Decorating for Fall is just something that's not happening this year.
Thanksgiving is this week.
My poor family...
There will be a deliciously fried Turkey by Mr. Concrete (it's already thawing).
Loads of wonderfully tasty treats provided by my mom, sister and yours truly.
And I know we'll be having a fabulous time no matter what...
But my sweet family will be dining in semi-chaos!
Windows with half painted (and un-ironed) curtains.
Homeless knick knacks scattered in every corner.
Piles of half completed projects.
A laundry room nightmare I'm not currently discussing.
And a dog with a decidedly strange (unfinished) haircut.
In repayment for dealing with all that craziness, I decided to provide at least one festive item for their viewing enjoyment. (I'm counting on it's powers of distraction!)
I've seen several tutorials using chalk to trace letters, but it was Rachel's tutorial at Holy Craft that got me revved up to try this today. Thanks Rachel!!
I only have two teensy weensy tips to share with you that I've found helpful when playing with my chalkboard...
If you want bright white lines, get your chalk wet.
Wrap it in a wet paper towel, hold it under running water or dunk it in a bowl of H2O.
Any and all of 'em work just fine!
Second tip... Q-Tips!
Get 'em wet and use 'em like an eraser.
Works like a charm!
Once I had the wording all chalked in, I added all the extras: pumpkins, leaves, fruit, wheat, etc., free hand (with a bit of inspiration from HERE).
I probably shouldn't mention that the little mess in the upper right corner was supposed to be either an orange or a small pumpkin surrounded by Maple leaves and acorns.
The longer I stare at it though, the more it really just looks like Holly leaves and an ornament.
Grrrr... this was supposed to be Thanksgiving, not Christmas!
Pretend I didn't say anything and we can all just agree it's a Pumpkin/Orangey thing.
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