Rustic Farmhouse Sign – Chalk Couture

I’ve been on vacation for the last two weeks with no access to my craft supply – cue the HORROR!!! LOL

I also received an order from Chalk Couture just before I left and had no time to play and make things, so as soon as I got back I felt the urge.

I made this awesome rustic farmhouse sign today using a Chalk Couture transfer. If you are wondering what Chalk Couture is – you can read this post here or visit www.chalkcouture.com/awandafulthing

I had a piece of stained pine leftover from a previous project that just happened to be the perfect size for my farmhouse transfer.

The transfer was brand new right out of the package, so I had to defuzz it (you can learn more about this by checking out this youtube video about the July Club Couture Transfer https://youtu.be/VBlVBNiQT3c)

Here is the piece of pine stained and ready for the transfer.

Here it is with the transfer waiting for some bright white Chalkology paste.

This is another picture of the finished project but in different lighting.

All it needed was a picture hanger on the back, and here it is on the wall.

Rustic farmhouse sign using Chalk Couture paste and transfer – It’s A Wandaful Thing!

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Primitive Cabinet – Reloved

It’s garage and yard sale season. Those words are music to my ears. Most Saturdays I spend scouring garage and yard sales looking for my next “projects”.

I’ll be honest, I’m not into revamping or reloving vintage items and selling them for the money. I have great appreciation and admiration for those that do make a living doing this. I do it mostly for the satisfaction of keeping a beloved vintage or antique item out of the landfill. It fills me with joy when someone purchases an item I’ve saved or reloved and I must admit I get a little giddy when it happens. I like to recoup the money I spent on the item and the supplies – I never charge for the hours I put into a piece. I know some people aren’t going to be thrilled to read this but this is my hobby more so than a business.

If I can find out a little bit of the history of an item, I’m more motivated than ever to make sure someone else loves it too. Take this primitive cabinet for example (one door was off in this picture).

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Revamped Thrift Store Frame

I almost can’t even call this one an upcycle because I am still using it as it was meant to be used. I only added a little twist.

Here is a picture frame I picked up at a thrift store a while back. I paid a whopping 50 cents for it.  I liked the fact it wasn’t smooth and that it looked like wood tiles (the frame is not wood).

I bought the Martha Stewart Nautical layering stencils # 17635 from Michael’s and got the idea to stencil the glass part of the frame.

I used part of the tall ship stencil (it wouldn’t all fit on the glass).

The light blue paint color is called Pale Blue by Craft Smart, I bought it from Michael’s and the dark blue – Navy is from my stash by Dixie Belle – I used it on the upcycled thrift store tray – check that out here.

I didn’t bother to seal the imagine in case I decide to change or reuse the frame for something else.  It’s not perfect but I like it.

Did you notice the difference in the frame from the first picture? I found the dark brown too stark against the ship so I decided to whitewash the frame. I literally took a really small dab of white acrylic craft paint on a damp stencil brush and scrubbed it into the little blocks. On a few spots it was too much so I wet distressed it before the paint even dried. I used a wet paper towel and literally wiped the areas I thought had too much paint.

After it’s photo shoot I put it on my bookcase where it is eagerly awaiting me to finish upcycling a floating shelf. I have a few more thrifted nautical things I will add along with this frame – stay tuned.

Enhancing what you already have on hand – It’s A Wandaful Thing!

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DIY Easter Bunny Silhouette Wall Art

I tend to get a lot of inspiration from the internet and of course Pinterest but then I like to put my own spin on things. One such item was this adorable bunny silhouette sign, just in time for Spring and Easter.

It would make a wonderful gift and a great display and addition to your spring and Easter decor. This sign is made from pine board that measures 9 x 12 x .75 , painted white then painted purple after the bunny silhouette stencil was applied.

A burlap bow and pom-pom complete the look.  This bunny silhouette wall art is now ready to display – to hang on the wall I added a sawtooth picture hanger to the back.

You can buy a kit to make your own for $10.00 plus shipping. Contact me @ awandafulthing@gmail.com to place your order.

Included in kit:

1 – 9x 12x .75 pine blank board

1 – Bunny Stencil

1 – Pom Pom (colors vary)

1 – Strip of ½ “ burlap for bow

1 – sawtooth picture hanger

Full written instructions

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Simple Things #4

I have to give credit where credit is due for the idea of posting about “simple” things.  Amelia from YouCanAlwaysStartNow and I collaborate regularly on ideas for posts like travel, life, monthly challenges, as well as many other things.

