How to make a Chalkboard Globe {Holiday Edition}

How to make a Chalkboard Globe #chalkboardglobe #potterybarnknockoff #diyglobe #diychalkboard



Do you ever think about how very huge our world is, yet so small at the same time?
We are all part of something so much greater than ourselves, interlinked, equally loved and valued
by our Creator.  On a planet so strong yet so delicately balanced to sustain life.

It’s awesome, and wonderful to think about.

Some of us are very far away from loved ones, and it sure is hard to think about not being with
them when we think of carving turkeys or watching our favorite Holiday movies each year.

Looking at this globe each day, knowing we all stare up at the same moon and stars made me feel
that much closer to loved ones miles away.

I picked up this globe for just under $10 at Goodwill recently, and while that’s more than I usually try
to spend on an upcycle, I had this exact project in mind.

And I didn’t want to paint my grandfather’s globe either, so in the cart she went. [Read more…]

How to make a framed chalkboard + and some “yester-decor”



This is a pretty fast project & one that I have done before, but I had to share the before/after as it is
always so fun to see the power of a little paint & work!



I am convinced that one can never have enough of the following, feel free to add to this list:

  1. Spoons (we seem to run out every day)
  2. Diet Coke, it’s the real editor here at twelveOeight
  3. Thrift store money
  4. Jo-Ann’s, Michaels, and Hobby Lobby coupons
  5. Time to spend on Pinterest
  6. Time to spend reading
  7. Craft supplies of ALL kinds
  8. Chalkboards

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Halloween Chalkboard Candy Bowl | Amy from The Blissful Bee

Hey guys! It’s Amy from The Blissful Bee and I’m here today with a simple halloween DIY project! The other day I made a quick trip to my local $1 store looking for some cheap halloween decorations that I could turn into a project. One of the many items I bought was this adorable little metal bin. Right when I saw it I knew I could turn it into a fun candy bowl.


My plan was to give it some sort of chalkboard makeover. I already had most of my supplies on hand from past projects – chalkboard spray paint, painters tape and some scull themed ribbon. I picked up some white chalk for just .89 cents and was ready to begin! 

First, I tapped off the top portion of the metal bin. I then flipped it over and gave it a coat or two of chalkboard spray paint. After I gave it about 10 minutes to dry, I wrote “Boo!” onto the chalkboard portion of the bin. I then tied a bow to one of the handles with my ribbon and was done! See? Simple, right? 
I filled my candy bin with some Lifesaver mints (for two reasons): 
1. I love them!
 2. I liked the white contrast against the orange and black bin. 
If you liked this makeover, make sure to stop by The Blissful Bee over the next few weeks for a ton of Halloween themed projects! I will also be involved in a Halloween Home Tour on October 17th and 18th, so don’t miss it!! You can also find me here: Bloglovin | Facebook | Instagram | Google + Thanks Tanya for having me – always love stopping by:) 
How fabulous is this idea?!
Thank you so much for sharing your awesome Halloween ideas
with us Amy, I always love to see what you are working on 🙂


How To Make A Chalkboard Window {without a window}

Have you ever wondered how to make a chalkboard
out of a window, then realized you didn’t have a
spare window on hand?
Once upon a time there was a gal who loved a good deal.
She found a ginormous poppy print at a thrift store,
and made her children (all three in car seats) hold the
poppy print in the back of the car on the way home.
It was about 90 degrees out.
And the print kept sliding around.
It wouldn’t have been so bad if they hadn’t had to hold 
the poppy print above their heads, so it would fit in their
mom’s car.  Yeah, she had issues….

 Anyways, she grew tired of the poppy print and it ended up 

in the stack of “stuff you could make more stuff out of.”
Fully intending to work on it very soon. It sat there a while.
Now she wanted to make a chalkboard out of a window.
Fate intervened and her cheap nature kicked in…why 
buy a window when she could use something
that kind of looks like a window?
When you turn it over.
Enter chalkboard paint, some homemade chalk paint, and a little sandpaper.

