Tips for Preparing Acorns for Decorating and Crafting

 Please … “Pin-it” – Share it on Facebook – Stumble it! My friend mentioned to me that there just had to be something she could do with the garbage can filled with acorns she had just raked up from her yard...aside from starting an oak forest.   You too? Recently, I shared the first of several upcoming ideas for creating home decor with acorns here.     Can you imagine living in a virtual oak forest and never having crafted anything with acorns?  [guilty] This year...I'm making up for lost time.  There's a county park within walking distance and I've filled up a couple of bags of … [Read more...]

Acorn Photo Frame Tutorial

Last year I went hunting for acorns.  I walked for what seemed like miles through the woods that rimmed the cornfield, eyes to the ground, carefully searching for those little nuts with cute hats.  After expending all that effort in the hunt, I walked home with a small handful.  That's all! This year I had success and found all the acorns I ever wanted!    Please … “Pin-it” – Share it on Facebook – Stumble it!   You know how you hear that there will be a bad winter when there are lots of acorns? Last winter was the worst I've known, and there were hardly any acorns in my neck of the … [Read more...]

Natural Fall Wreath with Maple Leaves & Berries

Welcome to Project Inspire{d}! I am so glad you're here! Over the  weekend I went out of town for the day and enjoyed a delightful color tour on the way to my destination.  In my neck of the woods there are mostly yellows with some oranges and a few rare reds, so it was nice to get to see a little bit more fall color.   For those of you who don't have the pleasure of seeing the leaves change color I wish you could have come along with me for the ride. The wind is ferocious tonight... I hope all the colorful leaves don't get blown off the trees.  Today I almost got blown away as I went leaf gathering... … [Read more...]

The Number One Joy Stealer...

We talk about living with joy here at An Extraordinary Day.  All the time. But, it doesn't always happen, does it? What do you think is your number one joy stealer?     Fretting! Let's stop for a minute and think about this. If you find yourself stewing on something, fretting about it, trying to figure out how something will or won't happen, you are expending a lot of mental energy. Wasted energy. Fretting does not produce anything other than more worry. All the fretting in the world doesn't change the outcome of a problem.   Fretting is a real joy … [Read more...]

Halloween Crafts and Sweet Treats for Kids - Project Inspire{d} Great Idea Features

Whoosh!  That's my word to describe how quickly this week has come and gone. If you've got little kiddos humming around your house, you're no doubt on the look-out for fabulous fall or Halloween ideas for kids.  Last week I shared 9 Fun Halloween Ideas, from the link party.  This week we struck the mother-lode at Project Inspire{d)!  If you're creativity button needs a charge.... we've got you covered.  I can't wait to hear your favorite ideas!!   23 Crafts and Sweet Treats for Kids for Halloween.... Pom Pom Spiders by Craftionary Googly Eye Cupcake Topper by View From The Fridge DIY Scuba … [Read more...]

Book Page Envelopes :: Vintage Love Letter Vignette

With Sweetest Day coming up this weekend, I thought it would be fun to share a little vignette I recently put together at my friend's home. You might have seen her jewel-toned dining room here.  Or her amazing tree-lined entryway here.  Or her screened porch here.     Today we're back in her entryway. She has the sweetest desk there and it made a perfect spot to create this vignette.     Here's how it all started. Around Valentine's Day I created a box disguised as a stack of letters filled with words of affirmation.  (You can find the tutorial here.) I loved … [Read more...]

STOP Comment Spam NOW

Today's post is for my WordPress blogging friends. If you've been blogging for any length of time, you've struggled with comment spam.     There is nothing I have disliked more than having to check the spam in my comment queue and dredge for the few true readers' comments.  In a blink of an eye there could be hundreds of spam comments. Several months ago I shared a fix that worked for me.  It took a total of three plugins to almost stop my comment spam. There was one problem with my "fix." It also included turning off the comments to blog posts that were more than 90 days … [Read more...]

Polka-Dots and Spiders Halloween Tablescape

Welcome to Project Inspire{d}! I am so glad you're here! What is it about rainy Mondays?  Really, I cannot complain!  Despite two hard frosts on Friday and Saturday mornings, we had the most beautiful weekend and I had so much fun taking photos of the mist rising from the lake and the beautiful colored foliage.  Sunday afternoon we went for a long walk and stopped at the school playground to swing on the swings.   I even took a paddle boat ride and enjoyed the colors from the lake.  In October!!  And we haven't even had Indian Summer yet! I hope you had an extraordinary weekend too! Thank you so much … [Read more...]

