Wednesday, September 2, 2015

TOP POSTS :: Best Of August


Hello there & welcome to the 'un-official' start of the FALL season & I am so ready! Although I actually kind of enjoyed summer (for a change) this year, I am so looking forward to this time of year as it is my fave, which is the case with many of us, I know.

Before we move on to September, lets take a look back over what you all were reading in August & viewed the most. I would also like to say THANK YOU to all who stop by to read, comment from time to time & send me emails. I SEE IT ALL! So thanks again. xoxo

:: TOP POSTS for August 2015 ::

So now you are all caught up on some of the most read posts here on my blog. Hopefully you will just add me to your BlogLovin feed so you don't miss any posts. =) You can find it on the top right sidebar here - super easy to do!
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Monday, August 31, 2015

HOME :: CHALKBOARD wall in tween room

how to paint a custom chalkboard design, tween room ideas, hot pink

steps to painting a custom chalkboard wall, be the change, girls room 

Hello everyone! Today I am finally sharing a special completed project from my daughter's tween bedroom makeover! As you know I have been working on her room and this is one of the requests that she had. She wanted to have a chalkboard wall somewhere in her room when we re-did it so I took the opportunity when she was gone one weekend to get it done and surprise her when she got home. I am not sure if she expected a typical black chalkboard wall, like the one I did on our pantry door, but nothing 'typical' was being done in this girls room! lol I decided to check out what colors were available to use for it and decided on a nice hot pink color. It definitely is anything but 'typical' for this custom chalkboard wall.

I am almost completely done with my daughter's tween room makeover and will be sharing the full reveal here (hopefully) soon as this makeover already seems like it's taken forever. Anyone else feel like that with room makeovers? If you follow me on Instagram, I am always sharing what I am working on at the moment and you may remember seeing a sneak peek of this wall that I did in her room. I LOVE the way it turned out and today I am going to share how I did it, how fairly easy it was and can I just say . . .  she LOVED it! YAY! That's all that really matters right? ;) 

Ok, so this is the space I decided would look great putting a chalkboard in. What you are looking at is a small space between her closet doors on the right and the door out of her room. Would I have loved to do a whole chalkboard wall in this color for her? Sure, but the room already had all of the other wall space spoken for so this is what I decided and I think it's perfect as it was long enough plus I didn't want to make it too tall as she couldn't reach high anyway. So let me tell you how I did it. First the before shot . . .
tween girls bedroom makeover, before shot, custom hot pink chalkboard

Step 1: I needed to decide on the shape I wanted to make it as I didn't want the typical chalkboard rectangle shape so I opted to mimic a shape that was already in her room just directly across the room next to her window: this vinyl wall decor I did awhile ago: 

just be yourself, wallternatives vinyl, inspiration for chalkboard design

Step 2: I grabbed a big piece of tissue paper, a pencil and decided to trace the outline to use as a template for my chalkboard wall design.

tissue paper template, trace outline of shape, custom chalkboard design

Step 3: This is the most important step as you need a way for the outline to go on the wall as an outline. Flip over your tissue paper and heavily color the line with a no. 2 pencil making it thicker than the original line on the opposite side that you traced.

color outline to transfer on wall, creating a custom chalkboard design on wall

Step 4: Hold up your tissue paper, tape it to the wall, have someone hold it - whatever you need to do to hold it in place and using a pencil trace over the line on the front and it should give you a rough outline transferred to the wall for you to use when you paint this shape in. I purposely darkened this photo below in the hopes that you can see what it should look like. 

In the spirit of 'keeping it real' when I went to transfer my shape to the wall, it was too wide for the space. Doh! So I basically ended up free handing most of it and making it work. Gotta do what you gotta do, am I right? ;)

transfer custom shape of chalkboard design to the wall, tween room

Step 5: Carefully start painting in the outline of your image and then fill in until you have it completed. I usually do 3 coats when I am painting with chalkboard paint but that is my opinion but I am sure you could do less.

paining the custom chalkboard wall, Valspar chalkboard paint, hot pink
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Step 6: Make sure to 'season' the chalkboard by using the side of a piece of chalk and rubbing it all over the painted surface of the chalkboard design. But please make sure to follow the directions and wait until the suggested drying time is complete before doing this.

colored chalk, seasoning chalkboard wall, hot pink chalkboard design

That is it - you now have an amazing chalkboard wall! One thing I did was hung a small shelf under the chalkboard as it does a couple things: 1. it catches a lot of the chalk 'dust' which is a very good thing as that is easier to clean than carpet and 2. it serves as a place to hold the cute tin of chalk that she can use.

love you more, after pics of chalkboard custo design, hot pink chalkboard
be the change, inspirational quotes on chalkboard wall, tween bedroom
messages on chalkbaord wall, love you more, be the change, pink chalkboard
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how to paint a custom chalkboard design, tween girls bedroom decor

So what do you guys think? She absolutely loved it and I love running in her room while she is at school and writing a message to her plus when she has friends over, they love it too! 

