Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

It is hard to believe we are getting ready to celebrate the ending of 2012 and welcoming 2013! 
2012 was a great year but I am ready for twenty thirteen for many reasons, the big one being that this year I am getting to marry my best friend and become Mrs. Fry!! There are also going to be lots of other really fun firsts like getting our own place, celebrating our first holidays as husband and wife and starting our own traditions. Bring it on twenty-thirteen! 

Twenty twelve was pretty great too! We went to Nashville Tennessee for the first time, went camping on the beach in the obx for the first and probably the last time, I went to all the lighthouses on the Outerbanks, Tank celebrated his first birthday, I bought my wedding dress, we had our first liter of puppies ever and found homes for them plus their mother went to live with Grandma and Dave. 

Tonight we are just going to hangout with my family and celebrate the new year in a more relaxed fashion. We were looking forward to hanging out with our friends but Luke has the flu and the roads are getting pretty icy so we decided to just stay in. 

We had an amazing Christmas with lots of surprises and not enough time with our families and too much food eaten. I will do another post later this week with some updates from our Christmas. Until then though Happy New Years and have lots of fun and stay safe!!

Friday, December 21, 2012

we have snow
and lots of wind!
I have a lot that needs done before Tuesday
-return my book rentals to Chegg
-1034347 loads of laundry (not really prolly like 8 though)
-get the rest of the gifts for the gift exchanges
-dogs need baths
I would really like to just lay on the couch all day or work on my smashbook.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Weekend Recap

On Friday I was really excited because for one I got to meet Baby Casen and even got to hold him!! 
He is so little and precious..I just might have gotten an ounce of baby fever.
The second thing I was excited about was I got to go shopping in Newark when I got off and I ended up buying not one but two Smashbooks. I originally was asking for one for Christmas but then I had some Christmas money to spend and just couldn't resist buying them and some smashing supplies. Now I just need to get some pictures developed from since we got engaged and some of the wedding stuff that has been going on for my one Smashbook that is going to be all my "I Said Yes" stuff. I am not real sure just yet what I am going to do with the other one, maybe just some everyday stuff with the dogs and around the house. What do you put in your Smashbook?

Saturday, December 15, 2012

makin a list, checkin it twice..

1st row- stamps from Brownpigeon Etsy Shop - I found these and have been obsessing over them thinking up all kinds of stuff I can make with them.
Ever since I added #whippycake on IG and saw the smashing parties she has been putting I decided I needed to get a Smashbook. If I don't get one for Christmas there is a really good chance I am going to order one for myself.
Anthony and I have really been contemplating buying ourselves a tv for Christmas but aren't real sure yet if we want to because maybe Santa will just get us one
this lace tape from Fawn and Flora is another item I want, particularly to use for making decorations for the wedding, Thank-you cards or to use in my Smashbook.
 I spotted this Fish Hook tank from Sporty Girl on Pinterest a couple months ago and would really like it to wear this summer especially on our charter fishing trip on our honeymoon.
One last craft thing... this Twig Thank-You stamp from Fawn and Flora I want so I can get started on making our wedding thank-you cards ahead of time so all I have to do is write them after my showers and the wedding. There is nothing like getting a handmade card in the mail!!
Ok well maybe there is something better than getting a handmade card in the mail...that would be getting a new pair of boots in the mail and these Justin's are just what I am wanting right now. I actually need them so I can quit wearing my wedding boots to work on days that I want to dress up but still wear my boots.

So there you have it, my 2012 Christmas list! What are you asking for this Christmas? Tomorrow I am going to share some of Tank and Diesel's wishlist and what Santa might actually be bringing them.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday's Letters

Dear Christmas.
I cannot believe you are only 11 days away! Eleven days until all this holiday high is officially celebrated. Eleven days until we get to travel from house to house to celebrate with family, give gifts that we put lots of thought into, and then begin the cleaning and putting away of all the Christmas decorations. Oh and it means that you need to remind your man in your life that he only has ten days left to get his Christmas shopping done. I have also been enjoying the peppermint hot coco from Tim Horton's in the mornings instead of my usual pumpkin spice hot coco and watching ABC Christmas movies with Tank in the evenings when I get off work.

