Be inspired today with these fun and creative patriotic holiday decorating ideas... Holidays give me a great reason to have people over. We love spending time with friends in an informal way. There's something about a holiday that puts everyone in a more celebratory mood. Plus... it gives me a theme for table decor and more.     With that in mind... Memorial Day is almost here and it's the perfect reason to open the cupboards and drawers and pull out all things red, white, and blue. Since Memorial Day is about remembrance and appreciation, it's a great teaching … [Read more...]

Today I'm back with an idea for more easy to make coastal Christmas decor. Previously I shared my coastal styled poinsettia pillow which was beautiful and simple to make.  When it comes to holiday decorating, I love handmade items, but I want to get them done in a snap and I want them to look fabulous.     All the criteria were met with this whimsical art, plus it was inexpensive, too! Lucy from Craftberry Bush heard her friends ask for coastal styled art and she nailed it with this fun and FREE watercolor printable. I downloaded mine to a memory stick and drove over to Staples. … [Read more...]

  This year I'm not going to be celebrating Thanksgiving at home.  But, I cannot pass on the decorating.  A good friend and I were planning a day together and I asked her if I could put together a centerpiece and something fun for her sideboard in her style and do a photo shoot of it at her lovely condo.  She said, "Yes!" My friend decorates mostly with grays and silvers and blacks, and her walls are the loveliest shade of cool blue, warmed with beautiful rich wood floors.  Except for a few red accents, she stays within that color palette.  With that in mind I went shopping. When I'm working at … [Read more...]

  Recently I  did a little thrift and antique store hopping with my good friend.  We had so much fun. One thing Rochelle collects is vintage aluminum trays.  They're inexpensive, they don't take a lot of storage space, and they can be used for all sorts of things. Serving beverages? Grab a tray.  Serving appetizers? Use a tray.  Serving several kinds of ice cream for a sundae bar? A tray makes a great slop-proof surface. And then my favorite... using a tray to frame a moment (vignette).     After shopping with my friend, we went to her house and played.  Do you do that too?  She … [Read more...]

In busyness of the season, you may have missed my popular series, Creating Christmas Memories with Vignettes. Each week we were blessed by one of my blogging friends as they shared their Christmas Memories with a special vignette or maybe several.  More than anything, I loved the stories they shared.  Our heart strings seem to be more sensitive this time of year.   Maybe now that everything is decorated, you'll enjoy their posts in a new and fresh way.  It's a good time to take a look at your decor and make plans now to create Christmas memories to be treasured with vignettes. If you missed the … [Read more...]

Time.  No one has enough.  When it comes to creative holiday craft ideas, I like projects I can accomplish quickly.  This grapevine banner wreath was a quick and easy project. I know you'll love making one too.  It's guaranteed to make a statement wherever you hang it. Speaking of creative holiday craft ideas... You all brought a ton of creativity to Project Inspire{d} this week. Here are just a few cute and crafty ideas...  10 Cute & Creative Holiday Craft Ideas   Joy Vintage Doily Christmas Banner by Electric Red Barn Brown Paper Packages by Delineate Your Dwelling Piped Basket … [Read more...]

Manger Scene Memories   I am happy to join Diane for Creating Christmas Memories with Vignettes. She asked if I would create a vignette and tell a story and the first thing that came to me was to share this manger scene.  This was the manger scene of my childhood.  I happened to inherit it last Christmas.     The thing I remember most about this was how crazy I was about Baby Jesus. I used to sit and look at this manger and stare and play with Baby Jesus; I was maybe four, it is one of my earliest memories.     I have always been enamored with babies.  I went … [Read more...]

Inspiring Christmas Vignettes Hello. I’m so happy to be here today on An Extraordinary Day. Diane is such a talented and wonderful blogger and I was thrilled she asked me to share some of my Christmas vignettes with you. As Diane mentioned to me, vignettes are little snapshots or memories and as I combed through my holiday projects to decide what I was going to share here, it was a wonderful trip down memory lane. I hope you enjoy my projects.  Creative Decor   Vintage Button Snowflake Ornament  |  Miniature Yule Log  |  Apple Advent Countdown  | Winter Centerpiece  |  Brown Paper Packages Advent  … [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...]

