Holiday Gift Guide for the Hostess at AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Statistics say that most of us have not even begun our Christmas shopping. If that's you... You are in for a treat today! I'm teaming up with a fabulous group of bloggers to bring you The Ultimate Gift Guide for 2014.   Many of you know that I LOVE to entertain and host dinners and parties. So with that in mind, I put together for you... Holiday Gift Guide for the Hostess    *this post contains affiliate links* Entertaining during the Christmas season is one of my favorite things. As I put together this Holiday Gift Guide for the Hostess, I did it from the perspective of … [Read more...]

Nativity Scene from Simply Suzannes

The Most Meaningful Vignette   Sweet Diane, invited me to join in on her 'Creating Christmas Memories with Vignettes" series, and I think it's such a wonderful way to welcome the holiday season.   Christmas is such a wonderful time of year to create new memories in your home with family and friends through new traditions, and through memorable and meaningful vignettes.     Fall and Christmas are my favorite times of year to decorate our home . . . and although my decor and vignettes change year to year, there are a few vignettes that make an appearance every year. our … [Read more...]

Gratitude Quote -Take things with gratitude - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

I cannot believe Thanksgiving is just about here! Did someone push the accelerator button?  Because time seems to be whizzing by at warp speed. All the more reason to take a few minutes to slow down... breathe... and acknowledge our blessings. I love this quote and printable from the archives... “When it comes to life the critical thing is, whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” Gilbert Chesterton I know you'll want to download my free gratitude printable, to post at your work station, on the fridge, or even frame and place in a vignette for a constant … [Read more...]

Whatever happens, keep thanking God - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Whatever happens. Keep thanking God. Seriously?     Yesterday I received an email from a sweet friend asking me to pray for her.  She works from home and the company she works for had not sent any work all week.  So, she emailed them to find out why.  Their cold response was, "You are no longer working for us." What would be your response?  To go back to bed, pull the covers over your head, and sob? That's a natural response.  And it is perfectly okay. When jobs and people and homes are taken from us... it's natural to grieve.     Whatever happens, keep thanking God … [Read more...]

9 Great Entertaining Ideas for Thanksgiving from Project Inspire{d}

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? I confess... usually I have plenty of plans made by this time... but I don't necessarily do well in the execution department unless I get all the details prepared a week in advance.  Let's just say someone might have had a meltdown. One thing I like to do is have my table planned out and set ahead of time.  For me, that is an important detail that gives me a lot of peace and joy. This year I created an Oak Leaf  Thanksgiving Menu Frame for the buffet.     You can read all the details at Mod Podge Rocks.   And speaking of Thanksgiving … [Read more...]

My Almost Free Acorn and Oak Leaf Basket - Tutorial - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

This fall I gathered a plethora of acorns on my walks at the local park.  I've never seen such a variety of sizes and styles and browns in acorns.  Of course, I probably never took the time to look before.  This year in my quest to decorate on less than a dime, I turned to Mother Nature.  And oh my... did she provide an abundance. I wanted to create a centerpiece for my Thanksgiving table setting.  I had already made lovely oak leaf chargers, so I did what we all do when we want inspiration, I popped over to Pinterest.  While I was looking at pretty tablescapes, I saw an acorn basket and that sparked my … [Read more...]

Create Christmas Memories with a Manger Scene.

Manger Scene Memories   I am happy to join Diane for Creating Christmas Memories with Vignettes. She asked if I would create a vignette and tell a story and the first thing that came to me was to share this manger scene.  This was the manger scene of my childhood.  I happened to inherit it last Christmas.     The thing I remember most about this was how crazy I was about Baby Jesus. I used to sit and look at this manger and stare and play with Baby Jesus; I was maybe four, it is one of my earliest memories.     I have always been enamored with babies.  I went … [Read more...]

Outdoor Fall Table Setting - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Table art. If you're the creative sort, you not only enjoy setting an inviting table, you probably like creating something pretty for it, too.     We are each blessed with some sort of creativity.  I like creating with my hands and my camera lens. Sunday was one of those days when nature's bounty, creativity, a special gift, and beautiful weather all converged at the same moment.   It was an amazing few hours.     I had so much fun setting the table and photographing it.  My husband, who so graciously went with me to the park to lend a hand, kept hearing me talk … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Tablescapes

I have a special message for Mother Nature... No more snow!  Holy Cow!  It isn't even Thanksgiving yet!! Since she no doubt is covering her ears... I'm covering my eyes... and pretending there is still green grass and falling leaves... and all things wonderfully fall.  Who's with me?   Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Here are some Thanksgiving tablescapes from the archives that would be extraordinary for your holiday dinners.  I hope you find a tip or two that you can use this year.   Cozy & Warm Homespun Table Setting Mixing Gold & Silver for Thanksgiving Table … [Read more...]

Thank you God for this glorious sunset

We're in the season of gratitude. Don't you feel it all around you?     Okay...I've exaggerated a little bit. When we're out in the marketplace we often get the opposite sense of that don't we? Like the person at the car wash who is just coming in behind you and sees that you're in a broken bay, and as you are backing up to switch bays, whips around you to be next in line at another bay, before you. Or what about the child who has a tantrum in every aisle because he isn't getting something he wants. Or, ________  you fill in the blank. We see selfish behavior in … [Read more...]

Ten Thanksgiving Sayings and Signs Featured on Project Inspire{d}

This was what I saw when I looked out the window yesterday, before we got several more inches of white lake-effect fluff. I am so not ready for snow. Leaves are still coming down. What is Mother Nature thinking? Does she not know... Winter does not officially arrive for another 36 days!! On the other hand... it is beautiful. Regardless... I still have fall and Thanksgiving on the brain. If you do too, you'll want to check out my tutorial for making beautiful natural leaf chargers for your Thanksgiving table.  Be watching for my Thanksgiving tablescape on Tuesday, followed up by another fun tutorial for … [Read more...]

Tutorial to Create a Natural Leaf Charger for Home Decor

Do you remember those days as a child when you would collect fistfuls of autumn leaves? Maybe it was just last week that you found yourself picking up pretty leaves on your walk?   Please... "Pin" - "Tweet" - or "Share" this image!   I'm always on the look out for creating home decor with nature's bounty. It does seem that Mother Nature couldn't deliver any more leaves than she's been raining down on us the past few weeks. Actually, it's all been quite convenient for me. I have been planning an autumn tablescape but feeling like there was an important missing ingredient. And then … [Read more...]

Creating Christmas memories with vignettes even on the table

Inspiring Christmas Vignettes Hello. I’m so happy to be here today on An Extraordinary Day. Diane is such a talented and wonderful blogger and I was thrilled she asked me to share some of my Christmas vignettes with you. As Diane mentioned to me, vignettes are little snapshots or memories and as I combed through my holiday projects to decide what I was going to share here, it was a wonderful trip down memory lane. I hope you enjoy my projects.  Creative Decor   Vintage Button Snowflake Ornament  |  Miniature Yule Log  |  Apple Advent Countdown  | Winter Centerpiece  |  Brown Paper Packages Advent  … [Read more...]

Projects from November 2-9 on AnExtraordinaryDay

It's Monday and time for Project Inspire{d}! I am so glad you're here!    Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline ~ Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday Stephanie Chan from The Silly Pearl ~ Diane from An Extraordinary Day   Just in case you missed all the extraordinary goodness from this past week...  God's Richest Blessings! :: Joy Day! Create a Flowery Book Page Pumpkin Soul Feeding :: Christian Living Bundle Creating Christmas Memories with Vignettes Plus...Project Inspire{d} Link Party Features: 20 Great Ideas for Thanksgiving! Stop back every day this week for some … [Read more...]

Is anything too hard for God? No!

  "Is anything too hard for the Lord? No!" Genesis 18:14   Can you imagine sitting on your porch, resting at the heat of the day, and having the God of the universe stepping towards you on your walkway with two men? Seriously, that is mind-blowing.  That was a day in the life of Abraham.  If that wasn't enough, God and his two companions sat down and ate a meal with him.  During their conversation, God remarked, that a year from then Abraham and his wife Sara would have a son.  Now Sara was way, way past child-bearing years, so when she heard this remark, she laughed.  Out loud.  Of course she … [Read more...]

11-8 ~ 20 Thanksgiving-Ideas

Raise your hand if you've ever been late to a party. It's sort of embarrassing isn't it?  Everyone is already chatting and you're trying to fit in. That's sort of how I feel now that I've finally joined the Twitter "party." If you're on Twitter... would you help me "fit it" by following me and asking your network to follow me too? You can use the box on the sidebar at the right... or here's my handle: https://twitter.com/DianeMillerAED   Wow!  I sure can tell that the page on the calendar got turned for this week's link party! There is no doubt that many of you have already been thinking … [Read more...]

Creating Christmas Memories with Vignettes ~ AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Decorating for Christmas has often been one of my favorite things to do. Yet, some years, we can get overwhelmed with Christmas decor... Where do we begin and where do we end? There's the entryway, the tree for the main living area, wreaths, and garlands, and the list goes on. Today I want to help make Christmas decorating easier for you. I'm kicking off a weekly series... Creating Christmas Memories with Vignettes Every Wednesday between now and Christmas a different blogger will be stopping by with vignettes they've created to inspire you in your Christmas and holiday decorating.  I'm so … [Read more...]