Dear Friday,
I am beginning to enjoy you even more than I used to. Honestly I didn't think that was physically possible but you proved me wrong. You see the office receptionist that works in our sister company in Newark is on maternity leave and I am getting to go to the Newark office to catch up on the stuff that builds up over the week. I am also getting to go shopping at a couple different stores that we don't have in Zanesville. This week I am going to Target and Michaels so I can get a couple more things for Christmas projects/gifts and I am finally going to get the white sea creature from the Nate Berkus collection at Target. Another awesome thing is that this week I get to meet baby Conley because Shelby is going to bring him by the office. Here is hoping that baby fever can stay away and I can just enjoy him.

Dear Finals and Fall Semester,
I am glad you are finally over and that I officially made it through. I questioned if going back to school and working full time was actually going to work. Well it did and I took my last tests this week and am now on a much needed break until January. My plan is to get as much wedding stuff done as possible because spring semester lasts until May and I am going to be really busy with working and going to school that I need to get
lots done while I have this little break.

Linking up at 


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Early Saturday Morning Ramble

I have been awake since 5 a.m.
No I did not have to be at work this morning,
 so I am not really sure as to why I woke up so early.
But this is not the first time it has happened on a Saturday or Sunday morning.
There are two take on this
1. (in a grumpass mood) why can I not sleep in on my two days of the week to do so? resulting in a bad mood saturday and eventually crashing before 8 p.m
2. (in am excited, enthusiastic mood) this is awesome I am going to be able to get so much done today. And accomplishing everything that needs done for the day and maybe even more

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

a little bit of everything

I haven't done a Wedding Wednesday post in a couple weeks but don't fear girls there is still a wedding in June and plenty of planning going on. I am just so busy with finishing up this semester and working on lots of DIY Christmas projects. 
Yesterday I did purchase a dress to possibly wear to my bachelorette party/night out with the girls! I originally bought it with the bright idea in my head that we should have a New Years Eve party but then I remembered oh hey all us girls are dating or married to Country boys who would much rather just lounge around in jeans, flannels and their boots. Who I am kidding they would think we are goofing getting all dressed up just for a night in the house with them. So the dress is going to be put aside for our clubbing adventure in April or May, closer to the wedding.
I am in love with the sleeves and the back other than I need to figure out what I am going to do about a bra because I am not really up for letting the girls be free for the night of dancing and drinking.
 (and hopefully getting a lap dance - ahem bridesmaids please take note!)
Oh and disregard the fact that I do not have any shoes on, I had worn my purple and black cowboy boots and didn't think to put them on for the picture.

Last night Anthony and I attempted to get some doggone awesome pictures of Mr. Tank just like Stephanie did with Quinley
Well lets just say ours did not turn out like what I was thinking and my trusty little iphone is not going to be the device for the job. Tank was super cooperative but was unsure as to what was actually going on.
Then again I was working with a half a strand of functioning Christmas lights and getting him to hold still because he kept want to skoot away and didn't have much leeway since he was plugged into the wall!
Maybe with a little more practice we can perfect this and the next photo shoot will be a success.

I am loving looking at all the Christmas Mantels over at The Lettered Cottage Christmas Mantel Party and cannot wait to get my pictures linked up over there for our mantels once they are done! If you are looking for any inspiration head over there as of earlier today there were over 300 people linked up!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


I meant to write this post yesterday like I normally do on Mondays but I was busy preparing for my last speech for my speech class...yes the last one!! I am findingit hard to believe this semester is a week from being over. It seriously seems like just yesterday I was stressing looking at the syllabus and seeing that I was going to have to make a 3 minute speech let alone the two 5 minute ones and the two different 10 minute speeches. I may have even thought of dropping the class but now I am so happy I decided to stick it out because last night before and after giving that last 10 minute speech I was not nearly as nervous as the first night and felt very professional and well prepared. Heck last week I did my first vlog (if you missed it here it is) and that is something I probably would not have done before taking this class.

Anyways this weekend was spent going to The Depot for Grandpa Kuhn's birthday where I might have had one too many glasses of wine, some more Christmas decorating and some DIY projects, going to see Spiker's new house, running out of gas and Dad coming to my rescue, the annual Dresden Christmas parade where we rode on the trailers behind and threw candy for the little kids, to The Depot again for karaoke and some more wine. Sunday was spent doing more DIY Christmas and studying for finals. I am going to be so excited once these finals are over and I can enjoy this little break before next semester.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Stop and Smell the Roses {Vlog::1}

I cannot believe I am finally doing this. I had seen a couple other girls here do Vlogs before but I had never really done it before. That is until last week when I came across Mandy's blog House of Rose and started following along and looking back at some things going on over there and I thought this whole vlogging thing might be fun! I had lots of fun doing my first vlog here I do notice I need to work on a couple things (looking at the right place etc) but I will let you be the judge of that if you really want to be. 
I had better quit writing and let the vlog do its job for a change, enjoy!

