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!


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.


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!


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


4 Responses to Your Inspired Design #72

  1. Thank you for the party AND for featuring my soap this week!!!

  2. Katrin says:

    Thank you so much for the sweet feature, Happy Valentine’s Day and Thank you also for the party!!

  3. Hello Holly, this is my first time partying with you and I look forward to visiting each week!

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