Mason jars are a staple of summer entertaining and decor.  Sometime ago, I was blessed with many authentic vintage Ball jars and use them as flower vases and hurricanes for tea candles all summer long.  Are Mason jars a part of your summer, too?

Mason Jar Collars :: Book Page Pleated Collar Tutorial ::


Last summer, I decided to dress up a Mason jar with pleated book page collars.  So many people commented that they wanted to know how to make them, that I put together a tutorial.  On the chance that you, too, might enjoy dressing up your Mason jars…. here’s the tutorial.


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


Welcome to Project Inspire{d}!

We have had some of the most beautiful summer days lately with wonderful cool nights.  The only thing that would make it better would be for the mosquitoes to go away.  I can’t tell you how many bites I got while planting flowers last night.  And mosquitoes usually don’t even like me.  I guess those sub-zero winter temperatures didn’t have any impact on those pesky critters.  Haha!!

Speaking of summer….you all have been linking up some extraordinary summer ideas.   Here are just a few, of the many, inspiring projects that caught the eye of my co-hosts, and mine too.


Features from Last Week’s Party


My Pick….

If you were to offer me an array of sweet treats…I would almost always choose a cookie first.

I love cookies.  And yes, I’m a fan of chocolate too.  And caramel.
Which means that I can OD on Twix bars.  It has it all going on.
So when Allie said she made cookies with Twix bars I started salivating,
and then she said she added bacon.  Oh my!  That sounds entirely decadent doesn’t it?
Raise your hand if you, too, want to try a Twix Bacon Cookie.

Twix Bacon Cookies by Gator Mommy Reviews


Twix Bacon Cookies by Gator Mommy Reviews a Project Inspired Feature at


There’s more!!

We all would love to have a little more exposure,
so every Saturday I gather more… 

Extraordinary Inspiration at

It’s a whole post of Extraordinary Inspiration from the week’s party.  
It’s just a little way to shower those of you who link up at An Extraordinary Day with some extra love!

Click here if you missed it!



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


I always love seeing what Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline,
Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday, and Stephanie from The Silly Pearl
choose to share with us each week!

 Mary Beth’s Pick….

The kids are (almost) home from school for the summer and you want to make it a memorable vacation.
Check out all these fabulous ideas for summer fun.

50 Ideas for No Prep Summer Fun by Mums Make Lists

50 Ideas for No Prep Summer Fun by Mums Make Lists a Project Inspire{d} feature at



Malia’s Pick…

What is there about sea glass that we love so much?
We can imagine all kinds of stories and folklore for those pieces we discover along the shoreline.
If you don’t have a shoreline near you, or you want a whole sea glass jar, rather than a shard,
you’ll appreciate this tutorial by the talented Carolyn.

DIY Faux Sea Glass by Carolyn’s Homework Etceteras

DIY Faux Sea Glass by Carolyn's Homework Etceteras a Project Inspire{d} feature at



Stephanie’s Pick…

I love the color and pizzazz pomegranate gives a dish.
But Carolyn took it another step and made a colorful and refreshing beverage with her pomegranates.

Lemonade Pomegranate Ice by Carolyn’s Homework

Pomegranate Lemonade Ice by Carolyn's Homework a Project Inspire{d} feature at



Thank you for sharing so many wonderful projects, recipes, crafts, and inspiring posts last week!  
can link up through early Friday morning or come back next week and link up for another
Project Inspire{d}, who knows maybe next week I will be featuring you!

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

I can’t wait to see what you link up this week!!

Project Inspire{d} Link Party

A few things to remember:
  • Please link to a specific post, your permalink, on your blog.
  • Link back to this post and share that you joined the party.
  • 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.
  • Make my day!  Share the party via your social media outlets!  Thanks!

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  1. Thanks so much for hosting, Diane! Hope your week is fabulous!!

  2. Suzan says

    Thanks so much for hosting another wonderful party!
    Hope you have a sun filled week

  3. Thanks so much for hosting. Have a lovely week:)

  4. Thanks for hosting and for the feature at Extraordinary Inspiration. Have a great day!

  5. Thanks so much for hosting, Diane!
    Have a great week,

  6. Mel says

    Uhoh….. Well, double uh oh actually. The right row of links are disappearing into the side bar.
    AND himself LOVES Twix bars AND bacon! Let’s pretend we didn’t see that one, shall we?! 😉

  7. Hi Diane! Thanks so much to you and the ladies for hosting the party! Hope you have a happy and wonderful week!

  8. Dear Diane – Hubby & I just finished up dinner . . . salad since we’re on a diet . . . and I saw the bacon, twix cookie recipe. It sounds strange but I want one! Thank you for hosting and for all you do each week to make this party wonderful!

  9. cathy says

    What a great party, Diane, thank you 🙂

  10. Hey Sweet Lady! Thanks so much for hosting your fun party. Love that blue Mason jar!
    ~ Ashley

  11. Hi Diane,
    Thanks for hosting another fun party. I remember your dressed mason jars – such a cute idea!
    Have a Wonderful Day,
    Pieced Pastimes

  12. Thank you for hosting! 🙂

  13. Thanks for hosting such a fun party! I love that first jar….. 🙂
    x Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  14. Thank you for hosting!


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