Chalk it up to creativity! Krista McPherson's business provides personalized touches to any type of party.
While reflecting on your life, which moments stand out? Do they include graduations, a wedding or births of children? Local resident and crafter Krista McPherson understands the importance of celebrating moments like these, and she uses her natural artistic talent (and love of glitter) to help her clients celebrate in style with the help of personalized, painted chalkboards.
McPherson uses a variety of materials, depending on whether or not customers want their board permanent. “I use chalk markers [they come off with water] on the boards that people want to reuse or want to do yearly birthday boards on,” she says. “On the boards the people can add their own [information on] from year to year or month to month, I use permanent paint markers."
McPherson first noticed similar boards on Pinterest—colorful chalkboards with fanciful lettering and illustrations. These chalkboard signs are used to commemorate birthdays, graduations, weddings and more. “[I] thought, ‘Oh, that’s something I can do,’” McPherson says when she first discovered them. She began by making a birthday board for her son, and when friends and family saw the beautiful board McPherson had created, they spread the word.
“I’ve done birthdays, weddings, retirements, first days of school, baby showers,” McPherson says. “You name it, and I’ve done something for every sort of milestone and event.” Her talent rests in her ability to create freehand styles. “If people send me ideas of what they’re looking for, I’m really good at recreating what they send a picture of,” she says. This also means each one of McPherson’s creations is unique and personalized to her client. “I work with the individual with what they specifically want,” she says.
This brings a more creative and personalized flare to McPherson’s pieces, and the community is paying attention. Friend and client Stephanie Bowar is a dedicated customer. “She did one for my youngest son’s first birthday,” Bowar says. “[It was] a Where the Wild Things Are chalkboard—it was perfect. She knocked it out of the park.” McPherson also created a Minnie Mouse birthday board for Bowar’s daughter on her third birthday. “She went over the top with it and added sparkles—it was awesome,” she says.
Using the boards can help other creatives in their work, too. Bowar is a photographer, and she recommends McPherson to other photographers in the community, saying the boards act as great props for photo shoots. But, she adds, “Honestly they could go to anyone.”
Adding a specialized board to an event brings an extra bit of flare to the party but won’t bring the party budget to its brink. Typical boards cost $60, and McPherson provides all the materials. Customers can also rent three-tier creations, which are common for weddings, for only $100.
As a stay-at home-mom with her last child going to school next year, McPherson hopes the extra time will allow her to grow her business. “I love doing it,” she says. “It’s my outlet.”