Monday, May 2, 2016

"Girls Night In" Menu Board Craft

Having your girlfriends over for a beauty party? Bring "Girls Night In" to another level by showcasing a simple dinner menu on this DIY chalkboard craft.

There's no need to slave over the stove, make some simple grilled cheese bites and while you're at it, enter your recipe in The Grilled Cheese Recipe Showdown® using Wisconsin cheese for a chance to win $15,000! Contest ends May 15. Enter at Serve your bites with mini bowls of tomato soup. And for a guilt-free dessert, offer Weight Watchers Salted Caramel Brownie Bliss®...they are so good!! As you can see, I already devoured 2 brownies while working on this project and I know my girlfriends would really appreciate the portion-control.

The evidence. Weight Watchers Salted Caramel Brownie Bliss®...not a crumb left!

Not serving food? Well use this crafty menu board to jot down and share your favorite beauty routine, nail colors or spring lipsticks. I recently tried Maybelline SuperStay 24 hour Lipcolor and I have to say, hours later it was still on. This would be the perfect lipstick for those cheesy grilled cheese bites and would also make a great party favor!

Not many supplies are needed. You might even have some of them on hand...if you’re a crafter...or have a kid. An old or new picture frame is the main star here, chalk board paint and chalk seal the deal. If you happen to have some Chalkboard stencils, all the better!

All my supplies, other than the frame, are from Martha Stewart Crafts® : Chalkboard Paint, Brushes, Eraseable Liquid Chalk and Chalkboard Stencils.

I used an 11 x 17 frame, but any size frame will do. I removed the glass and backing from the frame, then painted the backing with the Chalkboard Paint. I let dry, then painted a second coat for even coverage.

Once the Chalkboard Paint dried, I placed the Chalkboard Stencil down on the board and dabbed on the Eraseable Liquid Chalk. I removed it immediately as the paint was still wet. And, if you make a mistake, no big deal! What’s really great about the liquid chalk is that it won’t smudge - hmm, just like the lipcolor :) - and can be wiped off with a damp paper towel.

Martha Stewart Crafts Stencils make it easy for anyone to look like a professional chalk artist.

Write down your offerings and insert the chalkboard piece back into the frame...with or without the glass. Present your classy menu to your friends, start eating and enjoy your girls night in.

disclosure: this post was sponsored by Martha Stewart but all opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Crafting on ABC's The Chew

I was so excited to be chosen and featured on ABC's The Chew on the "Chews Me" crafting episode! The hosts and staff were so friendly and amazing. What a great group of people. I demonstrated stamping with shells to create patterns on napkins and table runners. I hope they invite me back for more!


Thursday, April 21, 2016

A Tiny Cottage Renovation

So, now that we're settled into our home, it's time to work on the tiny cottage on the property. We're renovating it to be an AirBnB. The house is small, so we have to be smart about the layout. Our plan is to have a Murphy bed and perhaps a pull out sofa for extra sleeping arrangements. We'll keep the furnishings to a minimum.

The bathroom is rather tiny but it has everything you need! I designed my own wallpaper to go into that room, which is very exciting. If you look closely at the Damask pattern, you'll see cute Woodland creatures.

Gene tore away the old deck and is building a new one. I want to make it as cozy as possible so guests want to come back. I hope you come and visit! Stay tuned for more updates.

Here are some Before and In Progress pictures.

Facci Designs Woodland Creatures Pattern "Together in the Woods" available on