Vintage Travel Posters Hung with Antique Hangers.

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Seriously, who doesn’t love vintage travel posters?

I’ve always had a thing for them, but they haven’t always matched my decorating style.

However, when it came time to renovate the boys room, I HAD to incorporate some.

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I found a vintage travel poster calandar at Barnes and Nobles.

I can’t remember what it cost, but I think it was under $15.

I cut any preforated edges off and then hung them with some antique hangers someone had given me.

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I’m going for the industrial look in the boy’s room,

so these hangers with some nails were perfect.

Industrial = easy … in my opinion.

Ya….just hang some stuff on exposed nails! You have some rusty metal out back? Hang it up!

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I love these posters.

They are fun to look at and they add some color to this very non-colorful room.

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I tried to choose the posters that were from our Pacific Northwest Area…

but color ended up trumping the area.

Sorry Pac NW, you only ended up representing half.

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I put these up a good month or two ago and am still loving them.

I’m sort of surprised that the boys haven’t pulled them off the wall yet.

I’ve missed sharing projects with all of you during January.

Between homeschooling again and being VERY pregnant, life has taken over.

I have three rooms 90% done though….so I’m ready to start sharing!

Until then, I’ll include this picture of what we’re working on tomorrow.

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You know how I tell you that there are still wires sticking out of ceilings and missing drywall.

Ya…..here’s proof!

Good times!

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Monday Funday

Welcome to the Monday Funday Link

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Monday
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You can link up your latest craft and DIY projects, holiday craft ideas,
and even recipes that will be seen on ALL 8 blogs.
It’s a great way to discover new blogs, get inspired by new projects,
and gain new followers!

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Our Monday Funday
team is…

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~ That’s What {Che} Said ~ Creatively Living ~
Club Chica Circle ~ A Night Owl
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~ A Cup Full of
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This week’s features were
chosen by Pauline from Club Chica Circle.
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I was totally inspired by all
of the Valentine’s Day and heart-shaped ideas last week. There was a
great mix of home decor ideas, fun recipe ideas, and great homemade gift
ideas!

Here are the fabulous
heart-stopping craft and recipe ideas from last week’s party:

1. Crown Molding Upcycled Heart Wall Hanging2. Mini Heart Shaped Hand Warmers

3. Mixed Material Geometric Heart Wall Art4. Chocolate Heart Pretzels

5. Heart Pallet Wall Art6. Red Velvet Heart Pancakes7. Hugs & Kisses Heart Mason Jar

8.
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9. Beaded Hearts

10. Paper Heart Wreath11. Heart Soda
Can Light

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Monday Funday

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This is what we did today!!!

Wow! What a game!

Hopefully I’ll be getting around to posting some boy’s room projects this week!

Now….onto the party!

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Welcome to the 8 blog Monday Funday Link Party!

Here at our weekly link party, you can share your latest crafts, diy projects, recipes, and ideas. You can link up once, and be seen on all 8 fabulous blogs. It is kinda like a mini pinterest on each blog. A great way to see the latest ideas in the blog world in one place.

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Uncommon Designs | That’s What {Che} Said | Creatively Living | Club Chica Circle | A Night Owl Blog | Becoming Martha | Wait ‘Til Your Father Gets Home | A Cup Full of Sass

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This week’s party features were chosen by Katie from Creatively Living.

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Hey everyone! I loved looking through all of your links from last week’s party!

So many fantastic projects!

This week I’m 31 weeks pregnant and not quite able to get up and down a ladder like I used to!

I guess I’m going to have to just live vicariously through your projects!

Here are my top 10 DIYs from last week.

10 Fun DIY Projects for 2015

1. DIY Painted IKAT Art by Love Grows Wild

2. Happy Birthday Box Banner by  Like the Cheese

3. The Most Frugal Way to Organize a Pantry by Bless’er House

4. DIY Custom Frame for Under $10 by 702 Park Project

5. DIY Crate Stroage Unit by Cherished Bliss

Fun DIY's for Winter 2015

6. It All Started with Paint’s New Office Craft Space with DIY Sawhorse Table

7. Dinosaur Door Stop by Lemon Thistle

8. Valentine’s Day Sharpie Cookie Dish by Delineate Your Dwelling

9. Recycled Wax Paper Box to Washi Tape Dispenser by Homework

10. How to Add Wainscoting Using Pallet Wood by Scrapality

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Monday Funday

Hey everyone!

This week I had Q and A at the Porch.

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It was a fun interview. I finally have most of the Christmas stuff down and am hoping to finish up some spaces this week!

Now on to the party ……

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Uncommon Designs | That’s What {Che} Said | Creatively Living | Club Chica Circle | A Night Owl Blog | Becoming Martha | Wait ‘Til Your Father Gets Home | A Cup Full of Sass

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This week’s party features were chosen by Trish and Bonnie from Uncommon Designs. Trish and Bonnie are sisters-in-law and share lots of craft, diy, and home decor tutorials.

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Hey Ya’ll! We are excited to kick off 2015! This year is gonna be a good one. It looks like you guys have already been busy creating and we love it. We had a great time visiting each one of you that linked up at the party this week. We chose a variety of projects, recipes, and ideas from last week’s Monday Funday party. Here are 8 Fabulous DIY’s from Monday Funday…

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1. DIY Gold Leaf Desk Accessories from Sweet Tea and Saving Grace

2. DIY Tinted Mason Jars by Simply {Darr}ling

3. DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub by Hairspray and Highheels

4. Basked Pears with Honey, Cranberries, and Pecans by This Gal Cooks

5. Free Printable Weekly Menu Planner by The Casual Craftlete

6. Faux Enamel Wear Compost Bin by Homework

7. Etching On Slate by Sometimes Homemade

8. Homemade Hot Chocolate by Meatloaf and Melodrama

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On the Front Porch

Hey all,

Today I’m doing some Q & A for the Porch,

Porch is a home network that allows you to find the right professionals, get inspired, and manage your home, for free!

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1. What is your DIY weapon of choice?

A:  It may sound weird, but Liquid Nails. I’ve used Liquid Nails on everything from bathroom mirror frames to ceiling medalions. For some reason nothing else seems to work quite like it does!

2. One organization tip for the New Year. 

A:  I love this question. I’m about 30 weeks pregnant, and instead of doing the cleaning type of nesting, I organize. My tip is to SIMPLIFY! The less stuff you have to deal with the easier it is to keep it clean. Part with those things you barley use! When I do, it makes my life happier!

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3. Three words that describe my blog.

A: Creative, unexpected, makeovers.  I think I do and use some interesting things. Usually this is a result of trying to make a space look great without spending a ton of money! Since I renovate spaces in order to finish and sell houses, I chose “makeovers” as one of the three words. You will see a lot of before and afters on my blog.

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4. Tell us about a time you had a DIY fail (we’ve all had them).

A: Most of the time, I just rework my fails until they work. I just re-did some lamp shades for the boy’s room makeover. I tried painting them….fail! I tried covering them in material…..fail! I finally ended up wrapping them in yarn, and I love them! (post to come soon).

Here’s a picture of my last yarned lamp shade

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5. How did you become interested in blogging?

A: I started a blog when my husband deployed to Iraq. After I started looking at other blogs, I realized people blogged about home and garden. At that point, I had been renovating houses for 4-5 yrs, and was on my thrid house, so I started a DIY blog. I loved sharing information with people that had the same interest.

6. What is the strangest decoration in your house?

Nature sticks and branches. I am sort of obessed with them. My 9 yr old son even brought one home for me that I’ve hung above my living room mirror. He brought it home and said, “Mom, this looked like something you would like.”

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7. Hardest part about blogging.

A: The time it takes. Balancing life with blogging is tough! I still work a small dietetics job, and have 5 kids….another on the way. I have noticed that I LOVE doing the projects, I just don’t always get around to photographing, editing, and posting about them.

8. If your life were a song, what would it be?

A: I’m not sure. What songs out there tie in an absolutly crazy life with being truly happy?

9. Pinterest or Facebook?

A: This is a tough one, but I love intereacting with people, so I’d have to say Facebook. Pinterest is more fun to look at though.

10. If your walls could be painted one color for the rest of your life, what would that color be?

A: Another tough question! I get tired of things really easy, so it would have to be a color where I could change accent color easily. Right now I have most of my walls painted a really light greige with a tint of blue. I think I could put about any color with it.

