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Why Don’t You. . . August 7th and 8th


. . . make your own colored chalkboard paint? I first got inspired (and then, slowly, obsessed) with craft projects involving chalkboard paint when looking at design*sponge’s idea of painting flower pots with pretty stenciled chalkboard labels. Now I can’t stop thinking about all of the fun projects I can do with chalkboard paint! Check out all of Martha Stewart’s amazing ideas for Chalkboard paint here. I absolutely love the idea of a chalkboard calendar! Here’s my twist on it: while the classic color is nice, I love the idea of having a slate bluish gray chalkboard framed in white.  I want to go grab 7 fairly large mismatched frames, paint them white, whip up some bluish gray chalkboard paint, and then buy little metal labels with the days of the week.  Then I’ll have pretty wall decor and a weekly calendar! It will be perfect for the wall space above my desk. What projects are you planning? – Allison

Design*Sponge's beautiful chalkboard-painted potted herbs
Design*Sponge’s beautiful chalkboard-painted potted herbs

. . . create your own ribbon medallions? This adorable craft from StyleMePretty is too easy not to make. If you don’t have a party or similar event for which to make them why not use them as home decor? I think they would look great alongside your newly made chalkboard calendar! –Allison


Photo courtesy of StyleMePretty

. . . have a local foods only picnic? Inspired in part by that pretty California-shaped cutting board I featured earlier this week, last weekend my family and I stopped in Point Reyes at Cowgirl Creamery and picked up a healthy sampling of  homemade cheese.  Sitting in the sun with local Acme bread, locally grown produce, and some wine my parents brought up from a Central Coast winery, I was struck by how much more fun (and tasty) it is to eat local products. So, set aside sometime to do your research on the best products in your area. Then, pile your friends or family into the car in the late morning, and stop at each place–picking out your food where you can see it being made!  You’ll get hungrier as the day wears on, and at around 3pm, settle in a pretty spot to have a sun-drenched lazy afternoon filled with good food and good company. I can’t think of any better way to spend a Sunday! -Allison

Tell me you aren't dying for some of this artisan cheese!

Tell me you aren't dying for some of this artisan cheese!

. . . pick up a thriller for the beach? With the heat of August comes an inevitable rush to the beach. And while you’re soaking up those rays, with sunscreen on of course, why not get some good reading done? NPR recently came out with a list of the Top 100 Killer Thrillers, and I can personally say it’s a GREAT list. Instead of wondering if your beach reading will be less than worthy this summer, go for a sure-fire hit with these picks. -Vanessa


… throw a summer garden party? The weather lately has been perfect for a laid back party in the backyard, and when I saw this summer garden party inspiration post from Style Me Pretty, I knew it was officially a plan for this weekend. I can’t think of anything more simple or fun than to invite some good friends over for the day and to just nibble on some delicious summer produce! I’m loving all things tomato lately, especially bruschetta with goat cheese. We’re having a major plum overload at my house lately, so I made a dimply plum cake and let me tell you… addicted! We had even more to get rid of so I whipped up an easy plum crisp (I know… it’s been a bit of a sweet tooth here!). Simple decorations like the pinwheels above, these easy paper lanterns, a white linen tablecloth, and some fresh flowers in petite vases are all you need. There’s nothing better than to celebrate the summer harvest than with friends in your own backyard! -Vanessa 


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