And the gal who made her kids carry
heavy lamps through thrift stores
discovered a window
on the back of the poppy print.

Here is how I made it…

  • One print with a good solid frame that when turned over is made out of canvas                                   or heavy-duty fabric that can be painted.
  • Spray-paint chalkboard paint
  • Homemade or purchased chalk paint (I used white, my recipe for chalk paint can                              be found here when I repainted my little white farmhouse table.            
  • Chalk
  • Paintbrush
  • Medium grit sandpaper      
  • Picture hanging wire and hooks for creating hanger on back        
  • Masking tape             
Using masking tape, turn your print over and cover wooden frame with tape.  Apply 
a few coats of chalkboard paint, allowing each to dry well in between coats to entire back 
of print.
Once the chalkboard paint is completely dry, remove tape and using a paintbrush, apply
a coat of coat of chalk paint in desired color of your choice to the wood frame.  This will 
make the back of your print really start to look like a painted window now, and will 
certainly make you the most crafty person on the block.  
When the chalk paint is dry, use the side of a piece of chalk to prep your new
“chalkboard” for use by rubbing the side of the chalk all over the surface.
Sand, sand, sand, and once you are done, you can sand your wood frame a bit more for
good measure.  
The beauty of distressed stuff, it looks better the more you work on it.


Using a clean cloth, wipe down the entire piece to free it of extra dust from 
sanding and the chalk from the center too so it is ready for use.
Stand back with a cup of coffee and admire you handy work, you are fabulous!
Attach the hanging wire on the “back” of the chalkboard which is now the front
of the old print…does that even make sense? You know what I mean.



You are the proud owner of a new piece of farmhouse/shabby/
country/industrial/cool art for your wall.  I like mine so much smeared with chalk that I
hung it up and added a vintage sheet music wreath (tutorial coming soon.)
If you are a renter like me, or you aren’t sure you want to commit to a chalkboard wall,
this is a great way to fill a large space without the commitment of painting an
entire wall.  
Final step, enjoy.  You are creative, artistic, and one project at a time
turning your nest into something amazing.
Thank you so much for creating with me today, and not turning me in to one of those
reality shows that makes people throw out their stuff.  *shudder*
Hugs & blessings


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Chalkboard Labels, Book Pages, And A Glitter Filled 2012

Can you believe it is almost 2013?? It has been an amazing year, I have loved getting to know you and making stuff together.  My little ones are getting so big, and my eldest turned 21 this year.  Time is so precious, I am so thankful for the time I am able to spend with those I love.  I am not sure I really have a New Year’s Resolution, but if I did it would be to cherish the time I have with family, friends, and to create.  And create we have in 2012, here is a roundup of some of your favorite things we made this year here at twelveOeight, I am looking forward to an amazing 2013. 
Don’t forget to kick off the New Year with me at our first pretty things Link Party on January 1st.  Not only will we party like it’s 2013, but I have a fabulous Ramsign giveaway!!!
One of my favorite posts (and yours) was a quick and easy tutorial on how I make chalkboard labels. 
How To Make Chalkboard Labels

Another favorite was shared in December, My Favorite Eggnog Bread.  Even those who don’t usually like eggnog seem to love this moist, rich cake-like bread.  I am making another batch for the New Year…

My Favorite Eggnog Bread

Homemade Body Scrubs make an economical and lovely gift, I think I will be making more for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day this year…

I was able to finally give my old paint-laden card table a proper makeover this year.  For the first time I am excited to use it for extra seating and not embarrassed to bring it out, and you loved it too!

Card Table Makeover

We used a lot of Dollar Store treasures for crafts this year, one of my favorite’s was the wreath I made out of a pool-noodle.  We made a few of these this year, but the Christmas Wreath was a reader favorite.  Don’t you love saving money and making something fun?!

