Pre-order Fall Box starting Aug. 01

The Happy Artisan Gift Box is a small batch, hand curated, gift box for people who love beautifully made artisan goods, crafted by hand in small towns across Canada.

It connects the happiness of creating beautiful things with the happiness of receiving them.  Every box is a surprise. The Happy Artisan Gift Box is a curated seasonal gift box. Your box will be a surprise each time and will include quality goods from 5-8 items.  The box supports individual makers and puts money back into families and communities. The items range from home goods to natural bath and body products, to jewellery and art, to gourmet food and other unique items. There is a focus on products that are consumable and environmentally responsible, and packaging is kept to a minimum for all boxes.

The Happy Artisan Gift Box combines the delight of a surprise gift with the benefits of shopping locally and the convenience of shopping online. Bonus items are occasionally made available to add on to your box.

  • Fall box available for pre-order on August 01 – ships early September.
  • Christmas box available for pre-order TBA

* Please note that at this time we are only able to ship within Canada.

*Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on any future Happy Boxes! Go ahead what are you waiting for – go now…


Hi I’m Wanda, I came up with the idea to create The Happy Artisan Gift Box. I knew I couldn’t do this alone so I  recruited some very talented artisans to help me curate this small batch mystery gift box. I am so HAPPY and thrilled to be collaborating with these talented Artisans – bios are listed below.

I am also the owner of A Wandaful Thing. I consider myself to be a multi-passionate creative.  I always need to be learning or creating something new. If you want to know the whole story behind this shop and the blog, be sure to check out the Quick Links at the bottom of this page.

Meet the Fall Happy Artisans:



Essence Pathways

HOLLY ROSE HOLLAND is an Intuitive Author, International Speaker, Grief Coach, former spouse, parent and grief survivor. In moving through the grief process, she noticed many people stuck about death, relationships, employment and often changes in themselves. Holly has just written a book called Keep Moving, Creating a Life After Loss.

Holly has always loved writing. She finds writing helpful for herself and others, experiencing grief and creating a new life. Holly helps women get REAL: remember, express, action and live.

She practices wellness through nature, natural products and intuition. She travels to share her gifts with the world.


Jennifer Gunderson started  making soap in 2012 when a friend who had made his own soap for a few years showed her how the process worked. After she made a few batches she wondered what else she could make at home and since then she has come up with a line of consistent products that she offers for sale on a regular basis,  as well as seasonal and special occasion items. Jennifer haild from Ontario and has called Alberta home since 2015. Jennifer welomes the opportunity to chat with people about her products, to receive feedback to change and improve items as needed, and to answer any questions you may have about what her products.

Tara Bedford is the owner of Seashell Ceramics.  Tara has lived in Morinville, AB most of her life.  Tara has been passionate about pottery for the last 4 years. She started taking pottery classes at the St Albert Art Gallery which was taught by members of the St Albert Potters Guild. She has learned a mix of skills from throwing basics pots, to lids, to using transfers, to making tea pots. This past year, due to the pandemic, she needed to branch out from classes to actually joining a studio so she could throw and improve her skills. It’s been a great place to practice her skills and learn techniques.  





Hello my name is Wanda.

If you want to skip all this and go right to the good stuff, check out the sidebar to your right and have fun exploring.

If you didn’t skip on over there, keep reading…This is the place where I blog about all the things I love to make, bake and decorate. I am also an avid DIYer, I’d rather make it than buy it and anything I DIY so can you. I hope you find something I write about of interest to you.

I sometimes write about the stuff that pops in my head :). I try to keep my primary focus on making, baking, decorating and DIY (crafts/projects/repurposing) and how to live a simpler and more frugal lifestyle on a budget.

I MEAN Really when it comes to design and decorating, who doesn’t want to save money and still have it look like it came out of a designer magazine….and nothing saves money like doing-it-yourself. Whether renovating, crafting or working on a DIY project , I always try to have fun and I hope you join me in my pursuit of a creative, fun filled DIY (whenever possible), simple, frugal life!

I have a weakness for anything old, white or worn…I am a chocaholic and a tea totaller. I’m also a blogger and a grandmother and a big kid at heart (note the picture, I couldn’t resist getting in that chair). My goal is to share some of my ideas on DIY, (which includes crafts/home projects/repurposing/decorating), stuff that pops in my head and CHALLENGES (monthly). I hope you come back often to see how things are going. Please stay connected by subscribing via email.

If you want to know more about me… on.

I love the idea of upcycling/repurposing and have been known to dive into the odd dumpster or stop at the side of the road(on garbage day) to rescue something that I know could be re-purposed or reused. I’ve just recently purchased a small (900 sqft, one bedroom, one bath) old house (99 years) and it is a real fixer-upper, some of my blogging will include what projects I undertake in the house. I will be open and honest about how long, how much and how easy or difficult each project is. I am not great with power tools but I do my best and if someone will teach me, I’m willing to learn lol!!

I was born and bred on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia CANADA (too many years ago to mention…lol). I currently reside in Alberta, Canada.

I was encouraged to start this blog by a dear friend because she had one of those “ah ha” moments and thought “Wanda should do this” so here I am. She is also a blogger and I’m hoping she, amongst some other friends, will guest blog from time to time. I hope you find something you like and come back often.

Love and Light to all!


Shop policies for A Wandaful Thing

Returns & exchanges

I gladly accept returns and exchanges

Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Dispatch items back within: 21 days of delivery

I don’t accept cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

The following items can’t be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can’t accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)

Conditions of return

Buyers are responsible for return postage costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
If you have any questions please contact me.

Something for Everyone

Welcome to A Wandaful Thing


Here you will find handmade, homespun, Canadian made gifts and decor items for sale, as well, as vintage jewelry and accessories.


**New products added often be sure to come back to see what is new!

Latest Products - The "Fall" Happy Artisan Gift Box, Ocean Child Candles and free Watercolor Stickers

What customers are saying about The Happy Artisan Gift Box

Ordered The Happy Artisan Box as soon as it was available. Really enjoyed the surprise of not knowing what was in it. LIke everything in the box. My daughter claimed one of the soaps, the candle is also very lovely. Fantastic products. Great quality. WIll definitely pre-order the next box, can’t wait to see what is in store.
Sandra T
I ordered The Happy Artisan Gift Box as a gift and Wanda showed me what was in it before it got sent out. Oh my, wish I had ordered one for myself now before they SOLD OUT. She handpicked the artisans and ensured the quality of each item was superb. All items were made locally and a little bit of “home” was included with The Ocean Child Candle. Wanda has done some custom orders for me in the past and she is fun and easy to work with. Professional customer service all the way and she goes above and beyond to ensure customers are happy!! I highly recommend purchasing one of the next boxes coming out or if you are looking for a beautiful handcrafted item, look no further.
Margie C
Excited to receive my Happy Artisan Gift Box. Great variety of items. There is something inside for everyone! We all deserve a surprise and supporting small business and artisans added bonus.
Peabody Amelia
Loving the keychain I got in my happy artisan gift box!!! Looking forward to seeing what the next season box has!
Mylissa G
Loving my Happy Artisan Gift Box from! I had no doubt it would be awesome, and wish you all the best with this adventure Wanda.
Lois R

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