Easy and Cheap DIY Chalkboard

Hey friends!! I hope you enjoyed your extra-long weekend! My daughter was home from college so that made my weekend awesome!! I don’t know about you, but I have been in a bit of a funk watching all of the news from Houston. The devastation is truly unreal. If you are from that area or have people you know from there, know that our prayers are with you as you process this and work through the rebuilding. Much love to you Texas. I also put my oldest on a plane last week to head back to Boston for his SENIOR year of college. Honestly, it seems like yesterday that we were moving him in for the first time. I’m so proud of him, and thankful for all the opportunities God has blessed him with over the last three years, but it’s never easy to say goodbye. I needed a distraction, so when I got home from the airport I dove into a craft.
Easy and Cheap DIY Chalkboard
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DIY Chevron Backdrop

Okay, so like a week ago I shared with you my burlap wreath.  And, my frustration over how well it blended in with the brick.  I was so bummed and had hit a brick wall {ha!}.  Then, as I walking in the back yard, I spotted this.
This was our attempt at building a “door” for our small shed to keep the dog out.  It never stayed together the way we intended, the dog ran away :(, and we took it down.  I asked my husband not to throw it out last summer because “I might use it”… and here it has sat since then.  {have I mentioned our back yard needs lots of work?}
So, I started in tearing it apart.
And then cutting it up.  I decided I didn’t really want it that long, so I thought I would cut the pickets in half.  But, then I didn’t want only one end to have the points, so I decided to cut those off too.  And then I put it back together using the same 1×2’s to anchor the pieces together.
Remember this wood wasn’t perfect to begin with and it had been sitting outside for months through all the elements.  Perfectly imperfect!!
 
I had grand plans for this piece.  I love the look of chevron and you remember I shared this picture with you.  
source: MadeByGirl
So….I read several tutorials on how to make chevron stripes and finally thought I had it figured out….sorta.
For the background color, I used the white paint that I used to paint my built-ins, and doors for a cohesive look that I might be able to use year around.  Remember, I’m not worried about it being perfect so I just slapped the paint on there, not bothering with the holes, or getting complete coverage.  
Then for the chevron design.  I’m so not one for measuring more than necessary so I decided to use the planks for the vertical lines and use a yard stick for the horizontal lines.  Honestly I wasn’t sure how wide I wanted the stripes to be.  I’ve told you before I’m a VERY visual person.  So I decided to just use the width of the yardstick to make horizontal lines across the whole piece.  I would decide after which ones to use. 
Then I brought out the tape and starting making the angles.  Simply choose how many “rectangles” wide you want the stripe to be and how many “planks” long you want the stripe to be and you have your angle.  Okay – seriously – I was majorly winging it.  🙂  The taping part can get a little tricky – don’t get in too big of a hurry.  I’m soooo impatient so yes this was hard for me, but luckily it was a small piece.  The big spaces are where you will paint, and the small spaces will stay the original color.  Make sure you press down the edges of the tape to prevent the paint from seeping under.
I decided to use the wall color that I used in my living room, again to achieve a cohesive look.  Again, not worried about perfection, {but not wanting the paint to bleed under the tape} I painted on a fairly light coat.  By the time I got to the end of the board I was almost giddy!!  I couldn’t wait to pull the tape…
so I didn’t!!!  Look at the finished product!!
It is exactly how I envisioned!!  

I was left with quite a few pencil lines on the white paint.  


Nothing that a damp rag won’t remove, especially if you make your lines as light as possible.

Now, it is fairly heavy so I plan on mounting a nice picture hanger wire to the back.  My hubby had installed a screw into the brick years ago for me to hang things on.  Then I will use a command hook on the board to be able to hang things {like my wreath} on the front of the board.  Perfect imperfection!!  LOVE!! 

This will give you an idea of what it will look like.


I hope to get my mantel spruced up sometime this week, so I can share with you the complete look.  But, let’s get real folks – it’s spring break ;)!!

Blessings to you and yours!!

