16 July 2009

giveaway: mini chalkboards

mary kate is an illustrator with a flair for originality and a witty take on making daily goals. she has created these mini goals chalkboards, perfect for thinking big in a small space. i think them quaint and clever. (i even sent one to my sis for her birthday last week.)



mary kate is kindly offering one m.writes reader a chalkboard from her mini collection. each board is hand painted by the artist herself. simply leave a comment to enter to win. list one of your mini goals this summer. comments are open until saturday / july 18 / midnight / mountain time. a random winner will be announced once i return from vacation.

thank you, mary kate, for making to do lists even more fun.

153 comments:

Elisabeth said...

i adore these.
my mini goal is to take hip hop classes this summer (beginning tuesday) and not chicken out and learn to be more inhibited.

sara said...

so cute! my roommate & i were discussing yesterday that we want a bunch of little chalkboards around our new place.

there's lots to do on my summer to do list:

1- get my life together.
2- take more pictures.
3- smile always.
4- take a road trip with friends.

ashleyrwatts said...

One of my mini-goals this summer is to learn to watercolor well! I just started playing around the other day, lol

Kathleen said...

What lovely little chalkboards!
If I get one, I'll write these mini-goals right away:
-take an early morning walk by the sea
-cook a beautiful meal
-meet some bloggy friends face to face

The Fletchers said...

What a cute idea!!

Mini goal for the summer - learn how to knit...

Katie said...

these are so sweet! my mini goal for the summer is to finish all the knitting projects i started over the past year. so i guess that makes it a not-so-mini goal. :)

Mary said...

adorable! my mini goal is to keep up with friends - make a phone call or write a quick note or e-mail to someone once a week.

Caitlin said...

Gah! How cute!

My mini goal of the summer is to take at least 300 pictures. :)

middleofthetable said...

these are fantastic! one of my mini-goals for the summer is to read a book a month for fun. seeing as how i read 3 last week, I think I'm well on my way... :)

K.Rae said...

find a guitar and start picking at it--lessons are my fall goal ;)

Gabrielle said...

These are absolutely fantastic. Thanks for letting us know about them. My mini-goals for the summer are:

- To make jam and marmalade at least three more times
- To take my son to the beach
- To get back to pilates!

Catherine said...

So cute!

My mini goal for the summer is to start doing yoga consistently. I'm 16 weeks pregnant and I know yoga will be good for me as the next 24 weeks progress, but it's not something I'm good at so it's hard to stay motivated.

...Mrs. Southern Bride... said...

Those are so cute!

--Take a vacation
--Pay off debt

Alyssa said...

Too fun!

- get my house clean (and keep it that way)
- have friends over more often

Kelly said...

my goal is a simple one that's harder to achieve than it might seem - take one day at a time, get all you can out of it and leave with no regrets.

xo
kelly

mrsj said...

those chalkboards are adorable! my mini goal this summer is to get organized for the upcoming school year. (I teach middle school)

steph-a-ronie said...

Oh my goodness! What fun!

My mini goal this summer is to get some of my photos printed and finally put something on my walls.

Hip Hip!

the dibers said...

how cute!!
my goal is to get my house and head organized before baby #4 comes in october
you think a chalkboard can help with that? i do!!

Gayle said...

these are so adorable! one of my summer goals is, while also job searching, is taking advantage of being unemployed and catching up on my scrapbook!

wesley's mom (sue) said...

hmmm. I seem to have MANY goals, but most of them are not mini.

The one I'm working hardest at is "not being so easily overwhelmed".

Natalie* said...

it would absolutely make my day to win! my summer goal? to finish the book i started in january (i have three kids the youngest of which is 9 months) - as much as i love to read, my time is not exactly my own anymore. winning a mini chalkboard would at least help me laugh a bit at this point in life!

Holly & Helen's Hassack said...

soo perfect. a great reminder to always move past yesterdays flaws & live for today. love it!

ellen said...

i love the little chalkboards! one of my summer goals is to climb the bunker hill monument (i've lived in boston 21 years and never done it).

Martha H. said...

Those are so fun.

One of my mini goals for the summer: don't eat too much ice cream.

Susan said...

one of my summer mini goals is to swim in the ocean at least 3x - love these mini blackboards !!

Simply Stork said...

oh they are so adorable...please count me in :o)

~simply~

Sarita Emilia said...

so clever! I'm in love! Summer goal... there are several. Let's just say I want to finish getting settled in our new home and get some pretty art on the wall before the days get short.

Julie said...

