DIY Custom Chalkboard

If you’re like me, you love a good chalkboard. So versatile – whether they’re being used for the kiddos to draw on or as a message board in your kitchen, I think we can all agree it’s good to have a chalkboard handy.

The last time we visited my parents in the mountains, I noticed a chalkboard in my mom’s kitchen that she was writing on. I asked her what it was for, and she explained to me that she hangs it on the wall, and every Sunday, she writes an inspirational thought or scripture from the morning’s sermon on it to remember for the rest of the week.

Hmmm. Good idea, mom!

So when I had a newly-expectant mother contact me last week wanting to do a photo shoot, involving what she described as “a large chalkboard”, I knew I needed to do something quickly. I have a small chalkboard, but not a large one. And with the amount of text she was requesting…large was definitely in order!

So I checked out my local crafty stores. No large chalkboard. At least, not one that was neutral. There are a lot of “special” chalkboards out there, but, if your photo shoot doesn’t call for a chalkboard in the shape of an arrow…or a bottle…or a sea bass…then you might just be out of luck.

So…I decided I could fix this my own self…with a little bit of creativity.

I purchased this at Michael’s – 40% off! This bad boy cost me about $12! And it’s an 11X14! 

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I liked the frame because it’s a neutral color, and it has some detail, but not too much! 

I removed the glass, cleaned it, grabbed my can of chalkboard spray paint and gave the glass several thin coats of paint, allowing it to dry complete between coats.

Then I went about setting up for my photo shoot!

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Ice Cream in a Bag!

Our house is an ice-cream-loving house!

I stopped this post right here to go and check to see how many different kinds of ice cream/gelato/sherbert/bars/popsicles we have in our two freezers right now, and the results? Eleven. 11. ELEVEN!!! (I didn’t know it had gotten that bad! My goodness!)

But, to be fair, this IS Florida, temps are in the 90’s here on a daily basis, it’s just plain HOT, and when you get hot around here, the easiest thing to do to cool down is grab something icy cold to eat.

How’s that for rationalization?!

Anyways, on to the point of this post: sometimes you’re in the mood for ice cream, and you don’t have time to go get any. No matter what the circumstances of your day, you CAN have ice cream! In fact, I can almost guarantee you that you can have ice cream right now with the ingredients in your kitchen! How, you ask?

The other day, something very interesting popped into my Facebook feed:


Now, let me say that I have no idea where this originally came from. I don’t know who these kids are. It was a post from a page called Dutchess County Fairgrounds (CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PAGE!), and it was one of those things that ended up in my news feed somehow.

Interesting, no matter how it got there.

So I decided to try it! And I dragged my hubby along for the ride! (I’m SO good at doing that! HA!)

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