Linking up 

at Beneath My Heart
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and here at

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and at It’s Overflowing
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Burlap Wreath {Spring Craftiness}

Well, it’s March and I finally took down my Valentine’s decor this weekend :).  I have several projects that I have pinned that I wanted to craft for the spring.  I’m pretty sure these were there last year and I never got to them, so I was determined to at least get to one or two.  One of my favs are those cute burlap wreaths I have seen out in blog-land thanks to pinterest.  (I’m a pinterest addict – at least I can admit it.)  So I went to Hobby Lobby and bought my supplies.  Thankfully the ribbon was on sale 50% off.  As I’ve said before, I try not to buy many things at HL at full price because if you wait a week it will be on sale!
burlap wreath supplies
Then I checked out several of my pins to see how they went about making this cute.  There are two or three methods that I found and I tried a couple but this one was by far my favorite and pretty easy really.  Follow the link to Top This Top That and check out her tutorial.  
burlap wreath tutorial from top this top that
source: Top This Top That
All that is involved is weaving the burlap ribbon in and out of the metal frame.  Easy peasy – yes!!  The best thing is it doesn’t have to be perfect, because it is simple to fluff and adjust as you work with it and even when it’s done.  
burlap wreath tutorial
I wanted to add a little color and something for spring/Easter.  I found this fabulous CORAL ribbon at HL. (I had to take a picture with my orange scissors because the color just wasn’t coming through otherwise.)
coral grosgrain ribbon
I found some cute polka-dot ribbon too.  I also bought a wooden cross and some paint to match the ribbon, not exactly sure what I was going to do with all of it.  I started by trying to make a bow with the ribbon….I stink at making bows with ribbon that isn’t wired so I scratched that idea.  That’s when I came up with this.
ribbon cross
I decided I wanted the coral ribbon to shine because it’s awesome, so I painted the cross with the blue paint and then began layering the ribbon on the cross, simply hot-gluing it to the back.  {As a side note – I finally bought myself a big-girl glue gun!  🙂  I have been using one of those mini low temp jobbies for years, and I was tired of the glue drying before I got things in place.  Sooo loving my new one!!}  I added a bow to the front just for cuteness.  
ribbon covered cross tutorial
I knew I didn’t want this accessory to be permanent on my wreath because I knew I would want to use it at other times, so I simply made a big pile of glue on the back of the cross and stuck a pipe cleaner in the center.  I then used the pipe cleaner to attach the cross to the wreath.
how to attach an object to a burlap wreath
burlap wreath
The plan was to hang this above my mantle as part of my spring decor.  After hanging it up there I realized that it blended in with the brick.  A.  Lot.  
burlap wreath
So, I am thinking of ways to make it stand out.  A mirror?  A board behind it like this?  
source: MadeByGirl
Really love the chevron on this.  What do you think?  Ideas?  

Jump on over here to see what I came up with :)!!

Blessings and happy spring!!
 
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Valentine’s Day Dinner {Fun Family Tradition}

A few years back a friend of mine shared with me one of their family traditions.  She told me that once they had kids they stopped going out for Valentine’s Day, but rather spent Valentine’s evening at home with the family.  But, she made it special.  She got out the good china, and crystal and silver.  She made the table up fancy and had everyone ‘get dressed’ for dinner.  I loved this idea and started doing it myself.  We don’t go to a lot of fancy dinners or even nice dinners with the whole family, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to teach the kids how to behave in these situations.  Because baseball season has begun, we had our dinner a day late last night.  

 

 

This year I decided to not drag out my china.  I wanted to use my red chargers, so I decided to purchase some plain white plates from the dollar store.  These goblets are from the dollar store as well – this way if something gets broken it’s no big deal.  

 

 

The rest of the decorations cost all of $5.  Tissue paper poms hung from the ceiling fan.  

 

The vases are filled with shiny basket filler, and a candle. 
 I cut a heart from felt for the center of each plate.  

 

Simple but festive.  🙂  Have a great weekend!!
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Covering In White

Well…today as I was covering these in white

 

 

God was covering everything in white.  The most beautiful ginormous flakes fell from the sky today.

 

 

 

The boys couldn’t wait to get outside and play when they got home from school. This is the fruit of their labor.

 

 

Of course there was also some snowball throwing.  🙂 This momma is really hoping we have school tomorrow.  Please roads don’t freeze. 
 

I took some time to do a little work on the blog design.  I will say it is a work in progress, and will probably change again.  Hope you like it.

 
Oh and…we got a puppy.  His name is Ranger.

 

Isn’t he the cutest?!?
 
Happy Tuesday!  
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