Spring Fresh Decorating Ideas

March is always a windy month and this week has been like a roaring lion.  It's so good to see the snow melted completely away.  Almost all the ice has disappeared from the small lake here.  I've even seen Snowdrops on my walks and the daffodils are starting to push up their green shoots.  It's been fun hearing and seeing the Sandhill Cranes fly over too.   What a great month!  There's so much anticipation of new life all around us. Though really we only have a hint of spring here, I know many of you are seeing pear trees and tulips blossoming.  So today, let's celebrate with...   20 Spring Fresh Home … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy 10 minute Easter vignette

  Recently I  did a little thrift and antique store hopping with my good friend.  We had so much fun. One thing Rochelle collects is vintage aluminum trays.  They're inexpensive, they don't take a lot of storage space, and they can be used for all sorts of things. Serving beverages? Grab a tray.  Serving appetizers? Use a tray.  Serving several kinds of ice cream for a sundae bar? A tray makes a great slop-proof surface. And then my favorite... using a tray to frame a moment (vignette).     After shopping with my friend, we went to her house and played.  Do you do that too?  She … [Read more...]

Bird's Nest Tablescape for Easter

Yesterday, it hit me... Easter is less than two weeks away!!! Why is it that the holidays always seem like they are a long way off and then, BAM! suddenly the day is upon us? Today I'm sharing last year's Easter tablescape idea.  I love how fresh and natural it is.  If you are hosting Easter dinner this year, hopefully it will inspire your creative juices.   Just in case you missed all the extraordinary goodness from this past week... JoyDay! | What Happens When You Get Off the Beaten Path?   When Did You Last Make Time for a Good Friend?   5 Quick and Easy … [Read more...]

How to Glorify God with Butterfly Wings - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

A little over a week ago I went to a butterfly event at Meijer Gardens. Walking through an indoor tropical garden hoping to see a few fluttery creatures was the perfect way to spend an end-of-winter afternoon with a friend.   Butterflies are beautiful creatures, but have you ever wondered what the purpose is to their existence? We know that they feed on the nectar of flowers and similar to bees they are helpful to the pollination process of the flowers.  It isn't a pleasant thought, but as caterpillars, they provide food for creatures higher up on the food chain and to some degree as well … [Read more...]

15 Easter Egg Crafts and Recipes - Project Inspire{d} features at AnExtraordinaryDay.net

I have a confession. I love Easter eggs. Or maybe it's just eggs. I have eggs for breakfast almost every morning.  Do you realize that eggs are like the perfect food? And so yummy too. I could really get off on a tangent here with my love of eating eggs. However, today we're talking about Easter eggs!  I have all kinds, but my favorites are the ones that nature colors. It's so fun to get eggs straight from the farm in all shades of blues, greens, and tans. So much so... that a few years ago I used those natural colors to create a theme for my spring and Easter "mantel" decor.   Since … [Read more...]

DaySpring Teapot and Teacup Set - When did you last make time for a good friend - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

This post contains affiliate links. Having lunch or a day of shopping with a good friend is pretty special.  But, those few hours go by too quickly.  How many times do you wish for some extended times without an agenda? Last week I went out-of-town to I spent some time with one of my favorite friends.  We've been wanting to get together for quite a while.  Finally, it was the right time for both of us.  And though I could have driven back and forth any number of times, she invited me to be her house guest for most of the week.  And it was wonderful.     Mary Beth and I worked together … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Simple Spring Vignette in Greens - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

This post contains affiliate links* As the seasons change, I like to feather my nest in small but big ways.  Creating little vignettes in the areas where we live, or major traffic areas in the house go a long way to making our homes and their inhabitants feel loved.  Today I have 5 easy steps to help you make a spring vignette. How to Put Together a Simple Spring Vignette.     First... Choose a theme for your vignette. Because we're so anxious for spring after a long cold winter and because we also want to give a nod to St. Patrick's Day, today we've chosen a green and white theme for … [Read more...]

5x7 Printable Photo Print - St. Patrick's Day Blessing - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Download this 5x7 Photo Art Printable for Personal Use.   Last week I had a great time hanging out with a few dear friends.  It was nice to take a blogging break and get refreshed.  My days were very full.  One afternoon we went to Meijer Gardens to see the butterfly exhibit.  There's nothing like being in a tropical garden for a few hours trying to capture butterflies with the camera for a wonderful break from the cold weather.  Though, I must say each day the temps were in the forties with my last day hitting 50 degrees! (Today it's supposed to hit 64 degrees!!  I'm ridiculously excited!) While there I … [Read more...]

Off the Beaten Path | The heavens declare the glory of God

Think about a time when you made something.  Remember the feeling of pleasure you had at creating something special?  Did someone comment on it and appreciate your handiwork?  Your music?  Your story?  Your art?  Your garden?     Slowly over time I've come to realize that we see the glory of God when we take time to admire his handiwork.  The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky displays his handiwork.  Psalm 19:1   I'm learning that God takes pleasure in the time I spend in marveling at the works of his hands.  It's during that time he draws me closer to him.  It's an intimate … [Read more...]

