Can You Help a Calendar Out?

Can You Help a Calendar Out?



Someone threw this in the trash.

I know….right?

I’m as shocked as you are.

This giant over sized window with its peeling paint and chips and scratches and dents and broken sashes and a lifetime of living….

….was actually thrown in the trash.


Good thing I was there.

Good thing I spend my life checking out what other people throw away.

Good thing I recognize greatness even when it’s surrounded by Cheerios boxes and banana peels.

Good thing.

Because we took it home and painted and patched and rebuilt it into……


……a giant chalkboard calendar.

And I know right about now…’re nodding your head.

You’re not surprised….because you knew it all along. ย  Because you can see all that potential in those broken sashes and chips and dents and scratches……and now you’re thinking…..if you would have been driving by the curb that day….. it would have been in your truck faster than you can say “I brake for trash.”

Good thing I got there first. ๐Ÿ™‚


Now if you have read this blog for more than five minutes….you’ve probably seen this chalkboard before.

You’ve seen it decorated with silhouette pumpkins.

You’ve seen it decorated with stockings

You’ve seen it decorated with a twig wreath.

You’ve seen it in room make-overs and room make-unders and ย decorated for the holidays and decorated three ways.

It has been here there and everywhere.

And now it needs your vote.


I’m so honored to have been selected by Better Homes and Gardens to compete in their Makeover Madness Challenge.

It’s kind of like the March Madness from NCAA basketball and there’s a bracket and projects competing against each other and lots of creativity and ideas and….well…the bottom line is….

….today I need a favor.

Can you help a calendar out and vote for it to win?

edited to add: ย the voting starts at 9am CST and is only for one day. ๐Ÿ™‚

Justย click hereย and vote for the one with the extra scratches and dents.ย ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. You got it girl! ~Sonya

  2. Good morning Karianne, you have my vote. Now if only I can find it.

    Everytime I click your thumbnail over at BHG it comes back to this page.

    Where is the actual vote button? I’m sure it’s right there but I don’t see it.


    • Thistle Wood :


      I’m so sorry! I was so excited that I posted it a little early. ๐Ÿ™‚ The actual voting doesn’t start until 9:00am CST…and it’s only for one day! Yikes. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Happy day!

  3. Very cool!! What a great use for a dumpster dive. Hmmm. gotta go check and see what windows I may have available..

  4. i love that chalkboard. get’s my vote! good luck.

  5. Went over to vote right away. It only gave me the option to vote between a chair and a table???????

    • Thistle Wood :


      * sigh* I know! I was so excited that I posted it a little early. ๐Ÿ™‚ The actual voting doesnโ€™t start until 9:00am CSTโ€ฆand itโ€™s only for one day! Yikes. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Happy day!

  6. like the others, clicking on you brought me here and ony option to vote was between a chair n table.. let us know so we can go back ….

  7. Congratulations! I love this little chalkboard of your’s! x

  8. That’s really awesome. I clicked though but the site wouldn’t connect – maybe all of the votes from your blog have broken BHG! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll try again a bit later. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Stephanie Ray Brown :

    Oh my your calendar always catches my eye! I loved your reference to Sanford and Son too! I am confused about voting like the others. But I tried (so want you to win!) and will keep trying. So proud of you!

  10. I love this calendar! I will definitely be voting for it! In fact I look in peoples trash all the time to find something similar so I can have my own window calendar. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I still love that calendar…so original! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Mary Crozier :

    Anyone who picks something out of the trash has my vote. My friend Susan and I were driving one day and spotted an old chair on the side of the road. It had the most ghastly fabric and was covered in cat hair and animal stains. But immediately I saw the beautiful lines and pulled over and threw it in the back of the car. My upholsterer covered it for free and then we later sold it for $175.00. You are my long-distance inspiration.

  13. I voted for the first entry, I’ll check back each hour until your calendar comes up…very cute and worth my vote! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Same with me…I will wait until the appointed time and VOTE for you!!

