153 responses

  1. Cathy
    January 27, 2012

    Creative :>

  2. The Simple Life of a Country Man’s Wife
    January 27, 2012

    wow… what a creative idea. nice work!

  3. Rai
    January 27, 2012

    This is awesome. Once I sprayed blackboard paint on my entire wall. My parents were so mad.

    • jessseeker
      January 29, 2012

      My parents would have been equally unimpressed – great idea though ;)

    • availableallday.wordpress.com
      January 30, 2012

      HAHA!!!

  4. Jbot
    January 27, 2012

    Oh my god, cheese. Living in Korea it’s so hard to get this essential part of the Western diet and mindset. It just doesn’t exist here like it does there. My mouth is watering so bad, so much.

    *drool*

    • Sugar & Cloth
      January 27, 2012

      Life with no cheese is just surviving ;)

      • availableallday.wordpress.com
        January 30, 2012

        true story!!

      • availableallday.wordpress.com
        January 30, 2012

        have you tried King Island Blue Vein cheese…….. *dies*

    • Jyn
      January 30, 2012

      Why dont you make some of your own!!! There are some fantastic recipes to make easy mozzarella….

      • Sugar & Cloth
        January 31, 2012

        I try to stick with simple baking recipes, I’m not the best in the kitchen :)

  5. Mikalee Byerman
    January 27, 2012

    …but how do I get my penmanship to be as pretty as yours?

    ;)

    Love love LOVE this idea!

  6. MJ, Nonstepmom
    January 27, 2012

    This is great idea – not everyone likes eating something if they dont know exactly what it is….even just knowing which cheese …..and saves the hostess from having to repeat over and over “This is Havarti…..”. Love it !

    • Sugar & Cloth
      January 27, 2012

      Haha, so true!

  7. djronstar
    January 27, 2012

    Pretty cool,

    might even make a great poster ;)

    Cheers and congrats on being freshly pressed

    -Ron

    How To Be A DJ
    http://www.beadj.ca

  8. Kettle Thinker
    January 27, 2012

    Fantastic idea!

  9. Sinister Dreams
    January 27, 2012

    Oh I will be making this! We moved to Italy a year ago and we’ve been eating a lot of cheese, and some of them have weird names that no one can pronounce, with this I can just write it on there and let people try to figure it out that way! Great Idea!!

  10. Dounia
    January 27, 2012

    That’s such a cool and creative idea! Thanks for sharing and congrats on being freshly pressed!

  11. QRI
    January 27, 2012

    Super creative!

  12. Emma @ Sweet Mabel
    January 27, 2012

    This is brilliant. I will definitely be doing this, congrats for being freshly pressed and thanks for the idea x

    • Sugar & Cloth
      January 28, 2012

      Thanks, Emma!

  13. IamNotDefined
    January 27, 2012

    Fantastic!

  14. Love and I Do
    January 27, 2012

    oh I love this idea!! def going to try it!! :)

    http://www.LoveandIDo.wordpress.com

  15. scribblechic
    January 27, 2012

    This will make a thoughtful gift for my wine & cheese loving Valentine. Understated and clever, love it!

  16. Kat
    January 27, 2012

    Love this idea! I’m always looking for creative ways to share cheese.

    Kat

  17. melanieross
    January 27, 2012

    Cutest ever!

  18. KirstyDoyleStore
    January 27, 2012

    Love this idea – perfect for a cheese and wine night !

  19. Anne-Sophie
    January 27, 2012

    This is a great idea!

    PS I really like your elephant knife!

    • Sugar & Cloth
      January 28, 2012

      Ha, thanks! It’s from World Market :)

  20. Sheila
    January 27, 2012

    Awesome! I’m gonna use this at my next gathering.

  21. Gee Stubbs
    January 27, 2012

    Great post, on my way to the supermarket right now.

  22. how bout some cake
    January 27, 2012

    Just came across your blog, and I LOVE it! So pretty and inspiring. You’re my newest daily read :)

    • Sugar & Cloth
      January 28, 2012

      That’s incredibly nice of you, thanks so much!

