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

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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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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

 

 

Hey Y’all!

I am so excited to tell you about my little venture that is in the works. I have put a few pics out there on Instagram and my personal facebook page as a little sneak peek.  

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So these little metal signs have my full attention right now.  My friend Walter has this big metal cutting machine (like a Silhouette machine on steroids) and can cut any design I send to him. Right now we are working out the kinks and focusing on these 3 designs.  But soon there will be many to choose from.  As well as some customized signs.

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These 3 designs are the first ones that he has cut for me.  And I am trying different ideas with them.  The ‘Wash Up Buttercup’ sign has been painted with chalk paint (French Linen), distressed and sealed with dark wax. 

Metal sign I have found the one

This one was designed for a couple that was recently married.  I spray painted it with a silver textured spray paint.  Listen, you want to woo your woman go read and memorize a few verses of Song of Solomon.  It should have a PG-13 rating.

Strong + courageous metal sign

This last one is a prayer for my kids.  Be strong and courageous and do not be afraid.  I LOVE this one.  I chalk painted (Napoleonic Blue), distressed and dark waxed it. 

So, on Friday you can enter here to win one of these signs.  There will be a raffle going on here for a week and you can enter several ways.  I hope you will enjoy this and I SERIOUSLY hope you like these signs. 

I would love to hear some feedback on thess.  Like them?  Hate them? Want every one of them? Let me know!

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Hey Y’all!

So the garage is a wee bit less full now.  And by ‘wee’ I mean, you probably can’t tell any difference at all.  I was so excited to complete a few projects in there to help get myself organized (more on that later) and I’ve been finishing up a few furniture pieces.  But then my friend called and said “I was walking the other morning and found some stuff in my neighbor’s trash you might want”. 

Well, of course I did. 

I’m no dummy. 

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So it is full to over flowing again. 

But I’ve been working on a piece of furniture for a little while (as in months and months) and have finally finished it.  This was a piece that threw me for a loop.  My friend (same one that brings me trash) was updating her daughter’s room and had a few pieces that she thought I might want.  Antique chest of drawers

This piece came to me painted a lovely shade of bright orange.  It actually worked beautifully with her daughter’s room because she had a young bohemian vibe going on.  But I am neither young, nor bohemian. So I needed to work on this piece.

I thought about just painting over the orange, but honestly it looked like it had been painted a few times and needed to be stripped down.  UGH. Not my favorite thing to do.  But I love furniture. So here we go.

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As I was scraping off the layers of paint I realized that this piece had not one, not two, not 3, not 4 but 5 layers of paint. Yes, y’all 5 layers.  Can I tell you how many times I wanted to collapse in my garage floor and cry.  Thankfully there isn’t space for me to do that, so I kept scraping.

I don’t even want to tell you this next part, because you are going to get really mad and judgemental on me. Just promise to not send me hate mail, because I am close to needing therapy anyway over what I’ve done and you might just tip that crazy scale.

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Okay, here goes.  The bottom layer (that I scraped off) was a hand painted scene from the late 1800’s.  Yep.  I told you.  Okay, you can send the hate mail.  I totally understand your anger.  But I am just as upset about it as you are.  That is why this piece took me so stinking long.

But here’s the thing.  Once you slap on that stripping agent, it does it’s job.  It doesn’t care that you don’t know there is hand painted deer in a forest scene.  It doesn’t care that these deer never saw it coming.  It just does it’s job.

It’s all “Bambi who?”

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I let it sit there for months.  I was in disbelief.  I was angry. I tried to figure out a way to salvage what was still there.  But it was just not happening. 

So I took a deep breath and painted a coat of paint.  I think a tear ran down my cheek like that Native American in the ‘Keep America Beautiful’ commerical from the 70’s.  It was tough.  I needed dramatic background music. Maybe a wistful pan flute.

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So this piece has seen it all.  It has been fancy, black, red, white (with ivy stencils), orange and now it is a lovely shade of oxford blue . I hope we can all move past this and remain friends. 

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This piece is being entered into The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest™.  Our theme this month is ‘pure colors, original elegance’ and while I am not sure that I added back the original elegance, I do feel like it is a huge step in the right direction.

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Our sponsor this month is Pure & Original.  I was overwhelmed at the volume of colors they had to choose from.  This paint went on very smoothly, has a chalky finish and doesn’t require any sort of sealant.  Score!

If you want to see other entries, check out Carrie’s post  or  Stacy’s post . They will not dissappoint!

