March is National Craft Month and I’ve been crafting this Happy Spring Chalkboard! Have you heard of CRE8TIME? CRE8TIME is an initiative from the Craft and Hobby Association to help others reclaim their creativity. Michaels is proud to support CRE8TIME in 2013, and I’m thrilled they asked me to be a part of this challenge. It’s important for all of us to rediscover what makes us happy and crafting makes me happy! I was asked to craft for an hour a day for eight days straight. As great as it sounds, sometimes fitting in an hour to do something fun is hard to do. That’s where couch crafting comes in. Why not hit two birds with one stone and watch a favorite TV show while crafting. So sometimes that’s what I do! I’m pretty exhausted by late evening so doing something simple while watching TV works for me. My set-up includes:
- one large baking sheet tray to use as my “portable table”
- glue gun
- extension cord for glue gun
- crafting supplies
- and don’t forget the remote control !
I sit in my favorite spot, get the sheet tray organized and place the tray on my lap. Some crafts don’t need a tray.
Wood bird plaque purchased at Michaels Stores. Chalkboard paint is so easy to make in any color you want.
Acrylic Craft Paint (color of your choice)
Non-sanded grout ( I used white) purchase at a home improvement store
Mix 1/4 cup of craft paint with 1 teaspoon of non-sanded grout (mix until lumps are gone). Mix what you need this paint won’t store well. I have also heard you can use plaster of paris in place of the non-sanded grout. It’s worth an experiment to see.
Paint chalkboard paint onto wood bird. Let dry (maybe 1/2 hour). Pink paint was dabbled onto the cheek area and an eye was added. A darling yellow ribbon was hot glued onto the birdie. “Happy Spring” was written with yellow chalk.
Loving this “Happy Spring” welcome on my front porch. Flowers, pink ribbon and wood bird purchased at Michaels Stores. If you’re wanting another idea to use chalkboard paint, I used chalkboard paint on place mats. Super easy and cute for a tablesetting.
One of a few thought starters I was asked as I began the challenge: How easy or difficult was it for you to find the time each day to dedicate to your project? Well that depends on the responsibilities of the day – it was easy or hard. For me couch crafting is an answer to crafting – not always mind you but sometimes.
I love what Cre8time says, “The CHA Foundation a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and its partners fund the movement in support of the creative individuals in the craft community. When we share our creativity, society becomes stronger, happier and more generous – EVERYONE WINS. ” I was given a $200 gift card to craft. More crafting projects coming!