You guys are so completely, 100%, from the tips of our toenails creative!

Thank you all for partying with us while we celebrated with The Pin Junkie!  I really enjoyed looking through all of the links you guys posted.

So, I wanted to shine a spotlight on a few that tickled my fancy.

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Look at this adorable lamp shade that Heather made.  Ummmm, check out the ceiling while you’re at it.  TO. DIE. FOR.

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Amy made a fabulous chalkboard that is just gorgeous.  Great job!!

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Apparently I’m very drawn to woodworking.  Look at this wooden backdrop that Laura made.  And it’s reversible.  Genius!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y’all be sure to stop by these fabulous blogs and say ‘Hi’.  Bloggers need love too.  ;)

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MM Sig

 

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If you are a mom, did you realize that you have multiple personalities?  It’s called Multiple Mom Personality Disorder or MMPD.  It’s a real thing people, look it up.

 I didn’t always have this disorder. I promise I was perfectly sane (zip it Scott & Shannon).

I was able to be a kind, caring person 90% of the time and the other 10% was me having a bad day because of REAL issues.  Issues that normal people can act a little crazy over.  Like stress, tiredness, can’t fit into my favorite jeans, papercuts etc.

But now that I am a mom and apparently am the only person who can see that the house is covered in filth, I’m about 50/50 (50% nice mom, 50% crazy mom).

Sometimes 20/80.

Crazy mom is not pleasant.  She can lose her marbles over finding an unflushed toilet or socks on the kitchen table.

So I made a chore chart.  Now, with smile on my face, I can point to the chart when a precious child asks to watch TV.  Then they can see that ‘of course they can’t watch TV, they didn’t empty their lunchbox today’.  And crazy mom doesn’t have to show her face.

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It’s a win/win.

If you have multiple mom personality disorder, you can print these chore charts for your precious offspring as well.

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I have a few different patten option for you to choose from.  This way you can make it ‘fun’ for your kids…hahahahah

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I have a command center located in my laundry room.  This is where the charts reside.

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My kids will probably break out in hives when they have to do laundry as adults…

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Just click on the one that suits you best and print it out!

I laminated the ones for my kiddos so that we could use a dry erase marker on it.

To all you mothers out there who are ready to pull your hair out, you are welcome.

I love ya.

Hang in there and just remember that one day you can sit and laugh when your kids are parents.

Blessings,

MM Sig

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Today we are partying.

Hard– Like Rock Stars…

Like 40 blogs hard.

 

http://www.thepinjunkie.com

Two years ago, Bonnie a.k.a. The Pin Junkie decided to actually do
the things she pinned on Pinterest.  She made a few crafts, tried a few
recipes and had so much fun, she wanted to share her love of Pinterest
with everyone and The Pin Junkie was born!  Now she’s completely addicted and working her way through Pinterest one project at a time.  You can join her at:

http://www:thepinjunkie.com

 

 

The Pin Junkie is celebrating it’s two year blogiversary and several bloggers are helping to celebrate in style with a HUGE link party! When you share your crafts and recipes at this party, they will be seen on all 40 of these blogs!

Party Rules

1.  Share anything family friendly – crafts, recipes, DIY projects.

2.  Visit other links at the party.  It’s always nice to leave some comments and pin from the original source.

3.  Visit and follow a few of the co-hosts.  They’d love it if you dropped by to say hello!

Check back next to week to see my top 3 picks!!  I can’t wait to see what all you come up with!

 

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I am not normally one to decorate my front doorstep.

I mean, I love all of the pictures of adorable porches and doorsteps floating around out there on Pinterest.  But it’s like those homeowners all know the secret handshake for the cool-front-porch club, and I’m clueless.

Until now–because I made a sign.

And that sign started a ball rolling.

Making the sign was a fun project, so I thought I’d share it with you.  But really, it’s not ground-breaking.  Just fun with a pretty outcome.

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I got a 1x12x8 piece of lumber at Lowe’s and stained it with a dark walnut stain.

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Before I stained it, I took out all of my aggressions on it using a hammer, a screwdriver and the bone saw.

It’s cheaper than a therapist.  And so much more fun.

Bad hair day?

Bam!

Ran out of milk this morning?

Bang!!

Forgot to wash uniforms for school?

Boom!!!

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See what I mean?  Therapy.

Using the Silhouette machine I was able to cut vinyl letter stencils for the word ‘welcome’.

Since my board is 12″ (actually is 11.25″) I made the W and the M 10″ wide and the rest of the letters 7″ wide.  I wanted a border on either side of the widest letters and wanted to ‘skinnier letters’ to read that way.  That’s the reason for the width difference.

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As far as the height of the letters, I could have made them taller to take up the whole board, but wanted to hang a wreath at the top.  So, I took the length of the board and subtracted 18″ for the spot that the wreath would take up.  I also wanted 10″ at the bottom so that I could have a pumpkin or something sitting in front of it.  I divided the remaining inches by 7 and that gave me my letter height.

[Kids--stay in school and do your math homework, you WILL use it one day.]

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I used a cream chalk paint to paint the letters.  Then I sanded them down and used some ‘Beverly’ wax to seal and age it a bit.

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Now, I am officially one of those people that decorates her front doorstep.  I feel like I’m in an exclusive club.

Just gotta practice that handshake…

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Blessings,

MM Sig

 

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I am so excited to share this with you today.

I do not claim to be a graphic designer, but I have had this song in my head for a while and just had to do something with it.

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              You know those days when you feel like everything you say or do comes out the wrong way?

Or the days when you just can’t seem to even get started on your to-do list, much less finish it?

We’ve had a few of those days around the manor lately.  These days can drain your reserves if you don’t keep your mind on things above.

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So if you seem to be having a few of those days around your place, this is for you.

From me.

I want you to remember this verse.

You can get through it.

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I hope your day is filled {to overflowing} with strength.

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To to print of this verse (and one for a friend), just click on the caption under the picture below to download the printable.

 

Blessings,

MM Sig

 

 

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Doesn’t that sound like the most genteel pumpkin ever?  Someone should write a book…

Anyhooooo, I have a fun little project for you today.  This seriously was the easiest thing ever to do. I wonder why I didn’t think of it 10 years ago.

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It just makes me smile.

To make this little generous pumpkin you’ll need one of those carve-able pumpkins from your local craft store.  They were 60% off at JoAnn’s last I checked.

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To take the top of the pumpkin off  you’ll need a bone saw.

Yes, you heard me.

Get one of those saws that the horrid people in scary movies use.

My local hardware store calls them ‘handsaws’ but whatever.

We both know better, don’t we?

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Once the top is off, you now have a fun candy dish with a lid!

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All that’s left is to paint it up anyway you want.  I chose to paint mine with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paints in Ironstone  and Trophy.

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The Target Dollar spot had these cute little chalkboard stickers.  I thought this would be perfect for ‘the giving pumpkin’.

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I thought about having the tag say ‘keep out, these are Mom’s!”

But I thought it would be a bit more subtle to just get dark chocolate with almonds.

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After all, kids don’t really like health food.  And everyone knows that dark chocolate with almonds might as well be an anti-oxident tablet.

Have you been wearing your ‘crafty pants’ lately?  I’d love to hear about it!

Blessings,

MM Sig

 

 

 

This project is part of a new blogger challenge/blog hop called #MakeIt. A group of fabulous bloggers and I have teamed up to work on monthly seasonal projects. This month is all about PUMPKINS! Take a look at all of the pumpkin projects below and visit some of the other blogs to see how they were created.

This past weekend the family “hiked up” Mt. Dora to the famous Renninger’s Flea Market.  The the kids were not nearly as happy as I was.

I don’t know why.

Yes, it was raining and yes, they weren’t allowed to touch anything–but everything smelled old and was rusty.

What’s not to love?!

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These skeleton keys were some of my favorite finds of the day.  I pretty much did the happy dance when I found a big ‘ol pile of them in one booth.

They were $3 each.  I debated on getting the whole pile.

But then I saw Mr. Creativity eyeballin’ me.

I restrained myself and got 6 (Frank, the man running the booth gave me a deal.  I only paid $15 for all 6)

I was worn out after all of the inner turmoil.

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I decided to frame them all together and put them somewhere on the sofa wall.  This frame came from JoAnn’s and was 50% off, so I got it for about $10.

Sweeeeet.

Since I loved the shape but not the finish, it was time to whip out the chalk paint and give it a little character. Also, this wasn’t a shadow box so I tossed the glass (very, very gently) and just attached the linen and keys to the back board.

Hot glue was flyin’ y’all.

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Since I <apparently> live a little off kilter, I decided to line up the keys using a ruler.  This way I could space them out evenly and also make sure I didn’t go downhill.

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I have seen framed keys going for as much as $99 EACH recently.  I have 6 and it cost me $25.  Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

Which I do.

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I think these are a nice addition to the dreaded sofa wall.

Heading back to Renninger’s this coming weekend to see what other treasures I can find.  I’ll be going sans children this time and we are all very happy about that.

Do you have a favorite flea market in your area?

Do you need me to come with you next time you go???  Please?