These are wonderful! My main summer goal is to live IN the moment with my children. All too soon they will head back to school. Specific goals: take our bikes to the park, pack picnics, catch lightning bugs and take nature walks.

Heather said...

My mini goal is to finish putting together a cookbook of my mother in law's recipes! Can't wait! I really want this chalkboard!

::Sylvia:: said...

I *love* these little chalkboards!! My main goal this summer is to make every moment count. My oldest little guy is starting Kindergarten in the Fall and I am going to miss him soo much! I feel like he'll be half-way across the world instead of a few minutes away. So my goal is to fill his last summer before entering the real world with lots of love, laughter and memories! :)

Jessica said...

My mini goal for this summer is to get my hubs to go real camping overnight with our kid.
Fingers crossed!!!

hannah said...

My mini goal is to host a garage sale to get rid of all this junk and extra furniture.

Those are adorable!

nc said...

Those chalkboards are wonderful! My mini-goals this summer are to read the giant book Infinite Jest and to make exercise a regular part of my life again. So far I'm on track with both!

Laura said...

My mini goal for the summer is to see my writing published (not so outlandish - I just finished my first major article for a magazine I'm interning for).

...and to go to the park.

Krista said...

i want to eat healthy again. maybe this chalkboard would be the perfect little reminder

Lynn said...

How adorable.

This summer I want to enjoy it! Lemonade, swimming, drive-inn theater, naps on the lawn, maybe even a treat from the ice cream man!

RW said...

my mini goals include :
making cherry jam and homemade salsa

P.S. said...

My summer goal is to paint my house! All those swatches intimidate me, picking the color is the hardest part.

Maybe I'll make that into two separate goals:

1-pick paint color.
2-paint the walls.

krsmith23 said...

My goal is to give my whole house a good scrubbing. The baseboards and windows are getting to be a tad embarrassing.

j. said...

so adorable! what a good idea!

Leslie said...

These mini boards are so cute!

Some of my summer mini goals are:
* learn to can jelly/jam
* find ways to keep my kids sane (and ME) during our cross country roadtrip
* take more pictures

missy said...

how cute!

one of my summer & fall goals is to become a la leche league leader!

lifewithkeiki said...

Love these chalkboards as I sort of have an infatuation with all things chalkboard. My goals this summer are to 1) savor each moment 2) organize all closets 3) not feel guilty for not organizing all closets so that I can accomplish #1!

mary elizabeth said...

oh my, these boards are to die for!

one mini goal: get my apartment clean!! ah!

lacey said...

this summer i wish to take 2 easels (1 pint sized) & lots of paint outdoors and let my 2 year old play with the colors of the rainbow!

Alissa said...

I have two mini-goals this summer - they're not complicated, but difficult to remember to do.


- Breathe

- Slow down

Classy Drifter said...

- find the perfect summer skirt
- read three more books
- make a beautiful 3 layer cake

Karen said...

love the chalk boards!

my mini goal is to declutter my home/life...

Heather said...

My mini goals are grilling for at least 60 days this summer and taking the kids to every park in our county including pools and elementary schools.

Slides and grills. That's what I'm all about.

Lindsay Willman said...

Lovely little chalkboards. I'd love to win this!

Amanda said...

my biggest mini goal this summer is to get all set up and prepared for this bouncing baby girl to come in October! I think the chalkboard would be an excellent addition to her room!

debby said...

this is a fantastic idea. my goal for the summer is to get out and do some camping and we are finally getting to it next week. i am so excited to go!

Cherish Stockdale said...

this summer I want to be able to run 5 miles without stopping

Rebecca (Dog-Eared) said...

read the stack of books on my dresser :)

tara said...

how adorable!
my goal: reteach myself to sew so that i can finish my levi/tshirt blanket.

Cass said...

i'm determined to bind the small vintage green baby quilt i've had almost done for too long!!
especially since this next baby MAY be a girl and i want it done for her ... beforehand!!

Amy said...

one of my many goals....not sure how mini it is, but I want to get my office/craft space organized and decorated! and this little chalkboard would be a perfect addition to the space!

Pamela Alexis said...

I love these!!!! My mini goal which is more of a big goal is to get eat healthier & work out more.

Andria said...

One of my many goals....hmmm....get back to the things I love and not let the people that discourage these fun things win....

southern daze said...

I've been wanting one of these beauties for so long!!

One of my summer goals is to figure out how to use my new DSLR and capture some great candids of my family on vacation.

michelle said...

to sew a cute dress and wear it on a picnic.

mee.

caitlin said...

