4.22.2013

New Chalkboard Quote

My poor little chalkboard wall has been neglected since December.  Once I started decorating for Christmas I erased my Thanksgiving gratitude quote and hung a framed picture up there with a big chalk frame drawn around it.  You didn't see that here on the blog because it was kinda' blah-looking.  You FOR SURE didn't see how I took the framed picture down after Christmas and left the empty space up there for nearly four months.  It's shameful, really.  Today I am repenting and sharing another design to inspire the chalk artist in all of you. 
 

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I'm sure most of you are better than me, but I need a little nudge sometimes to remember to be grateful for what I do have on those days when it seems like all the world is conspiring against me.   Do you have those days or is it just me?  Maybe it's just in my nature to be grumpy.  Sometimes {lately} it's easy to find a million and one things to complain about, but much harder to recognize the blessings that surround me.  That's why I love this saying.  There is ALWAYS something to be grateful for.  Always, always!

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Every morning that I wake up in a cozy house and get my three healthy children off to a great school in a safe neighborhood and settle into my computer to make a little bit of money doing what I love to do is a miracle.  A MIRACLE!  Every day that my husband wakes up and still likes me and still wants to be married to me after 17 years of "me" is another miracle.  I'm surrounded by blessings -- every single day -- even in the midst of some of the most challenging circumstances I have ever been asked to endure.  Sometimes I just need a little kick in the pants to remember that.

Chalk art is the most fun, least stressful creative project in the world to me.  If I make a mistake it can be gone in 2 seconds.  If I hate it when it's finished I can just erase it and start over again and all I've lost is 20 cents worth of chalk.  I usually start by sketching out a design in my notebook as a jumping off point . . .

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. . . and letting the design take shape from there.  I've tried more structured ways of doing it, trying to design something up on the computer and then transfer it exactly to the wall, but that's not nearly as much fun.   And it usually doesn't turn out as well.  If you're looking for a way to de-stress and unwind at 1:00 in the morning when you can't sleep, I recommend getting yourself a chalkboard!

I'm so excited about the projects I have to share with you this week -- a delicious casserole recipe, a super-easy sewing project that will get you ready for mother's day brunch, my fears about having a soon-to-be-teen-driver in the house, and a {free!}kitchen cabinet mini-makeover.


That's not a picture of the finished makeover, I promise. I hope you'll come back to see the real deal!!  ALSO, mark your calendars for next week because I will be sharing a week's worth of projects to get you all ready for mother's day. 
 

Have a great day, friends.

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1 comment:

  1. oh so pretty - what a wonderful quote!

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