Project Inspire{d} Hot Summer Weekly Link Party

It's just been another normal hot summer week... trying hard not to melt. EXCEPT I got to go to the beach, twice! One of my favorite things in all the world to do is walk the shoreline, stand at water's edge and let the waves wash over my toes and erode the sand on which I'm standing while I sink in to the softness that somehow erases the cares of the world, and finally lie on the sand with my eyes closed and listen to the sounds of the wind and water.  Aaaaah!  How was YOUR week? It's so good to have you join us this week for another hot summer weekly link party! I'm so excited to see your latest … [Read more...]

Do you hesitate to ask God for things?

  Do you ever feel like it's pointless to pray and ask God for something because He already knows what you need? Most of us feel like that at least some of the time. Recently I read this little exchange between Digory and Fledge and Polly. It was an Ah Ha! moment for me. “I am hungry,” said Digory. “Well, tuck in,” said Fledge, taking a big mouthful of grass. Then he raised his head, still chewing and with bits of grass sticking out on each side of his mouth like whiskers, and said, “Come on, you two. Don’t be shy. There’s plenty for us all.” “But we can’t eat grass,” said … [Read more...]

14 Must Have Summer Salad Recipes

Salad! It's summer and there's nothing better for lunch or supper than a delicious salad. If you've run out of ideas... you are in for a treat!   Today we've collected some truly must have summer salad recipes from our weekly link party that are sure to please your taste buds and be a hit on your table or buffet. I know your "pinning finger" will be busy  pinning these refreshing and delicious summer salad recipes.     14 Must Have Summer Salad Recipes   Spiralizer Recipes You Need To Try from Home. Made. Interest. Broccoli Salad Recipe Ruby Tuesday's Copycat from Sweep Tight Summer … [Read more...]

Fun and Easy Customized Decorator Pencil Tutorial

Do you love custom or matching desk accessories? It's a great way to give your desk, cubbie, or crafting center a polished and unified look.     If you'd like to have a sweet customized DIY upcycled desk organizer like this one... pop over to Yesterday on Tuesday where I'm sharing how to make your own for mere pennies. It was such a fun project and is so stylish for your desk or crafting table. If you look closely, you'll notice the pencils are custom coordinated to go with their holders. Decorator pencils are surprisingly easy to make and inexpensive too! So I thought I'd … [Read more...]

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I think summer finally arrived this week! It's been hot!  We've had major thunderstorms and I've even gotten to the beach. What's it like in your neck of the woods? Are you getting a chance to enjoy this quickly fleeting season? It's so good to have you join us this week for another weekly link party extraordinaire! I'm so excited to see your latest creative great ideas. And I know our non-blogging friends can't wait to be inspired.  It's time for Project Inspire{d}!  Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline ~ Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday Stephanie from The Silly Pearl ~ Diane from An … [Read more...]

Discovering God and Grace and a fresh new discovery

Today I made a fresh new God discovery. It was eye-opening. This discovering God and grace and me. As I was reading the book of Romans from the Bible, this passage jumped off the page at me... Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him. Romans 12:3 The Message So many things came rushing into my mind. One... we all live in … [Read more...]

Scrumptious Dessert Recipes for Chocoholics

Chocolate! Just the mention of chocolate and I saw your ears perk up! Dark, Milk, Bitter, Semi-sweet... it all calls my name. Everything except white.  (And in my book white chocolate is not chocolate.) If you've got a chocolate tooth (which is NOT the same as a sweet tooth) or if you'd prefer to call yourself a chocolate lover or maybe even chocoholic... then you're in for the biggest treat today! I know your "pinning finger" will be busy  pinning these scrumptious dessert recipes for chocoholics.  Just sayin'!    10 Scrumptious Dessert Recipes for Chocoholics   Extra Fudgy KitKat … [Read more...]

stunning window over a built-in seat in lovely aqua accent colors

    What do you know about the psychology of color?   House to Home I've heard that grocery stores and boutiques paint their walls so that we'll want to buy more and restaurants choose colors that will make us hungry.  Oh my! No wonder we get into so much trouble spending too much money and eating too much food. We all have our favorite colors. Usually if you ask me I'll say that my favorites are yellow and red.  However, in my home decor I will put together green rooms or blue rooms and my winter walking parka is a lovely shade of sage green.  So I guess I'm not a single … [Read more...]

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Hope you're having a bright and beautiful summer and an extraordinary start to your week. It's so good to have you join us this week for another great link party. I'm so excited to see your latest creative inspiration. And I know our non-blogging friends can't wait to be inspired.  It's time for Project Inspire{d}!  Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline ~ Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday Stephanie from The Silly Pearl ~ Diane from An Extraordinary Day Thanks for choosing to party with us! Just in case you missed all the extraordinary goodness from this past week... My latest faith lesson… :: … [Read more...]

