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So I made a lil bunting!

Soooo I originally threw up an old window display on the chalkboard, but wanted to use scraps from my yoyo making stack of quilt fabrics to make a bunting.  There was no real method to this thing.  I made the triangle stencil out of an empty amazon box, cut out the little flags, cut out felt triangles just a bit smaller to add durability and strength (still thinking about ironing a little stitch witch between the two). I then used a scrap from the curtain I made in the kitchen to whip up a piece of quilt-like-binding and pinned all the flags in between.  After a quick zip down with the sewing machine, I had a pretty decent looking bunting to hang up on the board.

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Hanging of the Chalkboard
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Last week my chalk came in and I got to stare at it for a full 24 hours allowing me a solid amount of time to come up with fanciful ideas of being able to make pretty chalk drawings...which I learned the next day is much harder than you think it is.  But really - normal chalk is hard for me, chalk pencils seem easier, but our board needs a little more seasoning before I bust into those.

So I ordered this board after much (way too much) laboring over size and cost and quality and reading reviews.  I'm quite pleased.  I wanted one that had a bit more substance than the $20-30 options and after painting my fair share of homemade chalkboards for LooBird, slate or porcelain were my only priorities.  I also wished for a wooden edge, but the metal fits in just fine, too.  And I suppose, can always be covered up with a ruffle or a frame, if we ever get bored with the color grey...hah.  Not happenin.  Best part was that the installation seemed simple enough for hanging a heavy thing.   You MUST cover the thing in chalk at least 2-3 times and wipe it all off to season it.  I haven't done this with some of our homemade chalkboards and I've had permanent wedding menus until we had the time to paint again.  Glad we did that before hanging or it would have been a bigger mess.

Turns out smartest thing you can do is make a picture of the wall (you're shocked, I know) on the chalkboard fit with measurements so you can quickly refer when you get confused.  Then you can write on the wall with chalk (brilliant! doing this again, for sure!) to mark the measurement spots and holes for screws etc.  The board seemed to hit two studs and was going through a plaster wall so it was good to go after two screws.  I also covered each of the exposed screw heads on the back with cork circles just to protect the wall and give it a little cush rather than bang, when writing on it against the wall.

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That's pretty much it - put the screws in, covered the possibly scratchy spots in cork and hung the thing up.  I grabbed an old twine garland from the shop's window display closet and brought it home - pinned a few images to it, some cut up map pieces and an old wreath.  This week, I cut out triangles for a garland, because we need some more color up there for sure, but I'm still undecided on spacing, binding, construction etc. so there they sit until a plan solidifies in my head.  Thinking I'll hang the bunting up above the photos so we can swap out images. 

Just gotta hang up the clipboards next, find a rug I'm in love with (thought I had a perfect one coming from target, but it showed up more yellow-cream and navy than white, so the search continues to warm up the area and add a little cush) and make or order a print for the left corner with some color and wording about table, bread, wine etc.  Oh.  and learn how to write with chalk....or have my skilled friends swing by for cookies and chalk ;)

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Silly Things I Do When House Planning

So I'm visual.  Real visual and I don't like to spend our money, I'd rather stack it away in an account and watch it grow...but I do love a cute, personal, encouraging, approachable,  cozy and inspiring home...so I think and think and think about purchases before we get close to making them and I often make ghetto photoshop pictures like this one to solidify choices as wise before spending.  I'm crazy.  It's cool, I know. Last weekend we picked up this beautiful little table our friends made for our house.  Really.  Go check out Ben's whole site - really great pieces he's making.  So.  So. Cool.  We settled on the apartment sized table with a breadboard top for our kitchen so we could squeeze around a table with 8 folks if we needed, but sit 6 comfortably.  Priority numero uno: petite dining room table for the little nook is complete.

Next up is more encouragement on the walls.  The kitchen wasn't a place I had too much 'hanging stuff' for as our kitchen in the loft was tiny, full and each place had a purpose, so I was free to do what I wished with one.  whole.  wall.  Exciting!  I'm quite encouraged by rotating scripture in front of my eyes, but also love the constant change and incorporation of different prints, colors.  So encouraging to me.  (Spring colors inside mean spring must be coming, right?)

