Chalk Art Hack

I don’t know about you, but every time I see really cute chalkboard art in people’s homes or offices I always think "THAT'S SO CUTE! I could never write like that." Since I started relying on my computer and my iPhone for pretty much everything, my handwriting has gotten so bad. Because of that, I was a little nervous to agree to help my sister-in-law with some of their wedding decor plans last month. She loves the gold frame chalkboard look (which is adorable) so I set out to make it happen. As a designer, I told myself this CAN NOT look bad. LOL. So, I thought back to my old art class days where we learned a lot of different techniques for achieving certain looks. Hence today’s Chalk Art Hack. So, I’ll show you step by step how to achieve AWESOME looking chalkboard art that will have all your friends asking “did you write that??!” Here is goes…

What you need:
    •    chalkboard (framed or un framed)
    •    computer
    •    fonts you like
    •    printer
    •    regular printer paper
    •    pencil
    •    regular chalk or chalk pen 

chalk art hack by promise tangeman

Instructions:
00 - First, If you’re looking for a cute chalkboard gold frame like the one I have, It’s super easy to make. I just bought a gold frame that I liked and painted the clear glass with a couple of coats of chalkboard paint. Easy peasy! 
01 -  Find a font that you like on the computer and create a document with the words that you want to have written. The font that I used for this project is Adios.
02 - Print out the document on your home printer
03 - Take a pencil, flip the paper, go to the window and color in the letters on the back side of the paper. Make sure you press so that it’s dark. I like to follow the lines of the letters to make sure it’s neat and tidy.
04 - Flip the paper back over and put it on the chalkboard. Begin filling in the letters again with your pencil. Make sure you hold the paper in place so that it doesn’t move around. This will leave a graphite impression of the letters on the chalkboard.
05 - Make sure you can see the graphite outline on the chalkboard
06 - Take your chalk or chalk pen and draw over the graphite impression.

All done! What do you think? Think you’ll try this? My know how bad my handwriting is so they literally did ask me “did you write that?” haha “Yes! Technically yes!” LOL.

Summer Shorts

Every spring I struggle to find good shorts that aren’t too tight, too low, too short but are also somewhat stylish. I feel like I hit the jackpot this year when I checked out American Eagle. They had SOOO MANY styles, sizes, shapes, cuts and lengths. I think I tried on all of them and to my surprise, I loved almost everything I tried on. SHOCKER!! I have and love both the Midi style (here and here) and the Festival style (here and here). And to top it off....they're on SALE right now! I also think the festival shorts will look super cute with tights in the fall!

My Favorite Modern Affordable Outdoor Dining Furniture

I’m back with a little update on our backyard project. We LOVE the guys that are making everything come together in our outdoor living space and I’m getting excited to see that its almost near completion. Yay! It shouldn’t be long now until we can relax and enjoy it. 

Promise Tangeman modern backyard

A couple weeks ago,  I rounded up a few of my favorite modern and *MOST* affordable outdoor lounging furniture pieces and I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed it. It sounds like a lot of you are on the same page…as in, not willing spend a lot of money on furniture that goes OUTSIDE. Right? I mean…I want to have fun with it and enjoy it without caring that it’s going to get faded, dirty, damaged, or ruined. So, today I put together my favorite modern budget friendly outdoor dining furniture. I hope you enjoy it! Leave a comment if you know of another piece worth including.

Affordable Outdoor Dining Furniture by Promise Tangeman

My Company Is Hiring

I'm so excited to announce that we're hiring. My company at Go Live HQ is growing fast and we're on the look out for top notch talent to help us take new ground. We have 3 new positions open and we'd LOVE for you to apply. Check out the details below.

01 - EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATOR
Reporting to Promise Tangeman-Wurzell, the CEO and Creative Director of Go Live, the Executive Administrator is responsible for providing administrative services and  management to Promise and the Go Live team. The position serves as a first point of contact for Go Live’s customers and clients including incoming inquiries, day to day correspondence amongst the team and other various organizations. This role requires exceptional communication, strong organizational skills, leadership, and top notch customer service skills in a small but fast paced environment.

02 - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT/OPPERATIONS MANAGER
Reporting to Promise Tangeman-Wurzell (the CEO & Creative Director of Go Live), the Business Development/Operations Manager will assume a strategic role in the overall management of the company. The position contributes to the development and implementation of organizational strategies, policies and practices. With day-to-day responsibility for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related activities of the company. This will include direct responsibility for accounting, finance, forecasting, strategic planning, legal, property management, deal analysis, negotiations, developing and managing partner relationships, data entry, accounts payable, payroll, managing the organizations HR and creating organizational and program budgets.

03 - GRAPHIC & WEB DESIGNER
Reporting to Promise Tangeman-Wurzell (CEO & Creative Director) and the Executive Administrator, the Graphic Designer is responsible for creating original graphic designs for Go Live and their clients. This position includes day to day correspondence with the team to create helpful blog posts, social media graphics, custom visual identities, custom websites, website themes and other various creative tasks that may be assigned.

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The Best Watermelon Salad For The 4th Of July

HAPPY 4th of July!!!! If you’re not Susie Homemaker and you STILL have no idea what you’re bringing as an appetizer for today’s cookout, JOIN THE PARTY!!! Literally! But luckily, I have an idea for you to try!! It’s super yummy and fits all of my very elite and prestigious requirements for my go-to dishes: quick, easy and unique. LOL. It’s a different twist on a watermelon salad with watermelon, blueberries, feta cheese, mint, and balsamic. It looks festive and tastes gourmet with the balsamic and feta cheese surprise. Here's how to make it! Like I said, it's super easy.

What you’ll need: 
1 - Whole Seedless Watermelon (5lb)
1- Package of cubed or crumbled Plain Feta Cheese (1/2 cup)
1 - Package of Mint Leaves (1/4 cup)
1-2 - Package(s) of Blueberries (1/2 pound)
1 - Balsamic Vinegar (I love Fig Balsamic if you can find it), the thicker the better! 
1 - Large bowl for the salad

Directions: 
Step 1: Cut watermelon in to bite size pieces and place in the bowl
Step 2: Wash and place blueberries into the bowl  
Step 3: Prepare the mint to your liking with whole leaves, chopped or just torn up nicely works too and place in the bowl
Step 4: Add feta cheese, should be roughly a 1/2 of a cup
Step 5: Lightly toss the ingredients to mix them up, refrigerate until ready to serve
Step 6: Just before serving, drizzle the Balsamic Vinegar across the top of the salad

the best quick and easy watermelon salad for the 4th of july