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09 December, 2013

Please Join Me for The Scoop #96

Can you believe Christmas will be here in just a few short weeks? I still have so much to do and so much left to show you!'s been very busy here at the Scoop, too!  We have a new host, a fabulous guest host and a fun blog tour going on! So...let's get this party started! 

Welcome back to the Scoop! 
The weekly linky party featuring the scoop on the
best posts from around the web!

The Scoop

More exposure + less time = win win!

We are 

Barb from The Everyday Home
Yvonne from Stone Gable 

...and new to the group...
Suzy from Worthing Court

Before we get our party started, let us remind you that our blog tour is still going on! Just click on the images below to be taken to lots of inspiration for a handmade Christmas! Be sure to come back later as the links will be updated each day!

Friday December 6

Saturday December 7

Sunday December 8

Monday December 9

Tuesday December 10

Our Host this Week is Barb with
The Everyday Home


Hi Everyone!  I actually have TWO very special people tointroduce you to this week. But first - did you get a chance to visit 

The Everyday Home 2013 Christmas Tour?

Our home is decked out and I would love it if you

would come to visit me.


Mr. Buck would be ever so grateful, too...


...we promise it will make you smile. Laughing
The first person I would like to introduce you to
is Suzy with Worthing Court.
I am so happy that Suzy is the newest member of
The Scoop.  So I am going to let her tell you
a little bit about herself...

Hi everyone!  I'm Suzy from Worthing Court.
I'm over the moon excited to be added as the newest
co-host at The Scoop!
Suzy picture

This is such a wonderful group of ladies who host The Scoop
every week.  I'm humbled to be joining them.
I've been blogging at Worthing Court for about 2 1/2 years.  
When I started this venture it was purely meant as a creative
outlet for me and a way to share my passion for all things home
decor.  Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine what it would
morph into!  The creative sharing is totally fun, but nothing
compares to the people that I've met and the friendships that
have developed along the way.
I don't have a bottomless pocketbook - I guess not many
of us do - so you'll often find me blogging about thrifty
decorating projects and reusing items that I already own.
 Like one of my guestrooms that I've been working on.  
I was in need of a size-specific thrifty nightstand and came
up with the idea of using a laundry hamper turned upside-down.
 It works great!  Ceiling medallions with round mirrors attached
and spray painted frames and mats (that I already had) work
great for inexpensive artwork.
Worthing Court: Guest bedroom with calendar art, upside-down wicker hamper nightstand and calendar art
I'm a huge believer in "paying in forward", so I love it when
I can help others with their own Design Dilemmas.   Right
now, my step-by-step professional designer secrets for decorating
a Christmas tree is extremely popular.  Their tips and directions
apply to any tree - no matter the style of your decor.
Worthing Court: Designer Secrets - step-by-step directions for how to decorate a Christmas tree
Along the lines of using what I have, I recently completed
the re-do of my basement family room.  I had to deal with wall
color that I don't like and furniture that I don't care for.  Check
out all of the diy projects involved, the before and afters and my
tricks for keeping the eye from focusing on the furniture too much.
Worthing Court: Basement family room

Every now and then, I'll share a Recipe too.  I know what it's
like to be a working mom, so I'm all about easy, fast and
tasty when it comes to recipes!
Worthing Court: recipe collage
 We have a teeny-tiny condo located on the oceanfront in
North Carolina that I like to share projects from too.  Take a
that my hubby completed a few months ago.
Worthing Court: DIY Bookcases from kitchen cabinets
This is just the tip of the iceberg.  I have lots to share and I love
learning from you too!
Please join me at Worthing Court.  
I look forward to meeting you!
Worthing Court blog: Create, fabricate and decorate on a budget
Thanks Suzy and welcome to The Scoop!
The next person I would like to introduce is
our special Guest Host.
Please welcome Jennifer Carroll with
Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll.

Jennifer Carroll, Editor of Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll

Hello friends both old and new!

I’m delighted to be guest hosting “The Scoop” with you

this week. For those of you who haven’t met me before,

my name is Jennifer and I am the publisher of

Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll,

the magazine and blog. My magazine is published six times

per year and is filled with food, decor and inspiration to

help you celebrate, everyday!

