Month: September 2013

Chalkboard painting on glass

chalkboard paint on glass DIYI’ve made no secret of my obsession with all things chalkboard painted…like this door, this tray and these placemats. So when I found chalkboard paint made for porcelain and glass at my local art supply store, you know I had to give it a try! The paint is Pebeo Porcelaine 150 brand in mat black and it’s pretty awesome.

I spruced up these little glass canisters that I picked up at a garage sale for 25 cents each.
The jars have a pretty distinct raised border on each side so I used that as my guide for painting. The paint itself is very thin so you’ll need to apply a good 3-4 coats. Don’t be alarmed if your first coat or 2 is streaky and ugly. It’ll improve, I promise.
chalkboard paint on glass DIYFollowing the directions on the paint jar, I let the paint dry for 24 hours, then baked the jars in the oven for 35 minutes at 300F degrees. I let them cool then went through my usual ‘conditioning’ process for new chalkboards – rub a light coat of chalk over the entire surface then rub it off with a chalk brush or soft cloth.
chalkboard paint on glass DIYNow your surface is ready to write and draw on. I recommend gentle hand washing for these and any other surfaces you paint with this stuff. I’ll leave you with a few more ideas: special messages for mugs, the base of wine glasses for ID purposes, candy jars or jars for storing craft supplies!

The Rosie Project – a book review

book review-the rosie projectDrop whatever plans you’ve made for this weekend and go pick up Graeme Simsion’s debut novel ‘The Rosie Project‘. You won’t be sorry. This one makes my top 10 best books ever list, probably top 5 and definitely my very favourite read of the summer. How do I even start to tell you of the loveliness that is ‘Rosie’?

The very basic storyline, with no spoilers since you’re about to read it yourself: Genetic scientist Don, is on the quest to find a wife and approaches his search factually with very specific criteria. In walks wild-card Rosie, who is on a quest of her own and an unlikely relationship develops. Enough said.

The story is beautifully told through Don and the glimpses we get into his brilliant mind and thought processes are amazing. Anyone with even a shred of OCD tendencies will relate, maybe see themselves or even find themselves (and by this I mean *me*) considering some of his routines, like the standardized meal plan! As readers we discover that Don has Asperger’s, a subject that fascinates me, and explains some of his social awkwardness and OCD behaviour. We’re given a peek into the genius, logic and also frustration of Don, in a heart tugging way. And, it’s funny!…really really funny. Plus it has a happy ending. Also, it delivers great messages: that ┬ábeing different is okay, we all seek companionship and love is possible for everyone. So, in review: humour, compassion, brilliant insights and a love story. Yup, it’s all here!
book review-the rosie projectI read this book in a weekend (mostly poolside!) and the two friends I’ve loaned it to did the same. It’s a tough one to put down and I was a little sad when it ended. Do you ever get book ‘hangovers’ where you walk around for days thinking about how great your last read was?….I totally had that so ‘Rosie’ gets my highest recommendation!

Fall bucket list

fall bucket listWow. What a difference a week can make. After giving myself permission to hang on to summer, the weather changed here and I’m taking baby steps toward embracing autumn…still in shorts and flip-flops mind you. With cooler mornings and shorter daylight hours, I’m thinking about baking and polishing my boots. For me, each season starts with a bucket list of good intentions for celebrating, organizing and staying on track. Without further ado:

  • host an aunty dinner, this involves my teenage nephews and their girlfriends coming over for a meal and a catch-up at my house. I love that they’re willing to hang out!
  • go to a pumpkin patch and take photos
  • purge the jacket and shoes closet
  • decorate the front entry for Fall
  • take swimming lessons; I’m very comfortable in the water but never learned a proper stroke with breathing and that’s my goal. I do work at an amazing aquatics centre after all, it would be nice to use it!
  • plant garlic on October 31; it’s folklore
  • play with zentangles; artsy doodle meditation they say….worth a try.
  • have a pumpkin spice latte; uh, totally mandatory!
  • run 2 times each week minimum
  • visit the apple orchard
  • have a crafty sleepover with Sydney; my lovely niece, always so much fun!
  • exercise everyday; even if it’s just for a 20 minute walk, keep moving
  • be thankful, really thankful
  • reorganize the home office area; um yeah, this was on the summer bucket list and didn’t get done. Maybe the cooler weather will make it easier to stay inside?

fall bucket listI’ve unintentionally made a new tradition by using a coloring page for the list. Coloring makes me slow down, relax and contemplate. Plus I’m a total sucker for sharpie markers and pencil crayons. Now your turn, what’s on your bucket list?