Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Rocks, Reindeers and a Crow

It all started with an innocent Facebook message from my friend Jennifer. She is addicted to surfing craft blogs and likes to share her finds. One day she sent me this blog ... the specific blog post was about making these Pottery Barn Chalkboard rocks instead of buying them.
I do love Pottery Barn, but for some things their prices are a bit steep, and Monica (my dil) loves rocks, so I sent her the blog link. We decided it sounded like fun so on Labor Day we went on a day trip looking for flat river rocks ... here's what we found and what we created. The rocks ...
priming the rocks ...
rocks are aready for painting with chalkboard paint ...
We used black, green and red chalkboard paint ... think we'll use the red ones for Christmas or Valentine's Day ...

and here's some pictures of the final project ...





Monica and I had a blast working on these silly rocks. I'm so glad Jenn shared that crafty blog with us.

A few weeks ago I had posted some sunflower finishes. I received a sweet comment from Virpi asking if I wanted to trade for two of the charts. I love trading charts with other stitchers. Virpi is from Finland and asked if I would like something from her country instead of a chart ... of course I would love anything from another country! This week I received a box from her with a really nice dish towel with reindeer on it ... love love love it! Also in the box was this funny coffee cup (with more reindeer) and a cute skiing moose. Thanks Virpi for this fun trade!

And lastly, I had another quick finish last night ... the fabric ended up a looking a little more peach color than orange, but I think more black for the trim and backing fabric should help. I really enjoy stitching primitivebettys' designs ...
Crow freebie by primitivebettys
stitched on 28 ct Belfast Chalice

Wow, that was a long post .. hope your coffee/tea didn't go cold! Thanks for all your comments ... you know I love hearing from everyone!

I hope you find your Joy in your stitches ...

I'm grateful for rocks ...

22 comments:

Melissa said...

Wow, the rocks are so cute! Great job! Your finish is adorable too. Perfect for the upcoming season.

Natasha said...

What a fun project. They turned out very cute. And also what a fun trade for you the reindeer lover :)

Dont worry about the post being long I lovet he long posts and besides red wine never gets cold Hahaha :)

Beth said...

Vety cute rocks - I wondered what you were going to do with them - great job for you and Monica. I bet it is fun to be able to "play" with your DIL. I think my DIL and I would be able to do that too, but she lives in Maine - bummers.

Loving the trade with the reindeer from Finland - especially the mug!!

devonaz said...

What a cute idea,,,thanks for sharing,,,

Blu said...

What a great project! The rocks are so cute!

Vicki said...

Love the rocks, how creative! Thanks for sharing, now I'm inspired to try that myself.

Jennifer said...

Awesome!!!! You are the best MIL.

Theresa said...

Such a fun project!!! Those rocks look awesome!!!!!

Those goodies from Finland are so cute!!!!! Thanks for sharing~

Michelle said...

How creative - those rocks look fab. I love your 'Crow' finish. Michelle x

Danielle said...

Aren't people so creative?? Your rocks turned out great. I love crafty stuff like that. Your Crow freebie looks great also. I need to go check out Primitive Bettys stuff right now!

Sherry said...

I love your rocks! My aunt was big on painting rocks and they were so cute. The reindeer trade is great.

Sherry said...

What a hoot those rocks are! Love the gifts you received in your exchange. I mean, after all, didn't you say something about coffee mugs in your last post...LOL

Mary said...

What a great idea for the rocks, Michele. The treats from Finland are adorable...aren't stitching friends the best? Nice finish on the crow..I love PB too

Lelia said...

your rocks ROCK!!

Ranae said...

Wowza! Love the rocks. Thanks so much for taking the time to share.

Karen said...

What a cool idea! Thanks for sharing.

Sally said...

I LOVE those rocks Michele! What a great idea.

Fantastic package from Virpi and I love your latest finish.

Siobhan said...

Congrats on the finishes! The rocks and the Primitive Betty's finish! I've never seen those rocks before--what a cool idea.

Michele B. said...

My DS collects rocks - as in "Mom must remember to empty pockets before doing laundry" collecting. And he wants to keep them all. Now I finally have something to do with them - what a great project! What fun to do it with your D-I-L too. Love the finish and the great trade (hmmm, how did she know you liked reindeer?)

Heidi said...

Love the rocks! Not sure I can find river rocks but now when we go for walks I'm going to be watching for flat stones to do this with.

Lisa said...

great fun project and they look great
love the halloween ornie

Cole said...

Love the rocks, what an awesome idea!