So I am linking up over at House of Rose for Stop and Smell the Roses and I will definitely be back for the next vlog because this was a lot of fun!!!

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saw it. pinned it. did it.

 This is my first time participating in the Saw It. Pinned It. Did It. party over at Beautiful Mess but yesterday I talked about how I have been wanting to do my own glitter deer that has been floating around all over pinterest. So after I got off work yesterday I decided to go to Hobby Lobby to see if they would have what I was going to need. My inspiration was from this pin 

All you need is a canvas (Hobby Lobby had them in a pack of two for $5.99 but I used my 40% off coupon on them because they were the most expensive thing I bought yesterday) some Elmers glue, a paint brush (I used a very fine tipped one to make sure I stayed in the lines) and a deer silhouette print out (I just googled mine).
After you print our the silhouette from Google or wherever you get yours from cut it out and then lay it on your canvas where you want it to be and trace around it with a pencil.
 Next you paint your glue on the deer part, where you want the glitter to go. This was the messy part and I now have glitter all over my craft room, I am sure Mom and Dad aren't going to like that when I move out in June and they turn it into Dads Naked Room an office. 
Next just dump the remaining glitter on a piece of paper and funnel it back into your glitter container so you can reuse it for your next project...I am seeing glittery Easter bunnies and eggs in the near future!
Next just find the perfect place to hang it up...for now mine is in the living room but I think it is going to get moved to the kitchen once all the Christmas decorations are out and it finds a proper place to be. However it is going to be out all year round because this country girl doesn't mind a little country glam all year round. 

My total cost was probably under $10 with supplies left to make many more and it only took me about 15 maybe 20 minutes. The most time consuming was the glue part and making sure I didn't leave any blank spots or get on other parts of the canvas.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Pinterest Wednesday

It's been a couple months since I last posted a How Pinteresting on a Wednesday to party with The Vintage Apple and I am not sure why I slacked off on this part because I definitely haven't slacked off on my pinning everything and not actually doing it habit.
This weeks pins have shown lots of Christmas spirit...hmm I wonder why?
oh yea probably because we have our tree up, nothing but the lights are on it and the only other thing that is decorated is the mantle (only because we decided to try something new with the mantle this year). There is still a rotting pumpkin on the front porch and my Thanksgiving banner hanging in the kitchen. Let's face it, Pinterest is so much more fun than actually decorating! 

1. My mom actually pinned this first and told me this is what she was wanting to do with the mantle this year. So of course I had to pin it then plan it..this was actually the first pin we have just decided we were going to do, went to the store immediately and got everything we need. Unfortunately the blog post where this originated from has been removed but the whole thing is pretty self explanatory.
2. Aren't these two just adorable?! The pin came from a Flikr account so the picture is probably floating all around the internet, too bad I can give credit to the respectful owner where it is due. Now if only I can get Tank to hold still and do this with him so he can be on our Christmas card.
3. I have been swooning over all the burlap stockings I am finding! I just need to bust out the sewing machine and make some of my own!! this gorgeous one came from Red Berry Barn and she had it put on her blog from this Etsy shop AtCompanyB
4. I have been seeing these Buck silhouettes all over the place and am not real sure what is keeping me from making one myself other than whenever I think about it I am at home, don't have the glitter on hand and have already been to town once. but Kelsey at Daisy Dreaming did this awesome one!!
5. I have had seen this awesome NOEL a while ago but forgot to pin and then found it again this weekend and feel in love all over again! This time I saved it. Now if I can just make it
6. I finally caved and bought a denim shirt. I have been contemplating buying one for a long time but I have an issue with wearing denim on denim and I haven't got enough nerve to wear leggings as pants yet. Well I bought one last week and immediately resorted to Pinterest to find some ideas to wear mine with. This girl totally pulls this off so I decided to pin it then ended up actually doing it on Saturday night and it wasn't too bad. I really need to break out of my comfort zone...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thanksgiving Weekend

