Are you full?
Are you sick of your kids?
Are you glad it’s Monday?
But I am so sad my parents left on Saturday.
It always goes way too fast when they are here.
And we had so much fun, as we always do.
Plus we had some illnesses too.
Annie had some sort of freaky pus pocket/fistula action happening on her nose/mouth this weekend.
Her face was so swollen that it looked like she had an allergic reaction.
Two visits to the doctor later and she is on meds and doing better.
Ellie just has a cold.
And the cough.
You know the cough.
Hack. Hack. Hack.
Was that thump her lung falling on the floor??
Or Christmas crafting.
I did get some Christmas shopping done online though.
And I have to say, I am digging not getting into Christmas right after Thanksgiving.
I haven’t even listened to a Christmas song yet!
So a few weeks ago, I lamented about how I had this fall to do list in my kitchen and we did only four things on the list.
Here is the picture to prove it:
This wasn’t originally even a chalkboard.
It used to look like this:
You can go here to see how I created the chalkboard.
Before my fall failure, I was going to change this out with every season.
I couldn’t wait to make my Christmas to-do list!
That is until I flunked fall.
Then the list just seemed like too much, I don’t know, pressure?
Because really, who can keep up with seasonal to-do lists?
As much fun as they are, the revolving artwork is hard work.
So I came up with a plan since we were planning on painting our kitchen and this chalkboard had to come down anyway.
I had seen this tutorial on Pinterest where you could make a better chalkboard.
Almost like an artist!
So I went to Diane’s blog here
I learned so much in the ways of chalkboard writing.
For example, when writing on a chalkboard, dip your chalk in water because apparently, it helps the chalk stick.
This is wonderful especially when you are creating a chalkboard art piece that is going to stay up year round.
So I had read this tutorial and I knew I wanted to use a favorite quote.
Something short and sweet because as great as the tutorial is, I have the handwriting of a serial killer so I knew that I needed to keep it simple.
I have seen this quote all over the blog circuit and Pinterest but here it is at Carmel’s house:
So I dug in and got to work.
I just drew the border by free hand.
Don’t look too close.
Then I got to work with the quote.
I used Diane’s advice to get rid of small mistakes with some water and a q-tip.
So here is my “first draft”:
But I just didn’t like the writing.
Ick. Ick. Ick.
See and this is actually neat for my usual handwriting.
So I erased it.
Which, after using the dipping the chalk in water technique, soon realized that it was a mistake because you could see the earlier writing clear as day.
Here is my final draft:
I liked this so much better and I was really proud of my handwriting.
Those closest to me will think I hired someone to do this because my normal handwriting is nothing like this.
Even my own sweet dad questioned whether I wrote this.
Dad- Did you write that?
Dad- Huh. Why don’t you write like that normally?
Me- What are you saying, dad?
Dad- That you can’t read your handwriting usually.
Me- Yes. I wrote this. I swear.
And no, I didn’t have my friend Rebecca write this for me.
I did it with my own bare hands.
Sheesh, I need to take a handwriting class.
Or take third grade over again.
And here is the before and after:
I adore this quote.
Because it’s so true.
Well, some days more than others.
And I love that I will never have to make another to do list on this board ever again.