Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Thrifty Thursday #134, Plus a Tablescape

Hi! It's Thrifty Thursday! I am your host, Leigh. Thank you so much for stopping by and additional thanks to those who also participate in Thrifty Thursday! I am most delighted to have you join in..for it's YOU who makes it a "show and tell party".

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First, if you didnt see my message earlier this week, a heartfelt thank you to everyone who extended get well wishes as well as encouragment for Big Daddy. I am feeling MUCH better, after finishing out a Z pack. You are all so special to me and I appreciate your kind words. Thankyou, from the bottom of my heart.

This week, for Thrifty Thursday, I actually have an upcycle...

We had a great time!
For the party,
We picked two drinks to feature as signature drinks.
 We wanted a board that would properly "advertise" our drink specials at our party.

I had actually been thinking of doing this project anyway, and the party was only added encouragement.

I had a piece of artwork, one that I had aquired years ago at Kirklands. I had it up for sometime, before I decided it was to dark. I took it down and put it into a closet where it sat for at least a year.
Then the project idea came up.
I pulled it out, along with my supply of chalkboard paint and went to work spraying the artwork...

I used a piece of paper (for sheer laziness) and moved it around the frame to keep the paint off the frame itself. A wiser person would actually tape off the frame.

I use this chalkboard paint. But any brand will do.
 I use several coats.

Once the board was covered and painted, I still felt it needed some zing...

I had some metalic spray paint also in my basement, because I am a graffiti artist in my off time (yeah, right) and so I sprayed it out into a bag and used a kitchen sponge to pick it up.

Then I ran the sponge over the raised/relief areas of my frame and allowed it to pick up the gold.
I didnt press down hard, just dragged it across allowing the paint to come off where it may...

(Before and After on each side)

I liked much better....

I even touched some areas of the frame that werent raised.  A brush here and there...

And finally...


But I wasn't done.
No, here is where the real talent was needed.  I had my assistants come in and help me.... My daughter Sister Sledge (L) and her BFF "T-Mac" (R)  with the artwork that would be ON the chalkboard....

I found some of the coffehouse chalkboard markers at Hobby Lobby. Then  I wrote out what I wanted the board to see, leaving all the design elements up to them.

Please dont report me to child services for having them write out the names to alcoholic drinks.
They were none the wiser....

I think they did a phenominal job!

I put the frame on a easel that my Aunt Gloria gave to me...

And THAT is my Thrifty Thursday post for this week...

What "CHEW" got?

For my Tablescape this week...

I was all "in the mood"...Fall is finally in the air here in the south....depending on the day, but I'll take what I can get. Today it was 76 for the high. That's FALL y'all!

So I headed out to one of my favorite stores for Tablescape inspiration,
Harmony Landing....
If that doesn put you in the spirit of SPIRITS & Halloween,
well....I dont know what will!
I encourage you to visit my friend Susan of Between Naps on the Porch for some other great Tablescape Thursday participants.

 I invite you to stop by my food blog, PLATES & PLACES, for Foodie Friday!

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I love me some friends: be they new friends or old friends!

Thrifty Participants:


Lynn at Cottage and Creek said...

Your chalkboard came out great. And I love all your pumpkins. I only have one on my front steps. I have pumpkin envy! Thanks for hosting.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks like you had a fun shower! Yes - I remember all the big hair and leggings. :D
Thanks for hosting again this week. Glad you are feeling much better.

Rebekah Greiman said...

Booty yeah! I'm back-missed you little bloggeritaville. Loved the costume!

Cass @ That Old House said...

OK Leigh, I totally buy you as a graffiti artist -- hanging by your heels on a trestle over a train track, spraying "Leigh Loves HomeGoods" in silver paint.

Love what you did with the blackboard -- and how wise you are put the girls to work. Builds character. :-)

Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville said...

Thanks Lynn! I jst love when fall arrives! From the chill in the air to the mums at the nursery, to pumpkins & leaves on the ground!!

Glenda, we had a blast at the shower! LOved the dress up idea, and everyone played along. Fun!

Rebekah-Been missing you too! Its good for all to "be back in it!"

Cass- You had me laughing out loud with that comment. So true! And ya know....I do love me some home goods, so I guess it really isnt that far fetched....

Carrie said...

Hey Leigh! Thanks for hosting this fabulous party! My post this week made me think of you! ;)

Carrie said...

Hey Leigh! Thanks for hosting this fabulous party! My post this week made me think of you! ;)

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a great chalkboard -- Sister Sledge did a great job! Glad you're feeling better and "spirited" just in time for the Halloween season.

Pamela said...

Loving the chalk board and thanx for hosting!

Aya Hackett said...

The Halloween inspired tablescape is amazing. It looks very creative from the pumpkins to the different signs. Thank you for the inspiration. If you are looking for other themes and ideas for parties you should check out or Social Couture website.

Aya Hackett