Thanksgiving didn't seem much like Thanksgiving this year. I don't know what it was because I had lots to be thankful for since I am gaining a whole entire other family that is pretty awesome and there was lots of yummy food, I got to sleep in a little bit and then didn't have to stress with helping Mom clean our house and cook food because we are having the big meal at Grandma Spiker's now, the weather was amazing and everyone was in a good mood. Something just didn't seem right...but we just went along with the day and at the end of the day I was grateful I didn't have to work on Thanksgiving, I wasn't planning on going Black Friday Shopping and we just went home and relaxed our full bellies. The rest of the weekend was spent re cooperating from the amount of food we had eaten, tossing the idea of pulling out the Christmas decorations, eating more leftovers from the feast, going out to eat with Mark, Aubrey and Luke, playing a couple rounds of scrabble, some mantle decoration shopping with Mom, and then last night my Monday was topped off with getting my persuasive speech outline back from the teacher with a 100%. I guess everything was good and whatever was missing out of our Thanksgiving day I am sure will either find its way or be forgotten. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Advent Study Group

So a couple weeks ago I was going through my IG feed and came across my new IGfriend @nicolebeverly was going to be participating in an Advent study group. I quickly became interested and thought "what a perfect way to meet some new blogger friends that have a strong Christian belief like I do and I have been wanting to strengthen my religion so sign me up!" I let Nicole know I was interested and we swapped phone numbers and started texting  Well like I said that was like two weeks ago and when I downloaded my free e-book and was skimming through the materials, the start date of Sunday November 25th seemed so far away and like a lot of things here lately I just put it on the back-burner  Well my friends November 25th was yesterday and I am already behind. So I am starting tonight and at the end of the week I am hoping to do at least one blog post about my first week of the Advent Study group and my reflection of everything I have learned this week. If you are interested in joining the Advent Study group head on over to Good Morning Girls where you can sign up and get your free copy of the Advent E-Book.

Just a little heads up this week is focused on Hope and we are to read 
  • John 1:1-4
  • John 1:9-12
  • Jeremiah 33:14-15
  • Isiah 60:19-20
  • Romans 15:12-13

Friday, November 23, 2012

Our bellies are still full

I am horrible, the following pictures are the only ones I took of our Thanksgiving festivities so far! 
But we did have an amazing day. It was filled with spending time with family that we don't get to see very often and of course the tradition that is becoming a norm at Anthony's family get together is shooting guns. I ate way too much food yesterday after having two different Thanksgiving meals.
Anthony and I ended the night curled up on the couch catching up on Private Practice and then watching The Kids Are Alright...can't tell you if it was good or not because I fell asleep not even a quarter of the way into the movie. 

 I am telling you I am loving wearing the flannels right now with a comfy pair of leggings.
 I was super excited to bust out my vintage mixer to make my pumpkin trifle on Thanksgiving Eve
 Unfortunately this is the only picture of food that I took...
Anthony and I after we filled our bellies and were getting ready to shoot the guns.
Hope you all had a wonderful day with your families and are still alive if you attempted any Black Friday Shopping shenanigans!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

the countdown is on...

only 3.5 more hours and I will be clocking out for the day and hustling my butt over to the grocery store to get the ingrediacnts I need for tomorrow. Yes I totally forgot, okay maybe just decided to be lazy, to go yesterday and get what was needed. Last year I did the same thing and promised myself I would not be doing it again this year.... it was pure chaos and I couldn't find anything because there were carts every where people were so rude!! Here is hoping I make it out without screaming at anyone.

only 18 hours til I am enjoying the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade curled up under the blanket with my family, drinking hot chocolate and eating cinnamon rolls

24 hours til I am beginning my first Thanksgiving meal

2 Days until Ohio State makes the Wolverines cry

4 days until my Remington and I have a date in the woods!!

So Happy Thanksgiving to all my blogger friends! Hope you have a great time with your families and stay safe if you decide to hit the stores for some Black Friday shopping for deals that you just cannot resist. I myself decided I am not going shopping this year and actually volunteered to come into work. I saw a really cute pin on pinterest that I couldn't resist sharing with all of you today:

