2nd Annual Handmade Holiday Link Up

2nd Annual Handmade Holiday Link Up
THE HANDMADE HOLIDAY LINK UP IS A LINK PARTY FOR ETSY SHOPS, HANDMADE SHOPS OR A HANDMADE ITEMS THAT YOU SELL

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~78~

It’s Friday! The last Friday of the month and the last day of November. It’s “holiday go” time!  I’ve made some progress on my holiday lists but I still have a long way to go.

Thank you to everyone who linked up a project on the Inspiration Board this week. I know it’s a crazy, busy time and I so appreciate you taking the time to stop by, share a project, leave a comment or just visit  I’m filing away ideas, tips and recipes from all your wonderful creativity. Thank you so much for sharing.

Here are some of the inspiring projects in the spotlight this week.



advent calendar 12345A fantastic advent calendar by Meeha Meeha. Little bark stars and wood hearts simply adhered to the wall. Fun little felt reindeer and pretty ribbon add a touch of color.


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Etceteras: pumpkin stems–planning for next year




Thanksgiving was only a week ago but I feel like I’m so behind on Christmas and holiday decorating. I did take down my fall table décor {above} but the pumpkins have been sitting on the counter for a week. The reason I didn’t throw them away is because I save the stems. Real pumpkin stems can be used to make beautiful fabric pumpkins.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Celebrations: ribbon roll advent calendar

Every year I try to come up with a different type of advent calendar or Christmas countdown. This one doesn’t involve treats so it won’t be very popular at my house. But that’s okay – I like it.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party [78]

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Welcome to the Inspiration Board link party. I'm so happy you could join me. If you are here in the U.S. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I'm still living on leftover turkey, stuffing and pie. So while I get another piece of pie, link up your latest and check out some of the other projects.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Celebrations: sparkle & glitter with Tulip Shimmer

It’s that glittery time of year. I’m usually not a sparkle and glitter type of person – except around the holidays. Then I love the look of silver, white and iridescent glitter.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Dirt: good things at Curbside Chaos

This post brought to you by Bulbs. Dig, Drop, Done.. All opinions are 100% mine.

210091Can you imagine winning a $5,000 yard makeover. There are so many things I would do to our yard – starting with new privacy trees or hedges along our back yard wall. From there I would redo all my flower beds so I could have beautiful cut flowers year round. It would be amazing!

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~77~

Happy Day After Thanksgiving everyone. Has everyone recovered? It was a lot of prep but worth every bite and calorie! And the best part – leftovers!

I’m thankful for so many things, including all of you who come by to visit and link up your projects on the Inspiration Board. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy going through the links and learning new things, pinning ideas and discovering new sites. Thank you – thank you!

So grab a turkey sandwich and check out the projects in the spotlight this week.


Thanksgiving Chalkboard 1A beautiful Thanksgiving chalkboard by The Concrete Cottage. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of the chalkboard look and I love the artwork and expression on this one.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Celebrations: happy thanksgiving leftovers and a giveaway

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you in the U.S. I hope you’re enjoying your day with family, friends and of course, food.

Once the dishes are done and you’ve had a second helping of pie, I hope you have to time to enjoy this round up of Thanksgiving leftover ideas. Plus, once you've perused this round up, scroll to the bottom for a special Thankful Giveaway.


leftovers presentation 2 blogPop over to Jacolyn Murphy to see how she created this ultimate Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich. Oh my – if I weren’t so full, I’d make one of these right now. However, tomorrow is a new day!


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party [77]


Welcome to the Inspiration Board link party. My favorite day when I get to see what you've been creating. I'm prepping for Thanksgiving, so in between shopping, cleaning , prepping, baking and cooking, I'd love the distraction of all of your fabulous projects.
A few rules:
  • Link up your own project - something you created, made, did, etc.
  • Grab a “homework” button and include it somewhere on your blog.
  • Follow homework.  You’ll find the “Follow via Google Friend Connect” gadget on the right sidebar.
  • Please visit the other links that intrigue you and make someone smile with a comment or two.
If you have a giveaway, I have a separate giveaway link party -  see the Giveaway Link Party tab at the top of the page.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Au Naturale: acorns in the snow


A friend of mine recently mentioned all the deer and wildlife she’s been seeing while hiking the trails near her home. But what really caught my attention was the mention of all the acorns the wildlife are munching on.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Good Taste: good morning with Dunkin’ Donuts coffee



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We are a coffee family. Coffee is a must-have every morning. I usually give myself extra time in the morning to enjoy my coffee – usually perusing blogs and creative sites - before I rush out the door. It’s a little bit of “me” time in the morning.

