OMS (Oh My Stars) You guys are going to love me.

I mean Silhouette, you’re going to love Silhouette…

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They (apparently) want everyone in the world to have one of their fun machines and will just almost give these things away around Thanksgiving!
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So, If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I’m truly addicted to this little gem. I purchased my machine about 3 years ago and haven’t looked back.
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I’ve also encouraged my SIL, mother and several friends to purchase their own.  They are all loving theirs as well.  I have a few other friends that have mentioned how much they would like to have one, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

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 If you have been thinking about taking the (fun) plunge, think no more.

IT IS TIME.
 The wonderful news is, you don’t have to wait in line.  You can just sit in your comfy chair, wearing pjs and sipping hot coffee while ordering this.
Waiting is line is for people who cut with scissors.
And that is sooooo 2013.


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If you have someone in your life that you think would love this, how about purchase the Cameo AND the portrait and share with them!  You would totally win the Best Friend Award.

Guaranteed.

So now that you are fired up and ready to join the Silhouette Family, the only decision you need to make is WHICH BUNDLE TO ORDER!  Decisions, decisions…

 Here is the skinny for all of you that need it listed in front of you (visual learners, just refer to the pictures above):

Dates:  Nov. 26, 2014, 10pm MST to Dec. 8, 2014, 11:59pm MST

Portrait Bundle

  • Portrait machine & 1 free year to Club Silhouette for $179.99

CAMEO Bundle #1

  • CAMEO machine, Designer Edition software upgrade, Dust Cover, 4 Tools and $25 Download card to the Silhouette Design Store for $269.99

CAMEO Bundle #2

  • CAMEO machine, Design Edition software upgrade and 1 free year to Club Silhouette for $299.99

CAMEO & Portrait Bundle (One for you, one for a friend!)

  • CAMEO machine, Portrait machine and 2, $25 Download cards to the Silhouette Design Store for $299.99

 Just remember to use the code MCCALL  at checkout to receive the discounts.

If you are already part of the Silhouette Family, don’t worry.  We have some deals for you too!

Use my code (MCCALL) for 40% off at SilhouetteAmerica.com (*excluding machines, design downloads, download cards, subscriptions and gift cards) PLUS Free Shipping on orders over $25 for the lower 48 states

50% off all designs at SilhouetteDesignStore.com – no code needed!

Blessings and Happy Crafting!

MM Sig

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Are y’all ready for Thanksgiving?

I have my pants ironed and ready.

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We at the Manor are gearing up for a big group of people coming our way to eat some turkey, dressing and (my all time favorite) brownie trifle.  My mouth is literally watering now.

We are also trying to decide about going out to do some Black Friday shopping.  What about you all?  Are you all about the sales?  Or all about the ballgames that will be on TV that day? (there are ballgames that day, right?)

I was planning on hitting the sales, but staying in and hanging out all day sounds a little more enticing to me.  I might get a few projects completed that I wanted to do before Christmas rolls around.  I’ve been busy working on several projects back to back around here.  I can’t wait to share them with you.  I haven’t been to the gym in several weeks and have lost 3lbs if that tells you how busy I’ve been.

Bruiser told Mr. Creativity the other day that all I do is sit around and watch TV.  Thanks, precious child.

Christmas just got less expensive…

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Anyhoooo, the title of this blog post is ‘Silhouette Round-up” which might not sound like a post that would get me talking about Thanksgiving.  Silhouette and Thanksgiving are completely unrelated…right?

Maybe, but Black Friday and Silhouette are BEST FRIENDS.

(if you could see me right now, you would totally notice that I am winking and nudging you to pay close attention)

Last year on Black Friday, Silhouette had some amazeballs deals.  I’m not here to start gossip or anything, but since I’m here I’ll just say…

CHECK BACK TOMORROW!!!!

In fact, if you want to be sure and not miss anything, go ahead and subscribe so these posts will come to your email.  It’s free and painless.

So just to whet your whistle I’ve compiled some of my favorite projects that I have made with my Silhouette machine.  If you don’t have one, don’t worry.  The Black Friday sales are just a few hours away!

