Thank you, so do I! As soon as I saw it, I just knew I had to have it for my shop! It just kind of reminded me of my shop's style--recycled with an Industrial Chic vibe. I bought it from a very talented Etsian, who's shop is called, Ladedainvites. It's called a Pre-Made Etsy Shop Set, and they are made by very talented Graphic Artists that sell on Etsy. It's a really great way to give your shop a professional look, quickly and without spending a lot of money.
Does your custom puppy chalkboard look like your puppy?
Right now I'm working on my Easter Collection, which will include a "Chocolate" Bunny Chalkboard, which is painted with brown chalkboard paint, as well as Easter Egg shaped Chalkboard Tags, that you can write the kids names on & hang them on their baskets. These are great because you can just erase them and re-use them next year.
I think that's one of the things I love most about chalkboards. They are functional decor! I love anything that helps you get organized, or that you can re-use!
What's your favorite thing to create?
Recycling & repurposing is a huge passion of mine, and it really is the reason I started my Etsy business in the first place. I was always making over pieces that I found at thrift stores or garage sales, and friends & family kept asking me to make them something like I had just made myself. So I thought I would just try it out.
My first pieces I ever listed are really my FAVORITES to create, which are my Industrial Chic- Memo Centers, and Chalkboards. I LOVE to go "Thrift-Storing" and find old things like shutters, or cabinet doors. Then I look for fun, old metal "thing-a-majiggies" and I put them all together...but I add something "functional" like a chalkboard, cork board, magazine rack, etc...finish it off with a beautiful black & white damask material, and I think you end up with something really unique and fun.
You say in your descriptions that you do your own cutting. What tool do you use?
I use an Electric Jig Saw. Oh, I'm like a ninja with that thing, and I scare the heck out of my husband!
I actually just bought a really nice Scroll Saw, but I'm too afraid to use it. I haven't had a chance to really learn what I'm doing, so for now I'm sticking with the Jig.
Everyone loves freebies. Do you send out some freebie chalk with your boards?
I JUST got a big bulk order of chalk so that I could do just that... and you are right, everybody DOES love freebies, including me!