chalkboard chargers & giving thanks

Holiday Table Settings Using DIY Chalkboard Chargers - Made from Plastic Dollar Store Plates

When my husband and I first moved in together – back when it was just the two of us – there was a lot of togetherness.  We lived together.  We ate together.  We commuted to work together.  We watched television together.


In fact, there was so much togetherness that we used to make a formal announcement when we would leave the room.


“I’m heading to the kitchen.”




Be right back, just need to use the bathroom.”


It just felt odd … awkward … to get up off the couch and walk out of the room without some kind of preface.  Do you know what I mean?   Though, announcing our comings and goings was odd and awkward too …


We were also exceptionally polite to another another.  Lots of pardon me’s and excuse me’s and an over abundance of thanks you’s … typically followed by a back-and-forth stream of no, thank you …


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And our exceptional politeness — and excessive thank you’s — continue to this very day.  In fact, they’re greatly encouraged (and, at times, prompted) among our children.  Because please and thank you’s are magic words, after all.  Just ask Barney …


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Speaking of thank you’s, in the spirit of Thanksgiving I thought I’d parse out some here, starting with my husband who works so hard to support our family.  I’m thankful for the gift he has given me that allows me to stay home and raise the kids.  And of course I have to thank my son and my daughter for being such fabulous kids.  Sure, we have our moments, but at the end of the day I wouldn’t trade them for anything …


There’s my mom and dad and sister and brother and brother-in-laws and nieces and nephews.  Even though we’re geographically challenged, they’re always close to my heart.  And I’m also thankful for my “adopted” Chicago family in the form of Mike’s sisters and their children and grandchildren and their extended families.


I’m thankful to you, my readers, for coming here and sharing in my adventures.  And I’m thankful for all the new blogging friends I’ve had a chance to meet virtually – and in person — along the way.


And my thanks you’s wouldn’t be complete without sharing my deep and utter thanks to the founder of Dollar Tree and the creative genius who invented chalkboard spray paint …


Seriously, chalkboard spray paint is the little black dress in my craft closet.  Just look at what a few quick coats did to some super shiny red plastic chargers  I picked up at the Dollar Tree …


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They look so rich, right?


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And dare I say it … sexy?


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And they’re so photogenic that I had a hard time choosing my favorites …


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Oh, and in case you were wondering, Mike and I no longer make formal announcements when we leave a room.



P.S. Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday surrounded by your loved ones!


P.P.S.  If you’re curious about the white pumpkin on the place setting, I made it from a dryer vent.  The tutorial can be found here …

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  1. says

    I totally believe a few more thank you’s and please and you’re welcome’s would make so much difference in this world. It was one of the first words were son and now my grandchildren were taught and said. Love the chargers. I know the plastic red chargers you are talking about. I have a stack waiting to for some creativity to rub on off them. Love this idea and love the pumpkin, too. Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. says

    What a nice, thoughtful post! I know what you mean about extra politeness… Maybe it’s us Jersey girls….
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Erin

  3. Ann Drake says

    I looked for chargers a few weeks ago and couldn’t find any that looked vintage. I, of course, never thought to paint them…and I had no idea there was actual chalkboard spray paint. Live and learn! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Have a wonderful weekend ~ Ann

  4. says

    Well I never would have thought to spray paint the chargers!!!…they are fantastic…and yes, hard to choose the best one! :)…..your place setting is the cutest and over the top creative…I so love reading your stories…and now that I have had the great pleasure of meeting you, the stories really come to life!…Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your beautiful family!!…

  5. says

    Hi Linda! I love the chalkboard paint on the chargers. I don’t know why it doesn’t come to mind more often for me, but now that you’ve called it the little black dress in your craft closet, I know it will. :) Your pictures are beautiful and I love the dryer vent pumpkin, not to mention the post itself. Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. says

    Very sexy chargers, indeed. Though I find please and thank you to be all the aphrodisiac I need. :-) Wishing you a great holiday. Thankful to have connected with you this year.

  7. says

    Hi Linda,
    First of all, I am thankful for You and your blog – you’ve made a real difference in my life {you’ve featured my paint projects twice when I thought (and still do, sometimes) nobody knew my little blog existed}. Your talent and creativity always inspires me. Who would have thought to use a dryer vent to make such a cute little pumpkin. Can’t wait to get me some chalk paint in a can – after all, doesn’t every girl need a LBD in their craft closet?
    Happy Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  8. says

    After Thanksgiving which I will host, I am spreading the chalkboard love all around my house. My in laws would be the kind to think I took a job at a chalkboard paint factory. After tomorrow every surface is a potential chalkboard. I want to bring sexy back.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving my friend.


  9. says

    I loe the chalkboard chargers! Please and thank you are always good…now, if you’ll excuse me…I’m going to go into the other room now.

  10. says

    Linda what a pretty setting.And a cool idea for a pumpkin with that dryer vent! I am thankful we were able to meet up! I hope we will meet up again and have more time to chat! That time went by way too fast! Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  11. says

    Love the post…my hubby never leave for the day with out a love you or hang up on the phone….always a love you…and right now my grand daughter is dancing and singing Thank you Thank you you are the best…..melt….out of no where

  12. says

    I am crazy crazy over chalkboard paint – I’ve noticed it does smell a little weird though. I will be spraying some plates – I love the black. I wouldn’t have thought to use chalkboard paint. Great idea!

  13. casteb says

    Great idea, Linda! I think these would be cute throughout the year, but I’d love to make some for our “Grands'” Christmas Eve table. Oh, I’m so excited! Thanks for sharing!

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