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...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by!   Here we are.... the final week of summer.  Wow! Has it been fast, or what?   Seriously I'm done with the heat and humidity... and it's nothing here in Michigan compared to those of you who live in the south... but none-the-less... it cramps my style and wears me down.  I'm looking forward to getting back in shape and into my walking and hiking routine. With summer almost over... do you have any regrets?  Or... are you so done with summer that you can't wait for _________?  What is it that your heart has been longing for come fall? It's pretty clear that … [Read more...]

  When I wasn't looking, the lampshade industry made a big change. You might not have noticed. I think it happened overnight.     You see, in the past, I would pick up decorator lampshades at some of my favorite decorating stores to replace the Plain Jane lampshades that came with my lamps.  It was so easy.  Pull the lampshade off the bulb and clip on a new shade.  No DIY skills needed.  I loved that I could get pillows and curtains and chair pads to match, too.  Yay for Waverly. And then things got tight financially and I made do... decorating with what I had in my last … [Read more...]

  Thank you  to Parrot Uncle for sponsoring this post. All the creative thoughts and ideas are mine.   Do you need some small space decorating tips?   In order to make my new small space feel spacious and inviting, I implemented a few easy small space decorating tips I've learned through my many moves.  Just having moved from a furnished beach apartment to a small unfurnished two bedroom apartment not five minutes from the beach, my goal was to furnish and decorate this small space AND make it feel like home on a next to nothing budget.  A tall order for sure. Maybe you have been … [Read more...]

  One of my favorite things to do is "play" in the yard and garden. Creating a garden is like making living sculpture. When the weather is warm, I love to be outdoors and soak in all the goodness of this too-short season.  If you've got the itch to make your outdoor living area more beautiful, you're going to LOVE the features from this week's Project Inspire{d}!  Be sure to pin your favorites, too.     12 Great Yard and Garden Ideas to Inspire You   Curb Appeal Reveal ~ Mom Home Guide Fabulous Plants You Must Have ~ At Home with Jemma Simple Garden Flower Arrangements ~ On … [Read more...]

  Don't you love it when you drive down the road on a beautiful breezy day when the sun is shining bright and you see one of those bigger-than-life American flags waving out over the road with all its might?  Or how about passing a house with the front porch festooned with red, white, and blue bunting, and giant urns filled with red geraniums and lots of small American flags?  These are the kinds of sightings that make my all-American heart beat faster. I wanted to create that same kind of feeling for the Fourth of July with mason jars and flowers. And I'm pretty happy with the … [Read more...]

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