Imagine that!

Friday, September 13, 2013
 I am excited to announce that my Customized Memory Game has been featured in a blog about Imaginative play in toddlers! If you are the parent or caregiver of young children and preschoolers you will want to read this blog for sure! Here is the link...  There are other ideas and products that are great for fostering your little one's imagination!

Memory Game with Chalkboard Vinyl

Friday, August 23, 2013
I am excited to share this project with you! I was lucky enough to test out some vinyl from the Vinyl Outlet. This is where I get most of my vinyl and I love their customer service! They go out of their way to make sure you are satisfied with your purchase. They also have great prices!

I was sent some Chalkboard vinyl, Dry Erase vinyl, black vinyl, white vinyl, and plenty of transfer tape. The directions: Make something! Pretty simple, but I wanted to make something I hadn't seen hundreds of times in blogland. So, I was stuck. Have you noticed it's hard to have a totally original idea? This idea may have been done already, but if so, I haven't seen it, and that's good enough for me!

My little boy's best friend is heading off to kindergarten in a couple days, and I know he is going to want me to play with him more now that his sister is going to be gone in the mornings. (Yep, they're best friends, they just don't always act like it!) I knew this would be the perfect time to make this set of Memory Cards. He loves playing Memory with his sister, but sometimes I've wished the memory cards could be geared more toward what he needs to learn. Enter the Memory (or Concentration) game that can change to fit your needs!

Materials needed:
Wood or Chipboard shapes: There are a lot of options out there. I ended up purchasing wood rectangles at Hobby Lobby but I would have loved to have purchased some chipboard shapes from Etsy. I wanted a set of 20 cards so I had to purchase 5 packages.
Sandpaper: I used a 400 grit.
Paint: I used white craft acrylic paint but just about any paint will work!
Foam brush: One of the cheap $.25 brushes you can buy at any craft store or Walmart.
Paper of your choice: I chose the green chevron to keep it gender neutral. I bought the paper at Hobby Lobby.
Cutting tool: I used my Cricut but scissors or a paper cutter would work just as well.
Mod Podge: I used the Matte finish (yellow bottle).
Chalkboard Vinyl

Start out by sanding your wood shapes to get rid of any rough edges. If you use chipboard, the edges may also need to be lightly sanded. I generally hate sanding, but it only took 10 minutes. I can handle that.
After sanding, use a lightly damp rag to wipe off any dust left from sanding.

 I chose to paint my shapes but this isn't necessary. I actually tried to spray paint them, but as soon as I got my shapes laid out to spray, a relentless breeze came up and ruined that idea. I don't have a good spot to spray paint in an enclosed area, so I took my project back inside and finished painting with some white craft acrylic paint. This didn't take as long as I thought, and I got better coverage than the spray paint, so I think this would be my preferred method. A thin coat was all it needed and you don't even need to paint the middle since it will be covered anyway!

While the paint was drying, I used my Cricut to cut the paper to fit on the rectangles.  I use SCAL (Sure Cuts A Lot) to create all my cuts and even though I'd prefer to have a different cutting machine, the Cricut does the job for now! I also cut the chalkboard vinyl to the same size as the paper so both were ready to go.

After the paint is dry, you are ready to Mod Podge the paper onto one side of your shape. I put a light layer on the wood first, then placed the paper on top and gently rubbed the paper to create a good seal. After that dried, I did the top coat. Lightly brush the Mod Podge over the paper until all the paper and edges have a thin layer over them.  Yay, more drying time!

When the Mod Podge is dry, you are to the easy part. Peel the chalkboard vinyl (already cut) from the backing paper and place on the back of each rectangle. Don't forget to make sure each shape is nice and smooth so there are no bumps under the vinyl.
And that's it! You're done!

I recommend using the chalkboard markers on these so your drawings don't smudge during play. (I found mine at Hobby Lobby with their chalkboards and whiteboards, and they can be found online here. There are also many sellers that sell them individually on  Wiping all the cards clean before putting them away will ensure your chalkboard vinyl stays clean and dark. My kids are so excited to use these and especially love writing on the vinyl. These would also make a great gift along with some chalkboard markers and a little bag to keep them all in.

Need some ideas for what to put on the cards? How about shapes, numbers, Upper and Lowercase letters, number sentences, rhyming words, vocabulary words with definitions, states and capitals, multiplication problems, animals, etc! I'd love to hear your ideas, too!

I still have the dry erase vinyl and the black and white vinyl to use so more projects will be posted soon! Thanks for stopping by,



Saturday, June 29, 2013
This past month has been a busy one! I thought for sure I was done being a vendor at Country Heart Crafts, but things changed, and a 'new' Country Heart Crafts is opening July 1 just a mile north of the previous location. So, I brushed out the cobwebby part of my brain that was devoted to that, and now have a couple shelves, once again, in an actual store. It's nice. Comfortable. And will keep me busy thinking about what fun new things I can make for display there. It's nice to be busy. As long as being busy also lets me do what I want, when I want...
But, I was busy last night, making a few sets of these.
There's something fun about making them. I like mixing things up with the fabrics and just love getting to use a small print. And it may be the closest I ever get to quilting...Yeah, they aren't at all like quilting except for picking out fabrics, which I probably enjoy more than I should...but really, those sharks? A-DOR-A-BLE!