But I miss having coffee with my husband. He leaves for work very early so we don’t even see each other most mornings and the weekend mornings have become equally busy.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Inkling: I {heart} Sharpie®

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sharpie®. All opinions are 100% mine.

I wouldn’t say I was Sharpie® obsessed but it’s very deep love. I always feel very empowered when I use one of my Sharpies because, you know, it’s permanent. These are some of my Sharpies.

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~76~

Hello friends and happy Friday! A big thank you to all of you that shared your wonderful creations on the Inspiration Board this week. My mind is jumping back and forth and side to side between Thanksgiving menu planning, fall décor, holiday shopping and holiday décor.

I’m hosting Thanksgiving so I can’t start on holiday décor until the stuffing is packed up in Tupperware and the dishes are done. How about you? Are you ready for the next month of madness? I’m going to really try to slow down, enjoy and not get stressed. Who’s with me?

As we ponder on that, here are some of the beautiful projects in the spotlight this week.


Furry 3 037Furry baby booties! Crochet Dreamz used eyelash yarn to create a faux fur embellishment on these adorable baby booties. Dress them up or dress them down – any baby will be styling in these booties.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Inkling: owl lovers calendar


I’m really excited to once again share with you the Owl Lovers Calendar. This is the third year that I’ve shared this special project and every year, it gets better and better.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Etceteras: faux wood leaves

I’m loving fall right now. Every time I open a magazine, I see dozens of great ideas and my project list is growing. This project was quick and easy so it made it to the top of the list and was quickly checked off. 


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party [76]

 
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Welcome to the Inspiration Board link party. I'm so happy you could join me. We're just about mid-way through November and traveling at warp speed toward the holidays. I better get serious about my to-do list.

And while I continue to procrastinate about all the things I need to do, I'd love for you to distract me with your latest creativity.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Etceteras: martha stewart circle edge punch


Today I’m testing out a new crafting tool by Martha Stewart Crafts. It’s new and completely innovative – an edge punch that cuts a continuous die-cut circular border.


Friday, November 9, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~75~

Happy Friday everyone. I hope you had a fantastic week filled with fun and creativity. Thank you to everyone who linked up a project on the Inspiration Board this week. There were so many beautiful projects and I loved relaxing with my coffee and checking them all out.

For those of us in the United States, we’re on the homestretch toward Thanksgiving. I can hardly wait for turkey, gravy, stuffing and best of all - pie!  Wishing you all a fantastic weekend and I hope to see you back here next week. Until then, enjoy these projects in the spotlight.



IMG_7398-001This is Happiness set such a beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape. I love the sprigs of green and white plates against the dark wood. So pretty and serene.


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Fresh Look: my first roadside rescue {bookcase makeover}

Blog Bookshelf Makeover
First let me start by saying, I tip my hat to you ladies and gents that do these roadside rescues on a regular basis. I’ve seen your photos. I’ve read your tutorials. You grab the item at the side of the road. Bring it home. Sand it up, add some pretty chalk paint and show us your beautiful new piece of furniture.

Now I’m even more impressed with you diy rescuers because it’s a lot of work. There are creepy crawlies to deal with. Water damage. Ugly old stain that won’t go away. Storage issues and weather conditions to consider. I somehow muddled through all of those and finished my first roadside rescue.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party {75}


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Welcome to the Inspiration Board. Thank you so much for stopping by. Whether you’re sharing a project or visiting for inspiration, I truly appreciate the fact that you are here.
It’s definitely going to be a mad dash between now and the new year Shopping, decorating, food prep and more. Every year I vow to get an earlier start but it never happens. Are you ready? What have you been working on? I’ll be featuring projects on Friday.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Etceteras: dreaming of redecorating

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Havertys Furniture for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.


Havertys 7I would love to redecorate my house. There are some areas that I’m satisfied with but overall there are so many things that need freshening and some areas that need a complete overhaul. If I did redecorate, I would love to go light and bright like this room from Havertys: Discover Something You.


Friday, November 2, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~74~

Happy Friday everyone! And happy post Halloween. I hope everyone had some treats and enjoyed the festivities. Now that Halloween is over, it’s time to focus on fall.

A sincere thank you to everyone who shared their projects on the Inspiration Board this week. I was amazed at all the beautiful projects. Here are a few in the spotlight this week with a focus on light touches of fall.


autumn gift wrapping 555Meeha Meeha shares pretty autumn gift wrap using seabuckthorn. Seabuckthorn is common in the forests of Romania and I’m so happy that she shared this and introduced me to this beautiful berry.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Reading: {making an impression -book review & giveaway}


I know I’ve probably said this before (and I always do mean it) but I am really, really excited about this book review and giveaway.