Welcome to Inspiration Friday No. 43!

Can you believe it is the first weekend in December? We are so excited for the month ahead which will be filled with lots of great ideas, recipes and fantastic giveaways!

Thank you so much for coming over and partying with us last weekend. We know it was a busy time for everyone but we sure do appreciate those of you who joined in!

Before we jump into the party this week, we want to take a minute and introduce you to our newest sponsors here at the Fence. The talent among this group is incredible and we feel honored to be partnering with them!


At juNxtaposition you can find the coolest typeset necklaces, tags and prints! I know my tween would love one of these cool necklaces!
We’re also happy to be working with Chatty Chics!

She has such a darling new blog full of great ideas, projects and giveaways! Be sure to stop by and tell her the gals At The Picket Fence sent ya!
We also want to remind you again of what will be happening around here next week. There is a flurry of activity going on in our homes as we get ready for this fun event!
Are you ready for it?

And a little birdie told us there would be some AMAZING GIVEAWAYS going on during the party….cause it’s not Christmas without GIFTS…and who better to shower gifts on then the best bloggers around!! Wondering what we’ll all be giving away?!
Well you’ll have to check in on each party to see what you can WIN!!

Whether you join one party or all 9 of them, we know you will have a great time sharing your creativity with us and hopefully getting lots of fabulous inspiration as well!
We asked our friends on Facebook to share any other parties we should know about.  We wanted to let you know about some other fabulous parties going on during December here in Blogland!
First we are excited to be participating in Before Meets After’s 12 Crafty Days of Christmas

Crafty Christmas
Starting on the 5th through the 20th Lisa will be featuring some amazing bloggers sharing their Christmas Crafts…and we are honored to be among them! We’ll be sharing our crafts on December 14th…and of course with us gals you get two for the price of one! Now that’s a bargain…Winking smile

We love this next one…it’s like 12 days of gifts for you! A Simply Klassic Home is throwing a 12 Days of Printables Party! How awesome is that?!

Today you can find the first printable over at this lovely blog, a gorgeous JOY printable, and she’s kicking off the party with a GIVEAWAY! Be sure to bookmark this and check in each day for a new holiday printable.

The gals at Uncommon are hosting a  Home for the Holidays Link Party every Wednesday all month!

Click on the button below to go to our link party!
Kissed By A Frog (isn’t that an adorable name?!) is letting us link up our Christmas Wish Lists all month! She shares her amazing wish list and you can share yours as well!

Natasha at Keeping the Christmas Alive, 365 is hosting her “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” Link Party on December 12th!

Our friend Roeshel at The DIY Showoff is hosting a month of Holiday Highlights where you can link up your Holiday Projects!

The DIY Show Off

Our friend Lynn, over at Blue Skies, is hosting a linky party of a different sort.  Every Friday in December she is asking readers to share the moments during this sometimes crazy holiday season, where we stopped to take “good care of” the moment we are in.  What is she talking about you ask? 

a little blue skies

Read Lynn’s beautiful post where she shares the thought behind this special party and be sure to visit Lynn starting tomorrow to link up your posts, where you share your “moments”.

Our sweetheart of a friend Pamela, from My Front Porch To Yours, is hosting a Mantel Party on December 5th!

And last but most definitely not least, the Fab Four (they are fabulous, aren’t they!) are hosting their annual Linky Party!

Are you hosting a Holiday Party this month?  If so let us know in the comments and we’ll be sure to share it on our Facebook Page, with our Facebook Friends!

Whew! Are you tuckered out yet? Well perk up because it’s time for the Features from last week’s party!


Grace at Sense and Simplicity shared this absolutely clever idea for creating this birch log gift packaging out of a recycled Pringles Chips container! Aren’t those darling?

And of course we would be remiss if we didn’t also share her amazing recipe for Chocolate Chunk Cookies. She says they would make the perfect gifts for neighbors but we aren’t sure they would actually make it out of our own homes! Winking smile

Kelly at The Essence of Home revealed her gorgeous revamped Family room and we just love how it exudes a warm and cozy feeling while still being so light and bright. Well done Kelly!

We haven’t ever take on the challenge of gilding ,so we loved this tutorial from Relics of Witney Limited on how to gild!

They demonstrated different gilding techniques in their How To Gild Series! So beautiful!

We love all of the “nature inspired” Christmas decor this year, and this DIY wreath from Shabby Love is no exception.  

We think this is the cutest DIY gift giving idea and so inexpensive! Crazy Wonderful shows us how to create these custom magnets yourseof..the ideas could be endless!

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 on our Buttons Page found under our header!

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 (MANDATORY) and not just your url (main blog address)
  • Please post our button (code on our Buttons Page found at top of blog) or a text link on your blog so others can join in the fun! Tutorial on how to link up a button: Blogging 101
  • 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 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!

Are you new to linky parties and kinda confused how they work? Have you wondered if you’re following “linky party etiquette”? We invite you to pay Donna at Funky Junk Interiors a visit and follow her great Linky Party Series

This Inspiration Friday is sponsored by:

There is still time to enter the fabulous giveaway going on for her handmade burlap stockings! Just scroll down to the next post for details!


  1. says

    Thank you so much for featuring my nature inspired wreath!! What an honor and a great surprise!! And thank you for hosting! I look forward to your party every week!!!

  2. says

    Thanks so much for featuring me from my post last week! I was tickled to see that. I grabbed your button and added it to my blog. I’ve linked up another post to your party this week too. Thanks so much for hosting!

  3. says

    Happy Friday! Thanks so much for having me today and for always being such a sweet hostesses. I have linked up a couple of posts today, one from my Pinterest link up and one from my Christmas Blog. I am hosting a 12 Days of Christmas Series and today’s post is full of Candy Cane inspiration! I hope you might be able to pop by some time!

    Have a happy weekend!

    Best wishes,

  4. says

    I feel as if I don’t have five minutes to sit and enjoy blogs, and there you go… whetting the appetite for about five different blogs. I love that family room!

  5. says

    All of the food pics are making me soooooo hungry…and I am trying to lose weight so it is hard…definitely NOT clicking on those links lol. They look yummy. I really like the cork wreath you featured…so different. And thank you for posting the links to the other parties..that is very helpful. Vanessa, I know I have said it before, but thank you so much for your very encouraging comments that you leave more me!

  6. says

    Hi ladies! Oh, the parties this month! Now I’ll be attending some and just hope they’ll have some tasty refreshments! 😉
    Thank you two for hosting.
    Be a couple of sweeties,
    Shelia 😉

  7. says

    Wow. It’s BUSY in blogland for December!!!! Loved reading through all the inspirational ideas for the holidays. Thanks so, so much for the mention about Fridays over at Blueskies-you two are the BEST.

  8. Cozy Home Scenes says

    Thanks for hosting the party every week. I’ll be adding my posts in a few minutes.

    Just wanted you to know I have a Gingerbread Party and Giveaway going on my blog for the next 12 days. People are welcome to add anything gingerbread related. If you’d like to mention it on Facebook, I’d love the mention.

  9. says

    Hi Heather and Vanessa! Yowza, this is going to be one busy party month!!!

    Love the features this week too – especially that wreath! I’m so missing my pumpkin pod wreaths now that fall is officially over (in my house anyway!), but this is exactly the kind of alternative I’d love to try!

    This week I’m linking up my custom coloured magnetic chalkboard (link #259). Yeah, not very holiday related, but I feel like it’s taken me forever to get to this project, so now that it’s finally done I’m crazy eager to parade it around (blog)town!

    Hope you gals like it!

    Take care,

  10. Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says

    Hi there girls! I thought I was linked already- but I didn’t see it there- so tried it again! Thanks for hosting!! Love that we pick some of the same features each week! 😉

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