Just click on the link below each of the projects to see step-by-step pictures of these projects.   Just don’t sit too long at the computer and miss the Black Friday stuff that may or may not be happening here…… hint hint.

Blessings,

MM Sig

 

 

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As my friends on Facebook well know, our family has a picture that is known as ‘The Unfortunate Wrinkle’.  This picture has made many people laugh and/or blush over the years, but not many of you know the whole story behind it.  So here I am, bearing it all on the blog and trying to save my reputation.

Cussing is not my thing.  Yes, when my brother Shannon and I were little we would pretend to cuss while we were in the car waiting on mom to finish shopping at Big Star.  But since our parents didn’t cuss AT ALL, we didn’t really have a ‘well-rounded’ vocabulary.  So we made up words that sounded like gibberish and called it cussin’.  We were precious children…

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Shannon, Holly & Scott circa 1975

So, as I said, cussing is not my thing.

Fast Forward about 30 years and my middle child (Buster) was having a Thanksgiving feast at school.  Students could dress as either a Pilgrim or a Native American for this day at school.  Buster chose the Native American of course.  I made a shirt that was beaded and fringed at the bottom and painted his tribal name on the front: Chief Red Britches. You see, he was wearing red shorts that day and I thought I was being oh so clever.

I got him dressed with the shirt, shorts and his headdress. He was so proud. He was regal.

He was Chief Red Britches.

When your child is THAT proud of how he/she looks and you MADE the costume, you naturally take a picture.  So before school, I had him sit at the dining table and pose using his Native American persona.  This picture really show his personality and I was thrilled with how it turned out.  I emailed it to my mom of course.  Because that is what one does when one feels proud.

…Pride cometh before the fall…

That same morning was Bible study Thursday.  I was telling my friends how cute Buster had been all dressed up that morning.  I pulled the picture up on my phone and passed it around AT BIBLE STUDY.  I was very pleased with myself.

Until my friend said “I’m not seeing the R”.

“Oh, it says RED britches” I said thinking that she couldn’t see that R.

“No, I mean the other R.” she said laughing.

I got my phone from her with the intention of explaining it to her, bless her heart.

Then I saw it.  The unfortunate wrinkle.  It was there.  Hiding the other R.

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Now, one would think that it was just shot at a weird angle or perhaps folded because he was leaning up against the table…Right?

One would be wrong.  I give you Exhibit B:

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Blessings,MM Sig

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Do you love bubble wrap?

The loud popping that happens when you step on it, twist it or squeeze it is just one of those things that you either love or hate.

As for the McCall’s–we LOVE  it.  The more the merrier.

When Brylane Home sent all the boxes full of Christmas goodies, we received a plethora (it’s a word, look it up) of bubble wrap.  We had a small mountain of it in our front room.  I actually think if someone had tried to break into our house, they would have been scared off by the sound of ‘gunshot’.

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All of the Christmas goodness was draped in glorious bubble wrap.  I think this stuff could have been dropped off of the Empire State building and survived intact.   The scary part was having all of these gorgeous items unwrapped and sitting in my home (with kids and all of their friends) for a week while I organized and fluffed these items for TV.

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No, there will be no autograph signings in my future, I am not a TV star.

I don’t want to brag, but I’ve been told that I have the perfect voice for silent movies and a face that should be on the radio.  So I’m sure that autographs are in my future…

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No, Brylane doens’t have a Festivus* section in their holiday decor.  The pole behind me is what holds up their Flat-to-Fabulous tree.  You will definitely want to see what these are all about.

The wonderful people at BrylaneHome.com let me pick out as much of the Christmas and Thanksgiving decor as I would like for this particular TV segment.  I had so much fun scrolling through their website and dreaming of fun ways to use their items.  I decided on a Thanksgiving dining table and a Christmas buffet table.  ** The non-stick triple buffet server was the first thing people would react to when looking over the tables.**

Here is a clip of the segment.  The TV star with the gorgeous red hair is my sister-in-law!  Amy Sewell is my claim to fame.  :)

After the segment taping, Brylane didn’t want any of these items returned.  Instead they asked if I would donate all of the items to a charity.  We have a thrift store here in town that provides for a local children’s home. They were so excited when I unloaded my truck at their back door!

