Winter weather seems to be the topic of conversation everywhere.

Did you get snow?  I love hearing the excitement of those of you who are experiencing the first real snowfall in a long time.  Please tell me you celebrated by making snow ice cream.

Yesterday the sun was shining here in the Mitten State, for a while, and the temps were all the way up to the low twenties!  My husband and I celebrated by going for a long walk at a local park.  The best part was walking on some of the frozen marsh.   I know…it doesn’t take much for me.  [wink]  And of course, I took a bunch of photos too.


Victor Hugo Quote on Winter and Laughter :: 5x7 Printable ::

 Download your FREE  5×7  “Laughter” printable here.


I’ve decided that winter is all about attitude (well maybe altitude if you’re a skier…but I digress).

We can hunker down, soldier down, brave against the wind and snow….or we can laugh.

Winter Quote by Victor Hugo…
Laughter is sun that drives winter from the human face.

Okay…I know that sounds like a funny thing to do, but laughter really is the sun in the harshness of winter.

If you winter seems to be endless like mine….laugh at it!

This week we are actually supposed to make it above freezing.   I’m not sure, but it seems that we have been below freezing since the first of the year.  Brrrrr.

Be sure to download the free printable.  It’s bright and cheery and will help you laugh through the end of winter.



And now, on to our Extraordinary Link Party….


Each week I am amazed at the creativity and talent.
I can’t wait to see what you’ve linked up this week.


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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….

Laura shares with us her word of the year …Grace…in this inspiring post.
She also tells us how she gave herself grace to choose it and share it in February.

Word of the Year & Blogging Goals for 2014 by The Turquoise Home

Grace :: Word of the Year by The Turquoise House :: Featured on Project Inspire{d}


Extraordinary Home Decor Features 


Corey’s mom asked her to put together a fun room for the grand kids on a budget.
I bet the kids can’t wait to get to grandma’s house now!

Grand Kids Room Reveal by Tiny Sidekick

Grand Kids Room Reveal by Tiny Sidekick :: A Project Inspire{d} Feature at



Deborah put together a fabulous tutorial for stenciling and recovering a vintage chair seat.

Rocking Chair Seat Tutorial by Green Willow Pond

 Rocking Chair Seat Tutorial by Green Willow Pond :: A Project Inspire{d} feature at



I love how a few paint samples became art on a budget.
Check out Corey’s fabulous floating shelves too.

Simple Paint Chip Art by Tiny Sidekick

Simple Paint Chip Art by Tiny Sidekick :: A Project Inspire(d) Feature at


This wall organizer is filled with creativity and practicality.  A junk-lover’s dream.

Junk Style Wall Organizer by Denise on a Whim

Junk Style Wall Organizer by Denise on a Whim :: A Project Inspire(d) feature at



I admit, I was drawn to this bench by the gorgeous turquoise color.  But, I fell in love
when I saw my state mitten flying as the “O” in the HOME graphic on the seat.

Rescued Home Mud Room Bench by Art is Beauty

Rescued Home Mud Room Bench by Art is Beauty :: A Project Inspire{d} feature at



Extraordinary Delicious Features


This pound cake caught my eye.  Doesn’t it look yummy?

Buttermilk Pound Cake with a Twist by Zu Haus at Home

Buttermilk Pound Cake with a Twist by Zu Haus at Home :: A Project Inspire{d} feature at



Maybe because it’s bitterly cold and we’ve got a ton of snow…
but this salsa looks fresh and summery and I can’t wait to try it.

Fresh Pineapple Salsa Recipe from This Silly Girl’s Life

Fresh Pineapple Salsa Recipe from This Silly Girls Life :: A Project Inspire{d} feature at



I love a good brownie and this brownie is flourless and has an ingredient you’ll never guess.

Healthy Brownie with Coconut Whipped Cream by My 1929 Charmer

Healthy Brownie with Coconut Whipped Cream by My 1929 Charmer :: A Project Inspire{d} feature at



I haven’t made cream puffs in like forever.  They aren’t hard…just fussy and time comsuming.
Making them into a pie…that’s just plain clever!!

Eclair Pie Recipe by Adventures of a DIY Mom

Eclair Pie Recipe by Adventures of a DIY Mom :: A Project Inspire{d} feature at

My Co-Host’s Picks of the Week


Mary Beth’s Pick….

Oh my goodness!  I love the creativity in making more storage from one dresser.

Dresser Drawer to Storage Box Easy DIY by TwoItYourself :: A Project Inspire{d} feature at


Malia’s Pick…

What a great way to make every detail of a party perfect and color coordinated
…right down to the toothpicks!

How to Color Toothpicks by Mom Dot

 How to Color Toothpicks by Mom Dot :: a Project Inspire{d} feature at


Stephanie’s Pick…

Seriously….this is taking recycling to an art form!  I bet this would work with the broth cartons too.

Recycled Milk Carton Mini First Aid Set by Wesens Art

Recycled Milk Carton Mini First Aid Set by Wesens Art :: A Project Inspire{d} feature at

New Small Button 10 2013

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.
  • Then, 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!
  • Thanks for partying with us!

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  1. Thanks for hosting Diane, and for the feature. The secret ingredient really makes a very moist brownie! So good! Have a great night!

    • Diane says

      You are so welcome Cathy! Glad you can join us here and I’m thrilled to bless you with the feature.
      Hope your week is extraordinary!

  2. Mel says

    Spring will find us….after a few more snowfalls. LOL It’s all good–this is one of the things I adore about the midwest–we have SEASONS and we know we’re having them. No wussy seasons for us, no sir! 😉

    Ah, but I see there are links for keeping a tidy house and for getting raised flowerbeds ready!
    SEE! Spring is coming! 😉

    • Diane says

      Oh yes! There are many more snowfalls to look forward to. We just had an unexpected one last night, with snow and drifting and school delays. But, as I type this, the sun has burst over the clouds at the treeline and it looks like we’ll have a lovely day.

  3. Kim says

    Oh, my goodness, what awesome features this week! Can’t wait to check out the links this week! Thanks to all you ladies for hosting.

    • Diane says

      Ah…but it’s YOU that makes it a party!! Thanks for joining in the fun, Kim!

  4. Anita says

    Thanks for hosting ladies!!!

    • Diane says

      Thank you Anita for blessing all of us with your creativity and for joining in the fun here!

  5. Thank you so much for featuring my rocking chair Diane! Love the other features this week too! Have a wonderful week! ~Deborah

  6. I really appreciate the feature for my junky wall organizer Diane! Thanks so very much 🙂

    • Diane says

      You are so welcome! It’s my pleasure to be able to bless you in this small way!! You are so creative.
      Did I see somewhere you live in GR? I used to work there and lived in GH & SL.

      • I live in Lowell, so right outside of GR. I love living in a small town and having my house in the country, while being so close to the city for when I need to make a run for supplies. 🙂

        • Diane says

          It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Lowell. We used to visit an antique shop there. What a lovely place to live!

  7. Great printable!

    • Diane says

      Toodie….thank you sooo much!!!!
      Hope your weekend is extraordinary!

  8. I seriously think I’m the only one who has never made snow ice cream before, I honestly had never heard of it until it started popping up all over Facebook this past month. Oops. Love this quote, definitely good for this snowy winter. Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

    • Diane says

      Haha! Britni…this year was the first time I have ever made snow ice cream! 😉 Goodness….I think the amount of snow everywhere is probably why it has become so popular, too!
      Hope your week is extraordinary!!


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