Wow! That was fast! I cannot believe how quickly the Christmas season zoomed in and out this year. We were blessed to have had some special time with my husband's family, plus a brief time with dear friends we rarely see.  I know the holidays are not wonderful for everyone.  But, I do hope in the midst of it all, you were able to sense God's amazing love for you.  It's that love that brought us the very best gift we'll ever know. Do you ring in the New Year with family and friends?  However you celebrate, large or small, quiet or loud, we've got some delicious New Year's Eve menu ideas from this week's Project … [Read more...]

How would you like to make your holidays brighter?   I'm so excited to be able to give you the opportunity to  win a $250 Visa gift card courtesy of BlueMountain.com.  Click here to enter.  Someone is going to be super blessed!     Last week my friend Melanie linked up a Christmas post to Project Inspire{d} that touched my heart.  She talked about how much she had to do for Christmas, how her decor wasn't really blog/magazine worthy, and then she shared this... My old, plastic light-up nativity set may seem cheap to some, but my kids absolutely love it. They spend time … [Read more...]

I love wreaths! Typically you can find a wreath in almost every room of my home.  Especially at Christmas.    Last year I had so much fun playing with this white birch for a table setting that I decided to make a natural white birch wreath, too.  It's not round like a "normal" wreath... which makes it even more fun for me. If you're still trying to get some Christmas decor up on your walls or doors, there is still time.  If you try make a wreath like this... please let me know.  I'd love to see yours.   It's time for Project Inspire{d}! I am so glad you're here! Before we get … [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...]

Ready for a hot holiday tip? Do you take pictures of your past holiday decor or table settings? If you don't, I urge you to do that.  Bloggers have a tendency to take lots of photos, and I was "guilty" of that in my pre-blogging years.  But, now as I look back, I'm so glad I did.  It helps me remember the good ideas and get the creative juices flowing when I'm tired from all the festivities and I might still have some decorating to do, or tables to set for those special dinners and parties. Why not create a special file on your computer, just for holiday decor you want to remember?  I think you'll find … [Read more...]

Fun things are happening this week on the blog, including two blog hops that I'm blessed to participate in. I'm super excited about this one that is totally about a whimsical way to enjoy a treasured memory that many of us have... bringing home the Christmas tree.     Speaking of Christmas trees... This week you were in the true spirit of Christmas and from all your shared creativity, Malia selected:  12 "Tree"mendous Christmas Tree Ideas   Vintage Christmas Tree Delivery Truck by Sadie Seasongoods Pallet Wood Rustic Christmas Coasters by Scrapality Birch Branch Christmas Tree from … [Read more...]

It's Cyber Monday! Raise your hand if you've been shopping for deals online. I want to make your Christmas shopping a breeze, so I joined with some of my blogging pals and created the The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide.  Here's my part.  I'd love for you to stop here and here and check out all the goodness. And if you choose to purchase through the links there... you will make my day and help support me and An Extraordinary Day.  Mwah!   And now... It's time for Project Inspire{d}! I am so glad you're here!    Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline ~ Malia from Yesterday on … [Read more...]

Did you realize tomorrow is the first Sunday in Advent? I missed the memo. Just in case you're a little behind, like me, here's my not so typical Advent wreath from last year.     Observing Advent is a great way to prepare for the true meaning of Christmas. If you need a few ideas for observing Advent you'll want to check out this post.   And speaking of Christmas... This week we have some Great Ideas! for our weekend wrap up, just for YOU! Our features from Project Inspire{d} are all about the colors Red and White ~ everything from food and drinks to … [Read more...]

I cannot believe Thanksgiving is just about here! Did someone push the accelerator button?  Because time seems to be whizzing by at warp speed. All the more reason to take a few minutes to slow down... breathe... and acknowledge our blessings. I love this quote and printable from the archives... “When it comes to life the critical thing is, whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” Gilbert Chesterton I know you'll want to download my free gratitude printable, to post at your work station, on the fridge, or even frame and place in a vignette for a constant … [Read more...]

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? I confess... usually I have plenty of plans made by this time... but I don't necessarily do well in the execution department unless I get all the details prepared a week in advance.  Let's just say someone might have had a meltdown. One thing I like to do is have my table planned out and set ahead of time.  For me, that is an important detail that gives me a lot of peace and joy. This year I created an Oak Leaf  Thanksgiving Menu Frame for the buffet.     You can read all the details at Mod Podge Rocks.   And speaking of Thanksgiving … [Read more...]

I have a special message for Mother Nature... No more snow!  Holy Cow!  It isn't even Thanksgiving yet!! Since she no doubt is covering her ears... I'm covering my eyes... and pretending there is still green grass and falling leaves... and all things wonderfully fall.  Who's with me?   Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Here are some Thanksgiving tablescapes from the archives that would be extraordinary for your holiday dinners.  I hope you find a tip or two that you can use this year.     Cozy & Warm Homespun Table Setting Mixing Gold & Silver for Thanksgiving Table … [Read more...]

This was what I saw when I looked out the window yesterday, before we got several more inches of white lake-effect fluff. I am so not ready for snow. Leaves are still coming down. What is Mother Nature thinking? Does she not know... Winter does not officially arrive for another 36 days!! On the other hand... it is beautiful. Regardless... I still have fall and Thanksgiving on the brain. If you do too, you'll want to check out my tutorial for making beautiful natural leaf chargers for your Thanksgiving table.  Be watching for my Thanksgiving tablescape on Tuesday, followed up by another fun tutorial for … [Read more...]

It's Monday and time for Project Inspire{d}! I am so glad you're here!    Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline ~ Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday Stephanie Chan from The Silly Pearl ~ Diane from An Extraordinary Day   Just in case you missed all the extraordinary goodness from this past week...  God's Richest Blessings! :: Joy Day! Create a Flowery Book Page Pumpkin Soul Feeding :: Christian Living Bundle Creating Christmas Memories with Vignettes Plus...Project Inspire{d} Link Party Features: 20 Great Ideas for Thanksgiving! Stop back every day this week for some … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Welcome to Project Inspire{d}! I am so glad you're here! What a fun weekend!  We went out of town to attend a high school football game on Friday night.  It was a cross-town rivalry between my school and my husband's high school team for the conference championship.  Can you believe eleven thousand were in attendance for that game?  Me either... but my old high school has plenty of school spirit and a fabulous marching band.   Highlights of the weekend included going to the farmers' market, enjoying the big MSU/U of M game, noshing on good eats, and spending a few hours studying the shelves at Hobby Lobby.   … [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...]