban, South Africa
On the Beach at Durban, South Africa

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Made from Flowers! - Isn't this Amazing?

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Book Collections - Others had the same Idea!

These are definitely on my Wish List!

Would love to browse through them, they're bound to be full of inspiration and fun!

For Inspiration... - Everything Means something

On a more serious note, the things that cross our path are like signs pointing us in the direction we need to go or giving us some guidance about what we need to look out for.

Denise Linn has written an inspiring book full of wisdom to help you to make head or tails out of this myriad of information the Universe keep plonking in your lap!

Signposts: The Universe is Whispering to You
Signposts: The Universe is Whispering to You

This is really a great exploration of signs in your life and what they mean.

A Handbook for the more spiritually minded.


What's your favourite? - Beautiful or Funny

What type of signs do you like?

For Fun!

There are some really creative people on this planet!

Here's a selection of some very funny and tongue in cheek signs available on Amazon.

Hope they make you giggle as much as they did me!

Work in Progress!

Watch this space...

Seen in South Africa - ...just plain funny!!!


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The world is strange and beautiful

amazing, and wonderful

and full of surprises

Do you agree?

What do you think? - Isn't our world amazing, hilarious and inspiring?

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      MarleMac 4 years ago from South Africa

      @JimHofman: Oh, its a great pleasure, Jim! I'm glad you enjoyed it and found some inspiration. Have fun and thanks for popping in.

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      JimHofman 4 years ago

      Lovely examples here! I enjoyed your lens and look forward to finding interesting signs in my neck of the woods now. Thank you for the inspiration!

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      MarleMac 4 years ago from South Africa

      @favored: Cool! Hopefully you've made a lens of it, I'll have a look (when I can get into your lensmaster of Squidoo's more irratiting bugs at the moment!)

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Looking for unique and funny signs is so much fun. I try to get as many as I can on film. It's a great hobby.

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      MarleMac 4 years ago from South Africa

      @TerriCarr: Thanks, Holisticwriter! There as some amazing creative people in this world!

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      TerriCarr 4 years ago

      I love the word BREATHE made out of driftwood. Brilliant!

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      MarleMac 4 years ago from South Africa

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks! I collect smiles too...!!!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love how you see the world! Great hobby, too, one I wouldn't have thought of on my own.