Inspiration Friday No. 56 and a Cottage in the Oaks GIVEAWAY!

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Hey, hey, hey!!
We are so excited to be bringing you another awesome Giveaway today!
We’re poets and we know it! Winking smile
This one is coming to you from one of our incredible Sponsors.
Daune of the Cottage in the Oaks blog and Cottage in the Oaks Etsy Shop is one of the sweetest gals around. And she also happens to be incredibly talented!
Her shop is filled with some amazing items including these newly added pieces.
Like this European Grain/Flour Sack Jar Candle Holder. How fantastic to be able to cover up those unsightly candle jars as they are burning down and leaving wax around the edges.
This way you just see lovely European fabric!
European Grain Sack / Flour Sack Jar Candle Cover
We are seriously loving this Leather Cuff/Bracelet! You can pick from one of her premade pieces or customize it by choosing your own wording. So cool!
Leather Cuff / Bracelet, HOPE
Or how about these darling European Grain Sack/Flour Sack Covered Votives. Same concept as the jars but on a smaller scale. How adorable would these be lined up on a mantel?
European Grain Sack / Flour Sack Covered Votives-SET
Now for the awesome

One lucky Picket Fence reader will win this fabulous
Vintage MINI Tabletop French Cafe Chalkboard, French Cafe Sign
A $39 value, this darling piece is a replica of the large sidewalk ones you would find outside of a quaint French bistro. It is hinged and folds flat for easy storage. Plus, it is double sided!
We could see this used in so many ways…on a counter top, sideboard, centerpiece…
the possibilities are endless!
Vintage MINI Tabletop French Cafe Chalkboard, French Cafe Sign
Want to know how to enter to win this awesome prize?
Here’s how:
(Mandatory) 1. Follow Daune at her blog, Cottage in the Oaks and come back and leave us a comment letting us know you did or already do. (1 entry)
(Optional) 2. “Like” Cottage in the Oaks on Facebook and leave us a comment letting us know you did. (1 entry)
(Optional) 3. Visit the Cottage in the Oaks Etsy Shop, take a look around and come back and let us know which item(s) caught your eye! (1 entry)
(Optional) 4. Share this giveaway on Twitter or on your Facebook Page and leave us a comment letting us know you did. (1 entry)
That’s 4, count ‘em 4, chances you have to win this prize!
Giveaway open to US residents only. 
This Inspiration Friday and the Giveaway open until Midnight (EST) on Wednesday, March 21 with the winner being announced at next week’s Inspiration Friday Party.
So, what are you waiting for?

Get on over there and enter to win and then come right back here to party with us!
Here are the Features from last week’s party:


 This is a seriously incredible Kitchen Transformation shared with us by B in Real Life!
You must see the “before” to fully appreciate this fantastic “after”. And stick around her blog for awhile because we know you will love her other projects too!
 and speaking of kitchens…you MUST see this Tropical Kitchen Makeover of Betsy Speert’s Florida home. AMAZING! We love the fun pops of color..and we think we spy us some tangerine in there…;) 
Julie from Knot All That I Seem shared how she spruced up a neglected corner of their lounge room! It is so bright and fresh now, and we’re sure they will be using this little cozy corner often!


We couldn’t wrap up the Inspiring Room portion of Inspiration Friday without sharing this inspiring kitchen!

It’s a wee one, but it’s fabulous nonetheless! Our friends at Low Country Living created this Pottery Barn Knock Off Play Kitchen for their daughter…people this looks like the real deal! What little girl or boy wouldn’t want to spend all day in this culinary dream! You must pay them a visit to see all of the details.


If we told you what this Floor Mat was made of, we’re not sure if you would believe us! Seriously, this Cajun Kitchen Mat from Roeshel at DIY Showoff is one of the coolest transformation we’ve seen in a long time.  Make sure to go over to see what this faux wood mat was in it’s former life! 

DIY, tutorial, painted floor mat 
Now if this isn’t a “makeover” we don’t know what is! Can you guess what this adorable little play house used to be?? Do you see it hidden in there…you may even have a grandparent that has one hanging around still or maybe you just can’t see pass these adorable little young ladies. :) Did you guess it lived it’s former life as a Console TV!?! Head over to Sugartot Designs to see how Sarah created this amazing place for her kiddos to play and imagine the day away! 
We had to include the before and after of this chair makeover cause you might not have believed us. Kandi from Woven Home made over this yard sale find and shared the process it took to get from trash to treasure! 


Now, talk about a conversation starter! This Spoon Pendant Lamp from Miss Flibbertigibbet is one of the coolest creations we have seen in a long time!

Amanda from My Heart’s Desire shared these darling Spring Hurricane Vases with Burlap Rosettes. Love that pop of green with the burlap!

Karen from Places of my Heart shared this absolutely beautiful front door creation which was inspired by something she saw at Better Homes & Gardens. It is just so fun and whimsical and unexpected. Well done Karen!
We don’t think there’s a parent of a toddler out there who isn’t familiar with Yo Gabba Gabba…oh wait you’ve never heard of Yo Gabba Gabba? 😉 Well Sheila from Note Songs, sure is familiar with it after she created the most ADORABLE Felt Yo Gabba Gabba Finger Puppets for her darling granddaughter! 
It was a toss up for us which picture to feature here…the actual finger puppets or beautiful little Carter.  We decided to show you the puppets (in case you really didn’t know what Yo Gabba Gabba BUT we insist you head over and visit Sheila so you can see Carter opening her puppets! SO CUTE!!


