Hookin Up with HoH #26


*I don’t want to be mean. I love that you guys want to link up your crafts. BUT, please, please, PLEASE

Don’t link up your LINK PARTY to my party
{Let me know you have a link party and I’ll add it to my Link Party List}

Don’t link up your SHOP, STORE, OR ETSY to my party

Don’t link up your GIVEAWAY to my party
{Someday Crafts has a great party each Thursday for this!}

Also, Friday is the first Friday of the Month, so get ready to link up your RECIPES this Friday!

Now, are you ready to Hook Up with House of Hepworths?


Last weeks party was so fun with tons of great ideas! Even if you don’t have anything to link up, the link party is a great way to quickly find hundreds of great ideas.

Enjoy a few of my favorites from last week before you link up your new ideas:

My Repurposed Life made these cupboards from scratch. Made them people! Great job!!

{AKA} Design updated her entryway. Wowza!

Beth from Free Stylin’ (and a personal friend of mine!) made over this dresser. I love the color!

The Adventures of one Crazy Lady made this pillow. Hello, adorable!

Take the Side Street made garland out of pom pom balls. This would be adorable on a Christmas Tree!

The Pink Peony of Le Jardin shows how to decorate with jumbo pinecones. Exactly what I needed to read today. I’m trying to figure out what to do with all my huge pinecones I got last year.

Impatiently Praying for Patience added vinyl to the inside of a lamp shade to show a Nativity when the lamp is on. <3

Faith’s Place added board and batten to foyer for a huge improvement. So beautiful!

Sew Totally Smitten made Christmas crayons. I actually did this today! So cute!! Mine aren’t as cute though so I probably won’t dare show y’all them.

If you’ve been featured grab a button and tell everyone!


Post about anything you’ve worked on lately!

* Put a link to my site somewhere on your blog so others can come party with us! For those that link to me, THANK YOU! For those that don’t, I never follow up and check anyway. ;) BUT, I do look at all the posts!

* Link directly to your post, not your blog.

* If you post spam junk I will be forced to delete it. Don’t waste my time!

* Don’t link up your LINK PARTY to my party
{Let me know you have a link party and I’ll add it to my Link Party List}

* Don’t link up your SHOP, STORE, OR ETSY to my party

* Don’t link up your GIVEAWAY to my party
{Someday Crafts has a great party each Thursday for this!}

Ready. Set. Post!

This party will be open until Sunday, December 5th at 10am CST.


Christmas Tree vinyl. Any ideas?

Shelley sent me this vinyl (not the frame, just the vinyl):

Shelley owns Wonderfully Wordy, an online vinyl shop. I’m just *a little* obsessed with Shelley’s vinyl (okay, I talk about it ALL the time!) and of course I’m so cool so she sent me a little gift as a Thank You for scratching her back.

So anyway, now I’ve got this adorable Christmas Tree vinyl (that I was going to order anyway from her because my gosh! look at it, it’s stinkin’ ah-freaking-dorable, but shhh! don’t tell her that).

Besides the obvious (copy what Shelley did with a frame), any ideas? I’ve only got 24 more days until Christmas and I want to enjoy my new tree vinyl because I wuve it so much.

I don’t want to stick it to a wall or window because then I can’t use it again and again for years to come. I need to stick it to something that I can pack away after Christmas until next year.

Leave your ideas in the comments!


I’ll show you the pics as soon as I figure out how to use it.

{Oh, and she sent me a few more decals, but they aren’t Christmas-sensitive, so I’ll show you them later.}


Since everyone else is blogging about their Advent Calendars…

To help kick off the countdown to Chrsitmas, I’m going to show you the advent calendars we got for the kids.

Now, I know what you’re thinking…

“Oh yesssss! The moment I’ve been waiting for! I can’t wait to see the awesome crafty dollar store creation that Allison has come up with for counting down the days to Christmas.”

I have seen some CA-UTE Advent Calendars this year. I mean, stinkin’ adorable.


Not so much.

Believe it or not, I am quite un-crafty and LAZY when it comes to certain things… Advent Calendars, decorating for parties, tablescapes… ya, I pretty much don’t even bother.

So, in honor of the start of this festive holiday season, here are the Advent Calendars my children have been graced with.


Oh yes, my friends, I got real creative and crafty this year with the ol’ Lego Advent Calendar.

Thank goodness I’ve only got two kids, or I would break the bank on these suckers.

They are SOLD OUT, so if you want to order one and start doubling up the days by the time you actually get it in the mail, you can get them at Amazon, but it will cost you an arm and a leg. And maybe a kidney.

{My husband was fortunate enough to get them at regular price, which still cost an arm.}


Setting sarcastic aside for about 3 seconds, this is actually a family tradition that we started awhile back, and my kids just LOVE making all these little Lego gifts each day. I’m usually a total cheap-wad only-will-pay-for-it-on-clearance gal, but we’ve decided that this is a tradition we’ll gladly spend the money on. Gotta pick and choose these things.

So, um, ya, I’m not as crazy crafty all.the.time. as you think.

And totally OT here, but I didn’t even know what an Advent Calendar was until I was well into my 20s. I never had one growing up.

If you choose to forgo the Advent Calendar tradition all together, your children won’t be scarred for life. At least I wasn’t.

But I sure felt stoopid the first time I heard someone say “Advent Calendar” and I said, “What is that?” (and I was like 25).

And just last month I felt even more stoopid when my neighbor complained about all the feral cats in the neighborhood and I said, “What’s a feril cat?” (And I’m 30).

Happy Holiday Countdown!

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