Michaels’ Boxing Day Sale Haul

As most people know I am not only a vintage hunter but a thrifty bargain hunter as well.  Since I am also an avid crafter, what better way to save, save, save then to hit Michaels’ during their boxing day sales.

I live in Canada so these prices are canadian prices.  I spent $114.60 today but am only showing you $100.00 of it as the other couple of items are for an upcoming birthday party and I’d hate to ruin the surprise…

Here is the break down on prices:    Plaid throws were $18.00 each after discount. The wide ribbon was $6.00 after discount and the two smaller plaid ribbons were $4.20 each after the 70% discount. Great prices for those gorgeous plaid throws.    I had a really hard time deciding which one I really wanted so I bought them both.

The Woodland Pine scented candles remind me of the smell of pine trees in the forest so at a whopping $2.10 after discount, they had to come home with me. The cute treat sacs come 18 per package and were also $2.10 per package. These I will put away to use in a 2020 craft show.  The Plaid gift bags were originally priced at $8.00 per package and the largest ones come 5 per package while the two smaller sizes have 6 per package. After the 70% discount they totaled $2.40 per package. That equals less than 50 cents per gift bag.   I may need to go back for more.          Continue reading Michaels’ Boxing Day Sale Haul

Upcycled Thrift Store Tray

I scored this cute tray with wood handles in the Goodwill Bins last week. I threw it in my cart with the hope I’d get around to painting it the next day and posting about it the next day.  Well that didn’t happen….insert life..lol

(Fast forward one week). The pattern on the tray is cute but I decided I wanted to paint it a solid color and then use my Cricut to make a stencil so I could customize it the way I wanted it.

I bought some Dixie Belle chalk mineral paint called In The Navy, I really love this color, it’s so very rich looking. I also love the Dixie Belle paint line, it covers well, has no odor and comes in 64 colors.

I gave the tray a quick wipe down, then painted it with two coats of paint and let it dry. While it was drying I designed and printed out my stencil. Did I take a picture of the stencil?- NO – I am so bad at taking pictures as I go, especially when I’m creating. Is anyone else like me in that respect?  I used Rust-oleum Chalked paint in linen white on the stencil as that is what I had in my stash.

I decided not to wet distress this tray because I like the crisp look of the white on the navy. I will give it a few coats of wax and a good buff before using it outside on the deck this summer for serving Lemonade. I will share my favorite homemade lemonade recipe in another post.

A recycled thrift store tray with Chalk paint…It’s A Wandaful Thing!

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Upcycled Thrift Store Frame #2

Here are a few of the items I bought this weekend. The larger dark frame in the upper corner I paid $1.50 for.  I decided to upcycle this one first. As I transform the other items (if I do), I’ll do posts on those at a later date.

I also bought some Dixie Belle chalk mineral paint called sea glass, it’s the $15.00 purchase shown above. Here is a closer look at the color.

After I gave the frame a good wipe down, I painted the frame and the picture with one good thick coat of sea glass chalk mineral paint. I am so bad at taking pictures as I go.

I wet distressed the frame and had plans to use a reverse stencil but when I put the vinyl letters on I liked it so much I decided to leave it as it was. Sometimes plans change and sometimes that’s a good thing.

A quick coat of wax and a buff was next. After about an hour or so, it was ready to display and photograph. It will be on sale and on display at our local restaurant called The Vintage Kitchen along with some other vintage kitchen items.  You can check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/VintageKitchenLegal/

Chalk paint…It’s A Wandaful Thing!

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Upcycled Thrift Store Frame

I just recently realized a goal that I have had for a long time. Open up an on-line retail store that includes upcycled vintage items and upcycled items that resemble vintage items. I am also including handmade personalized and customizable items as well as some jewelry, fashion and decor items – see links at end of post.

One of the items for sale is this oak frame, which has been upcycled into a cute Easter Bunny wall art.

After I gave the frame a good cleaning I used Rust-oleum chalk paint in linen white and I used a wet distress method to make it look aged. I buy my chalk paint at Canadian Tire for $28.99 per 30 oz.


For the picture I painted a piece of 7″ x 5″ pressboard with three coats of black acrylic craft paint I had in my stash. I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut out a silhouette stencil of a fat bunny and painted the bunny with turquoise Decor Art Crafter’s Acrylic Paint. I made the cute little pompom bunny tail from natural 100% fisherman’s wool.

I used art glitter glue to secure the picture in the frame and to secure the pompom tail to the bunny’s butt. Being impatient for it to dry and photograph I used some weight to help speed things along…lol – you have to use what you have.

After about an hour or so, it was ready to display and photograph. It is up for sale on my new website: www.marymacksmarket.com

If you are wondering about the name of the store it is a combination of my first name and maiden last name and also the name of a very popular folk song. I’ve always known the name would make a great on-line or bricks and mortar store.

I hope you get a chance to check it out either on Facebook or on the actual website.

Following your dreams…It’s A Wandaful Thing!

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10 Fabulous Fall Wreaths- DIY-September 2018

The crisp fall air has begun in my neck of the woods so I thought I’d start off my September posts with 1o Fabulous DIY Fall Wreaths.

These fall wreaths are easy to make and showcase the best of autumn, all in their own unique way.

If you make your own fall wreath each year, would you make one of these?? #3 has me intriqued…I’ll let you know if I make one.

Check them out – 10 DIY Fabulous Fall Wreaths.

  1.        Autumn Coffee Filter Wreath by Hometalker Lisa D

coffee-filter-wreath

2. Rustic DIY Fall Wreath by Crafts Unleashed

3.  Easy Copper Scouring Pad Wreath – find tutorial at All Free Christmas Crafts

4. Fall Antler Wreath from Twelve on Main 

I used an antler for a Christmas door decoration during My 12 Days of Christmas 2016, check it out here

5. Paper Fall Wreath with free printable from i heart naptime Continue reading 10 Fabulous Fall Wreaths- DIY-September 2018