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11. What are you exceptionally good at?

A: I would have to say creating a beautiful space for a really low cost. You have to make about everything in it yourself, and use as much free stuff as you can, but I can usually always get creative enough to do it. When we worked on my sister’s nursery, we needed something eye-catching on the wall, she lived in a different state, so when I flew in we drove past a “free pile” in someone’s yard. We ended up making this really cool wall decor out of someone’s free old door frame and some cards in the dollar section from a craft store.

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12. What is the weridest thing you’ve collected?

A: I don’t really collect anything, but when I organzied my basement (craft area) this past summer, I had a zillion wicker balls! Why oh why do I have so many? I don’t really use them for much anymore, but I can’t seem to give them away!

13. New Year’s Resolution?

A: All of my New Year’s resolutions are about food. Less sugar, less overeating etc.. I would also like to get the last 10% done on the three rooms that I’m 90% finished with! Why can’t I get myself to just finish that last 10%?

14. What is a home trend you hope doesn’t exist in 100 years.

A: White anything. With 5 kids, 3 of them boys, and homeschooling, there’s no way things can stay white for two days at my house! I love white, but it’s totally unrealistic for me.

*This chair and ottomen were drawn on with pen a week after this picture was taken.

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15. Favorite words to live by?

A: Do what you love, love what you do. Of course, I think priorites override doing what you always “love”. I have a lot of kids, and I make it my priority to invest a lot of time in them.  It’s hard work, and doesn’t always fit my wiring. Many days I would rather tell them to take a hike so I can just paint trim in peace, but they are my first priority, and I only have one chance to do motherhood right, so I make tough choices sometimes. On the other hand, I feel so blessed to get to do “What I love”. I truly LOVE renovating and decrorating spaces, and I’m lucky that I’ve been able to make a job out of it!

Thanks so much to my friends at the Porch for asking me some fun questions and sharing my progress with their fans.

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Monday Funday

Hey everyone!

Wow, I’ve had a good break, but it’s back to the real world tomorrow.

I have lots of projects to share and I hope your holiday season was wonderful!

Let’s see what you’ve been up to!

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The Monday Funday Link Party is an 8 Blog Party where you can share your latest creativity…DIY projects, crafts, and recipes! You can link up once and your projects will be seen on all 8 blogs. See everything that is being shared on the blogosphere in ONE spot! Perfect inspiration for readers and a great way for bloggers to get your projects seen!

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Uncommon Designs | That’s What {Che} Said | Creatively Living |
Club Chica Circle | A Night Owl Blog | Becoming Martha | Wait ‘Til Your Father Gets Home | A Cup Full of Sass

This is our first party of 2015! We are so thrilled to have you here with us for another year of inspiration and awesome projects! YOU are what makes these parties each week so awesome!

A huge “Thank You!” to everyone who linked up with us last year! And if you were featured here or on our social media accounts, please grab a featured button!

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Monday Funday!

Hey everyone!

I can’t believe this week is Christmas!

This is what has been going on at Creatively Living this week:

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Get the recipe for these Salted Caramel Chocolate Truffles made!

A fun party food….these are so good!

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A Holiday Cleaning Guide…..Written by a Messy Person. (yours truly, of course).

This post highlights some of my Christmas houses from the past, a good cleaning schedule and tips, as well as offering a chance to

WIN A BISSELL UPRIGHT DEEP CLEANING MACHINE!

Now onto the party!

…and from our house to yours, have a wonderfully blessed Christmas!

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This week’s features were chosen by Cheryl from That’s What Che Said…

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Thanks for joining us again this week! We are so happy to have you all here! Since the holidays are fast approaching we are going to feature 7 last minute gift ideas today however we are not going to party again until January 4th! This will give us all time and you all time to enjoy the holidays with your families! Be sure to mark your calendar though and join us again next year for a rocking party!
7 last minute gift ideas at thatswhatchesaid.com
Homemade Play-Doh | Apple Pie in a Jar | Movie Night Basket | Date Night Jar | Christmas Treat Jar + Printable | Holiday Merri-Mint Mason Jar Chocolate Sugar Lip Scrub

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Please join us back here on January 4th for the first party of the new year! We hope you and your families all have a wonderful holiday season! Thanks for making our Monday Funday parties in 2014 the most awesome to date!

