September Craft Challenge – how to make a soap dispenser from a mason jar.

September Craft Challenge – make a craft using a mason jar.

Just in case you are new and this is your first time visiting, here’s the scoop.

August Craft 2For the Third Monday of every month, Amelia (my friend and fellow blogger) and I do a project or post based on one chosen DIY craft or theme, then we share our results and hopefully have inspired you to join the challenge. (The links to my challenge results can be found at the end of this post.)

Last month was our terracotta plant pot challenge, the picture to the left shows the candle holder I made.

This month the craft challenge item was a mason jar . I’ve wanted to make my own mason jar soap dispenser ever since I saw one on the blog One Good Thing By Jillie and that was back in 2012, be sure to check it out, it has a great tutorial.

This is my version of a mason jar soap dispenser and a quick description of how I made it.mason-jar-soap-dispenser

 

I made the hole in the lid with a drill and then used a dremel tool to make the hole big enough for the soap pump to fit.  I spray painted the lid and the ring black to match my bathroom, then glued the pump in with E6000 and once it was dry and filled with soap it was ready to go.  I can’t decide whether or not to chalk paint the mason jar ….what do you think?soap-dispenser

 

You might also like these mason jar air fresheners, check them out here.

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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!

 

 

Part of my story and the things I’m grateful for…

I started this post almost a year ago but didn’t know whether I should share it or not or if anyone would really want to read it but I decided to update and finish it and take a chance and do this for me!

Please bear with me as I pour my heart out.

BUT if you really don’t want to read the whole thing, just skip to the end where I summarize and tell you about my lessons learned!

  • got fed up with life early in 2013 – needed a life change
  • ended a relationship that we both really tried hard to figure out
  • moved 5000 kms away from everyone I knew and loved in October 2013
  • had no job for the first four months, cleaned apartments to have a roof over my head
  • the people (friends) who you thought would support your decision didn’t – OUCH!!
  • Christmas of 2013 was the lowest point I had reached in quite sometime (a year after the death of someone I held very close to my heart and still miss). I had none of the “usual” things surrounding me that I took for granted – started to think I made a mistake and was contemplating my place in this big wide world
  • eventually found a job in a similar field to what I left behind but I was miserable almost every single day and the commute was 2 hours 20 minutes per day -ugh!
  • found new love and started a new life BUT nothing seemed easy (much turmoil in this relationship but that’s for another day)
  • one of the people who kept in touch (and still does almost daily) is a true inspiration and encouraged me because she told me she admires me and believes in me – POWERFUL WORDS that I needed and I don’t think she realized just how much – this I am forever grateful for
  • I had some very bad luck with my health for what seemed like almost an entire year (mid 2014- mid 2015), a surgery that went wrong, three trips to hospital by ambulance, two that resulted in overnight stays and another surgery
  • I needed to take charge of my life and get things back on track and find things that made me happy
  • thanks to the encouragement of my dear friend I started blogging again after a long hiatus – changed the name to be more reflective of who I am today
  • when I moved I liquidated most of the things I had collected, then when I got settled into my new life I started missing some of those things, especially the things that bring back good memories
  • I slowly started to collect vintage items again, it sort of turned into an obsession, which turned into an on-line vintage FB and Etsy selling business
  • I changed jobs after 15 months and it was the best move for me, my commute now is only 17 minutes each way

Continue reading Part of my story and the things I’m grateful for…

Vinyl Valentine Day Wreath – DIY

As February fast approaches, I figured it was high time I put away the Christmas Wreath and dug out my Heart Shaped Valentine wreath. This was one of my favorite projects from 2015 so I thought I’d repost it. It is an easy DIY project that you could definitely get made before February 14.

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I love Valentine’s Day but I always love to save money and make crafts as frugally and as easily as I can:).  I had already been to my local Dollar Tree to purchase some items for my Valentine Tablescape, which included some thin vinyl tablecloths.

To make the heart shape wreath pictured above, you will need: Continue reading Vinyl Valentine Day Wreath – DIY

Vintage hunting tips – how to find those bargains….

I’ve loved vintage things since I was a child. I was raised mostly by my grandparents and grew up around a lot of really cool stuff. Old stoves that burned coal (that was sadly replaced with an electric stove), hardwood floors, wide wood moldings and wooden staircases, just to name a few.

Decades later I still love vintage things which is why I love the thrill of the vintage hunt. These days I try to sell more than I keep but lately that doesn’t seem to be the case as it is hard to part with something that causes such great memories.

If you want to learn more about my vintage side here is a link to an interview  by my friend and fellow blogger over at You Can Always Start Now.wandacollections

I spend a lot of time each month going to thrift stores, auctions and yard sales looking for fabulous vintage items and any other quirky things to sell.

In the next several paragraphs I am going to ramble on and offer some useful tips on how you too can find some awesome vintage stuff. Continue reading Vintage hunting tips – how to find those bargains….

Best of 2015: My 15 favorite posts from 2015

 

best of 2015I have been blogging under the name “A Wandaful Thing” for slightly over a year now and it’s been a lot of fun.

The following posts are my top 15 favorites for 2015.  These posts (and those responsible for them) inspired me, helped me, challenged me and impressed me.

Without further adieu…I hope you enjoy them as much I as did.

  1. Farmhouse Master Bedroom redo from Prodigal Pieces – so many vintage pieces – LOVE IT!!

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2.  DIY Bathroom Vanity by Shanty 2 Chic – this post comes complete with downloadable building plans.DIY-Bathroom-Vanity-Shanty2Chic I simply adore this idea as my “only” bathroom is about this size and it has been hard to find a small vanity that will fit. I hope I am able to try this project in 2016.

3. This inspiration board from is from my friend Amelia at You Can Always Start Now I am envious of how full her board is but also inspired to make one of my own.

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4.  Old rusty bucket turned into a flower-pot from Petticoat Junktion – this woman makes so many cool things from vintage and flea market finds – you just have to check her out.

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5. Under 30  minutes, easy, gorgeous Spring Wreath from the Bold Abode.

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6. DIY coasters and tutorial from Gretchen at Boxy Colonial – she has them entitled coasters for Christmas but you could make them for any occasion –  adorable.

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7. I have been a BIG fan of Donna at Funk Junk Interiors for a few years now and she has a been an inspiration for some of my own projects.   She actually gets two spots on my list this year. This toilet tissue holder made from a crate and an old license plate and (see #8) 🙂

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8. Apple Farm Sign with rustic twine also from Funky Junk Interiors – I purchased the stencils and have this on my 2016 project list.

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Continue reading Best of 2015: My 15 favorite posts from 2015

Announcing Monthly Craft Challenges for 2016 – Link Up

In 2016 I am teaming up with my friend and fellow blogger, Amelia, from the blog You Can Always Start Now, to complete monthly DIY Craft projects/challenges.

We welcome any and all fellow bloggers to join us. On the third Monday of each month we will announce the “item” that must be incorporated into the challenge for the next month/

The item for January is an artist canvas, any size you like and the only limit is your own imagination.  Please link up your project below.

On January 18th we will announce the next “craft” item for the February Challenge.

~ Monthly Challenge link up rules ~

1.  DIY craft projects only please, featuring the monthly selected crafting item, otherwise it will be deleted. Items for sale must be in tutorial form on your own blog.

2. Link ups must be your own work, not another’s.

3. When you enter your link, you should be linking directly to a particular post, not to your home page.

4. Visit as many of the other linkers as you can. Leave a thoughtful comment when you do visit.

4. By linking up here, you are ok with me featuring you on my blog,  Pinterest, Twitter or AWTFacebook with no additional permission required.

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Monthly craft challenge – It’s A Wandaful Thing!!

Can’t wait to see your projects.