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Thanks so much for stopping by! I believe that everyone can have a beautiful home without spending a fortune! One of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to re-purpose things I already have on hand, or have picked up at yard sales and thrift stores. Join me as I share with you some of my favorite ideas for crafting and decorating, as well as travel adventures, and fun things that I pick up on my treasure hunts! Much of my work is influenced by my love all things French, nature, and of course shabby chic! I have gotten so many creative ideas from you very talented bloggers out there, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you as well!

Friday, September 7, 2012


Bon Jour Mon Amis!
If you visit me on a regular basis, you know how much I love chalkboards!  So today I thought I'd share with you some of my latest creations that I've placed in my Etsy shop.
 I was thrilled to discover this vintage Syroco frame last week.  Of course it was "gaudy gold" when I found her!  It's amazing what some Heirloom White and a little tlc can do, don't you think?
Actually, this chalkboard has a little secret!
 She's also a mirror!  I added chalkboard vinyl to the reverse side of the mirror.  So, just flip it over for a totally new look!
 Next, I painted a large wooden frame a pretty baby blue (my favorite color!). 
 I think this would be great in a baby boy's room!
 For this oblong chalkboard, I made a bit of departure in my usual color palette.
I painted the frame a metallic gold, followed by some distressing.
 Then, I added some red and burnt umber paint, to give it Old World appeal, and highlight all of the wonderful details.
 Ok, this large cream chalkboard is one of my favorites.  It's huge!
 The pictures just don't do it justice!
 I found this pretty vintage Homco frame a few weeks ago.  It was missing it's mirror, so of course I just had to turn it into a chalkboard!  The frame was originally a boring brown.  I think it's oh so much better in pink!
 After making dozens and dozens of chalkboards for my shop over the past few years, I finally got around to making this one for myself!  I've placed it in my craft room, with scripture that really helps give me a lift.
Powerful words for difficult times.
 I found the frame at a garage sale earlier this summer.  It actually had a mirror in it, that ended up breaking as I was trying to remove it from the frame (phooey!).  So, I knew that was a good excuse to turn it into a chalkboard for moi!  It was gold when I found it, so I could hardly wait to give it my Heirloom White treatment!  Believe it or not, the frame is molded plastic, but you'd never guess!  It really has the look of carved wood!
Only a few short days before hubby and I leave for France!  I am so excited, I don't know if I'll be able to sleep the night before we go!  
Hope you all have a great weekend!
Au Revoir!


NanaDiana said...

You have really been working on a lot of things, Donna. I love the one you kept for yourself...and the verse if perfect. I am excited for your tip- xo Diana

Unknown said...

gorgeous! all of them! And, oh my, have fun in France!!! so jealous!!!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Your going to France............
envy envy.

Please send back pictures, I have been in the winter and spring but not the fall.

Bente said...

I love them all, but the cream one is my favorite.
Have a great time in France. Can`t wait to hear about it.


Cindy Adkins said...

Oh WOW, Donna, these are ALL gorgeous!!! and have the BEST time in Paris!!! Ohhh-la-la!!!!

Blondie's Journal said...

These are all so beautiful...each one is so different! The first one really caught my eye...very sophisticated!

I would be as as excited as you if I were heading to France! I know you will have a wonderful time! :)


Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

You've been BUSY!!! Great results for all of your hard work! Have a wonderful time in France!

john said...

bonjour ! I love all of these you are such a busy bee ! wishing you a wonderful holiday in France and look forward to seeing some photos ..a bientot! Gail x

Anne said...

Great job Donna! Happy travels!

ShabbyESP said...

Hi Donna
Those chalkboards are beautiful!!!
I am so excited for your trip to France!!! Have a fabulous time and I can't wait to see pictures when you return!!!
Thank you for the visit and the birthday wish I had a nice birthday.
Suzann ~xoxo~

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