Day 1 – A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2019 -Pinterest Inspired

                  A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2019 – Day 1

Eek, I’m so excited that my 12 Days of Christmas has begun. I usually try to stick to a theme each year, this year I am going to be making 12 things that are Pinterest Inspired.

I am starting off with Christmas personalized books.

These are the books I made:

I found three matching books at Goodwill and painted all three of them with white acrylic paint (including the edges of the pages). I glued the books together and then cut red vinyl words using my Cricut Maker and adhered them to the spines of the books. I embellished with some jute twine and a floral pick that included red berries and pine cones.  I think these will be a nice addition to my Christmas decor. Continue reading Day 1 – A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2019 -Pinterest Inspired

A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2019 -Pinterest Inspired

                                    A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2019

Wow, I cannot believe this will be my 6th year in a row bringing you 12 Days of Christmas from A WandafulThing. This year I am going to be making 12 crafts that are Pinterest Inspired – meaning, I’m going to search Pinterest and pick 12 items to make. I will link the inspiration post to my post and you can judge whether it was a pass or a fail.

Stay tuned, I cannot wait to show you all the fabulous things I’ll be making this year.

Here is a recap with links to all the Wandaful Things I created last year (2018). If you didn’t get a chance to see what I did last year it was all about crafts that could be made in 30 minutes or under.

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

I hope you stop by again soon to check out all the Pinterest Inspired Crafts for 2019.

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Thanks for stopping by….until next time.


Craft Room Makeover – IKEA inspired

I have lived in my little house now for just over 5 years (wow time flies) and over those 5 years I feel like I have done quite a lot to this house. One area that has been lacking is a proper place to do my favorite crafts. I have used my upstairs loft area as a craft space (see pic below) but most often I find myself sitting in my kitchen or standing up and using the kitchen counter as my work surface.

I have a small room off my kitchen that has always sort of been where I store things rather than where I craft. I found myself taking items out to the kitchen counter or the kitchen table to do my crafting there.

I decided a trip through Pinterest for craft room inspiration was in order. I ended up with craft room envy.  After all the looking and a wee bit of research and a limited budget (the finished project was just over $1000.00) I decided on an IKEA craft room. This was a three day project.

Here is what it looked like before I started. (I sold and or donated the furniture that was no longer needed and I managed to repurpose a thing or two as well).

Here is what it looks like now 🙂

It’s hard to pick a favorite part but for me it is this IKEA SKARSTA sit/stand desk. It has a crank handle to raise and lower it. So I can stand when I want to or sit when I need to.

The bookcases are BILLY bookcases and I opted for two smaller ones so I would have more cubby space.

The other three pieces are ALEX  – two six drawer cabinets on wheels and one nine  drawer  stand  alone  unit.

The peg board I bought at Home Depot and each sheet is 2 ft x 4 ft and I used 5 sheets in total. I put two sheets above the Alex units and three sheets on the blue wall next to my desk.  I plan on using this section of pegboard to display finished projects.

I tried to arrange and group my room into zones and areas with like items together, like my Chalk Couture items are mostly together. My large portfolio of transfers found a home on the wall and they are close to my inks and pastes.

I added a few fall decorations for inspiration and now I think it’s ready to use.

A brand new crafting space is A Wandaful Thing.

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Bless You Jars

I’ve seen Bless You Jars at craft shows and on Pinterest and I’ve had them on my to do list for awhile. I finally got around to attempting to make them and they turned out great – so great I gave most of them away.

To make a Bless You jar – you will need a one quart mason jar the ring but not the lid, a small piece of felt, some vinyl letters, chalk paint, spray paint or any acrylic paint that will adhere to glass and metal, mod podge and some twine or raffia, if you decide to add a little embellishment.  I used my Cricut die cutting machine and designed the “Bless You” and scroll using images from my Cricut Design Space program.

For a few of the jars I painted them using chalk paint in various colors, and although not shown in the picture above I did paint the rings black. I would have preferred to spray paint them as it would have been quicker but the evening I decided to start the jars the weather wasn’t cooperating to allow me to spray paint them outside and of course I wanted to do them right away and not wait…lol apparently I have no patience. The black one pictured at the beginning I did spray paint  (in half the time it took me to hand paint the others ~sigh).

Each jar required three coats of paint and one coat of mod podge before adhering the vinyl letters.

I cut rounds of felt and cut an X in each piece in the middle before gluing to the inside of the metal ring. This enables the tissue to pull through one piece at a time. I was a little confused at first on how to fold the tissue to make it come out the top of the jar but after I did it once it clicked and was pretty easy to do for the rest of the jars. Here is a quick tutorial On how to fold the tissue to fit in the jar, if you don’t figure it out on your own.

I kept the white one for myself and it just so happens it was my favorite one…lol

Which one is your favorite? What other colors do you think would make a wandaful bless you jar?

Bless you jars are A Wandaful Thing.

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IKEA Items and Chalk Couture #3

In my last post – check that out here, I showed you the second item I used Chalk Couture on from the 10 items I sourced at IKEA.

I also wanted to show how versatile and easy it is to make customized items for your home, using products from other box stores.

This laundry basket was my most expensive purchase on my IKEA trip – it was $8.99. It is the perfect size for not only laundry but could easily be used to hold or display towels in a guest bathroom or to hold extra blankets or pillows. The shoe mat was the least expensive item I bought on my IKEA trip and it was $0.99.

I used the same Chalk Couture transfer on the basket and the mat – with much better results on the basket as the surface was flat. These transfers have a sticky side and a side that you apply the chalk paste or ink on.  I used chalk paste in a deep blue on the basket and a lighter blue on the mat. I had my tools ready which included my fuzzing cloth,  chalk paste, stir stick and small squeegie to apply the paste.

I really like how easy it is to use the Chalk Couture transfers on so many household surfaces.


Although the mat had deep ridges, I still like the worn look it took on. I did spray seal both of these projects so the paste will not come off it they get wet.

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