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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Reviving a cast iron frying pan

 

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this picture is from seriouseats.com

I think my favorite part of owning vintage cast iron frying pans is the fact they connect us to the past.  For me, they bring back memories, especially of my dad cooking bacon and eggs for everyone in a big ol’ cast iron frying pan whenever we visited the cabin. He still has that pan and he still uses it.

We scored this rusty cast iron frying pan at an auction not long ago for a song because most people thought it wasn’t worth anything.  The hubs knew he could revive it 🙂

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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.

 

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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!

 

 

 

DIY: Easy Cupcake Holder

IMG_9148I  L .O.V. E.  love, love, love a good gourmet cupcake and if they are homemade well all the better.

Who am I kidding?  I love cakes, cookies, pies, squares and loaves too 🙂

I haven’t baked any cupcakes since my favorite one year old’s birthday party (you can see that post here as well as find the recipe for the chocolate Oreo cupcakes ).

The weather here in Alberta, Canada has just been too darn hot all summer long and turning on my oven in my very small house without air conditioning – just couldn’t do it!

I decided to challenge myself and find a really good reason to tell myself I had to make some cupcakes….. Continue reading DIY: Easy Cupcake Holder

Fun and interesting vintage finds…

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I’m still not 100% sure what this is??? except a really cute wooden pig with missing ears and a pink nose.

In a previous post about my latest venture (you can read about that here) I told you how I love auctions, yard sales, thrift stores and curb side finds.

In this post I want to share some pictures of the fun, quirky and sometimes useful vintage things I’ve bought or found.

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All the way from Newfoundland – a hand carved wooden fish

As some of you may know (if you’ve been lucky, like me, to be able to attend an estate auction) that auctioneers will sell what is called a “box lot”  and these usually  go for a pretty affordable price. Continue reading Fun and interesting vintage finds…

Summer Wreath – Simple and Inexpensive

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In follow up to a previous post written about Love the Home You Have, my friend and fellow blogger Amelia from You Can Always Start Now and I committed to doing some of the challenges listed in the book “Love The Home You Have”.

Our first challenge was to reclaim the dining room and I am proud to say that I still manage to have my table clutter free with a centrepiece on it one day per week – YAY!

Since it is summer and I enjoy being outside and I enjoy decorating my outdoor spaces, it was easy to decide on Challenge #14 Welcome Home. This is about what your front door says to you when you walk up to it each day, it should make you smile and say “welcome home”.   Continue reading Summer Wreath – Simple and Inexpensive