Such a great give-a-way for an organizer like myself. Thanks Mary Kate and Marta.

One of my mini goals is to go through all of my clothes and find the things I never wear and give them to the D.I.

Quelly said...

How cute are these! My main goal this summer is to get a job but that can't be considered a 'mini-goal'.
My mini-goal would have to be getting a GREAT tan for the first time in years!

crissy said...

My summer goal is to go on a hike. I haven't had the opportunity to go on one for a couple of years, but its something I want to be doing. Often.

Pumpkin Spice said...

to finally have the courage to put on a bathing suit

loft2dwell said...

Not kill my herb garden this year...I always forget to water it.

pghjezebel said...

so cute!
my mini goal is to finish the front landscaping by the end of august.

Never That Easy said...

Adorable! One of my mini-goals is to master F-stops once and for all.

Casey said...

the chalkboards are so adorable! my mini goal is to step back from the computer to spend some more extra time with my kids

Crystal Johnson said...

one of my mini goals is to finish both kids baby books! why did i stop at 8mos on each???

gigi said...

Mini-goal? I guess you could say that deciding on a major is a mini-goal, but usually I feel like one wrong step will have major repercussions {no pun intended, really}. But hey, I'm going to call it a mini-goal, maybe that will help take some stress off it.
So there it is, my mini-goal is to decide on a major.

Hil said...

So fun! Mini goal - try not to eat a snow cone everyday...maybe minimize it to every other day...

CreativeOCD said...

Oh mini-goals... let me count the ways, I mean items....

1) fix "Minnie" (aka the beastly letterpress sitting in my garage/soon-to-be studio) so I can print my wedding invites
2) create a better studio space out of garage
3) print wedding invites
4) write the wedding vows.

These don't seem so "mini" after writing them down, I'm going to stop listing now for fear of panic mode.... see I really need a chalkboard :)

Justin + kelly said...

This summer I want to:

Spend more time outside
&
plan that picture perfect vacation

Ashley Thalman said...

mini goal. I like the ring of that, not too hard, not too involved. My mini goal: keep running!

MYSUESTORIES said...

Gorgreous black boards!!!! My Mini goal? To carve more time out of my schedule for MY creative side!!!

Cat said...

Walk more. These are great!

Jan said...

These are beautiful!

My mini goal is to make sure I get my exercise program solid before fall -- so that by that time, it's a must-do for me.

Sarah said...

Those are adorable! My goal for the summer was to make an effort to do things that made my life a little more magical. This has so far translated into spending a lot of time in parks at night, staring at the sky, making wishes, and other things.

Adam and Laura said...

my mini goal? eat more veggies

Tiffany -n- Albert said...

my mini goal is to take a walk every day during the work week (unless it's raining). i also want to get out of the house and do fun stuff on the weekends. love the boards!

Alana said...

mini goal? i'm working on FEELING beautiful and embracing my body.

Jordan and Jandee said...

Oh these boards are scrumptious! Summer goal: take time to enjoy the growing, babies are only babies once!

whitney said...

get my kids curtains rods hung up finally... i've had them ready for months!

Ariel said...

I LOVE these. So cute. My mini goal is to wake up with the sun... it almost never happens of course ha.

Eliza said...

My mini goal for the summer (though it hasn't felt so mini during the process) is to lose the last 4lbs and get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. The wee babe is 7 months old and I'd love to be back to where I was by his 9 month birthday. You know... since it took 9 months to gain it, it'd be great to have it gone by 9 months as well.

tawnya said...

To master the sewing machine...just for the little things.

Tiffany* said...

These are extremely adorable! We went on a Ten Day road trip last week and my goal is to get a scrapbook started and completed this summer!

Green {Goody} said...

Love it!

a. live with joy!
b. create art.
c. be nice.

molly said...

My number one goal is to completely enjoy my two little guys. They are at such a fun age and I know they won't stay little forever.

mich said...

mini-goal. hm. how about approaching one boy that sparks my interest and saying hello? just one. that should be doable. i hope.

Molly said...

My number one summer goal is to have fun and spend every moment with my family!

Susan said...

pick me! pick me! I need all the help I can get to be productive this summer. My goals are simple ( and would fit perfectly on the chalkboard)
1. clean my house
2. catch up on my photo albums

Jen Anderson said...

My summer goal is to document the fun we have with our friends and family

Marie + January said...

j'adore these mini-boards! My mini-goal this summer to make more mini-goals and actually fullfil them! bisous!

aimee heff said...

read more books!

ann said...

my goal this summer is to learn to make hardcover handbound books!

