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Chalk Art

Happy Wednesday! How was everybody’s Independence Day? I used to say “4th of July” until I stopped to think about it…it’s more to me than just a date, so I always try and say Independence Day instead. Just a random ramble! Any who, I wanted to take a break from book reviews for a bit and post about a favorite hobby of mine. About 5 years ago I discovered chalkboard art through Pinterest and blogs, and although I’ve never been super artsy, I realized that I LOVE doing chalk art! I’ve never been able to paint or draw like the rest of my extremely artistic family, but I realized that I’m pretty decent at hand lettering. It’s almost therapeutic for me to sit and create a board for an event or for one of my friends.

I’m someone who needs a creative outlet so I started out just playing around with different mediums and styles, and eventually ended on what comes the most naturally and enjoyably for me. I tend to stick to chalk markers since they’re easier for me to control and I can make a cleaner board. That comes in handy when I’m going milestone boards like the ones above because the board can get way too cluttered if you’re not careful. If you follow me on Instagram, (@laceyellehill) or Pinterest (@laceyellehill) then you may have seen me post photos of some of these over the years.

I get asked all the time about my boards so I figured I’d leave a bunch here for you to look at if you’re wanting to make your own chalk art and need some inspiration! 2017 has turned into a total time warp for me and I haven’t been as productive with my boards as I used to. I have a lot of improving to do, obviously none of my boards are perfect, but I have noticed that year after year they’re improving. I just picked up this hand lettering book and I can’t wait to learn more fonts and techniques to hand lettering!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I cannot believe tomorrow is finally Thanksgiving! Even though I’ve been thinking about it and planning for weeks, it seems like November was the quickest month of all. If you follow me on Instagram (@elle.at.home) you may have seen that I’ve been buying decor pieces here and there, while simultaneously freaking about hosting dinner. And here is the finished table, all ready for our family! I love decorating and putting my vision to work and I am so happy with how it turned out! Having a Christmas tree in the mix isn’t traditionally Thanksgivingy, but sometimes you just have to go with what makes you happy and break tradition. Just ask Merida! No decor makes my heart happier than white twinkle lights, and I feel like it brings a festive and cozy feel to the entire room.

Thanksgiving Chalkboard

When you’re chasing after two kids, decorating, and baking at the same time…sometimes ya forget how to spell “Pumpkin”! FAIL

Thanksgiving Table Decor Thanksgiving Tablescape

Table, Chairs, Hurricane Vases, Candles

The menu was much easier to put together than the table, that’s for sure! Both of our families have very different Thanksgiving dinner traditions. My family always fries a turkey and cooks Boudin from our native Louisiana, which is a type of rice dressing made with pork liver and stuffed in a sausage casing. Don’t freak! It sounds funky to someone who has never heard of it (most of America) but it’s SO GOOD. My husband Michael’s family always roasts a turkey and makes a ham, which my father-in-law pairs with the most amazing honey mustard sauce you’ve ever tasted. So this year I thought it would be perfect to mesh both of our family traditions! I give you:

The Anderson-Hill Mega Thanksgiving Menu

2 Fried Turkeys
Spiral Ham with Honey Mustard Sauce
Louisiana Boudin
Ma’s Apple-Sausage Stuffing
Green Bean Casserole
Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Cranberry-Orange Sauce
Salted Dinner Rolls
Pecan Pie Bars
Pumpkin Sheet Pie
Chocolate Creme Pie
Apple Pie
Wine and Champagne

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Gold Plate ChargersPlates, Runner (old, similar here), Silverware, Flutes, Place Mats

Laila has been looking forward to Thanksgiving almost as much as me, she really loves all of the anticipation and festive atmosphere of the holidays! Plus, she LOVES to eat, a girl after my own heart. Buddy really couldn’t care less, although he is excited to have everyone together. While it was a lot of work putting this together and planning it all, I’m so happy that we are lucky enough to have pulled this off and to be able to spend this special day with our family. I can’t help but to think of those less fortunate who can’t enjoy holidays with family and friends, and it really makes me thankful for each of our blessings. This day is always a reminder to take nothing for granted. Happy Thanksgiving friends, I hope your day will be filled with too much turkey and all the happiness in the world!

One Pulse

It’s been the week from Hell in Orlando. We have collectively mourned the loss of a beautiful singer, 49 innocent souls, and a precious little boy…all in less than 7 days. I know that the world has mourned too, and I’ve been so touched by the outpouring of support from all across the globe; but especially from everyone in our Orlando community. Hundreds of people have stepped out to donate blood for the wounded survivors, given their time and money, and just BEEN there for each other. I’ve never experienced such a devastating time in Orlando, but if there is one thing that I have learned from this, it’s that love will always outweigh hate. In honor of Christina Grimmie, the 49 victims of the Pulse Club Massacre, and sweet baby Lane, I am making a decision to put out as much love and light that I can into the world. I encourage you to do the same! Our time on earth is never guaranteed to last, and I can think of nothing better to do with our time here than to spread happiness and cheer!

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