the chalkboard place mats

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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!

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94 comments

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

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  2. 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!

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  3. Anonymous11/23/2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  9. Tricia U.11/23/2010

    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!

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

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  11. Wow, that is awesome!

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

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  13. I'm off to take a look!

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  14. 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???

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

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  16. Awesome! Great idea and theynlool wonderful. :)

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

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

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  19. Gordana11/23/2010

    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!

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

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

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

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  23. 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!

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  24. 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

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  25. Anonymous11/23/2010

    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

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  26. 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.

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  27. this is fantastic! well done, so inspiring!
    xxx

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

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  29. 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.

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

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  31. 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.

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  32. Good idea! Good luck with it!

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

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  34. Congratulations Leslie! They look beautiful.

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  35. 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.

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

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

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  38. Anonymous11/24/2010

    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

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  39. awesome!! def on my wishlist :)

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

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  41. That is super awesome!

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

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  43. Anonymous11/26/2010

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

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

    PS. Such a clever girl you are...

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

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  46. I was just thnking - coasters next?

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

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  48. 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!!!!

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

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

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  51. 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!

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  52. Brilliant, Leslie!

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

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

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  55. 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! ;-)

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  56. Great Idea!

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

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  57. 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.

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  58. 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.

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

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  60. carrie B12/05/2010

    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).

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  61. 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?

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  62. 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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  78. I just got these for my birthday! Love them and they were a hit at the recent sleep over with 3 10 yr old girls! Thanks!

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