DIY: Turn an old metal tray into a chalkboard message centre

I’ve always had a thing for serving trays. I’ve collected a lot of them over the years and have used them on many occasions.  When I saw this one in a free box at a yard sale I knew instantly what I was going to do with it.

metal silver tray

I wanted a chalkboard message board for my recently reorganized office/craft space (more on that in future post).

Trays like these can be found at almost every thrift store so this type of project is very inexpensive to produce. Continue reading DIY: Turn an old metal tray into a chalkboard message centre

Paint Chip Ring

This is such a great idea!!

10 Paint Secrets: How to make a paint chip key ring with all of your home's paint colors on it! It's super handy when you're out shopping for fabric, furniture, or decorative accents like pillows, etc.

We are ever so slowly updating, renovating and painting our little house.
The  painting in the living room and kitchen is complete and while I was at it I painted the kitchen cupboards too.
The bathroom renovation (we started so very long ago I am actually embarrassed to say when that was) is starting to take shape finally and I am almost finished painting in there too.

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Cat Bed from a Vintage Fruit Crate

cat bed

Back at the end of August when I did a post on “10 Questions” posed to a blogger, I mentioned the progress on my cat Mylo’s bed.

I FINALLY finished it this week and wanted to share how it was made.

I bought the vintage fruit crate at auction earlier in the year and couldn’t quite decide what to do with it.  Mylo seemed to be encouraging me to make him a cat bed so I decided I wanted to make it from all repurposed or recycled materials.

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Mylo was checking it out when I brought it home. I thought this was a sign of approval.

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I did a bit of looking on Pinterest and other fun sites to garner some inspiration. There was a lot to look at 🙂 In the end I chose something simple, easy and not really time-consuming, lol, although it seemed to take me long enough to find the time to finish this simple project. Continue reading Cat Bed from a Vintage Fruit Crate

Pumpkin Ornament from a Mason Jar Lid

I love pumpkins and every year I try to find a new way to repurpose something old and make it into something new, like some form of a pumpkin.

 

Pumpkin for blog

Pictured above is what I made last year from 4×4’s  that were left behind by the previous owner of our little house. Here is the link to that post if you want to read how I made them

https://awandafulthing.com/2014/09/29/cheap-and-easy-repurposed-wood-for-fall-decor/

This year I saw something on the website “Surviving the Stores” that caught my eye and decided to make my own version of it.

Mason Jar Pumpkins leftovers

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Summer roundup

I was a little disappointed with myself this year as I didn’t get as many of my outdoor summer projects done as I would have liked to but that’s ok because I either took notes, took pictures or bookmarked anything that caught my eye or interested me.

I want to share the top five summer projects that ended up on my “to do someday” list.

  1. Wire Whisk Butterfly- the tutorial can be found on dollar store crafts blog – it’s not only inexpensive, it’s quite an easy project – just the way I like them.

whisk butterfly

2.  The next two things on this list are totally inspired by the blog Organized Clutter and her 2015 Junk Garden Tour – I just love this idea and was lucky enough to score some of these cast iron shoe molds at a vintage sale – happy, happy, joy, joy!!!

ORGANIZED CLUTTER 2015 JUNK GARDEN TOUR www.organizedclutter.net

3.  Being a vintage collector and a true blue junker, this soooo appeals to me. The only piece I have so far is the antique washing agitator, but it sure is going to be fun to source the rest of  what I will need – luckily I will have three seasons to hunt!

ORGANIZED CLUTTER 2015 JUNK GARDEN TOUR www.organizedclutter.net

4.  Insulated Mason Jar Bag by Sew Mama Sew. The tutorial is very well written and the pictures look like it will be easy to follow. I know these could be made and used any time of the year but I like the thought of using them on a picnic.

Insulated Mason Jar Bag

5.  I like the idea of upcycling an old light fixture into a bird feeder. Easy, simple and few supplies needed. This could be hung on a fence or a deck if you don’t have any big trees in your yard.

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Projects to look forward to…A Wandaful Thing indeed!