I can't believe how quickly this month is flying by!  We're less than three weeks from Halloween! At our house, we don't usually decorate for Halloween.  But, I truly enjoy fall decorating and some years there's a lot of pumpkinizing going on.  I've heard that Halloween decor is running second, behind Christmas in retail sales, so I know some of you are having a lot of fun decorating your homes.  If you're still looking for ideas....we have some really Great Ideas for you this week from this week's Project Inspire{d} link party.   9 Fun Halloween Ideas....   SpiderWeb Halloween Wreath by It's … [Read more...]

What's your favorite way to decorate for the Fourth of July? Me?  I love to use American flags.  Lots of flags. The more stars and stripes the better.     Here's a little Fourth of July spectacular from the archives to inspire your holiday decorating.   Speaking of the Fourth of July.... Last weekend I shared some really Extraordinary Inspiration for decorating and entertaining for the 4th of July or any patriotic holiday. What a great round-up of festive ideas from last week's link party!! There's more.... Click here if you missed it!   This is one fun … [Read more...]

Extraordinary Inspiration for Your Weekend No. 4 25 Ideas for a Memorable Fourth of July   The American celebration of Independence Day is less than a week away! Many of us celebrate by hanging the stars and stripes, hosting a BBQ, and attending a local fireworks show. If you'd like to make your celebration just a little extraordinary, be inspired here....     Red, White, & Blue Frozen Fruit Puree Shooters by Little Miss Celebration   Patriotic Porch Decor by Sweethaute   Patriotic Drop Cloth Pillow by Confessions of a Serial DIYer   Red, White, and … [Read more...]

This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated through your purchase at these links.  Raise your hand if you're a huge fan of red, white, and blue, and all things patriotic. Image From Memorial Day through the Fourth of July, I love accenting my home with stars and stripes. This sweet kitchen sets the stage beautifully for Christmas decorating, fall decor, or yes....a spectacular Fourth of July. It's so easy to do with the addition of a mason jar filled with American flags, a collection of bowls or containers in any combination of reds, whites, and blues.  And of course table runners, … [Read more...]

Memorial Day, a Day of Remembrance. What a debt of gratitude we owe to those who have given their lives in sacrifice for our dear country.  May God's protection, guidance, and blessing be on each one currently serving and their families.  And may we never forget the cost.     I admit it, I'm a pretty patriotic gal. Usually, each year between Memorial Day and Independence Day I like to decorate with red, white, and blue around my house to show my country's colors.  Last year, I put this little window vignette together.  Maybe it will inspire you to decorate with red, white, and blue … [Read more...]

Do you realize, Easter is less than two weeks away?! I haven't even begun to think about Easter decorating.  But, I know many of you have it on your mind. In fact, this rustic burlap Easter egg wreath I made last year has been getting lots and lots of views this year.   I love that it was quick and easy and inexpensive to put together.   And there's plenty of time if you want to make one too!   Here's a glimpse of what was extraordinary on the blog this past week....   Sharing Encouraging Words | Joy Day! Celebrate Your Joys     Now...I can't wait to see … [Read more...]

The Valentine bug has hit me.  My head has been whirling with projects. This little project from last year is one that I enjoyed way beyond Valentine's Day.  It just made my heart smile.  So, I thought I'd bring it out from the archives.  And, since this little blog has grown a lot since last year, you probably missed it the first time around.  It's super easy and you can follow the framed dimensional heart tutorial here.     And now on to our Extraordinary Link Party....   Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline    ~   Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday Stephanie Chan from The Silly … [Read more...]

We are just a month away from Valentine's Day. Are you looking for a little Valentine's Day decor inspiration? Here's a post from the archives for a super simple Valentine Vintage Window.     I love simple and easy projects and this Valentine vintage window certainly was all that and delivered a huge bang too.  Plus it's been pinned nearly a thousand times.  Click here to pin-it.   And now on to our Extraordinary Link Party....   Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline    ~   Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday Stephanie Chan from The Silly Pearl    ~    Diane from An … [Read more...]