BrylaneHome.com has extended the coupon code BHDAILYBUZZ to YOU as well!  So go check them out and save 20%**.  Let me know if you find something fun

…besides the bubble wrap…

Blessings,

MM Sig

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*Festivus is defined by Wikipedia as: A holiday’s celebration, as shown on Seinfeld, which includes a Festivus dinner, an unadorned aluminum Festivus pole, practices such as the “Airing of Grievances” and “Feats of Strength”, and the labeling of easily explainable events as “Festivus miracles”.

**20% off your highest priced item (restrictions apply)

Here we go.

I am doing this for all of the people who have complained that my house looks tidy and decorated on here. You people are making me do this…’preciate it.

I had one friend who said to me “If I have to look at one more clean picture of your house while looking at MY house, I’m giving up reading your blog.”

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Seriously people here’s the skinny: My house is lived in. If you drop by unannounced you get to see the house and all of it’s…ummmm…glory. If I plan to take a picture of something in the house that I can’t zoom in on, you bet your sweet biscuits that I’ll be picking up and tidying before I do.

So here is where I am letting it ‘all hang out’.

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Our master bedroom closet is a hot mess y’all. It is where things gather that don’t have a place to go out in the rest of the house. Plus it has all of our clothes, shoes, bags, suitcases, derby hats, baseball hats, laundry basket and a random golf club

(strictly for beating up intruders)

We have way too many shoes to fit on the little racks that the builder installed. Not bragging–these racks would hold approximately 3.5 pair of shoes. It was ridiculous.

So here is a list of things that I needed to change/work on/exorcise from this room.

1.  shoe storage, including boots

2.  hat storage (derby, beach and baseball)

3.  declutter

4.  purse storage

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I went over to Bed Bath and Beyond with coupons in hand to see what all they had for me.  I was thrilled to find the shoe storage hangers on clearance for $2.99 ea.  Hallelujah!  I scooped up 4 of those bad boys and kept on shopping.  Then, almost as if the closet gods tapped me on the shoulder, I noticed the boot stays.  Ummmm, yes please!  These things are wonderful.  And with my coupons were only $8 each.  SCORE!

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While I was standing in my closet (being very frustrated) I kept looking at the space above our laundry sorter.  It was completely empty.  Screaming “Holly!  Hang your hats and purses here!!!”  So I obeyed.

What’s a girl to do…

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Over at Target, I found some very inexpensive rods to make a purse rack.  Do me a favor, will ya?  Find the studs in your walls if you try this at home.  Thankfully I have learned from experience that a rod bracket in a stud is a VERY GOOD THING.

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The ‘S’ hooks came from Lowes and work better on the curtain rod than shower curtain hooks (I had seen that on Pinterest, but it wouldn’t work for me). While at Lowes, I got a center support bracket for the curtain rods.  These purses get really heavy and I was afraid the rod would bend.

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That night as I was relaxing after a long day of working in the closet, I heard the sound of a hammer hitting nails coming from the closet.  Low and behold, Mr. Creativity got in on the action.  He decided to pull out his favorite baseball hats and hang them on the wall.

I think I might have cried a little.  HE HAS BEEN TRAINED!!!

Is your closet one that could be in a magazine or is it a hot mess?  Or are you in the middle of those two options, like me?  I would love to hear some of your closet nightmare solutions!

Blessings,

MM Sig

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Do you have one of those families that likes to make gifts instead of buy gifts?

Well (thank goodness) I have one of those families!  We all decided a few years ago that the ladies would make gifts for the ladies and the men would make for the men (I love seeing what the men come up with each year).

One year my brother made different jerkys (or is it jerkies?) for everyone.  It was all eaten before the new year rolled around.  One year my dad wrote a letter and put it in an old milk bottle instead of wrapping it (kudos on the antique bottle dad!)