Have you ever created a chalkboard wall in your home? I would love to know, so comment below as I am wanting to do another area as well and would love to hear what you like. Thanks for reading. xoxo

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

ART PRINT :: Save Water Drink Champagne

bar cart art, champagne glasses, confetti, bar art print, party art, cocktail

Hey there everyone! I am so excited to be sharing another new print with you today and sticking to my promise of adding at least ONE new art print a week to my Etsy shop. YAY me! I think you all are going to really like this one as it's super fun, can be used for so many different occasions and did I mention it's really F-U-N? ;)

I am loving this one in particularly, like alot. Here's why: you can use it at your next party whether that be, a bridal shower, a wedding reception, a holiday cocktail party, your friend's birthday bash, the next friends-giving get together OR you could simply put it in a frame and add it to your bar 'area' at home as it will match any decor since I inked it in black.
I set it up in a little bar area I have going in my home with a couple festive glasses, a bottle of bubbly, some fun confetti, cocktail napkins and some party decor. So many different ways you could set this up . . . on the wall of a bar area, on your bar cart, on a nearby shelf because it's that versatile.
Where would you put this 'Save Water Drink Champagne' print?

polka dot flutes, Pier 1 glasses, confetti, cocktail art print, pen and ink
damask napkins, polka dot glasses from Pier 1, confetti, party time

get this party started, cocktail art print, damask, hand lettered art print 

You will find the 'Save Water Drink Champagne' art print in my shop and I hope you are really going to have some fun with this one! Stay tuned for my next new print to hit the shop, later this week! ;)
black & white stripe, polka dot flutes, cocktail art, throw the confetti

AND as a reminder, I am offering to do CUSTOM hand lettering prints as well. So if you think you have a FAB idea shoot me an email . . . at and we'll chat!

I would love to know what you think of this print? Let me know below or an idea for one that you would like to see in the shop! ;) Thanks.


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Friday, August 28, 2015

LETTERING :: Celebration Decor

hand lettered cards, menu, hand lettered party signs, quince signs

Hello everyone!

Today I'm excited to share with you some of the finished pieces I hand lettered for an amazing party along with the gorgeous photos. It was for one of the most beautiful and detail oriented parties I have ever seen, not to mention it was for a super special occasion: a daughter's quinceaƱera. It also just happened to be for one of my special friends in the blogging world Mayra, from InFlight Party Ideas. She is a rockstar. ;)

One of the things I love about working with her, is she knows what she wants and is very good at explaining it to me. She communicated color schemes, the 'feel' she was looking to convey, details that would help me decide on style of the lettering I did and I think you will agree, that it turned out perfectly for this event. Some of the pieces she sent to me to 'ink' on, like the cookie signs, the name tags and the frames were adorable and the rest I did on cardstock that I have on hand, if you were wondering. They all turned out amazing and coordinated so well at the actual event. She requested cookie signs, table assignment signs, names for the tables, party favor tags, a menu and more. I also had the pleasure of being asked to address all of the invites that went out months ago and loved using my calligraphy skills for that! ;) It was my honor to be a small part of this day with my dear friend and I absolutely love working for her as she creates the dreamiest parties to look at!

As you will see, the items look beautiful in use at her celebration. Now the befores . . .

hand lettered signs used for cookies, cookie bar, quince, calligraphy
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hand lettered table names, pink cardstock, tennessee, table assignments
hand lettered table assignments, table names at quince, tennessee names
party favor tags, hand lettered names on party favors, kraft paper, white ink
hand lettered kraft tags, party favor tags, quince, pen and ink, party tags
circle menu design, hot pink ink, round menu design, hand lettered menu

. . . and at the event!
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cooki ebar signs, hand lettered signs for cookies, quince cookies, pink & white
sugar cookies, cookie bar, hand lettered signs for cookie bar, lace
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clothesline, rustic, quince ideas, hand lettered signs, tennessee

tables at quince celebration, hand lettered menus, place setting ideashand lettered menu for quince, place setting, hot pink ink on menu 

Ahhhhhhh . . . I just LOVE LOVE LOVE seeing pics of my work in action. I so appreciate the fact that I was allowed to share these with all of you and I thank Mayra and her photographer, JoPhoto for letting me share a few here with all of you! Isn't this event gorgeous, I knew y'all would love having a peek into this beautifully orchestrated celebration!

Hope you enjoyed the latest peek into my custom work and I look forward to sharing more very soon! Make sure to keep an eye out! ;) Remember if you have an event coming up, I can help, no matter how big or small, feel free to email me as I'd loved to bounce some ideas on what we could do! I've been hired to do as little as 5 cards to over 500! Thanks for being here! xo


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