Don’t you just love this time of year? The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, theres an inch thick layer of pollen on everything….ahhh, spring has sprung around here.

I usually spruce up around the outside of the house each spring and plant gobs of flowers on my front “porch” and the back patio. The flowers and greenery are enormous by the time summer rolls around. That is definitely one of my fav-o-rite thinnnngs (yes, I was channelling Julie Andrews).

Spring Flowers

Yesterday was planting day here at the manor. I didn’t go full tilt this year.  It was more like half tilt. The front porch got a little chair that was rescued out of the trash and a sweet little welcome sign. The magnolia wreaths on the front door were made from garlands at a craft store (tutorial here) and are still hanging in there.

If you follow me on Instagram you know that we had our house painted a couple of weeks ago. You can see a little bit of the color here.  It’s a cool gray.  It’s the only gray our HOA has approved <heavy sigh>.

But it looks fresh and clean now and we are enjoying the change from the peachy-beige that it was for 10 years.

Spring Flowers

The welcome sign is just a little chalkboard sign from Target’s dollar spot.  I stock up on those things when they are available. Actually, hoarding might be a better way to describe it. 😉

Spring Flowers

The back patio got a little sprucing as well.  Just a few pops of color here and there. I’ll be working on a big project out here in the next month or so.  Can’t wait to show you!

Spring Flowers

I just love this little artichoke planter. It gets a little something every spring.  I had an asparagus fern in it one year and it just about drove Mr. Creativity mad with all of the needles shedding. So this year it’s getting fun little flowers.

Spring Flowers

Spring has arrived in a big way around here.  We are still enjoying not having to run our AC 24/7 and being able to leave the patio doors open. Yesterday we even got a little spring shower.

What’s your favorite thing about spring?? I’m guessing it’s not the pollen count…

McCall Manor Signature

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If you love spring as much as I do, you’re in luck! I’ve teamed up with 2 other creatives to bring you spring decorating ideas.

 

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We would love it if you would pin and share our image below!

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*this post contains affiliate links to support my blogging habit. 😉

We have lived in this house for a little over 10 years now.  Since we moved in we have had a baby (he turns 10 on Saturday), lost a dog, gained a dog, have a teenager, have an almost-teenager and we have completed a few makeovers in our home.  Maybe more than a few. Maybe a lot more than a few.

mini office makeover after

This office space is our latest accomplishment.  It has no natural light, very few square feet to call it’s own, and seems to acquire a lot of junk.  This area was never really considered an asset.

It was more like a black eye.

And then in walked Amy Howard at Home products.

Chalk paint, pallet wood (for the shiplap), Better With Age (to make the shiplap look old and a few other products.

Here is the before of this office, just glance at it.  Don’t stare.  That would be considered rude.

The back wall was covered with cork at one point and we pulled it down to get ready for this little makeover.  But you can still see the tape that held the cork squares up.

office makeover before

First, the cabinets got a fresh coat of Amy’s One Step paint.  This paint has a matte finish and doesn’t even need to be sealed.  It went on smoothly and dried very quickly. This color is called Rugo, it’s a medium blue with a hint of green.

I also painted the desk top with One Step paint in black because I just couldn’t handle the dark brown countertops any longer. This paint is durable on it’s own, but I added a top coat for a little more protection.

The hardware needed to be updated and I love the pieces that I found so I’m including a link for the knobs and pulls if you are interested.

office makeover

My favorite part is the shiplap wall.  Do you remember the video we made a while back? We used that wood for this project.  Putting the wall up took us all of 20 minutes. The shiplap wall was definitely worth the effort in my opinion.

office makeover

I love all of the rustic details in this tiny space which really brings this space to life.

office makeover

office makeover

The Tennessee Flag was a gift that I gave Mr. Creativity a while back.  The music sheets that are framed are of a jingle that he wrote for a commercial.

He won an award for it.

I think he’s pretty cooloffice makeoveroffice makeoverSo there you have a very mini makeover for a very mini office! It was painless and leaves a great impact.  I think even the 10 year old was impressed by it. Whew!

Do you have a small space that could use a big wow? I highly recommend Amy Howard at Home products. Let me know if you have questions about any of these steps.  

I love our little school.  All three of my kids have gone there. This school has priorities that align with our family’s. It has some of the most caring teachers and families associated with it.

