It's rare for me to pop on the blog for a random chat. But here I am!   First of all, I'm a little excited about an upcoming feature series that I will be hosting with some good blogging friends. You know how I love to make something from nothing? Well, that's just a little hint about what we have in store for you very soon. Not long ago my husband was helping a builder friend with a little demolition work.  It was good for him because guys can work out their frustrations when they have a good demo project.  It was good for me, because as they were throwing debris down the chute to the … [Read more...]

  Oh my goodness!  2016 was filled with so many highs and lows... and it seems to have all gone whooshing by in a blink. In between all that living I wrote 176 posts and today I sharing what I call readers' favorites!  If it were not for you... I wouldn't be here.  It's a joy for me to create and share my inspirations with you.  Thank you for traveling through 2016 with me.  I truly appreciate YOU!!  If your favorite post isn't here... let me know.  Or if one of the posts below was a personal favorite of yours... I'd love to have you tell me. Right now I'm working on setting up my editorial calendar for … [Read more...]

   Here we are... on the brink of a New Year.  Are you ready?  There's something about the fresh start we feel as we clean up from Christmas and prepare for the turn of the calendar. Lots of resolutions are being made... shed a few pounds, work on fitness, set goals and priorities for ourselves personally and at work, and getting organized.  If you could use a few terrific organizational ideas... you are in for a treat!  This week's Project Inspire{d} had several organizing ideas that you'll want to check out!   With these helpful ideas, you'll be able to address a few areas and feel good about … [Read more...]

  In case there was ever any doubt, I LOVE fresh evergreens at Christmas. Did you purchase an evergreen wreath or two for your home and now, the week of Christmas it's crunchy?  It happens.  I wonder how far in advance commercial wreaths are made.  Besides that, if you hang your wreath in a place where it receives the warm air currents and do not spray it regularly, it WILL dry out. One of my friends always buys a wreath on Black Friday to use on her coffee table.  It looks amazing, but come Christmas it's pretty dry. If that's you... you can make a fresh evergreen wreath for Christmas decorating … [Read more...]

  Do you love to decorate with gold at Christmas?  I confess that I love a little glitter and a LOT of gold. That's why I'm so excited to share with you this super EASY project that YOU can make... A Stunning Gold Leaf Tabletop Christmas Tree     It's really eye-catching and guaranteed to get lots of rave reviews. Plus, it's a super inexpensive project and fairly quick to do. If you make a gold oak leaf wreath like this, then it will be even quicker to complete your Christmas tree with the same supplies.   This post contains affiliate links. If you're  like me, you … [Read more...]

  I love Christmas trees...  They can be big and tall evergreens or they can be small table top trees of any kind and size.  I love them all!  And I'm always looking for creative ways to make more trees for the Christmas season.  This week at Project Inspire{d} we were blessed with some pretty creative Christmas tree ideas, big and small.  If you're like me, you'll want to check them all out.  And even if you have your decorating done... well... there's always room for one more tree! When I saw this really creative idea for adding a natural element and a tree to Christmas home decor, I totally … [Read more...]

  I absolutely LOVE using natural elements in my Christmas decorations.  And the best part of using nature's gifts... they're usually free! That's a double win in my book.  Before the leaves even started to fall this year, I knew I wanted to create something beautiful for Christmas with the plethora of oak leaves from the nearby woods and gold spray paint. But, what would that be? I finally settled on making an oak leaf Christmas wreath.     Who knew the humble leaf from a stately oak could become so classy with just a few spritzes of gold spray paint? I had a pretty good … [Read more...]

  It's no surprise that I'm a huge fan of handmade... especially a handmade Christmas. This week at Project Inspire{d} we were blessed with some pretty creative Christmas ornament ideas!  There's still time to get your DIY on, so check out these super cute ideas and make yourself a handmade Christmas! I have to say, I was more than a little smitten with this faux pine cone ornament.  I think it would be a real treasure to give these as gifts to someone who really appreciates handmade items.   Felt Ornament Craft   A skiing family will LOVE these so sweet ski ornaments.  And they … [Read more...]

  If a TV reporter were to stop you on the street and thrust a microphone in your face and ask you what you're thankful for this Thanksgiving... what would be your answer? We often talk about gratitude here and how a thankful heart is a happy heart.     As I was editing photos today I was thinking about Thanksgiving and the pilgrims' first Thanksgiving dinner that my second-grade class reenacted on the stage of an old gym with the slippery brown linoleum floor.  A long table was placed on the stage and set with food.  I'm not sure if every student dressed in pilgrim clothing, but … [Read more...]

  Wouldn't you love to approach Christmas with a sense of peace and purpose and less craziness? In the midst of the festivities, busyness, and sensory overload, you really can discover peace and purpose this Christmas.     I've discovered that when I plan to focus on Christ's coming and Advent... the season leading up to Christmas where we intentionally remember what it was like for people thousands of years ago to anticipate the coming of Christ... my joy and delight in Christmas and God's GIFT to us gives me much peace and purpose in spite of all the craziness of the world … [Read more...]

  In a blink, our turkey dinners will be consumed and all that's Christmas will commence.  Are you ready? If you'd like to give your Christmas decorating a DIY or homemade flair... NOW is the time to check out these charming Christmas crafts and get your glue gun warmed up!          I am always noticing printables.  There's just something about a cute graphic to frame, use to make a gift tag, or include in my Christmas decor in a fun way.  This chalkboard style reindeer games Christmas printable from Jenn at Clean and Scentsible is fabulous and she shares some super cute ways … [Read more...]

  What's your most favorite time of the year? Mine is Christmas.  But not for all the reasons you might guess. The days leading to Christmas are when my creative juices are at an all-time high.  You can usually find a mess somewhere in my home because I'm creating a storm of home decor and handmade Christmas ornaments and gifts.  And when I'm creating... I couldn't be happier. Whether you're creative, crafty, or simply wannabe... you will want to grab your favorite drink, get your pinning finger ready, and get prepared to be inspired.... 31 times!   31 Easy Handmade Christmas Ornaments … [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...]

  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...]

  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...]

  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...]

  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...]

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