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If you are a blogger and are interested in joining in on future contests, contact info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com

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

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Welcome to Your Inspired Design!

This week has flown by. I have so many projects going on around here that I haven’t had time to tell you about them.  I’ve been teasing a little on Instagram and Twitter.  I’m sneak-peaking another one today. But you can see it here first. Because you are legit special. 😉

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I hope you like them, they are a fun new venture that I am involved with. There will be more coming your way in the next week about this.  I can’t wait to get this started y’all.  It so much fun seeing something you dreamed up come to life!

Now for Christine and the rest of the party!!

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Hope you’re having a great week where ever you are! I just got back from my daughter-in-law’s baby shower. Don’t you just love baby showers? She’s having a girl and that sweet baby is going to be sooooo stylish!

I’m happy to be hosting this week because you guys never disappoint! I’ve picked out some great projects for you to check out. 🙂

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Up With Furniture reminded me that I can get a wee bit more creative than just painting one color on a piece of furniture. Such a fun and cheery dresser!

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Amy from High Style Restyle totally crushed it with this headboard turned bench! Love this color!

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Carol from the Red Painted Cottage gives us a peek inside her tour of the famous Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas. Jealous doesn’t even begin to describe it…

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Thanks to everyone that partied with us last week! We are thankful that you joined in!

Now let’s get on with it!

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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
 Here is a pinnable image of the signs in case you want to share it with your friends *wink wink*

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Hey Y’all!

I am so excited to be hosting the party this week! Last week was a little crazy for several of us (all various reasons) but on my end, the computer was not agreeing with me.  AT.  ALL.  I told it to do something and it refused.  The nerve.

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So this week, we are on speaking terms again and all is ready for us to celebrate Your Inspired Designs! I love seeing what everyone is working on in their homes.  Some days all I can accomplish is brushing my teeth and putting on flip flops before leaving the house and then I see what y’all are up to and it makes me want to fully renovate my home over the weekend. 

If you are new here to McCall Manor or you have just simply been busy remodeling your home, here is what we have been up to around here.

Now let’s take a look at some of my favorite links from the last party, go check them out!

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Kristi at Making it in the Mountains created this gorgeous chalk board for her home.  This is on my to do list.  Must. Have. One.

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Sara at Twelve On Main made this tables from two reclaimed pieces.  I love the hairpin legs and the roughed up wood.  Way to go Sara!

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Sherry at The Savvy Apron shared with us how she took this outdated bergere chair and turned it into something charming! The graphic on the back had me at hello!

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Thanks to everyone that partied with us last week! We are thankful that you joined in!

Now let’s get on with it!

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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 can’t wait to share this fun wreath project with you, but first things first. How are you? You doin’ okay? I truly hope so.

I hope you had a great weekend. Weekends can go just right or miserably wrong can’t they? I ALMOST had a miserably wrong weekend (blue lights flashing in my rearview) but it turned out fine–thank you officer Harrison. Don’t you love speed limits that are lower than your car idles? Yeah, me too.

After my brush with the law, we were busy.  But not the tedious kind of busy.  It was a weekend of knock-out-the-punch-list-that-has-been-driving-you-crazy kind of busy. Those are so refreshing. 

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Enough of that.  Here is the real reason you are here. 

I absolutely adore just about anything that JoAnna Gaines does (except for that round blue rug in the breakfast nook this season) and her magnolia wreath was something I had been eyeing.  But with a price tag of $95 each, I knew my front doors would never get that chance.

Until…

I was walking through JoAnn’s a few weeks back and noticed a garland of magnoila leaves.  They were 30% off so I passed, thinking that I would come back armed with a 40% coupon after these came back to full price–with a grin on my face.  Only, they were gone and didn’t return. whomp whomp.

Then last week, they magically appeared and were again 30% off.  Well I learned my lesson and snatched them up and held them close like they were the last piece of a birthday cake.  Now, you understand, don’t you…

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The leaves are a thick rubbery plastic material and are all wired.  So they will withstand the elements outside and I can manipulate them to form a circle.

Magnolia Wreath

I used one of my 37 rolls of floral wire (seriously, why do I buy a new one every time I need wire?).  This is a small gauge wire and is easy enough to cut with wire snips.  Please for the love of all things crafty, don’t use your fabric scissors.  Oh my stars.

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I cut 3 lengths of wire. Obviously I didn’t measure.

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Then secured the ends of the garland together where the leaves would meet up. 

