Well 2020 sure wasn’t what any of us expected. It’s been an interesting, strange, challenging, reflective and creative year for me.
During my reflective period I was thinking about what I wanted to do for my 12 Days of Christmas 2020 from A WandafulThing. I decided to go back to the roots of why I started this blog to begin with, to share my love of making, baking, creating and decorating. Over the next four weeks I will share some simple, easy and budget friendly ideas just in time for the holidays.
Be sure to subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss a single day or idea. Day One is scheduled for Monday, November 09, 2020.
Here is a recap with links to all the WandafulThings that were ‘Pinterest’ inspired I created last year (2019).
2019 recap – 12 Days of Christmas Pinterest Inspired
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 :
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).
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).
I am very excited about today’s craft idea as I have had this on my craft bucket list for a very long time. Mittens made by repurposing an old sweater. I found this very cute and colorful little girl’s sweater for $1.50 at a local thrift store. I washed it in hot water and dried it in the dryer. I was able to make two pair of adult mittens from this sweater.
First I cut off the sleeves as I wanted the cuffs on the sleeves to be the cuff on the mittens.
Then I used a pair of mittens I already own as a template and cut around the mittens to make my pattern.
If you are wondering about the colorful mitten in the picture above, my talented, beautiful daughter made those (without a pattern) many years ago, which goes to show, handmade mittens last a very long time and they don’t go out of style.
Once the mittens pattern was cut from both sleeves, I simply sewed up the openings – a sewing machine would make this go much faster but because I used the sleeves, I was able to keep the sewing to a minimum, which was a very good thing as I ended up hand stitching them. I think they turned out pretty darn cute. I plan on keeping this pair for myself.
Repurposing an old sweater into cute mittens, it’s A Wandaful Thing!
It’s been a great deal of fun preparing for this event, and I can’t wait to show you all the Wandaful Things I’ve been up to.
Here is a recap of the 12 Days of Christmas 2018 so far: