Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by! How was your weekend?  Here in West Michigan, we're finally starting to see some pretty color.  The word on the street is that we're about 2 weeks behind.  But, who can complain when we haven't had a freeze yet, and today we've enjoyed 70 degrees?  I'll take it!  What's it like in your neck of the woods? Even though Mother Nature might be behind on coloring our world pretty, the calendar still continues to turn faster than fast.  Halloween will be here before we know it.  If you're on the hunt for some cute and clever Halloween food ideas for all the kiddos in your … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by! How was your day? Today I struggled... seemly seeing all the not-so-good things in my day.  That's a dangerous place to be.  And so the realization led me to put together this graphic that encourages me to "look a little harder."  Maybe it will be helpful for you, too. Look for something positive each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder. Did it help?  I hope this quote was just the little encouragement you need. If you missed stopping by this past week I shared some extraordinary goodness on the blog... How to Make Easy … [Read more...]

  Have you ever had a problem with yellow-jacket wasps at your house? At our first house we had ground bees one summer... but never bees or wasps IN our house.     For the past few months, we've been living in an apartment.  It's in a nice wooded area and we see turkeys and deer across the road regularly. That's how I like to enjoy wildlife... with a little distance between us. So, when I got stung on my foot in my apartment a few months ago, I immediately let the owners know, and informed them that there was a nest in the back outside wall.  We later discovered that there was … [Read more...]

  Thinking about doing some things to refresh your home for the upcoming holidays?   If you have guests coming, you're sure to get a few ideas from Bless'er House's fabulous bedroom makeover.  Maybe you're tired of your window treatments and wish you could figure out how to make them fabulous and on trend, then you'll flip over what H2O Bungalow did to her window blinds. Or maybe you're a little short on funds to make a new purchase, see how a little elbow grease, creativity, and paint can make a huge, but inexpensive transformation. This week we have some fabulous inspiration lined up for you! … [Read more...]

  Would you like to give your Christmas tree a nautical look? Since purchased coastal ornaments can be expensive, I made my own driftwood sailboat Christmas ornaments, and you can too, it's really quite easy.     But, first I want to say, "Welcome!" Today is Day 4 of the second year of 31 Days of Handmade Christmas Ornaments blog hop which features 30 extraordinary bloggers, plus me.  Each day you can expect to be inspired with all kinds of lovely Christmas ornaments.     Last year I returned to living on the Lake Michigan coastline after being away for … [Read more...]

  Looking for some creative Halloween treats to wow your co-workers or your kids' friends? Maybe you haven't even realized that it's October and the end of the month will be here before you know it.  Don't get caught at the last minute wondering what you're going to do. Check out these 20 clever ways to make cute and creepy treats for Halloween. You're going to thank me for giving you a head start on your planning and for reminding you to check out these cute and creepy ideas from last week's Project Inspire{d}.  Don't forget to pin your favorites to your Pinterest boards, too!     More … [Read more...]

  Have you ever wondered how to pray for someone? Maybe someone in your family or a close friend has gone off to college for the first time. How do you pray for him? Maybe your friend is in a new job... or maybe they are in an old job that has challenges every way they turn. How do you pray for her? There are so many scenarios.  Someone needs prayer and you're at a loss. I have a prayer for you to pray and it comes straight from the Bible....   This is my prayer for you: that your love will grow more and more; that you will have knowledge and understanding with your love; that you will see … [Read more...]

  Fall finally made her official arrival last week! That means it's time to peruse the farm markets, pull out that stash of all things fall you've got tucked away in the closet, and scope out the woodlands, highways, and byways for fall decor. I'm excited to inspire you with these 9 lovely ways to decorate your mantel for fall. No mantel?  No matter. Seriously... any flat surface you have in your home can become your faux mantel.  I've used my sideboard buffet, the top of my piano, and the top of chests. Check out these fabulous ideas from last week's Project Inspire{d}  and fill up your Pinterest … [Read more...]

    That got your attention. Good grief... we're taught not to shout. So how in the world will shouting bring happiness?  Good question. These verses from the Book of Psalms opened my eyes... But make everyone rejoice who puts his trust in you. Keep them shouting for joy because you are defending them. Fill all who love you with your happiness. For you bless the godly man, O Lord; you protect him with your shield of love. Psalm 5:11-12     The psalmist pleads with God to "make" all who trust in Him rejoice. That's such an odd thing.  Doesn't it seem like … [Read more...]