Friday, November 16, 2012

Fridays Letters

Dear TJMaxx, you have once again made me happy! I have been eyeing these two pillows for a little over a month now but could not fathom paying $25 a piece for them so for a month I have been going in and checking on them to make sure they are still there, you know just waiting there to see me for the week. Even though I wasn't going to buy them I did not want anyone else to buy them either...I guess I am a little selfish like that. So anyways on Saturday when Blaire and I were in there I found out they have a comforter in the same pattern! NO WAY!!! this totally made my whole day. The only bad part was that it was $90 and I didn't have the money to spend on it and didn't really want to either so I kinda let it go.. Well yesterday I deposited my paycheck and decided to pay the pillows one last visit and low and behold the comforter got moved to clearance and it was marked down half the price!!! Whoot Whoot  I was doing my little happy dance right there in the store. I was also able to buy a cute, super soft green throw blanket to put on my bed to match the comforter. All for under $ was like Christmas came early and I was just gifting myself!
 Dear Gallery Walls,
Originally I was just going to leave the one wall up by my bed but the headboard area was too bare without anything and I really wanted to used my Cowgirl Up sign because soon enough when I come the Mrs. I know the Mr. will not be wanting a Cowgirl Up sign hanging in our bedroom so I might as well milk the last couple months as long as I can. So last night I did some rearranging and all I need to do is get some other pictures to hang on my chicken wire frame. But I am loving waking up every morning to the pictures hanging and thanking God every morning that nothing has fallen on me throughout the night!!

Hope everyone has an amazing weekend and today Mom and I are heading to the Flower Factory to hopefully get all the flowers for the wedding all picked out followed by some shopping at Easton and maybe even lunch there too!!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Today I am going to be a little random as I don't really have anything special to talk 
about but I am just really in the mood to write...and why not write to people who are going to actually read and listen to what I have to say? 

So yesterday I was super sick.
I got up to get ready for work and I was already having cramps because lovely Auntie Rose is visiting for the month...grrr. On top of that I was really nauseous and thought oh its just the normal thing but after getting my shower I could not leave the bathroom. I swear to you I was stuck in there for like an eternity, okay maybe just 45 minutes but come on already. I was running a fever and then the cramps got even worse. I ended up having to call off of work which I did not want to do because next week I will only be at work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday because our office is closed for Thanksgiving and I am not working Black Friday and those bills just don't pay themselves people!! 
I am trying really hard to get my credit cards (yes credit cards, as in more than one) paid off before I become Mrs. Fry but it is so stinkin hard. Especially when I get these bright ideas to make gallery walls, challenge myself to do a bunch of Pinterest projects for the whole month of November, Christmas shopping to do, oh and did you know I am planning a wedding?! 
I really need to come up with a way to make some more money on the side but nothing is really coming to me other than making some Christmas decorations for people... baaahumbug

I ended up sleeping all day yesterday from 8:30- sometime around lunch then back to sleep from like 3:30-7. My stomach was cramping so bad and I could not get in a comfortable position to make it stop. I am telling you people if it is anything like what child labor is going to be like, count me out!! 
Just kidding, I cannot wait to have a little small Fry or two running around the house (when the time comes)

Anyways...I have been racking my brain for ideas for our family Christmas card for this year. Mom really wants to do one because it is the last year of it being the four of us and next year Anthony and I will have our own Christmas card to send out! I was thinking about doing the traditional route and making them myself then putting a picture of our family in the cards and calling it that but I also wouldn't mind coming up with something cute like a letter to go along with it or a really funny picture... Any ideas?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Holiday Madness...

I don't really like complaining about things on here (unless it's complaining about Friday not getting here soon enough or that winter came too fast) but today I really need to talk to someone (even if you choose not to comment or even read it, typing it and publishing it just gets it off my chest)

So ever since I was 7 or 8 years old my Mom has hosted Thanksgiving at our house. That is until about four years ago all in the same week our hot water tank broke and our gas was not working, conveniently the same week as Thanksgiving. So plans changed and Thanksgiving that year got moved to my Grandma Spiker's house. Long story short some important family members decided they would stay home for the day, not joining us for lunch and not bother calling. Lots of feelings were hurt and since then some things have been made sort of bitter along with other incidents happening at other events. Anyways Thanksgiving got moved permanently to my Grandma's because it is larger and there are toys and more room for the kids to play. Well this year Thanksgiving for my Dad's side of the family is being moved to another member's home an hour and a half away at the same time as the one my Mom hosts for the family. For whatever unknown reason that was made to split up the family on this day and then to have the whole family traveling all over the state of Ohio is beyond me but I just do not know how Anthony and I are going to manage this whole day...
I know it is not physically possible to please everyone and that we obviously are not going to be able to make it every where during the day so we are just going to have to make our own traditions and just stick to them...

Anyways what do you and your families do for the holidays? Do you have to run all over the place or do you just spend it the two of you lounging around the house?

