I’m not going to lie to you guys, I was SO excited to share this one with you! I made this months ago for Remodelaholic. That’s the way their schedule works, way in advance. I lettered it while chatting with my kiddos and was darn proud of how it turned out considering. I didn’t have to erase any of the chalkboard to start over! It was my first time lettering with a chisel tip marker instead of a brush tip, so I really concentrated each letter on which way I had to hold the marker to get the thin or thick stroke. I had Shane and my dad look it over to make sure I didn’t write Apple instead of Alpha or Roger instead of Romeo. Then I put it up on my wall, took a bunch of photos, invited friends over- some of them commented on it too. It’s been up for 3 months in my home, you guys (and we have people over somewhat regularly).
Then I went out of town camping, and was driving back into service when it finally went live at Remodelaholic, to a bunch of emails and comments that went something like this, “It’s nice but it’s too bad you can’t spell- what a shame”.
UGH! Since Windsor was born in December, I feel like every project that I put out… spelling or grammatical errors are my ‘thing’. And that pains me! I actually love to edit papers, resumes, and tests- did you guys know that I’m an academic at heart? I have even taught at the University here a semester between the twins and my second pregnancy and have had academic work published. I really do care about these things… when I’m caring about them.
But when I’m lettering (a hobby), I’m so focused on making it look pretty… learning the different ways to illustrate a letter to make it look just so. Lettering is something I really LOVE to do, but it’s not something that comes naturally to me. I’m working hard to train my hand and my eye and I’m so enjoying that process. So when I’m making an alphabet to look pretty on my kid’s walls? Or writing out 26 random words in a phonetic wall hanging for my basement? You guys, I just can’t be bothered to change it. And you know what? It’s CHALK. So it’s really easy to change should I want to.
I’m embarrassed in some ways, but I’m also damn proud that I’m still making time to create with three kids under three years old underfoot. And these spelling errors add a little humor to our home. My hubby and I have laughed about how we managed to have SO many sets of eyes on that alphabet artwork without realizing that I mixed up where the W goes… until it had been published for 3 days! And to be honest, at first I laughed when I noticed India was spelled wrong. But the comments and emails have gotten a little nasty, you guys. It’s not like I’m selling this piece. If I were, I’d totally send you out a new one (of course). I’m showing you how to make a pennant chalkboard (and suggesting you write the phonetic alphabet on it).
Maybe I’m just in a bummed out mood because life after vacation is always a tough adjustment, but I wanted to take this post to give a reminder. Blogs are people. We are people with real lives (and often very real screaming children interrupting us halfway through our passion projects) and real feelings. I’m all for having my errors pointed out to me- how else would I know to fix it if I wanted to? But let’s try be a little friendly, can we please?
I do want to say that SO many of you are incredibly wonderful. You make this totally worth doing, so I’m not even sure if anyone reading this far (thank you!) would ever send an email with such snark. BUT I’ve heard a lot of bloggers I love speaking about this lately. Why all the negativity around the things we share with you? I’m not just talking spelling mistakes here- those are real and totally worth pointing out. I’m talking personal preference.
I’ll use my own posts as example, but emailing me to tell me that it’s, ‘a complete waste of money to put cabinets above your fridge- no one can reach it up there anyways and it just looks dumb’ or, ‘I can’t believe you’d make ANYTHING for your house out of a pallet, you’re deliberately putting your children’s life at risk’, that’s not necessary! And guys, these aren’t even the worst. And it’s not like I post controversial things, they’re crafts (seriously!). I’ve got a pretty thick skin, I understand that by sharing what I’m creating- not everyone is going to love it. And by putting it online, there are people that will share their opinions more openly than if I had invited them in person over to my home.
But please, please- just like you’re asking me to proofread my alphabets- proofread your comments and remember that you’re talking to a real person (probably sitting at their computer at midnight to get you a post they’ve poured a bit of theirselves into).
Anyways- check out my DIY supersized wall pennant if you like. And if you’re a blogger that’s been experiencing a bit of the nasty, feel free to share. And if you’re on my email list, you’ll see these pieces coming your way in an 8×10 shortly.