  15. Of course I will help that super gorgeous, incredibly creative calendar out! Saw that it was too early to vote but I’ll jump over there later today!

  16. Ha! I totally break for trash! 75% of the furniture in my house has been hauled from curbs and made over. I’ve never cared for matching sets, I love the interesting pieces I find (not to mention money savings!) Great job on the chalkboard! I will vote later today, I’m in EST. Good luck! erin

  17. Good Luck KariAnne! I’ll definitely vote for this awesome calendar!

  18. Jennifer Ferrell :

    Just voted!!!:):):):). Hope you win KariAnne!!!

  19. Love it and voted too!!

  20. Hi KariAnne, I wanted to vote for you but unfortunately they don’t accept votes from outside the US :(. I’m sorry that I can’t help. Your calender is so awesome. Good luck!!!


  22. Karianne,
    I just voted for you. Am I too early?

  23. Karianne, I just voted for you!!! and I tweeted it and pinned it too!!! I still read your blog daily and love it, LoVe it, LOVE it. Thanks for always being an inspiration, funny and real!!! xoxo Hope you win!!! Lisa

  24. AWESOME, KariAnne! Running over to BH&G to vote! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Your project is absolutely fantastic! Your design vision is awesome!

  26. I voted! Love your calendar ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Done!! Hope you win – I love that! I have some old windows on my HOUSE, that once replaced, I defy anyone to pitch! ๐Ÿ™‚ I lost three large double-hung windows when we remodeled our kitchen – they were pitched before I knew it was happening – and it’s made me sick every time I think about it. Hubby said, “But what would you have done with them?” To which I replied, “I have no idea, but they were so PRETTTTTTYYYYYYYY!” ๐Ÿ˜‰

  28. Lisa Campbell :

    Vote is in! Go all the way Rock Star!

  29. Wish I could vote for you more than once. Good luck, KariAnne!

  30. Done without a doubt girl and posted it on FB page too! Good luck!!!


  31. Sheila Moore :

    Just voted…hope you win!

  32. Just voted without a problem and shared it on Facebook!! You will let us know……won’t you? Thought of you over the week-end when Kentucky was suppose to get all the bad rain/sleet/snow, hope you are safe and warm!

  33. WOW that is great! Really I am not surprised, you do a great job on all you do. Love your stuff.
    I will vote for sure.
    Do you know what day it is… Thats right Hump Day ;O) congrats and Best wishes on the contest.

  34. I just voted! Go KariAnne!

  35. Ashleigh Hall :

    Karianne, That was the easiest request I’ve had all day!! Fingers crossed that you win this!! Your calendar is to die for, as is everything you touch!:)

  36. Jennifer Gibson :

    I voted! I’ve loved it every time I’ve seen it!

  37. Early worm…Let us know..

  38. Got my vote…….Great idea.

  39. I’m a ‘side-of-the-road’ shopper myself. I’m just amazed at what folks get rid of. How can they not see the beauty?

  40. Boom. Done.

  41. Still obsessed over this calendar. Convinced that a large enough calendar will eliminate the chaos and confusion in my house. So, I absolutely voted for it. Best of luck and congratulations for being part of the competition

  42. Woo Hoo!!!! I voted! For you of couese!! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  43. Got my vote. I love it!

  44. You bet I’ll vote for your awesome calendar that you have saved from the depths of a landfill. It looks great, wouldn’t expect anything else from you. I hope you win, let us know ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. OMG, I love your chalkboard calendar. I want one!! Placed my vote ~ good luck!!

  46. Been there! Voted for it! Don’t need another t-shirt! Hope you win!

    Love a great drive-by treasure!

  47. Oh yes, I’ve seen it many times, and have always been amazed by your giant calendar! I’ve voted, I hope you win!
    Debbie ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. Will definitely vote.

  49. Lady Delores LeBoeuf :

    Super Great Idea

  50. Ohmer gosh! I love this sooo much! A giant calender so I can actually remember the things I need to do. Gorgeous! Love!