And it is 3 minutes from my driveway to the parking lot (a product of Divine intervention in my opinion).

So when the principal asks you to be on the gala committee to head up the decorating of said gala, you say yes!

You say YES even when you’ve been working on saying No since forever.  You say YES even though you’re not sure how to decorate for an Italian-themed event.  You just say Yes and figure it out later.

Cue the bowl of lemons.

bowl full of lemons

Thankfully, Italian decor can go many different directions. So I picked the direction that worked best for the decorating team’s stash of items.  Citrus fruits are pretty easy to come by here in the Sunshine State, so we decided on lemons and oranges along with various other items for our centerpieces.  I’ll get some pictures edited this week and show you how it turned out.

But in the meantime, after the gala there was literally a garbage sack full of lemons that had nowhere to go.  Several teachers got some to take home, other team members took home a few and then I toted home a garbage bag that had about 40-50 lemons. I don’t even have a recipe for lemon pound cake! What am I going to do with all of these lemons!!!

My mom and dad were down for a visit right after the gala, so mom and I started brainstorming. We decided to juice and zest as many as we could before we lost interest in the project.  Then we poured the juice into muffin tins to freeze.  In the mini-muffin pans we could fit 1 tablespoon of juice mixed with 1 tsp of zest.   In the regular muffin pans we could fit 1/4 cup of juice.

Once frozen, just pop them out of your muffin tins and into a zip-loc bag and back into the freezer. They will be ready and measured out when you have a recipe that calls for lemon juice. Pretty handy, no?

 

 

homemade lemonade

Mom made a batch of fresh squeezed lemonade for all of us to enjoy using some of the juice. That’s the kind of mother she is. 🙂

I’m not sure which I enjoyed the most, drinking it or photographing it. But either way, I think you would enjoy getting the recipe for yourself.  It’s quite (ahem) difficult.

homemade lemonade

2 cups sugar (dissolved in one cup boiling water)
2 cups lemon juice
1 gallon of water

Think you can handle that?

homemade lemonade

Bruiser took a sip of it and said “kinda sour, but I’ll drink it.” Then he proceeded to drink 3 more cups and asked for it at supper and breakfast the next morning. I had to draw the line at breakfast.

homemade lemonade

homemade lemonade

My extremely talented mother has taken up watercolors lately.  She is much better at it than she realizes and I thought you all would enjoy a little goody from her.

She painted this sweet little lemon branch while I was photographing the lemons and I decided to make a printable of it.

Cut it down to the size of a recipe card when printed, then write the recipe on the back side of it and enjoy all summer long.

 

Enjoy those lemons y’all!

Linking to: * Welcome Home Wednesdays *

All good friends have a hangout spot.

You know on Friends they always met at Central Perk, on Seinfeld they met at Tom’s Restaurant and on Cheers they always met at, well, Cheers.

Link Party

Each of our blogs have been our regular hangout for over a year now.  We love catching up with you here.  When you ‘walk’ in we all yell out your name and raise our coffee mugs as a greeting.  It’s cute. Sweet, really. You guys are always here even through hurricanes, blizzards, wildfires and elections. We love being there for you too. Only now we are going to meet up at a different location. 😉

We decided to move this little party over to Instagram!!  Right??? Don’t you think that is going to be great fun? Raise your hand if you are on IG…yep, that’s what we thought.  You all are there already. And with this kind of party, there is no linking up. It’s just a matter of using a hashtag. #everybodyisdoingit #youcantoo #hashtagsarefun

We are going to go with a  crazy wild hashtag.  Are you ready? Not sure if you can handle this or not. Drum roll please…

#yourinspireddesign

Your mind is blown, I know.

I can’t wait to get this started, so let’s don’t wait! Instead of linking up today here on the blog, go post your picture and use the hashtag #yourinspireddesign.  Next week we will choose a winner from this week’s posts! (If you have already instagrammed the picture that you would have linked up, just go back in and edit your comments to add the hashtag.  Since we are friends an all, it’s cool)

Here are links to our Instagram accounts, click on them and follow us if you aren’t already!

Carol at Bluesky Kitchen – Instagram

Diane at Diane and Dean DIY – Instagram

Holly at McCall Manor –  Instagram

Enough about all of that, let’s get to our picks of the week around here!!

