Happy Anniversary! I pegged on a Chalkboard.

Before we begin …. 

This little chalkboard is proof, if more proof were needed, that I’m a ‘fricken’ rubbish photographer.  You see … in real life, this little chalkboard is so sweet.  So lovely.  Incredible in fact.  Something I was so proud of making,  and still am proud of making.  But in  all  the photos (and there were a LOT of photos taken) there wasn’t one good one. Not one.  🐻  (I wanted an emoticon with steam coming out of the ears but couldn’t find one, so you have a grumpy bear instead).

It was Mr.Cobs and his enchanting  sweet  charming  wonderful  captivating  rubbish photographer wife’s (me) 36th Wedding Anniversary recently and I wanted something other than just a normal card for him.

I know, 36 years!  I heard you gasp when you read it the first time.  It’s hard to believe isn’t it,  because I look so young in my Gravatar photo. What can I say …  he was a cradle snatcher, but I’ve grown accustomed to his face now so I won’t bother causing a fuss.

I went in search of something which would stand up on the shelf or coffee table, but which wasn’t made from a card or paper product.  I found the very thing. A little Chalkboard!

It came as four unprepared pieces so that you can do whatever you wish to them.  A front and a back piece – which are identical.  And a frame front section which goes on top of the front piece – so forming the frame around what will become the chalkboard, and finally – a smaller piece which will give you the little shelf for the chalk.

I waded straight in and painted the section on the front piece, in black paint to make it look like the black of a chalkboard.  While it was drying, I glued the ‘chalk shelf’ to the frame.  Once the paint was dry, I then fixed the frame onto the front (chalkboard painted) section, and held it tightly using some craft clamps and clips.

1 Anniversary Chalkboard

I painted the legs, frame and back of the chalkboard in Amish Blue paint, then once dry I coated it in a crackle glaze – which I bought many years ago (about 25 years ago) by the bucket-load, (well no, about 15 large bottles of it).  It was a new thing on the market then and I loved to crackle crafty stuff.  I had a couple of bottles left . . . . 

I got a bottle out of my cupboard while chewing on my lip, telling myself that it would be no good.  It would have gone off after all this time.  BUT … IT HADN’T!!!   Ohhhh Joy thy name is Crackle!  I duly painted a coat of the crackle glaze, and once dried, I gave it another coat of the Amish Blue.  I didn’t want the ‘white peeping from behind the blue, or black or red etc’ thing that everyone seems to do.  I wanted a crackle which I could rub some antiquing medium into the cracks so that it had that old cracked varnish look like you find on things in posh shops.

Once everything dry, I added some white stencilling paste around the corner of the chalkboard to give it the suggestion of chalk dust sitting on the side.

Then I turned my attention to fixing the chalkboard back and front together – with soft white string as you can see in the photo’s.  And also make the ‘note’ which I wanted to fix to the board.

2 Anniversary Chalkboard

 

Next was the turn of the decorative paper flowers to the lower left corner.  White paper roses, some Prima blue daisies, and Prima pink roses.  Moss, and a few other bits of floral decorations and the corner was done!  (The twigs and the teeny pine cones came from my garden).

I added the sentiment – on some lovely striped paper from DoCrafts, in their Floral Muse range (which I ‘vintaged’ using brown ink and a duster brush), and fixed them in place using the two pegs (now glued to the board) and a dab of glue to the back of the ‘note’ to make sure that it didn’t try to make a get-away!

In case you can’t read it, the note says:   Happy Anniversary!  You are my best decision EVER!

3 Anniversary Chalkboard

 

And that’s all there was to it!

Explaining it makes it sound really complicated, but it really wasn’t.  Truthfully.  If I made it then any idiot with some glue, paint and a brush can do it.

Ohand yes, he really was.  My best decision,  ever.

After the three photographs you’ve seen here …. (and remember, these are not good) …  this was the next best one….

4 Anniversary Chalkboard

Look how blurred that is!!!   When I first opened up this last photo, I initially took my glasses off and rubbed them with the hem of my t-shirt which I had on!  I thought it was my glasses…. then my eyes …. and only after that did I realise that it was my fantastic talent for taking shocking photos.   (And if you think this one is bad you ought to see the ones I WOULDN’T show you!  lol).  But … if you look really carefully to the top bar, over the chalkboard, you can just about see the fine cracked varnish affect I got from using the same colour over the top of the crackle glaze, and then rubbing antiquing medium into the cracks to make the cracks show up.

