Anyway, today was our MOPS ornament exchange. I tried, girls, but I couldn't find a $10 ornament that I was just crazy about. So, I punted--I bought some unfinished signs at Hobby Lobby last Christmas and I had planned to use them for teacher gifts this year, but I never got inspired. Yesterday, when I was in the final stretch for this ornament exchange, I got inspired!
I decided to make a Christmas countdown chalkboard, thinking surely other Moms would like that as well as an ornament. I bought some chalkboard paint (I was out, can you believe it?) and some white vinyl and got busy. This really doesn't take as long as you think.
First attempt: it started sprinkling while the signs were outside drying. Dang it. I brought them inside, and in the process got this one stuck to the paper. Double dang it. No worries, though, I turned it into a one-sided sign and gave it to Heather and the boys as a happy yesterday. (Austin was born today, that's what that sign means!!! Kayci was troubled that it said "1 dayS", but hey, it's gotta work for every other number, too.) I really like that shape...next time I think I'll move the words over to the left a bit more to leave more space for the 'til whatever and less space for numbers. Discuss.
Second attempt: I think I nailed it!, as Noble would say. I really wanted a cross on there someway, and I like the way this one contrasts with the rounded font.
For the back, I added some shapes..figure they could be any season or decor.
I wrapped it up with two new boxes of chalk, white and colored. Here's the rub: that awesome ribbon it's wrapped in? That's supposed to be the hanging ribbon...but I didn't realize until the end of the project that the pre-drilled holes were too small, and I was in a hurry. Next time I'll have James fix that so I can use pretty, wide ribbon. That color, those stripes...sigh!
I just have to tell you, seeing these pictures still makes me happy--I'm very proud of this project!