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Antonella over at White House Crafts shows us step by step how to make this tassel wall hanging. These things are all the rage right now.

Your Inspired Design

These Valentine cinnamon rolls look adorable and I’m pretty sure they taste amazing! Check them out over at Somewhat Simple.

Your Inspired Design

This Farmhouse Master Bedroom makeover at Jersey Girl in the South is ahh-mazing.  Just look at that ceiling.  Right??

Your Inspired Design

Those are the picks for this week, next week tune into Instagram and see what happens!! Our Instagram links are listed again below here, remember to click on each of them and go follow if you haven’t already. Then next week you will see us come through on your feed!

We are so thankful to everyone that has partied with us here.  Whether you were here all 73 weeks or just found us this week, we still raise our coffee mugs to you and say thank you.

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Diane @ Diane and Dean DIY

Carol @ Bluesky Kitchen

Holly @ McCall Manor

*this wood bead post contains affiliate links to help support this blogging habit of mine.

I have a friend who always says “You don’t know what you don’t know”.

Let that sink in for a minute. Deep, right?

I had a teacher in high school that showed up wearing two different shoes. She had gotten dressed in the dark and didn’t even know.

Until she knew.

Then she knew.

So you know what I didn’t know that I didn’t know?

Wood Bead Garland
That I needed a wood bead garland.

Seriously, who knew?? I feel like I’ve been decorating my house in the dark and suddenly someone flipped on giant fluorescent lights.

How could I have missed this trend so blindly?
But now that I know, I had to do something about it.
I mean, who could sleep once you know something is out there that that is so needed?

Wooden Bead Garland

I ordered these beads  from my favorite ‘decorating boutique’ and they arrived 2 days later.  It’s like the mail fairies sensed the urgency as well.

Wooden Bead Garland

You can just string them on twine and lay them anywhere around your house that is bead-garland-worthy and you are good to go.

Or you can get a little fancy. Because we are all a little fancy. 😉

The package of beads had 50 in it.  I decided to make two garlands of 25.

I thought it might be fun to make a little tassel on either end of one of the garlands.

To make a tassel, wind some twine around your hand until you get a nice amount. Then you will secure the loop with a small piece of twine at the ‘top’ of your loop.

Wooden Bead Garland

This can be done with the twine that is coming out of your bead garland  (Just leave enough twine on each end so that you can tie on the tassel).  This will connect the two.

Or you can make the tassel separately and connect it to the twine coming out of your garland.  Either way is fine!

Wooden Bead Garland

You’ll cut at the bottom of the loop and then tie a small piece of twine right below the knot at the top.

You are the tassel master now. And to think a minute ago you didn’t even know that there was such a thing!

Wooden Bead Garland

With my other 25 beads, I decided to try something different. You know how I love Amy Howard’s Better with Age, right? You remember the video. The one where we decided that math really was important.

Well, I decided to see how these little wooden beads reacted to this product.

Amy Howard Better With Age

Amy Howard Better With Age

Amy Howard Better With Age

Ummmmm, loved their reaction. These beads have a weathered look now.  Kind of like I took down a barn and started making beads from the wood.

Yeah, fabulous.

Amy Howard Better With Age

I decided to go simple on the twine.  I just tied a knot around the first bead and then cut off enough twine to string on the rest of them. Then tied a knot at the other end.

Then swooned.

Amy Howard Better With Age

Amy Howard Better With Age

 

Wooden Bead Garland

So now that you know, you know.

You now know that you need a few of these around your home.  They give a little added texture and polish to any vignette you have around.

Do you already have wood bead garlands around your house? Am I the last one to know about these? I would love to hear from you!

McCall Manor Signature

 

Linking to: * Welcome Home Wednesdays *

I have been reminiscing a lot lately. It will be 2 years in March since starting our blog. I think of the wonderful people we have met through this journey, the connections we have made online and in person with people that understand what we are doing and why we are doing it. We work with some amazing sponsors who provide great products so that we can share our DIY projects with our readers and we get to connect with you, our readers, which I am still amazed that you really want to read our little blog. Thank you.

Blogging is an ever evolving business, and yes, it is a business, not a hobby, for many of us. We must keep up with all the new algorithms changes that Google and social media continue to update on a regular basis. While we don’t always understand everything there is to know in this techy world, we know that we have to do our best to stay current. It’s exhausting, believe me! For the past three weeks, we have had computer issues and I’m not going to lie, the little break was nice but we missed you.

