Welcome to Inspiration Friday No. 44

Hello lovely friends! We are so thrilled that you are joining us this week for Inspiration Friday after our little detour last week to the Blogger Block Party. We have seen so many incredible projects and ideas that we now have ridiculously long lists of things we want to try and make NEXT year! 

Before we get to the features from 2 weeks ago, we wanted to let you know that you can also visit us on Friday over at Homemaker on a Dime! We were so honored when SJ asked us to be apart of her fantastic series entitled “Blogging for Dollars“. We would love it if you would stop by and see us over there and we know you will wind up being taken in by all of SJ’s incredible projects and ideas!
Now, with Christmas a little over a week away (is that possible?) we just couldn’t let any more time pass before we share with our Christmas Trees!
First up, Heather’s tree….

This year was a huge milestone for our family! It was the first year we have purchased a real tree since we’ve had kids! 

I had wanted to do something different this year.  I decided to forgo the traditional tree skirt and place our tree in a planter of some sort.  I looked high and low for the perfect one, only to grab this huge copper stone planter off the deck!
I also went with a smaller tree than usual.  We don’t have very tall ceilings so we can never do an ginormous one anyway, but this year I wanted a refined rustic look, so we chose a smaller tree

I stuck mainly with golds, silvers and whites this year on the tree…but it will always include some of our most sentimental ornaments.

Even though having a smaller tree and putting it in a planter took some getting use to for everyone…I think we’ve all agreed we’re really happy with our tree this year!

Now, let’s take a peek at Vanessa’s Traditional Christmas Tree Trimmings!
Well friends, what can I say? Every year I’m certain I will try something new with our Christmas Tree (aka Mama’s tree!) and then every year I just fall in love all over again with this traditional look.

Simple strands of gold beads draped over the branches and favorite ornaments from years gone by mixing in with some new finds here and there.
Of course, these sweet faces peering through the boughs always melt my heart!
And yet, with all of that crystal and beading and bejeweling, my favorite ornament still remains the same. I know what you are thinking. 
“Ummm…Vanessa, you realize that is a 
cheap-o red ball ornament from Wal-Mart, right?”
But tucked inside that cheap-o red ball ornament is a little slip of paper. 
And on that slip of paper is a prayer written with all the hopefulness one young couple could muster.
And the next year, 2003, we took out that ornament and slipped that piece of paper out and rejoiced that our prayer had been answered in the form of a precious baby boy!

Last Sunday at the Cookie Exchange I hosted for our Community Group, I gave each gal their own cheap-o ball ornament and little slip of paper.
I watched as they wrote out their prayers and hopes and tucked them down inside.
And I prayed for them, as I pray for all of you, that their prayers will be answered.
Maybe not this year, maybe not even next year and maybe not in the way you thought they would be answered. But that you will find rest and peace in the security of His love for you and His desire to give you “immeasurably more than you could ask or imagine“! 
Thanks for letting us share our trees with you! Now onto our Features from the last Inspiration Friday!
We absolutely adore these Vintage Paper Trees shared with us by Barb of Keeping Up with the Times!
She includes a wonderful tutorial on how to make them and the “Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come” foretells a few of these in our future!

This is such a darling Pallet Christmas Tree created by Our Little Nest on the Lake. We love that it is on her front porch and the little presents attached at the bottom were the perfect finishing touch!
We loved all of the projects which were linked up by The Artsy Girl Connection and these two are just a sampling of the gorgeous creations she makes!
These are her TP Roll Burlap Stuffed Ornaments.

And this is her recipe for Peppermint Bark. Yes please!

There are so many unique and gorgeous “wreaths” showing up in Blogland right now…and this one by The Turquoise Piano is no exception!   The bright colors and crisp white pop against the brown door…gorgeous!

We LOVE the makeover that Christie from Three Pixie Lane gave her French Hutch! Every detail is so beautiful!

These homemade cards and gift tags from The Farmhouse Porch are the perfect mix of vintage and glam…and the message it sends couldn’t be more special…A King IS Born! Amen!

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!

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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,
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  1. The trees are lovely and the features from last week are gorgeous! Thank you so much for hosting! Have a great evening!

  2. Your tree looks fab, and you have some great features. Thanks for hosting.

  3. Thanks so much for featuring my wreath! I was just reading your post on Dollar Tree wreaths. I LOVE the candy cane wreath with the turquoise ribbon. Beautiful! And thanks for hosting!

  4. Great week of parties indeed! I really enjoyed myself and happy I was able to make just about every one of them. Thanks for hosting. Great features too.

