Many of you have asked about our chalkboard and I have been hit or miss in replying back to your comments and answering your questions lately. Please forgive me. Battling cancer is turning out to be very time consuming. I plan on being better about it when this part of my life is a bit more under control. So today I thought I would share a bit about our chalkboard and answer questions that I have received.
1. Our family chalkboard is one of my favorite things in our home. My husband rescued it from a life in our local landfill. He saw the beauty in it and knew that I would love it.
It shows some wear but I love that it has a history, a story. I love it’s vintageness. And I love that it’s story gets to continue with our family. We hung it in a prominent spot in our home, our living room. We walk by it many times throughout our day. This chalkboard has become our family’s command center and it keeps me focused on what’s important and essential.
2. I usually change the chalkboard five times a year; with each season and at Christmas. It can be quite time-consuming, but fun for me and definitely worth it. This kids love it too. It’s become a tradition.
3. I always include our family’s fun list or bucket list, Ann Voskamp’s 7 daily rungs turned into our family’s 8 daily rungs, and a poem or hymn for copy work and memorization. On our Christmas chalkboard the last two years, I’ve have the kids copy and learn the beautiful words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, I heard the bells… I love the history behind this carol. The poem, “Christmas Bells” was written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow a few years after the tragic death of his wife and the wounding of his son. It was later adapted into this Christmas carol. I love how he used his tragedy and turned it into something beautiful. I write about our chalkboard in more detail here.
4. I find a lot of my inspiration for the chalkboard from Pinterest; things to draw, quotes, how to draw different fonts and wingdings. I learned an easy way to draw fake calligraphy from jonesdesigncompany.com. It’s easy and so beautiful.
5. I use Freart chalk. A variety of colors came with the chalkboard and I find that I love their vibrancy. You can buy them on Amazon. For the fine drawings I use some chalk I found on jonesdisigncompany.com; Allary Chalk Cartridge Set and Crayola White Chalk. I use the Allary chalk for my fine fonts and wingding type drawings and I use the plain white chalk for my copy work quotes. I wash all of my chalk off with a damp Microfiber cloth.
And there it is. I hope this answers many of your questions. Have fun creating your own space of inspiration.