A few months ago, I purchased a large framed chalkboard from T.J. Maxx. It was at the back of the store and I instantly fell in love with the lovely green frame. I didn't buy it that day. I told Dave about it, though, and we went back a couple of days later. I knew it wasn't a necessity and talked myself out of buying it. When we got there, I couldn't find it and my heart sank. But then Dave reached over and said, "Look, here it is!" I so happily put it in my cart that day!
I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. I planned to write something pretty and holiday-ish on it and set it on a picture stand in our foyer. The problem was that it was almost impossible to write on, I started looking around on Etsy and found a chalkboard print that I liked. The name of the store on Etsy was JoyfulArtDesign. I wrote Olivia and asked if it could be made a little larger in a downloadable format. I could then put it on a flash drive and take it to Staples and have it printed. Now, that sounds pretty tech savvy, doesn't it? ha! I really had to have her talk me through the process on an email. She was so patient and kind. My husband showed me how to use the flash drive and I was set.
Here is the finished product! Isn't it pretty?
I handed over my flash drive to the Staples guy and in just a few minutes, I was holding this beautiful 24 x 36 print for under $3.00! (I asked for the engineering print). The downloaded version of the print was $6.00 which means this was all under ten dollars. Perfect!
The picture stand came from Hobby Lobby with a gift card a friend gave to me.
I added a simple garland that I picked up at Michael's for 50 % off and my foyer picture is ready!
I like our guests to feel special as soon as they walk in. If you are looking for something similar, go to etsy.com and type in the name of her store JoyfulArtDesigns. She also has a facebook page under that name.
What kind of things do you like to use to welcome your guests?
Have a blessed and wonderful week! Happy Fall, y'all!
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