My latest faith lesson--God delights in serving me,

  Our culture thrives on self-sufficiency. When I was a little girl I went to the bakery one Saturday morning with my dad.  I loved running errands with my dad and going to the bakery was always extra special with all the wonderful aromas and the promise of a sweet treat. That day, the white-haired lady at the counter offered me a cookie and mentioned how lucky I was to be with my grandpa. I straightened up in indignation and told her that he was NOT my grandpa... he was my DAD.  And I declined her cookie offer.... which was a big thing since my favorite desserts are cookies. Having older parents … [Read more...]

7 Clever Clothing Refashions on Project Inspire{d}

Are you friends with a sewing machine? Growing up, my mom taught me how to sew.  It's a skill I am so grateful to have. That being said... most of my sewing is now in the form of straight lines for window treatments. I'm super impressed with these ladies who can refashion clothing. Now that you're inspired... The next time you're in the thrift store... look for something to makeover. NOW... Get your pinning finger ready for this week's Great Ideas!      7  Clever Clothing Refashions   Copycat Anthropologie Striped Heart Tank by Five Marigolds Frozen Jean Skirt by Sew Much To … [Read more...]

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 It's time for Project Inspire{d}!  Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline ~ Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday Stephanie from The Silly Pearl ~ Diane from An Extraordinary Day Thanks for choosing to party with us!  I hope you had a spectacular Fourth! My husband and I enjoyed a surprise party, a rare get-together with friends who live in Slovakia, some family time, and a nature hike and beach time.  A pretty spectacular weekend for sure! Just in case you missed all the extraordinary goodness from this past week... Are you tired? Worn Out? There’s help! | JoyDay! Five Hours and A Day at the Antique … [Read more...]

Are you tired  Worn out  There's HELP! - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Feeling weary? See my hand? I'm extending it to you today... Grab it.  Let me show you how to find the relief you desperately want from your overwhelming pressures. Life is demanding. We work hard. The "to-do" list is a mile long. There are people to please and care for. And then there's the doing good for God and others, too. It's too much! So I'm offering you help.   “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced … [Read more...]

A Dozen Delicious Recipes in Jars shared at Project Inspired - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Happy 4th of July! Today we plan to hit the beach for a little while, enjoy a little family time, and relax. Whatever you have planned... have an extraordinary time and take a few moments to give thanks for the USA and pray for our country and her future. May the stars and stripes ever fly and may we enjoy freedom, truth, and liberty. Get your pinning finger ready for this week's Great Ideas!    12 Delicious Recipes in Jars Smores Smoothie Recipe from Must Have Moms Red, White and Blue Patriotic Pops from Oh MyCreat ive Fresh Strawberry Lemonade from Spaceships and Laserbeams Tangelo Mint Iced Tea … [Read more...]

A day at the antique fair  where I spy wicker child's tall chair. - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Oh my goodness!  I had so much fun last weekend. There's an antique fair in our area that boasts they have 400 vendors.  That's a lot of booths. And we saw it all! Okay... we did not inspect every single item.  But, we passed by every booth with eagles' eyes hoping to find something extraordinary. And we were not disappointed. These chairs were so cute!  Of course I want to sit and read a book on the Adirondack chaise.  Isn't it wonderful? And the others are so chippy and sweet and perfect for the garden. And who would have thought... that when you've run the wheels off your scooter... … [Read more...]

Easy Stars and Stripes American Flag Pie - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

What could be a more perfect finish to your 4th of July dinner or cookout than a red, white, and blue dessert? How about an American flag dessert? Even better....  an American flag PIE!   This stars and stripes American flag pie is quick and easy to create and it's delicious too! Shall we make one now?   Stars & Stripes American Flag Pie   Assemble the following... Contains affiliate links* Pie Plate Large Mixing Bowl Pastry Blender Rolling Pin I love Pizza Cutter Small Star Cookie Cutter or Knife & Star Pattern Measuring Cups & Measuring … [Read more...]

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 It's time for Project Inspire{d}!    Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline ~ Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday Stephanie from The Silly Pearl ~ Diane from An Extraordinary Day Thanks for choosing to party with us! Summer is really here... and I'm enjoying it fully, in between the raindrops, that is! :) Yesterday I had so much fun traipsing around a 400 exhibitor antique fair with a friend. We had a blast!  I don't think we missed a thing.  Because I never miss bringing my camera along, I snapped a few photos along the way.  Be looking for those later in the week. And... I know I promised my … [Read more...]