Day 1 – A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2019 -Pinterest Inspired

                  A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2019 – Day 1

Eek, I’m so excited that my 12 Days of Christmas has begun. I usually try to stick to a theme each year, this year I am going to be making 12 things that are Pinterest Inspired.

I am starting off with Christmas personalized books.

These are the books I made:

I found three matching books at Goodwill and painted all three of them with white acrylic paint (including the edges of the pages). I glued the books together and then cut red vinyl words using my Cricut Maker and adhered them to the spines of the books. I embellished with some jute twine and a floral pick that included red berries and pine cones.  I think these will be a nice addition to my Christmas decor. Continue reading Day 1 – A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2019 -Pinterest Inspired

A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2019 -Pinterest Inspired

                                    A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2019

Wow, I cannot believe this will be my 6th year in a row bringing you 12 Days of Christmas from A WandafulThing. This year I am going to be making 12 crafts that are Pinterest Inspired – meaning, I’m going to search Pinterest and pick 12 items to make. I will link the inspiration post to my post and you can judge whether it was a pass or a fail.

Stay tuned, I cannot wait to show you all the fabulous things I’ll be making this year.

Here is a recap with links to all the Wandaful Things I created last year (2018). If you didn’t get a chance to see what I did last year it was all about crafts that could be made in 30 minutes or under.

Here is a recap of the 12 Days of Christmas 2018 :

Day 1 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 2 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 3 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 4 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 5 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 6 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 7 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 8 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 9  – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 10 – 12  Days of Christmas 2018

Day 11 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 12 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

I hope you stop by again soon to check out all the Pinterest Inspired Crafts for 2019.

You can  follow me at all these lovely places:

Twitter @awandafulthing,  https://www.facebook.com/awandafulthing

https://www.pinterest.com/awandafulthing/

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/WTtrinketsandtreasures/

Thanks for stopping by….until next time.

 

Bless You Jars

I’ve seen Bless You Jars at craft shows and on Pinterest and I’ve had them on my to do list for awhile. I finally got around to attempting to make them and they turned out great – so great I gave most of them away.

To make a Bless You jar – you will need a one quart mason jar the ring but not the lid, a small piece of felt, some vinyl letters, chalk paint, spray paint or any acrylic paint that will adhere to glass and metal, mod podge and some twine or raffia, if you decide to add a little embellishment.  I used my Cricut die cutting machine and designed the “Bless You” and scroll using images from my Cricut Design Space program.

For a few of the jars I painted them using chalk paint in various colors, and although not shown in the picture above I did paint the rings black. I would have preferred to spray paint them as it would have been quicker but the evening I decided to start the jars the weather wasn’t cooperating to allow me to spray paint them outside and of course I wanted to do them right away and not wait…lol apparently I have no patience. The black one pictured at the beginning I did spray paint  (in half the time it took me to hand paint the others ~sigh).

Each jar required three coats of paint and one coat of mod podge before adhering the vinyl letters.

I cut rounds of felt and cut an X in each piece in the middle before gluing to the inside of the metal ring. This enables the tissue to pull through one piece at a time. I was a little confused at first on how to fold the tissue to make it come out the top of the jar but after I did it once it clicked and was pretty easy to do for the rest of the jars. Here is a quick tutorial https://youtu.be/ZHgs0phpdqk On how to fold the tissue to fit in the jar, if you don’t figure it out on your own.

I kept the white one for myself and it just so happens it was my favorite one…lol

Which one is your favorite? What other colors do you think would make a wandaful bless you jar?

Bless you jars are A Wandaful Thing.

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IKEA Items and Chalk Couture #5 – Give Thanks

In my last post – check that out here, I showed you how I transformed blank IKEA Gurli pillow covers into customized home decor using Chalk Couture ink.

I also wanted to show how versatile and easy it is to make customized items for your home, using products from big box stores.

Today I am showing you the last of my IKEA products I purchased to transform with Chalk Couture products. When I saw this little wooden IKEA crate , I knew it would make a nice display for my kitchen. The  longest  part  of the  whole  project  was  putting  the  crate  together. I forgot to take a picture of the crate before I added the chalk paste.

I only used one transfer but three different pastes. The transfers have a sticky side and a side that you apply the chalk paste or ink on.  I had my tools ready which included my fuzzing cloth,  chalk paste, stir stick and small squeegies to apply the paste.

I also love all the surfaces that Chalk Couture sells and you can check all the products they sell right here on my own Chalk Couture website https://www.chalkcouture.com/awandafulthing

The transfer I used is very versatile and I have already used it on three different surfaces; raw wood, a chalkboard stand and an oil painting that I painted black and then waxed and applied the chalk paste on. The frame on the painting originally was gold so I used chalk paint and a wet rag to distress it and make it look chabby chic. I waxed it with Minwax to protect it.

Chalk Couture – It’s A Wandaful Thing!

