tgif {roundup and favorite things}

Is it just me, or did this week go by really quickly? It was a big week for RICE, from being featured on Remodelista, to having 3 projects on the front page of craftgawker, and seeing a steady rise in readership. It’s quite exciting. I thoroughly enjoy sharing ideas, projects and the likes. My love of all things handmade really grew as I was planning my wedding in 2008. But even before then, when I was living at home in high school, I perpetually rearranged (and repainted) my room. I’ll never forget that one time I put a putrid lavender-pink color on one wall. I have no idea what made me do that. It was dreadful. Thankfully paint is an easy fix! Anyway, this morning I’m sharing another roundup. My goal for Fridays will be to share a roundup and then I’ll come back and share a project for the weekend. {spoiler- the project today will be our diy headboard!}

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Chalkboard walls. I used to not like them. I’m not sure why. Maybe because they were everywhere. But then, one day, I couldn’t resist any longer. And now they’re one of my favorite things. Especially when they’re done like this one!

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Annie Sloan Chalk paint is my favorite. It’s so easy to work with. It’s really durable. And it comes in my favorite color. They call it Arles. I call it perfect.

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So when I saw this picture- a mustardy table beside a chalkboard wall, my heart skipped a beat. How’s that for dramatic. (I don’t know the source of this photo. If it is yours or you know who it belongs to, please let me know!)

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The tutorial for this charming scrapbook can be found over at embellish. It’d be a thoughtful gift to give on Valentine’s Day, or for no reason at all. Or make one for yourself!

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Head over here to get the recipe for Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash and Quinoa. It is so delicious. Warm, satisfying and hearty just like the title says. And it’s pretty. I’m making it again this weekend.

Come back this afternoon to see our {diy headboard}! I’m very excited to finally share it!

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