Thursday, December 17, 2009

Favorite Things- Beth from The Stories of A to Z!

Welcome to Day 5 of My Favorite Things week! A week where my FAVORITE blogger are blogging about their favorite things!

Here today is Beth from The Stories of A to Z! She is a blogger I really look up to! She is cute, sassy, sweet, smart, and MORE! Not only is she AMAZING but she is super nice too! You really need to head over to her blog after you a done reading this post!
I am a huge fan of Fireflies and Jellybeans, so it is my honor to be with you today! I allowed Fawnda to pick what she would like me to guest post about, and she chose my mini chalkboard tutorial. Can we ever have too many chalkboards :)? I think not! They are adorable, practical, and can help us stay organized. What's amusing about all of this is that when I worked as an elementary school counselor, I would go to extreme lengths to avoid having to write on the chalkboard. Fellow teachers would tease me over my chalkboard-phobia. You see, I have terrible handwriting. I probably need occupational therapy for the way I grip my writing implement, and for the life of me I can't spell under pressure or write in a straight line. So if I, in all my chalkboard phobic glory, can make these, just imagine what you will be able to do with them!

First, you will need these guys priced at $1.50 at Walmart.

This baby pictured below is called a mitre saw. We happened to have one in the basement. If you don't have one, get one. They are handy little things and aren't very expensive. (However, don't tell my husband that I know how to saw or drill or I'll NEVER be able to get him to help me again!) I took the wood slats and cut them in half. I didn't measure--that's another one of my handicaps--but they turned out even in spite of it.

Next, take your primer and spray. This part is fun. You get a little dizzy off the fumes which for some may be considered fun as well. For me, it means a killer headache so do this outside if you can.

Let your primer thoroughly dry and then spray on two coats of chalkboard paint. My can said I didn't have to wait between I didn't.

You could be done at this point, but I thought the minis needed a little somethin'- somethin'. So out came my glue-gun and some dollar store twine. I just glued it around for a border.

For some of my chalkboards, I glued bbq skewers to the back and to others I glued some more twine to use as tie-backs.

And here are the chalkboards below playing the role of cute herb markers in my summer garden.

Hello cute signs!

This has nothing to do with the tutorial, but I thought you might enjoy seeing a picture of my roof deck.

With the rest of the tags, I labeled some toy baskets that will probably continue to be a jumbled mess in spite of their cute signs. A mommy can try though can't she?

Below I used one of the signs to dress up a gift basket. You could also use these as Christmas tags! They are little presents in and of themselves.

Thanks so much for inviting me over Fawnda. If you haven't visited me yet over at The Stories of A to Z!, I would love to have you stop by! Merry Christmas and happy chalkboard making!


Isn't she great! Go to visit her now! And while you are our visiting other blogs...I am guest blogging at Craftaholics Anonymous today! Be sure to stop by and check it out!


Allison said...

I have been looking for just this sort of thing to label my toy bins! Fabulous...these are so cute!

Jen @ said...

I just love Beth -- she is so sweet! What a fun project!


arkie said...

I enjoy both of your blogs! You are great young ladies!

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