Hey Y’all!

It’s time for another fabulous furniture flip! Well, I think it’s fabulous anyway. 

I got this antique dresser off an online yard sale here locally.  It was too pretty to pass on, so Mr. Creativity headed over an loaded it up..  The dresser is in pretty good shape overall, but had some cracks in places and several areas where the veneer had come off.

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But there were too many beautiful features to let a little missing veneer stop me.

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Over a the home improvement store I went to find some veneer.  Uh…apparently people that work there don’t know what it is because I went on a wild goose chase around the store to find it.  Go to aisle 12, nope.  Go to aisle 23, nope. Oh that’s over by the cabinetry, no sir it is not.

So I decided to hunt on my own with no assistance.  Found it.

I thought about asking one of the experts there how exactly this stuff works, then decided against that.

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This stuff is so easy to work with.  Literally you cut it to the size you need (with scissors) and iron it on.  If you need to adjust it, you heat it back up with the iron and move it around.  So simple.

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antique dresser makeover

Once the veneer was ironed on, I filled in the small cracks around it with paint-able wood filler. 

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Now comes the fun part! Playing with paint colors on furniture is so much fun.  I decided to give Country Chic a try.  I ordered paint in the color ‘Liquorice’ and the metallic accent cream in ‘Trigger’. 

I didn’t want to cover up all of the gorgeous wood on this piece, but instead cover up the “problem areas” with paint. 

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Now, if you don’t know me well you might not know that I don’t like flashy stuff.  So when this competition called for a metallic accent cream, I started sweating and rocking back and forth in the corner (not really) (okay, really). 

I decided a small dose of flash wouldn’t kill me, so I added a little detail on the very top of the dresser.  Not a crazy amount, just enough to add interest. 

antique dresser makeover

antique dresser makeover

Over all this piece is nice and boring just the way I like things.  But then you look at the top and you’re like “boy howdy, Holly went all fancy on this piece” (said in a loud redneck kind of banjo talk).

See, boring…

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BAM…FANCY!

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I hope you enjoyed my Fab Furniture Flip this month! If you are interested in see other pieces that have been flipped, check out Carrie’s post and Thea’s Post.

This month the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest™ is sponsored by Country Chic Paint!

If you are a blogger who loves to flip furniture,  contact info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com to participate in future contests!

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Happy almost June to you! Today is a very special day for me and many others. For 6 decades, Soldiers of “The Old Guard” (my old Army unit) placed American flags at the grave stones of service members buried at Arlington National Cemetery. (The following description and more information about “Flags In” can be found here.) It’s an absolute exhausting and unforgetable day. I’m so proud to be a part of this tradition.

For more than 60 years, the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) has honored America’s fallen heroes by placing American flags at gravesites for service members buried at both Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery just prior to the Memorial Day weekend.

This tradition, known as “Flags in,” has been conducted annually since The Old Guard was designated as the Army’s official ceremonial unit in 1948. Every available soldier in the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment participates, placing small American flags at each headstone and at the bottom of each niche row.

Within four hours, the soldiers place flags in front of more than 228,000 headstones and at the bottom of about 7,000 niche rows in the cemetery’s Columbarium Courts and the Niche Wall.

 
Members of Ft Myer’s Old Guard with flags in hand march out to their assigned sections during the “Flags In” ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. May 27, 2010, DoD photo by William D. Moss

Members of Ft Myer’s Old Guard with flags in hand march out to their assigned sections during the “Flags-In” ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. May 27, 2010, DoD photo by William D. Moss

 

Let’s remember all those who sacrificed their lives, their futures, and their dreams so that we may have them.

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Sarah from Sadie Seasongoods  shows us what true trash to treasure looks like with this cane style table top turned American flag cross stitch. Bravo, girl!
 
 
 
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 Katrin from Kreativ K whipped up this easy and cute tribal pattern pillow. I love tribal patterns!!!
 
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And finally, awesome old doors were turned into magnetic chalkboard awesomeness! Great job! Go check out Julie’s doors at Live From Julie’s House.
 