  Have you started dreaming pumpkins?   Maybe it's a little early for you, but pumpkins in all colors and sizes are starting to pop up at the grocery stores and farmers' markets.  Most years I am partial to the bright orange orbs, but I have been known to bring home a white pumpkin or two, as well.  Even more than decorating with pumpkins... eating goodies made with pumpkin is high on my list for what I love about fall.  As a non-coffee drinker, I'm not usually thinking pumpkin spice lattes, but I am pretty excited to have a slice of pumpkin pie.  Oh yum! If you're looking for ideas that aren't as … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by! Over the weekend I hosted two long-time friends who made a 9+ hour trek to hang out and spend lots of time talking, eating good food, birthday celebrating, wiggling toes in the sand, taking photos, and soaking up all the wonderful sunshine and ionized air on the lake shore.  It was good and the weather was pure perfection. So how about you?  Did you do anything special this past weekend? If you missed stopping by this past week I shared some extraordinary goodness on the blog... Coming to grips with my age and how to see better (not look … [Read more...]

  Pumpkins.   Aside from pretty leaves, pumpkins are the quintessential fall decor.  Although I truly love a traditional orange pumpkin... over time I've become enamored with the whites, the blues, and the pretty pumpkins that creatives decorate for fall. This week we selected 12 inspiring pumpkins from this week's Project Inspire{d} to... well... inspire you... and get your creative juices flowing.  I think it would be amazing if you'd show off your creations on Instagram and tag me on HERE on Instagram (and be sure to follow me on IG, too.) It will be so much fun.  If there are enough... I might … [Read more...]

  Last spring I picked up a part time sewing gig.  A friend of a friend has a small Etsy shop and wholesale business and she needed someone to help with some of the sewing and stuffing of pillows.  I was happy to help out and the extra money comes in handy too.   Our little workshop is on the second floor over a little retail business. It's fun listening to the hustle and bustle down on the street and in the shop as I work.   It's a fairly bright space with two super tall windows and a couple of skylights which makes it quite pleasant. We positioned my sewing machine right in front of … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by! If you missed stopping by this past week I shared some extraordinary goodness on the blog... There’s just one thing we can do… | JoyDay!   A Simple Summer Stacked Sandwich Your Family will Love   Your Front Door Called… It wants a Fun Fall Wreath Stop back during the week for more extraordinary goodness.   And now... on with the party! Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline ~ Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday Stephanie from The Silly Pearl ~ Diane from An Extraordinary Day   Party Guidelines Link to a specific post, not … [Read more...]

  Today is the 15th Anniversary of one of the most dreadful days in American history... 9/11. So much has been written and read... I don't know that I have much to add other than my personal story and my personal call to action.     My story is one of a distant bystander. That fateful morning I had a lazy morning at home.  I had the day off and was lounging in my pj's, reading the latest home decor magazines, enjoying a cup of tea, and watching the "Today Show" on TV. It was a most spectacular day with the brightest blue sky and I had plans to get outside and enjoy every … [Read more...]

  Fall.   It's nearly upon us.  But, if you've been on Pinterest lately you might think you're a little bit late to the game. No worries! This week we selected 10 ideas from this week's Project Inspire{d} to help you make a fun front door wreath for your house. So... kick back and take some time to check out this week's features.  I just know you'll be inspired to get your DIY on!   Be sure to pin your favorites, too.   10 Ways to Make a Fun Front Door Wreath   Quick and Easy Fall Wreath from Making it in the Mountains Fall Wreath from An Extraordinary Gift via How to … [Read more...]

  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All experiences and opinions are mine alone. #SandwichWithTheBest #CollectiveBias Each year from May through October you can be sure to find me, bright and early, every Saturday morning at my local farmer’s market. It's the high point of my week. Every just-picked fruit or vegetable is waiting for me. So much goodness and I didn't have to sweat in the sun nor pull a single weed to enjoy the bounty. I confess, everything looks and smells so wonderful, that I sometimes get a little carried away with my … [Read more...]