  5. Such gorgeous trees, so pretty! Thanks for hosting! Happy Holidays! xo ~Liz

  6. Your trees are beautiful. May you each have a very Merry Christmas! Thank you for hosting!

  7. What a beautiful story of the answered Prayer. So much to give thanks for. Your trees are beautiful and such lovely features from last week! How did you ever decide with all the beautiful inspirational shares. Thank for hosting your lovely party.
    May you and yours have a Blessed Christmas.

    The French Hutch

  8. The trees are gorgeous and the features are fabulous. Thanks for being gracious hostesses!

  9. Thanks for hosting this party every week – I look forward to it!!


    Jenn @ Social Salutations

  10. Such gorgeous Christmas trees! Wonderful photos, too! Thanks for hosting.

  11. Loving your trees! And the framed ornaments wreath – so cute! Linking my fully blinged out Christmas house tour! Thanks.

  12. Love the story about the cheap-o red ball ornament with the prayer tucked inside. Very touching. Thank you for sharing that. Thanks once again for hosting.

  13. Fabulous trees, girls! What a special red tree ornament! A great idea, and one I would love to use. Thank you so much for hosting such a super party! Merry Christmas!

  14. What a treat to get a real tree…I’d love one just for the smell alone! Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend…Ann p.s. I hope I didn’t miss it if you chose the winner of my pillow. Did I?

  15. What a beautiful tree! Thanks for hosting!

  16. What great features, girls! Thanks for hosting this party. I always get plenty of inspiration here!

  17. Absolutely beautiful trees!
    Thank you for hosting, my two favorite sisters in blogland! :-)


  18. Hi ladies! What wonderful trees and features! Hope your Christmasing is going well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  19. Both of your trees are fabulous. I love them both. I especially love your special/favorite ornament. What a wonderful ornament full of your answered prayers. I hope both of you have a Christmas filled with all of God’s Blessings. Hugs, marty

  20. I love having the tree in a planter! What a great idea! They are both beautiful and I really love Vanessa’s ornament sentiments. Just what this season is all about. Thanks for hosting!

  21. Gorgeous real tree. We got a real one too for the first time in years. I just hope it hangs on one more week. Great features and thanks for hosting.

  22. I hope you all have recovered from your whirlwind holiday party! It was fun! Thanks for hosting us, ladies,
    xo, Andrea

  23. Love the fresh trees. Wish I could have them but we are an allergy house – sigh…

    I also was quite taken with your prayer ornament. I love the sentiment and I love the idea of saving it for the next year, and also sharing it with friends and praying together. Beautiful.

  24. Hi Gals, each of your trees are so lovely. Great idea for the family photos in the small frames! just getting linked up, xoxo

  25. I am afraid my only inspiration is what I wore…On Wednesday.. :) We have been getting Rain all day ( which is LOVELY ) but it has also messed up my internet service… ( were on satellite… ) So I haven’t been able to get a new post up… So I am off to see what I can get done before we loose service again… :) OH I LOVE LOVE LOVE those paper tree’s… They are so very pretty… :) Happy Friday Ladies

  26. Loving how you used the oval frame for your front door!!

    Thank you for the party!

  27. I love both trees ladies, each so very unique and perfectly suited to each family!
    Thanks so much for hosting and linking up to “What’s It Wednesday”.
    It’s always a pleasure to have you.

  28. As always the images are charming and cheery and the story of the note in the red ornament gave me my Christmas joy for the day.

  29. Wowzadoodle- your trees look gorgeous!
    Thank you for hosting!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

  30. I love your trees! The first one is beautiful, and I absolutely adore the two “family vintage” ornies, now I totally want to do this. The second one is also beautiful, I love the pics of your kids (I have one of my son but alas…er, need to get one for my girl:). And I really love the idea of taking an ornament and putting a prayer inside. Thanks for sharing both your trees, and thanks for hostessing another great party!


  31. Your trees are delightful. And I love the features from last week too. So many cute ideas. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful weekend.

  32. Beautiful trees, love all of the sentimental ornaments. I just love going through my ornaments every year and remembering where they came from. Thanks so much for hosting and for those wonderful features!
    Marianne :)

  33. I love the prayer inside the ball! What a wonderful idea. ~ Maureen

  34. Your trees are beautiful..Thanks for hosting..

  35. Hello
    Your trees are so beautiful…
    All your inspirational features are wonderful also.
    Thanks for the hosting!

  36. Your trees are gorgeous! and thank yu so much for featuring my vintage paper trees – it’s a real honour!

  37. Thanks so much for hosting girls and have a great weekend, Martina

  38. I am enthralled with the Prayer Ornament…and the three dollar wreaths…LOVE that turquoise ribbon on those candy canes…I mean LOVE, LOVE it!

