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.

You can  follow me at all these lovely places:

Twitter @awandafulthing, and don’t forget to check out my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/awandafulthing/ my Pinterest page https://www.pinterest.com/awandafulthing/and my Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/awandafulthing/ and my selling sites  https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/Wandafultreasures and https://www.facebook.com/groups/WTtrinketsandtreasures/

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

Day 10- Handmade Reindeer Cards

Handmade Reindeer Cards

These cards were such fun cards to make. I made two versions of Reindeer cards, these are for those who might already own the Stampin’ UP! Cookie Cutter Christmas polymer stamp set and/or the Cookie Cutter builder punch.

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You can buy pre-made base cards and envelopes that are ready to decorate but I chose to cut mine from tan colored card stock.  The most popular card size for greeting cards is known as size A2 which measures 4.25″ x 5.5″- this means you can cut two cards from a standard 8.5″ x 11″ piece of cardstock.

For the first card I decided to use the reindeer stamp and randomly stamp it all over the front of the card. I overlapped two pieces of complimentary but different color card stock close to the bottom of the card and added a cut out reindeer and used dimensionals to add it to the card to make it stand out .

Included in the Stampin’ UP! Cookie Cutter Christmas polymer stamp set is a stamp that says ‘warm heartfelt greetings for a very Merry Christmas’ which I stamped on some tan card stock and cut out with scissors and glued it to the card.

For the second card… Continue reading Day 10- Handmade Reindeer Cards

Liebster Award

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I got nominated for the Liebster award, woot, woot!!

Anika from Little Free  Monkeys found me and nominated me! Thanks Anika!

WHAT IS THE LIEBSTER AWARD?

It is an online award that is given to new bloggers with around 200 subscribers or so. It isn’t some grand affair, but it is a way of acknowledging other like-minded individuals who are working hard to make waves in their own areas of interest. Also, it is a great way to get to know the newbie blogger and of course, make new friends!

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Once you accept the nomination, you answer questions given to you by the person nominating you. Then you nominate another 3-5 bloggers and give them 8-10 questions to answer as well!

I would like to nominate:

Amelia from You Can Always Start Now

Rachel from The Essential Girl

Sarah from SarahSteckler (creative self-love coach)

Here are my questions for my nominees:

  1. How long have you been blogging?
  2. What is your favorite thing about blogging and your least favorite thing about blogging?
  3. How did you chose the niche(s) that you have chosen to blog in ?
  4. What’s the biggest mistake that you’ve made blogging that you’re comfortable disclosing and what advice would you give to other bloggers so that they could avoid it?
  5. What is your most successful media platform?
  6. How long on average does it take for you to write a blog post from concept to publication ?
  7. What is your greatest achievement outside of blogging?
  8. What do you do in your spare time?

MY QUESTIONS TO ANSWER FROM ANIKA ARE:

1. Why did you start blogging? Has it turned out to be what you expected?

I started blogging when I moved across country to start a new life. It was an outlet to keep me busy because I missed my family so much.  It is more than I expected it to be, I enjoy sharing ideas with like minded people.

2. What is your goal for your blog in 2016?

My goal for my blog in 2016 is to increase my subscriber list and to make sure I stay focused on building my brand.

3. If you give anyone advice about starting a blog, what would you say?

Do lots of research, set realistic goals and purchase a blog theme.

4.What are the 3 songs that you can listen to anytime?

Taxi by Harry Chapin, Working Man by Rita MacNeil and Bad Timing by Blue Rodeo.

5. What 3 words describe you best?

Determined, resilient, stubborn 🙂

6. What is your favorite movie and why?

My favorite movie is Princess Bride. Why do I love this movie – because it is a fairy tale and has something for all ages, it always makes me smile and believe in true love. It is a transcendent, magical experience, that makes you feel good on the inside.

7. Whats the favorite place you have visited?

I had the pleasure to visit Stonehenge in England a few years back.

8. What is your favorite food?

Pretty much any type of shell-fish but I particularly enjoy lobster and scallops.

9. If you could live anywhere in the world where would that be?

I would live on the top of Kelly’s Mountain (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia) overlooking the ocean.

10. Give 5 random facts about yourself that you think are unique and fun?

1) I did not drink coffee until I turned 50  2) I got knocked out boxing 3)I love Mustangs and Motorcycles 4) I collect sea glass and l have lots of it 5)I love amusement parks, especially the roller coasters

Thanks again ANIKA for nominating me and I’m thrilled and honored to nominate some pretty awesome bloggers, please be sure to check them out!

It’s A Wandaful Thing!

 

 

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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