Scrumptions St. Patrick's Day Recipes from Project Inspire{d} featured at AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Back when I lived in the Buffalo area, this would be the weekend for lots of St. Patrick's Day celebrating.  And of course, noshing on good eats as well.  Just in case, you want to get your green on, or at least put something special on the menu for St. Patrick's Day, or even this weekend, check out these scrumptious St. Patrick's Day recipes. Are you hungry?  My mouth is watering for these.... Scrumptious St. Patrick's Day Recipes   Pin this image.  And stop by the featured blogs and pin their creations, too!    {Links clockwise from upper left … [Read more...]

Light and Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

What's your favorite sweet treat? If you're like me and a gazillion others... there isn't much better than a chocolate chip cookie.  Unless it's a chocolate chip cookie with a cup of cocoa.     Recently on Facebook I shared a recipe that looked really good and one of our An Extraordinary Day readers mentioned that she had a similar tried and true recipe that she LOVED.  I asked if she might share it with me.  Last night I whipped up a batch and shared them with friends and they were a hit. And because I can't keep all good things to myself... I had to share it with you.  Thankfully, … [Read more...]

Project Inspired Link Party Logo 500x500

Just 11 Days until Spring!! Turning our clocks forward for Daylight Savings Time Sunday makes the anticipation of Spring even greater.  I am so excited to see warmer days and the snow and ice melted so I can get back to a regular routine of walking.  It's been a hard winter over most of the country. And even though it's not quite spring, I'm taking a spring break of sorts this week. As you read this I'll already be enjoying some special time away with a dear friend. It's still in the snowy north, but it's just what I need.  You shouldn't miss me too much as a post should arrive at your inbox about midweek. … [Read more...]

How to overcome temptation - JoyDay! - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

I'm a good person, you're a good person, what could we possibly be tempted with? A cookie or piece of candy we shouldn't have? For me, often times I'm tempted to worry or fret.  One day I'll overcome temptation to worry or fret.  But, until then... I've acquired an arsenal of weapons to use when I'm tempted to start a journey of worrying or fretting.  Just in case you need one too... I am sharing mine with you, today.     Now that I've fessed up... Do you worry?  Do you fret? I know, it feels kind of icky to admit it doesn't it?  Usually that's something we think we keep to … [Read more...]

A weekly roundup from all the Great Ideas at Project Inspire{d} link party.

We had another banner week of participation at this week's Project Inspire{d} Link Party!  Thank you so much for coming... either as a reader or a linker. Wow!  I guess with all the snow and bad weather, everyone's excited to freshen up their spaces for spring! After this so very long, never-ending winter, that's a great thing. I know I am so very anxious for spring to arrive. This week we're loving your.... Creative Vintage Furniture Makeovers   Pin this image.  And stop by the featured blogs and pin their creations, too!   Vintage Seed Packet Display by Sadie Seasongoods Upcycled Thrift … [Read more...]

How to Give a Lampshade a Quick and Easy Makeover - AnExtraordinaryDay.net

How would you like to breathe new life into your home decor?  A quick and easy lampshade makeover can brighten your room, infuse it with color, or update your look.  Sometimes, it really is just that easy to freshen up a room.     Don't you love it when you come across a deal that's perfect for a project on your to-do list? One day I went to Lowe's on a mission. Of course, as long as I was there I just had to stroll down the lighting aisles. Even if I don't have a need, I just love to see, what's new in lighting.  That particular day, I noticed boxes of white lampshades in the aisle. … [Read more...]

Simple and easy St. Patrick's Day decor - Decorating the mantle with book pages

I'm now on Instagram! I'd love for you to follow me there!  I just got things up and running yesterday... so be watching for lots of fun photos to come!! Do you decorate for St. Patrick's Day? The other day, a reader commented how she loved all the St. Patrick's Day ideas shared at last week's link party, but she doesn't decorate for St. Patrick's Day. If you don't... it's perfectly okay.     But, if you enjoy splashing a little seasonal color in your house, the mantel or buffet or entry table might just be the perfect place.   There's no need to go green everywhere unless … [Read more...]

Do you have any rituals in your daily routine? Pausing with my cup of cocoa and two Milano cookies.

Do you have any rituals in your daily routine? For some of us, a daily ritual might include fluffing all the pillows in the family room and pushing the start button on the dishwasher before going to bed, or picking up a personal electronic device and checking email first thing upon waking.  Those rituals are important to keeping our daily lives moving in a rhythmic fashion.  We need them to help us function effectively in our super busy, fast-paced lives. As much as we need those functional rituals, we also need personal rituals too.     Most of us don't take time for ourselves.  As women, we … [Read more...]