i heart maternity leave

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love, love, love my job. There isn't anything in this world that I would rather do to make a living. I realize how blessed I am to be able to say that and mean it.

With that said, I am so full of gratitude for this special time of maternity leave that I get to stay home and spend all of my time with my precious family. There really is nothing better in this world. Keegan and I have been doing so many fun things together, I have been cooking meals, doing crafts, snuggling with my baby girl and I even watched a movie the other night. I have been so busy the last several years that this amazing time at home has been SO good for my soul.

I wanted to share a little crafty project with you that I did the other day. I didn't take photos of the project as I went along but the process was pretty simple. This is a chalkboard that during the Christmas season was covered with Christmas cards. During the rest of the year it usually has something written on it in chalk. I am in the process of redecorating a lot of things in our house and displaying our photos is one thing that it is at the top of my decorating priority list. I am a photographer for goodness sake. ;) So.....here she be.

So, what do you think? I just love it! I wish that I could magically make my heat registers move off of my walls and onto the ceiling or the floor but I haven't been able to figure that one out yet.

I bought doilies with a coupon from Joann Fabrics but they were bright white and I wasn't in love with that look for this project. So, I dipped them in a bowl of diluted black tea. Instant antique doilies. The Polaroid photos came from a pinterest download. I used photoshop to resize them for 4x5 prints and dropped my photos on the image with photoshop.

I just taped everything to the board so that I can easily switch things out. I debated repainting the chalkboard but I kind of like the look of the chalky residue.

I cut a piece off of my homemade Christmas garland to keep out as a little added interest on my piano.

I plan on posting some more photos of other fun projects that I have been working on very soon. I hope that you have a wonderful day!