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Flat out, it’s been a crazy 2 weeks. I’ve been both travelling and ill (not a combination I’d recommend, by the by) and we wound up getting home FOUR days late. There is a huge part of me that wishes that I had been away on some amazing tropical vacation with the sand between my toes taking the occasional dip in the ocean between chapters and fruity drinks. Instead I was hanging out with a bazillion kiddos by the pool and trying to keep my cool on a bazillion roller coasters. Now truth be told, I don’t even have a clue what such a getaway would smell like even though I have envisioned such a trip only about a bazillion times. But with all®’s newest scent, all® Fresh Tropical Mist™ I at least have some idea of the clean smell of water and the sweet scent of tropical flowers. :)
Now that we are back home I’m getting caught up on all of the important things in my life like work and it’s time to put that all® to good use on a huge pile of vacay laundry. I don’t know about you, but when I travel I buy a ton of souvenir tee shirts and I somehow come home with way more laundry than I left with! And with so much laundry to do it doesn’t hurt that all® costs 30% less than the leading brand!
The drive back home is a whopping 14 hours, if we don’t stop a ton to hit the rest stops. That basically means that our trip takes 16-18 hours :) We decided to stop by my parent’s house for a few days so I could hit up my doctor and we could rest up a bit before tackling the next 8 hours of driving.
While we were there I did what I do and I crafted up some chalk paint.
The whole idea being that before the summer ends and our Mr. Rob has to go back to teaching college classes we just might hold a fancy tropical tiki party! I envision that I’ll wear my pretty new cotton dress I’m planning on dyeing a pretty, bright color and it will smell lovely, like fresh tropical mist.
We’ll provide shade to our guests by hanging some pretty tapestries that will bring the smell of tropical flowers to our yard thanks to all® and we’ll grill pineapple and seafood and it will be an amazing time!
But how will we bring guests out to our backyard oasis?
Why we’ll mix up a batch of DIY sidewalk chalk paint and cover the entry with pretty hibiscus flowers!
Since we did have a layover at my parents’ house we wound up practicing our skills at mixing up and using these homemade paints. Now my Rob is a real artist and at first he didn’t seem terribly keen on the idea of chalking up the sidewalk with me but after a few minutes he was all about our little project, even suggesting how to better the paint I’m going to show you all how to make.
While we were getting down with the homemade chalk paint I managed to get it all over a new shirt my sister got me from the tattoo shop that looked like something out of a TV show and I was terribly disappointed.
But luckily I didn’t need to stress out about it because all® can tackle the toughest stains like grass, mud, grape juice and EVEN my chalk paint! And since there are pre-treaters in the detergent I didn’t need to fuss with something else to get the stains out.
Now have I sold you on the idea of a cute walkway leading guests to a backyard BBQ that smells like the tropics thanks to all®’s newest scent, all® Fresh Tropical Mist™? Let’s get after it, then!
For this project you will need:
- Food coloring
You can find cornstarch in the baking aisle of the grocery store. It’s quite inexpensive and it goes pretty far for this project. To paint my entire sidewalk I used about 3/4 of a 16 ounce box that cost me about $0.70.
Add a few drops of food coloring to your cornstarch. You really DO NOT need a ton. What I have there is equivalent to about 6-7 drops.
Add water until your mixture becomes like a thin, runny paint. It will basically be a cloudy, pastel liquid and not thick at all.
Here are my colors mixed up and they all wound up being too thick. They were diluted to be half the strength seen here and they were perfect. That means that the paint goes further, too!
Now here is an example of what does and doesn’t work as far as the paint goes… See that pink tulip? See how the chalk is super thick? That’s because the cornstarch was too heavy. It makes brushing the paint on difficult. See the yellow flower to the right? Now that one had too little cornstarch or too much water and the paint dried to be hardly visible. The green used for the stems on both is perfect, though.
If you’re doing this for fun just play with the paint until you get it right. If you’re doing this for decoration for one super fantastic backyard luau, I’d recommend testing your paint before actually using it!
Are you ready to tackle this awesome craft? Head on out to Walmart and snag up some sidewalk chalk making paint materials bring the freshness of the tropics home with all®’s trusted cleaning power to take care of anything that might get on your and the little one’s clothes.
Because after painting one of Rob’s brand new white undershirts and THEN washing it with all® I can attest it really works!
Not only will you have the freshest, cleanest clothes around, but you’ll also greet guests for your backyard Hawaiian BBQ in crowd-inducing style :)