{Sweet Inspiration} Chalkboard Craze

Happy Monday all.  I’m sure if you’re like me, you’ve noticed that chalkboard surfaces are showing up everywhere.

I call it the Chalkboard Paint Craze.

It’s stylish and has a purpose at the same time.  I’m absolutely loving it and thought I’d share some inspiration with you.

How about Painting A Wall in your office with chalkboard paint and using chalk pens to draw a monthly calendar?

Quite a statement, wouldn’t you agree!

Link here

Ooh, wouldn’t it be fun to use colored paint for a child’s room and they could scribble on the walls until their little heart’s content. (and we won’t have to think how and heck to get the scribbles off)

Link here

Not wanting to commit to a whole wall?  How about closet doors?

Link here

This next option is perfect if you don’t want to commit to painting or can’t.

This Frig Decal is perfect for keeping notes while being a little stylish at the same time.

Isn’t it pretty?  I think so too!

 

Link to order here

Chalkboard Talk Bubbles is a fun idea for decorating your tween’s room or perhaps to use for a photo booth option.

What’s great about this idea is that you can make this yourself with foam core and contact paper.  Yes, that’s right, there is even Chalkboard Contact Paper.

Get the directions here.

I’m sure we’ve all seen this one. Make a Chalkboard out of a thrift store frame.

Next time you’re thrift store shopping of dumpster diving,  be sure to give those old pictures a second look. Painting over the photo is a quick fix for a bad picture.

Get directions here.

Painted Silver Trays

are in some of the more expensive stores but we found a way to get the popular look using
Dollar store trays + chalkboard spray paint.

 Lovely way to display menus at special events. So pretty for a wedding table but I think I’ll use one for Thanksgiving!

via Pinterest-no credits

Chalkboard Clay Pots

Super fun idea and so easy too. Love this one! Don’t you too?

Directions here.

Chalkboard Labels

We’ve seen all sorts of labels but the chalkboard ones are great if you need to reuse them. Thanks Martha!

Get here.

For our Halloween party, the spooky spirits were served in chalkboard-embellished glasses. This made it easy for goblins to keep track of their brew. Spooky words are fun too!

See party here

Well, as you can see, chalkboard is being used practically everywhere.

There are so many more ideas we could look at but now it’s time to decide how you will use it.

You can get you chalkboard paint pens at Michaels crafts and many other stores and ofcourse you can buy the paint in many different colors too at your paint store.

Just have fun with it.!

{DIY} Pumpkin Checker Board Game

Today I have such a fun DIY for you.

When we were at the Pumpkin farm I picked up some small pumpkins figuring I would make some sort of table arrangement or use them to decorate around the house and outside with.

I also purchased a small bale of hay.

Since we spend time outside enjoying fires in the firepit it got me thinking that it might be fun to have a checkers game outside. But not any old checkers game.

Well, here’s what I came up with.

I was so excited to have all the materials I needed on hand.

Supplies include:

18 inch square piece of plywood or MDF
Long ruler & Pencil
Paint-  brown and gray  or any color you like
5 or 6 orange pumpkins
5 or 6 white pumpkins
can of clear acrylic sealer
sandpaper

Begin by lightly sanding the board to prep for painting. Wipe dust off with damp cloth.

Next, make a mark every 3 inches across all sides of the board.

Connect the marks going both ways to form a grid.

Now the fun part. Begin to paint every other square brown.

Go back and paint in the empty squares with gray paint.

After it dries, lightly sand to rub away some of the paint to give it a distressed, weathered look.

(00ps, I must have bumped the camera setting)

Add the pumpkins and your finished.

If you want to protect it from the elements since it’s outside, you can spray a coat of acrylic clear sealer on both the board and the pumpkins.  I found the little critters outside won’t touch the pumpkins once they have been sealed and they’ll last longer too.

Checkers anyone!

{Sweet Treat} Halloween Cupcakes

Who doesn’t love cupcakes?

When you want an easy but delicious dessert, cupcakes are the way to go.

They’re so fast to make and with just a little effort they can be the star of the show.

I have a few you may want to try for your Halloween or Thanksgiving celebrations.

I’m in love with this one.

  Spice Cake with Vanilla frosting.

Amazing what a little orange sugar and green licorice cam do.

Wouldn’t they look fantastic on your Halloween or Thanksgiving table?

recipe here

Next up, a wonderful Chocolate Cupcake with Salted Caramel Buttercream.

Yummy!

  What a wonderful combo.

recipe here

Another fun option, How about a cupcake in a mason jar?

Have you tried it yet?

It makes a great presentation and fun to eat.

Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

recipe here

So fun and festive!

For this one any flavor will do,

What an adorable way to top off your Halloween cupcake!

Cupcake linere are the star of this show.

get directions here

Finally, one more cute way to top your little cake,

Have to say this one puts a smile on my face everytime I see it.

You can order straws here.

Well, I don’t know about you but I’m ready to get baking.

Hope you got a little inspiration to get you going.♥

{Sweet Treat} Taffy Apples

Now that the weather is changing and there’s a chill in the air, it reminds me of apple picking time.

Every year as a family, we head out for a trip to the apple orchard which is only about 45 minutes from our house.

It’s been a tradition with us for some time now.  Guess it signifies fall has arrived.

Upon arrival we park and head over to the flat bed truck which has bunches of hay on it.

We grab a spot to sit as we head out to the orchard with our bussels in hand.  Ofcourse, we always pick more than we can eat so, what to do with the extra apples?

 Why make Taffy Apples of course!

Here’s a lttle inspiration for your apples.

How about a Triple Dip  S’more Apple?

                                                                        via: Country Living

Aren’t these  Caramel ones gorgeous?

      Country Living

How about a ghostly covered apple?

Country Living

Chocolate Peanut Butter is another wonderful flavor.

Hershey’s

Here’s my white chocolate version from last year.

Party Patisserie

If you’d like to make these, visit my post here.

Hope you feel inspired to try one of these treats. or make your own version.

After all, the possibilities are endless!

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