chalkboard paint is my friend.

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This is the first "project" I've posted in a long time, and I'm sorry to tell you that it's probably the easiest and fastest one I've ever done!

Of course I forgot AGAIN to take a proper "before" shot, but you'll get the gist even with the blue painter's tape.

As you can see, all I did was tape around the edges of the opposite side. (I decided not to paint over the original print, as it's REALLY cute. I figure even if it doesn't match my kitchen right now, I just hated to cover it up! You never know.)

Then I just took off the lovely blue tape...

See? Isn't it cute??? Wait, that's not the project. OK, here's what I actually did: (hehe)

Boy, do I love me some chalkboard paint. Yes, this is my 3rd chalkboard project. One hangs in my bedroom, the other just to the left of this one, but I plan to rearrange this wall soon.

Also gotta love the Chalk Ink instead of regular old chalk. As a teacher, I use enough regular old chalk at work. Actually, mostly I just use my dry erase board, the chalk dust bothers me!

Next up isn't my very favorite project (or at least not my best result), but I'll show it anyway, simply because I spent the time on it.

The original box is actually really cute; picked it up at Goodwill for $2.99. GOD BLESS GOODWILL.

Just added a little of this lovely scrapbook paper:

After applying the paper with Mod Podge (Matte), I wanted a little something more, so I typed up some letters on Word till I found a font I liked, then I just freehanded a "C" for our last name, cut it out, and pasted that puppy on. (It's not my best work; I really should have made a stencil or something, but I'm lazy.)

And here's the finished product:

Like I said, this isn't the BEST project I've ever done, but it turned out pretty decent. The box now sits on the dresser in our master bedroom (which is done in browns and aquas), and it holds things that would normally be strewn haphazardly across the dresser. A prettier way to store all my junk and papers! Yay!

Happy Monday, everyone! 1o more teaching days till Spring Break, so I am pumped! I am considering undertaking the huge project of painting our kitchen cabinets over spring break! SCARY, but exciting. Still have to find the perfect shade of creamy white paint and the perfect new paint color for the walls! Any recommendations are welcome!

Thanks for visiting!!!

for fun.

for a quick little pick me up, check out my 3rd graders singing the "Firefly" song:

coming soon to a blog near you...

a project! i know, it's hard to believe! a real life, bonafide, for serious, for real project by yours truly! i started it yesterday but need to go pick up some matte Mod Podge, as i'm just not digging the glossy finish. :) plus, no time tonight to craft, as it was busy busy:

-after school: long parent conference, after which i
-went straight to allergist for shots, after which i
-went straight to Stein Mart to buy myself some early birthday gifts aunt's birthday gift, after which i
-drove straight to teach group voice class, where i
-ran into 2 MORE parents of students, where they
-wanted to have impromptu mini-conferences, then i
-actually TAUGHT my voice class, after which i
-went grocery shopping, after which i
-went home and made some nachos (healthy, i know), after which i
-ate them while watching LOST (which still contained no answers and no rest for the weary), after which i
-read emails, checked facebook, read about 25 of the 116 unread blog posts i had, after which i
-started (and finished) writing this post!

project to come VERY soon; i promise!

What does your fave color say about you??

While reading Young House Love (great blog, by the way), I came across a fun site that gives you feedback on careers you are best suited for based on your color preferences!

Here are my results from the test:

Best Occupational Category

You're a CREATOR


Nonconforming, Impulsive, Expressive, Romantic, Intuitive, Sensitive, and Emotional

These original types place a high value on aesthetic qualities and have a great need for self-expression. They enjoy working independently, being creative, using their imagination, and constantly learning something new. Fields of interest are art, drama, music, and writing or places where they can express, assemble, or implement creative ideas.

Suggested careers are Advertising Executive, Architect, Web Designer, Creative Director, Public Relations, Fine or Commercial Artist, Interior Decorator, Lawyer, Librarian, Musician, Reporter, Art Teacher, Broadcaster, Technical Writer, English Teacher, Architect, Photographer, Medical Illustrator, Corporate Trainer, Author, Editor, Landscape Architect, Exhibit Builder, and Package Designer.

Consider workplaces where you can create and improve beauty and aesthetic qualities. Unstructured, flexible organizations that allow self-expression work best with your free-spirited nature.

Suggested Creator workplaces are advertising, public relations, and interior decorating firms; artistic studios, theaters and concert halls; institutions that teach crafts, universities, music, and dance schools. Other workplaces to consider are art institutes, museums, libraries, and galleries.

***Almost everything in this first section was true. Those that MOST describe me I colored BLUE--my favorite color. Also--those I colored in green are the 3 occupations I wanted to do when I was a child. Ironic? Meaningful? You decide. LOL.

I teach music classes in my spare time (singing), and if I were to ever stop being an elementary teacher, it would be to switch to high school English! Now, of course, if I had my choice, I would just sing for a living, but beggars can't be choosers.

2nd Best Occupational Category



Witty, Competitive, Sociable, Talkative, Ambitious, Argumentative, and Aggressive

These enterprising types sell, persuade, and lead others. Positions of leadership, power, and status are usually their ultimate goal. Persuasive people like to take financial and interpersonal risks and to participate in competitive activities. They enjoy working with others inside organizations to accomplish goals and achieve economic success.

In the 2nd part, the qualities colored in blue are VERY true of my personality while the last two in red are NOT me at ALL. Interesting.

If you'd like to take the "color test," visit the website here:


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