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Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers to award our peers. Each blogger nominated for the award is asked to nominate 10 other bloggers that they admire or are inspired by. It’s an honor to be recognized, and a wonderful opportunity to encourage others to keep doing what they love.

I was nominated by Amelia from https://youcanalwaysstartnow.wordpress.com,  Who is not only a friend but a fellow blogger. Thank you Amelia for nominating me.

RULES FOR THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and then provide a link back to their blog.
  2. List the Sunshine Blogger Award Rules and display the logo on your site.
  3. Answer the Sunshine Blogger Award questions given by the person who nominated you.
  4. Nominate 10 other bloggers and ask them 10 new questions.
  5. Notify the nominees of their nomination.

Questions Amelia posed to me.

  1. Favorite comfort food. Apple pie(homemade of course)
  2. Favorite place you have visited. I think Stone Henge.
  3. What TV show you are currently binging on – or maybe you don’t watch TV. Hand of God on Prime
  4. Favorite book and why? The Secret Garden  as it contains powerful truths just beneath the surface. There is always a level at which the story is telling children about more than just events; it is telling them about the nature of life. That is what Roger Ebert said about the movie but it is true for the book as well.
  5. What is the meaning behind your blog name? I was trying to find something catchy that was personal :0)
  6. If you had a superpower what would it be? Flying
  7. How do you go about getting blog post ideas? As I am a vintage buyer and seller and I am a Chalk Couture Designer, a lot of my post ideas come from repurposing or revamping some of those items.
  8. If you wrote a non-fiction book what would the title be? Henry’s Haven (my deceased dad and my favorite place where we use to hunt for sea glass together).
  9. Do you have a goal you want to accomplish before the end of the year? Host two Chalk Couture workshops.
  10. What is on your playlist? Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit because I have tickets to see them in September.

My nominees are…….

https://www.bestofthislife.com/

https://justinecelina.com/

https://www.awalkandalark.com

https://fancypaperblog.com/

https://taunieverett.com

https://mountainmodernlife.com/

http://love2upcycle.blogspot.com/

https://recycledcrafts.craftgossip.com/

http://upcycledstuff.blogspot.com/

https://petticoatjunktion.com/

Questions for my nominees.

  1. Do you ever shop at thrift stores?
  2. What is your best childhood memory?
  3. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently?
  4. If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be?
  5. How do you spend your free time?
  6. Why did you start blogging?
  7. Are you a coffee or tea lover (or both)?
  8. Could you live without the internet?
  9. Do you have a goal you want to accomplish before the end of the year?
  10. What is your favorite time of year and why?

IKEA Items and Chalk Couture #4

In my last post – check that out here, I showed you a few more items that I used Chalk Couture on from the 10 items I sourced at IKEA.

I also wanted to show how versatile and easy it is to make customized items for your home, using products from big box stores.

Today I am showing you how I transformed these IKEA Gurli blank cushion covers into custom made cushion covers using another Chalk Couture product. I used black velvet permanent ink.

I used two different transfers on the cushion covers but the technique is exactly the same.  The transfers have a sticky side and a side that you apply the chalk paste or ink on.  I had my tools ready which included my fuzzing cloth,  chalk paste, stir stick and small squeegie to apply the ink.

I made a youtube video when I was making the thankful blessed cushion cover, to watch the technique – check it out here https://youtu.be/GyDeneAD5fII really like how easy it is to use the Chalk Couture transfers on so many household surfaces.

 

I also love all the surfaces that Chalk Couture sells and you can check all the products they sell right here on my own Chalk Couture website https://www.chalkcouture.com/awandafulthing

 

Stayed tuned for the next post as I will show you what I did with the IKEA wooden crate.

Chalk Couture – It’s A Wandaful Thing!

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IKEA Items and Chalk Couture #3

In my last post – check that out here, I showed you the second item I used Chalk Couture on from the 10 items I sourced at IKEA.

I also wanted to show how versatile and easy it is to make customized items for your home, using products from other box stores.

This laundry basket was my most expensive purchase on my IKEA trip – it was $8.99. It is the perfect size for not only laundry but could easily be used to hold or display towels in a guest bathroom or to hold extra blankets or pillows. The shoe mat was the least expensive item I bought on my IKEA trip and it was $0.99.

I used the same Chalk Couture transfer on the basket and the mat – with much better results on the basket as the surface was flat. These transfers have a sticky side and a side that you apply the chalk paste or ink on.  I used chalk paste in a deep blue on the basket and a lighter blue on the mat. I had my tools ready which included my fuzzing cloth,  chalk paste, stir stick and small squeegie to apply the paste.

I really like how easy it is to use the Chalk Couture transfers on so many household surfaces.

 

Although the mat had deep ridges, I still like the worn look it took on. I did spray seal both of these projects so the paste will not come off it they get wet.

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