All this reminiscing made me want to go back through the archives to see what the very first post was to our blog. Pleasantly shocked, it has been one of the most popular posts of our blog to date! If you have an interest in chalk painting, this is where it all began.

Before we move on to our fabulous features this week, I wanted to remind you of a famous Francis of Assisi quote that I heard on a PBS documentary this week about the youngest Master Penman in the world, Jake Weidmann. He was asked in his interview if he considered himself a craftsman or an artist. He responded with the following:

“He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” -Francis of Assissi

Dean and I are makers. We are creatives. We love working with our hands our heads and our hearts…and we love sharing it with you.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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This week’s features on Your Inspired Design:

I love this DIY faux Rosemary heart that can be used to decorate for Valentine’s Day or personally I would be happy setting this out all year long.

KreativK

Write your beloved a Valentine’s Day letter and seal it with a kiss. Download your free printable.

White House Crafts

What a great DIY gift idea from Over The Apple Tree. Coffee Orange Spice Goat’s Milk Soap.

Now it’s your turn to join us with Your Inspired Designs!

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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 an Inspired Design 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

 

We are deep into Valentine’s Day preparations. I’ve been sharing some DIY Valentine’s crafts, tablescapes, and recipes on Bluesky Kitchen and I’ll continue to do so through next week. Valentine’s day takes on many different ways of celebrating depending on your age (6 or 16, 26 or 60). It might be a Valentine card exchange at school, a special school dance, a girls’ night out or a romantic stay~at~home dinner. Whether you are still at the stage of helping your kids with a Valentine’s party or planning a romantic dinner for 2 or a bash for your girlfriends, we’ve got some great ideas to share. As hostess this week, I couldn’t help but feature Valentine’s~themed contributions. Send us your best and most fun ideas for Your Inspired Design Link Party #71. We are so in the mood for a party.

 

Your Inspired Design Link Party #71 shares DIY, crafts, recipes, home decor, party ideas, paint projects, tablescapes for everyone to enjoy.

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Lindsay at Simply September shared these adorable Valentine’s printables. I can think of so many ways to use them.

Your Inspired Design Link Party #71 shares DIY, crafts, recipes, home decor, party ideas, paint projects, tablescapes for everyone to enjoy.

Sadie Seasongoods really put her repurpose hat on for this super cute Valentine’s holder. Can you tell what she made it from?

Your Inspired Design Link Party #71 shares DIY, crafts, recipes, home decor, party ideas, paint projects, tablescapes for everyone to enjoy.

I can’t believe how cute these cupcake decorations are. Sherry at The Savvy Apron gives us a step~by~step tutorial to make these pretty garnishes that add such a sweet touch.

Your Inspired Design Link Party #71 shares DIY, crafts, recipes, home decor, party ideas, paint projects, tablescapes for everyone to enjoy.

We can’t wait to see what you have to share whether or not it’s a Valentine’s theme. We love them all.

Let’s party.

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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!

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 an Inspired Design 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

 

Some of you have a fear of  putting nail holes in your walls and I respect that. When your movers take down your pictures they will only see one nail per picture. That is precious.

hanging a group of frames

But those of us that aren’t afraid could have upwards of 3 or 4 nail holes per picture.  Sometimes more if the arrangement of pictures has changed over time. And guess what? Those of us like this, we sleep well at night.  We are upstanding members of society.  We don’t kick puppies.

So don’t judge us.

But I will say that I have a learned a few tricks that will save our walls from extra piercings (and me from further judgement).

While working on the tween boy room in our home, I decided to try the method that would put the least amount of holes in the freshly painted walls.

Guess what? It worked.  There are 4 frames and only 4 holes in the wall.

This must be what it feels like to win the Olympics.

So I thought you guys would want to see how that unnatural phenomenon happened. Follow along closely, because this is VERY technical.

You will need: newspaper, tape and a pen.

For each frame, trace around it on newspaper then cut it out.

hanging frame group

Then poke a hole in the newspaper where the hanger is located.

hanging frame group After that you simply tape the pieces newspaper on the wall in the formation that you are wanting.  The nail goes where you poked a hole for the hanger.

hanging frame group

I’m sure they have a ‘made for TV’ item that will do all of this for you, but newspaper and tape are much cheaper.

hanging frame group

I’m in the middle of filling all of my frames and I can’t wait to show you how they turned out (I can’t wait to see it myself).

