Saturday, June 11, 2011

Summer Rules Chalkboard

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Summer is here!
You all know how I love the Target clearance aisle.  As I have written about it before,  I love to browse and see just what they have in the scratch and dent or “only one left in the store” section.  So, a while back I picked up a few items to use on those “someday” projects.
One of my girlfriends had a milestone birthday back in December.  Well, through a series of unfortunate events, I never got her birthday gift made.  I knew she was coming over for a visit last week, so I put on my “procrastinators work best under pressure” hat and got to work!  She has 3 kids, and they love to have fun together.  Two of them have had swimming lessons going on already this summer.  So, I dreamed up a little  something cute for the kids to hang their towels on and for mom to playfully remind the kids of the  ~RULES OF SUMMER~

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It started with this basic corkboard/chalkboard/pegboard all in one. 

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I painted the corkboard part with 3 coats of yellow craft paint.
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Then I used my Silhouette cutter to make a stencil of their last name and painted the letters a bright Summery orange.

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I created a super-easy pennant banner from some wide ribbon I had in my stash.  I just cut the ribbon into triangles.  Then using bright orange embroidery thread, I made 2 large stitches at the top of each triangle attaching it to some plain white ribbon.  I had recently seen some type of memo board/chalk board where someone used a pennant banner, but I couldn’t remember for the life of me where I’d seen it.  A few days after I made mine, I came back across the inspiration for my banner here.  Mine was very simple – just the way I like it!

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I put a dot of hot glue on the back of each side of the board and attached the pennant banner.  I then cut out the words “Summer Rules” in a nice hot pink vinyl with my Silhouette cutter.  I attached them to the top of the chalk board.

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I came up with 4 fun “Summer Rules” and wrote them in chalk.  That way mom can change them up as needed. 

Finally, I hung it up, with beach towels on the pegs and waited for my friend to arrive.  

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She didn’t even see it at first.  I was exhausted from running around trying to finish it on time (since I’d put it off ‘til last minute).  I couldn’t wait for her to notice, so I just said something goofy like “look over there” : )

I think she really liked it!  I hope it’s a little ray of sunshine all summer long in their home.

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Happy late Birthday, Jeanne!

Love, Kim

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Awesome present for her busy house and an excellent pic of Jeannie too!


Mom loves your project and she said that you and Jeanne get prettier every year. I liked your project, too - very "crafty". Love you Kimmy. ><> Dad/Pa <><


I love it. Very cute and last minute too. Procrastinators Rule!!


I love this idea! I need one for the kids and the husband! Would you consider linking this project up to my linky party Simply Creative? I'd love if you shared it!


Thank you for joining me his week at the Simply Creative blog party at 365 days to Simplicity! Please join me every Thursday and we’ll party like it’s 1999!

Amy at Ameroonie Designs

This is such a cute idea! I love the banner you added- what a nice way to keep summer things like towels corralled and even mom sometimes need a reminder about sunscreen (at least this mom does;) )
thank for linking up to our POV shelf link party!