Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I Think I'm Being Ignored


The point of hanging a chalkboard in Isabella and Max's bathroom was to have a place to jot down some of their responsibilities, as a reminder. I pondered whether or not there was any chance it would help in this post. I loved the comment from Autumn, author of the blog design*dump:

"probably not! they'll still need some coaxing from mom! maybe you could write the message backwards, so they can read it when they are standing in front of the mirror! might make things a little more exciting for them to have to "decode" the message."

I thought this was a great suggestion! So I wrote the reminders backwards.



Can you believe they haven't noticed yet?! A full two days later. Come on, the message could not be more clear when standing at the mirror. (And Max is a great reader...no excuses there!)

Or perhaps they are simply ignoring me? Most likely. Kids...


Then, just look at this pretty fabric! Based on the happy and bright colors, you can see I am in no way ready for fall. Later in the week I'll show what the beautiful print has become...

35 comments :

  1. The pattern is too big for a lampshade. HMMMM??
    Where is the fabric from?

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  2. You are a great mama to take the time to write your kids responsibilities backwards just for fun! Looking forwarding to seeing where that gorgeous fabric will end up.

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  3. What a beautiful pattern, Like everyone else, I'm looking forward to seeing what you do it it.

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  4. Good job with the backwards writing! And that fabric is amazing...

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  5. Yes, I see years of reminding in your future, tee-hee. It comes with the role, or so I have found. The fabric is gorgeous and why shouldn't you cling to summer? We all need a little bright spot. I will be watching to see what comes next.

    -Rene

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  6. Gorgeous fabric! May I ask who makes it and where you found it?

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  7. I laughed out loud when I read they didn't notice the message written backward!! I bet they did...

    What a great fabric and such a happy print. Looking forward to seeing what's up your sleeve!

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  8. That is too funny that they haven't noticed. I thought that they would want to claim that board as their own and write their own messages. As soon as they notice, I am anxious to see the backwards messages they write. Very nice handwriting by the way... :-)

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  9. I am with Erika...I think they have seen the message but they're just choosing to ignore it :)

    Can't wait to see what the fabric becomes!

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  10. Love the idea of chalkboard in the kids bathroom. I might have to try that! :)

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  11. HA! Nice try! If this makes you feel better, mine rarely listen when I verbally tell them what to do;-)

    Why does that faric look familiar?!?! I love the colors and I can't wait to see what you're up to!

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  12. lol!!! love it - so funny they did not notice- or did they? and they want you to "think" they didnt ;-)

    and that fabric is FAB!! cant wait to see what you've come up with.
    I sooo enjoy reading your blog. What an inspiration! Thank you!!!

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  13. it turned out super cute janell!
    :)

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  14. That is awesome that they haven't noticed! I say that because its nice to know I'm not the only mom that is being ignored around here! I wonder when they will say, "Hey who wrote some weird language on on chalkboard!"

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  15. You mean pink is not an all-year-around color choice? It is at my house! Can't wait to see what you're up to now!

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  16. I love that fabric! i hope you share details of where you got it? I am looking for something like that for my teenage daughter's room! Even as teenagers they choose to ignore you!

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  17. The fabric is from Calico Corners, ABYLA in Pink. I just did a search on their site and here is the link, but to a different colorway. When I ordered my piece they had a lot of stock on hand, not sure why the pink is not on the website.

    http://www.calicocorners.com/product/designer+fabrics+for+the+home/shop+by+type/linen/abyla+olive.do

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  18. Typical kids! A suggestion.. add a random idea to the list, such as 'walk the goldfish' or 'We're going to the zoo today.' They'll comment on that!!

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  19. Oh now that is funny! I am sooooo doing that, stat! Janell

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  20. I used this same fabric as the starting point for my daughter's bedroom makeover. I used it for her curtains and absolutely love it! I would love for you to take a look if you get the chance: http://reddoorhome.blogspot.com/2010/05/final-bedroom-reveal.html

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  21. I love that fabric from Calico corners - can't wait to see what your up too

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  22. Red Door Home...I just stopped over to see your daughter's room, it is stunning! What a great job you did, I'm inspired! Janell

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  23. LOL!!!! I'm sorry but all I can do is laugh!!!!!...I can almost feel your "frustration"!!!!!!:D......
    Love the idea though..;)

    Lynda

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  24. That is adorable! So fun.

    Your fabric reminded me of this project (you might want to try with your kiddos)

    http://bontempsbeignet.blogspot.com/2010/07/diy-project-toilet-paper-roll-wall-art.html

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  25. I have to laugh because I tell my husband that it's a child's job to ignore their mother and listen to their father. Great pattern for the shade!
    xoxo
    Lila Ferraro

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  26. THat's too funny. Two days later...would probably happen exactly that same way at my house. ;-)

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  27. That is pretty funny they haven't commented yet! And the fabric is right up my alley....cannot wait to see what you do with it!

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  28. HAHAHAHA THAT WAS A GREAT IDEA.
    But they probably notice and kept quiet. Kids!
    Beautiful fabric!

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  29. I love it!! My kids have selective hearing, drives me crazy :)

    I love your stencil below, stunning!
    XO
    Kristin

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  30. Perhaps I should tap into several of your design ideas in an effort to communicate with my kids. I could put a "Flush the Toilet" stencil on my new framed mirror and "Wash Your Hands" on a framed chalkboard as well. To makes sure my point was being taken. Listening is a pain point for me right now, can you tell? ;-)

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  31. Jenny, Thanks for the BIG laugh!!! And I'm sorry, I do feel your pain! I repeat myself so often I get sick of my own voice! Good luck getting your message across! Janell

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  32. Love the backwards writing idea! too bad it hasn't worked though! I think they're ignoring it... :)
    can't wait to see what your gorgeous fabric becomes!

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  33. haha too cute! clever for sure.
    :))))))))))))))))

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  34. Thanks Janell! I'm off to the Calico Corners website!

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  35. Yesterday, I placed a note for my kids (bring laundry downstairs,etc.) on the clean kitchen table and even put it on an upright easel. The three of them did not notice the note. I wonder if I placed money in the same spot with their names on it, if they would notice? I am thinking "yes."
    -Trish

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