Best Craft Supply I Bought This Week

I know this product has been around for a while (it has to have been) because, come to think of it, chalkboard is not something you find growing naturally in your backyard (or anywhere for that matter.) I’m talking about Chalkboard spray paint! I remember going to school and always sitting in the front of the class (yes, I was THAT student), copying everything down from the board onto my Lisa Frank notebooks (remember those) and inhaling all that chalk dust. I, especially, loved writing on the board. Often times, my teachers would call me up there to write notes and lessons for the class to copy and I would happily oblige. There was something about that little white piece of chalk in my hand and a huge blank blackboard. Maybe it was just the inner nerd in me, but it felt like an open invitation to unleash my artistic side and create something beautiful to look at!

So, the other day, while at the hardware store, I saw it. A shiny can of Krylon chalkboard paint perched up on the shelf like a king on his throne (I swear, I saw the heavenly glow around it and heard triamphant music in the background.) Alright, I’m exaggerating… but that is just how excited I am about this stuff! I, immediately, went back to my workshop to complete a project I had been working on for months, my wooden treat bag holders. These wooden treat bag holders are stands where you can put your goodie bags to display them and make them easily accessible to your party guests. It decorates your dessert table or candy buffet table and not only makes it look pretty, but keeps all the bags in order. I had made them available for purchase a few weeks ago but always thought something was missing. (You may have noticed them in previous blog posts.) I wanted to find a way to have my customers personalize these for their parties. I thought that being able to let your guests know that they can fill their goodie bags with treats to take “For the Road…” or “Treat Bags Here,” or even “Love is SWEET” was a great way to personalize it. And with my chalkboard spray paint, I was able to do just that.

BEFORE (still pretty) AFTER (with chalkboard front)

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AFTER (personalized)

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These lovely (and functional) stands are available in pink, yellow, white, and gold at Ceferina Sweet. Other great uses: wedding program holders and birthday card holders.

More fun uses and ideas for Chalkboard Paint/Spray Paint:

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Getting organized like The Picky Apple and HGTV.

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Give your guests directions to your party (as seen on Babble) or put up announcements at the front door like Life Love Larson.

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Celebrations At Home shared a wonderful idea on using chalkboard paint as a dessert table backdrop and labeled each indicidual treats that way. They also did it for their drink station and bar. How fun is this idea!

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I can’t post something (especially an arts and crafty thing) without mentioning the brilliant Martha Stewart. Not necessarily using the mighty chalkboard spray paint, but you get the same effect for your dining/party tables by covering them in black paper and using chalk to write your guests names. Thought this was eye-catching.

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Giant Balloon Obsession

I don’t know what it is about balloons that make me feel, well… just happy!  They’re whimsical and some kind of magical.  It could just be me… but don’t tell me you don’t feel any sense of wonder looking at these beautiful giant balloon decorating ideas.

Balloon backdrop for dessert tables found on Wedding Lovers Anonymous and The Tomkat Studio.

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A bubbly balloon backdrop as seen in The Celebration Shoppe.

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These giant balloons really set the tone for your event.  Your choice of colors and placement add a fun, whimsical element.  Imagine walking up to a party or wedding venue and this is what greets you at the entryway (seen on Glamour.com)…

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Designer Kristi Bender (from COCOCOZY) uses one 36″ balloon in front of her doorway to welcome her guests.  How easy would it be if you could just tell your guests “It’s the house with the giant balloon outside,” when giving them directions to your party?  She also uses these balloons with beautiful tassels in her backyard birthday bash.

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or just floating over your dining tables as seen in Urban Nest and PHI-STYLE

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They also make the most wonderful photo props!

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(Ruffledblog.com, partini-balloons.blogspot.com)

I am excited to announce that these magnificent 36″ Latex balloons are now available for purchase at Ceferina Sweet in assorted colors!  Come check us out!

Washi {Tape} Wonderland

 Everywhere you turn, these cute and decorative tapes are on every store shelf and every scrapbooking kit these days!  You may have even already acquired some of your own but have no idea what to do with them!  Well, don’t fret, I’ve taken on the challenge of finding all the pretty little ways to play with washi tape!  I won’t lie, I have a stash of my own and I can’t get enough of the them.  Who would’ve thought that a concept so simple as printed tape could do wonders?

Here are my top 10 favorite washi crafts:

1. Tape bow.  Use washi tape to wrap gifts!  You dont need any ribbons… not even wrapping paper!  Just washi.  Look how brilliant!  (Found on Omiyage.)

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2.  The Well Appointed DeskPaper Buzz, and Delightful created a unique way to seal envelopes and packages.  You can spruce up envolopes and plain packages by sealing them with washi.  Turn all your mail into something fun.

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3.  Washi bunting.  Yes, the incredible washi tape can also be used for bunting!  Just a few feet of twine or string and some color coordinated tape can make for adorable bunting!  (Poppy Talk, Polka Dot Lighthouse, Dimple Prints).

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4.  Swizzle sticks.  A.k.a Drink stirrers.  Is there anything washi tape can’t do?

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5.  Washi Tape Cups.  Create your own party cups using washi.  Get creative with patterns, colors, and designs as seen by Indulgy and Food + Femininity

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6.  Flower Vases.  Pretty flowers need pretty vases to hold them in.  Here’s another simple idea by Weddings by Lilly… and she’s using my absolute favorite colors, mint and peach!

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7.  Votive Candles.  Ever wondered what do to with the plain silver candle votives to dress them up?  Well, here’s your answer!  Wrap them in washi! (Mt Masking Tape, For Chic Sake)

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8.  Washi Twistie Ties.  L-O-V-E this idea!  I, actually, have been using washi for this purpose of wrapping our products at Ceferina Sweet and it works GREAT!  It’s so simple but it adds such a lovely touch to packaging the items we sell.  (Also seen in Free Time Frolics and Organize Your Stuff Now)

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9.  Washi Cake Stands.  Those white porcelain cake stands are pretty, dainty and all things sweet… and I am OBSESSED with them!  But every once in a while, change it up!  Make them fun by lining them with washi tape as seen in Homemade by Jill.

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10.  Stickers.  How brilliant is Allison from Little Lovelies?  She makes her own stickers with Washi tape!

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Hope you enjoyed this post and are inspired to get crafty with Washi tape!