Stevie from Garden Therapy shared this amazing tutorial on how to Grow Your Own Mason Jar Sprouts! Bet you never thought of that use for a mason jar…;) If every dish we created could looks this beautiful with bean sprouts sprinkled on top, we would be adding them to everything for sure! 

Whole Grain Fruity Nutella French Toast…you had us at Nutella! We love this nutritious but also decadent french toast recipe from Pamela at Inspired By Felicity!


Kerri from HouseTalkN is seriously one of the funniest people we know, but in this feature she shares a little bit of where she grew up: in a small town in Indiana.  Kerry shows us how living in a small town can be truly luxurious! 
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,
And…one last thing we want to share with you…Are you following us on
We sure hope so! BUT…We have a SPECIAL REQUEST of you, if you visit INSPIRATION FRIDAY and like to PIN the great projects you see here!

We are asking you to PRETTY PLEASE (with sugar on top) visit the ACTUAL PROJECT and PIN from there! PLEASE take that extra step to PIN from ORIGINAL SOURCES…it will make Pinterest a better place for all bloggers!  Now, if you like what you see here At The Picket Fence that WE create, then by all means pin away from here…we won’t mind! 😉
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 on our Buttons Page found at top of blog) or a text link on your blog so others can join in the fun! (MANDATORY to be featured At The Picket Fence) 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 feel good knowing others are visiting people as well! Thank truly means a lot to us!
Did you get a chance to see Kim at Savvy Southern Style’s Link Etiquette post? It’s a must read!
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This Inspiration Friday Party is Sponsored By:

Don’t forget to enter the Cottage in the Oaks Giveaway
AND they are generously offering a 10% discount off your total purchase in their shop through March 30 for friends of At The Picket Fence with the code: picket10


  1. says

    This goes to show that I cannot do two things at once at some times. I was talking to my daughter while linking – so I put my email in the wrong place – I should have typed Verdigris! Such is life! Great features – love your eggs!
    Thanks ladies for hosting

  2. says

    I love feature day! So much GOOD stuff =) Yum. The kitchens are gorgeous… I love B in real life. She has some awesome projects. Those aqua shutters are super cute, might have to paint a set of mine? And I totally pinned and bragged on that rug from the DIY Show Off. I think I NEED me one of those 😉 Thanks for hosting girls =)

  3. says

    Oh I’m just giddy with excitement that I’m featured!!!

    My husband thinks I’m a terrible cook, I can’t wait until he gets home from work so I can show him that you featured My Food =)


  4. says

    Thanks for having me today. I have finally unveiled my new design for my blog! I am so excited! Please pop by if you have a moment and say G’day!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz!

  5. says

    I will be clicking your shout outs this evening. They all look great. I’ve been so busy lately that all I have time to do is browse and click.

  6. says

    Of course I *would* fall in love with the most expensive item in the etsy shop! That coffee cup canvas is fabulous! As far as things I could actually afford, I love the chalkboard and the leather bracelets.

  7. Sharon L says

    Also, signed up to follow the cottage in the oaks blog AND looked around their Etsy shop. Love the flour sack pillow! Two more entries, please?

  8. says

    Wowzadoodle! Thank you so much for featuring my “Field Of Dreams”!
    Also, thank you for being such an awesome set of bloggers- you raise the bar for all of us!
    I linked up my “Hotness” vlog this week.
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

  9. says

    Oh, ladies, I’m so honored you would feature my little finger puppets! They were so much fun to do. Thank you so much, you’ve made my day.
    Thank you always for hosting.
    You are a couple of sweeties,
    Shelia 😉

  10. linda taylor says

    I visited the Cottage in the Oaks Etsy Shop and I love the lettered clay tags
    daisy522 at (aoldot)com

  11. says

    Hi- thanks for hosting this great linky. This week i posted EASY SOAP RECIPE, 5 NATURAL HAIR RECIPES, EASY IRISH SODA BREAD and HEALTHY LUNCHBOX IDEAS
    I am looking for wonderful creative bloggers to come share their posts at Seasonal Celebration Sunday over at Natural Mothers Network. And, I really hope that you will put Seasonal Celebration, on your list of carnivals to visit and link to each Sunday/Monday! Here’s the link:
    Rebecca x

  12. says

    I adore the table top chalk board!! I went to Cottage in the Woods Etsy shop and whats not to love there??? I love the number tags, the glitter chalkboard tags and most of all the table top chalk board! Thanks for the opportunity to win!!

  13. says

    OMGoodness, I keep thinking each week that you could never top that week’s inspirations & all the wonderful links, but then you go and top it the next! I’m so happy for the success of your blog. Thanks so much for hosting.

  14. says

    Well shoot, I have something to link up but I just keep getting a message that it hasn’t been approved yet. I don’t know if I’m doing something wrong — hope not. Anyway, hope I get linked up before you close the party!


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