The little birds...

If you watch little birds you will see they are busy and happy! Using whatever they can find they create the most gorgeous little nest.
I would be the little bird with some glittery thread in her nest!
We can be like this. Happily working away with the things that are available to us to create a beautiful and happy home.
All the while with a little song in our heart.

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Sunday 15 December 2013

Gorgeous blackboards.

Blackboards came into decorating fashion a couple of years ago, they are everywhere. This is something so easy to do yourself and so useful!

My first attempt was when I found a huge painting in a gorgeous frame. The frame was just beautiful but the painting was hideous. So I painted right over the painting with blackboard paint. It was a service to humanity and gave me a huge blackboard for my kitchen which I would write various things on as I felt like....

Then blackboard tags. I bought little wooden hearts with a hole drilled in them and painted them with blackboard paint. Tied on to bottles and jars they look great as labels. Also I have tied them on to my pantry and freezer baskets and labeled things that way and it looks really good.

I always have an easy time making things for girls, boys I find harder! I have used a blackboard theme on some parcels for Christmas, you can do the same for tags... 

Black paper or cardboard and white writing = the blackboard look. It looks quite stylish!

Ok so some secrets... it is hard to get lovely writing with a piece of chalk. The gorgeous signs you see are mostly made using not chalk at all but liquid chalk markers. They look like chalk but they are fine and accurate and do not smudge or wear. Big difference! 

I did this sign for my husband for his office, it's in a thick black frame which I found on the side of the road and painted black...

Andy really likes his sign, it was a hit!

So two things... as I don't intend to rub it out and change it I use the texta and there is no point painting a blackboard, black cardboard LOOKS exactly the same, you cannot tell! Big money saver for framed signs.

When working on a sign, use real chalk or a pencil to lightly design your work and do the final thing in the liquid chalk texta. Very easy. There are online tutorials on how to draw up a design or even trace one.

The liquid chalk came from Spotlight. If you have trouble they are available online readily. It's the best stuff. It means you can make labels for all kinds of things that look really neat and clear. I have never been able to work out how the signs I have admired are so neat when my chalk writing looked to shocking! This is it! Now please note the liquid chalk on a porous surface is not removable unless you paint right over it so it is strictly for things you want to stay put.

There are just so many things you could do. Yesterday I saw an old door thrown out. I thought if I had little kids I would paint it in blackboard paint and mount it somewhere for them. Or you can paint the top of an old coffee table as a play table for the kids.I have a friend who did that recently for her boys and it looked great!  Or if your fridge or freezer is scratched paint the whole thing and write artfully on it! This looks amazing! Or a whole wall...  For a fabulous and inexpensive gift there are so many options and for designer style home wares for yourself. My next project is finding the top of an old bed head ie Queen Anne style and painting that as a sign for on top of my kitchen cupboards... but the side of the road has failed to deliver (so far)!


  1. What a fun post! My chalkboard paint in GREEN. I picked up a little board at a flea market for $1. I painted it with green chalkboard paint. I just love it! I leave little loving notes to the single gal who townhouse sits for us when we go off-island. She loves it so much, I'm going to make her one for the apartment she shared with her sister.

    Great idea for the Texta! Will look into that!

    Happy highways,

    1. Hi Kelley! As soon as Christmas is over I will do a blog post just about the pillowcase project to get people thinking about sewing for that in the new year! And as you wouldnt see what I put on facebook about it, so neither would many others. The liquid chalk is brilliant for permanent work but don't use it where you would want to rub out and re write as it just doesn't shift once on. I'm going to add this to my post. But it is brilliant for work you want to preserve! That will be a lovely gift for your house sitter.

  2. HI Annabel,

    This brings back fond memories! My Dad painted the back of old kitchen cupboard doors in chalkboard paint for my sister and I, and we spent many happy hours on the back veranda drawing away. I might have to do the same thing for my son, who loves to draw on almost anything!

    Thanks for another inspirational post.


    1. Little Moo if your son likes to draw this is a really good thing to keep him entertained for hours! Also how nice would it be to repeat what your Dad did for you for your own little boy! You can get chalk paint now in lots of colours which are really amazing too unlike when I was little when it was black or nothing! xxx

  3. Annabel, I just love the sign that you made Andy. What a beautiful saying! Thanks for the tip about lightly tracing it on with pencil first of all.
    I have little chalkboard that I want to decorate after Christmas is over. Lovely idea with the gift tags for men as well. Beautiful as


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