Summer Vacation

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Is “the best”!!!

I’m just finishing up 2 weeks vacation.  Ridiculous how fast days off fly by 😦  I’m not too bummed about going back to work Tuesday because I’m only back for 9 days then off again for 2 more weeks 🙂 It’s so nice to have the time to chase butterflies!!!

I thought I would be so productive in my craft cave while I was off work but not so much.  The weather was too nice not too enjoy so I packed up and headed to my sisters cottage for some beautiful relaxing days on the lake and some fun, quality family time. My kids rented a cottage on an island nearby so we went to visit them. We just got to the island and a wicked storm blew in suddenly, lasted about 2 hours and was really quite awesome to watch since no damage was done. My daughter took this picture of the amazing and beautiful sunset after the storm.

The Storm

The calm after the storm.

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I did get a few things done in July.  I made the chalkboard door sign for my nieces baby Sam and I had a few Etsy orders;

1 Puerto Backyarda sign

2 Margaritaville signs

a garage sign

and some bulbs

and after many attempts I conquered these booties.   I bought the pattern from Bonita Patterns on Etsy.  I’ve only ever crocheted blankets before  so I found it a little hard to read the pattern and figure out where I left off and my stitch counts but once I did catch on they were quite easy to make.  So cute!!!

Anyway 😉

Chalkboard Door Sign Tutorial

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1) cut your wood to the size you want your sign to be.  home depot and lowes will cut wood for you if you don’t have your own saw.

2) tape the edges using painters tape. paint inside the tape with 2 or 3 coats of chalkboard paint. sand lightly between coats with fine sandpaper.

3) remove the tape and paint the border with any colour and or pattern you like. I used deco art americana paint.

4) I used word art on my computer for the letters and transferred them onto the wood using graphite paper available here and at most craft stores.

5) paint the letters and use the same method as above to add any pictures you want on your sign.

6) you can either use eyelet screws or drill holes through the wood to add wire, rope, chain or ribbon to hang the sign.  I drilled holes and used wire for this sign and added beads to the wire.  I also painted and glued on a little piece of wood trim to hold the chalk.   I used PL premium glue.  It’s tough stuff.

Anyway 😉