Welcome to Inspiration Friday No. 49!

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Ok folks…we are going to do something we have never done before here at Inspiration Friday.
We are going to going to give you a glimpse of what happens “behind the scenes” as we prepare to host this party each week.
It goes a little something like this…

Text from Heather to Vanessa or vice versa: “Is now a good time to go through the links and pick our features?”
Reply: “Yes, but there are so many amazing projects how are we ever going to choose?”
Phone rings: “Hey!”
Voice on other end: “Did you see link# (fill in the blank) that had the amazing (fill in the blank)?!”
Reply: “Oh I know!! That one was so fabulous! But did you see the one about the (fill in the blank)?”
Reply: “No but I’m going to go look at it right now!”
Reply: “How do we possibly narrow it down to just a handful to feature when there are so many amazingly talented folks out there?”

And so on and so forth!

Seriously, you are all so talented and creative and we feel honored to even be in your company and to have you share from your homes and your hearts with us each week.
Now, we know we aren’t the only hosts having a hard time each week picking which projects to Feature.
There are some amazing parties taking place all over Blogland each week!
And we want to introduce you to our New and Improved tab where we list our favorite

Now, not only is this a great way for us to keep track of when those fabulous parties are happening, we have also created a way for other hosts to add their PARTY LINK to that page!

If you host a weekly Linky Party and don’t see yours listed on the page already, you can simply add yours to the list under the appropriate day.
Easy Peasy!

Before we get to our Features from last week’s party, we want to take a moment and introduce you to our newest Sponsors here at the Fence.


We are so excited to have these amazing shops on board with us here at the Fence and we hope you will pay them a visit and check out their wonderful products!

Now, onto those Features which we somehow did manage to choose!

Desire Empire shared her daughter’s darling bedroom created on a small budget. We think it looks like a million bucks though and there are so many adorable details you will want to check out! 

Sew Passionate shared an excellent tutorial for making an Easy Bolster Pillow with gathered ends. Isn’t that fabric just beautiful too? There are many other amazing ideas and tutorials on this blog and we encourage you to pop on over and pay her a visit!

Kristina from ReMade Simple showed us how to make these lovely Wall-Mounted Vases using re-purposed items. She also includes a fantastic tutorial for this project and has many more creative and clever ideas on her blog!

Now speaking of fantastic tutorials, check out these Coffee Sack Baskets created by Kim of Cheap Chic Home! Love how easy they are and she includes wonderful instructions on how to make them yourself.

Simply Simplisticated shared her incredible kitchen island which was a true DIY project if we ever saw one. We love a gal who knows her way around power tools!

This next idea is perfect for occupying little ones while Mommy is cooking in the kitchen! Michelle from So Here’s My Life showed us how to create a one-of-a-kind Magnetic Marble Run made from paper towel and toilet paper tubes. How clever is that?! 

And just in time for Valentine’s Day we have these Cherry Topped Brownie Bites which were shared with us by Tracey from The Kitchen is My Playground. Just when we think we have finally detoxed from Christmas along comes V-Day and wonderful treats like these!

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!


Before we close out our post today, we wanted to take just a second to wish Heather’s daughter and Vanessa’s niece a very Happy 12th Birthday! The world became a better place on January 26th, 2000 when Mekenzie Leigh entered the world! Mommy loves you Mekenzie, you bring joy beyond measure to our lives.  You are my treasure!

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!

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  1. says

    What a fun behind-the-scenes look at what you girls go through. I’m sure it is wrenching work at times. Happy birthday to Mekenzie-she is VERY grown up looking for her age! Kind of scary, isn’t it? Beautiful girl!!! xo Diana

  2. says

    Wonderful features! I love the coffee bean buckets! And Happy Birthday to Mekenzie! Cottage and Creek is all linked up … thanks for hosting this fun party. Off to see the other participants!

  3. says

    How do I miss some of these features, girls? Oh, I know…. There are so many entries to your popular party that I don’t make it all the way to the end! LOL I HAVE started clicking from the end of the list the past few times! Ah… to have all the time in the world! hugs, Sue

  4. says

    Hey Heather and Vanessa! Y’all are such wonderful hostesses. This party is always a good one, and I appreciate the time you put into it. I also appreciate the fact that you feature lots of different kinds of posts. I know the bloggers you feature are grateful!

    Have a great weekend!

  5. says

    Great features. I have a 2000 baby too. Great year! :) Thanks for hosting. I am usually a one link kinda girl, but I had a bunch to share this week.

  6. says

    Thanks for hosting the party! Great features, I love Desire Empire’s bedroom, adorable. Happy Bday to Mekenzie!!! Have a great weekend! Mary

  7. says

    I’ve thought before that I do NOT envy your job of choosing from all this wonderfulness! People are amazingly creative…but you already know that! I hope to have SOMETHING to link up soon!

  8. says

    I can see why you girls have such a hard job. There are so many wonderful, creative people out there. Thanks for letting us share a bit of what brings us happiness! Happy birthday to the darling 12 year old!

  9. says

    Oh my goodness people are so busy this week…cannot believe all the links you have here. I am going to be busy checking them out!

    I am finally back and had a wonderful time!!! Talk to you soon. Gonna go and check out the mudroom makeover now!

  10. says

    Thanks for hosting! I haven’t linked up in a really long time.. I hope you like the projects I shared.. when I do.. I love coming to your linky parties!! Thanks again!


  11. says

    Hi!! I’m a new follower and new to your link party, from The Latest Find! I’m linking up! Love your site! I’m also adding your link party button to my “all the latest parties” page! Thanks for hosting, Happy Valentines Day!! =)

  12. Nancy's Notes says

    What a party and what a fun blog! I’m thrilled that I found a link to your blog. Happy to be joining in today! Thanks for being such great hostesses!


  13. says

    What a beautiful baby, and what an even more beautiful girl! I say that sincerely, but of course you know that. You have eyes!

    I don’t know how you two get through all the inspiration. I must be the only one in blogland who is constantly looking in the windows and never bringing anything to fruition.

    Maybe I should start a motivational theme for myself. Fruition Friday. Yeah, righhhhht.


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