Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Tree Chalkboard

Earlier this week I showed you my Christmas Kitchen and promised I'd give the details on my Christmas Tree Chalkboard.

So here goes...

In case you're wondering, the font Nest of Posies used is Things We Said 

Some of you may have seen the wildly popular Christmas Chalkboard Printables by Nest of Posies that have been floating around the interwebs the last few weeks.

I saw them, I loved them, I had inspiration!

The way the letters were laid out just screamed "Christmas Tree". 
So I went with it.

After free-handing the letters and Christmas Tree, I had this squatty weird topped tree that was just pathetic.
(sorry, no pics of that, it was just too sad)

So I messed and fussed, wiped and re-drew and came up with what you see here.
The tree looked better, but to get the right proportions I ran out of room for the top.

Now we all know that old saying "Necessity is the mother of invention", and boy was it true here.

Had I not had an unfinished chalkboard tree, it would never have dawned on me to take that wonderfully sparkly STAR ornament off my real tree and use it here.

I'm so glad I did, cuz I love it!!!

The day after I finished the design (and a few hours before my house was to be filled with party-goers) I was teasing Mr. Concrete about how "if I only had some fishing line and a little more time, I'd hang some ornaments on that silly tree".

I expected to hear, and see, the usual.

You know, the eye rolling and admonishments about "going overboard".
But instead, Mr. Concrete spoke words of genius.

"Why don't you just use hot glue."


Yes, I tested it. The hot glue is easily removed from the chalkboard with no damage.

And hot glue I did.

Five minutes later I had a Chalkboard Christmas Tree complete with topper and ornaments!

I gotta hand it to him.
Some times Mr. Concrete simply out does himself!

Merry Christmas my lovelies, hope you have a wonderful day!!

(For a few tips on chalkboard writing, see my post HERE.)

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Christmas Kitchen

I've been called a "Scrooge" in the past.
It may be my refusal to listen to Christmas music prior to Thanksgiving.
Or, it could have been the year I waited till the 15th of December to put up our tree.
Whatever the reason, I don't think the title applies this year.

I feel the need to warn you up front.
This post is definitely gonna end up in the "pic overload" category.

In the six months I've been blogging, not once have I showed you guys even one complete room in my house.
I promised to in the post about my Painted Hearth Room Curtain.
But I never delivered.

Look closely and you'll see why...

Aren't you all shocked I haven't even STARTED painting that second curtain?
Yeah, you're figuring me out.
No surprises here, I'm L-A-Z-Y!!

But I'm gonna show you my Hearth room today (and a bit of the kitchen/dining as well. to be honest, it's all just the kitchen. I just enjoy saying "Hearth Room", makes me feel all cozy and pompous) all dec'd out for Christmas.

Are you ready?

Here it comes.

Christmas at The Concrete Cottage!!!
(a.k.a. photos ad nauseum)


Now let's head over to the table and check out this poor little over-worked moose.

Not only does he have to contend with being a rest stop for that ungrateful bird.
But some mean, slave driving wench decided he had to go and pull a sleigh that was three times his size!

Poor little guy!
Someone oughta find that nutty decorator and let her have it!

Now check out the item I spent hours hunting for until I found the PERFECT design.
Only to be told "we can't do it"!

I wanted one of those wood range hoods that go all the way down to the counter top.
You know, like this one HERE.

But alas, they told me it couldn't be done.
Something about fire code and cabinet clearance and the wider cook top we bought at the last minute after we'd already ordered the cabinets that are now too close together so the house might burn down if I have it the way I really want it and now I wanna cry because it all has to be redesigned FIASCO!!

(Wow, run-on sentence much!)

But I'm over that now.
And I do truly adore how it turned out.
Despite the initial horrors hiccups during construction.

And really, I have zero right to complain.


Any woman whose laziness is indulged to the point that they no longer have to walk the two steps from the sink to the stove with a full pot of water should never complain about anything again.

I apologize.

I promise there will be NO MORE complaining.
At least not today.

Thanks so much for taking a little mini tour of my kitchen.
Come back later this week and I'll show you a bit more detail on my Christmas Tree Chalkboard.
It's quite possibly my most-favoritist-chalkboard ever!

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