Back in October I wrote a 31-Day Series, “31 Extraordinary Days to Be…”

In a nutshell I took us on a journey to learn to Be… 
fully and beautifully alive in our “skin” and in our homes and beyond.


52 Ways to Encourage Others :: Project Inspired Week 57 ::


Each week during the series, I addressed how we could Be…Encouraging.

It’s always great to be on the receiving end of encouragement.  Some of you are amazingly encouraging and I have been the blessed recipient of your kind words.  Others of us don’t come by it naturally, so I put together a list of 52 Practical and Thoughtful Ways to Encourage Others.  Essentially one for each week of the year.

What’s interesting to me, is that lately, it has become a popular post…some days making it on my top four.

October seems like a long time ago, so I thought that it would be good to be reminded of how, in many simple ways, we can encourage a fellow sojourner.  Please use the ideas that fit your style.  Try on some others that might be outside your comfort zone.  And please share 52 Ways to Encourage Others with your friends.

Everyone could use a bit of encouragement.  And spring is a great time to spread a little love and joy.



And now, on to our Extraordinary Link Party….


I cannot wait to see what you share at Project Inspire{d} this week!
I truly have been amazed at all your creativity.


Project Inspire{d} Photo Logo ::

Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline    ~   Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday
Stephanie Chan from The Silly Pearl    ~    Diane from An Extraordinary Day



Features from Last Week’s Party


My Picks….

I was so impressed with Amy’s creativity in making this awesome tote bag.
Don’t you want to make one too?

West Elm Knock Off Bag by Delineate Your Dwelling

West Elm Knock off Bag by Delineate Your Dwelling :: A Project Inspired Feature at



 More that caught my eye this past week…

Project Inspired Week 57 Features ::

1.  Whimsical Paper Feathers by Posed Perfection ~ Don’t be surprised if you see me make some too.
2.  A Tea for March by The Charm of Home ~ Pure sweetness.  Sherry I want to come for tea!
3.  French Chair Makeover by Lost and Found Decor ~ This terrific tutorial makes me think I could do this.
4.  Moss Fern Spring Decor by Carolyn’s Homework ~  I LOVE ferns and this is such a sweet way to sing Spring!
5.  Rusty Metal Shelf by Denise on a Whim ~ Seriously….this is one creative mix of materials.



Mary Beth’s Pick….

It looks like Mary Beth and I were on the same wave length
in choosing this amazing chair makeover for our party.

French Chair Makeover by Lost and Found Decor

French Chair Makeover & Tutorial by Lost and Found Decor :: A Project Inspired Feature at



Malia’s Pick…

Malia and I maybe need to get together and craft some of these fabulous paper features.
Too bad we live on almost opposite ends of the country.

Whimsical Paper Feathers by Posed Perfection

Paper Feature Tutorial by Posed Perfection :: A Project Inspired feature at



Stephanie’s Pick…

 A pretty fun and easy way to make mushrooms for your garden.

Concrete Mushrooms Tutorial by DoodleBuddies

doodlebuddies mushrooms tutorial ::  a project inspired feature at


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A few things to remember:
  • Link up your awesome {family friendly} creations ~ crafts, recipes, DIY, projects, tips ~ etc.
  • Please link to a specific post on your blog.
  • Link back to this post and share that you joined the party.
  • If you wish to add these pin-worthy images to your Pinterest Board, be sure to click on the photos or the links above each photo which will take you to the original source.  Just a bit of the golden rule and pin etiquette.
  • By linking up to Project Inspire{d} you are giving the 4 blogs, listed above, the right to feature one of your photos on all of our social media outlets and blogs.
  • Links will be pinned to our boards and the Project Inspire{d} Party Board throughout the week and can be seen there.
  • Click on lots of links and leave some extraordinary comments on posts you adore!

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  1. Hi Diane! Thank you so much to you and the ladies for hosting the party. Hope you have a fabulous week!

