Raise your hand if you've ever been late to a party. It's sort of embarrassing isn't it?  Everyone is already chatting and you're trying to fit in. That's sort of how I feel now that I've finally joined the Twitter "party." If you're on Twitter... would you help me "fit it" by following me and asking your network to follow me too? You can use the box on the sidebar at the right... or here's my handle: https://twitter.com/DianeMillerAED   Wow!  I sure can tell that the page on the calendar got turned for this week's link party! There is no doubt that many of you have already been thinking … [Read more...]

  My heart sings for simple doable home decor. Even more... when it's inexpensive to make. Oh!  And packs a WOW! Are you ready for a project that's all that and more? I'm go to show you how to create a flowery book page pumpkin that's extraordinary!     The best part is that it's whimsical.... it delights children... and make adults smile. I brought one with me when I went to visit a friend and she fell in love with it. Don't you think it's looks adorable in her tabletop greenhouse.     Sometimes we take seasonal home decor too … [Read more...]

We're in the holiday home stretch. For those of us in the States, we're counting down the days to Thanksgiving.  Just 26 from today! This time of year, I really enjoy pumpkin dishes.  You too? I make a pretty mean pumpkin pie... but my repertoire of tried and true pumpkin recipes is pretty small. That just might all change with these....   13 Pumpkin Recipes 3 Ingredient Pumpkin Cake from Robyn's View  Pumpkin Scones with Pumpkin Spice Icing from Simply Suzanne's Easy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Truffles from A Mitten Full of Savings  Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding with Caramel from Scattered … [Read more...]

  Today we're making another stop at my friend's home to see her lovely living room dressed for fall. Earlier in the season I showed you her jewel-toned dining room, her stunning entryway, and I showed off my book page pumpkins on her screen porch.     This past weekend I was at her home and finally the sun came out so I could get some good shots of her living room.   In between a trip to the farmers' market and breezing out for a stop at the hob lob, I grabbed my camera and shot a few photos.  I didn't take a lot of photos... this is pretty much everything.  This was not a photo … [Read more...]

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...]

Have you noticed?  It's getting dark so early these days. Gone is the after dinner walk.  [very sad face] With more time being spend inside, it's time to make our homes a warm and welcoming sanctuary for our families. There were so many Great Ideas this week for cozying up our homes. Here are just a few of the many... Home. Made. Cozy. 16 Ways     Faux Statuary by Homeward Found Decor DIY Reclaimed Wood Bathroom Shelves by Edea Smith Bubble Bubble Toil & Trouble by The Heathered Nest Headboard Turned Quilt Rack by Bre Purposed Empire Dresser Reveal by Forever … [Read more...]

 Please … “Pin-it” – Share it on Facebook – Stumble it! My friend mentioned to me that there just had to be something she could do with the garbage can filled with acorns she had just raked up from her yard...aside from starting an oak forest.   You too? Recently, I shared the first of several upcoming ideas for creating home decor with acorns here.     Can you imagine living in a virtual oak forest and never having crafted anything with acorns?  [guilty] This year...I'm making up for lost time.  There's a county park within walking distance and I've filled up a couple of bags of … [Read more...]

Last year I went hunting for acorns.  I walked for what seemed like miles through the woods that rimmed the cornfield, eyes to the ground, carefully searching for those little nuts with cute hats.  After expending all that effort in the hunt, I walked home with a small handful.  That's all! This year I had success and found all the acorns I ever wanted!    Please … “Pin-it” – Share it on Facebook – Stumble it!   You know how you hear that there will be a bad winter when there are lots of acorns? Last winter was the worst I've known, and there were hardly any acorns in my neck of the … [Read more...]

  We talk about living with joy here at An Extraordinary Day.  All the time. But, it doesn't always happen, does it? What do you think is your number one joy stealer?     Fretting! Let's stop for a minute and think about this. If you find yourself stewing on something, fretting about it, trying to figure out how something will or won't happen, you are expending a lot of mental energy. Wasted energy. Fretting does not produce anything other than more worry. All the fretting in the world doesn't change the outcome of a problem.   Fretting is a real joy … [Read more...]

