For your toolbox - Chalkboard Tape

I was in Lowes last week and stumbled upon something interesting - chalkboard tape! Maybe I'm late to the game, but this stuff is awesome! What a great thing to add to your DIY toolbox! You can skip the drying time and permanence factor with this little product and jump right on over to using it around your house. Here are 4 ideas to get you started! 

Gift Wrapping

I'm always scrambling around my house to find gift wrapping materials in decent shape, and rarely do I have cute ribbon on hand. Chalkboard tape saves the day! I wrapped this gift with leftover christmas paper and cut out a ribbon and bow to apply to the box. Then I scribbled a quick design to make it look intentional . 

I'm always scrambling around my house to find gift wrapping materials in decent shape, and rarely do I have cute ribbon on hand. Chalkboard tape saves the day! I wrapped this gift with leftover christmas paper and cut out a ribbon and bow to apply to the box. Then I scribbled a quick design to make it look intentional . 

Weekly Meal Plan or To-Do List

I'm trying to get better about keeping  a calendar and having a weekly meal plan. The most simple way to keep myself on track is to write everything down! I used a clipboard I had in our office and cut out 5 equal length strips of chalkboard tape. I lined them up on top of each other to create '5 days'. Then I used chalk to write out each meal for the week. It helps my shopping list and and also helps my husband know what to expect.

I'm trying to get better about keeping  a calendar and having a weekly meal plan. The most simple way to keep myself on track is to write everything down! I used a clipboard I had in our office and cut out 5 equal length strips of chalkboard tape. I lined them up on top of each other to create '5 days'. Then I used chalk to write out each meal for the week. It helps my shopping list and and also helps my husband know what to expect.

Vase & Table decor

Ever need to doll up an existing vase or glass for something you're hosting? I do! You could do a million different designs using chalkboard tape. You could personalize vases with a name, note or quote. You could do a large scale design or even cut the tape in different designs. Lots of options with this one! 

Ever need to doll up an existing vase or glass for something you're hosting? I do! You could do a million different designs using chalkboard tape. You could personalize vases with a name, note or quote. You could do a large scale design or even cut the tape in different designs. Lots of options with this one! 

Labels (DUH)

I'll leave you with the most obvious, but worth mentioning, use for chalkboard tape. Labeling! We don't have a printer, but I like to keep things organized. Jotting a quick label down using chalkboard tape makes for an easy fix! 

I'll leave you with the most obvious, but worth mentioning, use for chalkboard tape. Labeling! We don't have a printer, but I like to keep things organized. Jotting a quick label down using chalkboard tape makes for an easy fix! 

Q Women + DIY Part 3

If you're new to this series, you can catch up on Part 1 and Part 2!

Now, lets get to the DIY! Just to recap, I was tasked with coming up with a project that would act as the Q Women centerpieces for 50 tables as well as an actual DIY that over 300 women could complete. It had to be something simple but substantial and CHEAP. 

Brooklyn Boy helped me brainstorm and we landed on Puff Paint Vases. Sounds a little tacky/crafty doesn't it? Turns out, if you pick a simple modern design, your final product will look FAR from tacky! Lets jump in to our 3 step / 3 supply DIY:

You'll need 3 craft supplies: 

  • puff paint (can be found in the T-Shirt design section of any craft store. Any color will work because you'll ultimately spray paint over it.)
  • clear glass vase (could be a bowl, vase, votive, etc. whatever you have on hand)
  • spray paint (we used my favorite - Krylon's Gold Metallic. It is AMAZING.)

Lets get to it! 

Step 1: Choose your vase. We used round bubble ball vases for the centerpieces.

Step 2: Choose a simple pattern to carefully (but quickly, because you don't want to over think it or be too precious) cover the vase with in puff paint. Keep in mind, the puff paint can be any color, you will ultimately cover it with spray paint. Here are two examples! 

The key with these vases is to pick one pattern and evenly cover. Repetition creates the look of intentionality! 

The key with these vases is to pick one pattern and evenly cover. Repetition creates the look of intentionality! 

The puff paint can take up to 4 hours to dry.

The puff paint can take up to 4 hours to dry.

Step 3: Once the puff paint is completely dry, evenly spray the vase with thin layers of spray paint. Make sure you're in a well ventilated area and have a good surface to spray on (i.e. a cardboard box or drop cloth). I used gold for our centerpieces, but you could use any color of your liking. Here's what the spray paint process looked like: 

This project is super easy and fairly fool proof. I loved the final result, especially once I started experimenting with different puff paint patterns. One of the great things about this DIY is it's versatility. You could easily apply the same puff paint + spray paint combination to a Christmas ornament, decanter, pitcher, etc. So many possibilities!

Once we puff painted + spray painted all 50 vases, we loaded them with flowers and placed them throughout the venue. All flowers and bubble vases were sourced from Roy Houff Wholesale flowers in Nashville - affordable supplies, really kind staff for all you Nashville people! Smaller glass votives were purchased from the Pete Garcia company.

I had a ball putting the DIY together and loved the opportunity to talk to the Q ladies about why we love DIY. Remember, DIY Challenges us to use what we have, guarantees a perfectly imperfect result and gives us the opportunity to try something new!

 

Quickie Halloween Decor

"Necessity is the mother of invention." 

- Plato via Wynonna Ryder a la Jo, of Little Women.  

I've watched Little Women 3 times during this season of recovery. I will never get tired of that movie. I really should read the book. As the movie opens you hear Jo, one of the sisters, talking about the winter and the hardship that the war has brought. She says that "Necessity is the mother of invention", a thought that has stuck with me over the past few days. 

On a much smaller (non-war) scale, my projects birthed out of necessity are my absolute favorite and seemingly most natural (for me). Funny enough, I prefer my projects done behind the scenes, on a whim, and within restrictions (limited budget + time + resources). I find the results are more smart, clever and fun then when I'm trying HARD to conjure up content you've probably already read on some other blog. 

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All that to say, "Necessity is the mother of invention" is the spirt of my very last minute pumpkin decorating that happened earlier this afternoon :)

Brooklyn Boy and I are slowly returning to normalcy, with me still home all day crutching/hobbling around. We missed the boat on apple & pumpkin picking upstate with friends, so instead, I improvised. I ordered 4 pumpkins off of Fresh Direct with the rest of my groceries (Fresh Direct has SAVED my life these past 3 weeks. I place my oder online and everything is delivered the next day. Magic!

I've had these 4 pumpkins sitting on my countertop for a week now. 

I rooted through my fabulously organized craft bin (totally thanks to my mom, not my  organization skills) and pulled out some brass tacks, mailbox labels and fabric. Ended up only using the tacks and sticky mailbox labels.

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I started with the brass thumb tacks and ended up attacking all 4 pumpkins with them! I used super simple designs - polka dots, letter V for our last name and lets see what else . . .

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I used the sticky mailbox label letters (that I use all the time) to spell BOO!! and lastly, went for the classic jack-o-lantern look.

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Legitimately, decorating all 4 pumpkins took 10 minutes total and it was no carve! I.E. there was ZERO mess to clean up. 

Lesson of the day: Let necessity drive your creativity and don't fret if you haven't even thought about Halloween! Grab some pumpkins and thumbtacks and go crazy! You could paint your pumpkin a fun color first, or even paint the thumb tacks different colors - if you have the time :)  Hope this quickie craft and iphone documentation gives you the freedom to not have it all together. Happy Fall!