Hey Y’all,

You know those days when you want to put up a shiplap type wall using old barnwood and you are fresh out of old barnwood?

Yeah, those days are the worst.

Or are they?

We have a small desk area that is in dire need of an update.  Mr. Creativity will be using it as his work space so it needs to be manly because, well, he’s a man.  You know I love a good shiplap wall, but I felt like pristine white may come off a little too feminine. So I pitched the idea of an old barnwood wall to him and he gave me the go-ahead.  But alas, I’m out of barnwood.

Never fear,  Amy Howard at Home has the most amazing products and I am thrilled to be able to share them with you today!

First up, you will need the wood for your wall.

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This Pallet Wall in a Box would be pretty to seal and hang as is.

Or stain it in a dark walnut.

Or (and this is my favorite) age it somehow.

But how would we age it?  Leave it outside for 3 years? Ummmm, no.

Oh look, here comes Amy Howard to the rescue once more! Better With Age is the easiest and fastest way to age any type of wood. It works differently with various types of wood.  Some wood has more tannins in it and will turn almost black if you use it full strength.  I diluted my Better with age with water to get several different looks.

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I used Better With Age at full strength to speckle the wood first.  Then I diluted one cup with 1 part Better With Age and 3 parts water (1/4), the next cup was 1/2 strength and the third cup was 3 parts Better With Age and 1 part water (3/4).

Thoroughly confused? Here’s a quick little video that shows how I did it.

See, now that wasn’t so bad! And the bonus is, there won’t be a math quiz on what you just learned.

I am excited about the next step that I’ll be doing on this wood before I hang it on the wall.  I will be sure and share it with you just as soon I possibly can.

What do you think about non-white shiplap walls? Are they for you, or are you a traditionalist?

MM signature**Amy Howard at Home supplied the products for me to try out and write about my experience.  These thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.  But I dare say, you would agree with me if you tried them for yourself. 😉

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Welcome back to Your Inspired Design Link Party #63. We hope that you all had a wonderful and grateful Thanksgiving. Sweet Shark and I spent the holiday in Atlanta with our daughters and grandkids and we had a great time. We shopped, cooked, baked, watched football, played, dined out, and just enjoyed being together. The weather was beautiful and the trees displayed brilliant fall color ~ we don’t get that here in Dallas ~ so it was a real treat to see fall colors.

I know how busy this time of year is. Everyday seems to get busier and crazier as we try to decorate, entertain, cook and bake, attend parties, and wrap presents. In the spirit of the holidays, as your hostess this week, I selected some party guests who shared the cutest DIY Christmas projects. I hope you love them as much as I do.

Your Inspired Design Link Party #63 hosts the best of the best from bloggers sharing creative DIY projects, home decor, recipes, and tablescapes.

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Let’s start with these rustic, natural wood ornaments from Kreativ K. Perfect for a casual, woodsy Christmas theme.

Your Inspired Design Link Party #63 hosts the best of the best from bloggers sharing creative DIY projects, home decor, recipes, and tablescapes.

Sadie Seasongoods, always a wonderful source for creative DIY projects, shows you how to make these darling Christmas decorations using serge thread. How resourceful!

Your Inspired Design Link Party #63 hosts the best of the best from bloggers sharing creative DIY projects, home decor, recipes, and tablescapes.

Who doesn’t love a homemade ornament? The Savvy Apron made the sweetest little snowman ornament, which would be a great project kids ~ would definitely fill a cold and snowy afternoon.

Your Inspired Design Link Party #63 hosts the best of the best from bloggers sharing creative DIY projects, home decor, recipes, and tablescapes.

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Weren’t those such fun ideas! I love how talented these ladies are. Thanks for sharing with us.

Now it’s time to get going for this week’s party. Let’s see what you’ve been up to lately!

Diane @ Diane and Dean DIY

Carol @ Bluesky Kitchen

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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My Christmas cards are finished.  Done.  Enveloped.  Stamped. On their way.

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How cute are those kids?!

Well I’ll say, they look very cute here but they were making me quite crazy while I was snapping these pics. I told them to laugh and the youngest opened his mouth as wide as possible and made a sort of horse noise.  Which made everyone laugh, but doesn’t look great on a Christmas card. sigh.

After what seemed like an eternity we were able to get a decent picture of the three of them.  They do clean up nice, I must say.

Minted Christmas Card

Getting the perfect shot is now the hardest part of doing Christmas cards.  It used to be that I dreaded addressing the envelopes.  I would get hand cramps.  My hand would be stuck in a claw type position for at least a day after addressing 125 cards.

