DIY Chalkboard Wine Glasses

What do you get when you mix chalkboard paint with wine glasses? I’ll give you a hint. . . you’ll never question whether or not a glass is yours again! Because it will have your name written all over it! Literally!

Chalkboard painted wine glasses! I know this is nothing new. I’ve seen them all over Pinterest. Actually, about a year ago a friend of mine made some and posted it on Facebook. I rushed out to buy the supplies to make them and they sat in the garage until recently when my buddy Becky shared a pin and asked if I wanted to have a wine “craft” night. Of course! So I loaded up the supplies and headed over to her house where we painted, chatted and of course, enjoyed some wine!

This is fairly easy to do! We found several different tutorials out there and tested two of them: applying paint with a sponge brush and simply dipping the stem in paint. But first, you have to tape the area(s) you don’t want painted. We used regular painters’ tape.

I also decided to paint around a carafe that I have. I just taped off the area I wanted to paint.

The glases were taped and prepped for painting! We very quickly discovered the best way to do this project. We started by painting with the brush {which I thought would be our best bet}, but the paint went on so thin we realized we would need several coats to completely cover the stems.

So we moved on to the other option, dipping the stems in paint. We poured the paint into a disposable container and literally dunked the stem in the paint, making sure it was covered. Then we removed the glass and late the paint drip off.

We had to let A LOT of paint drip off! This method definitely put a thick coat on the glass, but it also required a watchful eye to make sure the paint didn’t run down the glass.

First we spun it around, letting the excess drip off the glass into the bowl.

Once the drips slowed down we turned them upside down. By now the paint was dripping “up” the glass very slowly but it helped to smooth out the paint. Just know that you really have to keep your eye on them! We had a few instances where the paint almost dripped past the tape! It took overnight for them to dry completely.

And when they were finished, I tied a pretty ribbon on them!

Aren’t they cute?! This was a fun and easy project to do. Especially for some girl time! It doesn’t require a lot of concentration and the majority of the time is spent waiting for them to dry which is a great time for gossip!

Here is my set. YES, I know I spelled Pinot wrong. No idea how it happened, but I did. I am embarrassed but we all make mistakes. :)

Back to School Chalkboard Lunchbox Tute & a Winner!

Can you believe that summer is coming to an end? Can you believe that it’s time to go back to school? Little Man #1 starts 3-year-old preschool today. He is going to a new school that blew me out of the water!
 {Remember, I’m a former preschool and kindergarten teacher so I’m picky.} We {mommy, daddy and Jack} are so excited!

Yeah, I’m excited, but look at him. So big, so fast. Only two more years and I’ll be taking him to kindergarten. I will be the boo hoo mommy, and that’s okay.

Anyway, back to the present. Are your kids ready for school? Are you ready? I was a kindergarten teacher and I know how apprehensive kids can be those first few weeks of school.

Today I’d like to share with you a cute and easy way to bring a smile to your child’s face by reminding them {halfway through the day} that you are thinking about them.

Start with a regular lunchbox
**If your child has an insulated lunchbox, see below for an alternative method.**

Tape around the edges of the lid and cover the rest of the lunch box with a plastic bag.

Use chalkboard spray paint to cover the inside of the lid. Once the first coat is dry, spray with a second coat and allow to dry overnight with the lid open.
**If your child has an insulated lunchbox: Cut a piece of vinyl to fit the inside of the lid. Before attaching, spray paint the vinyl with chalkboard paint. Allow the vinyl to dry overnight. Peel adhesive backing off and place on inside of lid. Use a flat edge to smooth out any bubbles.**

Get out your chalk and start writing. Any little message will put a smile on their face. Tell them what you will do together after school or just simply tell them you love them.

Now pack your baby a healthy lunch and send them off to school! They will be surprised {and maybe even relieved or reassured} at lunchtime when they open up their box and get a little reminder of how much you love them. ;)

 I hope everyone enjoyed their summer vacation and I hope your little one’s first day back to school is a success!

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Martha Inspired Terracotta Herb Pots

Monday I shared with you the beginning of my summer veggie garden in this post. Although I have several herbs planted in the garden, I also like to have some potted herbs on my deck. I plant the herbs with a fast growth rate {basil, parsley, oregano and mint} in the garden because they require more space. The smaller plants I put in pots. Not only does this give me more space in the garden for other veggies, but the herbs in the pots look pretty displayed on my outdoor kitchen counter.

I love good old terracotta pots, but decided they could be taken up a notch and made a little more attractive. Immediately chalkboard paint came to mind. HUGE trend right now in decorating. So I decided to use chalkboard paint on the pots which would then allow me to label them. 

I will admit that I did a Google search and had a little inspiration from these:

And this is how I decided to do mine. 
Supplies: Chalkboard paint, Frogtape, terracotta pots, herbs/veggies {and dirt}.
Tape around the top {or any area} where you do not want any paint.
Spray two good coats of chalkboard paint on each of the pots.
After the paint is fully dry, remove the tape.
I love Miracle Gro’s Organic Choice Potting Mix for my herb pots. Be sure when you are planting in pots you buy a potting mix variety. I also use the Organic Choice garden variety for my vegetable garden. 
Plant the herbs deep in the pots and cover with soil.

After planting the herbs/vegetables, label the pots accordingly. I did not use chalk since my pots were staying outdoors because it would wash off in the rain. They now make chalkboard ink which you can find at Michaels. Cool! They look like this:

Okay, I cheated, I just used a regular old white paint marker because that is what I had on hand. I didn’t see a difference except that it can not be erased. Oh well, that means the rain can’t wash it away!

And here are my herb pots! I do still need to add the trays underneath. And I might tie a raffia ribbon around each, but I’m not sure how it will hold up outdoors.