One of my favorite times of the day is first light. There's something magical about seeing the darkness being overtaken by the light each morning. What a spectacular beginning to the day.     There's an anticipation that fills my spirit. I look for interesting changes in the light. Color in the sky. And this time of year...I can't wait to see the first rays of the sun illuminate the colorful leaves gilding the trees.   In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;     in the morning I lay my requests before you     and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3 … [Read more...]

  It persuaded me just a little with its $7 clearance price tag. That small red tag pushed me from simple infatuation to head over heels in love. With a tablecloth.     Which is why this lovely dark blue and white tablecloth with the huge gingham checks jumped into my hands and came home with me. I couldn't wait to put it on my little table.     Do you know the difference between the hugely popular buffalo plaid and gingham? I didn't. Want to know? Lean in... Buffalo plaid is a larger square plaid of two colors... one is always black and … [Read more...]

  Inspiration and tips for hosting a super easy to pull off sunflower themed tea or luncheon.     One of my favorite things about blogging is that I have an excuse to do the things I love and share them with you. More than anything I would love for you to be able to join me for a little breakfast tea where we could swap stories and get to know each other.  But, since that's not to be, today I set the table for an early fall morning tea and I'm pretending that you are sitting here with me. It's a beautiful mostly sunny day.  The trees have a little bit of color, but here in the … [Read more...]

  This has been the summer of flowers.     It all started when my little grocery store started carrying locally grown flowers in the spring.  I almost did flips when I saw ranunculus. In the most beautiful colors, ever.  So, of course, I purchased some, and arranged them, and took their picture... over and over again. As spring became summer,  there was a constant flow of flowers each week into my store. And when I could, I purchased a bouquet and arranged it, and took more pictures.  For the past month, there's been a steady flow of sunflowers in every … [Read more...]

  Fresh ideas for creating a rustic fall farmhouse vignette that is simple and full of texture and charm.   The other day my husband came home from work and after he kissed me as he always does when he comes in the door, he turned and walked towards our little dining nook. I had just finished styling the console table there for fall along with a simple setting for two on our table. I was so happy he noticed the change. But it was his response that totally got me. He said, "That looks like us!" I don't think that he could have said anything that would have warmed my heart … [Read more...]

  Easy tutorial and TIPS for making and styling a modern farmhouse 3 tiered tray. And more farmhouse tray inspiration from 11 of my favorite blogging friends!     It was Tuesday... I dropped Tim off at work and then swung around to Walmart for a quick kombucha run, jumping back on the road for another busy day.  And then it happened! My car steered itself into a parking lot... and right into the first parking slot... smack dab in front of the Goodwill store. I looked over and a lady was just unlocking the door. There I was... the first customer of the day with the whole store … [Read more...]

  Pumpkins.   Aside from pretty leaves, pumpkins are the quintessential fall decor.  Although I truly love a traditional orange pumpkin... over time I've become enamored with the whites, the blues, and the pretty pumpkins that creatives decorate for fall. This week we selected 12 inspiring pumpkins from this week's Project Inspire{d} to... well... inspire you... and get your creative juices flowing.  I think it would be amazing if you'd show off your creations on Instagram and tag me on HERE on Instagram (and be sure to follow me on IG, too.) It will be so much fun.  If there are enough... I might … [Read more...]

  Fall.   It's nearly upon us.  But, if you've been on Pinterest lately you might think you're a little bit late to the game. No worries! This week we selected 10 ideas from this week's Project Inspire{d} to help you make a fun front door wreath for your house. So... kick back and take some time to check out this week's features.  I just know you'll be inspired to get your DIY on!   Be sure to pin your favorites, too.   10 Ways to Make a Fun Front Door Wreath   Quick and Easy Fall Wreath from Making it in the Mountains Fall Wreath from An Extraordinary Gift via How to … [Read more...]

  What is it that your heart has been longing for this fall? Easy do-able home decor? Delicious beverages?  Pumpkin crafting ideas? Grab a beverage and sit down for some fabulous inspiration.   Be prepared to fill up your Pinterest board with all these clever and creative fall ideas! 12 Projects to Make Your Fall Wonderful   DIY Picture Frames from Domestically Speaking Wood Cutout Pumpkin from H2O Bungalow Fox in a Teacup Bag Tutorial from Lynda Creates Home Sweet Farmhouse Pillow from Busy Being Jennifer Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookie Bars from DelightfulEMade Easy Seasonal Decorating … [Read more...]