November December 2013 issue of Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll
In the November/December issue we celebrate the holidays

and all the joys they bring! Join us for a Hot Cocoa Porch Party...

Hot Cocoa Party Ideas from Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll November December 2013

a Gingerbread Wonderland...

Winter Wonderland as seen in the Novmeber/December issue of Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll

a Christmas Party Hop...

Christmas Party Hop as seen in the November/December issue of Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll

Fun & festive DIY projects, beautiful homes, delicious recipes

and much, much more!

Celebrating Everyday Life Magazine Gift Subscriptions 
Oh and I have exciting news! We now offer six month

and twelve month digital subscriptions! These make wonderful

gifts this holiday season!!

OK, let’s get down to The Scoop! I was asked to pick 5-6 favorites

from the link party - sounds simple, right? Wrong. This was so,

so difficult because there were so many amazing projects and

I sincerely mean that. But since I had to pick, here are some links

that I especially loved and hope you will too.

First up, if you know me, you know I love entertaining and

thought this Luxe Cheese Tray tutorial from Hello Little Home

was perfect for this season of entertaining but also imaginative.

Chocolate on a cheese tray? What a great idea! Plus, Kristen gave

a lot of great details and tips on selecting and arranging too.

Tiramisu Cake from Twigg Studios
I am always awed and delighted with Amy from Twigg Studios'

Creations and she has not disappointed me with this

spectacular looking Tiramisu cake. Who wouldn’t want to run

right up to that if you saw it at a holiday party? It’s almost too

pretty to eat… but only almost! Grab a fork!

Jameson dresser makeover by Silver Pennies
I love great DIY furniture makeovers and was so smitten

with “Jameson” by Danielle at Silver Pennies. What a talent

she has for creating that “crumbled/distressed to perfection”

look that I adore! Makes me want to makeover another piece

of furniture, right now!


This Lampshade Christmas Tree from Danielle at

Blessed Serendipity totally surprised me with its adorableness!

I haven’t always had an appreciation for vintage “kitschy”

ornaments but in the last couple of years they've been growing

on me and her unique tree with its masses of beaded baubles and

cheerful colors just makes me smile. So sweet!

French Tin Tarts, Faded Charm Cottage

I recently got a bunch of tiny vintage tart pans

(although mine aren’t French!) so I was very inspired

by Kathleen from Faded Charm’s French Tin Tarts ornament

project. She has created such a serene setting, I want to just sit

back, relax and soak in all the joie de Noel that is happening

over there!

Tissue Paper Tree

I am a big fan of easy projects that deliver a great look -

the whole ‘luxe for less’ concept - and I have to say that

this Tissue Paper Christmas Tree from Poppi Linn Studio fits

this to a “T”. A simple project that looks like a million bucks.

I can’t wait to try it! It doesn’t hurt that it does look similar

to a bee skep and I have a growing collection of them…

Now I can make my own variations! Love that!!

Thank you all for allowing me to party with you this week.

It’s been an honor and a pleasure!

Happy Celebrating!

Thank you so much Jennifer.  We loved having you as
our Guest Host.
And...thank you for linking up, friends!
Please read the guidelines before participating:
  • Follow and/or subscribe to your host blog.
  • Be sure to include THE SCOOP button or text link to in your linked post...mandatory to be featured!
  • By linking up you are agreeing that the photos are yours or that you have permission to use them, that we may use those photos to feature your project on a blog post, Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter with a link back to your blog, of course.
  • Please go to the source of a photo to pin it to Pinterest so that the originator of the post gets the credit.

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  1. Debbie, thanks so much for such a fun place to party.

  2. Thank you for the wonderful party sweet ladies. Hope you all have a lovely second week of advent.

  3. Thanks for hosting! Hope you have a lovely week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  4. Hi Debbie: Just wanted to let you know how much I've enjoyed all your Christmas posts this year--you are so creative and come up with some really cool tutorials! I thought the jacket pillow cover was great. Thanks for hosting the party!


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie