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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Upcycled Thrift Store Napkin Holder

I found this cute wooden heart-shaped napkin holder at my local thrift store last week. A dated wooden piece like this is usually finished in dark stained pine with no sealer. I should have brushed on a coat of Zinsser primer but I didn’t.

I decided to use Rustoleum Chalk Paint in linen white and thankfully one good coat was enough to cover it completely.

Next I decided to use my Cricut to cut out a design in permanent glossy red vinyl for each side.  Both of the files are from  Makers Gonna Learn  and if you haven’t heard of them, I strongly advise you go check out their website and YouTube Videos. I’ve learned so much from this group of wonderful people. I just recently took out a membership and this is my first project using their files (LOVE THEM).

 

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Roundup of My Top 5 Most Popular Posts in 2018

It’s hard to believe that 2018 is so quickly coming to a close. I wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

I took a look back at the year and am doing a quick recap of my top 5 most popular posts in 2018. It seems that my DIY projects were far more popular than my Vintage Item posts. Next year my focus will definitely be on doing more upcycle and DIY projects.

  1. It seems that Day 7 of my 12 Days of Christmas for 2018 was quite popular. It was a seaglass Christmas ornament I made for my daughter.

2. Upcycled Office Wall Art

I did enjoy seeing the transformation on these prints going from kitchen art to nautical wall art. Click the link above to see the “after”.

3. Caramel Cones

These are so delicious and so easy to make – in the microwave 🙂 (originally posted in 2015).  Visit the link  above for a free printable recipe card complete with instructions.

4. Upcycled Thrift Store Finds

I enjoyed doing the three upcycles (click on the link above to see all three). The most popular one of the three was the Ciad Mile Failte wooden sign.

5. Vintage Image Greeting Card Challenge

I was so pleased to see all the wonderful and fabulous ideas for vintage image greeting cards.  Be sure to click on the link above to see more of the cards. Here is a card that my friend and fellow blogger made – she blogs over at Youcanalwaysstartnow.

HAPPY NEW YEAR – Thanks for stopping by. I hope to see you back here in 2019.

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Round-up of my 12 Days of Christmas Craft Projects for 2018

From November 12 through December 07 (three times per week), I shared my 12 Days of Christmas craft projects. It was a lot of fun creating those projects. I loved reading your comments, you were all so kind and really encouraging.

My goal was to create a variety of projects that covered lots of different techniques but most importantly I wanted to ensure they were not too time consuming. Every single project could be completed in 30 minutes or less. I hope you found something you’d like to try and learn a few tips and tricks along the way.

This post consists of a round-up of all 12 projects. It was so fun to go back through all the pictures and see them again. It’s also really nice to have all the links in one place. I’d love to know which was your favorite and if you tried (or are going to try) to make any of them.

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

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Day 10 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Welcome to Day 10 of my 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Today I bring you another under 30 minute craft idea you can use to package up a small gift and or some edible treats. The one I made is from Cricut Design Space and it is called Cricut Snowflake Treat Box, here is the link.

If you don’t have an electronic cutting machine, I will leave a link to some print and cut files below, so you can still make your own treat gift boxes.

Cricut Design Space features Ready-to-Make projects. These Ready-to- Make projects include everything from home décor to fashion to paper crafting, and even a variety of FREE projects. To make a project, all you need to do is gather your supplies and go.

You can create the Ready-to-Make project by clicking the “Make It” button  which takes you directly to the mat preview screen.  If you want to change the size of your project or change it in any other way you can click on the  “Customize” button – this takes you to the design screen were you can make your adjustments. For this little box I decided to leave it as it was originally designed.  It was so great to have my Cricut Explore Air One do all the cutting for me. 

I think these handmade gift/treat boxes would make great Secret Santa gifts and/or neighbour gifts.

As promised here are some links to treat boxes you can print, cut by hand and embellish to your liking. Continue reading Day 10 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018