Hope Springs Eternal

Hope Springs Eternal

 

oversized chalkboard

When you are a true junker or a yard-saler or an auction-goer or a shop-by-the-side-of-the-roader….

….hope springs eternal.

No matter how many broken dishwashers you find at the end of the yard sale rainbow.

No matter how many times you dig through boxes of junk at the auction and find nothing worth anything.

No matter how many times the “GIANT MULTI-FAMILY YARDSALE” sign lets you down.

You know that you know that you know….

….the next great find is just around the bend.Continue reading



Chalkboard Christmas Tree

Chalkboard Christmas Tree

 
Chalkboard Christmas Tree

To quote the famous Barbara Mandrell….

….I was chalkboard when chalkboard wasn’t cool.

Cue the banjos.

I remember eight years ago when I found peel and stick chalkboard vinyl tucked away in the back of a bin.  I’d never seen it before.  I nominated myself town chalkboard crier and called 47 people and informed them that you could officially peel and stick chalkboard.

And then I promptly peeled and stuck everything within a five-mile radius.Continue reading



Chalkboard with Cork Board Frame

Chalkboard with Cork Board Frame

 

craft room organization

True fact:  I’m not an organizer….

….I just play one on the blog. :)

You see….when you write a blog….your rooms always look tidy and neat and organized and clean.

Not a thing out of place.

Of course they are.

Because they only have to be clean for a moment to take a picture and if you forget to dust or vacuum or wipe away the cobwebs….

….there’s always photo shop.  :)

For example….when I went to photograph the craft room at the gatehouse it looked like this…..Continue reading



I’m Crossing My Fingers and Toes

I’m Crossing My Fingers and Toes

 

Thistlewood Front Door

edited to add (in all exclamation points)…..THE CHALKBOARD WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you sooooo much to everyone who voted. :)

Just in case this is your first time here….

….this is me.

Nice to meet you.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

My name is karianne.

I like big earrings and red lipstick and rock stars and sweet tea with lime and knights in shining armor and…..

…..rescuing treasures from the trash.  :)Continue reading



How To Make a Lettered Chalkboard

How To Make a Lettered Chalkboard

 

how-to-make-a-lettered-chalkboard-kitchen

Yesterday I got the most amazing comment from a wonderful reader.

She asked me how I came up with new projects day after day and decorated rooms and organized everything and kept my house clean and managed four children…

….and could I please explain how I got it all done.

And when I read the question….I had to stop and think for a moment.

Seriously.

I stopped and I thought…..

…..and then I laughed and laughed and laughed. :)Continue reading



What To Do With a Big Blank Wall

What To Do With a Big Blank Wall

 

Do you have a big blank giant enormous wall in your house?

Me, too.

Actually, I think we have the biggest, blankest wall in North America.

Truly.

You might not have noticed its big blankness because it’s cleverly disguised by the giant multi-paned chalkboard that takes up almost the entire space.

But before that chalkboard…..well…..that wall would totally have shown up on Mr. Blackwell’s worst dressed list.

At the very top.

I tried everything.  I painted it khaki and I painted it gray and I hung yard sale frames and then coasters and then iron pieces ……and nothing worked.


Chalkboard Calendar project
It just looked unfocused and outdated and a little like I was trying too hard.

*sigh*

Kind of like my perm from 1994.

All ratted out with split ends and nowhere to go.

And then I saw a broken 40 pane window in the trash….and the rest is history.

 

So just in case you have a big blank wall……and no one has thrown away a window in your neighborhood…..I posted some creative ideas on what do with all that blank space over at the Lamp’s Plus blog today.

And can we keep the whole split-ended perm ratted up with Aqua Net thing……just between us?

I wouldn’t want the walls to talk. :)

 

 

 

 



Winter Twig Wreath

Winter Twig Wreath

 

Was Christmas amazing?

Are you resting?

Or returning?

Or digging out from under wrapping paper?

Or already taking down your Christmas decorations?Continue reading



How To:  Chalkboard Calendar

How To: Chalkboard Calendar


chalkboard-calendar

How to make a chalkboard calendar in 12 easy steps.

Around here….I think they have my number.

It’s 1-800-she-brakes-for-trash.

And it’s toll-free.

Really.

Sanford and Son called and they want their truck back.Continue reading