Okay so in wrapping up the world's busiest week, no lie, I decided to quickly jump on here and blog about a chalkboard. (First, though- you see my hair? I like to call this Phase ONE of "the process." You know.. the letting gray grow in process? My sweetie pie stylist encouraged me today and said that I might be pleasantly surprised at the amount of gray I have- in other words I envision a blue-haired grandma...and I might be exaggerating that mental picture in my mind. Ha. Well, that would be the first time I ever did that! She colored about 95% of my blonde foils with my "natural" color and since only the top of my hair was colored to begin with, I'm over half-way there. You can see some silvery streaks through the bottom half, and a few shimmering in the sunlight. It's actually darker than it appears in this instagram photo. I think the filter I chose makes me look more blonde. We decided a big chop wasn't a good idea for now- not with my attempting to coax some order from my natural curls and all- AND going gray to boot. (She styled me smooth and pretty here but I normally look like a lion these days.) One change at a time, all with the right to change my mind at a moment's notice. Amen. (grin) And thank YOU for all the encouragement and advice. You guys are the best. I had no idea going naturally gray was such a polarizing topic. Some ladies were adamantly against and some were the opposite. (We'll see how I feel about it in six months. Ha!)
I made a chalkboard and it was so easy, quick and inexpensive I felt that I MUST share.
I wanted something that we could write our thankfuls on in November, something I could bring out for special occasions and holidays to write menus on, or even seasonal quotes like the one on it now. (I moved the sweet sign I had above this book shelf to a different dining room wall.) I couldn't find anything long and narrow in size and rustic in finish, so I decided I could make one.
I bought a pre-cut board at Lowe's and they have many sizes to choose from. Then I bought three pieces of "trim" board. (Two were the exact length of the board, so I simply cut the third into two pieces and fitted it in between them, nailing it all down like a puzzle once my finishes were dry. I used a handsaw since I'm banned from touching my man's tools and it took me about five minute tops.)
scratches and imperfections. While that was drying, I spray painted several coats of chalkboard spray paint onto the board, and wiped special walnut stain carefully around the edges of the chalked board itself so the trim would blend in once nailed down.
I let everything dry overnight and then I used some trim nails to secure the stained trim pieces onto the chalkboard. I seasoned the chalk surface, by running my chalk sideways over it before using too. best size and I guarantee it will find a dozen new homes by the end of next year. Because it's narrow and tall, it could go anywhere! So handy.
the catch-all space. There is truly no long-term solution. We drop everything right here on the island, because it's the natural path and the way our home design works as we walk inside from the garage. No place to put a little table for mail and such... It is, what it is and everybody uses it!
Christmas garlands so if you don't hear much from me... I'm probably buried under hundreds of yards of fabric and stamps. Oh... gonna be a fun week ahead!
By the way, I have been having such a ball getting your new print orders out in the various sizes... I wish I had been able to offer different sizing earlier. And I'm so pleased you guys are loving the little reindeer print! Just blessed me to my toes. Thank YOU!
Happy Weekend dear ones,