Ah but anyhoo …

Before I go I have something I just have to share this with you.  Mr.Cobs reads a little selection of newspapers on-line and he popped over to the Daily Mail to glance down the main home page to see if there was anything he’d missed from elsewhere.   I came in from my craft room to find him laughing so hard (yet trying to keep it under control) so much that I thought he was about to have a fit of some description.  He eventually calmed down enough to show me what he was laughing about.  When I looked at it I too began to giggle, then laugh, eventually having to grab a tissue to wipe my eyes so I could continue to read.  I thought that I would love to share this with you because … well, there’s so much in life to give us a frown right now that if I can make just one of you smile even a little then grabbing the link to this would be very much worth it.  So, with my love, and with the advice of making sure you too have a tissue ready ….  I share this link:  Daily Mail UK – Answers Children gave for Tests.   It will open in another window for you. 

Enjoy!

Thanks for coming for a visit, I love to see you, but then, you know that already.  ❤

Have a blessed day.  Be good to each other.   See you next time.  

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82 thoughts on “Happy Anniversary! I pegged on a Chalkboard.

  1. That card is a masterpiece! And Congratulations to you and Mr. Cobs. 36 years! Chicken Granddad and I will celebrate 37 years in October…..yup I think we were both child brides hahahahahaha.
    I went on over to the link of the kids test answers…loved them all. really laughed on the math one with Bob eating 29 candy bars!

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    • Hellooooo Chicken!
      Child Brides… yes. I think we must have been married on the day we were born. We’re still way too young. 😉 lol

      You and Chicken Grandad, 37 years! WHOO HOO! I think that we have better ‘sticking with it’ power than Gorilla Glue!

      The Test Results: Yup … Bob and his addiction was the one which mad me cry with laughter. I was doubled up and going red in the face. (Not my most attractive. lol)
      Aww, I’m so glad I shared that link. So much fabulous fun, and all free of charge!
      Sending squidges~ Cobs. x

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      • I laughed because I have three sons who would have answered exam questions like that! In fact the oldest did once in awhile. He is the one who wants to run a marathon in London next year! I told him if he does he needs to go visit you for me.

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        • LOL… London is quite a way away from me, and besides that – he should have WAY better places to visit than come to me!

          I knew you’d find the childrens answers a source of fun and giggles. 😀 I’m so glad I was right.
          Oodles of squidges ~ Cobs. x

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            • Noooooo. lol.
              Because the USA is way bigger than Great Britain, in size, US people have a difficult time getting their heads around how far away we actually are from each other, and how long it can take to get from point A to point B.
              We all understand why it happens and we really don’t mind about it. We only worry that folks of the US will come and think they can do the whole Island in a day. LOL.

              We do have tons here to see though – especially so some of the centuries old architecture. I hope your marathon son gets to time enough to see a few places before he has to return home. (St.Pauls Cathedral is incredible, and the Tower of London – which houses the Crown Jewells! Oh … and of course, Buckingham Palace – you can actually now go inside the Palace and have a guided tour too! There’s even a shop inside, where he could buy his Mum a little somthing special as a gift. (just get him to read this reply so that it sows the seed in his brain. LOL).
              BIG squidges and buckets of love ~ Cobs. x

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  2. That is such a splendid idea. It’s not something that I would ever have thought of for a card shape. I can’t seem to get beyond rectangle and square. I do love your work.

    I completely understand your photography challenge. I’m about to give up on photographing my crafts. They are too dark, too washed out, blurry, or crooked. I think I could write my own version of Goldilocks!

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    • (laughing with you, here)
      Noooo, you have to photograph, otherwise we’ll require you to draw and colour your creations!
      Thrilled you like the chalkboard. It fitted my requirement for something other than a paper/card Anniversary Card.

