Time to Change Up the Decor

Christmas is over and Valentine’s and Easter are just around the corner. I have a small standing sign I purchased from Michael’s last fall (4×6) and I change it up for every occasion. I do this because it’s small and doesn’t require a lot of time.

Last year I became part of the very fast, ever evolving, Chalk Couture world and I have been using their products to change up my little sign from Michaels. If you are curious about these products, please visit my chalkcouture site for all the information: Chalkcouture/awandafulthing

Here it is ready for Valentine’s…

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Here is what it looked like at Christmas.

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I also have a cute framed chalkboard on my office door (at my other job…lol) and I change that one up also. Since it is an awkward shape (as in not very big on height) – I sometimes have to get creative with the way I use my Chalk Couture transfers (luckily they can be cut apart). To hold it on my door I use strong double sided velcro. Sorry – no picture of it on my door….guess I should change that 🙂

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Since these two signs were in different locations, I used the same transfer on the sign above at Christmas, and because this chalkboard sign was a bit bigger than my standing sign, I used more parts of the transfer.

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The new Chalk Couture Spring/Summer Catalogue will be launching on February 08, 2020 and I’m already dreaming about how I will change up this two signs for Spring.

Want a sneek peek click here.

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Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

 

 

Weekend Coffee Share – Trip to IKEA for crafting decor items

My dearest friend and fellow blogger Amelia at You Can Always Start Now has turned me onto Weekend Coffee Share. She got turned on to it by Eclectic Ali.

It’s exactly what the title indicates – share something on your mind or something you have done over the past week.

It is a long weekend here in my part of the world, which means three days off in a row.

Most people have gone away for the weekend but I had no plans. I’ve pretty much been on the go every weekend since summer started so I decided this was the weekend to rejuvenate.

I’ve recently become a Designer with Chalk Couture in Canada and am so pleased with the products.  What is Chalk Couture – well, you can check that out here if want to.

Of course, like any company they sell and encourage you to use their products and for the most part I do. However, I like to push limits sometimes and I was curious as to what types of surfaces you can use this chalk paste and ink on.  Off to IKEA I went, so I could have some crafty projects to keep me busy on this long weekend (besides the two books I devoured so far).

For just under $50.00 I found 10 surfaces I could customize. A laundry basket, two blank pillow covers, a wooden crate (assembly required), three fake succulents in one package, one real succulent, a boot mat, and a soap dispenser.

I’ve created something on all of them except the crate – maybe I’ll feel like assembling that tomorrow.

So as I drink my coffee and write my post, I think well now that was fun and WOW 10 personalized items for under 50 bucks.

I’ll be posting pics and details in a soon to be published post.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope to see you back here soon.

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A Day Out – Antiquing and Thrifting

There is nothing more a thrifter/vintage/antique shopper loves more than to come across a new place to shop.

My partner in crime couldn’t join me on my latest adventure so I went solo but was instructed to take lots of pictures, just in case it is worthy of a second trip (trust me it is).

The new place I discovered is about an hour and a half from my house in a little town called Pigeon Lake (that’s in Alberta, Canada),  the name of the store is Backstreet. I met one of the owners Maureen and we had a great chat about the business and in particular the second store out back called Backstreet Cottage. It use to be a church, turned woodworking shop, turned furniture/home decor store, which it is today.  She was ok with me taking pics and videos and I promised her I would tag her in my post. They also write a blog and have great information and photos on their website – be sure to take a look at https://www.backstreetantique.com/

 

Check out the giant chair on the roof 🙂

Here is the front store (shown above) with new home decor, fashion, jewelry, candles and a few antique pieces in the mix. There is also another shop and SEVEN, yes seven sea cans full of antiques to browse through – YES, I checked everyone of them out.

Now for a ton of pictures – enjoy!

Feast for the eyes 🙂 A lot of these pictures were taken in the sea cans 🙂 and in the gift shop there was something for everyone (meaning the guys too).

I also took a few videos… Continue reading A Day Out – Antiquing and Thrifting

Monthly Vintage Challenge February 2018 -Vintage Image Greeting Cards

Thank you to all those who made comments or linked into the January Vintage Button Challenge. If you missed January’s Challenge check it out here – the link is not closed so please feel free to add your post at any time. Congrats to Allana, who won the vintage button gift tags!!!

February’s challenge will be to make any occasion greeting card using Vintage or Vintage looking images. The images can be new  or “old”, pages from books, vintage sheet music, old vintage valentine cards or free downloadable vintage images. One of my favorite’s is Graphics Fairy -if you subscribe to their newsletter you get one new free vintage image every Friday but the website has tons of free printables, be sure to go check them out.

On the last Monday in February (26th) I will do a link party where you can share your creation – Or , if you prefer you can email a picture to me and I will post it for you.

Here are a few pictures of handmade cards using Vintage images, I hope these help to get the creative ideas flowing….

There are endless ideas for greeting cards, I am looking forward to seeing what you create.

Monthly challenges can be A Wandaful Thing!

If you would like a chance to win a handmade vintage image greeting card you just need to follow me on any two of my social media accounts; for example subscribe to this blog and follow me on FaceBook, or subscribe to this blog and follow me on Pinterest or Instagram or any combination you want.  Wherever you follow be sure to leave me a comment so I know to include you in the giveaway draw.

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Thanks for stopping by….until next time.

10 Best Saint Patrick’s Day Crafts

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I know what you are thinking, it’s Valentine’s Day and already she is posting about Saint Patrick’s Day. Well that’s the way it is in the blogging and retail world, you have to think ahead to stay ahead.

Ha ha ha ha, I certainly am not ahead of the game as I’ve seen lots of St. Patty’s Day posts out there already and all over Pinterest. I don’t normally decorate or craft for this occasion but this year I decided to change things up.

I’ve chosen 10 of the best Saint Patrick’s Day crafts I could find (that is my opinion) and now I just have to decide which one I will make – good thing is I have a month to decide.

First up is this Fabric Lucky Clover Specimen Art by Flamingo Toes

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I really like the look of this and although it is made with fabric, I think you could make a similar version from scrapbooking papers.

2.  St. Patrick’s Clover Treats – Here is an easy treat for a St. Patty’s Day gift for your kid’s classroom, neighbors, or coworker – check out the link, comes with full tutorial.

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3. Pot of Gold – ok, I adore this one and it does appear super easy to make, not too many supplies needed. Here’s what you need…mini terracotta pot, black acrylic paint, a sponge brush, mod podge, gold glitter, shamrock sticker or vinyl cut out and rolo candies. Get full tutorial by clicking the link above.

 

 

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4. If you can crochet this next one from Sarahndipities is for you – just plain adorable is all I can say.

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5. Shamrock Bouquet – show some love to St. Patty’s Day by making this simple easy shamrock bouquet.  This craft is from dollar store crafts – it’s inexpensive, easy and looks terrific in a mason jar.

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Continue reading 10 Best Saint Patrick’s Day Crafts