Hey Y’all!
It has been a doozy of a week. All 3 kids experienced tears this week and I’ve been sewing. Yep, those two things are about equal to each other. The only thing that keeps me from sobbing when I have to sew is getting to do it with a friend or with my mom. More on the sewing projects later, but let me just warn you…You are going to want a piece of it. No joke.
Anyhoo, I came to wrap up the weekend with you not tempt you with sewing projects. :)
You know that Valentine’s Day is coming. You still have time to make/buy/regift something for your loved ones.
Here are a few of my favorite items from around the blog and the WWW that you can whip up in no time!

Valentine's Shirt

This was a project I made a couple of years ago as part of a Silhouette challenge.  There is only one day a year where you can wear this and it is coming up!

Valentine's Card

We made cards like this one several years ago and I still think they were my favorite cards ever.  That was before my blogging years, so I don’t have a picture of them. But check out landeeseelandeedo’s blog and she has several variations on these.  Snap a pic, print out, cut slits, stick in lolli. Done and done.

Valentines Cookies

These are some easy cookies you can whip up and take in to your teacher’s lounge the week of  V-day.  They will love you.  Or you could keep them all to yourself and you will love you…your choice!

Hope you all are staying bundled up while the temps are frigid out there!  We are in the 60’s today and I think I might never thaw out. 😉

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Happy Thursday everyone and welcome to Your Inspired Design Link Party #21!

I am delighted to be your host today- I hope everyone has had a nice week…our weather here in Florida has been quite a bit warmer lately- high 70’s/low 80’s-we even hit the pool one day! (I’m loving it, since I hate cold weather!!)
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Around the cottage, I have been gearing up for Valentines Day and adding some sweet touches of pink to my decor- be sure to tune in tomorrow for more pink accents in the Living and Dining Room!

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Last week’s party was so great, I really loved seeing what everyone is working on…here are a few of my favorites:

Following the KonMari Method outlined in the life-changing magic of tidying up, we’ve worked our way through the entire house to get rid of anything and everything that doesn’t {spark joy} with the ultimate goal to simplify our life.

The Ultimate Guide to Decluttering from Making it in the Mountains
I had to laugh, because I have this book on my bedside table right now (purchased it over the holidays) and it’s so great! (I recently finished “decluttering” our entire home and it feels so good) Thanks so much for sharing!!

 

High Style Rstyle Restoration Hardware Inspired Table Makeover
Another favorite was this table makeover from High Style Restyle inspired by Restoration Hardware. I just LOVE how this table turned out…the parquet top is just gorgeous and the new stain is perfect! Way to go!!
Skillet Brownie Sundae with Caramel

Skillet and Brownie Sundae from Nourish and Nestle
Maybe it’s because Valentines Day is just around the corner, or because I have been on a “sweets” fast for the month of January, but Nourish and Nestle’s recipe for Skillet Brownie Sundaes in individual mini 5″ cast iron skillets looks absolutely fabulous!

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Thanks so much for everyone who shared last week, and keep those Incredible Inspired Designs coming…
Now, let’s get to this weeks party so you all can show off a little of what you’ve been doing!
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CHRISTINE @ LET’S GET CRAFTY

DIANE @ DIANE AND DEAN DIY

KRISTY @ STARFISH COTTAGE

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!
 


McCall Manor
McCall Manor
 

 

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Hey Y’all!

Do you plan on having a football watching party this coming weekend?

Or are you like us and have a big commercial-during-the-football-game-watching party? 

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I will never forget when we were first married and living in North Carolina.  We got together with Mr. Creativity’s work friends to watch the big game.  Since they all worked at an ad agency, there was a lot of talking and cutting up during the game but DEAD SILENCE during the commercials. Everyone was laser focused on the TV. No joke. 

No one said a word.  It was like being in a room full of monks.

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Now, my favorite part of the whole big game weekend is the food.  I’m all about some veggie trays, bite-sized candies, chips and dips.  It is always fun to see what everyone brings to a party. 

I thought I would share with you a few things that you could easily bring this weekend.  This corn dip is as easy as opening some items and dumping them in the slow cooker.  My favorite way to eat it is with Tostitos® Scoops so that you can get a ton of dip in each bite. 

Yes, I realize that is a big bite, but that’s how I roll.

Don’t judge me.