We could call it the ‘Christmas Claw’ in an attempt to make it sound more festive, but who are we kidding?

Then in walks Minted.  They waltz into my life and just kind of whisper in my ear “there’s a better way”.

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They will print your recipient addresses for you and there is no extra charge for this. Right?!?!

It’s like a Christmas miracle printed in black and white (and red)!

I actually sat, relaxed and watched some TV while stuffing the envelopes.

No Christmas Claw for me this year.

If you want to try out Minted for the first time, right now they are offering 20% off to new customers from now until Dec 5 if you use the code JOYNC at check out. You will be sending out the most beautiful cards in no time!

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*Last year I shared with you my 3 main reason for sending cards each year. Those reasons still hold true.  I received my first card in the mail yesterday (from my brother and sis-in-law–they are always the first!) and I can’t wait to put it on my card tree by the front door.

**I was provided free product by Minted.com in exchange for my honest review of their product.  I have used Minted in the past and loved my experience tremendously. I only recommend products and companies that I like.

Before I turn it over to Diane, don’t miss the Thanksgiving simmer pot recipe + printable that I shared earlier this week. It’s a simple and festive hostess gift that you can share next week. Here at McCall Manor we will be celebrating Thanksgiving day at our friend’s house. We are blessed to have friends that feel more like family and we hope that you are surrounded with loved ones as well.

Since our party is always on Thursday, we will be taking a break next week.  Enjoy your family/friend time and we will see you the following week!

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Hello everyone! It’s Diane from Diane and Dean with this week’s Your Inspired Design #62. It’s not quite snowing here in Florida but we were down in the 50’s this morning and we are LOVING it!

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It’s one week from Thanksgiving yet there is a whole lot of Christmas filling the “blogosphere”. Are you feeling it? We aren’t yet decking the halls here but the ideas are certainly flowing. Don’t you love this time of the year?

Before we jump ahead to Santa Clause and sleigh ride season, can we just pause a moment and relish in the moment of Thanksgiving?

Thank you and your’e welcome!

THANKSGIVING MOMENT

Thanksgiving is an expression of gratitude, something we should have every day of our lives for all things great and for all things small. Wouldn’t you agree that it is easy to get so busy this time of the year that we make less time to think about everything we are truly grateful for?

In the United States, the Thanksgiving holiday was traced back to 1621 when the Pilgrims celebrated good harvest. According to Wikipedia, President George Washington, proclaimed the very 1st nationwide Thanksgiving celebration in America, November 26, 1789 “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God”.

“In every thing, give thanks”. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

By the way, if you have never started a grateful journal to write down what you are thankful for on a daily basis, this is the perfect time of the year to consider it. You will be glad you did and you will be amazed how it can change your life in a positive way.

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So, now with the holidays approaching very fast we wanted you to have some ideas from Your Inspired Design. Once again we are sharing more great inspirational projects that you can easily make for the holidays. Be sure to click on the link to learn more from each blogger. Enjoy!

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Time To DIY– Thanksgiving Decor

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Kreativk – Christmas Advent Candles

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The Red Painted Cottage One Room Challenge

Thank you ladies for submitting to Your Inspired Design and a huge congratulations each of you for being featured this week! We are so GRATEFUL!

Weren’t those such fun ideas! I love how talented these ladies are. Thanks for sharing with us.

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Now it’s time to get going for this week’s party. Let’s see what you’ve been up to lately!

Link Party

Diane @ Diane and Dean DIY

Carol @ Bluesky Kitchen

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

 

A Gracious Thanksgiving

Typically we host Thanksgiving. We’ve had upwards of 25 people here and usually have no less than 15.  I love it, mostly because the house is decorated for Christmas and my husband and friends to all of the cooking.  I just clean the house. I’m usually dead tired by the time we carve the turkey, but hey, my house is clean.

But this Thanksgiving we will be changing things up a bit and going to a friend’s house. I did a little happy dance when she invited us.  She also invited all of the people we normally host for Thanksgiving (I’m not sure she knows that we have invited people that we meet in Cracker Barrel in the past, but I’m sure she won’t mind).

So I need a little hostess gift to bring to her.  And nothing says “You are the hostess with the mostess” like a homemade gift.

Thanksgiving simmer pot recipe + printables

I love the smells that come with Thanksgiving cooking, well most of the smells anyway.

Brussel sprouts are a different story.  They taste so good, but they smell up the house and not in a good way.  So I gathered a few ingredients that make a simmer pot for her stove. The cinnamon, spices, fruits and extracts make a warm and spicy aroma. You can let them simmer all day as long as you add a little water every now and then.

