Tuesday, November 23, 2010

the chalkboard place mats

Do you remember the chalkboard place mats I told you about back in the spring? I told you how we made them and how you, too, can make some. Well, I got such great feedback and inspired some of you. I love that.
Well, you inspired me, too.
I knew I couldn't make them for others, (they are just too darn time consuming) but I thought maybe I could find someone to manufacture them (in the USA) for me. And you. And save everyone some time. So, over the past months, I have been working on this little project. With the help of a friend, found all the right people and an AWESOME product.
I truly can't say enough about these. They are thick and durable and oh, so, smooth, the chalk just glides. Speaking of the chalk, it is like it is magic. For some reason, it produces very little chalk dust. Gotta love that. They wipe clean with a damp cloth and look like new when they dry. They have bull nose edges, so they are careful on the hands. They are safe on your tabletop and will inspire all those in your family.
Have your little ones set the table and have fun while doing it. They can write the names and choose where everyone sits. They can practice spelling words and math problems. They can play tic tac toe and hangman. You can leave notes to others and yourself. You can draw yourself a pretty picture and smile at it all day long. You, and they, will use your imagination to come up with new uses. Trust me, there are plenty!
I opened a little shop so you, too, can have some in your home. They are sold in sets of four and include one box of crayola® colored chalk.
If interested, go take a look.
Thank you... and have a beautiful day!

94 comments:

Suzanne said...

You have all the right connections. It's great to have Friends in high places. I'm so excited!

Jane said...

Yay! I was looking for something to blog about...now I can talk. We love them here at our house. Math problems have been very popular as of late...and to-do lists. Congrats leslie on a fine product!

Anonymous said...

Just bought a set. These are going to be a hit at our table.

tentenknits said...

Holy crap that is awesome! LOVE!! Good luck on this new venture!

Judi A. said...

Could you please give the date of your blog about making the placemats.

RW said...

boo.
you don't ship to canada.
it is a great idea.

Pam said...

Fabulous idea. These are going on my Cmas list. Thanks for making these available.

Sarah Jackson said...

Yay Leslie!! Good for you!! I think these just landed on my Christmas list.

Tricia U. said...

Oh wow! So tell me, what DON'T/CAN'T you do?! Good for you...that is so cool! :) Hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving and thanks for listing the giveaway colors ("Your Piece of Pi"), too!

kim said...

I LOVE these!!! I am so happy that you took a simple idea and turned it into a fabulous product. This is SO great.

mle said...

Wow, that is awesome!

Cutzi said...

I love these. But I love even more that you had the gumption to take it as far as you have! Really cool.

Tara said...

I'm off to take a look!

Sarah Jane said...

Awesome! Thanks!

Erin Joy said...

These are wonderful - just bought my set! They will make a great Christmas present (for the whole family) - question is, will I be able to wait until Christmas to use them???

ColorSlut said...

These are so wonderful! I'm going to have to bookmark and buy a set after Thanksgiving. Goodness you rock!

Martha said...

Awesome! Great idea and theynlool wonderful. :)

Bonnie D. said...

I ordered two sets! These will make fantastic Christmas presents!

Carol said...

I ordered a set. I love this idea. Thank you so much.

Gordana said...

Read your blog, loved the idea and went to the link immediately to buy a set for my sister for Christmas. Darn! No shipping to Canada...heavy sigh. I'll be waiting and watching for when you start to ship outside of the US!

Hilary said...

THAT IS SO COOL! Thank you for putting this all together! Off to check out the shop now...

Barb said...

Leslie -- these are perfect for my nieces! Great idea - thanks!

Julie said...

wow, these are amazing!!! What a fantastic idea. Off to check out the shop....

Chris said...

Hi Leslie! Feel like I've lost touch. Sorry. Just ordered a set for my grandsons. Sure they will love them. You really know how to get things done. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Emma-Jayne said...

They look amazing, since I don't live in US I guess I shall have to get my blackboard paint out and make some. My LO will love them.
x

Anonymous said...

love them leslie!
can't wait to give my sister hers while she is here for thanksgiving...but will need 2 more for christmas gifts!!

betsy

Kat said...

that is so cool! I am hanging till we own our own house and I can make a chalkboard wall. I may have to get the fiancee to make me some of these in the meantime to get me buy. I would buy some but I hate paying shipping to Australia.

ginkotree said...

this is fantastic! well done, so inspiring!
xxx

stitching under oaks said...

the chalkboard placemats are amazing! you are amazing....I've already ordered a set for a gift! Happy Thanksgiving Leslie!

