January 30, 2012

The Writing is on the Wall


For the last week we have been doing a little work in our dining room. I can't believe how much it is changing in there and how much I love it! I had this old chalkboard that I bought at a garage sale a few years ago for $5.00. My guy built a frame for it so that it would be dining room worthy. Here it is in its before state.


Emma had a sleepover Friday which proved a good opportunity to break it in. By the time the girls left Saturday morning there was scarcely a clear spot. I love having a house that encourages creativity.


I found this old match holder in December and had no idea what I was going to use it for but I just can't pass up a charming container of any sort. As usually happens with me, I woke up about 4am recently with the idea to use it as a chalk holder. It's perfect. That's my kind of recycling.


I'm thinking I might make a slight change to it but for now it is happy doing it's new job.


This weekend was my man's 42nd birthday. Here he is with a stack of Birthday books. My man is architecture obsessed. Also, that cleft in his chin, yummy. Sorry, I'm easily distracted today. We celebrated with a low key day, a trip for him to the music store and quite possibly the ugliest cheesecake anyone has ever made. What a shame I didn't get a picture of it. Ahem. Here is some advice for you, a spoonful of raspberry sauce can hide a lot of ugly. Apparently it tasted good though since it was gone 24 hours later. I'm not really a fan of cheesecake so I will have to take his word for it. I consider myself a good baker but this is one area I don't excel at. Also, since I don't like it, I don't care to improve. I'm thinking if he wants another cheesecake next year we will buy him one at the store.

31 comments:

  1. HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME CELEBRATING YOUR HUBBY. LOVE THE CHALKBOARD IDEA, THAT IS FUN! :D

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  2. love the chalkboard. the matchholder, into chalkholder...genius.

    happy b-day to your boyfriend.
    xo
    molly

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  3. I love that chalkboard in your dining room. We recently painted a wall in our playroom that my kids (and me) love to draw and write on.

    Happy birthday to hubby!

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  4. Oh I love the way you used the cute match holder for chalk! what a great idea. Love the chalk board too. Wish I had the space for one!
    I love me a good cheescake - and raspberry sauce is the best! I'm sure it was yummy - sometimes it's the pretty food that isn't really all that good!

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  5. I love your chalkboard!!! I can't wait to get one up on the wall in our kitchen. There is something so cool about being able to scribble drawings and notes and favourite quotes. Frame looks great!

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  6. What fun to have such a large chalkboard! I have a little one---but this looks like soooooooommmmmme fun. Cool idea of the match box holder--love that idea!!

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  7. I painted bi-fold doors that were flat in our upstairs landing/computer room. It was at one time a bedroom, wall removed big open space. Anyway, over the years since it has been a fun place for our girls and all of their friends to write creative stuff on. Especially when we had our exchange student from France and 2 of his friends that came to visit. At one point we were going to seal it somehow....but, then someone erased all the memories and started new ones! Oh well, fun anyway! I like your chalk holder idea also!

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  8. Love how the chalkboard turned out!

    Emma and her girls are fierce!

    Anytime something I'm baking or making doesn't turn out so pretty I like to call it "folksy" or "rustic" and it makes me feel a ton better.

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  9. love the match holder for chalk! brilliantly inspired...

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  10. Wow...I actually have the book your husband is reading!! (Got it last year for my birthday) I like that you have a house that encourages creativity...that is something I would like to strive for for my girls

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  11. That is so funny, I have a match holder I use for chalk too! I don't have a big cool chalkboard though!

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  12. Happy Birthday to your Man. I love the chalkboard and I especially love that it is green and not black, makes it a little different. Great idea!

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  13. The chalkboard looks perfect in there and I love the chalk holder idea :)
    I'm right there with cheesecake, I love baking but everytime I make one (my husbands fav. too) I swear never again they always come out ugly and never cook right. :)

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  14. love love the chalkboard!! you are so brilliant : )

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  15. LOVE this chalkboard and the beautifully colored chalk (and its lovely container). Ideas are spinning in my head.

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  16. I simply love that chalkboard. It would be perfect in my kitchen...

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  17. Love the chalkboard and using the match holder for chalk is inspired!

    xo
    Claudia

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  18. You just know those girls had a ball with that chalkboard!!

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  19. Fun chalkboard and holder -- very cool and so green!! ;)

    Happy b-day to your guy! Have a recipe that is choc and vanilla flourless so like cheesecake and delish and I'm not a fan of cheesecake either!

    Have a fun week!

    janet

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  20. Happy Belated Birthday Jim!!! Jen I LOOOOVE the chalkboard : D I can't wait to see it in person!!!!

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  21. Love your old/new chalkboard. Isn't it fun when the kids really get into something like that? Great idea with the match holder, too. Happy birthday to your man..cleft chin and all!

    I say...BUY the cheesecake next year and save yourself the embarrassment~ xo Diana

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  22. Love the green chalkboard! Reminds me of school days and so refreshing to see with all the black ones around. Keeps the room nice and bright, too....Five bucks---what a steal, you lucky ducky! :)

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  23. How do you say fabulous? With a great big FABULOUS!!! Lovin the chalk board!!Lori

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  24. i love the big chalkboard and can't believe you got it for $5! my man's 42nd birthday is this friday : ) still trying to figure out just what we are going to do to celebrate.

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  25. love the chalkboard diningroom is charming and the chalk holder great idea Jen.

    I love cheesecake probably my favorite
    dessert in the whole world I make it
    maybe once a year because like your
    hubby it goes really fast.

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  26. happy birthday to your husband. looks like he is very happy with his stack of birthday books. the chalkboard is amazing. i love the chalk in the match holder. perfect.

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  27. Love the chalkboard and noticed in the first picture the 2 pedestals on your corner cabinet! When I read the post before I saw that you bought them at Costco - who would have thought?!?! They are beautiful!

    I agree that there is no limit to the number of pedestals one can have. :)

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  28. Jen, this chalkboard reminds me of my school teaching days...love the chalk holder - looks perfect. Jim did a great job making the frame...bet you all will really enjoy. Hope that Jim had a very happy birthday!

    Love,
    anita

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  29. Swoo-oo-oony!!!!! And really? No cheesecake? That's fine, I'll have your slice.

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  30. Gotta love a big chalkboard like that, especially with kids at home. Putting the chalk in a match holder is an awesome idea.:) You are so cute about your hubby. Such a lovely family you have.

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  31. Love that green chalkboard! Lucky.

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