What do you do to cozy up your home for fall? This week's party was full of some serious inspiration. If you haven't yet starting decorating for fall you'll be delighted with these extraordinary ideas. Come on along and Get your "pinning finger" ready for these all Great Ideas...   32 Delightful Ways to Decorate Your Home for Fall   Pumpkin Trinket Box from Salad Bowls :: Sadie Seasongoods Easy DIY Centerpieces for Fall :: Carrie Elle Free Fall Printable :: A Blissful Nest DIY Tiny Topiary :: Love of Home Fall Pumpkin Acrylic on Tile :: Sondra Lyn at Home Woodsy Fall … [Read more...]

It's Pumpkin Season! Maybe you're not quite as giddy as me, but you have to admit there's something about a pumpkin that just makes one smile.  Yes? This week our Project Inspire{d} team put together a delicious mix of crafts and eats to tantalize all your senses. So... come on along and Get your "pinning finger" ready for these all Great Ideas... 24 Pumpkin Crafts and Eats You'll Want to Make   Easy DIY Dryer Vent Pumpkin Wreath from A Cultivated Nest Paper Plate Holder Door Décor from Sadie Seasongoods Milk Jug Jack-o-Lantern from Crafty Journal Monogrammed Cross Stitch Pumpkin from … [Read more...]

If you're like me, you enjoy making your entry inviting. Here are some fabulous porch and door fall decorating ideas!   Porch and Door Fall Decorating Ideas   Six Autumn Wreaths :: At Home with Jemma Wine Barrel and Bottle Wreath :: The Painted Hinge Quick Fall Door Decor :: Forever Decorating DIY Deck Makeover Reveal :: The Heathered Nest Trash Can Planters :: Little Brags Mason Jar & Reclaimed Wood Wall Sconces :: Scrapality Saying Hello to Fall with a Grapevine Wreath :: Across the Blvd Broken Headboard Bench :: Hunt and Host Easy Outdoor Fall Decor :: Second Chance to … [Read more...]

  The coffee table is often the center of attention in our living rooms and family rooms.  It's a spot that so many want to get just right.  Especially since hours can be spent around that rectangle, square, or round low table. I've had many readers say, "Please help!" Because they just don't know what to put on their coffee table... besides a cup of coffee.  The idea of "styling" that focal point is intimidating. And for some reason... many feel the decorating pressure to create a perfect fall coffee table. After all... fall decor is coming close to pushing Christmas off that first place … [Read more...]

Is it apple picking season in your neck of the woods? Picking apples is so fun.  Really what's easier? There's nothing like going home with a bushel of apples and plans to make lots of apple treats. Just in case you need a few new ideas... we've got you covered.  The Project Inspire{d} team is drooling over these super, can't wait to make, yummy apple recipes! So... get your "pinning finger" ready for these Great Ideas...   30 Yummy Apple Recipes   Apple Cinnamon Roll by Dukes and Duchesses Apple Smiles by Just 2 Sisters Apple Monkey Bread Muffins by Upstate Ramblings Back to … [Read more...]

Can you smell it in the air?! It's almost fall and the Project Inspire{d} team can't wait. We have your go-to guide for delicious autumn inspired recipes and festive projects to make during this cozy, comforting, leaf crunching time of the year! Get your "pinning finger" ready for these Great Ideas... Fall Food and Crafts Guide   What to Eat 1. Mini Apple Pie Bites by All She Cooks 2. Nectarines and Cream Breakfast Loaf by The Simple-Sweet Life 3. Apple Cider Slushies by Clean and Scentsible 4. Slow Cooker Chipotle Ale Chili by Frugal Foodie Mama 5. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies by … [Read more...]

    Who flipped the switch? Every morning I'm up by 6 am... starting the day's race in the kitchen by making lunch and breakfast. It's early... but the only light I turn on is over the kitchen sink.  It's plenty of light. Or at least it WAS! What happened? Fall doesn't officially arrive until September 27th. Unofficially... Fall arrived... with her entourage of heavy gray clouds, cool temperatures, brisk wind, dark early mornings, and early sunsets. If you've been following me on Facebook you no doubt know my thoughts. Several gals overwhelmingly responded that … [Read more...]

    This fall I gathered a plethora of acorns on my walks at the local park.  I've never seen such a variety of sizes and styles and browns in acorns.  Of course, I probably never took the time to look before.  This year in my quest to decorate on less than a dime, I turned to Mother Nature.  And oh my... did she provide an abundance. I wanted to create a centerpiece for my Thanksgiving table setting.  I had already made lovely oak leaf chargers, so I did what we all do when we want inspiration, I popped over to Pinterest.  While I was looking at pretty tablescapes, I saw an acorn basket … [Read more...]