  23. coupletastic
    January 27, 2012

    Wow! I love this. Am definitely going to make this! My husband and I have a lot of dinner parties and I’ve always wanted to do something like this. So cute!

    -Kristin
    http://www.coupletastic.com

  24. Rae
    January 27, 2012

    That’s a great DIY project! Good for parties or a gift, and on the slim chance that I ever open a restaurant, I’m totally doing this.

  25. newsy1
    January 27, 2012

    What a unique idea, rather than a typical cutting board or cheese board. I love cheese so much, I swear I would eat it off cardboard. Very clever post.

  26. Mistress Maudlin
    January 27, 2012

    Lovely idea. Simple and elegant!

  27. nell’s dish
    January 27, 2012

    Nice. I’m a cheese-a-holic. I like this DIY board idea!

  28. CanadaCheeseMan
    January 27, 2012

    Simple, inexpensive, elegant, classy – Brilliant!

  29. Bold Wandering
    January 27, 2012

    This is really cute, creative, and adorable. Awesome party idea!

  30. tiffanylanehandmade
    January 27, 2012

    Great idea, thanks! I’ve been wanting one, but couldn’t bring myself to pay the absurd prices!

  31. fati’s recipes
    January 27, 2012

    This is the cutest, smartest and loveliest idea I’ve come across for a minimalistic cheese board! You’re certainly a creative dumping, I must say :)

    • Sugar & Cloth
      January 28, 2012

      thanks so much!

  32. gaycarboys
    January 27, 2012

    Great idea. and the refrigeration idea is brilliant.

  33. g00dg33kranting
    January 27, 2012

    From a cheese lover, this is an awesome idea for customizing my cheese eating surfaces…

    http://goodgeekranting.wordpress.com

  34. Chef Ivan
    January 27, 2012

    nice. I think I will do this on my next cheese party. very minimalistic. This goes into Evernote.

  35. Sandy’s Hopeful Room
    January 27, 2012

    I am loving this first visit to your blog! Thanks for your ideas!
    Sandy O

  36. Chef Ivan
    January 27, 2012

    Reblogged this on harlequinncooks and commented:
    I really like this idea. It makes it so simple, yet would catch the eye of every cheese lover. I always wanted to veer away from the tacky tent cards and the piercings of valuable cheese with a toothpick. This new take on presentation is just the beginning. Sushi. Sandwiches. Cold Cuts. The possibilities are endless. Please review this. I would like your opinion.

  37. Hilary
    January 27, 2012

    Wow!!! Great idea, and anyone can follow your fab instructions.

  38. jcwinstead
    January 27, 2012

    What a fun and simple DIY project! This project could even cost one nothing if they already had felt handy. What is great about this is you can choose any color or type of tile to use to help match the decor you already own. I thought the idea of writing the type of cheese with chalk on the cutting board was brilliant!

    • Sugar & Cloth
      January 28, 2012

      So true! It only cost me 99cents to make because I had everything but the felt :)

  39. Mostak Mohammad
    January 28, 2012

    not seen anything before…… creative… may be I will do some.

  40. RatPackofHollywood (@TRPOH)
    January 28, 2012

    Cheeseboard?

    We like this DIY project!

    • Sugar & Cloth
      January 28, 2012

      Haha, fitting!

  41. Ada
    January 28, 2012

    Simple yet brilliant! Never thought of serving cheese and crackers that way. But I guess this is the way I’m gonna serve it from now on! =]

  42. AdelMuses
    January 28, 2012

    Reblogged this on adelmuses and commented:
    Fanciful. I can’t wait to get my own place. Great blog on the whole.

  43. Travelling Writer
    January 28, 2012

    brilliant!!! my partner is so crazy over cheese. cant wait to try this for her.. TY for sharing… :)

    http://travellersdiningdepot.wordpress.com/

  44. busyellebee
    January 28, 2012

    Reblogged this on BusyElleBee.

  45. helpinyourhomes
    January 28, 2012

    Hi Ashley,

    I tweeted about this DIY cheeseboard post on twitter yesterday. Then I see it is on Freshly Pressed on wordpress.