So....a chalkboard for writing notes, scripture, pictures and paying my more talented friends to stop by and chalk some beauty up.  I plan to sew a few garlands for hanging from the board and the little brown boxes and clipboards.  I'm thinking this is the best plan for the printables I use to post on our fridge before we got a fridge we couldn't use magnets on.  AND it lets me hang up pictures and swap them out as much as me heart wishes to, simply and quickly.  Excited about thatTo the left, there is a wall (edge of this is a corner), to the right is a hallway to the potty/bedrooms, so it's gotta stay open and easy to navigate.  We shall see.  I ordered a chalkboard which I will report on when it arrives Thursday and am collecting clip boards to hang on the wall, too.  Stay tuned....

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What's been happenin.
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This season of rest has been nice.  A little challenging as the house is still a hot mess and the back yard is solid mud, but we're making it more and more like a home and getting progress made in the off-season tasks of website updates, cleaning, organizing, purging and have even had some time for creating a little bit. Leila likes morning quiet times in the nook, but isn't sure why the chair was purchased that doesn't allow her space to sit.  Poor spoiled kiddo. So, I gave in....and while there won't be space in my lap for too much longer, Leila makes herself at home along my right side most mornings.

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Can't get this photo to rotate, but I'm really loving my Val Marie prayer journal more and more.  It helps me be more intentional, see God answering prayer and keeps my mind focused on scripture for each area of my life for the month.  So, so, so worth every penny - order one, or ten for your friends!!

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Headed to Bowling Green, stayed with fabulous friends, Brad & Brie and had some great food and sweet friend time.  The next morning, wandered town with friends and taught the studio lighting and advanced lighting class.  I jacked these photos from Jabin and Drew's instagrams, so forgive the stealing and quality - they would give me their blessing, don't cha worry ;)

SO FUN and SO GREAT to be able to encourage the students in the program who aren't hoping for news to be their career, but rather some other sort of patchwork, commercial-maybe, portrait driven job.  It's a hard place to not be headed at news, but a WONDERFUL place to be trained and kicked out into the real world of photo biz.  Just nice to know that I could be an encouragement to those forging a different path as I did - there was so very little encouragement brought in when I was there pursuing Lizzie Loo and it's GREAT to see the program growing and accepting other forms of livelihood than newspaper life.

Back home and little Leila's been doing her fair share of resting, ear-infection fighting and hair growing.  She gets a haricut this week and should be sporting a pretty puppy cut soon.  Girl gets so excited about her haircuts.  Really.  She knows a 9am trip towards Simpsonville means time with doggie friends and she starts talking as soon as we pass the Big O'Tire on 60.  Crazy girl.

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I started painting an armoire I bought a couple years back at the 127 yard sale.  Will be used in the baby's room, has taken quite a bit of time, but has been fun - update on that and the process as soon as it's looking complete.  As you can see Leila is a great support as she sits and whines over my shoulder.  And a little peek at the family Jenny Lind bed I slept on as a kiddo that will add another place for someone to stay.  Yay friends!

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Lastly, I've been using my new sewing machine (Thanks mom + dad!) to stitch up sheer curtains in our bedroom and am slowly making progress through the rest of the house. Made this little shade out of reproduction feedsack material I found on an antiquing trip to Glendale.  On that trip we also bought an AWESOME old back door that should be installed on our house soon.  Couldn't be more excited about restoring that thing and giving it both life again and giving our home more character.  So.  fun.That's about all for now.  More to come, soon, we sure hope :)

Moved in and a snow day!

Leila and I are home working today as we woke up to an inch or more of snow in the yard.  It's continued to snow on and off pretty heavily all day bringing us to 3-4 inches for now.  Woot, woot! We're moved over, but not moved in yet.  While the house is covered in blue tape denoting drywall boo-boos and soon missing paint, it's slowly become our home.  Will be very nice to be able to put things away and be here continuously without regular kick-outs for painting, staining and poly-ing.  But for now we're all adjusting to the difference of living with real neighbors, planning for furniture purchases, continuously sewing curtains and enjoying much, much more space.  And amazing washer machine...I mean oh my gosh the washer machine.  I washed 4 quilt/blankets and an armful of towels and it all got clean and dried in under two hours.  Fantastic.  At the loft, I had to have a 'sport' sized washer/dryer because they fit inside a closet with a water heater and HVAC. So thankful to have laundry in-house - they were great when it was just me - but I had no idea how much time I was spending on laundry when I didn't need to.  Crazytown.

Leila is settling in.  She's a little annoyed that she can't watch the cars go by and does her best to climb high on the couch for a shot out the windows.  For now she's settled into the sunroom's sort-of bay window.  As soon as construction and dust has passed I plan to make a little cushion and line it with pillows for her little fluffy self and anyone else wishing to watch the yard and enjoy the sun.

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