    • Diane says

      Cindy! I’m so excited that you are partying with us again. 😉 Can’t wait to see what you’ve shared!
      Best wishes for an Extraordinary week! [hugs]

  2. Thank you so much for featuring my shelf this week and for the really great comment you left for me about it too! 🙂

    • Diane says

      Awww…you are so welcome my fellow mitten state friend. 😉

  3. Thanks for hosting, and great features.

    • Diane says

      I’m so glad you join in the fun each week. Can’t wait to see what you shared. 😉

  4. Shared “52 Ways to Encourage” on FB. :O)

    • Diane says

      I could give you a big ole hug!! Thank you LuAnn!

  5. Kim says

    Wow! There are some inspiring posts this week, as always. Looks like many are starting to think about gardening and planting. Thank you for hosting, Diane (and all you ladies). Blessings!

    • Diane says

      Kim…I think I need to start dreaming about it…even if I have no idea what lies ahead. My window box gardening post from last year has been very popular lately, too. And dreaming is good….especially since we’re to get a huge winter storm tomorrow night with the forecast for something like an inch of snow per hour. I hope the storm comes and goes in an hour or two. 😉 I’m looking forward to seeing your ‘gardening notebook.’ It’s something I’ve never done….and should have.

  6. Rach says

    Thanks for hosting!!

    • Diane says

      I’m so glad you’re joining in the fun today, Rach!
      Hope your week is Extraordinary!!

  7. Questions: where is your HTML code for your button?

    • Diane says

      Hi Rach! Hmmmm….I know you can copy and paste it with the code attached for this post…but…I don’t think that’s what you’re asking. I will get back to on that. Thanks for asking

  8. cathy says

    Ladies thanks so much for hosting tonight 🙂 Happy Monday!

    • Diane says

      I’m so excited that you are sharing your posts again.
      Hope your week is extraordinary!!

  9. Jemma says

    Oh such a lovely party! Just look at this amazing chair and these other beautiful features!
    Thank you for hosting!
    Have a lovely week,

    • Diane says

      Awww…thank you for being a part of the fun here Jemma!
      Hope your week is extraordinary!!

  10. Naush says

    Thank you so much Stephanie for picking my concrete mushrooms !! What an encouragement !!
    Naush from Dubai

    • Diane says

      What a fun project, Naush. 🙂 I look forward to trying my hand at some this summer.

  11. Thank you so much for hosting a great party, and for featuring my chair makeover 🙂 It made my day. Have a fantastic week!

    • Diane says

      Yay!!!! Like I said….you inspired me to think I just might be able to do something like this. Thanks Melanie! Hope your week is Extraordinary!

  12. Thank you for hosting!

    • Diane says

      Welcome friend!!
      Hope your week has been extraordinary!

  13. Hi Diane, I just found you through Imparting Grace. So glad I stopped in. Love your blog and will be following along.

    • Diane says

      Kim! I’m thrilled that you popped by to introduce yourself.
      Thanks for all your kind words, too!
      May your weekend be extraordinarily blessed!

  14. Mel says

    Oh mannn…I’m gonna hope they were as wrong about your snow as they were about ours… And go figure I adored the feathers and thought “gosh….wouldn’t they be adorable made with book pages”…LOL.

    • Diane says

      Oh they weren’t too wrong. We had near blizzard conditions, school was cancelled, and we ended up with at least 8 inches of snow with big drifts. Fortunately, the sky cleared that night, we dipped in the double negatives, but the sun came out and really melted a lot. Today…we might hit 50!!! March…the roller coaster month!! LOL!

      Haha!! You know what I was thinking. 😉

      Thinking of you today…. 😉

  15. Hi, I’m visiting from SITS. Love your list and many of the things we can do to encourage others is really very simple. Thank you for the reminder that even the smallest things we do can encourage and motivate and help lift someone up. Have a great weekend.

    • Diane says

      Debra…you are an encourager for sure!! Thank you for taking the time to pop over. 🙂
      Best wishes for an Extraordinary weekend!

  16. Diane, I go back to your ‘Encourage’ post all the time. It’s just that important and special!

    • Diane says

      Seriously? I am truly humbled by that Stacey. Thank you for letting me know.

  17. Many thanks for joining in with Say G’day Saturday linky Party! Hope to see you again this weekend.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz


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