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Have you ever heard of a snackstadium? They are mini-stadiums made out of game day snacks like SNICKERS® minis, Skittles®, Diet Pepsiâ„¢, TOSTITOS® Scoops and TOSTITOS® Medium Chunky Salsa…yesss please! Want to see some examples of these glorious pieces of edible art as well as yummy recipe ideas?  Click here then make you grocery list and head over to Walmart.  You’ll find every snack you could possibly need and then some. :)

Well, now that you know what it is, you’ll be interested in the fact that there is a snack stadium competition going on and you can be a winner just by voting! Just login below and choose your favorite snack stadium design.  Then you could win either an Xbox One or a $100 Walmart eGift card. And if you create your own snack stadium you can tag it in Instagram using the hashtag #gamedayglorysweepstakes.  I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with this week! Then you can invite me over and we will devour the losing team in your stands. 😉

Game Day Glory Sweepstakes

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What ever your game day tradition is, just be sure to have fun with it!  Stock up, cook your favorites and get ready to sit quietly during the commercials!

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If you would like your own corn dip recipe, just click print on the card below.  Then let me know what you think.  I hope you enjoy!

Spicy Cream Cheese Corn Dip
Serves 10
A delicious game day dip recipe
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Prep Time
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Ingredients
  1. 2 blocks of cream cheese
  2. 1 can chopped jalapenos
  3. 2 lb frozen corn
  4. 1 stick butter
  5. 4 tbsp milk
  6. 1 tsp garlic salt
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in the crockpot on high and stir occasionally.
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  1. Serve with TOSTITOS® Scoops!
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 What are your big game traditions?  Do you get silent when the commercials come on as well? I would love to hear from you!

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Hey Y’all!

We are having a great weekend away in the panhandle of Florida.  There’s been good food, aroma therapy, movie making, and shopping at my all-time favorite antique architectural salvage yard. Y’all. Seriously. 

Here is the sign as you drive in to the salvage yard:

Architectural salvage

See, you just know you are in for a fun day when you are greeted with a sign like that. Amiright?!

I’m not very chatty today (I’m worn out from all the fun), so I’ll just leave you with some pictures of the goodies we found. Try not to drool on your keyboard…

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Architectural salvage

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Architectural salvage

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Architectural salvage

Architectural salvage

Architectural salvage

Architectural salvage

This came home with me.

I may or may not have done a little dance…

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Architectural salvage

See why I had a great time?  There was so much crusty and rusty and chipped goodness around me I felt dizzy at one point. 

Is this your kind of fun?  Have you ever been to a place like this?  If you answer yes to either of these questions, we need to hang out. 😉

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Hey Y’all!

I am so excited to be hosting this week’s party.  Your talents and creativity do not disappoint and last weeks party was no exception. 

Link PartyAround the manor we have been painting and restoring furniture.  I featured a piece this week that is being judged right now (in my opinion it’s pretty great) but there are so many other great pieces in the competition so I’ll just take it all in stride. In fact, one of the other contestants is our very own Christine from Let’s Get Crafty!  And another one linked up here, so I thought I’d display all 3 here for you to enjoy. 

See what I mean?  These are all pretty great, and on top of that there are about 30 other pieces that we are competing against. 

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So back to the reason why you are here. Here are some of my favorites from last week’s link up, y’all go give them some love!

Gloria from Tudor Lane did a great job with the shiplap over her fireplace, there’s even a fun video that shows her process! I love it!

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Cindy at Born House Living made these incredible Valentine’s envelopes.  I absoluetly love how she aged the fabric and made the sweet little hearts to go in them.  Adorbs!

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Kristi at Making it in the Mountains gives us links to 10 DIY projects!  As I was looking through them all, I realized that my to do list grew very rapidly.

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Now, let’s get to this party so you all can show off a little of what you’ve been doing!

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Christine @ Let’s Get Crafty

Diane @ Diane and Dean DIY

Kristy @ Starfish Cottage

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!

Yesterday I told you about a project I have been working on in the garage.  That place is a hot mess right now, but that is when the projects are the best! I go out there and set up my computer and listen to audio books (I still call them ‘books on tape’ and then realize that ‘tape’ hasn’t been around for a long time…) and work until someone needs me inside the house.  When they learn to cook supper, I’ll never have to come in until supper is on the table–sigh.

Anyhoooo, a friend of mine had some pieces of furniture that had been used in her teen daughter’s room. The theme had been bohemian so, there were some bright colors on the furniture and accessories.  This armoire was no different, it started out with a mint green/silver/white color scheme.  Fun for sure, but not my bag baby. 😉

Bathroom Armoire collage

I was able to use a new product that General Finishes has on the market, their very own chalk-style paint.  The color I chose is Empire Gray.  I wanted a warm greige and this was the perfect color!  The inside is painted with another brand of chalk paint, but you could use GF’s chalk white to get the same look.