In September I shared my Dollar Store DIY Chevron Doormat, gotta love a super easy project and a little chevron for the front doorstep never hurt anyone…
 Most of us love sparkle and glitter year round, and in December I shared how I turned a simple recycled pickle jar into a holiday luminary with two simple ingredients…
A few book page leaves and a grapevine wreath came together to make a winter wreath that I can use all thru the holidays into later winter.  I have so enjoyed this sparkly, shabby wreath…

 Book Page Wreath

It has been almost a year since I made this sunburst mirror for my living room, she will be moving upstairs to the master bedroom soon as I am making over my mantel in January. 

DIY Modern Mirror

One of my other favorite projects were some simple and thrifty ideas on gift wrapping.  Bags, boxes and bows can add quite a bit to the cost of a gift, sometimes a lovely and creative wrap makes the gift even more special…

Pretty Gift Wrap

Thank you again for your ideas, kind words, encouragement and faithful reading of this little blog of mine.  Not only is it a wonderful creative outlet, but I have so enjoyed getting to know so many of you this year.  I am really excited about 2013!

Make sure you mark your calendar to come by and see what everyone has been up to, and link up your amazing  projects! I cannot wait to see what 2013 has in store, blessing and hugs to you friend

xoxo, Tanya

My Fall Entry Vignette And Three AMAZING Crock Pot Recipes From Readers!

I am thankful today for muddy little boots, little hands wrapped around a cup of hot chocolate, and time.  Time spent with people I love.  Time to create, house-tweak, and enjoy everything wonderful about November.  I don’t have a tutorial for you today, but I have a picture of my entry way vignette that I recently put together.  And some AMAZING Crock Pot recipes from three readers that you have to try!

My fall table vignette was inspired by a silver plate charger I picked up at yes, the Dollar Tree.  I grabbed a vase, round candle holder, and a combined them with a few fall decorations from Jo Ann’s.  I used jute twine to wrap the large leaf around the tall vase and filled it with branches.  The little chalkboard is from Jo Ann’s, just a small wooden sign (less than $1!) painted with chalkboard paint.  I put it all together, and this vignette can evolve and change as we get closer to Christmas.  I see it full of pine cones, a few glittery things, and maybe some cinnamon sticks and dried fruit. 

What are you cooking this week? Are you ready for a few new recipes that will rock your Crock Pot?

I have three new delicious recipes from twelveOeight readers to share with you today!
Tammy, author of  Our Neck Of The Woods is not only super creative (click on the link and give her some hello’s she is making me want to move out of the burbs and into the country now!) Tammy has some fab photos too.  I am hoping to be able to be her taste-tester when she is cooking someday.  Soup, cookies, I am not picky when they look this good! Thank you Tammy for sharing your Sweet Potato Chili, my family will devour this 🙂
Sweet Potato Chili

Adapted from Carol Hee Barnett @ VegNews
Serves 4-6

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon chili powder, or more to taste
1-1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
One 14.5-ounce can crushed tomatoes
One 15.5-ounce can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1-1/2 cups water

1) Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper and garlic, cover, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chili powder and cook for 30 seconds. Add the sweet potatoes and stir to coat with the spices.
2) Transfer the mixture to a 4 to 6-quart slow cooker. Add the tomatoes, beans and water, season with salt, cover, and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.


My wonderful girlfried Donna has shared her Paleo recipe (this woman can cook, y’all are going to want to check this out) for slow cooker chicken.  AND she knows how to MAKE a Butterfinger that tastes better than a Butterfinger, I know, I have had one and I would not lead you astray.  No photo for this one, but this is a must-try!!

Scrumptious Slow Cooker Chicken
adapted from source

2.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
3 parsnips
3 carrots
4 celery stalks
1 red onion
10-12 whole garlic cloves
¼ cup coconut oil (I’m sure you could sub olive oil)
1 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon rubbed sage
Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Cut the parsnips, carrots, celery, and onion into large chunks making sure that the carrots and parsnips are cut roughly the same size for even cooking. Place the chicken in the crockpot and sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper. On top of the chicken layer the onions and whole garlic cloves followed by the parsnips, carrots, and celery. In a glass measuring cup mix together the chicken broth, coconut oil, thyme and sage (it helps to melt the coconut oil first in the microwave). Pour this mixture evenly over the chicken and veggies and cook on high for 5 hours or low for 7.