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Oh, and they are pretty as well! All of the colors look so festive and welcoming.

Thanksgiving simmer pot ingredients

To make one of these, just assemble the ingredients in whatever amount you want and put in a wide-mouth mason jar.  After adding the ingredients to your wide-mouth mason jar,  just cover with water and put on the lid. I would keep this refrigerated until it’s time to head over to your friend’s house.

Thanksgiving simmer pot gift

To make this gift even more special, I have included two printables for you.  The first goes on top of the lid and under the ring of the mason jar.

Thanksgiving simmer pot printable

The second one is a tag that gives your special hostess the instructions. Just tie this onto the jar with whatever twine you have around your house. You will also find the shopping list of ingredients to add to your jar on this sheet.

Thanksgiving Simmer pot recipe + printable

thanksgiving simmer pot recipe + printable

Thanksgiving simmer pot printable

Thanksgiving Simmer Pot Recipe + Printable

This would also be a great gift to give to your company if YOU are the hostess with the mostess this year.  Just make an extra one in case you pick up more guests while you’re out for breakfast at Cracker Barrel. Stranger things have happened…

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If you want some more gracious Thanksgiving ideas, you’re in luck! Some of my friends have come up with a few ideas of their own for you to enjoy. Just hop on over to their blogs and see what they’ve whipped up for you.

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Kristen at The Ruffled Mango has a A Table For Giving Thanks that is alive with color and textures!

a gracious Thanksgiving table

Stacey at A Southern Discourse has set up a Thanksgiving coffee bar for us to drool over and has some ideas on how to be a gracious Thanksgiving hostess!

Thanksgiving Coffee Bar

We hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving season.  We are definitely thankful for you. 😉

Linking to: Welcome Home Wednesday  *

Thanksgiving simmer pot hostess gift

Let’s party like craft stars today. Because we are. We wield our glue guns and chalk paint like soldiers armed with battle gear.  We start decorating for the last two major holidays of the year. This is our time to shine. This is what we have been preparing for all year.  Are we going to hear the crowds cheer when we are finished or are we going to hear the dread “whomp whomp” of disappointment?

You and I both know that we will shine.  We’ve got this. So, let’s get on with it and start getting our crafty ideas churning.

Link PartyWe had some fantastic ideas that came our way last week.  I hope you enjoyed them as much as we did.  I have narrowed them down to my 3 favorite projects (that I fully plan on making for myself!).

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First up is this handmade card from White House Crafts.  I love the striking and simple design.

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Over at Lolly Jane, they made this banner that is sure to show up in McCall Manor at some point!

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Jolena at While I Linger created this book page art with a sharpie marker and chalks.  It is absolutely beautiful and could be used in so many ways!

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Weren’t those such fun ideas! I love how talented these ladies are.  Thanks for sharing with us.

Now it’s time to get going for this week’s party.  Let’s see what you’ve been up to lately!

Link Party

Diane @ Diane and Dean DIY

Carol @ Bluesky Kitchen

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

 

Now that Halloween (and this crazy election) are behind us, it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming holiday season. Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday of the year.  I actually like to blend Thanksgiving and Christmas around here. So, we will have turkey and pumpkin pie while listening to Jingle Bells and looking at the Christmas tree. Merry Thanksmas everyone!

If you are wanting to get a few turkey projects completed before the actual day rolls around, look no further.  I’ve gathered them here for you.

Whether you are hosting your friends and family for the big day or hosting a party at your child’s school, I’ve got some ideas for you!

First up, the wood slice turkey that greets our guest by the front door on Thanksgiving day.  It’s easy, it’s cute, it’s my kind of project!

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For your place settings, here is a wreath+banner name card tutorial complete with a printable for you!

Mini Wreath Banner - McCall Manor

These lovely chalk painted pumpkins are gorgeous as a centerpiece and only take minutes to complete!

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Mercury glass is an easy way to dress up glass for the holidays.  Here, a pumpkin jar and plain piece of glass got a little dazzle.

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mercury glass

Lastly, here is a way to dress up child’s table at Thanksgiving.  This was a second grade party, but could be applied to your home on Thanksgiving day!

2nd Grade Thanksgiving

Be looking next week for another blog hop with lots of Thanksgiving ideas from several of my talented friends!

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Your Inspired Design Link Party #60 provides inspirational ideas for home decor, holiday crafts, holiday tablescapes and decorations.

