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Friday, January 23, 2015

DIY Chalkboard Picture Wall Display

My boys and I wanted to make something nice for their wonderful grandparents this past Christmas, however, they are so hard to shop for. They are young grandparents that work hard and are independent and rarely need for anything except loves from their grand babies. 

I love this project because its a nice project that my boys can be apart of and that their grandparents can actually use and not some junky craft.  In fact when we got done with this I wanted one for our own home. 

Because Its a chalkboard display you don't have to just use photos.  You can change it up for all different kinds of occasions. This is great for displaying Christmas cards, Birthday Cards, kids artwork, good grades and so much more. One of my favorite places to get photo cards is Shutterfly. There are tons unique photo cards over in Shutterfly for just about any occasion.

This is an inexpensive gift and shouldn't cost you any more that $15 max. I got most of my supplies at Hobby Lobby for a great bargain. 

Long wood board
Chalkboard Paint & paintbrush
Wide Ribbon
Metal Clips (I found mine in the scrapbook section)
Gorilla Glue
Hot Glue/Hot Glue Gun (for the ribbon)

This is all really as easy as it looks. And here is a tip with the chalkboard paint. Not all chalkboard paint is applied the same way. You can even get chalkboard paint in a spray paint. We let our board dry overnight just to be on the safe side. 

Then the next day we gorilla glued the clips on and hot glued on the Ribbon. Be sure to read the gorilla glue instructions because its very specific on how to apply it the right way. I recommend using gorilla glue for the clips because they are metal and I wanted to not have to worry about them coming off all the time like they would if I used hot glue. 

I love reading all your comments and would also love to see how your own Chalkboard Picture Wall Display turns out so please send me links so I can check them out and share them. 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

I am the Christmas Spirit.
I enter the home of poverty, causing pale-faced children to open their eyes wide in pleased wonder.
I cause the miser's clutched hand to relax and thus paint a bright spot on his soul.
I cause the aged to renew their youth and to laugh in the glad old way.
I keep romance alive in the heart of childhood and brighten sleep with dreams woven of magic.
I cause eager feet to climb dark stairways with filled baskets, leaving behind them hearts amazed at the goodness of the world.
I cause the prodigal to pause a moment on his wild, wasteful way, and send to anxious love some little token that releases glad tears-tears which wash away the hard lines of sorrow. 
I enter dark prison cells, reminding scarred manhood of what might have been, and pointing forward to good days yet to come.
I come softly into the still, white home of pain; and lips that are too weak to speak just tremble in silent, eloquent gratitude. 
In a thousand ways I cause the weary world to look up into the face of God and for a little moment forget the things that are small and wretched. 
I am the Christmas Spirit. 

-Author Unknown

May you all have been touched by the Christmas spirit this season. Merry Christmas!


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Golden Tablescape Set Giveaway!

Smarty Had A Party is giving away this fabulous disposable Golden Dinnerware set to one of you lucky Everyday Mom Ideas readers!

Set includes:
1 Each Elegant Embroidered Gold Table Runner
1 Pack Upscale Gold Rim Disposable Plastic Dinner Plates (10/pk)
1 Pack Upscale Gold Rim Disposable Salad Plates (10/pk)
1 Pack Ivory Polyester Napkins (5/pk)
1 Pack Square gold napkin rings (6/pk)
1 Pack Radiance Silver-Look Disposable Cutlery Pack (48 forks, 24 knives & 24 spoons)

I received the exact same set the winner of this giveaway will be getting. I got my set just in time for Thanksgiving. It really set my dinning table up a notch and made the Thanksgiving dinner party feel extra special. 

I love the gold trim on all of the dinner plates and the sparkle on the napkin rings. I also really loved the detail in the table runner it helped to tie it all together. I also like that there is less mess to clean up with not as much dishes to wash afterwards, so I could enjoy my guest more. This set is meant to accommodate five guest but as you can see I made it stretch to double that size.  

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