      Thank you so much for coming and having a coffee with me. Love seeing you.
      Have a great rest of your day! ~ Cobs. x

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  3. Aw children, they do keep us laughing. I love watching programs like that when kids are asked funny questions. Very good blog post today, this evening or tomorrow (Wednesday). It’s not here yet. I have yet again been out in the garden all day and have a sunburn on the back of my neck!
    I do like that chalk board and the sentiment is lovely! I have been with my partner for 23 years now, but we are living in separate dwellings now for the last 12 years. Puts a whole different perspective on separate beds 🙂 We get along just fine this way for now, maybe in a few years we can try but I do need my own space with all my craft stuff, but being with him was a good decision 🙂 We are just such good friends, which is a good way to start any relationship 🙂
    Have a great Wednesday. Thanks for keeping me smiling.
    hugz
    me

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    • Hello Soozyb!
      Aw what a treat to read about your partnership with your beloved.

      Although not ‘conventional’, it’s obviously a great way for you two to work with each other, and what’s more …IT WORKS! It works for you two, and that’s what’s important.

      Many congratulations on your 23 years together and also for the 12 years of living in your own dwellings and making your brilliant relationship with each other work fantastically.

      Sorry to hear about your sunburnt neck! ouch!

      Thrilled you enjoyed this blog post, Soozy, and that you got some smiles from the Childrens Test Answers.
      Thanks for coming. Love seeing you. ~ Cobs. xxx

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  4. What a lovely anniversary card, the little chalk board idea is so cute. I daren’t click on the exam answers link until after tomorrow as I’m invigilating SATs tests until then and don’t want to laugh in the middle of the tests as one of the funnies comes back to me! Have a lovely day x

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  5. Not just any idiot — this idiot could not make a chalkboard, certainly not a cute one like yours. Not to worry. The world needs leaders and lots of followers, and I am most content to follow your lovely creations.

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    • laughing to self, softly and lovingly …. Ohhh Dearest, most sweetest Anne, I just know you could do this type of thing. There’s something which tells me there’s a fabulous crafter hidden inside you, young lady.

      tsk tsk… as my mum used to say: “There’s no such word as can’t” (which really annoyed the little me and made me cross, because I knew there really WAS a word. I checked it in the dictionary!)

      Thank you for coming and for your lovely comment Anne.
      Sending love ❤ ~ Cobs. x

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  6. Congrats to you both. Each year is more precious than the last and you are an example to behold. Love the blackboard card.You have more talent in your little finger than should be allowed. Oh goodness…I understand the photo challenge. And the camera never lies. Haha….Now …about this Gravatar photo….can’t recall ever seeing one of you and no I haven’t put one up of me either. Remember..photos don’t lie. HeHe.

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    • How right you are …. the camera does indeed tell the truth.
      I’m a bit weird with regard to photographs. I always manage to stay out of them and, more often than not, be the person taking the photo because then I don’t have to appear in it. (ah, I have it all worked out!)

      In this respect I can appreciate how the Amish people feel about images of themselves in photos, and actively discourage people from taking pictures of them when holiday makers and visitors visit the area where they live.

      From a very young child I hated my photo being taken as I have always felt that the photograph captured a tiny part of me that I would never get back. Like … as if … it snatched, with razor type teeth, a small part of my soul and that tiny part was held captive in that photo. As a child I would weep and beg and cry buckets to get out of sitting on someone’s knee or being included in a group photo on the sofa or somewhere or other. And that feeling has never left me.

      I’ve recently been talking with Mr.Cobs about it as I worry that Little Cobs won’t have a photo of his grammy, so I’ve just, in the past few weeks, now and again, snapped a photograph so that I can include it in a special book (mini album type of thing) just for him.

      As for talent …. Me? Well …. I’ll let you know when I find my talent. LOL.
      Thank you so much, dearest Beverly, for your good wishes and kindness. You are such a truly lovely lady and I have masses of respect for you.
      Sending a bucket of love and squidges ~ Cobs.x x x ❤

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  7. Dear Cobs & Mr. Cobs
    Congratulations on 36 years of wedded bliss!
    Here is a little marriage funny-bit:

    Honey, what will you give me for our 25th anniversary?
    A trip to Thailand?
    Wow, that’s awesome, and for our 50th anniversary?
    Then I pick you up again.

    More funny bits here:
    Source: http://www.short-funny.com/marriage-wife-husband-jokes.php#ixzz4ghEMMPxw

    The chalkboard card is delightful Cobs!
    Have a glorious and blessed anniversary!!
    ~ Tami

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    • OOoooh Tami! A place to find funny is a wonderful place indeed! I shall be visiting that as soon as I’ve finished tapping messages on my blog and visiting other blogs. I’m making sure that I get a reward (your fun link) for being a good girl. (and it’s not chocolate and doesn’t contain any calories! WIN WIN!)

