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Before I go into this week’s project, I wanted to share a few ways to help care for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. I lived in Texas for two years, and although I never made it to Houston, my heart aches for those who have lost their homes and loved ones. Our friends in Austin have shared multiple photos/posts in which their power has gone out and the store shelves are bare. So far, everyone I know and love is okay but there are many who aren’t and I want to share with you a few ways you and I can help with the disaster relief:
- Magnolia Market – From today through September 30th, Magnolia Market is donating 100% of the proceeds from the sales of their Texas Forever t-shirts toward disaster relief in Houston. I’ve been wanting this shirt for a while so when I received an email from Magnolia with that info, I knew it was time to buy.
- Chalk Full of Love – Sarah from Chalk Full of Love (you may remember me mentioning her here and you’ll see her book featured below) is donating 100% of the proceeds from this digital download to the Red Cross of Southeastern Texas. Not only is this beautiful 8 x 10 print just $5, it’s perfect to frame and combine with your Fall decor (I’m thinking about leaving mine up all year long).
“She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.”
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For this week’s Magnolia My Way post, I thought it would be fun to feature an item that’s especially popular right now – chalkboards. If you’ve spent any time at a craft store recently, you’ve probably seen a plethora of these around in all shapes and sizes. I noticed that Magnolia Market has a cute hanging chalkboard on sale for $10.50 (the original price is $15). Even though $10.50 may not seem like much, I thought it was a bit high for a small chalkboard – especially since I’ve seen similar items go for under $5 at major craft stores.
One of the best chalkboards I’ve found so far is from DollarTree.
It’s not a slate style chalkboard but this is a good thing because it’s much easier to clean.
When I wanted to change the message on my chalkboard, I just clean it with a baby wipe and it’s good to go!
To make my chalkboard look like the one Magnolia is selling, I purchased a wood shadow box from Hobby Lobby, detached the frame and knocked out the glass. (If you go this route, I highly recommend wearing gloves and protective goggles.)
Once my frame was ready, I used a hot glue gun and glue sticks from the 99 Cent Store to attach the chalkboard and the jute rope (which I already had on hand from this project).
Here are the items needed for this project:
- Jute cord
- Hot glue gun
- Glue sticks
- Wood frame
- Chalk marker
- Paint/stain (optional)
- Baby wipes (optional)
Out of pocket, I paid about $7 for my hanging chalkboard (considering I already owned the rope).
I really like how it turned out and I’ve been looking to my hand lettering book for inspiration on how to style the messages I write.
Of course, you can always purchase this chalkboard for $3.49 at JoAnn (don’t forget to use your 30% off coupon) and glue the rope on or just use some Command Strips to place it somewhere fun. This one is pretty cute too!
My hanging chalkboard is the perfect addition to my Texas/Southern themed gallery wall.
I made the wall as a tangible way to fulfill the command to, “feed on (God’s) faithfulness,” in Psalm 37:3.
My husband and I went through a lot of growth while in Texas and I don’t want to forget how faithful God was to us in that season and I constantly need to be reminded that His character hasn’t changed. In times like these, the gallery reminds me to pray for those in Houston – not only for salvation from the storm but for salvation of souls.
I’m praying ultimately that God will be glorified and His name will be made great.
Check out the rest of the Magnolia My Way series by clicking on the images below: