Welcome to Inspiration Friday No. 34!

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Once again, we tip our hats to all of you amazingly talented folks who come over and join us each week!
And, once again, we find it nearly impossible to pick out only a few to highlight.
Before we jump into our Features from last week’s party, we have another copy-cat on our hands!
Vanessa decided to tackle this one so let’s hear about it from her.
Hey guys!
I was wanting to add some fun Fall decor to my kitchen but didn’t want anything overly fussy or something I would have to move around while I prepared meals.

When I saw that Amanda from My Heart’s Desire linked this up to our party last week, I knew it would be just the thing! Simple, fun and just right for a Fall kitchen.
The only items I purchased were the corn kernels and the split peas. The white beans I was planning on using to make some soup but
why make soup with them when you can create something decorative?
I pulled out my simple glass hurricane and loaded it up!
Some fun and whispy orange ribbon tied around the top completed the look.
It was the perfect way to add a touch of Fall to my kitchen island!
Thank you Amanda for sharing this idea with us!
Speaking of Kitchen Islands, here is a recap of what we were up to this week at the Fence.
Did you happen to see Heather’s Kitchen Island Transformation?
If you missed it, hop on over and check it out and if you already saw it, well, you can just hop on over and see it again! Be sure to stay tuned next week for the tutorial on how she accomplished this makeover.
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Vanessa shared the second of her two Fireplace Mantels all dressed up for Fall, and next week she will be sharing a fun fall craft perfect for the kiddos in your life!
And now, let’s check out those Features from last week’s party!
We knew we would like Rachael from House of Noise…I Mean Boys right away when the first few lines of her post referenced Anne of Green Gables! We could pretty much quote every single word of those books/movies so we like to think that we are now kindred spirits with Rachael.
Her gorgeous fall leaf garland was just the icing on the cake in our book!
Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs showed us how to make this gorgeous wool pillow out of an old sweater! She claims she shrunk her hubby’s sweater by accident
but we suspect she knew all along it would make a beautiful Fall pillow. ;-)
She also includes a fantastic tutorial for making that beautiful sunflower embellishment.
We adore this Pumpkin Spice Yarn Wreath that Katie Little Things Bring Smiles shared with us!
Doesn’t it just make you think of cool, crip days and the colors of Autumn.
Or, if you are like us it makes you think of a Pumpkin Spice Latte
with a dollop of whipped cream of course!
When Sherry from No Minimalist Here shared this DIY $4.00 Chalk Paint, we were beyond impressed!
Who knew we had a paint-ologist among us?
Sherry came up with her own formula for a version of the uber-popular Chalk Paint and we think it is an absolutely wonderful alternative for those of us whose budgets aren’t quite ready to try out the original version. Or, if perhaps you are wanting to create your own unique and custom colors.
It is obvious from this vanity how beautifully it works!
We are suckers for little girls in tutus so this next one really caught our eye!
Mrs. G Growing Up Gardner shared this No Sew Pumpkin “TuTutorial” and while we think it is beyond adorable, we are pretty sure her darling daughter stole the show!
Thank you to all of our features this week as well as to all of you who share your amazing ideas, projects and inspiration with us each and every week! If you were featured today (or have been featured in the past) please grab the featured at button code located in our sidebar!

Are you following At The Picket Fence on Facebook?  Don’t forget we feature many of your links during the week on our Facebook Page! If you’ve been featured there, grab a button as well! Thank you to everyone who shared so many fabulous posts with us last week!  We appreciate you!
Now it’s time to share with us what has inspired you this week!
Thank you so much for joining us for Inspiration Friday at the Fence,
When you are done linking up head over and party with the other Friday Party Friends:


Now all ya PARTY PEOPLE it’s time to link on up…here’s the rules!
  • Friend At The Picket Fence in some capacity
  • Link Up any post you’ve written that has Inspired You and will Inspire Others-it can be a home improvement project, craft, recipe, story, devotional…if it inspires link it up!
  • Be sure to link back to your original post and not just your url (main blog address)
  • Please post our button (code in the sidebar) or a text link on your blog so others can join in the fun! (MANDATORY)
  • Visit another guest. Please try and visit at least the link directly above and below you! We try to visit as many posts as we can but as Inspiration Friday grows and especially during the busy summer months, sometimes we miss some and for that we apologize.  It makes us feed good knowing others are visiting people as well!  Thank you..it truly means a lot to us!
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  1. Love the hurricanes….so festive.

    Thanks so much for hosting.


  2. Thanks so much for hosting! The candles look great. I might have to steal that idea for my dining room centerpiece!

  3. Wow, those are super selections for features! I really love the pumpkin tutu! If my daughter sees it online, she will be wantin’ it! The kitchen island came out great! Love the styling on your photography for it. Thanks for hosting, andrea@townandprairie

  4. Thanks for sharing such greatness, and thanks for hosting such a fun partay!

  5. Thanks for hosting girls:) Martina

  6. I love the lentils! Such clever girlies!

  7. Great features. That tutu is so cute. Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend.

  8. Loving the hurricanes dressed up for fall, will make a perfect addition for a autumn tablescape. Fabulous features as always,enjoying all the creative links here. Heather’s kitchen island transformation is so very impressive… and she is a “beauty” indeed! I love the combination of the white beadboard panels and the dark walnut counter…looks gorgeous like you see on the pages of a magazine! The caddy with the silver ware and greenery makes everything picture perfect. A job well done! Thanks for being our gracious hostess tonight. Have a great weekend!~Poppy


  9. I love the hurricane idea. Thanks for hosting.

  10. Fabulous Features! WOW… Thanks for hosting this party. It’s aways fun and very learn lots of stuff!

  11. Thanks so much for having me today. Happy Friday!

    Best wishes,

  12. Really cute hurricane. I have to tell you- somehow I had missed that post about chalk paint earlier so thanks for that link! Great job you are doing! xo Diana

  13. Thanks so much for hosting! I’m linked in! What great features!

  14. love, love, love these jars with all the fall goodies layered! just linked up, thanks for doing the honors! xoxo

  15. LOVE these features! I just love fall! Your copycat vase looks awesome! Thanks for hosting!!

  16. Thanks a million for the plug and thanks for hosting. I’ve already been to a few links. Awesome inspiration…have a wonderful weekend!