From All Stitched Up said...

This is awesome. Your shop is great love the photo's and wording. You have a great product. I wish you all the best success.

Lesley said...

They look fantastic! What a great product, it's sure to be a huge hit.

Leonie said...

Love that you have taken such a good idea and run with it. I persuaded my husband we needed some after you put your tutorial up last time, so we headed off to the local hardware store and ended up with a big sheet of prepared blackboard that we chopped up into the right size placemats. We use them for shopping lists, To Do lists, notes to the kids, all sorts of things. they are a truly wonderful addition to our house. Thank you for the inspiration.

Maryse said...

Good idea! Good luck with it!

Sue said...

Love these! What a fabulous idea. Congratulations, and good luck! Will be ordering some after Thanksgiving. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Mama Urchin said...

Congratulations Leslie! They look beautiful.

Caroline said...

I so want them (maths problem, spelling while eating), but your little shop said 'Sorry no shipment to Singapore'... Oh well, I just have to wait for your little business to expend.

TD wool design said...

YAY! i'm blogging about it! we are constantly laughing at our table over here!

Shanna said...

These are beautiful! So happy for you - you had a great idea and followed it through to a great product. Congratulations :)

Anonymous said...

OH WOW!!!!! Watch Lesie make millions off her fabulous idea!!! EXCITING venture.

Question though~Could you make it possible to buy the chalk seperately? I was thinking about possibly breaking up a set to have as individual gifts. (birthdays, Christmas, etc..)

Congratulations on such a great idea and ability to make it happen!~Jan

My Love is..... said...

awesome!! def on my wishlist :)

Journeying Five said...

love them!

house on hill road said...

well, you know exactly how i feel about this. this is so great, leslie!

Seanna Lea said...

That is super awesome!

Jan said...

These are so great, Leslie! I'm going to order for Anderson!!

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog and ordered the placemats for my grandchildren!
Loads of $ucce$$ to you!

1/4 of an inch said...

These are fabulous...I reckon my 5 boys would love these...xxt

PS. Such a clever girl you are...

Larissa said...

Brilliant, Lady! Just ordered a set - these look like so much fun!

From All Stitched Up said...

I was just thnking - coasters next?

Kristyn Knits said...

LOVE this idea and venture for you!! Many blessings!

Jennie said...

So glad I checked into your blog - (I always check your gorgeous knitting projects!!!) You are a genious - I am always looking for a unique gift to give - love these - ordered one set may have to order another. Thanks and congrats!!!!

Karin said...

yay!! I hate whiteboards. These are sooo much nicer, and not stinky, I bet!

Bonnie D. said...

Received my two sets yesterday. They are fantastic!! Thanks so much.

Lisa said...

My place mats came in the mail and they are beautiful! My children will love them (they're going to go under the tree). I also like the coaster idea that was suggested. Thank you Leslie, and thank you for your lovely blog!

molly said...

Brilliant, Leslie!

Ally Johnston said...

What a awesome idea, just so inspired, hope the demand for them is smoking hot

Paula said...

That's awesome! So excited for you. Headed over to check them out right now~

Maryse said...

I don't crochet so I prefer to tell you from this post that I'm also thankful that you blog and can visit all year long! ;-)

Nichole-bluegirl said...

Great Idea!

I love it and maybe need to get these for Sarah and her girls for Christmas. Shhh, don't tell.

Nicole said...

Just ordered a set...would have loved to order more, but some of my children may have outgrown the idea, or maybe not:)! We will have to see.

La Cabeza Grande said...

Congratulations on opening your shop! If you find a way to bottle your talent, enthusiasm and love for family, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

margo said...

These are beautiful! Any chance you'll start shipping to Canada??

carrie B said...

Just got my placemats, love, love, love them. Great for math problems, love notes, reminders but also great for KNITTING notes (I knit at the kitchen table while my daughter does her homework).

carole said...

Leslie-- I'd LOVE to order some, but I have a family of 6 now. Is it possible to order 6, rather than two orders of 4?

Diane Wright said...

I got mine in the male and I love them and so do my grandchildren. This is a great product.aterc

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SOLD OUT!!! Oh no! I hope you get more in soon--I want to order two sets!

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