    And I always love Kelli!

    Thanks so much for the party!

  39. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today and for the follow. I am also your newest follower ;) Both of your trees are beautiful!


  40. Both trees are fantastic!! Thanks for hosting : )

  41. Wow you guys have been busy!!! They are both sparkling and lovely.

    Imust be tired. Linked up an shot and a title that don’t match. Sorry!!!!!

    Merry Christmas to both you fabulous girls.

  42. Your trees are beautiful! I’ve been on your blog a million times in the last few weeks, joining in the party, looking through the gorgeous other posts, and had missed your story of the ornament. What a lovely story, and what a lovely gesture to do that with your friends as well. I will adopt that tradition at our home as well. Thank you for sharing.

  43. Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says:

    Hey girls!! Have you recouped from last weeks craziness yet!? lol!! So much fun!! All linked up- thanks for hosting!

  44. Love your Christmas tree in a planter! Thanks for hosting :)

  45. Acckkk…I’ve got the same link twice, if you’d like to delete one – I didn’t think it worked, so I tried again. #129 & #131 (different photos).

    Thanks bunches for hosting such an inspirational party!

    Angie @ Knick of Time

  46. I love that special ornament with the prayer and then the praise. That’ one of my favorite things I’ve ever seen on a tree.

    And Heather, I think real trees are beautiful. We have one. I also love the idea of a tree in a planter. My niece did that with her tree this year, and I think it looks wonderful.

  47. Your trees are beautiful-just wanted you both to know how much I love your blog and your parties-wishing you and your families a very merry christmas and a happy and healthy new year! See you in 2012!!

  48. Wonderful features…beautiful trees! Thanks for hosting…all linked up :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

  49. your trees are both looking lovely

    and i do love that prayer ornament idea
    how creative

    love the features
    and thanks
    as always
    for hosting!


  50. soooooo many great ideas, thanks!

  51. Vanessa, I can see why your “cheap-o” ornament is so special. That’s a wonderful idea, and I’m glad you’re continuing it with your community group. How exciting to see what answered prayers the new year will hold!

  52. Your trees are both Beautiful! and I love the prayer bulb, I just may do that! Thanks you! I just linked up to your party

  53. your tree and photos are just gorgeous! I was feeling a bit grinchy this year, thus my grinch tree, less lush but still meaningful and makes me smile.

    Glad that your wish came true.

  54. Well girls~ Your trees are just as beautiful as both of you are! I love each one- they new, little one and the traditional one. Great features, too! xo Diana

  55. Both your trees look gorgeous! Having a decorative tree is nice but having the traditional christmas tree is the best as it holds sentimental memories and stories hanging with the ornaments!

    I was thrilled to know you liked my little dryer sheet project! I cannot afford to but laces and fabrics yet so I use whatever I could find :)

    I love this blog hop!


  56. Love the picture of the sailor hanging on the tree. vintage pictures of all kinds in black and white or sepia toned would be great on a tree.

  57. Both of you have stunning trees. I love the big copper pot as a tree holder — beautiful! I tend to be more traditional, so I love your tree, Vanessa. I did veer bit to the trendy with mesh ribbon this year. Great party as usual. Thanks so much for hosting!
    xoxo, CAS

  58. The trees look lovely. I’ve never been one to like too tall of a tree. Ours is typically 6 feet give or take, and I LOVE the use of a planter vs. a skirt. They do this a lot in Europe and South America, sometimes on top of a table. So pretty.
    Thank you for hosting.

  59. Love that traditional tree. I’m a traditional, old-fashioned tree gal myself. Always have been, always will be.

    Merry Christmas!

  60. Lovely trees, thanks for hosting!

  61. It’s official you ladies have reached ROCKSTAR status!!!!!!! Woo Hoo. =)

  62. Had to comment again to let you know I absolutely love that prayer ornament. So beautiful.

  63. Thanks for hosting your wonderful party each week! Great features and inspiration.
    Merry Christmas to you and your families!
    ~ Julie

  64. The trees are beautiful! And the features fabulous …so many talented bloggers out there! I really LOVE the idea of putting a prayer in the Christmas Ball! Precious! Will share this idea with friends and groups at church!

    Thanks for hosting!

  65. So happy you both shared you beautiful trees !

    Your homes are so beautiful, so warm and wonderfully decorated for the holidays!

    Thank you for sharing and linking to Potpourri Friday at 2805!

  66. Hi, Vanessa & Heather

    Thank you for hosting.



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