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 … [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...]

It's apple picking time! When we lived in New York State, we had a favorite apple barn and orchard to visit.  Picking apples there was just part of our fun.  I was so smitten with the extraordinary floral arrangements and the perfect apple pie served in the apple barn, just that was worth the long drive.  If you'd like a glimpse, you can come along for a visit here. Speaking of apples... Oh my goodness....I was drooling at all the wonderful recipes linked up this week!   Here are 8 Apple Delights that you'll enjoy eating for sure....    Please... Pin and share this image on Facebook … [Read more...]

 I'm pleased to partner with Plaid Crafts and Blueprint Social to introduce you to FolkArt® Stencils & Paints.   Add the feeling of fall to your home in unexpected ways.   Often when we think of fall decor we think of pumpkins, gourds, and colorful leaves. May I challenge you to think outside the box? I sure did when I created these fun, stenciled, animal print plates. Don't you agree....they're fabulous and unexpected? Certainly for my home decor. Today I'm going to show you how to use stencils, so you too, can create fabulous unexpected fall … [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 don't know about you....but I'm really starting to get that fall-ish feeling.  Have you noticed the aroma of fall in the air.  I love it! Weather-wise we're supposed to hit the high 70's later this week.  More warm weather!  Even though it's feeling fall-ish, I'll take it! On Saturday afternoon we went for a row-boat ride around the little lake.  We noticed a few trees … [Read more...]

It's the little things that take life from ordinary to extraordinary. Don't miss my simple, low cost tips, ideas, and inspiration for extraordinary living. Do you recognize that statement? It's found in the green box on the sidebar over on the right. It's my teaser to get you to sign up to receive An Extraordinary Day by email.     The little things. Have you ever noticed a young girl playing with miniatures for hours, happy as a clam? Kids love their little treasures. They collect tiny things by the pocketful. But, as we get older, we set our sights on larger … [Read more...]

Raise your hand if you love the colors of fall.     As much as I appreciate and enjoy a neutral palette with just a punch of color, the jewel tones of fall make my heart sing. When used beautifully in a room, those jewel tones of fall create a warmth and coziness that make me feel safe. Color is like that.     If I were to tell you my favorite colors I'd tell you I love red, blue, green, and yellow. Not usually all at the same time. Except in the fall. Then, I want them all!     For the most part of the last nineteen years I have … [Read more...]

  Are you getting excited for Thanksgiving? Usually, we gather with friends and family we rarely see and enjoy those foods we only eat at Thanksgiving. If I'm hosting the meal, I put almost as much effort into creating a beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescape as I do the meal.     I have to admit, for me, it isn't all about the food.  Though I have shared a few recipes that would be a great addition to your Thanksgiving menu.  My Far East Celery is crunchy and light and makes a perfect accompaniment to turkey and stuffing.  Or a true fall dish that you can enjoy as a salad or … [Read more...]

I know...I've been an awful tease. First I gathered some pine cones, made them pop! and told you they were for a wreath. Then, I decorated the mantel with a sweater vase filled with pampas grass and peacock feathers and mentioned the wreath. And if you saw some of my posts on Facebook, you probably feel doubly teased. Maybe you were beginning to wonder if you would ever see this wreath.   Today is the day for unveiling my Pampas Grass Wreath embellished with pine cones and peacock feathers. So without further ado....drum roll please...     I love that nature provided … [Read more...]

Have you ever done any decorating with pampas grass?     This lovely row of beautiful plumes grows over at the neighbor's home.  They have a landscaping business, so their property is beautifully landscaped with trees and shrubs and ornamental grasses.  It's like a small arboretum.  The rear of the property has rows of plantings where this pampas grass grows.     One day as my friend and I were pulling grapevines growing wild in the pine trees, I kept noticing the long fluffy row of pampas grass rustling in the wind.  I was so intrigued with them and they were so … [Read more...]

Raise your hand if you enjoy fall nesting. Do you transition your fall decor from September through Thanksgiving?   Last year I had fun playing with my then, new-to-me sideboard. I thought it would be fun to take a look back to see the process I went through. This photo is the last iteration before Christmas.     Please pop over to the post and see where it all started, and the changes that led to this. While you're at it....please let me know which version you like best.   Where are you in the fall nesting process these days?  With Halloween behind us and Thanksgiving … [Read more...]

Welcome to Day 29 of 31 Extraordinary Days to Be...  Or...simply: Be... Together, we will learn to Be… to live fully and beautifully in our “skin” and in our homes and beyond.  If you missed The Introduction or you'd like to follow the entire series, you can find each post listed here.   "To be, or not to be?" Good question! The correct answer is...to be.   Hands down!   The second question might be, "To do, or not to do?" What? Doing is good isn't it? Yes, it can be.     During this #31Days series we've been exploring being versus doing. Often, if we … [Read more...]

Welcome to Day 24 of 31 Extraordinary Days to Be...  Or...simply: Be... Together, we will learn to Be… to live fully and beautifully in our “skin” and in our homes and beyond.  If you missed The Introduction or you'd like to follow the entire series, you can find each post listed here.     If you've been following this blog for even a little while, you have a pretty good idea of how much I enjoy God's magnificent creation.  So for fun, I thought I'd put together a little vignette.     As so often happens...one thing morphed into another.     It started … [Read more...]

Welcome to Day 20 of 31 Extraordinary Days to Be...  Or...simply: Be... Together, we will learn to Be… to live fully and beautifully in our “skin” and in our homes and beyond.  If you missed The Introduction or you'd like to follow the entire series, you can find each post listed here.   Last Sunday we took a drive with some friends to visit a local university's gardens in the country.  On our way home we drove past a small lake and were totally blown away by the awesome color. Four excited adults exited the car and quietly shouted for joy, exclaiming the glories of the beautiful colors, and … [Read more...]

Welcome to Day 17 of 31 Extraordinary Days to Be...  Or...simply: Be... Together, we will learn to Be… to live fully and beautifully in our “skin” and in our homes and beyond.  If you missed The Introduction or you'd like to follow the entire series, you can find each post listed here.   My good friend often says to me, "Diane, you think too much." Have you been guilty of thinking too much?   We are creative people. Yes, even you.   The problem is that creativity gets hindered when we think too much. And that gives way to this exclamation, "I'm not … [Read more...]