Thursday, August 12, 2010

"I scream, you scream, we all scream for...." CHALKBOARD PAINT!!

I can't even tell you how much I LOVE chalkboard paint!!! So here is my post dedicated to all things I love painted with chalkboard paint (which could be just about ANYTHING... just wait and see!)

First what has really gotten me on this chalkboard frenzy was that I went to a Pottery Barn Kids decorating class on Saturday and they showed and awesome idea for using an old (possibly out dated) world globe and painting it with chalkboard paint! It looks so fantastic! (shown on top of the desk on the left)
Now don't get me wrong, I am not just barely jumping on the chalkboard paint bandwagon, I have been loving this stuff for years now. I painted (what I think used to be a small ironing board closet) the front of the before said closet door with chalkboard paint in the first apartment Peter and I lived in. It was right in my kitchen so it looked adorable - however I don't think I have a picture to show you :(
But here is an idea that has been around for a while, painting the inside portion of a plate or platter with the chalkboard paint and hanging it in your kitchen or dining area for a fun twist on traditional hanging serve ware. "Bon Appetite!"
Another brilliant idea I just saw in the newest Crate & Barrel catalogue were these chalkboard painted russian nesting dolls!! I am on the hunt for a set of these that I can paint!!
Anthropologie has been doing a TON with chalkboard paint lately. In fact, their entire home section out of their last catalogue had all chalkboard walls and floors. It looked so cool! Here is some eye candy from that!
Even Martha Stewart is in on things - here she shows you how to make a chalkboard calendar. Its awesome! It also shows you how to make your own COLORED chalkboard paint!
Oh here is this creative lady over at Outside the Box who created these chalkboard labels using stuff she found at the dollar store. It would be pretty easy to use masking tape and tape off a small area on your jar then fill in with chalkboard paint too. (that is a more permanent approach though...)
If you just do a google image search for Chalkboard Paint you can find an endless supply of ideas for the stuff - speaking of here is one of my favorite finds from that approach! An entire kitchen painted with Chalkboard Paint! I would love to do something like this one day! Renting is getting so annoying!
Well I hope you enjoyed this trip down chalkboard lane. Hopefully this gives you a bit of inspiration to grab a spray can or basic paint can of chalkboard paint and go WILD!

Best of luck and show me your finished projects!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Bloglight: Made by Lex or My Mama Made It

I LOVE this woman. She inspires me. There was a post where she was talking about how she used to buy all her girls' clothes but now their closet is mostly full of clothes that she has made for them! That is my dream!
I just got a new book that will hopefully help me towards achieving that goal - I will have to post about that as well as the past sewing projects I have done for the kids another time but for now I want to focus on Lex!

She has her own Etsy shop where she sells her custom made clothing which is all beautiful and very unique! She also has beyond fantastic tutorials on her blog for creating some of the things she has made.
Honestly, when I need a good dose of inspiration and motivation to get sewing again, I go to Lex's site. One of my favorite tutorials (that I actually found time to do myself...) was her cashmere scarf refashion.She took a men's cashmere sweater she found at her thrift store and made it into this gorgeous ruffling scarf.
All of the above pictures from Lex @ Made by Lex.
I made one for my daughter as well as for some other girls on my Christmas list last year. (although I couldn't find a cashmere sweater at my thrift store so I just used a wool blend of some-sort.)

Hopefully you enjoy creating and learning from Lex and all her wonderful talent! As always, let me know in the comments if you try out one of her tutorials!