Sharla said...

my mini goal this summer is to get my dining room painted.

Rosa said...

My mini summer goal started yesterday on my birthday! I created a list of 29 things I want to do before I turn 30. One of the 29 things is to write a sentence every day. So, far so good . . . let's see how day two goes. Maybe this isn't so mini.

heather said...

how cute!
my mini goals are to finally finish a knitted garment that is actually wearable and to stick to a work-out plan

kendall said...

my mini goal is to find a good yoga class!

Krista said...

mini goal - date night every friday with the hubby
mega goal - lose 10 lbs!

Emily said...

To Do:

*Finish Summer School without completely losing my shit.

*Spend the rest of my summer days at the pool or in my hammock reading.

*Make loads of crafty goodness...

-e

andrea jean said...

Lots of goals for the summer!
- Finish the zine I'm working on
- Get all As in the classes I'm taking
- Visit with my mom
- Read lots of good books
- Etc.

Lisa said...

My mini goal is to sew, actually sew, some curtains for my family room. That may not be a very mini goal for me.

Dansie Family said...

love them! my goal for the summer: complete a 70.3 triathlon.

RCH said...

I keep meaning to paint up a fancy chore chart. I figure a lovely artsy-craftsy chart will make me & my kids more inspired to do chores.... But now making the chart feels like just one more thing I have to do, lol. Ah well!

Lin said...

Those chalk boards are great! It's not Summer here, it's Winter on the other side of the world, but one of my goals for Winter is to walk my new weiner dog puppy every day as well as find more time to be crafty in the midst of caring for two children and studying for my degree.

hannah m said...

These are SO CUTE! My mini-goals include: finishing the felt board for my daughter and finishing the Blurb book I started a year ago!

Ms. G said...

My mini goals include.... RELAXATION! Why is this so hard for me? Can you put that on a To Do List? Secondly, I want to read and read and read and read. I have so many books that I want to read.

P.S. I love the mini chalkboards. They would look so cute in my new classroom next year.

summer said...

these are darling. so happy-go-lucky. i would so love one! my mini goal for the summer is to eat carefully and thoughtfully. i must not take everything just because it's there. i must play favorites.

mj said...

darling! my mini goal for the summer is to (first pack) and then unpack COMPLETELY as we move next week. last time we moved it took me months to completely unpack and it took forever to feel like home. i have a perfect spot in mind for this little mini chalkboard. pick me!

Allison said...

Those are amazing. I wouldn't know which one to pick! My mini goal right now is to write lots and fill 2 notebooks by the end of August. I got off to a slow start but I'm hoping to finish strong!

project simple life said...

I love these! My summer goal is to buy a wedding dress (for myself!!!)

Chelsey said...

Well I hope you're having a fun vacation deary! My Summer goal is to re-vamp Noahs room... to make it fabulous and fun!

Keah and Michael O'Hearon said...

Oh I love them! My goal is to get my basement oraganized!

Marianne said...

Oh, I would love to have one of these in my kitchen! I think "one" of my mini summer goals is to prepare for meals better. I used to be so good at this but you know, when a child comes along I lost it all! =)

ryan and melissa said...

I want!

My mini summer goal: enjoy as much of the sunny outdoors as possible.

The Ortega's said...

My mini goal for the summer is to bring yoga back into my exercise routine. I miss the balance...

malleycc said...

My mini goal is to start shopping for school supplies before school starts.

gab said...

My mini goal is to find the perfect spot to hang my mini-chalkboard. Thanks again, Min! Love it!

melissa kaye said...

Mini chalkboards are TOO ADORABLE! :) These are great!

My mini goal for the summer is to make it a point to 'art journal' more! It's a stretch for me since I don't think I'm that great of a writer. Anyway, it's a goal and I want to do it! Yay!
:)

Oh Mandie! said...

Oh my heavens what fun!! Those mini chalkboards are absolutly precious!

My summer goal this year is to simplify. We're moving into a family home thats been passed down to us in the beginning of the fall and I'd like to cut down on some of our stuff that we don't use or need before we move and give it to someone who hopefully can :)

xoxo

{kate} said...

oh, my word, these are so cute! what an awesome idea!

one of my goals this summer is to PLAY! i have a 1-year-old son and he's growing way too fast (i'm sure you're experiencing this too right now)! with so much to do in a day i'm making a bigger effort to drop it all and enjoy playing with my little man :) it doesn't get much better than that.

love your blog, btw. i come here when i need to feel inspired :)

katieolsenheap@yahoo.ca

maryirene said...

to read the entire book of mormon by the end of august (halfway there) and to finish my current sewing project:)

bekah said...

loooove these chalkboards & what a great idea!

my mini goal for the summer is continue with going to the gym and finally cleaning out my hallway closet. (i might even get my husband to help!)

johannadietrich said...

