We had a beautiful weekend here in our neck of the woods.
Everything is in bloom and Spring is showing off in high style.

Today…I thought I would share with you one of my favorite tablescapes….


Black and White Polka Dot Spring Tablescape

Black and white polka dot spring tablescape :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net


This was such a quick and easy tablescape to put together.  Stop here and find out how it all came together.

I had no idea that it was so popular on Pinterest….it was pinned more than a thousand times. 🙂  Wow!

There’s something about the classic look of black and white, but if I would do this again, my next color choice would be coral.  What color would you choose?



And now…on to our party!


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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….

At first sight I fell in love with Deborah’s beautiful fabric pins.  I’m totally smitten with them.
It might be the contrast between the shabby fabric and the rhinestone buttons.
If you love them too, be sure to check out her instructions for making them.
Or….if you’d rather forego the effort, just order one or four at her Esty shop.

Drop Cloth Fabric Flower Pins by Green Willow Pond

Dropcloth Fabric Flower Pins by Green Willow Pond - a Project Inspire{d} feature at AnExtraordinarDay.net



Looking for something delicious for your dinner menu?
These dishes all have a bit of an Asian nod and would be seriously flavorful.  Yum!

Asian Peanut Noodles with Chicken by My 1929 Charmer

Asian Style Asparagus by Grandparents Plus

Gingery Broccoli Slaw Saute by A Life in Balance

On the Menu - Project Inspire{d} Features at AnExtraordinaryDay.net



I love organizing ideas and fun projects with paper.  Marti has a terrific tutorial that I can’t wait to try!
Isn’t this just the cutest little organizer?

Easy Pocket Folder Organizer a Tutorial & Giveaway by Sewlicious Home Decor

Easy Pocket Folder Organizer Tutorial & Giveaway by Sewlicious Home Decor a Project Inspired feature at AnExtraordinaryDay.net



Every now and again I see a project where some clever gal has used old belts in a project.
I think this just might be my favorite project using belts!
Would you ever have thought to weave belts like this for a stool?  Nope!  Me either!

DIY Belt-Covered Footstool  by Curtain Queen Creates

DIY Belt-Covered Footstool  by Curtain Queen Creates a Project Inspired feature at AnExtraordinaryDay.net



My co-hosts’ favorites from last week’s party….


I always love seeing what caught the eye of Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline,
Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday, and Stephanie from The Silly Pearl!


Mary Beth’s Pick….

Kid Created Garden Trellis by 3 Little Greenwoods

Kid Created Garden Trellis by 3 Little Greenwoods


Malia’s Pick…

Speckled Robin’s Egg Sugar Cookies by Simply Suzannes

Speckled Robin's Egg Sugar Cookies by Simply Suzannes a Project Inspired feature at AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Stephanie’s Pick…

DIY Card Holder by Homemadeville

DIY Monogramed Card Holder by Homemadeville - a Project Inspired Feature at AnExtraordinaryDay.net


 If you missed last week and want to see what was inspiring all of us…click here.

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  1. A big thank you for featuring my Asian-Style Asparagus!
    Also, thanks for the party! Have an outstanding week!

    • Diane says

      You are so welcome!! I’m looking forward to trying out your super easy recipe, Phyllis!

  2. Thanks for the features, it is a good recipe. Love all the other Asian recipes and will head over to see them! Have a great day!

    • Diane says

      You are so welcome Cathy! I cannot wait to try your recipe!! Thanks again for linking up your wonderful posts here.

  3. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    Thank you so much for the lovely feature of my Speckled Robin’s Egg Cookies, Diane!
    And another big thank you for hosting another fun party.
    Have a great week,

    • Diane says

      Suzanne….I think we all fell in love with this post of yours. You are one creative gal!!

      Hope your week is filled with extraordinary moments of creativity!

  4. Kim says

    Diane, thank you very much for featuring my foot stool! It is sweet of you four women to host the party each week, so thank you. 🙂

    • Diane says

      When my husband read the blog, he told me how much he liked the footstool. He’s got a good eye for things. You rock girl!!

  5. cathy says

    Diane always a pleasure to come to your party! Thank you 🙂

    • Diane says

      We must belong to the mutual admiration society. 😉 I always love seeing what you bring to the party. [hugs]

  6. Marti says

    Diane, you are so sweet! Thank you for featuring my Pocket Folder Organizer, you made my day! Let me know if you have any questions when you make it!! 🙂 I know you will love it…it’s so useful!! 🙂

    • Diane says

      Your tutorial is fabulous. Maybe I need to invent a wild and crazy question just for fun! 🙂 Thanks again Marti!! I love having you party here with us!!

      Hope your week is truly Extraordinary!

  7. Thank you so much for the feature of my flower pins Diane! What a nice surprise this morning when I checked my email. I don’t have anything to link this week, but will enjoy seeing what others have done. Have a wonderful day!
    Blessings, Deborah

    • Diane says

      You are so welcome, friend. I’m looking forward to trying my hand a making some too. I hope I’ll be able to find some fun blingy buttons too. What great gifts for girlfriends. I hope they fly out of your Etsy shop! BTW…don’t hesitate to pull something out of the archives to link up. It’s old to you and new to most. 😉

      See you tonight at “your house.”

  8. Gwen says

    I also love to sit down to a pretty and fun table. I’ve been making more effort with my children and spouses because I do have some pretty and also inexpensive fun dishes that can be used to brighten up the meal!
    I guess one could do any color but I think it’s pinned because it is polka dots in the traditional black and white. It simply pops!!! How fun!!!

    • Diane says

      I’m so glad to hear you’re enjoying putting together a pretty table, Gwen. You have the heart of an artist, so I have no doubt that this is a great way to express your creativity.
      You know, I think you’re probably correct about the reason for the popularity. It’s a classic…and I also don’t think many people use a black tablecloth and really it makes for a simply stunning table.

      Thanks for popping by. [hugs]

  9. I love, love the polka dot tablescape. AND I pinned it too. so very cute. Stopping by from inspiring grace linky. Have a great week.

    • Diane says

      Awww…thank you so much Rachel!! Polka dots make my heart go pitter patter….glad you love them too!
      Thanks so much for popping by! [hugs]

  10. Wow! It is such a thrill to have our Kid Created Garden Trellis featured! Thank you so much!

    And thank you for the fabulous party that gives everyone the opportunity to share our creativity!
    ~ Ashley

    • Diane says

      It’s YOU that makes our party so special! Thank you for linking up your amazing creative projects!!

  11. Mel says

    I loved it then and I love it now. And I’ve since bougbt two place settings of the glass dishes–they’re just too fun!


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