General Finishes is what my friend Gloria uses when she paints kitchen cabinets.  She has been singing it’s praises for a while to me.  Now I get what she is talking about.  It goes on smoothly and you don’t need to seal it.  You can, but it’s not necessary.  Schweet!

antique armoire for the bath

I was hoping for a weathered, but classic look so I didn’t do any distressing.  I love distressing, but sometimes I just don’t think it is needed.  This piece was aged enough already with the hardware and caked on layers of paint, so I left it happily coated in it’s new color.

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antique armoire for the bath

antique armoire for the bath

It was so interesting to see how this old skeleton key  and lock worked. I felt like my grandfather when I was taking the lock apart on this piece, he was an inventor. He had a garage and basement full of tools and items he built. He was forever telling us how something worked.  I showed my boys thinking that they would be fascinated and probably sit down at my feet and beg for more, but they just said ‘cool’ and ran off with their plastic light sabers.  Kids these days, amiright?  Oh well, I was fascinated.

antique armoire for the bath

antique armoire for the bath

antique armoire for the bath

This project is part of the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest and our theme this month is ‘A Fresh Start’.  If you want to see more furniture projects you can swing by Anastasia Vintage or Evey’s Creations.  You can see all of the contestants and even vote on your favorite piece! If you are a blogger and are interested in joining in the fun, you can email info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com

FFFC main graphic updated (10.2015)

I’m so glad you stopped by today!  I have a few more projects happening in the garage and I can’t wait to share with you very soon!!

Let me know what you think about the makeover, I’d love to hear from you!

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*Some or all of the hosts of The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest receive monetary and/or product compensation from the sponsoring brand, General Finishes, in order to complete their themed projects. General Finishes will also provide the prize package for the contest winner.

Hey Y’all and welcome to Your Inspired Design!

Well the temperature has dropped here in Florida and I actually turned on the heat for a few hours yesterday. So I guess we’ve had our winter fun and will be pulling out the shorts and flip flops in a day or two. ugh

I’ve been busy in my garage and can’t wait to show you what is going on out there.  Tomorrow you’ll get to see a piece that I’ve been working on and learn about a new product that I’ve tested (and I think I love it, I may have to test it a little more to see how deep my love for it runs).  Make sure you stop by and ooooh/ahhhhh as much as you want.

Here at Potentially Chic we have been doing lots of planning and projects around the shop to make 2016 our Sweet ’16! And it will in turn be a Sweet ’16 for our clients and customers, too!

Gloria just got back from market in Atlanta and found some exciting and fabulous new products to bring to the store, so be certain to keep an eye out for when they start coming in on our Facebook page and here on the website.

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Last week, we had some great submissions for YID, it was hard to choose the features but we narrowed down a few to share with you this week.  If you didn’t see them last week, be sure to pop over and give them some love!

We love a good curbside makeover and Lynn over at Nourish and Nestle definitely saved this little gem.  It has great storage for her in her office and a bonus, she’s also a Walking Dead fan! A little jealous of her Daryl poster.

Lyn at Repurposed for Life added a simple barn door to her closet.  So cute and easy to do.  I’m searching for somewhere in my house to add one.  I will find it!

I love the simple and clean look of winter decorating after all the Christmas is taken down.  Katrin at Kreativ K shared her cozy winter living and dining room.  I could definitely live there.

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Now let’s see what you have this week!

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Christine @ Let’s Get Crafty

Diane @ Diane and Dean DIY

Kristy @ Starfish Cottage

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!

Your Inspired Design #18 is brought to you this week by Diane and Dean DIY. Diane is my friend that partnered with me on the Matthew’s Hope Apartment.  We laughed and talked for a solid week while working in that place.  It was a great experience.  She drove a Ford Explorer that had MASSAGE CHAIRS (like the ones at the nail salons)!! Don’t get me wrong, I loved my F-150, but seriously…MASSAGE CHAIRS!

Take it away Diane!

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We are super excited to wish you all a great start to your new year. We hope that all that didn’t get accomplished in 2015 (that’s OK) gets accomplished in 2016. May you all be blessed beyond your expectations.

We are going to get right to the featured posts for Your Inspired Design #18. Please know that all of your submissions are greatly appreciated and we would love for you to share with all your other blogger friends. Our readers love your ideas and get inspired weekly by your posts.

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We fell in love with this modern diy stool from Nourish and Nestle. These are at all the home decor stores and they absolutely draw your attention. Fuzzy seating is the rage. Anthropology inspired without the hefty price tag gave them this adorable result that you must check out.

