Have you ever noticed that you find treasures you just can’t live without when you shop for OTHER people at Christmas? A friend and I went antiquing the other day and almost couldn’t fit our finds in the car.

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Everywhere I turned it was like the antiquing angel was following us and showing off.

I love that little angel.

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These little sap buckets were part of the find that day.

I bought one for myself and a couple as a gift.

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They were screaming for a little Christmas tree and some burlap.

If you listen, you can probably hear them through your screen. ;)

I drilled a few holes for drainage and found a cute little tree at Target of all places!

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There is a little hole in each of the buckets that I am assuming was to hang it on the tree while it was collecting sap.

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But I grew up in the south and we don’t collect sap, so who knows…

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See, I told you that little angel was showing off.

Now if only the gift wrapping angel would just show off a bit…


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While I was dressing up the house for Christmas it became painfully obvious that I decorate with red.  Lots of red.  So much so that I’m afraid to let friends with dye allergies come inside the house.

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This little project was not going to have a smidge of red even if it killed me.  Although you could use red felt on a cream colored background–just don’t tell me if you make one because I might cry a little.

To make this super-fast no-sew throw pillow you need

1. Felt

2. Hot glue gun

3.  Pillow insert

4. Scissors

5.  10 minutes

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Cut your felt 4-5 inches larger than your pillow measurements.  Mine was a 14″ square pillow so I cut my felt into 19″ squares.

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I drew a line 2.5″ from the edge all the way around on one piece of the felt and then followed that line one side at a time with hot glue.  I did one edge at a time so that the glue wouldn’t cool before I got the second piece of felt placed.

After doing that on 3 sides, stuff your pillow form in and close with hot glue.

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Now, from here you can add your design.

I chose a poinsettia, but you could go in any direction.

I cut mine with my Silhouette (shocker) and just hot glued it in place.

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There you have it.  A no-sew pillow to help you brighten (or tone down) your holiday decor.

What do you think?

Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win your very own Silhouette machine!


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I should be shopping.  I should be cooking.  I should be wrapping.

I probably should be doing something else, but I’ve totally forgotten what that was.

But instead, I’m playing.

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I went to hang my wreaths and they just looked, well, like wreaths.

Nothing fantastic.  Not bad, but not fantastic.

 And let’s face it, sometimes you need a little fantastic in your life.

These wreaths have a lot of woodsy features, so I took that as my cue.

Now, here in Florida, our woods are filled with bobcats, panthers, wild boar, and if there is water you can even find a gator or 2.

Since none of those animals just scream ‘Christmas’ to me,  I went with an antlered deer.

I went to the Silhouette online store and found this beauty.

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Using the cut tool, I shaved off the parts that I didn’t want.

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I sized it to fit my boards and then used the offset tool to do an internal offset.  Why?  Because I wanted it to be FANTASTIC.  Keep up.

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With the offset dialed up to .o95″ you get a nice little outline edge.

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I separated the images and cut the outer image from cardstock.  This made a stencil for my background paint.

The inner image was cut from scrapbook paper and modpodged onto the painted background which I painted with some MMSMP boxwood paint.

This color is just scrumptious and perfect for this wreath.

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Since I have 2 front doors, I needed a mirror image of this little deer.

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There you have it!  Fantasticness at the front door (if I do say so myself).

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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!

Reinvented Elf on a Shelf Book Cat-Shaped Ornament Stamped Christmas Towels M&M Milk Bottle Teacher Gift 3D Holly Berry Ornament Deer Silhouette Mirror Silhouette Christmas Craft with Double-Sided Adhesive Winter Village Display Wood Grain Nativity DIY Rustic Pallet Christmas Tree 2014 Christmas Card + Giveaway Gift Tags Chalkboard Vinyl Christmas Signs Personalized Christmas Ornament DIY Wood Slice Christmas Ornaments DIY Nativity Candle Jar Sleeve Chalkboard Charger Inspiration + Giveaway Christmas Countodwn Festive Advent Christmas Decor AND A Giveaway! All Hearts Go Home Luminarias Deer Silhouette Vinyl Wood Slice Ornaments Some People are Worth Melting For Olaf (Frozen Inspired) Ornament Personalized Pajamas with HTV 3D Reindeer Shield Decoration Trendy Christmas Cards with Silhouette + Free Cut Files Let It Snow Mitten Banner DIY Christmas Coasters Elf on the Shelf Wardrobe Simple Ornaments Stenciled Santa Sack Put on your Yamika! Reindeer Photo Ornament Christmas Card DIY Nativity Shadowboxes Monogrammed Drop Cloth Christmas Tree Skirt Canvas Wall Art for the Holidays

1. Pineapples and Pinecones // 2. Simply Kelly Designs // 3. Architecture of a Mom // 4. Just a Girl and Her Blog // 5. Two Purple Couches // 6. Chicken Scratch NY // 7. Creative Ramblings // 8. One Dog Woof // 9. Ginger Snap Crafts // 10. The Thinking Closet // 11. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 12. Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body // 13. weekend craft // 14. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 15. Practically Functional // 16. Living My Given Life // 17. My Paper Craze // 18. The Kim Six Fix // 19. Home At Eight // 20. Queen of Everything // 21. Tried & True // 22. McCall Manor // 23. unOriginal Mom // 24. Create it. Go! // 25. From Wine to Whine // 26. GetSilvered // 27. It’s Always Ruetten // 28. Nearly Handmade // 29. Mama Sonshine // 30. Silhouette School // 31. It Happens in a Blink // 32. Create & Babble // 33. Sowdering About // 34. Where The Smiles Have Been // 35. My Favorite Finds // 36. Lil’ Mrs. Tori // 37. Designed Decor

Silhouette Giveaway!


