Front Porch Chalk Art

Every year I tell myself to not spend a lot on Halloween Decor. Keep it low budget!!! Thrift more Tiffany!!! I tell myself this because I know over the years I will eventually have a collection of Halloween decor (trust me, I’ve seen women go all out at Michael’s with loads of stuff, and I’ve seen my moms storage bins for Halloween –I don’t want to be at that level yet.) As a matter of fact, I’d rather spend more for “Harvest” themed fall decor vs. Halloween. The harvest decorations could last all fall season, vs. a one day event. I’ve been purchasing many of my Halloween decorations at the Dollar Tree, flea markets, and thrift stores this year. And I’m so happy I have been!!! It’s become a slight addiction.

CALLING ALL HALLOWEEN MOMS:

AVOID MICHAEL’S CRAFT STORE ALL OF OCTOBER!

> Thrift & DIY<

(You’ll thank me later.)

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Over the 4 years we’ve been living out of an apartment, holiday decorations have been one of the main problems when it comes to a storing them and living in a larger home. With many holiday decorations, I like to intertwine it with my typical shabby chic year round home decor. So with that, I’d like to share with you my not so spooky halloween decor chalk art I’ve done over the last few years.

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If you are new to my blog, I really love thrifting. Especially for home items. Here, I drew some nice festive chalk art to display on our front porch. I made this chalkboard last year around the same time, and have used it many times for parties. It serves as a forever household decorative item I can always use for everything.

What I Used:

Thrifted Picture Frame ($4.99)

Chalk Paint

Paint Sponge

Acrylic Paint

Chalk

The chalk art was all done by me, inspired by some fall harvest art I spotted on Pinterest.
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 I styled a pot of succulents which I scored at an Antique fair I attended, paired with it is a gray metallic star pumpkin I purchased from HomeGoods, and our pumpkins. This simple vignette, utilized items I’ve already purchased, and made, creating a nice festive fall welcoming to anyone that approaches my home.

Happy Throwback Thursday & happy October DIY decorating!!

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Back To School Ft. DIY Chalkboard Globe

The day has finally came!!! I’ve been waiting all summer for this!!! It’s the first day of school, and both boys are going to school!!! That’s right, this stay-at-home mom has been patiently waiting 4years for this day to come!! No more mommy & me tiny tot classes no more!! I am now released of my duties, and no longer have a child tied to my hip for at lease 4 hours during the daytime!! Why am I so excited? Because I have many creative projects lined up that I’ve been planning to tackle since the year started!! This mama wants to be productive, with minimal distractions in the household!

What mom wouldn’t be as excited as me?! I’m literally stoked!!

Back to school is not only provides me a chunk of time without my kids, but provides me precious golden time to reset, organize and plan our new schedule for the upcoming new school year. End of August, early September is when I’m in contact with sports organizations, coaches, and teachers.  Here are boys back to school morning photos. Every year I try to change it up with whatever prop, or background. A reoccurring theme I continue to use for our back to school photos is the use of chalk! Of course, I’m not going to opt out and just purchase a vintage faux shabby chic chalkboard at Hobby Lobby or HomeGoods. I LOVE diving into a project to make the back to school photos unique and different as much as possible!

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This chalkboard was a DIY project I tackled early this year in January. Click HERE to see the tutorial!

Chalk Globe

DIY Chalk (anything), could possibly be one of the easiest crafts anyone can do. Simply coat on the paint on whatever surface you’d like to chalk paint. A favorite chalk applicator as been chalk pens. Not any chalk pen, but (after going through many fails of different brands) the best results has been from Bistro Chalk Marker. You could purchase the set of fine line chalk markets in fluorescent colors at any craft supply store, or even Wal-Mart! The chalk paint I love using is Martha Stewarts Mult-Surface Chalk Paint.

I’ve gone through at least 5-6 bottles of Martha’s multi-surface chalk paint. It’s definitely a high quality favorite go-to purchase of mine at my Michael’s for anything chalk related to all my projects. As for the globe, I thrifted it for $7 a couple years back with absolutely no intentions at the time to chalkpaint the entire thing. After being inspired to travel early this year, I needed a motivation decorative piece to incorporate around my household. So, of course after some light research on being PINspired (Pinterest inspired), I found this Pottery Barn Chalkboard Globe:

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What have you chalked up around your house? Comment below! I’d love to check out what you’ve created!!! Also, to you stay-at-moms out there; enjoy the upcoming school year!! I hope you can not only enjoy your time away from the kids, but also capitalize on housework, completing errands faster than usual, and finally tacking some of those Pinterest projects you’ve pinned a couple weeks back!

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Pottery Barn Inspired: DIY Chalk Globe

With the new year here and new resolutions made, one of the many cravings I thirst for this year is traveling. Even if its a road trip up to the Pacific Northwest, a trip to Chicago, New York, or flying out to Europe to visit family in France (My boyfriends sister lives in Bordeaux). To keep the inspiration and desire to travel going, having a nice decorative globe in the house would be a great reminder to plan a trip.

Here’s a DIY chalkboard globe I made just a few days ago. Super easy, and a cheap affordable decorative piece to add to your home.

All you need is:

-World Desk Globe

-Chalk Paint

-Brush

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(Thrifted Desk Globe, $7)

I’ve seen decorative globes before especially at HomeGoods. But there was one in specific chalkboard globe that I really liked from Pottery Barn. Unfortunately, do not shop at Pottery Barn because its definitely out of my price range. Along with Z Gallerie and Restoration Hardware. But I do occasionally walk through those retailers and gather as much inspiration as possible. Here’s the link to Pottery Barn’s Chalkboard Globe.

A few years ago, I went thrifting and stumbled upon a brown desk globe for $7. I purchased it with intentions to use it as a decorative office display, or a bookshelf accessory. After we moved the globe some how found a home in the garage. Once the new year arrived, I started doing some garage cleaning and craved for a new diy project. Tying in with my determination to travel for the new year, I thought this globe would be perfect to give it another purpose with a fresh new decorative life.

With chalkboard paint already on hand, I wiped the dusty globe down with a damp towel and started painting. After 4 coats, and drying it over night, the globe was complete! The thing I love about chalkboard paint, is you can customize any phrase, quote, joke, on any surface! Painting a world globe only gives me a reason to quote phrases to inspire me to travel. With that….Where shall we go to next? Barcelona? New Orleans? Rio? Vancouver? Waco, Texas?
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 I have this desire to explore. Don’t you?

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