Wow, November is really here. Believe it or not, I’ve been wearing shorts and flip flops the past few days because it is so unseasonably warm here in North Texas. But that won’t stop me from decorating for Thanksgiving. All the Halloween decorations are packed away and the Thanksgiving decorations are unpacked and ready for arranging. By the end of the week, we will be surrounded by turkeys and pilgrims. It looks like our blogger friends are also decorating and crafting for the holidays. As hostess this week for Your Inspired Design Link Party #60, I’m excited to share with you my favorite picks from last week.

I also have to share that we have a major project going on at our house. We started construction of my office and it is coming along right on schedule. When workers show up every day early, you know you are on the road to completion. I’m so excited to be getting my very own office space. We are combining 2 closets into 1 and adding space from the garage. I shared the first step here  and I’ve shared a few photos on Instagram. Each week I’ll post an update.

Until then, please share and enjoy all the creative goodness.

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Shannon at Belle Bleu Interiors has once again used pops of blue to incorporate into her autumn decor. I love the pairing of her beautiful blue dishes with traditional fall colors.

Your Inspired Design Link Party #60 provides inspirational ideas for home decor, holiday crafts, holiday tablescapes and decorations.

Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate created this gorgeous wreath from 2 separate pieces. What a clever way to combine 2 fall elements into 1 beautiful decoration. She really was thinking out of the box on this DIY project.

Your Inspired Design Link Party #60 provides inspirational ideas for home decor, holiday crafts, holiday tablescapes and decorations.

Gift cards are such a popular present for Christmas. This DIY project from Antonella at White House Crafts makes giving a gift card extra special with these pretty gift bags. Who doesn’t love a little bling on a present? Once again a little glue and creativity create a unique result.

Your Inspired Design Link Party #60 provides inspirational ideas for home decor, holiday crafts, holiday tablescapes and decorations.

We love for you to link up every week. Sharing your talents with others is definitely part of the holiday season. For our non~blogging readers, we hope that you love all the extra inspiration and ideas.

Let’s get this party rolling.

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Link Party

Diane @ Diane and Dean DIY

Carol @ Bluesky Kitchen

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

 

Welcome back to another edition of Your Inspired Design. Cooler temperatures are finally here in Florida and what gorgeous weather we have been enjoying this week. We just hope it sticks around for awhile so that it truly feels like fall.

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It truly brightens our week when you take your ideas and turn them into reality and share them with us every week. We are getting closer to the trick or treat season and you all showed us your creativity with beautiful fall mantel decorating to dressing up pumpkins and making a ghostly candy holder. Have fun browsing Your Inspired Design #59.

Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate has done it again! She used rich golds as her main color theme and proves that you don’t have to use wreaths AS wreaths all the time. Also,why not steal your Christmas garland and use for your fall mantel?

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Shannon at Belle Blue Interiors made this pumpkin all fancy shmancy. How did she do it?

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I thought this was a cute trick or treat idea from Sadie Season Goods. She re-purposed an old barrel stand that she had picked up at a thrift store. It wasn’t exactly what she originally had in mind for it but it goes to show that our little thrift finds might have more than one or two lives.

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Now it’s time to get this week’s party going!

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Link Party

Diane @ Diane and Dean DIY

Carol @ Bluesky Kitchen

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

 

Hello friends!

I’m so happy to have you here visiting our little party.  We enjoy getting to see you each week and we love being inspired by your ingenious creativity. You blow us a way each and every week.

Your Inspired Design Link PartyAround the manor this week I have had company, had a party, and the kids have been on Fall break–which was all wonderful but all of this was on the heels of Hurricane Matthew. Then today we woke up to The Pretty Girl having a scratched cornea and our car being ransacked. Yep, all before I had my coffee.

But today is going to be a great day.  We are gonna party like we are rock stars. Buckle up ladies, we are going to see some fun ideas and yummy recipes. So let’s get on with it, this party is the bright spot in a rather stinky day. 😉

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These baked zucchini chips from Cookilicious looks absolutely delicious. I’m going to need to try these out myself, I might need to eat the whole batch.

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Katrin at Kreative K gives us step by step instructions on making this adorable fox wall art.  I love it so much!

girly fox wall art

The Savvy Apron was a part of a challenge and made a set of upcycled cloches.  I love that these were made out of inexpensive thrift store finds and look FABULOUS!

DIY cloches

See, I bet you feel better too.  Even if your day wasn’t stinky.  That’s just what a party does for us.

Now it’s time to get this week’s party going!

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Your Inspired Design Link Party

Diane @ Diane and Dean DIY

Carol @ Bluesky Kitchen

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 at Your Inspired Design!

McCall Manor
McCall Manor