Your Guide to Creating Beautiful Spaces, FAST!
January 04, 2004
Issue #016
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Diversity of creative ideas has always been the
hallmark of home decorating. That's why I've asked
designer, artist, educator and writer, Marney
Makridakis, to share her own unique brand of
decorating advice in our "Ask the Decorator" column. I
think you'll enjoy her wit and original insights.

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o News

1) New Decorating Web Site Launched!

o Featured Article

1) Kid's Message Center Craft Project

o Today's Quote

NEWS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


New Decorating Web Site Launched!

You may recall a survey that we did back in November
2003 that asked if you thought a web site dedicated to
decorating children's rooms would be helpful.

Well, the response was overwhelmingly in favor of us
going for it!

So, after spending the last couple of months pulling
together useful articles, we're ready to introduce our
newest "bouncing baby" interior decorating web site to
the world...awwwww :-)

But we've added an interesting twist!

Not only are we giving decorating tips, but we've
dedicated an entire section to creating money-saving
decorative crafts to fill your child's room.

You get step-by-step instructions along with
photographs of completed projects. You won't find
another site on the Internet that has taken such a
unique approach.

So, why did we add crafts to this web site?

Well, when you think about it, it makes perfect sense.
In addition to saving money, these easy projects will
give you the opportunity to...

  • Spend some quality time with your child, and
  • Create memorable decorative treasures

We plan on adding even more articles and pictures in
the future, but I think you'll agree that we're off to
a great start.

OK, OK...I know your curiosity is peeked about the
name of the site, so I won't keep you in suspense. The
new site is called Kids Rooms and Crafts.com.

Even if your kids are grown and on their own, you
probably know someone who could benefit from this

So, please forward this issue of DecoDreams to them. I
bet they would appreciate it. The feature article
below will also give you a flavor for the type of
information available on the site.

I want to again thank everyone who responded to the
survey. I plan on gathering more of your thoughts and
opinions this year because I really want to help you
make your decorating dreams a reality.

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Kid's Message Center Craft Project

(This kids crafts project is suitable for children
ages 12 and up.)

To adjust the project for younger children, use a
pre-made chalkboard or dry erase board.

This craft creates a message board your child can put
in his or her room or even hang on their bedroom

It includes areas to write messages, tack them on the
board like a bulletin board, or clip them onto the

This particular child craft uses a special paint that
creates a chalkboard surface. While you can buy a
chalkboard or whiteboard to reduce the time and
difficulty of the kid's craft project, I've found that
making their very own chalkboard fascinates children.

What you'll need to do this kids craft:

  • 8" x 10" piece of smooth wood
  • 2 pieces of wood for trim: 1 ½" wide by 10" long -
    craft or hobby wood works well
  • 2 pieces of wood for trim: 1 ½" wide by 5" long
  • 3 or 4 corks
  • 2 hinged clothespins
  • Glue
  • Chalk
  • Small wooden flowerpot
  • Chalkboard paint - This paint can be purchased at
    hardware stores or stores that sell kids
    craft supplies.


  1. Sand your 8" x 10" piece of wood to get it as
    smooth as possible. The smoother the board, the
    better the chalk adheres and erases when the project
    is complete.

  2. Paint one side of the piece of wood with the
    chalkboard paint for this kids craft. Let it dry

    Check the instructions on the paint to see if it
    requires a second coat.

  3. Paint each of the trim pieces on all except
    the backside. Once these are dry, glue them onto the
    front of the chalkboard to create a frame.

  4. Paint the clothespins. These may be easier to
    paint if you take them apart. Test one first to see
    how easily it goes back together. If it is very
    difficult to reassemble, it's probably best to paint
    each clothespin as one piece.

    Don't worry if you get paint into the hinges. This
    will dry and crack off without any effect to the hinge.

  5. Glue the clothespins to the side trim pieces.
    You can glue them both in the same direction, or glue
    one with the clamp facing up and the other with the
    clamp facing down.

  6. Glue the corks in a row on the bottom trim
    piece. You may have to hold each of these on for a
    minute or two while the glue dries. These are easier
    to glue on if you cut them in half lengthwise, but
    depending on how dense the cork is this may be
    difficult to do.

  7. Paint the small wooden flowerpot. Glue it
    onto the bottom corner of the chalkboard trim. This
    is to hold the chalk. If you can't find one of these,
    you can use string to tie a piece of chalk to your
    kids craft message center.

That's all to it. Your child will have a personal
message board, and no longer will you have to yell
those famous words..."Clean Your Room!"...just let the
message board do it.

Get more ideas by visiting our new web site...

Kids Rooms and Crafts.com

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"How to Make Roman Shades"
I reviewed this ebook recently and it's
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ***************** TODAY'S QUOTE ***************************

"The definition of a beautiful woman is one who
loves me."

- Sloan Wilson

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Wishing you all the best,

Michael J. Holland - President
Home Decorating Made Easy
Copyright © 2003

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P.P.S. If you're thinking of starting a part-time or
full-time business for crafts or home decorating, be
sure to download our complimentary ebook called From Passion to Cash: How to Make Money With Your Passion of Crafts and Decorating. You'll find lots
of helpful ideas to get you going in the right
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