Winter Happy Artisan Gift Box

Something special is about to happen on October 15th.   The Winter Edition of The Happy Artisan Gift Box will be available to order (shipping end of November).  Click here for more info and to place your order.

***You can order on the website or to hold a box you can contact me directly via email, DM me either on FB or on instagram @awandafulthing or @happyartisangift box . Payments must be received by November 15.

The Winter Happy Artisan Gift Box is our biggest one yet – there will be 10 handcrafted items for you to enjoy.  You are in for a big treat as the value in this box won’t be beat by any other winter subscription box – just two of the items exceed over $45.00 MRSP and shipping is only $10.00 in Canada (some exceptions do apply). With the holiday season around the corner, why not order a box, keep what you want and gift the rest.

Not to spoil the surprise but there are a few items that would make great stocking stuffers. Limited quantity – Don’t delay order before they are gone! If you want to purchase the box as a gift, I can send directly to the recipient on your behalf.

This is the third and final Happy Artisan Gift Box offered this year.   Each box contains locally handmade items from small businesses.  Nothing is massed produced so there are limited boxes for sale.

Supporting local and small business creates a win/win for everyone.  These items are made individually and thoughtfully. When you purchase from a small business you are part of a community.  You are supporting Artisans whose work can continue with your support.


Above is a glimpse into what was offered in The Fall Happy Artisan Gift Box.

The Winter box will have totally different items, handmade and homespun. The box is meant to be a surprise so pictures won’t be shared until after boxes have shipped.

Mark your calendar for OCTOBER 15 –   place your order so you won’t be disappointed.  Supporting Canadian small business is so important and The Happy Artisans are very grateful for your support.

The Happy Artisan Gift Box- it’s A Wandaful Thing!

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From Trash to Treasure: Experts Share 12 Upcycling Projects for Your Home

Hey friends:

I’m kinda super stoked to tell you about this trash to treasure post.

I was contacted by the REDFIN blog – to collaborate on a trash to treasure post.  If you go check out the post you will see my tip is the first one featured.  It is so easy to update your outdoor lighting without costing a fortune.

I wanted to update my outdoor lighting to better suit the esthetic of my house without spending upwards of $300.0 (I priced out the ones I liked online).  I decided to try and find used fixtures that I could upcycle into something I would want to use. I was lucky and  thrifted two identical fixtures at a local thrift store.  It was meant to be as how often would you find two of the same thing?

A can of spray paint and an hour or so later and I had brand new looking outdoor light fixtures. I really love them.

Total cost for two new to me outdoor light fixtures was $25.00.

Ha ha ha – sorry about the skewed front door wreath – I was concentrating on taking pics of the light fixgure and didn’t even notice – oops!!

Be sure to go check out the other collaborators as they have great projects as well.

What projects have you upcycled lately?

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Age Appropriate?? Crafts that is…

My dear friend and fellow blogger Amelia over at You Can Always Start Now  just published a post on twirling and pivoting and doing and enjoying crafts even if they are for kids.  She loves to explore all the possibilities.  Go over and read her post (linked above) to fully understand why I am sharing this with you. She always has the greatest ideas and today I found myself in the store that starts with $$ and ends with what rhymes with drama…and found the cutest little craft kit tucked in among the kids crafts. For a buck 25 how could I resist Continue reading Age Appropriate?? Crafts that is…

Thrifted Easter Decorations

As the years go by, I seem to be pairing down on my holiday and seasonal decorating. However, that doesn’t stop me from picking up a few new thrifted items when the next occasion comes along.

I recently found a “new to me” thrift store and I purchased the following items which I incorporated into my Easter decorating scheme.

This was in the scarf section but I liked the size and the colors and thought it would be the perfect table runner. It cost $1.00

I found this large pink doily and thought it would look great with the scarf – only $1.00

Of course I needed an Easter basket and some eggs and as a bonus I found a cute little bunny to top off the whole thing. Another $1.50

The napkins were the last thing I bought for the kitchen and they cost $3.00 for four napkins. My total cost for my Easter Tablescape was $7.00 – definitely won’t break the bank.

I put a few other items around the house….the only other new item was the felted sheep.

That little adorable felted sheep was a whopping $0.50

The other items shown are things purchased from past years. I think it’s enough Easter decorating for me for this year.

Have you decorated for Easter this year or in the past? How much do you do? One room, two rooms etc and which rooms? Leave a comment and let me know – would love to hear from you.

Thrifted Easter decorations – it’s A Wandafulthing!

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Easy DIY Valentine Crafts

Ditch Store-Bought Cards and Make These Cool Valentine’s Day Treats Instead
“I Dig You” Treat Bags

Pack these goodie bags with chocolate drops and gummy worms to resemble the great outdoors. Fill sandwich bags with “dirt” (e.g. a handful of Hershey’s Chocolate Drops), a few gummy critters, and a toy shovel. Write a “punny” message on a heart-shaped tag (or cut your own from a brown paper bag), then attach with twine.

i dig you valentines treat bags

Check out this pink baby’s breath heart wreath by the house that lars built – full tutorial here

Heart Vase – another amazing craft by the house that lars built – I’m crushing on these guys right now.  Make love grow on trees with this simple craft that requires little more than a few cutout hearts and tree branches that are spray-painted white.


Here is a great alternative to candy – Succulent Valentines

There’s no such thing as too many succulents. If you are lucky enough to be able to host a get together this year, why not send your guests home with these adorable painted pots.Little succulent plants, what a sweet and easy Valentine's Day gift!

If you want to know how to make them head on over to the blog a night owl.

Valentine Chocolate sugar cookies…who knew? There’s just something about a chocolate sugar cookie. Chocolate is the perfect flavor for Valentine’s Day and these adorable little heart cookies will make your valentine so happy. Let me tell you they are delicious, and in this display you can even eat the dish. For recipe and how to click here.

Here’s a fun — and super thrifty — way to fill blank wall space. Plus, it’s appropriate enough to leave up year-round. Instructions here.

Make this yarn-wrapped heart wreath for under $10. Perfect for a Valentine's Day gift idea!

This Valentines DIY Table Runner Is A Simple Way To Bring Valentine’s To Your House. VERY simple decor idea, just some DollarTree foam hearts and glue.

This Valentines DIY Table Runner is a simple way to bring Valentine's to your house, or a kid's party.


Easy peasy yarn wrapped hearts. Print out and cut out heart shape (you can download at this link); trace onto cardboard and cutout. Use a piece of masking tape to tape end of yard to cardboard heart. Wrap yarn randomly around the cardboard heart. Continue until cardboard is completely covered. When covered, cut off yarn and then loop the end through another piece of yarn and knot. Cut off excess yarn and you are done.

Neutral Valentine Day Craft Idea - Yarn Wrapped Hearts

Great easy DIY Valentine crafts are A Wandaful Thing. If you make any of them, please be sure to share.

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