Countryfied | DIY Blackboard

I picked up a cute red framed picture at the Salvation Army store almost a year ago. The picture was ugly so I knew right away I’d use the frame as a chalkboard. Issue #1: I didn’t know where I was going to get the “board” since it didn’t come with glass. When I was packing up to move, I discovered a frame that I didn’t need anymore that was the same size and had glass! Perfect! I had bought the chalkboard paint ($10 at Home Depot) a while ago for this very project so I finally set to work.

Make your own blackboard

I learned the hard way that just like my other glass projects, you first need to prime the glass. I tried to see if the chalkboard paint would adhere to the glass by itself but the answer to that was no. Thankfully nothing was ruined, I just turned the glass over and got out my “Frosted Glass” spray paint which has been very handy for many projects!

I suggest doing 3 or 4 coats just to make sure you get a nice sturdy finish. In between coats, let it try for an hour or so. On my box of paint, it said to not try using the board until it’s sat for 3 days, so I followed those instructions. Not sure if it really needs that long to dry, but I figured it was better to be safe… especially since I didn’t have any more glass lying around! 🙂

all done with this blackboard!

This was truly one of the simplest projects and now we’ve got a cute chalkboard we can write notes on in our kitchen! It’s already helped us to take out the trash on Tuesdays and tend to the laundry…. it’s been very helpful so far!

…And now for a bit of humor! I love these–so true! 🙂

Upcycled Candlesticks

I hope you all had a nice relaxing weekend! It was so nice to have a 3-day weekend just to spend around here and not have to do too much. Since I had a little extra time on my hands I finally was able to tackle a small project I have been planning since I spotted these candlesticks in a thrift store down the street. This is probably the easiest craft you will ever find so brace yourself.

I got the idea after I did this little dessert stand project here. All you need is some spray paint and a few cheap candlesticks!

Black painted candlesticks

Not super interesting, but I saw their potential 🙂 …I think I spent $3 on both of them so not only is this an easy project, but it’s easy on your wallet too!

All you need to do is spray paint them with Frosted Glass paint (after they’re clean and dry of course), let them dry an hour or so (I let them sit a little longer just to be sure, but I’m sure they’d be fine in 20 mins as long as the coat isn’t super thick), then spray paint them in the fun color of your choice!

I went with classic black paint since it will match everything, but it’d be fun to do some cute neon colors for the summer… I’ll have to go pick some fun colors up and do more of this 🙂 Candles everywhere!!

Wednesday Roundup | Easter Time!

Easter is such a fun time for crafts. There are just so many adorable ideas out there, it’s hard to decide which ones to try! Since I was home this past week, I got to dye Easter eggs with my little sister. It was a blast since neither of us have dyed eggs in years…and I don’t think an Easter is complete without a few real dyed eggs.

easter egg dyeing

The only downside to the egg dyeing party was that we only had 6 eggs in the house and we couldn’t find any good rubber bands. We did the best we could, though… 🙂

While at Wal Mart the other night, I picked up some crochet thread, water balloons, and liquid starch so I could do this fun craft I’ve been dying to try. It was much messier and more time consuming than I thought it would be, but I think the end result was worth it!

Here are some other DIY ideas to try for Easter. Hope you enjoy!

Easter DIY Ideas

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I want to send someone a greeting…

I come from a big family. Three boys and Five girls to be exact. My oldest sister is probably the most creative of the family. She was always stamping and scrapbooking,…making homemade gifts (including delicious baked goods), and trying to teach me how to do the same.

She was the first of us siblings to get married and she’s continued being artsy even now while being a mother of 3 children! She’s quite a sister and I look up to her so much. Today I wanted to feature some of her talent. She made these beautiful cards below. Don’t you think she should open her own Etsy shop? 🙂

My sister Elisabeth wanted to make sure I made it clear that some of her ideas come from other people’s… like this Bride & Groom one she said she copied and the bird cage one as well… I still think she gets credit for being able to pull these off so well!

DIY Greeting Cards
Greeting Cards by Elisabeth

For some other really cute card designs go here to Just for You by Jenn!

Going Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Here are a few of my favorite things I’ve been seeing on blogs lately.

Enjoy!

Going Green

 

1. Adorable garland

2. Irish Coffee in the morning 🙂

3. Green Sugar Cookies

4. Rag Wreath

5. Free party printables

6. Andes Mint Cupcakes … these look good any day!

7. Harpoon Celtic Ale

8. Stout Ice Cream Float! I’d like one now, Martha!

9. Etsy Kiss Me Banner

Wednesday Round-up: Mason Jar Lovin’

I have a big love for Mason jars (come on, who doesn’t?). I used them in my wedding, I have lots sitting around my house just waiting to be repurposed… and hopefully I’ll get around to using some of these ideas myself soon!

For today’s round-up, I couldn’t resist posting these adorable ideas.

Mason Jar decorating ideas

1. Floating Candle Jars

2. Clear Glass Ball Cluster Swag

3. Floating Vase

4. Soap Dispenser

5. Picture Displays

6. Picture Frame (with Olive Oil)

Click here for many more ideas (50 to be exact)!

Any of you have any other favorite ways to use mason jars?