Monday, November 12, 2012

Weekend Recap

I had a pretty good weekend, I just forgot to take pictures of some of the stuff we did..
Friday night we watched the new Spiderman movie then we went over to Hendershots for a fire
most likely the last one of the year ):
Saturday I met my bestie Blaire for lunch at Chipotle then we decided to go to JoAnn Fabrics which led to Homespun Treasures to walking around the wall to going to Sally's, Payless, TJ Maxx and the new shoe store. By the time we were done window shopping (I only say that because we didn't buy anything) it was 4:00 and that only means one thing...Happy Hour at Applebees. So we went there.

 creepy Christmas decorations at TJMaxx
 Saturday Night we ended up going bowling with some of Anthony's friends which I didn't do too bad at!! We really should go more often because we never do and we always end up having fun while when we do
Sunday we ran some errands in the morning then we hit the tree stand for the remainder of the day. The weather was perfect, I got halfway through my book and I even got a little tease from an 8 point but he ended up going around us and didn't get close enough. I was super excited, shaking and buck fever definitely kicked in!
 After we got out of the tree we stopped by Anthony's Moms to get some of his mail and visit with her and Bob for a little bit. Oh and meet these little cuties!!!
they are only two weeks old and are going to be ready to go to loving homes just in time for Christmas...December 21st!! you know you want one (:

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Fridays Letters on Saturday

Dear Turbo Fire,
you are kicking my ass hiney! but I LOVE it because I know it is working. I cannot wait to be less fluffy and toned, hopefully just in time for my big day!! I have never been one to be able to stick to dieting and I feel like if I can bust my behind I will be more appreciative of the shape of my body and where I am at at that point and stick to it! and the awesome part of all of it is the support group behind Beach Body and so many success stories and the girls that are in the group I am in are so motivational and encouraging!
 Dear Dryer,
Please continue shrinking Anthony and JK's flannels because that means I get to wear them to lounge around the house in in the evening with a comfy pair of leggings and my moccasins. Nothing beats this!!! especially when they are super cute ones like this!!

 Dear Fancy Nancy,
its nice to that you are finally coming around to be a snuggler and cuddling with me on the couch. It might make Tank a little jealous but I will keep you safe pretty girl as long as you keep those claws outta my stomach....ouch!
 Dear God,
Thank-you for your sweet reminder of your precense with us everyday. Even though the elections did not go the way I had favored it to be I was comforted by this amazing sunset and the reminder that with You I will get through anything!
 Dear Healthy Eating,
all of this rabbit food is really starting to grow on me and I am enjoying getting creative with different salads and toppings. I do not suggest apple chunks with cheese and tomatoes, yea not real sure what I was thinking

Dear cute bracelet from Singapore,
I really really like you and the other one I got for a friend but really must you take over a month and a half to get here. Looks like I really need to start paying attention to where things are coming from and keep it in the United States.

Dear Tank,
yesterday morning I wanted nothing more than to just climb back into bed with you but  I had to get ready for work. Luckily it was just my half day and I was able to come home and take a little nap with you.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

{Pinterest November} DIY Chalkboard

On Saturday night I started my first project for the Pinterest November series I am doing.
If you are just jumping into this make sure you read up on yesterday's post I made explaining what I am doing and what projects I am going to get done this month.
This project is what I have been wanting to get done ever since I saw Jessica Garvin's amazing maternity chalkboard posts and I even have a whole pinterest board dedicated to Chalkboards.
So it was long over due and I bought some chalkboard spray paint and got to business.

 I have a whole bunch of old picture frames in a box that my Grandpa Price got me at an auction that has been sitting in the storage room for a couple years now and I decided to go through it to see what was in there to work with.
I ended up finding an old frame that had a canvas in it already that looked like someone had attempted to do a sketch on but it was really light/faded and I decided to just use it for the chalkboard. 
My friend Shelby used a canvas for their chalkboard for their nursery so I knew it would work.
One little mistake I made was not taping off the frame or just taking out the canvas and I just sprayed right over all of it so last night I had to put a couple coats of blue paint on the frame to cover up the overspray of the black paint. I might end up putting more on it to cover it up better.
After the paint was all dry I put the Command Velcro strips on the back and put it on the side of our refrigerator. Yesterday morning I put up a little reminder to everyone in the house to vote!! 
Now I just need some practice with drawing on the chalkboard...