Today was a very hard day for this mommy. My 5 (soon to be 6 on Sept, 16th) year old baby is growing up and I cannot do anything to stop it, trust me I have tried! She was so ready for this day! As much time as I have spent preparing her for her big day, teaching her about compassion for others, kindness, manors and everything else you want to instill in your children, I forgot to prepare myself for this sad and wonderful (for her) day. I made sure she knew last night that I was going to cry but it was ok, because I was just so happy for her and her new adventure (but really I am just sad for me..well both, but mostly me lol)!
Somehow I managed to wait until her smiling face and waving hand was out of site on her big yellow bus before I had my melt down. My neighbors know me all to well and they all looked at me to see if I was going to make it before I even started the rolling tears. I was literally crying so hard that her dad shed a few tears. YIKES, yes I am super emotional when it comes to this little princess and I have even shed a few writing this post which is why it is taking so long to get out there in blog land since I have to keep stopping and pulling myself together to continue! Oh boy!
I would love to hear from other moms who have went through this to get some advice because I can not imagine tomorrow will be any better for me. She LOVED school and her teacher is super amazing and I could not be more excited about that, just have to find a way to dig deep and deal with the empty nest syndrome!
Ok so enough about my sadness, I bet you are wondering about her really fun chalk board sign I made for me. It was really quite simple and fun to do.
If you have read any other posts on my blog you would know I co-own a craft store called American Clutter and we “upcycle” and crate fun products all day long. We have a stock pile of picture frames from thrift stores, yard sales, and flea markets that we do all kinds of crazy things with. So last night I sprayed the glass with chalk paint after I removed it from the frame, but first spray it with a primer so it adheres really well!! I put 3 coats of chalkboard spray paint on it to cover it very very well because when I can muster up the courage to erase my drawing I am going to hang it in my house to match my new yellow end table I just redid.
I painted the frame with Honey Locust paint (you can see the brand I used in the post from the end table) and then used Briwax to rustic it up..I am obsessed with that wax!. Put the glass back in once everything was dry and started to doodle. I free-handed everything on here so it might be crooked and kinda messy. I was really proud of myself that I only had to erase a few words to re do them..normally I would have erased the whole thing a million times, but I was exhausted and crying every two minutes as I was writing on it so I just hustled through it so I could go to bed and cry in my pillow haha. Oh, and I used a white chalk marker I got from Wal-Mart and then bought a pack of colored chalk to color it in because Wal-Mart was out of the markers in different colors. P.S. the chalk markers are AWESOME! I just ordered this set from Amazon Liquid Chalk Markers because Micheal’s does not carry them and walmart only has packs of 4 in boring colors!
It came out so cute, at least I think so and I am so glad I took the time to do this for her because the photo is priceless and a great keepsake! So grab a frame and get to work, make you kiddo take the pic and just pretend it was the first day of school if they already started haha. No one will know it wasn’t, well except you, but in 20 years you will forget too!
Ok off to bed for day two of school. Wish me luck and maybe send me a few boxes of Kleenexes to get me through the next few days..or years!