Holiday Party Food! …Salted Caramel Chocolate Truffles

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I love holiday food.

…and Christmas holiday food is the best!

I wanted to come up with a recipe for holiday parties and possible gifts, and what could be more fitting than truffles?

I was debating about what kind of truffles to make when I came across these new chocolate chips from Nestle Toll House called Delightfulls.

Basically these are a chocolate chip filled with all sort of awesomeness. You can choose from caramel, peanut butter, cherry, or mint filling.

Yumm right?!

So I went for the caramel and cherry filled morsels and tweaked a couple of truffle recipes to get these delicious Salted Caramel Chocolate Truffles.

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Now….believe it or not, I’m no baker! I don’t even really like baking. I just thought it would be fun to bring some sort of fancy looking food to parties and to give away to friends and neighbors.

I was pretty surprised how easy these truffles were! I made some homemade caramel to go on top (next time I’m probably just buy the store squirt kind), but the rest was fairly simple.

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Caramel Chocolate Truffles

1/3 cup sugar

2/3 cup heavy cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 pkg Nestle Toll House Delightfulls Filled Morsels …for this recipe use caramel

8 oz Dark chocolate

Course Sea Salt for garnish

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1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper

2. Mix granulated sugar with 2 tbsp of water and heat until dissolved.

3. Add vanilla extract and let boil until golden brown.

4. Remove from heat and stir in Nestle Toll House Delightfulls  and keep stirring until mixture in even and thick.

5. Add 2 tsp of sea salt

6. When cooled, scoop out of pan and roll into balls. Place on the parchment paper and stick in the freezer for 20 minutes.

7. After 20 minutes, heat dark chocolate until smooth.

8. Cover the truffle balls with the dark chocolate. one by one.

9. When covered,drizzle caramel on top and quickly sprinkle sea salt on the caramel. Place back on parchment paper, and then into the fridge.

That’s it! After cooling they will be ready to serve, or box them up and gift them!

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I love the Nestle Toll House Delighfulls because they give a fun and unexpected flavor without being overwhelming.

After-all, who doesn’t like finding yummy filling in a chocolate chip?!

I’m excited to use the cherry filled Delightfulls next.

I found mine at Target, but they are at most grocery stores.

You can find out more about Nestle Toll House Delightfulls, and their different fillings HERE.

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Prepping for the Holiday Crowd…a holiday cleaning guide from a messy person.

Here’s my guide on how NOT to stress out for holiday company from a messy person (undoubtedly, I am the “messy person” writing this).

At the end of this post you’ll get an opportunity to enter to win a

 BISSELL Upright Deep Cleaning Machine with Scotchgard Protector Carpet Cleaning Solution!

There is also a coupon for the Scotchgard Protector Carpet Cleaning Solution.

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It’s that time of year,

…time to gather with friends and family,

…time to eat, drink and be marry.

EXCEPT for that one little detail….the prep work before they come!

Does it stress you out?

Do you think about it for weeks before hand?

Well take some advice from a non-cleaner.

Give yourself a one and a half to two week start and you will avoid MAJOR amounts of stress.

Here’s how to deal with the thought of holiday company…..

…starting TODAY!

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1. Start with the bedrooms and laundry area now!

…assuming you have a good 1-2 weeks from the party date.

Take on one or two rooms per day.

If you don’t think your company will venture there, don’t worry about them and shut the door.

You don’t have to get too crazy, just pick them up and vacuum.

Maybe add a touch of the holidays with a small tree.

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2. Wash table linens and napkins now. 

If you need to prep decor and settings that won’t be used much until the party, wash linens and buff the silver at least a week and a half away from the party date.

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3. Holiday decor, fresh plants and greenery should be put out the weekend before.

(unless you’re using real cut flowers, then I would say two days before).

Greenery and poinsettias last a long time, so get those out and the lights up the weekend before. Holiday decorating can be a big job, so it’s nice to have a day or two to get it done.

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4.  Deep clean the bathrooms.

I would do this no sooner than 5 days before people come. By doing this, you can simply wipe things down the day of.

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5. Clean main living areas

This includes living rooms, family rooms, dens. You may want to consider steam cleaning the carpets yourself. Especially if you have pets and there is a faint odor. …or in my case children.