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Well, it’s your turn now.  Link up and blow us away!
Your Inspired Design

Christine @ Let’s Get Crafty

Diane @ Diane and Dean DIY

Carol @ Bluesky Kitchen

Lisa & Gloria @ Potentially Chic

Holly @ McCall Manor

 
Now that we have all been properly introduced, let’s get to linking up!
Here are some Inspired Design guidelines:
1. You must have a host link or our party button in your post to be featured.
2. No advertising including shops and etsy shops.
3. Your submission should be something you created (furniture redo, recipe, room design etc).
4. By joining this party you give us permission to feature your work, with a link, on our social networks and these blogs.
5. Stay and check out what other people have created. Check out and comment on at least 2 other links.
6. By joining this party you give us permission to add you to an email list reminding you of the party.
7. Enjoy the creativity!
 


 
You can grab a party button here and if you are featured next week, be sure to grab our featured button at that point!

Thanks for partying with us!

McCall Manor
McCall Manor

 

 
Happy Thursday!


How is it already mid-May?  Time flies when you are having fun.  And we are having so much fun here at Potentially Chic!  From debuting the Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines here in the store to making some beautiful (and needed) updates in the whole store, to our every day projects big and small with clients and customers.  We are having a blast!

 

The shop has come such a long way since our tiny little space in Grandin Village.  If you are in the area…be sure to stop in. 

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Here are our features from last week’s party! Be sure to visit them.
 
Keeping up with Mrs. Smith created this coffee bar out of simple materials and it looks awesome!
 
 
 Need a cute rug on the cheap? Who doesn’t? Especially in the laundry room!  Nourish and Nestle created this cute rug from, guess what….a dropcloth!  Check it out!
 
 
And, of course, we love a good furniture makeover.  Especially a mid century modern piece. High Style restyle used lots of elbow grease to make this beauty.  You won’t believe the before pic!
 
 
 
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Well it’s your turn now.  Link up and blow us away!
Your Inspired Design

Christine @ Let’s Get Crafty

Diane @ Diane and Dean DIY

Carol @ Bluesky Kitchen

Lisa & Gloria @ Potentially Chic

Holly @ McCall Manor

 
Now that we have all been properly introduced, let’s get to linking up!
Here are some Inspired Design guidelines:
1. You must have a host link or our party button in your post to be featured.
2. No advertising including shops and etsy shops.
3. Your submission should be something you created (furniture redo, recipe, room design etc).
4. By joining this party you give us permission to feature your work, with a link, on our social networks and these blogs.
5. Stay and check out what other people have created. Check out and comment on at least 2 other links.
6. By joining this party you give us permission to add you to an email list reminding you of the party.
7. Enjoy the creativity!
 


 
You can grab a party button here and if you are featured next week, be sure to grab our featured button at that point!

Thanks for partying with us!

McCall Manor
McCall Manor

 

Hey Y’all!

Please don’t take offense at that title.  I love anything for dummies. Just give me the bottom line, break it down, make it easy for me.  Ain’t nobody got time for the hard stuff.

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So our outdoor patio has been getting a few new touches lately.  Since other things had gotten a freshening, I thought it was time for our wall-o-crosses to get some attention.

A few years ago (8.5 to be exact) I got the idea to collect crosses on trips that we take.  Fast forward to the very next week when I came across all of these at Old Time Pottery for $8 or less.

Boom!  Collection completed in one trip!

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Thank you set of crosses.  You kept us vampire free for almost 9 years. But it’s time to move on.

I thought a large chalkboard would be fun in the space and I decided to make it.  Because why not?

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I purchased 1×4’s and mitered the ends of the boards at a 45 degree angle.  You want your inside edge (the short side of the board) to be a little shorter than your chalkboard so that the board can sit on the back of the frame (scroll down for picture).

For the board I bought birch plywood that is .2″ thick.  Then I had the nice fella at Lowe’s cut it down to 2×3.  He didn’t want to, but I assured him that the edges would be covered by a frame and it didn’t matter if the wood splintered a little.  He cut it very slowly and there were no problems.

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After staining the frame boards (dark walnut) I attached them with L brackets that I spray painted a dark bronze color. Make pilot holes before screwing in your wood screws. Real woodworkers always do that and since we are dummies, we will follow their lead. 😉

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That makes your frame, now to deal with the chalkboard. Take your plywood and paint it with chalkboard paint.  Not the same as chalk paint, see how much you are learning here?