Monday, June 3, 2013
I've always liked the saying no news is good news. It means everything is running like it should be. So, I was surprised to see an email from the owner of the boutique where I sell, Country Heart Crafts in Bountiful, and then sad, after I read it as the email was about the boutique's closing. I love that place, the people there, and the customers! It has been a great experience being a vendor there. Thank you CHC for being a fun part of my life.
So, I've been deciding what to do, and haven't come up with much, but will still be on Etsy! Here are a few things I've worked on recently. It is a lot of fun being able to make things I want to try, and then being able to sell it. It's easier to create when I have somewhere for my stuff to end up. It's also a great excuse to buy more fabric even when I have no idea what I'm going to use it for!


Wednesday, May 15, 2013
I'm finishing up all my orders from P.S. I Adore You and feel like celebrating! (For many reasons!) My Etsy shop will be open again this Friday, and I'm ready to get back to making more than just pillow covers. Because, well, I love them, but I've been up to my neck in fabric and paint making those things.

Anyway, I've also {FINALLY} admitted that Facebook isn't scary and Grandma's Chalkboard is now on Facebook. SO, you can find out what's going on, see new items, and get special promotional codes, by checking HERE on facebook. YEAH!

To thank you for visiting my blog, buying my handmade goodness, or just being lucky enough to fall on this website, check this out:
 This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Thanks!

Coming Up...

Monday, April 22, 2013
You know that feeling when you are, well, pretty excited for something? You know, the first day of school, (though I'll never understand that one) the last day of school (totally understand that one), and when glue finally dries (I'm not the only one, right?)? I'm THAT excited. I don't know why, because after all the excitement comes a lot of work, but it's that strange fun kind of work. Call it wierd, or whatever, but I'm excited to see these

go on sale HERE. Mostly because I've had so much fun picking designs for the pillows. I still have lots more ideas in my head and I'm sad I couldn't make them all, but I have to limit myself sometimes! I think I could make designs all day...But then we'd have to eat ramen noodles for dinner...and that's against my rules!

Have a great day!


Friday, April 5, 2013
I am a bit excited...and I think for good reason! My baby hangers are being featured on in their 2013 baby shower gift guide. I love those little hangers and am just happy to know that someone else thinks they are cute too!


In case you are new to Grandma's Chalkboard, here are the hangers. I think the chevron is adorable and navy is such a classic color. Can't go wrong with that!

 Thanks for stopping by!

I might be a fabric hoarder..

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The other day, I headed to JoAnn Fabrics to get just a couple yards of gray fabric. I went in, immediately headed to the cutting counter to pull my number to save my place in line, then headed over to find the fabric I needed. I found it, picked it up, then started wandering around until my number was called. I didn't think I had much time, so it was more of a frantic wandering. I had left the kids at home, yes, supervised, and so I was going to make the most of this shopping trip! I decided to take a short walk around the quilter's showcase fabrics, pretty much expecting to not find anything I liked. JoAnn's doesn't usually have fabric I LOVE, but then, I saw this...

and kind of went a little crazy. I bought some of every color they had, minus the light pink. I was a little sad that they didn't have it in green, someone must like green as much as I do, and must have bought it all.
I am one of those people that still likes chevrons. I know. I guess if they are finally at JoAnn's then they are probably really on their way out. But I'll still love the pattern.
I've told myself that I am not a fabric hoarder, as long as I use the fabric within one year of purchase...Don't ask to see my fabric stash that is older than might be big!?! Anyway, I made my first project with the navy chevron this morning.

I love them.

And to those who don't like chevrons or little padded hangers, I say, fine. I won't make you, but you might be crazy.

Is it Springtime yet?

Monday, January 21, 2013
Everywhere I go, I am seeing signs of Spring...the fabric stores are chock full of bright colored fabrics, clothes are showing up in soft pastels that look like ice cream (yum, and SO tempting to buy the entire outfit right off the display), and Target, well Target has had their swimsuits front and center since Christmas. (For those that know me, don't worry, swimsuits are still my most unfavorite (wow, that isn't a word!) piece of clothing.)

Anyway, what I'm getting at, is that even though retail stores are trying to make us think it's Spring, IT ISN"T!! You know when you go outside and think, 'wow, it's warm' only to look and see that the temperature is finally in the 20's, that it has been COLD!

I've been staying inside, working on my pillow covers that are going to be on P.S. I Adore You in February, and I'm going to let you have a little peek at what I'm sewing...

Does anyone love yellow and gray? Hope so!

Thanks to all those who purchased Temple Treat Boxes from my Etsy shop. I was completely overwhelmed with the love! I have taken them off Etsy for now while I work on pillow covers for a few weeks, but they'll be back, I'm sure. Have a great day and I hope the sun is shining where you are!

Treat Boxes

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
I've had this idea floating around in my head for a while now and finally have it all done and taken care of. You see, I've been into making tiny boxes lately, (although, anything paper and box related are long time pals of mine) and the thought came into my mind that it would be adorable if I could make tiny boxes shaped like temples. I don't know why this came to me, but it did, so I sat down and tried it...and after about 8 fails, I got the box just right. I love it! And love having the urge to make it out of my head. 

I really think they'd be adorable wrapped in washi tape, but, I haven't found the perfect pattern yet, and think the ribbon and twine is cute too. They go with the Mutual theme for this year of "Stand Ye in Holy Places" and I think they'd be adorable to gift to your Young Women's group. They're for sale over in my Etsy shop, check it out!  :)

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