Reviewing the book, CraftFail, when homemade goes horribly wrong by Heather Mann.

Raise your hand if you saw a beautiful photo on Pinterest and just had to make it? Keep your hand up if you actually went through with the project. Hold your hand high if that Pinteresting project was an epic craft fail!  You are in good company.   Heather Mann even wrote the book on it... CraftFail When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong  It's a humorous compendium of real-life attempts to re-create the inspiring images seen on the internet or elsewhere. I shared the book with my friend and she laughed all the way through it. Most of us will relate to miss-reading instructions, … [Read more...]

Tips for Dressing a Living Room for Fall ~ Home Tour by

Today we're making another stop at my friend's home to see her lovely living room dressed for fall. Earlier in the season I showed you her jewel-toned dining room, her stunning entryway, and I showed off my book page pumpkins on her screen porch.     This past weekend I was at her home and finally the sun came out so I could get some good shots of her living room.   In between coming home from the farmers' market and breezing out for a stop at the hob lob, I grabbed my camera and shot a few photos.  I didn't take a lot of photos... this is pretty much everything.  This was not a photo … [Read more...]

Project Inspired Link Party

Welcome to Project Inspire{d}! I am so glad you're here! What a fun weekend!  We went out of town to attend a high school football game on Friday night.  It was a cross-town rivalry between my school and my husband's high school team for the conference championship.  Can you believe eleven thousand were in attendance for that game?  Me either... but my old high school has plenty of school spirit and a fabulous marching band.   Highlights of the weekend included going to the farmers' market, enjoying the big MSU/U of M game, noshing on good eats, and spending a few hours studying the shelves at Hobby Lobby.   … [Read more...]

Joy Day! Wait Expectantly

One of my favorite times of the day is first light. There's something magical about seeing the darkness being overtaken by the light each morning. What a spectacular beginning to the day.     There's an anticipation that fills my spirit. I look for interesting changes in the light. Color in the sky. And this time of year...I can't wait to see the first rays of the sun illuminate the colorful leaves gilding the trees.   In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;     in the morning I lay my requests before you     and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3 … [Read more...]

Home. Made. Cozy. 16 Ways - What a Great Idea! - Project Inspired{d}

Have you noticed?  It's getting dark so early these days. Gone is the after dinner walk.  [very sad face] With more time being spend inside, it's time to make our homes a warm and welcoming sanctuary for our families. There were so many Great Ideas this week for cozying up our homes. Here are just a few of the many... Home. Made. Cozy. 16 Ways     Faux Statuary by Homeward Found Decor DIY Reclaimed Wood Bathroom Shelves by Edea Smith Bubble Bubble Toil & Trouble by The Heathered Nest Headboard Turned Quilt Rack by Bre Purposed Empire Dresser Reveal by Forever … [Read more...]

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...]