    • Sugar & Cloth
      January 28, 2012

      Awesome! My twitter is @Sugarandcloth :)

  46. buniheart
    January 28, 2012

    NICE!!!
    Please check out my bloggy
    http://talesofauniversitystudent.wordpress.com/

  47. nicole.b
    January 28, 2012

    this is genius! love how simple it is, and it’s perfect to go with ANY kitchen setting/decor you may have at home!
    x N

  48. theketchupchronicles
    January 28, 2012

    such an amazing idea!! like ketchup?

    http://theketchupchronicles.wordpress.com

  49. purplepolitico
    January 28, 2012

    pretty

  50. cestlavie22
    January 28, 2012

    Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

  51. The Hook
    January 28, 2012

    You have far more talent than The Hook, Ashley! You’re much cuter as well!

  52. Emily Warren
    January 28, 2012

    This is adorable! I’m loving your blog so glad I stumbled onto it! What software do you use to create your pictures? XOX

    lavenderdaffodils.wordpress.com

    • Sugar & Cloth
      January 28, 2012

      Thanks, Emily. And to answer your questions, I use Photoshop & Picasa :)

  53. Pamela Haley Design
    January 28, 2012

    I like it. Any excuse to eat expensive cheese.

  54. Christina
    January 28, 2012

    Nice post with beautiful photos! I like to make cheese plates on a green piece of marble I have, it is really great. Stop by and say hi :)
    http://saltpepperbrilliant.wordpress.com/

  55. Sarah Harris
    January 28, 2012

    So fun, like I need another reason to eat cheese! I can’t wait to check out the rest of your site!

  56. Cool Your Jets IV
    January 28, 2012

    Yep this works – its sometimes said, the simplest ideas are there, right in front of us and here is the proof in the pudding. Great idea, you’ve just saved me £20!!!

  57. Erin King
    January 28, 2012

    This may be something you and I work on for my wedding! Ash, you’re a genius.

    • Sugar & Cloth
      January 29, 2012

      For sure! (about the wedding part, not the being genius part) :) love you, Er!

  58. Gadget
    January 28, 2012

    Cool beans; showed the wife your gadget and she’s headed to Lowes.

  59. booklvr21
    January 28, 2012

    Oh wow, this is totally cool. I am so going to do this project with my friend. I’m going to make a Lowes stop today. I really enjoyed this.

  60. Ariane
    January 28, 2012

    A restaurant called Cube in Hollywood does this! You are right on track with the high end restaurants. =)

    • Sugar & Cloth
      January 29, 2012

      Whoop! Maybe i’ll tell myself that makes me high end without even knowing it? ;)

      • Ariane
        January 30, 2012

        That’s precisely what I was implying!

  61. just me
    January 28, 2012

    Reblogged this on 22 Yellows – A Collection of Sunshine and commented:
    Love this!

  62. katesfolly
    January 28, 2012

    Love it! Nice one!

  63. Delizie Delizie
    January 28, 2012

    Super idea, I am not good doing stuff with my hands , except for cooking..but I will try, it’s so simple and design, post-modern.. Love your blog!

  64. valentinedee
    January 28, 2012

    Super creative and great idea. :)

    val
    http://valentinedefrancis.wordpress.com

  65. onlately
    January 28, 2012

    Woooww…luuuvvv cheese!

  66. ayeshathomas94
    January 28, 2012

    Yum, any excuse to eat cheese :DD

  67. Tara
    January 28, 2012

    What a creative & adorable idea!

  68. srb367
    January 28, 2012

    ok, this is an adorable idea-great for housewarming gift, or for a cheese-a-holic, like myself.

  69. thefinestglow
    January 29, 2012

    I’m in love with this! So creative and super cute! Thanks for the idea =)

  70. axmujica
    January 29, 2012

    Reblogged this on Alfonso Mujica.