My oldest brother made a calender with Bible verses throughout.

Only this wasn’t your everyday-average-Lifeway type calendar.

The verses were some of the oddest verses that the Bible has to offer and he paired each with a picture that gave each verse a fresh perspective.  We were rolling.  I still pull that calendar out every now and then for a giggle.

Now the ladies, on the other hand, have this in the bag.  We all have areas that we are comfortable with in the creativity department.  Mom and one of my SILs are very crafty and usually sew, paint or use their Silhouette machines.  My SIL that doesn’t do ‘crafts’ compiles a shutterfly book through out the year as a family album.  We LOVE getting it and flipping through on Christmas morning.

I think we enjoy just knowing that there was a lot of thought and love that went into each gift.

If you are in one of these kinds of families, you have come to the right place!  The Silhouette group that I am a part of has 19 ideas for DIY gifts just in time for you to gather all the supplies and make some fun stuff!

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Now, I’m not going to say whether or not my project will be given at Grandmother’s house on Christmas morning.  My family will just have to show up and see what I’ve made for them…

For this project, you’ll need to get the shape of the state that your gift receiver is from or that is special to them in some way.  I downloaded this one.

Here is how to take away the lettering and state capital star.

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Then I added a heart to show the hometown and cut it from textured card stock.

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Using Elmer’s spray adhesive, I attached burlap directly to the frame backing and then attached the state to the front of the burlap.

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Slap some paint on the frame and voila!  You are finished!  With plenty of time to spare.  :)  You are welcome.

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I hope your friends and family love them!!


Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Wood Slice Ornaments Baseball Insert Christmas Ornament Gift Book Lover's Canvas Tote Bag Stenciled Serving Trays Birth Announcement Ornaments Mini Notepads: A DIY Gift Idea Chalkboard Countdown {tutorial} Sweet Bird Glitter Ornament Custom Ring Holder Personalized Gift Giving {with Silhouette} Monogrammed Christmas Ornaments Thanksgiving Chalkboard Tray DIY Mini Ferris Wheel Easy Washi Sheet Labeled Candy Jars DIY Christmas Gifts-Coasters Easy As Pi Birthday Smores In A Mason Jar Gift With Free Printable A DIY Stenciled Inspiration Board How To Etch Glass At Home


1. Get Silvered // 2. My Paper Craze // 3. unOriginal Mom // 4. Creative Ramblings // 5. Chicken Scratch NY // 6. Pitter and Glink // 7. Ginger Snap Crafts // 8. Architecture of a Mom // 9. Silhouette School // 10. McCall Manor // 11. Just a Girl and Her Blog // 12. Weekend Craft // 13. Rutchee Design // 14. Adventures in All Things Food // 15. My Favorite Finds // 16. Please Excuse My Craftermath // 17. Simply Kelly Designs // 18. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 19. Practically Functional //

Blessings,

MM Sig

 

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Have you heard about hometalk.com?  It is an awesome website where you can find everything related to ‘home’.

DIYs abound, there are decorating ideas galore & remodeling before/afters are plentiful.

This is a fun way to connect to the people that are actually doing all of the ideas you have been wanting to try!

I was thrilled when I was asked to curate a board with desk organization as it’s theme.

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I enjoyed every minute spent looking at other people’s office spaces. I feel like you get a glimpse of someone’s personality when you see their workspace.  From the looks of it, I would like to meet all of these talented people.  :)

Here are a few of my picks, up-close and personal:

The peg board on the wall helps the desktop stay nice and tidy.  Plus they were able to hang a cool piece of art on it as well.

I’m a sucker for mason jars, chalkboard labels and wire baskets.  So this was a no-brainer for me.

Again with the mason jars.  This time they are painted white with gold rings…swoon.  Notice the cute little frame with the giant paperclips, this would be a fun way to keep notes handy.

Yes, I know these items are all used in a kitchen.  But basically a kitchen is a ‘food’ office.  You can use these same concepts to get that ‘paper/computer/craft’ office organized as well.