Our third must-try recipe is from Kaitlyn at Wifessionals, not only is Kaitlyn a wonderful writer, but she and her husband, and their darling dog fur baby are like THE cutest family ever.  I want a dog now, and for Kaitlyn to bring the dog over here to exhaust the children=long naps.  Maybe I will get a dog now…These gals are must-follows SO CREATIVE!
Here is Kaitlyn’s recipe: Cheesy Pumpkin Sausage Pasta (Crockpot)



Cheesy Pumpkin Sausage Pasta (serves 4)
  • 16oz hot turkey sausage
  • 1 cup frozen chopped onion
  • 13.25oz can sliced mushrooms
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 15oz can of pure pumpkin
  • 8oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon sage
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 box rotini pasta
  1. In a large skillet, brown the turkey sausage. Add in the onion and mushrooms. Going down the list, add in all of the rest of the ingredients (minus the pasta) and stir until smooth.
  2. Spray your crock pot with cooking spray. Pour the sauce into the crock pot and cover. Cook on low 3 1/2 – 4 hours.
  3. Pour in your box of uncooked pasta and stir to coat. Re-cover and cook for 1 additional hour.
So are you totally ready for dinner now or what? Thank you as always for reading, I appreciate you so 🙂 Have a wonderful, blessed day
xoxo, Tanya 

    Easy Chalkboard Memo Board & Bunting

    I had so much fun making Chalkboard Labels recently, that I had to share with you this carved board I picked up thrifting and turned it into, what else, a chalkboard.  But this time I included one of my favorite and fast ways to make a cute paper bunting to go along with my new memo board.  Let’s get started!

    What you need:
    • Krylon Chalkboard Paint, love the stuff, one can goes a long way and it’s like $6
    • The surface you want to turn into a chalkboard, an old piece of wood can work great, and you can also usually have some cut from inexpensive pine boards at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot.
    • Two screw-eyes also available at Lowe’s or Home Depot, and most craft supply stores.
    • Sisal rope or jute twine
    • Various scrap booking papers, stickers, bling etc…
    • Glue stick and hot glue gun
    To appreciate a true trash to treasure we all love to take pictures so we have the hideous before and magnificent after right? Unless it is a craft fail, those end up in a pile in the garage that no one is allowed to look at, and all photos are deleted.  But that doesn’t happen very often to any of us, so why spend too much time on that.  I FORGOT, yes, forgot to do my before pic, so here is what the back of the board looked like after I painted it above.

    I used three coats of Krylon Chalkboard paint, allowing each coat to dry well, then slightly distressed the edges of my wood. 

    I inserted a screw-eye into both top corners of the sign and ran some sisal through the holes, tying it on both sides to make a hanger for the sign.  After that I began to decorate my chalkboard by adding an oval metal scrap booking accent tag, and lettered stickers to spell out “notes” and a flower of course.

    Then I got started on my paper bunting.  These are so much fun to make, they are fast and add a cute accent to a doorway, above a picture, and of course a DIY chalkboard.  I used a large can to trace out about seven circles, cut them out and folded them in half.
    Using contrasting papers I made flowers and square flags to go in between each semi-circle, all strung on a piece of jute twine about two feet long.  In between I added small pieces of burlap that I tied in a double knot and hot-glued in place.

    So I told you that was pretty fast! I was able to put this together while hobbling around on a broken foot (yes please leave a comment telling me I should rest so I can show the kids, and they will dote on me for days on end 😉 and three Little’s running around like there is no tomorrow.  If I can do it, I know you can too.  I am using mine in my home office to remind myself of supplies I need when I run out.  Also positive affirmations like “You can do it, you are fabulous.  Now go take a shower”

    Thank you so much for crafting with me today, and remember, you are fabulous and I adore you, shower or not.  Hugs!

    xoxo, Tanya
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