  71. OmegaAfroVivaldi
    January 29, 2012

    I really like this post. I’m always entertaining and I always can use a new trick or two. Those of you who want a daily dose of literature and everything in between, come check out my blog @ http://thedailydoseofliterature.wordpress.com/

  72. Kathy
    January 29, 2012

    just found your blog and i love this post! so cute

  73. marinabenjamin
    January 29, 2012

    that’s a great tip about conditioning the slate. I used to imagine powdery grit in the cheese. But no!

  74. jessseeker
    January 29, 2012

    Love this :)

  75. Rebecca Day
    January 29, 2012

    this is fascinating!

  76. Lady Di
    January 29, 2012

    Fantastic idea! We’re doing an auction next week and I’m going to make one for an auction item.

    • Sugar & Cloth
      January 29, 2012

      And no one will ever know it was so inexpensive ;)

  77. Lady Di
    January 29, 2012

    Reblogged this on Be My Guest and commented:
    Just a cute idea that needed sharing

  78. Chaks
    January 29, 2012

    what a creative idea. that looks cool.

    TechSmartLife

  79. Juno Jones
    January 29, 2012

    This is really clever! Thanks for sharing :)

  80. happyfoodbaby
    January 29, 2012

    Amazeballs. Need slate to display cakes!

  81. sarahnsh
    January 29, 2012

    I really want cheese and crackers now! And the black slate makes the cheese and crackers pop as a surface for it.

  82. carbonara
    January 29, 2012

    Really, really cool. I’m going to pass this on (as your idea, of coures) to a friend of mine who organizes in-house wine-tastings and table setting events in Italy….
    (www.vinidadivano.com)
    J

    • Sugar & Cloth
      January 29, 2012

      Awesome! The more the merrier! :)

  83. carbonara
    January 29, 2012

    I also put it on my facebook blog carbonara by joshua lawrence

  84. Birthday NYC
    January 29, 2012

    This is such a simple idea, but I swear I would have likely went and spent money on something that will probably look better and mean more since I did it myself, now that I have seen your easy to follow guide. One thing about helping plan a lot of birthday parties is that there can never be a shortage of ideas for food platters, and this is one that I am definitely going to incorporate. I’m actually going to get the materials right now!

  85. jamieahughes
    January 29, 2012

    This is sheer genius!

  86. TJ Sizemore
    January 29, 2012

    Add a place for a french press of Ethiopian Sidamo and you got yourself a party!

  87. ron kule
    January 29, 2012

    Pretty nifty and simple. I like simple.

    • Sugar & Cloth
      January 29, 2012

      I do too!

  88. wikiwikiwerewolf
    January 29, 2012

    This is really cool (and professional looking). I’m so sad that I can’t/shouldn’t use this as a dinner plate. I’d love to throw a big flaming steak on top of this and arrange some Kale or such around it.

    • Sugar & Cloth
      January 29, 2012

      Haha, well, I guess the term “food safe” is your discretion. I’m sure lots of people have eaten off of slate in their lifetime!

    • blujewel
      January 30, 2012

      I think as long as there’s no gravy to drip from the (s)plate, I don’t see why you couldn’t.

  89. LUX Legion
    January 29, 2012

    Love discovering little things you can do around the house at little cost. It just makes it all the better!

  90. Make Contact with Silvia Rossi
    January 29, 2012

    Ashley, clicked on your blog from the “freshly pressed”. I love this idea! headed for home depot tomorrow!
    Many Thanks!

  91. jboydjen
    January 29, 2012

    Reblogged this on jboydjen and commented:
    wow!!!! :)

  92. Cate Holst
    January 30, 2012

    What a great idea, love it!

  93. availableallday.wordpress.com
    January 30, 2012

    Reblogged this on available all day and commented:
    Yup, i could go a cheese platter for breakfast. That, coupled with a stimulating french pear cider… could possibly be in heaven.
    xx

  94. FitnessPal
    January 30, 2012

    What a great idea, so creative and so simple, thanks for sharing

  95. fluffymocchi
    January 30, 2012

    Thanks for the idea!! :)

  96. mjspringett
    January 30, 2012

    Great idea, thanks MJ

  97. brittany0323
    January 30, 2012

    Brings such a nice personal touch to the display of a simple snack

  98. svenoblivion
    January 30, 2012

    Reblogged this on w o o l g a t h e r.

