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Holiday Show in Bothell, WA!

Live near Seattle?  Love deals?

Come shop with us and see our new products at a holiday fair raising funds for Lynnwood High school!  We’ll be offering our board at $20 off and you’ll get a reversible chalkboard + whiteboard panel for free!


100 vendors!

Lynnwood High School is located at:

18218 North Road, Bothell, WA 98012

Entrance is Free

21 Ways to Use Your Chart A La Carte Board!

We’ve shared with you about how the Chart a la Carte board works (if you missed it, see A DIY Magnet Board Secret), but, today we are going to offer 21 practical uses for your board.

Advent Calendar: Countdown to Christmas using envelopes with surprises for each day.  Then, you can choose to put a larger surprise in the compartment for the 25th!

Celebrate Seasons: Greet the new season with a cheery seasonal fabric.

Pet station: Leash? Check. Bags? Check. Adorable photo of Lulu? Heck yes.

Inspiration Board: Have an idea, goal, or project you’re working on? Let your board do the talking

Schedule / Calendar: Communicate about what’s going on with with our full sheet weekly schedules and calendars and full sized dry erasable magnetic frames.

Birthday Board: Celebrate those special someones & surprise them with a beautiful message on their day!

Laundry Room: Finally. A place for lonely socks to find each other.  And a home for loose change & dryer sheets in the storage compartment!

White Board: Have a quick family meeting to discuss holiday plans and who’s game to tackle which projects.

Jewelry Organizer: Hang bracelets and necklaces with our powerful wooden peg magnets.

Entry Way Greeter: Use wooden letters to welcome your household and guests when they arrive, or, wish them well as they leave!

Welcome Baby Board: What a sweet gift this board would be, to welcome a new little one! (their name & footprints)

Celebrate Your Love: Spell your names with wooden letter magnets and set them off with the perfect fabric for your event or living space.

Child’s Responsibility Chart: Empower your child to team with you in creating their own task pieces by coloring our free printables and using with mini magnetic frames.

Essential Oil Station: Your board’s compartment is the perfect size for all the oils you use to keep your family well and your house smelling great.

Holiday Cards & Photos: Deck your board with all the good tidings you receive by mail.

Chalkboard: Highlight household rules of love and respect.

A Special Spot in Kiddo’s Room: Display artwork, report cards or momentos from memories made.

Personalized Color & style: Choose a fabric that highlights your style and creates a fun vibe in your space. Make a statement!

Family Chore Chart: Build teamwork buy using ribbon and push pins to create rows and columns to communicate as you move your dry erase magnets!

Family Command Center: Keep track of all your family’s comings and goings, plans and needs with our free printables and dry erase magnetic frames.

Menu Planner / Grocery List: Keep track of menu plans and grocery needs with our free printables and dry erasable magnetic frames (half-sheet sized).

A DIY Magnet Board Secret

If you’ve ever searched the internet for DIY magnetic boards, you know there is a wide range of projects involving everything from a simple baking sheet to constructing actual metal walls in your home.

We’re sharing a secret about an in-between option that is surprisingly multi-functional, beautiful in any home and, both easy and fun to create in your style for your life.

I got the idea two years ago, when my attempts to create a chore chart for my home were disappointing. Here’s that story: I bought an ordinary magnetic board and glued fabric and ribbon to it. Then I made magnet pieces out of glass tiles and clear, printed stickers. But, then I realized that I didn’t love the fabric as much as I thought I would– and the plastic frame looked cheap and tacky on the wall. And the glass magnets would fall and break. And I couldn’t change the words on them. Could there be an easy way to add a new fabric? How could I make it actually look nice on the wall? Maybe if I could make it both a pin board and a magnetic board at the same time, then I could easily PIN fabric to the board…? How could I make dry erase magnets that look nice and don’t shatter glass everywhere when they fall?

But, to be honest, I’m not skilled in sewing, and I didn’t want to have to hem a new fabric every time I wanted a new look for my home. So, I designed a larger wood frame to sit on top of the inner frame, attached by magnets. THIS frame would cover the rough edges of the fabric and the push pins!

Those questions lead me to design a cork board with a steel mesh surface built into a wooden frame. This way, I could easily decorate the board with any style or color of fabric I wanted, just by attaching it with push pins around the edges.

From here, my dad suggested a storage compartment, for extra magnets, markers and push pins. My friend asked whether I might occasionally want a chalkboard or whiteboard, so I designed a reversible panel that stores in back but can be easily placed in front, transforming the board into a chalkboard or whiteboard.

So, it’s fun to change the aestheic of the board (and my home) by adding a new fabric, and it’s practical to be able to swap out a chalkboard or whiteboard, but, what can the board be used for? Then I designed a variety of accessory magnets from wooden letters to 3 sizes of acrylic dry-erase frames, printable charts and inserts to go in the frames, wooden pegs and felt flowers. The possibilities are endless.

And the good news is that you don’t have to build the board, because I had they professionally made, and you can use your creativity to add beautiful fabrics and accessorize however you desire.

For more ideas, see 17 Ways to Get The Most Out of Your Chart a la Carte Board.

New: Facebook Shop!

I know I’m a bit behind, but I finally figured out how to create a facebook shop!  I’ve added some new fabrics for fall and winter, plus we now have wooden snowflake magnets, so take a look!  Also, let me know if there are other things you’d like to see available in the future, would love to hear your thoughts.

Feeling especially thankful today for all your love and support!  So blessed to have the opportunity to follow this dream and see it move forward.

Love! Sarah


Pinspiration Market

We had a great time at the Pinspiration Market!

It was, as promised, “a market full of things you love to pin and don’t have time to make”, and we were honored to have a booth there among other craft types!  Plus, we felt so loved by everyone’s warm feedback!

This was my first attempt at doing a booth representing all 4 seasons, and I think it was helpful for people to see the wide range of how their board can look, depending on what fabric they choose.  People especially loved the fall and winter fabrics!

Looks like this show will take place again next year in Puyallup, WA.  Hope you can make it!

Meet the designer

Owner Sarah Barnard, designed Chart à la Carte’s unique board with a removable frame & systems for tracking & communicating about various practical topics for life organization & parenting. Then, the idea grew to include so much more!


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