And I’ve saved the best for last. My Silhouette Challenge buddies in partnership with Silhouette America are hosting a mega-huge giveaway for not one…but two winners! The prizes up for grabs?

First prize: The NEW Silhouette Cameo Machine and Designer Edition Super Bundle! $406.93 value.

  • Silhouette CAMEO®
  • Designer Edition Software
  • Dust Cover
  • $25 Download Card
  • Four Essential Silhouette Tools (hook, spatula, scraper, pick-me-up™)

Second prize: Silhouette Portrait Machine and Rhinestone Starter Kit! $219.98 value.

Pretty sweet, huh? We want you to have the chance to get that Silhouette machine that might still be on your wish list.

To enter: just complete the entries in the Rafflecopter widget below or at this link. Because of my many blog friends who helped make this giveaway possible, you have 42 potential entries, which means a lot of winning power. So, hurry up and enter!

{This giveaway runs from today through Monday, December 15th at 11:59p eastern and is open to anyone 18 years of age or older with a U.S. or Canada mailing address. You can read the rest of the terms and conditions in the widget below.}

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When I was little my family took a trip to California.  In a station wagon.

With faux-wood siding.

It was just like the Brady family.  Except for the fact that it wasn’t over in 30 minutes. And we didn’t get in trouble in an old ghost town.

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 I thought our trip was for us to go and see part the country that we hadn’t seen before.  Which it was.

But what we didn’t see at the time was that this trip was also about family bonding.  If we had known that, it would have been harder to get us into the car.

Why is that?

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Family bonding sounds like work.  It sounds like something only a trained therapist can help you understand.  It sounds like something you would need to have special t-shirts printed for so you could commemorate that you had BONDED.

It sounds forced.

But piled into a station wagon with a cooler in the back for snacks and a tent as our shelter seemed like an adventure.  There was no force involved.

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All we remember is the laughter, millions of punch buggies, watermelon juice in Mexico and seeing the Grand Canyon (I was 12 at the time and proclaimed it a giant ditch and was ready to go in less than 5 minutes…ugh Holly, really?)

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This advent calendar is proving to be as helpful as that cross-country trip.

We had hot cocoa by candlelight the first night (the kids all named that as their favorite part of the day).

The second night we roasted marshmallows over a camp fire.

And December 3 was the day of the candy house.

The pretty girl was the ‘exterior designer’ for this project and helped the younger ones (plus our sweet little friend K joined in with us).  They did a fabulous job in my opinion.

It does a mom’s heart good to see her children working together and hearing them bond over silly things (like using green skittles for ‘shrubs’).

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 We aren’t perfect, but we are working everyday to be the kind of family that could ride in a station wagon for days on end and still love each other.


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Don’t forget about the Silhouette sale that is going on through December 8!  Use code: MCCALL to get the savings!

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It’s December y’all.  How did that happen?  Wasn’t it September like, 2 days ago?

I guess since the calendar says December, we will roll with it.

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I absolutely love Christmastime.  I would leave the decorations up all year long if my family would let me.  The house just seems more inviting when it’s full of red berries and greenery.

Don’t even get me started on the scented candles and plug-ins.

It’s love I tell ya.

This year I decided to give a gift to my family. An advent calendar that is tailored to our family will be something that we can all enjoy. I am so excited to  have them pull a tag off each day and see what we get to do.

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On the back of each tag there is an activity for us to do as a family. An activity like going to look at Christmas lights, making cookies, having a picnic by the tree, and roasting marshmallows over the fire pit.

And of course, since we are classy, watching Christmas Vacation.

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This advent calendar cost me $17 and that includes the frame which I got from an estate sale.  The tags, clothes pins, stamps, stars and glitter tape are all from the dollar spot at Target.  Each item was either $1 or $3.

But this gift isn’t about the money, it’s about…well

having more Christmas decor!  jk

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Wanting more dollar store gift ideas?  Check out my MakeIt cohosts and see what they came up with!

Dollar Store Place Setting & Take Home Gift // Chocolate Candles // Advent Calendar // Santa Mug // Have an ARTSY Little Christmas! {Gift in a Jar} // DIY Dessert Stand // Kitchen Dollar Store Gift // Vintage Christmas Cloche // Homemade Lotion // Gift Jar and Free Santa Printable










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Welcome to the December Edition of the

New Linkup~

Monthly #Networking Linky Party


The Blog Hobnob, formally known as my Blog Hop Social. I decided to make some changes to how the old Linky worked. Here are the new guidelines. This Blog Hop is a Meet & Greet where you can connect and network with other bloggers in various genres! Link up below and check out other blogs, follow them on social media and leave a nice comment! Super easy to make new friends!

This is a monthly Link Up. It will start on the first day of the month and will stay open until the last day of the month. So stop back by and check out who’s new each week!


December Hobnob Co-Hosts

Made in a Day~ {Host}

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Here’s how to join the party:

Link up ONLY your HOMEPAGE

Do not link to a post. This is not a Post Linky Party.

{All other Links will be deleted}

Follow me and my Co-Hosts via Social Media and/or blog!

I always follow back!

Be Sweet and Share the party!

Tweet: The New December Blog Hobnob is open! I am networking with great bloggers, are you? #bloghop

Want to host the party on your blog?

Then grab the code in link below~

get the InLinkz code

Add my party button, make a new post on your blog and share the party!

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Just how do you make this Blog Hop work for you?

Well you follow each member on Social Media and leave a comment!

Get to know your fellow bloggers!

It only takes a few minutes a day to make a friend!

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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.

 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.


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!

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Are y’all ready for Thanksgiving?

I have my pants ironed and ready.


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…


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…


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.


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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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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…


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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)