Then you need to season the chalkboard, which means just cover it with chalk and then wipe it away.

I’ve remember this being used as a punishment by my 3rd grade teacher.

Obviously I only witnessed it, never experienced it…

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Now that your frame is together and your chalkboard is painted and seasoned, it’s time to frame your chalkboard! And you thought this was going to be difficult.

Just lay the board on the backside of the frame and attach with screws (don’t forget the pilot holes–ahem).

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Annnnnd you’re finished.  See how easy that was?

Who’s the dummy now?

Not us!

Let me know if you have any questions about any of the steps.  If you decide to try you hand at one of these, I would love to see it completed!

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Linking to :  The Scoop  * Work it Wednesday  *

Hey Y’all!

Well today is a big day here at the manor.  Buster turns 12.  Yes, 365 days until we have 2 teenagers living under one roof.  Heaven help us all.  The eye-rolling and deep sighing competitions will intensify and the foot odor — oh my stars — might just send me over the edge.

But as I sit here and type, I can hear his big sister in the kitchen making pancakes for him.

Y’all this is huge. 

magnetic chalkboard

Like the kind of huge that makes me want to not tell you anything about this magnetic chalkboard (the pics are self explanatory).  I want to just tell you about how my kids are starting to <whispers this part so they won’t realize it> like each other.

Just the other night at supper Buster was imitating Mr. Creativity, and The Pretty Girl spewed her food she laughed so hard.

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Then they both laughed until they cried over it all.  THAT my friends has been one of my main parenting goals.

Having kids that like each other is seriously important to me.

My brothers and I used to fight some, but it wasn’t tolerated.  Then somewhere around high-school, things clicked and we became friends. 

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We still make each other laugh until someone spews or can’t help but cry (it is usually my mom that cries).  It’s almost a competition now to see who can make mom cry first at Christmas. 

My brothers beat me all the time.  Those guys are hysterical.

magnetic chalkboard

So while I’m enjoying the fact that my middle son is a happy and healthy 12 year old boy today, I’m celebrating even more the fact that these kids love each other. 

That’s the best gift a mom could ask for.

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Okay, now on to this little magnetic chalkboard.  It’s so cute no? I just picked it up at JoAnn’s the other day.  I thought it would be fun to hang on my ladder in the kitchen and change out the artwork each season.

magnetic chalkboard

I found this art work at Maker + Ink.  Isn’t it just adorable? I love this site.  There are several different artists, but all of the artwork has an inspirational touch. 

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If you order between now and July 21 you can receive 15% off your total order! Just use the code TRUTH15 at checkout.

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Now the smell of pancakes has filled the house and Buster is up and ready to be celebrated, so I must go.

I need to see who laughs til they cry at breakfast!

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Hey Y’all!

I am so excited to see what you come up with here at Your Inspired Design today! You all keep amazing us with your creativity.  Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a little of my own to share.  It involves magnets and chalk and pretty, pretty paper. You’re gonna wanna.

We just got back from being in Kentucky for a few days. Seeing great friends, rolling hills, horse farms with black fences, enormous trees…it did my soul good.  We lived in Louisville for 5 years before moving to Florida and we loved everything about it–except the winter.

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So, I’m clawing my way through piles of laundry here and anticipating that y’all will link up something that gives me a reason to keep going. No pressure.

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Here you go, here are my picks for this week!

Over at Watch What U Eat, they are sharing this recipe for polenta with Mushrooms and Chicken.  This is on my “To Try” list now.  You had me at Polenta.

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Live From Julie’s House shared this fantastic menu door.  I’m actually crushing on the door itself, but this menu chalkboard is calling my name as well.

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Over at One More Time, we get to learn to A) call our mother and B) make our own watering can out of things from around the garage! Double points.

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Now how cute is that??? Well it’s your turn now.  Link up and blow us away!

Your Inspired Design

Christine @ Let’s Get Crafty

Diane @ Diane and Dean DIY

Carol @ Bluesky Kitchen

Lisa & Gloria @ Potentially Chic

Holly @ McCall Manor

 
Now that we have all been properly introduced, let’s get to linking up!
Here are some Inspired Design guidelines:
1. You must have a host link or our party button in your post to be featured.
2. No advertising including shops and etsy shops.
3. Your submission should be something you created (furniture redo, recipe, room design etc).
4. By joining this party you give us permission to feature your work, with a link, on our social networks and these blogs.
5. Stay and check out what other people have created. Check out and comment on at least 2 other links.
6. By joining this party you give us permission to add you to an email list reminding you of the party.
7. Enjoy the creativity!
 