Welcome to Project Inspire{d}! I am so glad you're here! What is it about rainy Mondays?  Really, I cannot complain!  Despite two hard frosts on Friday and Saturday mornings, we had the most beautiful weekend and I had so much fun taking photos of the mist rising from the lake and the beautiful colored foliage.  Sunday afternoon we went for a long walk and stopped at the school playground to swing on the swings.   I even took a paddle boat ride and enjoyed the colors from the lake.  In October!!  And we haven't even had Indian Summer yet! I hope you had an extraordinary weekend too! Thank you so much … [Read more...]

Welcome to Project Inspire{d}! I am so glad you're here! Can you believe we're already a week into October?!  And boy has October been different than the warm sunny days of September.  I think it's rained every. single. day!  As I type, I'm hearing thunder and seeing lightning.  We've had so much rain that the little boats at the dock were nearly submerged.  That's a LOT of water!! Well enough of the weather chat.  I hope you have sunny skies and beautiful color wherever you look. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by, link up your Great Ideas, link back, and leave your warm words. You … [Read more...]

What is your source of joy and delight? Please "pin" and share this image.  Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4   More than anything God wants us to find our delight in him. He wants to be our source of joy. He want to be the one we go to for everything. He wants to be our all in all.   The funny thing about this... God leaves it all up to us. He knows the benefit for us when we delight in him. Yet, he doesn't make us delight in him. He does, though, give us every opportunity to know him, to delight in his … [Read more...]

It's pumpkin time! I confess I am totally smitten with pumpkins.  You can find me plumping the window box with pumpkins, tweaking muffin mixes with pumpkin, "pumpkinscaping" my sideboard with pumpkins, and even making pumpkins from paperback books. When I saw all your pumpkin time treats this week, I did the happy dance. Here are 12 Pumpkin Ideas from sweets to decor....     Thrifty Find Upcycled DIY Vintage Pumpkin from Edea Smith Pumpkin and Plaid Wreath from Posed Perfection Canning Lid Pumpkin from The Turquoise Home Slow Cooker Sticky Caramel Pumpkin Cake from Platter … [Read more...]

It's true!  I've been at it again..creating home decor with book pages. Today, I'm going to show you how to make pumpkins made from paperback books and create realistic pumpkin stems, too.     Right now, pumpkins and gourds are overflowing at every farm stand along the road. They're beautiful and colorful and expensive. So...what'a gal to do when her pocketbook isn't filled with extra pennies for a plethora of pumpkins? Create them from book pages, of course! A nice tall book page pumpkin is easy to make.  Crafting skills not required! And those amazing pumpkin stems? … [Read more...]

Growing up, it wasn't unusual for me to bring home an armload of books from the library on a weekly basis. One of my favorite reads was the Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maude Montgomery. I loved Anne Shirley for her joy of life, not to mention the entertaining mishaps she got herself into by living life to the full.   Please "pin" this image and share it on Facebook.   There are a few stories that stand out in my mind. How fitting that this quote is from one of those memorable chapters... OCTOBER was a beautiful month at Green Gables, when the birches in the hollow turned … [Read more...]

  If you've been following here for any length of time, you know how much I love book page projects. Creating everything from Christmas trees to medallion wreaths, to spring-flowering branches with book pages makes my heart sing.     As summer rolled into fall, I got the itch to create another book page project. Any guesses as to what I might have tried my hand at? Yup! You guessed it! Pumpkins and gourds.    Please "pin" and share this image.   You really can create pumpkins and gourds from paperback books! Especially if you have a great … [Read more...]

   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}!   I am so glad you're here! I'm pretty sure this seems silly, but when the clock strikes 8 on Monday nights, my heart starts racing with anticipation.   I cannot wait to see what Great Ideas you link up!  You are so talented. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by, link up, link back, and leave your warm words. You are the best!!   I was going through my archives and this post … [Read more...]