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 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 minor 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, I 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 I will never have to make another to-do list on this board ever again.