Chalkboard Frame – Pottery Barn Kids Knock Off

Chalkboard Frame – Pottery Barn Kids Knock Off

Pottery Barn Kids Knock Off chalkboard frame

Today’s knock off is such an easy one that I almost feel bad sharing it!  I love to skim through the pottery barn catalog and website looking for inspiration and ideas.  A while back I saw this cute little frame.  I loved the idea of having a chalkboard frame to write cute little notes or doodles, but with a $40 price tag I knew I could make one myself for far less!

side by side

I am all about using what I’ve got so this project started off as two 12″ x 5.5″ boards that were left over from my planked headboard.  I started by marking the middle of each board the long way and cutting it down with our chop saw…maybe not the ideal tool for the job, but hey, it worked!  Once that was done I cut each of the ends at 45* angle and lined them all up to make sure they all matched up.  I spread some glue along the cut edges and then used a couple of finishing nails in each corner to secure the boards to one another.

building a frame

I let that dry for a couple of hours and then went back and gave the whole thing a light sanding.  I brushed off the sawdust and laid it out to give it a couple of coats of chalkboard paint.  I ended up doing two coats to make sure it would be a nice writing surface for the chalk.  After letting that dry completely, I went back over it with some sandpaper on the edges to lightly distress it and give it some more character. I added a piece of twine for hanging by tying little knots in each end of the twine and the attaching it to the back of the frame with a couple of staples.  The knots keep the twine from sliding under the staples, causing the frame to fall. The pottery barn frame used a piece of Plexiglas in the opening, but I didn’t have any of that lying around so I just skipped it.  Instead I taped my photo to the back of the wood to hold it in place.  I figure this makes it super easy to change it out anyway!

back of the frame

So there you have it!  I happened to have all the supplies for this project on hand so it didn’t cost me anything!  Take that Pottery Barn! This would make a great mother’s day gift for the grandparents just filled it with a picture of your little ones! Have you ever knocked off a project you saw in a magazine or catalog?  What was it?  How did it turn out?

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Awesome Things Tuesday – 23

Awesome Things Tuesday – 23


And this post is going up a little late.  Sorry about that folks! I am in a mad dash to finish packing and preparing for both SNAP (I leave tomorrow!!!) and trying to finish stripping and sanding the floors that I ripped out before I go!  So much to do, so little time!

1. Krystal’s Pick: Bunny Silhouette by The Crafty Lumberjacks
2. Victoria’s Pick: Bunny Mason Jars by Artsy Creations
3. Ashley’s Pick: Newspaper chalkboard wall by Delineate your Dwelling
4. Randi’s Pick: Easter Egg Garland by The Jenny Evolution

Now that you’ve seen last weeks features go check out these other amazing women and what they’ve been up to!

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Almond Joy Milkshake

Almond Joy Milkshake

The first job I ever had was working in a state park at a little deli/store. I worked there for 3 summers and one of the skills I really gained at that job was how to make the perfect milkshake. I would make probably 30 milkshakes a day, 5 days a week, 12 weeks every summer, so when I tell you that this milkshake is one of the best I’ve ever tried I know what I’m talking about! Now that I’m an adult and it seems like I am always trying to eat healthier and lose that extra baby weight, I don’t indulge in milkshakes quite as often as I used to. However, with summer just around the corner and the temps creeping back up I was determined to figure out a way to sneak milkshakes in so that my kids could enjoy a sweet treat too! Using the Silk unsweetened coconut milk adds extra calcium and protein without adding any extra sugar! You can download a coupon for $0.75 off by signing up here!