  99. svenoblivion
    January 30, 2012

    Love this – thank you!

    – s

  100. themanytherapiesofmylife
    January 30, 2012

    I love this! I will be creating and using this idea at my Super Bowl Party! Thanks for sharing!

    ~Christine
    http://www.writingsfrommyheart.wordpress.com

  101. thearchitectfoodie
    January 30, 2012

    Another thing to paint it with my chalk paint!!

    I think I’ll eventually paint my whole house with it.

    Thank you =D

    • Sugar & Cloth
      January 31, 2012

      Chalk paint would definitely work!

  102. cindydyer
    January 30, 2012

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing, Ashley!

  103. blujewel
    January 30, 2012

    I enjoy entertaining and it’s sometimes hard to be everywhere at once to answer food questions, so I got in the habit of labeling foods, but this is by far the best idea I’ve seen. I will take and use this nifty idea. Thanks for sharing

    • Sugar & Cloth
      January 31, 2012

      No, problem

  104. blujewel
    January 30, 2012

    Reblogged this on themultifacetsofblujewel and commented:
    I came across this and thought I’d be remiss in not reblogging. It’s a inexpensive, creative and practical DIY project that will be the centre of discussion during your next social gathering.
    That is all!

  105. Cle-Girl
    January 30, 2012

    What a fantastic idea!!!!!
    I will remember this one!
    Thanks for sharing!

  106. Agent Charlie
    January 31, 2012

    Reblogged this on Agent Charlie.

  107. nagelle16
    January 31, 2012

    Reblogged this on sarahmyersart and commented:
    Wedding I have in mind for May!

    • Sugar & Cloth
      January 31, 2012

      This would be perfect for weddings.

  108. Mr. Fed Up
    February 2, 2012

    Wow this is a great idea.

    I just finished writing about the “Power of Cheese” and how it makes everything better:
    http://fedupfood.com/2012/01/25/the-power-of-cheese/

    I really only think of cheese as ingredient added to meals to make it taste good no matter what, but cheese served on a nice slate plate is a simple way to make a a typical dinner at home into a fancy occasion.

  109. trialsinfood
    February 3, 2012

    such a creative idea!

    • Sugar & Cloth
      February 4, 2012

      Thank you!

  110. Kiara Lane
    February 21, 2012

    Reblogged this on Kiara Lane.

  111. trish
    March 9, 2012

    wow! really simple, cheap and versatile idea. i’ve read about people using tiles as pizza stones, which kind of scares me because they could definitely shatter in high heat. but THIS!!! such a good idea.

    side note: cheeses are recommended to be served room temp for maximal cheesy goodness ;) but the cooling ability of the tile would be good if you had a long waiting/traveling time i think! :) great blog post!

    • Sugar & Cloth
      March 12, 2012

      Awesome, thanks for the cheesy goodness tips :)!

  112. Hannah
    July 13, 2012

    I was wondering if after you wash your new cheeseboard after being used, do you need to reapply olive oil?

  113. Martin Lee
    January 20, 2013

    Great idea.I was a bit worried about your comments re “a plate” I presume that you could still cut the cheese on the slate and then use a fresh plate for eating the cheese?

  114. http://tinyurl.com/ryanjoan59420
    January 30, 2013

    Exactly what truly influenced you to publish “DIY // Slate Cheeseboard”?

    I personallycertainly liked it! Thanks for your time ,Valeria

  115. erika
    August 20, 2013

    Hi Ashley! I’m also from Houston–can you tell me where you got your slate tiles? I tried Home Depot last night but they didn’t have any plain black slate (they said they’d have to order it specially). I’ll look up some flooring stores but if you have any tips, I’d love to avoid going on a wild goose chase :) Thanks so much!

  116. Hiba
    September 5, 2013

    I would only change one thing. Olive oil can and will turn rancid, that’s why chefs tell you to never seal your wooden or other boards with it. Instead, use food-grade mineral oil, available at pharmacies, supermarkets, Wal-Mart, etc. But love the idea, thank you.

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