Chalkboards can be pricey... but not if you make your own! Most people have an ugly ol' picture laying around and if you don't you can get them at garage sales or thrift stores for about a dollar! I can't take credit for the idea for this... I found it on Madigan Made. She has a great tutorial and I was surprised at how easy it was.
All you need is: A framed picture you're not afraid of covering up Spray paint for the frame (mine was white) Chalkboard spray paint... that's it!
Here is the picture I started with.
My mom regifted it to us after a neighbor gave it to her. It's...um...not my style.
Take the glass out of the frame and clean it.
Set aide your frame and spray paint it.
I put a canvas tarp underneath it to protect our garage floor.
(I was killing 2 birds with 1 stone by painting a picture frame too)
spray a thin layer of chalkboard paint.
Make sure you read the instructions carefully. Only use this in a well-ventilated area because it's smelly.
spray another layer. and another. and another.
I sprayed about 10 thin layers, each drying before the next.
(I also made a mini-sized one for Sam's room)
once dry, put frame on...
Don't use for 24 hours and make sure you cover the whole board with the side of the chalk first so that you don't get any burned in images!
I love glass. I love how sleek it is, how sophisticated it can be in lieu of plastic, how elegant it can look holding flowers, and how versatile it is. Mix that with my love of containing and organizing and you get...jars! Here are some ways I decorate my home with jars.
I saw this unique-looking candle stick holder at Hobby Lobby and thought "tree."
So I brought it home for 5 bucks on clearance, and found some leafy-looking stuff from a plant I had, and got the strange idea to hot glue it in the candle hole to look like a tree.
Well... instead it ended up looking like a cross between a Rastafarian and Sideshow Bob.
Oh well, it's going in Sam's room anyway. I just thought a cool mosaic tree on a shelf would look cool in a boy's room! I'll probably end up adding new leaves to it eventually and when I do I'll update here- I just wanted to share my "rasta tree" :)
Even though Sam is just going on two years old, I like to pack him lunches when he goes to my mom's house during the day. However, I don't like packing lunches in the morning when I'm rushed, which is unfortunately always the time I remember to do it! So today I headed to Walmart and got this cute little cloth bin for $4.00, and in it I put a bunch of easy-grab items that make packing his lunch (or just grabbing a snack on the go) much easier. I thought I'd share here!
I printed the label from my computer on white card stock
I put in things like baby food (we sneak it into sweet things like applesauce), cereal bars, pudding, fruit leathers, veggie puffs, goldfish, etc...
I love Hallmark's new slogan "Valentines Day is not a day to say 'I love you' it's a day to say 'I love us'. Well Danny, I love us! I've loved us since I was 15 years old when you changed everything for me. When you set the bar so high that no boy after you could quite reach it.
I loved that when we would walk to Safeway for snacks you would always walk on the outside of the sidewalk in case a car came barreling toward us.
I love that you kept all our love notes and my 11th grade egg baby who's still intact! And like a sneak preview into real life fatherhood, I love that you are the best daddy I've ever seen.
I love that you get as excited over Sam's little moments and milestones as I do, and that we can hide our laughter together when he's having a meltdown.
I love how hands on you are, and that you've always had an evolved sense of parenthood and never get lost in gender roles. I love that you know how to be sweet without being cheesy. And I love that you know how I hate cheesy. I love that I can be my best, secure self with you because I trust you wholeheartedly.
I love that after 12 years I still have a major crush on you ;) I love that you're a completed person without me, who chooses to be with me because you want me, not because you need me. I love how well you balance the duality of being a white collar workhorse Monday through Friday, and a laid back musician on weekends. And I love how you love me. The way you let me be me for exactly who I am, the good, the bad, and the sweatpants-clad.