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I’m pretty impressed with this beauty. 

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The leaves look so real, even the veins are there.  Way to go JoAnn’s.

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Since I have glass inserts in my doors, I hung these up with suction cup hangers.  These seem to hold on better than anything else I have tried.  We get full on western exposure, so these doors really heat up and the command strips just couldn’t handle the temps. 

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There you have it!

I hope you try these out for yourself.

But drive slowly on your way to the craft store…

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Hey Y’all!

I have missed you all! We had a school trip to Tennessee one week, then spring break, then my parents came on Easter, then the spring cabi line came to my house and brought my friends from Kentucky. So I have been MIA a little. But I have been having a great time.

Our guest room gets a lot of use. Maybe it’s because we live 20 minutes from the Magic Kingdom entrance or maybe it’s because we are so very popular.  Who knows! All I know is that if we are going to make our guests climb stairs to reach their room, it better be pretty.

So I’ve added a few touches that reflect my I-wish-I-lived-in-a-farmhouse attitude.

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You remember the maps, don’t you? They were a fun and easy little project from last fall. The magazine holder is just a mash up of an old tray and a wire paper basket.

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The little ladder is one of my favorite pieces.  My friend Kala texted pics of it to me while she was shopping at an antique fair. It was only $10 so I got 2 and gave one as a gift! Everyone needs a little ladder, don’t you think?

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I still love my little ordering mistake pillows

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All in all it is a comfy space where our guests can relax and hopefully get a good nights sleep.  I like to change it up since we have repeat ‘customers’ in there quite often. We aim to please!

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If you need to book a night in the Manor guest room, just let me know.  But realize there is no concierge here.  Just a bed and /possibly/ some cereal for breakfast.

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Hi friends and welcome to Your Inspired Design!

There are some exciting things going on at Potentially Chic.  The store will soon be receiving our first shipment of Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines furniture and accessories!

Our customers and all of us are super excited for this.  Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter so that you know exactly when items are arriving in the store.  We are even taking preorders, so stop in and take a look at the items in a catalog we have put together.  You can even go to Magnolia Home Furnishings online and take a sneak peek at what will be available.  In the mean time…come see us at the shop!

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!

 

What a simple and cute project from Making it in the Mountains.  You can create this quick photo project in just a few minutes.  Thanks for sharing, Kristi!

We’ve had another cold blast here in Virginia, but I’m ready for some color and flowers in my life!  What a perfect little indoor container garden from Lynn at Nourish and Nestle.

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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

 

 

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Hello Friends! We hope everyone had a wonderful Easter celebration last weekend. We were blessed to spend quality time with 2 out of the 5 kids that were in town. Traveling from China and Kentucky to Florida for one day was a little too much to ask for the other 3 but we were so thankful we got to Skype and catch up on the phone.

I started the morning fixing some good old biscuits and sausage gravy, a favorite in our home but we usually only make it on special occasions. We went to church and then took a little Sunday drive looking at cute bungalow homes in one of our favorite neighborhoods. Dreaming, dreaming and more dreaming…front porches, rocking chairs, craftsmanship front doors…

Whoa, Nelly, back to blog reality and more importantly, back to the ‘Featured Bloggers” from Your Inspired Design Link Up Party.

Before we start, can we just take a moment and tell you how very grateful we are for all of the hard working bloggers out there that are taking the time to link up their projects to our growing link party. For some of our readers, and non-bloggers, who aren’t quite sure what all this babble is about link parties, it’s simply our blogger talk for come over to our blogs and show us all what you have been working on this past week. It gives bloggers a chance to share with more people and it gives our readers a much larger selection of craft and diy ideas. It’s kind of like a big block party in the neighborhood each week.

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Here are this week’s features. Congratulations to everyone!

Check out how Sara at Twelve On Main crafted her own cotton stems. I did a double take on this one. How brilliant. I have not seen this done before but I think I may be searching for some branches this week for sure.

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Joanne at Sea Glass Cottage came up with some creative ways to use old tobacco baskets for home decor. Perfect for just about any home decor style.

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Pili at Sweethings rocked out a cool french inspired graphic from one of her flea market finds. See where she got the graphic and transferred it on the tray.

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Thanks so much to EVERYONE who linked up last week.

Now, let’s get this week’s party started. We can’t wait to see what you have been up to this week!

Your Inspired Design Link Party

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!



Thanks for partying with us at Your Inspired Design!

McCall Manor
McCall Manor