Raise your hand if you enjoy fall nesting. Do you transition your fall decor from September through Thanksgiving?   Last year I had fun playing with my then, new-to-me sideboard. I thought it would be fun to take a look back to see the process I went through. This photo is the last iteration before Christmas.     Please pop over to the post and see where it all started, and the changes that led to this. While you're at it....please let me know which version you like best.   Where are you in the fall nesting process these days?  With Halloween behind us and Thanksgiving … [Read more...]

Thirty-One Days. It went by in a flash.  Some days. Other days, every tap on the keyboard was work. But, in the end...it was so worth it. 31 Extraordinary Days to Be... The main point of this series was to write for 31 days straight.  Faithfully. The other aspect was for me to write something meaningful and somehow meld something near and dear to my heart with what we usually do here on the blog.  It wasn't seamless.  It was meaningful. Each day I read comments that touched my heart.  I could/can hardly believe that what I tapped in touched your heart.  Yet...your words told me volumes. … [Read more...]

After just completing my 31 day series, I thought I'd take the day off from the blog and writing.  Well, I did take a little bit of time off to read my brand new November/December issue of Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll.  As a collector of magazines, especially fall and Christmas issues, I must say this issue is spectacular, and I wanted to let you know all about it. This magazine has gorgeous photos filled with inspiration for the season, crafts and food...complete with directions and recipes, and heartfelt stories to touch your heart.     Jennifer, the publisher of … [Read more...]

Welcome to Day 26 of 31 Extraordinary Days to Be...  Or...simply: Be... Together, we will learn to Be… to live fully and beautifully in our “skin” and in our homes and beyond.  If you missed The Introduction or you'd like to follow the entire series, you can find each post listed here.     “We are not called by God to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love. ” Jean Vanier   Day 26 Challenge:  Because God loves us with an extraordinary love, we too can love others with that same love.  The freedom to be and do comes from receiving his love.  Have … [Read more...]

 Welcome to Day 12 of 31 Extraordinary Days to Be...  Or...simply: Be... Together, we will learn to Be… to live fully and beautifully in our “skin” and in our homes and beyond.  If you missed The Introduction or you'd like to follow the entire series, you can find each post listed here.       I coined the phrase "Why be ordinary when you can be extraordinary." in 1992.   Every time I shared about Longaberger at a home show I also shared that phrase.  Hundreds of ladies heard the phrase and many of my friends today still might reference it on occasion.     It … [Read more...]

 Welcome to Day 5 of 31 Extraordinary Days to Be...  Or...simply: Be... Together, we will learn to Be… to live fully and beautifully in our “skin” and in our homes and beyond.  If you missed The Introduction or you'd like to follow the entire series, you can find each post listed here.       Be Extraordinary! What does that mean? I think it means that neither of us settles for ho hum. I think it's breathing deeper.  Looking harder.  And living more fully.  For starters. This weekend...remember my motto: Why be ordinary when you can be extraordinary!  ~Diane … [Read more...]

What a great week! I've had so much fun sharing Fall Nesting ideas with you the past 12 days! We're nearing the close of our 14 day #InspiredFallNesting series, but, that doesn't mean the fun has to end.... I'm excited to announce the perfect Fall Giveaway! My sweet and inspiring friend, Denise wrote a terrific Kindle book: Autumn Bliss - Over 200 ways to celebrate the Fall Harvest Season through faith, home, and family a "Family Celebration series" It's filled with delicious recipes, memory-making activities to do with family and friends, autumn nesting and home decor ideas, and underlying it … [Read more...]

Apple picking. It's easy.  It's fun. Everyone can do it!   Even me!     Pick as many apples as you like. Make applesauce...apple crisp...apple pie. Or best of all...eat an apple from your hand.   When it comes to #InspiredFallNesting...apples say, "Fall!" Their aroma, their flavor, their crispness.  Mmmmm....   What's your favorite apple? What's your favorite apple food?   ~    ~    ~    ~   ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~   ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~   ~    ~    ~    ~   ~    ~    ~   Catch up on all that's … [Read more...]

This is just the second day in our #InspiredFallNesting series. When I decided to embark on this series it was a very big step for me.  As I am living in the "inbetween" and not my own home, I wondered if I could really do this.  And then I thought, "Why not?!"   BHG   This is not going to be a show-off series.  It won't be filled with bunch of my crafty accomplishments.  Or views of my home decor.  But, my gracious friend, will let me do a little playing with her decor.  If all goes as planned, I will share a few recipes and a few updated posts from the past that really only a few people … [Read more...]