I love to bake, it’s one of the things that relaxes me so today’s “simple things” are all about baking.

1. Easier Cookie Cutting

Once you’ve made your cookie dough and have it rolled and ready to go, dip your cookie cutter in flour before cutting out your cookie shapes. The flour helps the cutter cut through the dough so you can cut your cookies out faster and with less frustration!

2. Ripen Bananas Quickly

Here’s a great tip if you want to make a recipe like banana bread and your bananas are not ripe.  To quickly ripen underripe bananas, put them on a cookie sheet and bake them at 300°F for about 40 minutes. You’ll end up with perfectly ripe bananas for your cakes and breads!

3. Warm Up Eggs Quickly

Starting a recipe that calls for room temperature eggs, but you just barely took your eggs out of the fridge? You can quickly bring those eggs to room temperature by placing them in a glass or bowl of warm water. Let them sit in the warm water for a few minutes, and they’ll be ready to use!

4. Grate Your Butter

One of the keys to making perfectly flaky biscuits and pie crusts is having small pieces of butter evenly distributed throughout your dough. The easiest way to achieve this is to use grated butter! Grate your butter on a cheese grater then stir the butter pieces into the other ingredients.

5. Instant Powdered Sugar

If you’ve made a batch of cookies or cake that requires frosting and you check the cupboards and you could have sworn you had icing sugar, fear not!  You can actually make powdered sugar if you have white sugar and cornstarch on hand. Just add 1/2 cup of white sugar and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to a blender or food processor. Just pulse the sugar mixture a few times until it gets to the right powdery consistency.

6. Mixer Splash Guard

I’ve been baking a long time and only figured this out recently.  I use a KitchenAid stand mixer and every time I mix dry ingredients in it, even on the slowest speed, it still sputters out over the side. I now put a dish towel over the top of the mixer which drapes down over the sides and no more sputters. For eight more brilliant KitchenAid Hacks (and where I found this picture) visit the crazy coupon lady .

6 Simple things to help when you feel like baking,  It’s A Wandaful Thing!

What is your favorite baking “simple thing”?

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You can even eat the dishes……

Today, I was looking for an easy, cute, edible Valentine idea and decided to make another candy dish. Intrigued? Read on.

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, in this display you can even eat the dish, lol, keep reading to find out how I made it…

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Simple Things #2

I have to give credit where credit is due for the idea of posting about “simple” things.  Amelia from YouCanAlwaysStartNow and I collaborate regularly on ideas for posts like travel, life, monthly challenges, as well as many other things.

Today’s simple things ideas is all about household sponges and some of their many uses.

All you need for endless loads of super-soft laundry is a sponge (or a few), water, fabric softener and a sealed container. These never-ending DIY laundry sheets are built to last, they’re easy on your wallet, and it’s an easy way to be environmentally friendly.

Supplies You’ll Need

  • 1 cup of liquid fabric softener
  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 sponges
  • Resealable container
Instructions
  1. Mix the fabric softener and water in the resealable container.
  2. Cut the sponges in half and place them in the container. Let them soak up the liquid completely.
  3. The next time you do a load of laundry, take one sponge out. Squeeze the sponge over the container to remove any excess fabric softener. Place the sponge in the dryer with your laundry just like you would a normal dryer sheet.
  4. Once your laundry is done, place the sponge back into the container for another time. You can reuse them endlessly. Just be sure to replace the water and fabric softener every 2 to 3 months.

Use sponges as ice packs. All you need to do is take a standard kitchen sponge, soak it in water, put it inside a Ziploc bag, and freeze it. When you’re done, you have an ice pack. The handy thing is that when the ice starts to melt, the sponge soaks up the water so it doesn’t leak everywhere.

Add sponges to the bottom of plant pots. It will prevent water from dripping out the bottom of the planter and destroying surfaces. It has happened to me too many times until I discovered this great idea.

My personal favorite use for household sponges is to put them in the bottom of the crisper of my refrigerator. This will keep your vegetables fresher for longer by preventing moisture from accumulating in the bottom of the refrigerator crisper. Line the bottom of the drawer with dry sponges and replace any time they seem wet. Removing this excess moisture will help keep veggies at their peak. This also helps keep your crisper clean.

Simple things like household sponges can have many uses and are indeed                         .    A Wandaful Thing!

What do you use household sponges for?

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