      Thrilled to pieces that you like the chalkboard Tami, and thankyou so much for your very kind wishes and lovely comment.
      Bless you.
      squidges ❤ ~ Cobs. x 🌹

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  8. Happy Anniversary, Mr and Mrs Cobs! 36th eh? Congratulations!
    I love the chalkboard. So novel. And I can’t see anything wrong with the photos, Cobs, unless my eyes are deceiving me. They look fine and crisp and clear to me.

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  9. Happy anniversary to both of you! The card is fab. You are the Queen of those gorgeous clusters of flowers and embellishments. Seriously. I expect Mr Cobs know how lucky he is. Oh, and the exam questions…don’t you love a kid that will give it a go?!

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    • Abso-bloomin’-lutely!
      My personal favourite is the diabetes one. Awww… so funny, and yet intelligent. See … I’d have replied ‘He’s got fat, that’s what he’s got!” and thought it funny.
      But that little one … he went down the medical road and was soooo clever: “Diabetes. He’s got diabetes”. I wanted to scoop him up and hug him!
      (that would be after I’d managed to stop laughing mind. lol)

      Thank you for the Anniversary wishes. Bless your beautiful heart.
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  10. First off, Happy Anniversary! We are at 37 1/2, and it only seems like yesterday! LOL! Time sure flies! What a great project for your honey on your anniversary. I love all of the special touches you did. Your photos are FINE! We are crafters and not expected to be photographers too! LOL! I did have to grab a tissue and white the eyes while reading those test answers! Such fun! Like they say “Out of the mouths of Babe!” They do come up with some good ones don’t they?! Have a great day…2 more and it’s the weekend! Yeah! 🙂

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    • Hi there Nancee!
      You’re absolutely right, time really does fly. You’re beating us by a year and a half, great job!

      Thrilled you like the chalkboard. I so wanted to make something different for him, and he loved it.

      The childrens answers to the tests … “Out of the mouths of babes” …. Absolutely! Lol
      Those answers tickled the heck out of me. Bless their beautiful hearts. LOL

      Have a wonderful day Nancee. And yes… 2 days to the weekend. 😀
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  11. Always enjoy your posts so much. I think the little blackboard is a treasure, great job and the photographs probably don’t do it justice but they are very good anyway. Kids are totally hilarious, thanks for the link to the funnies. X

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    • Hello Barbara 😀
      Thank you so much … for both coming fora visit and for the lovely comment.
      I’m tickled pink that you like the chalkboard, and that you got some giggles from the link to the Childrens Answers to the Tests. They’re such little darlings aren’t they, and filled with so much humour. Bless their delightful little hearts. LOL
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  12. Fantastic! Another masterpiece. Checked out the link. So funny. “move it, move it” LOL! Thank you for the lovely comment you left on the CI blog Cobs. You are so kind.
    Hugs Flo xx

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    • ‘Move it, move it’ … I know!!! LOLOL
      Aw those answers had me doubled up with laugher. I think my favourite was the ‘Diabetes’ answer which was the one that had me helpless with laughter. Bless ’em all.

      The comment … was just me telling the truth. You’re amazing, and I love you to pieces.
      Thanks for coming Flo, and for your lovely message. ❤
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  13. Happy anniversary 😃 Such a lovely card and sentiment. You are so clever with your card making – I get don’t think beyond rectangle or square cards with something stuck in the middle.

    Hope you both had a lovely day. Hxx

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    • Hello Hannah, and thank you. I’m over-joyed that you liked the chalkboard card. I just wanted something ‘different’. He’s that used to seeing all the cards I make, so I knew that I’d have to come up with a different idea in order to make an impression – and be worthy of putting in the keepsakes chest which we have in our bedroom. (The TV stands on it. lol).
      We had a really lovely day, thank you.
      love and squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  14. Well a very happy anniversary to you both, what an achievement or as Mum would’ve said, you get less for murder! I totally understand your frustration when photographing items. I love photography and am contemplating a class just for the basics, you never know, it might cure our problems and then I could tell you! Beautiful item for a wonderful memory 🙂 x

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