So there you have a sampling of the fun items that are on this board.  Check it out. 

While you’re there check out hometalk.  It’s as addictive as Pinterest (don’t say you weren’t warned).

…But it has a twist…

You can post a question and have people respond.  You can also find pros in your area to help with projects that you aren’t comfortable doing yourself.

It’s like having a handyman at your beck and call (had to look that up to make sure it wasn’t beckon call or beckin’ call…)

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Don’t forget to link up at the November Blog Hobnob!  There are some fun people you need to get to know better.

Blessings,

MM Sig

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Have you ever walked through a craft store and wondered what in the world you would make with a particular item?

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I have always seen these little wood slices and thought…clocks.

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That’s all people use those things for, right?  Ummm, decidedly, no.

I found a few fun things on Pinterest the other day that got my wheels turning.

People have made them into chalkboards—-super cute.

They’ve done wood burning on them—-super dangerous (if I’m the one doing it).

So I decided to do something that is totally Holly.  I mean, it’s totally like a lot of you and that is why we are friends :) but you know of my love affair with my Silhouette machine–which might even be classified as an addiction.

Whatevs…I can quit using it any time I want to.

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I decided to make a stencil and then stain the wood slice.  In the shape of a turkey.

Since it’s almost Thanksgiving.

And I’m just that clever.

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Rule #1 is don’t use a sponge brush to do this project.  The raw wood drinks up the stain and it looks horrid.  The good news, if you make this mistake, is that you can paint over it with chalkboard paint and everyone thinks you are super creative…ahem.

Exhibit A:

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After learning the hard way, I got a piece of an old t-shirt and just wiped the stain on very lightly.

Then removed the stencil.

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It was such an easy project that I thought, why stop there??  There are two sides to each slice…hmmmm.

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I have one more side of a wood slice to decorate.  What other holiday would you suggest that I commemorate?

Maybe a bunny for Spring?  Uncle Sam for 4th of July?  A dollar sign for IRS tax deadline?

Let me know, I’d love to hear your ideas!

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A few of my bloggy friends got together some fun ideas that you can do just in time for Thanksgiving.  We were given a theme of ‘turkey’ (Like you couldn’t tell…)

Make sure to click on the links at the bottom of the picture and stop by to see their creativity!

Blessings,
MM Sig
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Disney just released their latest Infinity characters.  Know how I know?  Because I have a plethora of little characters on every surface of the kid’s playroom.

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Well, hello handsome…

All of these figures have a little round base that, when placed on the gaming system, come to life on the TV screen.  Buster and Bruiser worked with Mr. Creativity in the yard to earn enough money to buy the newer characters.  They had been planning on making this purchase since Disney released the plans to make Marvel Infinity characters.

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These two need to be separated.

So we are now the proud owner of most of the characters that are out there.

yay.

Can you hear the excitement in my voice?

Really, because it’s there…I promise…ahem.

Since the toys were literally taking over the upstairs playroom, I knew something had to be done.  And throwing them all out wasn’t an option.

(believe me, I tried)

I decided to figure out a way to store these little works of art.

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The Ribba Picture Ledges from Ikea were a perfect fit!  I couldn’t believe how the little round bases fit exactly in the shelf.  It’s as if they were made for each other.

Like Phineas and Jack Skellington.

When I went to install these, I just made sure that one of the screws went into a stud.  I can just see a child pulling themselves up by using these “handy little grips mom put on the wall”.

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Ahhhh, now that’s better.  Now the superheroes have their own shelf and life is good again in the manor.

Speaking of superheroes, I have my very own personal hero.  Buster is now a 4th degree orange belt in Gracie jiujitsu.  Back off people he is fierce.

…seriously, he kind of is…

We are so proud him for sticking with this since K5.

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Do you have a way of storing all of the figures for Disney Infinity?  I would love to hear what other ways they can be put away/displayed.  Because there will always be new characters to add to the collection. <sigh>

Blessings,

MM Sig

 

 

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