Don't ever trust yourself. #fallscenery

I love reading the book of Proverbs in the Bible. It's so rich with wisdom for living a good life. It's amazing how just a few sentences can open our eyes and set us on the right road.   When I was in college and interviewing for my first 'real' job, I memorized Proverbs 3:5-6 from the New American Standard Bible. Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. I remember walking in to the big interview continuously repeating the words in my mind. It gave me peace, despite the trembling knees, … [Read more...]

Halloween Projects :: Great Ideas from Project Inspire{d} Link Party

I can't believe how quickly this month is flying by!  We're less than three weeks from Halloween! At our house, we don't usually decorate for Halloween.  But, I truly enjoy fall decorating and some years there's a lot of pumpkinizing going on.  I've heard that Halloween decor is running second, behind Christmas in retail sales, so I know some of you are having a lot of fun decorating your homes.  If you're still looking for ideas....we have some really Great Ideas for you this week from this week's Project Inspire{d} link party.   9 Fun Halloween Ideas....   SpiderWeb Halloween Wreath by It's … [Read more...]

Faux Love Letters Box Tutorial #valentinesday #loveletters #romance

There's something special about a bundle of love letters wrapped up in ribbon. Want to top that?  Create a lovely stack of letters that is a treasure box in disguise...     Sweetest Day is just around the corner! Those of you who live in the Midwest are undoubtedly familiar with the special celebration in October called Sweetest Day.  Saturday, October 18 is Sweetest Day, this year.  It's a day created by Cleveland, Ohio confectioner manufacturers back in 1921.  You might have thought this holiday was a creation of Hallmark since the greeting card manufacturers are enjoying this day … [Read more...]

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

  Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind. Theodore Roosevelt   Have your heard the expression talk is cheap? I think my dad used that expression when I was growing up.   When I look around my world...the people who are loving, serving, and caring for others at some personal sacrifice are the people who inspire me.  Great thoughts are good... but actions speak louder than words.     My heart overflows with gratitude today for the benefits I have received because of the sacrifice of a friend.  Several … [Read more...]

Yummy Cinnamon Pumpkin Muffins

Welcome to Project Inspire{d}! I am so glad you're here! Can you believe we're already a week into October?!  And boy has October been different than the warm sunny days of September.  I think it's rained every. single. day!  As I type, I'm hearing thunder and seeing lightning.  We've had so much rain that the little boats at the dock were nearly submerged.  That's a LOT of water!! Well enough of the weather chat.  I hope you have sunny skies and beautiful color wherever you look. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by, link up your Great Ideas, link back, and leave your warm words. You … [Read more...]

Delight yourself in the Lord from Psalm 37

What is your source of joy and delight? Please "pin" and share this image.  Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4   More than anything God wants us to find our delight in him. He wants to be our source of joy. He want to be the one we go to for everything. He wants to be our all in all.   The funny thing about this... God leaves it all up to us. He knows the benefit for us when we delight in him. Yet, he doesn't make us delight in him. He does, though, give us every opportunity to know him, to delight in his … [Read more...]

12 Pumpkin Time Treats

It's pumpkin time! I confess I am totally smitten with pumpkins.  You can find me plumping the window box with pumpkins, tweaking muffin mixes with pumpkin, "pumpkinscaping" my sideboard with pumpkins, and even making pumpkins from paperback books. When I saw all your pumpkin time treats this week, I did the happy dance. Here are 12 Pumpkin Ideas from sweets to decor....     Thrifty Find Upcycled DIY Vintage Pumpkin from Edea Smith Pumpkin and Plaid Wreath from Posed Perfection Canning Lid Pumpkin from The Turquoise Home Slow Cooker Sticky Caramel Pumpkin Cake from Platter … [Read more...]

Book Page #Pumpkin and Stem Tutorial by AnExtraordinaryDay.net

It's true!  I've been at it again..creating home decor with book pages. Today, I'm going to show you how to make pumpkins made from paperback books and create realistic pumpkin stems, too.     Right now, pumpkins and gourds are overflowing at every farm stand along the road. They're beautiful and colorful and expensive. So...what'a gal to do when her pocketbook isn't filled with extra pennies for a plethora of pumpkins? Create them from book pages, of course! A nice tall book page pumpkin is easy to make.  Crafting skills not required! And those amazing pumpkin stems? … [Read more...]

I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. Anne Shirley - author Montgomery :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Growing up, it wasn't unusual for me to bring home an armload of books from the library on a weekly basis. One of my favorite reads was the Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maude Montgomery. I loved Anne Shirley for her joy of life, not to mention the entertaining mishaps she got herself into by living life to the full.   Please "pin" this image and share it on Facebook.   There are a few stories that stand out in my mind. How fitting that this quote is from one of those memorable chapters... OCTOBER was a beautiful month at Green Gables, when the birches in the hollow turned … [Read more...]