 
You can grab a party button here and if you are featured next week, be sure to grab our featured button at that point!

Thanks for partying with us!

McCall Manor
McCall Manor

 

 

Hey Y’all,

Have you entered  the GIVEAWAY? No? Hmmmm.

I get it, you’re busy.  You are so busy that you don’t know what to hang on your wall in the bathroom above your new towel bar.  You are soooo busy that you don’t have a sign to go in your kid’s room to remind them to be awesome.  You are so busy that you haven’t told your better half how you feel in KJV terms.

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Now is your chance to enter to win one of these metal signs so that all you have to do is nail it to the wall.  You don’t even have to say it with feeling.

You just stand back and point.  You can even use your free hand to hold a mug of coffee.  Because you are just that talented.

Click here to go to the giveaway.  Then in a few days be sure to check back with me (actually I’ll inform you, but I like for you to visit me) and see if you are the winner winner chicken dinner! 

Now that you’ve entered, let’s party!!

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Hey everyone! Welcome back to another week of Your Inspired Designs.

Diane and Dean DIY Another weekend of watching our son pitch for his college baseball team and had a little scare with my mom this weekend. She ended up in the hospital but is out now and seems to be doing better. We just need to keep a close eye on her for now. As far as the blogging side of business goes, Dean and I are multi tasking in between our full time jobs. I would say I have at least 100 photos that need to be edited and placed in about 5 blog posts and any blogger out there knows it all can take some time and can be a little overwhelming. It’s coming though, just hang in there with us.

Meanwhile, I sent out a super quick questionnaire to all our subscribers this past weekend and am excited to be getting some great feedback. The purpose was to ask our loyal readers what you all want more of at Diane and Dean DIY. You don’t have to be a subscriber to our blog to answer the questions. (But if you would like to pick up a FREE e-book on some great organizing tips for your kitchen, you can sign up over on the right) We would love to hear from you too. I promise, the form is super easy and fast so please click here to give us your feedback.

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Okay, here we go with this week’s Your Inspired Design Projects. Thank you to everyone who submitted and don’t forget to share with your friends. The more we party the more we all benefit.

You can tell I started Weight Watchers over a week ago to lose my 10 stubborn pounds because two out of the 3 features are food! Kudos to Swati and Kushar for this delicious homemade granola snack. I have actually made this before and it tastes just as good as their photos make it look.

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Watch What You Eat

Repurposing Junkie must know I like to play games. I just freshened up our lanai and this would be perfect sitting in our outdoor living space. Such a great idea when having company over.

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If you have been thinking of baking for Mother’s Day this weekend, you may want to consider these adorable flower cupcakes by Savvy Apron. They look like they would be super easy and fast. That’s what I’m talking about.

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Weren’t those lovely? Now it’s time to share your projects and visit others.

Your Inspired Design

Christine @ Let’s Get Crafty

Diane @ Diane and Dean DIY

Carol @ Bluesky Kitchen

Lisa & Gloria @ Potentially Chic

Holly @ McCall Manor

 
Now that we have all been properly introduced, let’s get to linking up!
Here are some Inspired Design guidelines:
1. You must have a host link or our party button in your post to be featured.
2. No advertising including shops and etsy shops.
3. Your submission should be something you created (furniture redo, recipe, room design etc).
4. By joining this party you give us permission to feature your work, with a link, on our social networks and these blogs.
5. Stay and check out what other people have created. Check out and comment on at least 2 other links.
6. By joining this party you give us permission to add you to an email list reminding you of the party.
7. Enjoy the creativity!
 
 
You can grab a party button here and if you are featured next week, be sure to grab our featured button at that point!

Thanks for partying with us!

McCall Manor
McCall Manor

 

 

Hey Y’all!

I hope you remember those grainsacks from a few weeks ago here on the blawg. 

Listen, can we talk? I feel like y’all kinda slobbered on your keyboards when you were looking at them.  It was a little shocking how y’all went on and on about them.  I mean, get it together ladies. You’re embarrassing yourselves.

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Well I told you that I would be back and share what had happened to that giant stack that I had.  And today I’m keeping that promise. Just head over to Pillow Cubes and check out my article there. It made me laugh a little and there are a lot of yummy grainsack pictures (which, you have proven that you like…ahem).

Hop over there and give Pillow Cubes some love! They are a great resource with great prices!

But before you go, don’t forget to enter the giveaway contest for the metal sign! One lucky winner will get to choose one of these three designs.

There isn’t much time left so get to clicking!! Make sure you leave a comment and let me know which of these designs is your favorite.  I have enjoyed hearing from you all!

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Hey Y’all! 

Here around the manor, we are gearing up for Buster to be in The Sound of Music. So, I’ll be breaking out in song and spinning in circles in our front yard all weekend.  Just so you know.

When I was a nanny in Germany, we visited Switzerland on vacation and I totally reenacted the scene where they are singing and skipping in a field wearing their curtain clothes (please still be my friend).

On a different note…Today is the daaaay!

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I’m so excited for you all! You’ll be the FIRST person to have one of these signs in their home (besides me).  Don’t you feel special? I’m kinda doing a happy dance for you.  I have got some serious moves I might add.  There’s a little moonwalk, a little robot and a whole lotta Elaine from Seinfeld.

So now that I’ve done a little dance, it’s time to start up the fun. 

Look these 3 designs over and decide which one you would want.  Then decide what color you would want yours painted.  Then go and enter.  And just for good measure sing about the hills being alive with the sound of muuuuusiiiiic.

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Metal sign I have found the one

Strong + courageous metal sign

Have you decided which you would choose?  I would love it if you would tell me in the comments below.  I love getting feedback.

So the raffle is below.  You can get 5 entries today and then continue to tweet throughout the week for more entries. So that is 11 total! Whoop whoop!

So, do a little good luck dance and enter today… and tomorrow… and the next day. 

If, IF you don’t win, don’t worry.  I’ll be offering the rest of my prototypes at a heavily discounted rate pretty soon! Then the real deal ones will be available!

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Here is a pinnable image, if you are so inclined…

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Linking to: The Pin Junkie  *

Hey Y’all!

Tomorrow is the day of the raffle for the signs I’ve been collaborating on.  Mark your calendars and then come and sign up! You will get your choice of one of these three designs:

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Now on with the party!! Take it away Carol.

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Hello and welcome to another fabulous link party with awesome projects, recipes, and crafts. Whether you are sharing your ideas and projects or here to get great inspiration, we are happy to have you join us. Have a wonderful time exploring these ideas and a very pleasant weekend.

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We had some creative party contributions last week, so let me share my favorites with you.

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I loved the at Tammy and Brittany at One More Time shared a beautiful and cozy Farmhouse Guest Room Make~over. I’d love to spend a relaxing weekend in this peaceful room.

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And this made~from~scratch decorative ladder from Pili at My Sweet Things just blew me away. Not only did she build and paint this cute ladder, but how she incorporated it into her decor is pretty and practical.

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Jenny at Paint Yourself a Smile shared a wonderful paint project make~over of a dresser for her son’s room. As an avid vintage painter myself, I recognized how well she did this.

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I hope you liked my Link Party #32 favorites.

Now it’s time to share your projects and visit others.

 Your Inspired Design

Christine @ Let’s Get Crafty

Diane @ Diane and Dean DIY

Carol @ Bluesky Kitchen

Lisa & Gloria @ Potentially Chic

Holly @ McCall Manor

 
Now that we have all been properly introduced, let’s get to linking up!
Here are some Inspired Design guidelines:
1. You must have a host link or our party button in your post to be featured.
2. No advertising including shops and etsy shops.
3. Your submission should be something you created (furniture redo, recipe, room design etc).
4. By joining this party you give us permission to feature your work, with a link, on our social networks and these blogs.
5. Stay and check out what other people have created. Check out and comment on at least 2 other links.
6. By joining this party you give us permission to add you to an email list reminding you of the party.
7. Enjoy the creativity!
 


 
You can grab a party button here and if you are featured next week, be sure to grab our featured button at that point!

Thanks for partying with us!

McCall Manor
McCall Manor