It was also our wedding anniversary weekend and the hubs and I got to spend 8 hours away from our children. We haven't done that in ages. We actually couldn't even remember the last time we did that....so eons ago. Originally our oldest was going to go with us as she got married with us that day six years ago but at the last minute decided she wanted to stay home with our sitter/adopted family member, Hailey. We went to a lake town we love up in Wisconsin and got a text about two hours in to our day from Hailey and Anna saying "take your time, go out to dinner and Happy Anniversary!" .....best. present.ever.
Went out to a really nice dinner, got some ice cream, then took a long walk......heaven. We laughed, cried and talked about upcoming life projects and changes. Loved every single minute.
Thank you to those two angels in disguise for giving us the gift of time alone to recharge our relationship. They will never ever know how grateful we are for that day.
On to the latest installment of What Can I Mess Up Now???....
Last summer, I found all these cool summer "to-do lists" artwork pieces on Pinterest and thought how awesome it would be to make one for our home.
I even had the perfect piece to create one with.
But do ya think I did it?
Guess I was too busy enjoying summer to make a summer to do list. :)
So I started seeing them pop up on Pinterest again this spring and was inspired yet again.
Because I had all the ingredients in my house to make one.
I wouldn't have to go out and purchase any materials.
And really, it wouldn't take me much time at all to create.
Let me show you some of my inspiration first:
Aren't they cute?
The second one I love but that's a lot of stuff to do this summer.
Almost sets yourself up for failure in a way.
And to-do lists kind of conjure a stressful feeling, do they not?
So I wanted my to-do list to be a little less chaotic.
I do give props to the mama who created that one.
I will be thinkin' about ya when you are on # 84 in August. :)
So every project has a starting point or a possible suspect.
In my case, the suspect in question was this bad boy:
I got this for my 26th birthday from my mom and dad.
I loved it so much and it was up in my home for the last 12 years or so but I took it down a few years ago because it just didn't go with my decor any more.
These types of art were HAUUUGE in the 90's.
Berries with baskets.
Twigs in baskets.
Twigs in baskets.
Twigs with berries near baskets.
Baskets lined with berry filled twigs.
You get the main idea.
This was sitting down in my basement for four years when I finally brought it up last weekend to reinvent it.
At first I was afraid it would make my mama sad that I painted over this piece but then I thought she would totally appreciate this as she changes her decor style through the years like me and at least now it would be a focal point and not banished to the cellar!
See if she ever buys me a piece of artwork again after she reads this post.....;)
Here is what I did:
-Spray painted the frame Heirloom White by Rustoleum.
- Then taped the frame and spray painted the glass with chalkboard spray paint.
It took about four to five coats.
In my experience, it takes a lot more coats for chalkboard paint on glass than it does on other surfaces.
Or maybe that was just karma for painting over a beloved birthday gift from my mom and dad.
- Then I took the tape off the frame and then I needed to make a decision:
How was I going to execute the whole to-do list and what was I going to use for the chalk.
I could have used chalk pen but I only have one left and it is white. I wanted mine to be colorful like my Pinterest inspirations.
I also know that color chalk pen is pricey AND hard to find other than online.
26 bucks for four color chalk pens?
No. Thank. You.
So then I started brainstorming.....
regular classroom chalk?
sidewalk chalk from the garage?
Ours has mulch, dirt and is broken into 1/4 inch pieces.
homemade chalk from a recipe on a blog?
I am not Martha Stewart.
Then I remembered something.
I have special chalk.
Really special chalk.
Magic chalk if you will.
Remember back in March when I told you about doing that hair chalking experiment on my daughter and her friends hair at her birthday party???
Act like you know what I am talking about.
Otherwise, go here and scroll to the bottom of the post.
I was almost giddy when I thought of this.
I can finally use the chalk I took out a loan to buy!
I only had to cash in my piggy bank at Coinstar for them.
Sorry for the blurry picture.....
Above is my note to myself.
A blueprint if you will.
I even had to practice drawing a pennant bunting.
'Cuz I didn't know how to before today, apparently.
And then I began to write my "to-do" list!
I thought of all the fun things we do every summer and added a few more that were new to us this summer that we wanted to try.
As well as making the list attainable.
I mean really, milk carton boats?
Water obstacle course??
Seed spitting contest???
I am totally not cutting down the person who came up with that because in her home, those are some of the fun things they do but in my house?
Milk carton boats would be ripped to shreds in minutes if they weren't drug through the mulch and drowned in the baby pool first.
Water obstacle course?
That's called the path to the kids bathtub in our home.
Seed spitting contest?
I would still be finding watermelon seeds in November....
By the way, those curtains in the window to the right (the red valances) are going bah bye this summer.
I have had them forevah and am sick of dark colors bringing my bright kitchen down.
I am in the process of lightening things up and will be painting the kitchen a neutral color this summer too.
I love the teal but it really makes this room a lot darker than it needs to be and it shows every single mark, dent, spaghetti sauce splatter etc.
So in the process of being a real blogger, showing you all sides of me...good and bad......I thought you would appreciate this.
The above picture is so tranquil, serene, pretty, right?
Here is what was going on in the background.....
Snack bowls, lemonade in glasses, a hook I took off the wall to fit said summer to do list, my vacuum system on the floor.....all that was strategically moved for the picture.
And I am not the only blogger who does this.
Its all a mirage peeps.
So don't feel bad when you look at your piles of laundry laying around.
I have it too.
I also have OCD so I prob don't have as much but I do have it.
Yes those are flip flops on the counter.
They are on a towel.....
And just like that!
Pretty as a picture.
I just moved all the junk to the dining room.....
Cost to make?
So here is what ya do if you want to make this kind of piece for your house.
Get a framed piece of artwork you don't really use anymore or go to the thrift store and get one (usually never over 5 bucks).
Spray paint it with chalkboard paint.....you could even mix it with regular black spray paint if you are a) out of funds b) too lazy to go get more at the store or c) you are stuck under some really heavy furniture....chalk pretty much writes on any painted surface.
Then write your to do list.This could be fun for any time of year too.
Summer is our fave here so that's why I picked it.