  17. Vanessa and Heather,

    Love your inspirational parties; thanks so much for hosting.

    My contribution this week is a simple “how to” for working with what we refer to as the “vexing and dastardly double D-ring hangers” that so often are placed on the back of large pictures or mirrors. I hope to inspire others to be fearless in selecting those items to hang, because the process can be made quite simple!

    And, if I can also try to inspire on a slightly more weighty topic, I appreciate your time … National Fire Safety and Prevention week will start Oct 9 this year. A primary goal of this event is increased fire safety awareness and education. I have a giveaway in process on my blog in support of the upcoming event / week in the hopes that some folks will review or learn new fire safety information.


  18. Your hurricanes look very pretty for fall. Love the kitchen island! Very nice features! Thanks for having us over! Happy Fall!

  19. Hey Heather & Vanessa! Hope you ladies have a great week. Some great features this wee. And the island Heather, just wow! Thanks for hosting. Your party is soo much fun. = )

    ~ Catie

  20. adore the features and
    of course
    that gorgeous new kitchen island

    all linked up girls!


  21. Hello ladies,
    LOVE Heather’s island…Mr.CC has gotta see this one!!! I also saw those colorful bean/candle display and want to do me some here at my nest.


  22. Hi Ladies, Thank you so much for featuring my vanity and DIY chalk paint. I enjoy looking at all the inspiration here and appreciate you hosting this party.

  23. Great features. I have got to try the thing with the corn and beans. Love the fall colors. Thanks for being great hosts.

  24. Thank you so much for hosting! Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

  25. Thanks for hosting girls. Love the Fall hurricanes! Have a fabulous weekend.

  26. Thanks so much for hosting love visiting everyone and joining in on the party!

  27. Jeesh, this is an awesome link up of talent!
    Thank you for hosting!
    Kerry at housetalkn.blogspot.com

  28. Adore your hurricane creations! Love and hugs!

  29. Hi ladies! Oh, this is the cutest hurricane! You did good!
    Thanks for hosting,
    shelia ;)

  30. When I made my apothecary jars last year, it took a ton of beans and lentils! Yours looks so pretty with the wispy ribbon. :-)
    Glad I could link up this week. Now that the yard is finally done, I’ll have more time to play around my interiors! LOL I am so behind- last year I rushed it and had everything up in August! Just a wee bit early….

  31. Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says:

    Hi girls!!
    We have a couple of the same features this week~ lol!! :) Thanks for hosting!

  32. A Pretty Life in the Suburbs says:

    Hi! Thank you very much for featuring my pillow! Going to have to shrink another wool sweater soon…. ;)

  33. Thank you so much for the feature! And I really enjoyed looking at everyone else’s amazing things. So much fun and inspiration out here in blogland! – RM

  34. Tina´s PicStory says:

    I like this corn in the glass. nice idea :)

  35. That little vanity is gorgeous,i have got to try making some chalk paint,the inspiration out here is mind blowing,
    Have a great weekend x

  36. Junky Vagabond says:

    Yay! I love to have stuff to link up :) Thanks for hosting; I always look forward to looking for new inspiration.

  37. Oh.My.Goodness! I am about to pop with excitement seeing my hurricanes featured!! Thank you, and I do love your version!!
    As always, I, too, love this linky for great ideas that make me “think outside the box!”

  38. Bootersmom03 says:

    Thanks for hosting! Looking forward to seeing all the great projects! Have a great weekend!

  39. Thank you so much for hosting! Can’t wait to look through all the links!

  40. Marcia - Crafty Sewing and Quilting says:

    Thanks Vanessa and Heather for Hosting! This is my third week to join you! Enjoying hopping around to get all sorts of inspiration! Thanks!

  41. Love the layered hurricanes! Perfect Fall colors … looks beautiful! I did only the corn in two of mine and layered beans and peas in one of my canisters. Ya got me thinking (AGAIN) that I need to add more layers to my little old corn! And, thanks for hosting, friends … I crashed twice this week. Ooopsie. xoxo

  42. Love the dried beans and corn. I’m planning to do something like that. Is that POP corn, or did you actually find dried corn some place? I like that!

  43. Great photos! Love the clarity. Thanks for hosting another successful party! I’m stepping away from home decor and touching into personal decor today.

  44. Thanks, as always, Vanessa & Heather, for hosting these wonderful parties.
    :) CAS

  45. Incredible features…..very inspiring!!! =))

  46. Terrific features! Thanks so much fo being gracious hostesses!

  47. Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale says:

    this party is getting so big these days! :)
    heather, your kitchen is fabulous…great job!
    thanks to you both for hosting each week…there’s so much inspiration to be found here!!

  48. The vanity is so adorable and fabulously done. Thanks for the wonderful features and for hosting this wonderful Friday shin dig!


  49. Another amazing week of projects, ladies! (How did we get to Week #34 already?!!!) Hope you both have a fantastic weekend.

  50. So many blogs, so little time! I am so impressed and inspired!

  51. I’m late but I’m here – that’s what counts right ;) I have been dying to try that $4 chalk paint concoction from Sherry. Can’t beat $4!

  52. SOOOO much lovely creativity.

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