DIY Chalkboard

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Are you ready for the school season yet? I am not.

I don’t want to let summer go. Not yet. The start of the school season means the end of summer, and I was just starting to enjoy it.

However, you can’t bury your head in the sand forever, as much as I would like to.

I have books to order, classes to schedule, ACT’s to register for, the list goes on and on.

Today, I decided to have a bit of fun and make a little chalkboard for my school lists.

This board started out as a cabinet door that I found at Habitat Restore. I think it was $1.00.

 

 

 

 

 

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I had purchased a bunch of yard sticks to have on hand and decided this was the project to try them on. I love the old fashioned vintage charm the yard sticks bring.

The chalk paint, I had on hand from another project, so I didn’t have to buy any of that either.

The door was pretty smooth and didn’t require any additional preparation.

chalk painted

 

I gave it two coats of chalk paint, covering the whole surface and edges. I left the hinges on the door, they make great picture hangers.

 

cut yard sticks

 

After the paint had dried I cut the yard sticks up into pieces that fit along the edge of the wooden door. I didn’t miter the corners but went with an unfinished over lap on the edges.

The yard sticks were stained with a color wash of craft paint and water, each one a different shade. I used yellow, lime, turquoise and pink.

 

 

 

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The sticks have the added benefit of helping to hold the chalk in place on the bottom shelf.

It’s almost too cool for school!

 

Have you registered for the Randolph Street Market event yet? I will have this project on hand as well as this one!

Can’t wait to see you at the market!

My demo is scheduled for 2:00pm on Sunday!

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You can download the blogger invite here!

 

Randolph Street Market Festival

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I am so excited to announce this event! The Randolph Street Market Festival is coming soon in Chicago! If you haven’t been to visit the Randolph Street Market, it’s a huge urban antique market (more than 300 vendors) that also has food and entertainment! You can learn more by clicking on their website here.

I am thrilled to be one of the bloggers doing a DIY presentation for the event! I am scheduled for 2:00pm on Sunday.

Others on the DIY demo agenda include:

Jenn Rizzo from Making Home Your Own

Karin from Art is Beauty

Leanne of Diva of DIY

Karen from Dragonfly and Lily Pads

Melody of My Passion for Decor

The event is sponsored by Randolph Street Market, Hometalk, Chicago Athletic Association and Blitsy, Mariano’s, MillerCoors, Carnivale, High Brew Coffee, Avitae Water, Spicemode, and Element Snacks. Homeright, Plaid Enterprises, and Rockler will all be adding to the DIY fun too.

We will also be raising money for a local suicide prevention center. One of our fellow bloggers, Heidi Swapp, recently lost her son and we are donating to the cause in his honor.  

It’s going to be an amazing weekend!

If you are a blogger, your admission will be FREE! How cool is that???

The first 100 bloggers to register will receive a swag bag valued over $50.00.

You won’t want to miss it! You can download the blogger invitation here.

If you would like a print out of the Market poster above, you can download it here.

You can buy advance tickets, girl friend passes, family pass, and student tickets on the Randolph Street Market webpage here.

This event is sponsored by Randolph Street Market, Hometalk, Chicago Athletic Association, Blitsy

I look forward to seeing you at the Market!

What I Wore to the Midwestern Blogger Meet-up

 

 

 

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I had so much fun today at the Midwestern Blogger Meet-up! The big event took place in Lisle, Illinois and was put together by Jennifer Rizzo.  If you haven’t read Jennifer’s blog, you should hop on over and check it out. She’s very talented and as sweet as sunshine.

  I was equally charmed by her selection of location for the event: inside an old train depot at a local historical museum.

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I was able to have some time to explore this quaint museum before the festivities began, I love old buildings.

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The train depot was amazing, it was built in 1881. I am into train depots lately. And trains.

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The depot had beautiful architectural features.

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The inside of the depot was every bit as charming as the outside. Did you know they used to have separate waiting rooms for the men and women? Neither did I.

I love the big graphic on the wall. I wanted to take it home with me.

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My great grandfather had a brass hanging lamp just like this one. So charming.

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Great grandpa also had a clock just like this.  I loved the train bulletin chalkboard on the wall.

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The corners of the depot were full of other old treasures like wooden barrels and these lovely trunks and boxes.  The walls in this room were beautiful unfinished wide boards.

I loved how rustic they look.

It was the perfect place for a bunch of bloggers to meet up.

We all took tons of pictures. You can see why.

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Jennifer put together this lovely table of refreshments for us all. In between chatting about blogging, social media, SEO’s, websites and taking pictures, we sipped coffee, chewed on brownies and complete strangers became friends.

It is amazing what food can do.

Everyone was so sweet and friendly, and it was so nice to put faces with blog names. I can’t wait to go back again next year.

It was a great day!

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By the way, this is day #2 of my Photography Challenge (see yesterday’s post for more details here). 

Todays’ assignment,  photograph “what you wore”.  I interpreted this to mean “what I wore to the blogger meet-up”. 

I wore my favorite butterfly necklace.

See you tomorrow!