I’ve never participated in a blog swap like this, but when I read about the Hung for the Holidays Ornament Exchange, I just had to put my name in! The idea is simple, everyone gets a name, finds out a little about their recipient and picks out an ornament perfectly suited for their tree :)
I completely spaced on taking photos of the ornament I bought for Kim over at Barking Mad about Running, but she’s got a post up about her experience as well, so I definitely encourage you to go check it out!
Maureen from Running on Cabernet (love that name, by the way) was my gifter and she did an AMAZING job! I told her the highlight of every holiday is baking with my mom and sister, so she picked out this adorable baking ornament. Take a look:
It’s definitely a fitting addition to our Christmas tree! This was such a fun experience to spread some Christmas joy and find a few new blogs to follow along the way!
What ornament do you think best describes you?
With the Creighton Alumni party coming up, I knew I was going to be baking and displaying an array of goodies this weekend. I decided to add a festive touch to the normal serving platters by making chalkboard signs. I was originally planning on just using plain rectangles for signs, but then I found these awesome wooden ornament cut-outs that would work perfectly with our holiday theme. All that was left was to buy the base colors and chalkboard paint. It was all SO easy – here are my steps…
A couple of things to note:
- I used liquid chalk (shown above) because I have a set that I use for the large chalkboard in our kitchen, but you can use traditional chalk as well. This stuff is amazing though – I highly recommend it!
- Make sure to follow the instructions on the back of your chalk paint can. Mine required at least 2 coats and suggested letting the item dry for 24 hours before use.
- Before writing on your newly painted chalk surface, rub a piece of traditional chalk over the entire surface and then wipe clean with soap and water (I used Windex)
I also ended up threading a piece of ribbon through the hole on the top to complete the “ornament” look and used tiny wooden clothes pins (purchased for a different project) to hold the signs upright as displays (more photos to follow).
This was a fun project that I’m sure will get repeated use throughout the season!