Almond Joy Milkshake

  • 1 1/2 cups Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1/2 cup Silk Unsweetened Coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup Chocolate Syrup
  • 2 Tbsp Almonds (whatever you have on hand – sliced, whole, pieces)

Start by scooping the ice cream into your blender. Add the coconut milk, chocolate syrup and almonds. Turn on the blender to “blend” and let all the ingredients mix together. Once it is a thick and creamy consistency pour your shake into your favorite drinking glass and enjoy! If you are wanting to up the cute factor top it with coconut flakes and/or almond pieces and use a pretty paper straw! If you want to find more fun recipes for your leftover coconut milk check out the Silk Facebook page here! Now, I’m off to enjoy the sunshine with the perfect milkshake and my favorite little people!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

9 Ways to Use Hard Boiled Eggs!

9 Ways to Use Hard Boiled Eggs!

9 ways to use hard boiled eggs

Easter is tomorrow and I have been boiling eggs like there’s no tomorrow!  If you’re anything like me you are trying to figure out what in the heck you are going to do with all those eggs come Monday.  Don’t worry, I rounded up some of the most delicious looking recipes I could find to help give you some inspiration!

Egg Salad Sandwiches – My Craftily Ever Afteregg salad

Hard Boiled Egg Chocolate Chip Cookies – Plain Chicken

Grilled Cheese Hard Boiled Eggs – Family Chic

Family Chic Easter ideas

Avocado Egg Salad – Never Homemaker

Family and Food // neverhomemaker

Green Eggs & Ham – Babble

Easy Summer Cobb Salad – My Craftily Ever After


Son In Law Eggs – Rasa Malaysia

English Muffin Egg Pizzas – Real Simple

English-Muffin Egg Pizzas

Lazy Deviled Eggs – Babble

Paleo devilled EggsSM

And if you are still looking for some easy Easter side dishes check out this post!

6 easy easter side dishes

Painted Pots – Kid’s Craft

Painted Pots – Kid’s Craft
painted pots- a fun kids craft

Hey everyone!  I am so glad to have Kari back here sharing another super fun kid’s craft that doubles as an adorable Mother’s Day gift!


I am so glad it is finally starting to warm up. All the flowers are starting to bloom and everything is growing back so nicely. With Spring time comes showers, especially here in the South. Spring in the south truly gives meaning to the saying, “April Showers bring May flowers”. We have been thinking about a garden and I think I have figured out that I not only want to plant some vegetables for the kids to watch grown but also decorate the yard and add some flowers in the house, but in decorative pots.

We all love making memories with our children and recieving gifts that they make us that is decorated in their own style and by them. I thought it would be perfect to buy Terra Cotta clay pots and paint them for the kids and allow them to decorate them with their own spring designs. Plus, all kids love to paint and its a great activity for the family to all enjoy outside.

Here is what you will need:
-Terra Cotta Clay Pots {whatever size you may want}
-Spray Paint
-Painters Tape
-News Paper
-Paint (for the kids to paint onto the clay)
-Paint Brush, Roller, or Sponge Brush {as shown}

There is some stuff you can do to prep for this craft so your kids can get straight to painting their designs, especially if you have younger children.

Prep Steps:
1: Tape up the Terra Cotta Pots for however you may be painting them. For instance we painted the Rim one color and the pot itself another color.
- Tape the bottom of the planter with newspaper, Spray Paint the Rim. {Use your paint brush to smooth out the excess paint, you will have to apply a few coats}
2. Allow to dry completely, until paint is not sticky, and remove painters tap & newspaper.

Time for the Kids to Paint:
Once the Pots have dried from the base coat you can then allow your little ones to began painting their scenes onto the clay pots. We did little planters today for the children, it was so much easier for the kids to use q-tips to paint with, because they can just be thrown away and are easier to use. I recommend using q-tips!

Once the pots have dried from your little ones putting their creative touch on them, allow the kids to pick out their own flowers or seeds to plant and place your beautiful pots inside your beautiful home or set on the picnic table for decoration {Be sure if you are leaving these pots outside that you have added a clear coat of sealant to the pot to keep dew and rain from ruining your childrens beautiful art work that you can keep for ever!

April Showers will bring May Flowers in these beautiful pieces of art work done by children. These flower pots will also make great gifts for Mothers Day coming up in May!


Aren’t those the cutest things ever!  The best part is that kids of any age can do them from your littlest artist’s all the way to yourself!  Don’t forget to go check out what else Kari’s been up to on her blog Raised Southern.  Thanks so much for sharing Kari!