Upcycle bench

Our next feature was from High Style Restyle. I am in an organizing craze right now especially with linen closets and the laundry room but I also just organized my jewelry so this caught my eye. I see these turntables occasionally but never considered up cycling one for a jewelry organizer. This is a fantastic idea and I loved how she used previous materials from projects to enhance it even more.

Jewelry organizer

Congratulations to our featured posts this week and we encourage each and every one of you to continue to spread the word to your friends to submit each week so we all can grow.

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Now it’s your turn! Here are the hosts of the party, get to know them.

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Christine @ Let’s Get Crafty

Diane @ Diane and Dean DIY

Kristy @ Starfish Cottage

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 couldn’t sleep last night.  You know when you go to a garage sale and they have an old trunk and you pray that there is gold or an original copy of the Declaration of Independence or even a semi-rare comic book?  Well, last night while researching a project that I’m working on I feel like I’ve stumbled on something akin to the semi-rare comic book.

A friend of mine told me that she was redoing her daughter’s room and had some furniture that she no longer needed/wanted. So I made a bee line over there and got it before she changed her mind (like any good friend would do).

Antique chest of drawers

The drawer pulls reminded me of our antique armoire that we have in our living room–you know, the one I’m not allowed to paint.

Here is a pic of the drawer pulls while they have the stripping agent on them. 

Antique chest of drawers

And here is a close up of our armoire pulls.

antique armoire pulls

So I felt like this piece had some good age on it, but I wasn’t sure until I researched the drawer joint style.

scallop and pin, Knapp joint

I was intrigued by the drawer join immediately.  It was so different than the typical dovetail and I had never seen this style before.

See the scalloped edges and the dowel in the center?  It’s called a scallop and dowel or a scallop and pin joint.  It is also called a Knapp joint because Mr. Knapp developed the machine that would produce this joint.  He invented it in the late 1860’s and production began in 1871.  They only used this type of joint until 1905 from what I can tell. 

So yeah, this is a good piece of furniture. Not one that a museum would clamor for, but still.

I’ll take it over a semi-rare comic book any day!

Have you ever seen this type of joint?  I’d love to hear from you if you have!

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Hey Y’all!

I can’t believe we went 2 full weeks without seeing what you’ve been up to.  Although I would guess you’ve been doing about what we have.  Eating, celebrating, hugging, wrapping, eating, sharing, visiting, eating, singing, riding, eating… you too?

Tis the season.

These past 2 weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind for us at the Manor. My little one said to Mr. Creativity “This Christmas has been happy mixed with sad.  What’s that called?”.  So, I guess you could say our Christmas was bittersweet. 

But the sweet was oh so good.

In case you have been busy doing full-on-Norman-Rockwell-mixed-with-Currier-and-Ives Christmas I thought I would pull a few things from our recent archives for you.

And yesterday I shared a printable with you the first in a series that I’m calling “Grandmother Great always said”.  Mr. Creativity printed a larger version and hung it on his door at work and has had someone ask for a copy of it.  My grandmother was something else!  Here’s the link incase you want one for yourself.

Okay, now it is time for Carol to take it away and for you to link up!  I’m so intrigued and ready to see what you’ve been up to!

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Happy New Year and welcome back to Your Inspired Design!

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I hope you had a wonderful holiday season.

I have packed away the Christmas decorations, swept away the Christmas tree needles, and am ready to reorganize and rearrange for the new year.

The girls at YID enjoyed our little vacation and we are ready to invite you to a new year of sharing your best posts and projects. In January, I get antsy, wanting to clean out and perk up the house. I’m looking for ideas and I hope you are ready to share.

We had some very creative contributions last month and even though the holidays are over, you can Pin these links and file for next year.

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Since I love anything French, I was immediately attracted to Judith’s tablescape @ Bontanic Bleu. Using pages from a French book, she made beautiful place cards.

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Robin @ Happy at Home shared a tutorial on how to make cute ornaments using mini-tart tins. Since I have a box of tart tins, I’m filing this project for next year.  I think it would be a great activity for kids.

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Do you have old sweaters lying around? Pamela @ Home on the Corner has a useful and pretty way to repurpose them.  She makes old sweaters into stockings.  The possibilities are endless and you have all year to collect sweaters for next year.  These stockings would make great gifts, too.

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Ready to kick off 2016?  Let’s start linking!

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Christine @ Let’s Get Crafty

Diane @ Diane and Dean DIY

Kristy @ Starfish Cottage

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

 

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