… getting up earlier. The rest are maxi goals: Finishing my university studies, leaping into work life. Okay, that's fall, but soon enough …

megan and melissa said...

My summer goal....sew, sew, sew a new school wardrobe! Thanks for the giveaway and for making me right down my goals. Hopefully I will get there to meeting my goals.
xoxo-Meg
fiddlesticksandfunnygirls.blogspot.com

KaylaDanielle said...

Cutest chalkboards I ever seen!
I've been seeing chalkboard things everywhere lately, especially the chalkboard paint.

My mini goal this summer is to learn to sew.. and also, to stop telling myself that I can't possibly create these amazing crafts on these amazing blogs.. anything is possible, right? :)

Actually,another mini goal I have is to make my own thank-you cards for the wedding.. we have approx. 200 guests, so I'm not sure if my goal is realistic or not.. what do you think?

NSMOM said...

Hi - my mini goal is to stop yellign so much and go with the flow a bit more.

Thanks,
Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)

Chris and Kimberlee said...

Hmmm, my goals this summer are to walk more, drink more water and stress less.

JJIN said...

my mini goal this summer is to listen to every single song in my itunes from start to finish!

Bookworm said...

Those mini chalkboards are adorable! My summer goals are to exercise and do something creative every day.

clc said...

To gather friends together for a picnic in the park!

Through the Looking Glass said...

Easy: My goal this summer is to become an optimist. After a year of doom and gloom in my life, I've decided I'm done dreading the future and looking for the worst.

Alisha said...

my goal for the summer: read gone with the wind.

these are darling!

Elizabeth said...

These are adorable!

One of my summer goals is to finish cleaning out the storage room. And I mean it!

Kate said...

These blackboards are gorgeous! I'm heading over to the UK/Ireland to see friends and family and my mini goal for the summer holiday is to keep a holiday journal and fill it with photos when we get back!

amanda said...

ah! these chalkboards are simply adorable. i'd love to be a proud owner of one.

one of my {many} summer goals?
redecorate my room! must get on that
v.v.v.very soon.

abby said...

So cute!

My {not so} mini goal is to loose the rest of my pregnancy weight so I can fit into my non-preggo jeans this fall.

Paper Relics said...

I love these

Sarah N said...

i am a big fan of lists. and cute lists are even better.
my mini-goal for the rest of the summer:
1) go to the beach once a week
2) be silly more often
*its good you specified "mini" goals...my big goals list is a bit heavier and will require a notebook instead of a cute mini chalkboard.

Kris said...

The goal that I'm focusing on and actually making some headway with is organizing and simplifying...tossing/recycling/donating something EXTRA each week seems to be working wonders...feel like I'm accomplishing something a little at a time but definitely see a lightened life at the end of the summer!

Hanna said...

cute! My goal for this summer (which is not very fun) is to find a place to live so that I can actually go away to college..

Megan said...

Ooo I love those chalkboards! Especially the first one :)

One of my mini goals of the summer is to go geocaching with my dad and husband before school starts up again :)

oh, and to learn a cool new magic trick!

jeffrey said...

day of photography in nyc again.

jaclyn said...

mini goal... wash dishes before going to bed, it just seems like a nice thing to wake up to!

Heather said...

These are adorable! I totally want one! (or 5) A mini goal of mine is enjoy the summer at some point. I've been horribly sick with morning sickness for the last month and I feel like I've missed the whole summer. Maybe I'll have August at least!

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Kristi said...

Clean out my closet!!

tarangozi said...

lovely!

My goal this summer is to finish writing my book.

Katie @ makingthishome.com said...

Oh wow. I just found your blog, and I've been browsing entirely too long that if I don't get moving, midnight will be here in the Rockies!
One of my mini goals this summer is to land an airplane without my instructor having to tweak things for me so often. (My big summer goal is learning to fly.) My husband is my teacher. It's given me such a beautiful perspective on life and especially the arts being in the sky and seeing what my husband calls art - an engine. Thanks for a shot at this super cute giveaway. I really enjoy your site so far. What a find for a Saturday night off.
Katie

erica said...

my mini goal is to get our remodeled house...well the kitchen finished. this would be a perfect addition to it.

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