Have you ever tried this method? Do you have a different way of doing this? I would love to hear from you!

Wow, I can’t believe we are at week number 70 of the Your Inspired Design party. I hope you are finding as many fun ideas with this party as I am.
Link Party I have been very lax with my blogging as of late. Can I get a show of hands for the people out there that feel like they can’t catch their breath? Honestly, it is kind of ridiculous over here at this point. I won’t give you a list of what I’m dealing with (because ain’t nobody got time for that) but let me just share this with you…we have rats. Nice. For all of you that have said “Holly, your house is probably never messed up”.
First of all, seriously, have you ever met a person who loves to craft that didn’t have a messy house at some point? We all have a slight hoarder tendency.
Secondly, rats.
Do you feel better about the pile of laundry that you haven’t folded in 3 days? Or how about the fact that you didn’t wipe down your sink before bedtime last night?
Now you’re going to laugh with a feeling of superiority at that and think “Holly has rats”.
You are welcome. Feel good about yourself today. You deserve it. Your attic is rat free. Way to go.
I feel like I have done my good deed for the day.
So you see, this party is much needed today. I need to see that other people are out there having fun and being creative. Every day isn’t going to be a ‘rat in the attic’ kind of day (I feel like there should be a meme or a printable with that saying)
So let’s pretend that we have no worries and are just here because we have a stash of crafting/painting/decorating items that need to be put to use. We are just here to be inspired.

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Over at White House Crafts, there are the most adorable confetti gift tags.  Make several up in one day and you are ready for every birthday party that your kid’s friends will throw at you!

your inspired design

Mary at Orphans with Makeup shows us how to white wash a gorgeous piece of antique furniture.  I love how all of the details stand out after she is finished with it! Great job!

your inspired design

And finally, I love the makeover done in this powder room at Jersey Girl In the South. All of her details are right up my alley!

your inspired design

Now, I bet you aren’t thinking about anything negative are you? Only good thoughts and the perfect reminder that you don’t have rats in your attic.  You. Are. Welcome.

Just here to help.

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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!

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 an Inspired Design 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 there. It’s been cold, wet, dreary, damp, cloudy this week. I don’t want to hurt January’s feelings, but it’s really my least favorite month because it’s almost always cold, wet, dreary, damp, and cloudy. But it’s a good day to stay inside and link and share and take in so many creative ideas. Let’s hope for sunshine and warmer days. Spring is only 2 months away. I’m hostess this week and I’ve got some super favorite features for you at Your Inspired Design Link Party #69. Have a great week, rain or shine.

linky party hostess

 

Your Inspired Design Link Party #69 shares DIY projects, crafts, home decor, recipes, tablescapes and organization tips for bloggers and readers.

I loved this DIY project from Jenny @ Paint Yourself a Smile. This pretty winter mantle is so cozy and soothing. And wait til you see this cute pom-pom garland.

Your Inspired Design Link Party #69 shares DIY projects, crafts, home decor, recipes, tablescapes and organization tips for bloggers and readers.

The winter theme continues as Robin @Happy At Home shares how she decorates her kitchen for the winter months. Love this wire basket cloche and all the white and green decor.

Your Inspired Design Link Party #69 shares DIY projects, crafts, home decor, recipes, tablescapes and organization tips for bloggers and readers.

Katrin @Kreativ K shares how turn Christmas decor into winter white with white candles, mason jars and antlers. Very natural and organic.

Your Inspired Design Link Party #69 shares DIY projects, crafts, home decor, recipes, tablescapes and organization tips for bloggers and readers.

Turning from winter decor to winter comfort food, I couldn’t resist this Chicken Avocado Tortilla Soup from Amy @Recipe Treasures.  We are partial to anything that has tortilla and avocado in the title and this version of a Tex~Mex staple sounds really delicious.

Your Inspired Design Link Party #69 shares DIY projects, crafts, home decor, recipes, tablescapes and organization tips for bloggers and readers.

Those are my favorites for the week among some really great contributions. Hope you enjoy and get ready to party.

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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!

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 an Inspired Design 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