chalkboard hand lettering

It's not too often that my work gets shot professionally, so I had to share these lovely photos from B schwartz Photography with you. I was thrilled when Heather of Carter and Cook Event Co. contacted me about providing chalk lettering for Makenzie + Teddy's gorgeous Greek wedding. I hand lettered all the table numbers and the seating chart, which was one of the largest pieces I've done at 5' tall by 3' wide!

Heather sourced the vintage plates and giant frame for the seating chart.  I used real chalk for the lettering--as opposed to white marker--to keep the look authentic. For the names I used a white charcoal pencil, which emulated the look of real chalk beautifully while allowing me to draw fine lines.

Such a fun project to work on! Thank you to Heather, for getting in touch and designing such an inspiring event, and to Becky for the beautiful photos. See more on her blog here.

Psst -- this wedding also got featured on Style Me Pretty! Check out the post here.

Chalkboard Spice Jars

I'm all about the chalkboard paint craze.

I would make anything into a chalkboard! I've thought from the beginning that this is one of the most fun & clever trends. For awhile I've been wanting to execute this project, but I never "got around to it." Isn't it funny how we never get around to doing the things we really want to do? Instead, I find myself lounging around at night in front of the TV or browsing the facebooks. If there's one thing that has made me happiest regarding this project, it's the fact that it finally gets me doing the stuff I really wanted to be doing all along.

So I grabbed a quart of chalkboard paint from Lowe's (brand: valspar, price: $13.49) and got started on this very easy project. The pice jars are from IKEA ($2.99 for 4). I like having my spice collection displayed in matching containers, but I'm no connoisseur, so unless it was my most frequently used  spices I often had trouble telling which was which! The flat sides on these jars provided the perfect canvas for the paint. I may have painted on 5 or 6 coats of the chalkboard, but considering it's about 1.5 square inches, it wasn't too painful.

I revamped my jars by painting chalkboards for all my current spices, and then I painted 4 for you! You don't have to store spices in these--they would also be useful for beads, buttons, pins and the like.


(The oven was on for Luke's homemade enchiladas tonight!)


Purchase here.

Also, someone needs to buy these caramels! Soon they won't be fresh and I'll have to eat them all myself. Did I scare you off with the whole burnt fiasco? I think I was being dramatic, because I ate about a pound of this caramel over the weekend.

I hope you all had a happy Monday! Did you have off from work this MLK Jr. day? If you missed my story about Luke's uncle spending the night in jail with MLKJ himself, go check it out on facebook. Crazy!