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...]

  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...]

  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...]

  Hello friends!  Thanks for coming by! I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  Mine was picture perfect!  I even enjoyed spending some time at the beach checking out the flying antics of some expert kite flyers at our local kite festival.  The wind was mostly perfect and the sunshine warmed me to my core.  My face got a little sunburned... but it was so worth it. Can you believe that this coming weekend is Memorial Day?  Boy did that sneak up on us quickly!  If you're a little behind... you'll want to check out these inspiring red, white, and blue ideas curated from this past week's edition of Project … [Read more...]

    Mother's Day comes at one of my most favorite times of the year... flower planting time. If I could give Mom the ultimate gift for her special day, I'd create an English cottage-style garden with a white picket fence filled with all her favorite pretty flowers. It would be so fun to design, shop for, and create. Around Mother's Day all the garden shops and greenhouses are brimming over with the most beautiful flowers and plants of the season.  All that goodness makes my heart swell with joy and anticipation.  I don't know that there is anything I like better than to go greenhouse … [Read more...]

  One of my favorite things about Spring and Easter is seeing the huge displays of flowers at the supermarkets.  Oh my heart!  I want to take them all home!  Easter lilies, hyacinths, tulips, daffodils... I can't get enough!  Unfortunately they don't last long.  But, today we've put together some fresh ideas for adding a little spring to your home decor from this week's Project Inspire{d} that WILL last! It would be hard for me to choose a favorite.  What catches your eye? Whatever you have on the agenda this weekend, have a blessed and Happy Easter!     10 Fresh Ideas for Adding … [Read more...]

  I'm so excited to share this quick, easy, and so pretty Mason jar floral arrangement.  It's Eggstraordinary!  Seriously it's so simple you don't need a tutorial... but just for fun... I created one for you... because that's what I do.  I can't stop myself!!!     Here's how it all came together... Last year I was blessed to participate with a group of my blogging friends in a Mason jar blog hop for Mother's Day.  As part of the event, each of us received aqua blue, amethyst, green, and clear Ball pint jars.     I created this cute hanging Mason jar with a … [Read more...]

  With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner I wanted to inspire you to create some mason jar happiness to dress up your little corner of the world.  And throw in a few riddles... just for fun!     What do you get when you cross poison ivy with a four-leaf clover? A rash of good luck.   Last year I received some lovely green Ball mason jars for a Mother's Day blog hop.  I also received blue, and purple, and clear jars, and never got around to doing anything with the green jars.  I knew I wanted to use them for St. Patrick's Day. My plan wasn't to do anything … [Read more...]

  We were so impressed with all the bright and colorful ideas for spring and Easter at this week's link party.  These are just a few that caught our eye.  Be sure to check them out, pin them, and have fun getting your creativity on. Have a great weekend my friend! Colorful and Stylish Ideas for Celebrating Easter   Color Blocked Easter Eggs by Simply Designing Tissue Paper Spring Wreath by Ilkas Blog Pastel Easter Mantle Vignette by Pastels and Macarons Floral Crown Inspired Spring Wreath by Making it in the Mountains Carrot Grahams Easter Treat for Kids from About a Mom Roly-Poly … [Read more...]

  You know how it goes... you're out shopping... on a hunt for something specific... and out of the blue... IT calls your name! How does IT even know your name? How does IT know you are a lover of all things earthy and natural? How does IT know you would LOVE a basket that can do double duty for St. Patrick's Day and Easter? Especially a lovely mossy Easter basket! How does that happen?         IT has been one busy but smart basket! I can't say that you'll have a basket speak to you like IT did me when you're out and about. But, on the … [Read more...]

  I woke up to a fresh coating of snow this morning.  After a gorgeous sunny day yesterday... well it's a damp blanket for the day... but I know spring and sunny skies are coming soon. Whatever your plans are for the weekend, I hope you take time to exercise your creativity.  I'll be giving it my best shot.  Because at our house we'll be working at getting over the flu.  Ugh!  It totally put me out of commission yesterday.  Hopefully, I can push through it today.  I'm praying for an extra measure of strength as I have several posts that are in the midst of being completed for the weekend and next … [Read more...]

    Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? I know you'll want to at least decorate a corner of your space with this Easy to Make St. Patrick's Day Basket.   With Swedish and Dutch roots, I had never gotten into the celebration of St. Patrick's Day.  In fact it was hardly on my radar... until I moved to Buffalo.  A large Irish community resides there. Many of my non-Irish friends became Irish for a day or weekend enjoying corned beef and cabbage, the big St. Patrick's Day parade, and of course the wearing of green. For some, it's a time to party and enjoy good food and drink. For … [Read more...]

  Have you noticed?  The days are getting longer!   The sun won't set tonight until 6:30!  That means I can go for an after-dinner walk in twilight and not pitch darkness.  I LOVE twilight... it's such a beautiful and peaceful time of the day.  And as the days get warmer... it will be even better.  Though I think we're in for a roller coaster of weather these days.  Snow and school closings and then three days later... 50 degrees!  Whatever!  Spring is around the corner and for some of you... she's already arrived in all her beautiful finery.  I can't wait to greet her. I'm working on some … [Read more...]

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