Thursday, October 23, 2014

Easy Dresser Door Chalkboard Upcycle

This past weekend, we had family pictures for the first time in years. As in, there were only 3 people in our family, and I wasn't even pregnant with my 3 1/2 year old twins. Suffice it to say, we were overdue. We had a family friend take our pictures, and I can't wait to see them! But she had few non-holiday related picture props, and at the very least, I wanted a chalkboard for a prop. So only a few days before the pictures were scheduled, I got to work.


Remember when I redid Lil Bit's dresser?


When I painted it, I took off the center portion's door. And I just stored it in my garage, knowing that I would find another use for it. This chalkboard project was perfect, since the door already had an inset panel--so I had a ready made frame, and the bevel edge of the panel made a perfect place for the chalkboard surface to stop. Not to mention, it is already stained--so I could leave the "frame" as is if I wanted to do so!

So I grabbed some sandpaper, a foam brush, and some chalkboard paint (all of which I had on hand) and went to work.

First, I sanded down the panel that I was going to paint. Do not skip this step. I tried to, and the chalkboard paint came right off when I tried to write with chalk. Basically, you want to sand it enough to knock off the gloss. That's it.

Paint the chalkboard paint on the surface, going with the grain. Allow to dry. After the first coat is dry, paint a second layer on the surface, this time perpendicular to the first coat. Allow to dry for at least 24 hours--this cures the paint.

Use the side of a piece of chalk to coat the entire chalkboard surface with a light coat of chalk. Whipe off, and then you're ready to write anything!



Although I made this as a quick photo prop, I have a feeling that this project is going to make an appearance on my holiday mantel. Stay tuned!



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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SPOOK-tacular Silhouette Giveaway

Happy Wednesday everyone! If you pay attention, you may have noticed that I rarely post on Wednesdays. Well, today is an exception because I'm sharing an awesome Silhouette giveaway that's sponsored by myself and some other awesome bloggers!! 


I love my Silhouette Portrait, and honestly, I've found that this is the time of year when I am most inspired to use it! After all, there are just so many fun fall and winter projects to make with a Silhouette, and with the Holidays just around the corner, I'm already firing up my Silhouette to make loads of decorations and such! Here's just 3 of my favorite projects for Thanksgiving and Christmas:





But aren't you ready to win some fun Silhouette stuff? Here's everything that you can win:

The new Silhouette Roll Feeder
30 sheets of adhesive vinyl
Silhouette Online Store and Punch Place Gift Cards
The new PixScan Cutting Mat
Glitter Gel Pens
Replacement Blade
Printable Sticker Paper
Tool Pack
Sticker Maker
Stencil Vinyl
Cameo Replacement Mat
Adhesive Washi Sheets
Rhinestone Template Kit
Dust Cover
Amy Chomas Engraving Tip

Wow! That's a lot of goodies! You will be ready to do some awesome holiday crafting with all of this stuff!

This giveaway is sponsored by all of these lovely folks:


  



So here's what you need to do: just follow the instructions on the rafflecopter widget! That's it!



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Enjoy!!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Glow in the Dark Crown #ad #plaidcrafts #modpodge #decoden

I created these glow in the dark crowns for Halloween and wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Mod Podge/Plaid and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own (and so are those fun crowns!).



Are you ready for Halloween? I know I am. My girls are all about dressing up, so sometimes it seems like every day is Halloween--only without the candy. Not surprisingly, my twin 3 year olds are going to trick-or-treat as princesses, but princess-dom is an everyday occurrence. So I searched for a way to make the dress up experience special for Halloween--and I made super special glow-in-the-dark crowns with products from Mod Podge--especially their Glow-in-the-Dark Mod Podge, which I had never tried before!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Menu Planning Monday 2014-10-20



Hi everyone! It's time to menu plan today--I'm super excited because we've had a great week, and we're looking at having loads of fun over the next couple of weeks. The twins are finally at an age where they are looking forward to Halloween...as in every day asking if it's time to go Trick-or-Treating! This week I'll be sharing part of their costumes, and how we make them exciting at night, too!

Anyway, the food this week is going to be pretty simple. This mama is still struggling with a cough she's literally had for a month.

Here's the plan:
Monday: Chicken Fajitas with Rice
Tuesday: Crockpot Beef Stew, Bread


Wednesday: Chicken Caesar Salad
Thursday: Tacos with Squash, Fruit


Friday: Fish Sticks, Roasted Brocolli, Fruit


Saturday:  Hamburgers, Fruit, Salad
Sunday: Spaghetti with Dressed Up Sauce


What are you eating this week?

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