Blessings,

MM Sig

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This was a post that I originally shared over at UnOriginal Mom, but I wanted to share it fully here as well.  If you get a chance to hop over to Meredith’s blog, tell her I sent you. We are blogging buddies.

…well, I claim her anyway…

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After our trip to Panama this summer, I ended up with several Panamanian coins.

Oh, how I wish the good ‘ole USA would get a 2-toned coin in it’s line-up.

Let’s start a movement!

#twotonetoken or #mixedmetalmoney or #prettypennyplease

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I’m sure one of those will stick and everyone will be on board soon.

Back to our regularly scheduled programming:

Since I had enough coins to share, I decided to make pendants for each of my girlfriends that were on the trip.

In case you have fun coins left over from a trip abroad and don’t know what to do with them, here’s how I made these…

 Panamanian Coin Jewelry

Gather Items:

Fabulous coin

Drill

Drill bit for metal

Hammer

Metal stamping set

Stamping block

Sharpie

Jump ring

Coffee—just seeing if you were still paying attention

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Place the coin on the stamping block (or a scrap piece of wood) and drill a hole for your jump ring.

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Using the stamps, hammer and stamping block, add the year (or whatever sentiment you want) to the front of the coin.

Don’t mind my giant man hand…

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 You can color over the impressions with a Sharpie marker to have them stand out a bit more (I did AFTER I took these pictures) and just wipe the excess away from the face of the coin.

 Attach a jump ring and hang it on a chain to look fabulous.

To make it a bit more sturdy, just whip out your soldering iron and close the jump ring permanently–thanks to Tara for that tip!

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 Now I just need to go to a few other countries so that I can make a charm bracelet depicting all of my travels…

 Notice that I decided to do one of them a little differently.  Hobby Lobby sells discs that you can stamp, so I layered one of the coins on top and stamped the disc instead.

 Have you been on any travels? If so, where all have you been and have you kept all of your coins?

 

Blessings!

MM Sig

 

 

 

*I consulted my lawyers checked on Google and found that doing this to coins is not considered ‘defacing’ money. Defacing is when you are changing the look of money to pass off a smaller denomination of money for a larger one (like a $10 for $100). Although these may look like a million bucks, I’m not trying to pass them off as such.

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I am not the ‘decorate for every season’ type of person.  I think those kinds of people are impressive, but I honestly don’t have the storage space for more than 2 seasons–tops.

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My major decorating holiday is Christmas.  With fall being a distant second.

I have a storage room that is 90% Christmas and 5% fall and 5% stuff that needs to be tossed.

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This morning was the perfect morning to get the fall storage totes out and start decorating.

It took 10 minutes.

(I usually have to block off a weekend to put up Christmas stuff)

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I have enjoyed looking at blog fall tours recently.

So I snapped a few pictures and thought I would share a little with you.

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Remember the “handsome tool caddy”?   Still lookin’ good…

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Now all I have to do is slice some chocolate chip pumpkin bread, pour the coffee…

…and crank up the AC.

Fall has descended upon the manor.

Do you go over the top for fall decorating?  Or are you like me and just have a few pumpkins to scatter around?

Blessings,

MM Sig

 

 

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Ombre is alllllll the rage.  People have gone ombre cray cray.

So I thought I’d add to that a little.

McCall Manor Ombre Shorts

You know those shorts that you have and somehow you got a stain on them that won’t come out?

Yes, your most favorite white shorts.  Go get them.

It’s time to make them your most favorite shorts again.

( I know where you live you probably aren’t wearing many shorts these days.  No one likes a braggart…)

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The stain doesn’t show up too much here, but seriously if one more person tried to ‘wipe the dirt’ off my hiney I was going to have to call the police.

These shorts needed a second life.  After all, they fit.  That’s the most important feature of an item of clothing, amiright?

I purchased some Rit dye at JoAnn’s.  I think it was $5.99 (I have reverted to my more moderate persona these days) and I used a coupon.

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Then it’s easy breezy from there.

Just put on your bifocals and read the (2pt font size) directions on the side of the bottle.

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I decided to hang them with a skirt hanger.

This way, they could be dipped in the dye water very slowly to get the ombre effect.

Start with the hem and slowly let more of the shorts go into the dye until the entire piece of clothing was submerged.

If you want to keep part of it white, don’t totally submerge it.

Once they look the way you want them to (or your arms get tired) you can wash and dry them.

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Mr. Creativity had to be my photographer.

The neighbors were having an outside party.

It was quite embarrassing.

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Now, don’t go putting away your paint and sandpaper…this is not turning into a fashion blog.

I feel much more comfy in my painting clothes than posing in front of a camera (with neighbors watching).

Blessings,

MM Sig

 

 

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