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July 14, 2013

DIY Chalkboard Lettering For Dummies


Chalkboard art is all the rage.  I love the timeless look!

It is so stylish and trendy.................

There is just one small ......PROBLEM-O! 

I am no artist and I dont even like my own handwriting.......

So whats a girl to do to who dreams of making beautiful chalkboard art like a pro in her sleep

I thought to myself, SELF, why not try it the same way you do your signs.

The fantastic NEWS!!!!!!!!!

There ia a WAY and it worked beautifully.


You can get amazingly beautiful typography and look like a pro......

We just need some help from our very own computer which can produce any art work you can dream up.

If you can trace a line, you can get some fancy, artsy work with a little patience and time.

( I so love the art work by Lily & Val)

You will want to take a visit over to Lil & Val chalkboard Etsy Shop .....
She offers hand painted chalkboards, chalkboard prints and other paper goods of her own hand lettered chalk art. Her artwork has been featured in The Knot Magazine,, Huffington Post.

Can you say amazing and FREEHAND people.......

OK, so back to DIY Chalkboard Lettering for those of us who are, how can I say this nicely

......... ah! artistically challenged.

So, for those of us who were not born with artistic handwriting or drawing skills we can use a WORD doc or photo editing software like photoshop or Gimp  (free program) .

Pickmonkey is a great online photo editing tool that you can use as well.

So..............................Here's The DEAL! on getting artsy chalkboard art.

The 1....2....3.....on cool chalkboard art work

1. Open your editing program of choice

2. Design your text and art work in the actual size you want and print it out

3. On the reverse side of your paper cover the entire text and art in chalk...the heavier the better (lots of

4. Now place you paper chalk side down on your chalkboard and trace over everything with a pencil.

5. Remove your paper and WA, LA   their it is..... it may be a very faint outline so you will want to go back over everything and fill it in with chalk again.

(Tip, I read somewhere in google land that you can sharpen your chalk with a pencil sharpener to get a nice point for drawing)   Seriously, dont you just love the world-wide web!


Now you can color in each letter or number and you look like a pro.

Now you have a perfect artsy chalkboard Art!

I also had to get out a few paint brushes in different sizes wet the tip and clean up to stray chalk likes.

How fun and easy can it be.....

OK, a lil time consuming maybe......... but oh so worth it

and now those of us who are artistically challenged can have beautiful chalk-boards and be the talk of the town.

Here is my art work I did for my Distressed Nest Shop.

It turned out beautiful.

My son Brad, stopped by the house on his way home from work one day and I had this setting in the living room.

He looked it and said with amazement  "did you draw this?"

I boasted,  well of course, I did!!!   (sheepish grin)

He said, wow mom that is really good.  He said I am quiet impressed at your writing skills.


Should I tell him?

well of course I should tell him, what kind of mom do you think I

After we had a laugh over my being artistically challenged, he was still proud of me  :)

So there you have it A DIY guide to Chalkboard Lettering For Dummies

Do tell!  how do you do your chalkboard art if you are like me and artistically challenged?

Until next time,

July 11, 2013

THE REVEAL.....Vintage Shop "The Distressed Nest" Is Now Open


I am super excited that our Vintage Shop is now "OPEN"

We opened on June 21st, 2013 

Yeah I know, I am just getting around to posting about this event on my blog.

Seriously have you ever felt like you have way too many things to accomplish and you just have to decide what do to in what order?

I am still going to update you all on the worksop building project ...can you say overwhelmed!

Well yeah, this is how it has all played out.

However, I truly am so excited about this new venture and wanted to share this with all my sweet readers.

So grap a cup of tea or my fav, and join me for the details.

In the beginning..........

So this is what it looked like when it all began

a 10x10 empty space

If you are wondering why you see some stained 2x 4's and some not

well, the stained ones are the visible frame work. The others will be hidden in the wall.

here is the first wall frame up!!

It was then covered with 6 ft dog eared fencing

color washed in a grey and white

wow everything moved pretty fast with hubby building....he is quick

so I missed lots of in between pictures

The opening could not have come at a more crazy time.

I mean we had just began the build of our 12x32 worksop

...................we were smack dab in the middle of the build when I heard a new antique mall in my home town had just opened.

We headed over their one day after the grand opening to check it out 

............and they only had 16 booths left for rent.

 My friend Kaye and I had been dreaming of opening our own vintage booth for at least a year.

we knew we had to move quickly if we were going to secure our 10x10 vintage haven.

After some girl talk and asking hubby's advice we decided on the booth J7, we would call home.

Panic set in.......Oh my,  we were in the middle of another project build and now I am adding another

where there's a will, there's a way, right?

Then began the design planning.......

building the walls .........

 then stocking with goodies

The fun and not so fun part of pricing and inventory....going at it!

I wanted Kaye in the picture but she day friend, one day!!

Things began taking shape and coming together beautifully.

My Hubby aka (hunkelberry) was a trooper.  He is my partner in DIY projects and I could not have done it without him.

I call him MacGyver :)

Seriously, he can figure anything out!

So there you have it our little vintage booth in The White Owl Antique Mall & Design Center.

I love, love it.

If your ever in Concord NC you must stop by for a visit.

Our Booth J7
"The Distressed Nest" .....aging never looked so good

455 Spring St. NW in Concord, NC

Hours of Operation are: Mon - Fri 10am - 8pm, 
Sat 10am - 7pm & Sun 12-6pm

Until we meet again,


July 3, 2013

No-Brainer Recipe: Chocolate Eclair Cake

No-brainer Recipe: Easy Chocolate Eclair Cake

Via : StumbleUpon

Anyone going to any 4th of July parties?

Do you need a chocolate goodie to take with you

Well, if so I ran across a yummy looking cake recipe that is quick and easy...via stumbleupon

It Makes one 9" x 13" cake

According to the directions it says it is best if served a day or two after it is made.

Chocolate Eclair Cake


1 (16 ounce) package graham crackers
2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
4 cups milk
1 (16 ounce) package frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 (16 ounce) package prepared chocolate frosting


1. Line the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking pan with graham crackers. In a large bowl, combine the milk and vanilla pudding according to directions on box. Fold in the whipped topping. Spread a layer of the pudding mixture over the graham crackers. Alternate the graham cracker and pudding layers up to the top of the pan.
2. Cook the container of prepared frosting, uncovered in the microwave for 1 minute on half power. Pour over the top of the cake. Refrigerate for at least 12 hours before serving.

Just wanted to share with my friends.

See the original post here......No-brainer Recipe: Chocolate Eclair Cake - StumbleUpon:

'via Blog this'

Do you have a Chocolate Eclair Cake recipe of your own?  If so please share it here with us.

Until next time,


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