 BISSELL Scotchgard™ Protector Formulas contain revolutionary stain repellent that repels spills, resists soils and blocks stains to protect carpet.

So not only will using this help get the stains out, it will also help prevent stains from red holiday punch and chocolate brownies that make me cringe when I see them out of the kitchen area!

Four to five days before the party is optimal for deep cleaning carpets in my opinion. You will still be able to smell that fresh “my carpets got cleaned” smell, but it will have ample time to dry.

Now is also the time to get any playlist and music ready.

 

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6. Four days before the party, give everything a good dusting. 

I think it makes sense to dust everything at once, instead of going room by room if you’re cleaning different rooms on different days.

*This is a great job for kids!

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7. Deep clean the kitchen.

If you deep clean the kitchen three days before the party, you shouldn’t have too much trouble to keep it clean before hand.

Put away all piles and wipe everything down. Give the entire room (including walls if you have kids) a good scrub.

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8. Clean out the fridge, and make sure all candle have batteries or are working properly. 

Clean out the fridge so you’ll have room for party food. Then go buy the party food.

Also make sure any battery operated candles are working, and make sure real candles have long enough wicks.

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9. Prep any food you can prep and put out place settings or decorate the food area.

Start off planning for food that doesn’t take a ton of time to prep and make.

Obviously this cleaning/hosting thing takes enough time in itself.

If you can, purchase mostly food that is already made. Prep and make anything else you will have to the day before.

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10. Give the house a quick pick up, finish prepping/baking necessary food, light a holiday candle and wipe down bathrooms.

Enjoy!

Now…..here’s how to win that BISSELL ProHeat 2X® Premier 47A23 Upright Deep Cleaning Machine, with Scotchgard Protector Carpet Cleaning Solution.

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1. Visit BISSELL’s website, and check out the different Scotchgard Cleaning Solutions. They even have solutions specifically for pets and urine. 

2.  Leave a comment under this post telling why BISSELL upright Deep Cleaning Machine with Scotchguard Protector Carpet Cleaning Solution would make your life easier. 

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Monday Funday

The Monday Funday Link Party is an 8 Blog Party where you can share your latest creativity…DIY projects, crafts, and recipes! You can link up once and your projects will be seen on all 8 blogs. What a great way to grow your blog!

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Uncommon Designs | That’s What {Che} Said | Creatively Living | Club Chica Circle | A Night Owl Blog | Becoming Martha | Wait ‘Til Your Father Gets Home | A Cup Full of Sass

This week’s features were chosen by Amy of A Cup Full of Sass.

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Hello friends! I am so glad you are joining us the the Monday Funday Party! I really enjoyed going through all the links and seeing all the amazing Christmas crafts and Christmas sweets.

 

Collage 6 Christmas mantels

Rustic Christmas Mantel | Plaid Christmas Mantel | Simple Christmas Mantel
Burlap Christmas Mantel | Red & White Christmas Mantel | Silent Night Canvas Mantel

crazy for Christmas Time

Glitter Light Bulb Ornament | Holiday Wood Slice| Chalkboard Tree Pom Garland

DIY Peppermint Letters | Candy Cane Oreo Cookie Balls | Christmas Door Tags | DIY Rudolph Canvas

A huge “Thank You!” to everyone who linked up with us last week! And if you were featured today or throughout the week on our social media accounts, please grab a featured button!

Monday Funday Feature
COPY AND PASTE THIS CODE INTO YOUR BLOG:
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Monday Funday Link Party
COPY AND PASTE THIS CODE INTO YOUR BLOG:
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A few things to remember:
  • Please link to a specific post on your blog. Please no Etsy shops or items you are selling. If you plan to pin the features, please click through to the tutorial and pin from the original source!
  • By linking up to Monday Funday you are giving the 8 blogs, listed above, the right to feature one of your photos on all of our SM outlets and blogs.
  • Click on lots of links and leave some comment love on posts you adore! That puts the FUN in Monday Funday!
  • We love to pin your projects to our boards and to the MONDAY FUNDAY PINTEREST BOARD!

 

Follow Cheryl {thatswhatchesaid.net}’s board Monday Funday Projects on Pinterest.