Inspiration Friday No. 59 and a Giveaway!

Inspiration Friday Graphic1

 How is it possible that we are nearing the end of the first week of April??!!
Yowza! Time is just flying right by us and we know it is for you too, so we are honored that you would take a few moments out of your day to come by, pay us a visit and par-tay with us!
You ready?
Let the fun begin!

 Up first,

It is time for us to announce the winner of  our Designs by Thara Giveaway winner of this gorgeous necklace!


And the winner is….
Rachel from The Philosopher’s Wife!!
Rachel, please contact us through out contact page and we’ll put you in touch with Tahra!
Don’t forget Thara is ALSO generously offering 10% off purchases for our friends here At The Picket Fence through the month of April..think Mother’s Day gifts!  Just type in Tahra10 when checking out!  

 And, while we are on the subject of Giveaways, well, how about another one???!!!
This one comes to us courtesy of our wonderfully talented and generous friend Vicki of 
Her shop is filled with the most amazing Greeting Cards, Digital Scrapbooking Paper and Artwork!
Here is a peek at just some of her lovely items:
Greeting card, Whimsical, Humorous, Card collection, Birds, Magpies, Turquoise, Blue
Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are quickly approaching and we love the wonderfully vintage feel of these cards.
Greeting card, Mother's Day, Pink, Aqua                               
Greeting card, Father's Day, Navy, Gold, Airplane
And this Spring Greeting Card with Matthew 6:33 printed on it might just be one of our favorites!
SPRING, Greeting card, Inspirational, Matthew 6, Floral
Ummm…well…maybe THESE are our favorite!
How adorable is this set of Spring Greeting Cards?
SPRING, Stationary, Greeting card, Bird, Umbrella, Floral, Ball Jar, Motivation Set
Now, for the 
One lucky Picket Fence reader will win a 
$25 credit  to 
Ahhh…the gift of shopping. 
Want to know how you can enter to win it?

Here’s how!

(Mandatory) 1. Head on over and visit Vicki at Curly Willow Collections , and come back to let us know which item(s) you liked best. (one entry)
(Optional) 2. “Like” Curly Willow Collections on Facebook and come back to let us know you did by leaving a comment. (one entry)
(Optional) 3. Subscribe to Vicki’s blog Vicki Designer: Joyful Expressions leave us a comment letting us know you did. (one entry)
(Optional) 4. Share about this giveaway on Twitter or on your Facebook page and leave us a comment letting us know you did. (one entry)
And because she is so VERY generous, she is offering this beautiful Easter Card Printable for...FREE to our friends! Isn’t it gorgeous?!  You can just print it our right from here and you’ll be all set with your Easter cards.  Perfect for your Easter dinner hostess or how sweet to give your Pastor or Priest a lovely Easter card on Easter Sunday!

Just click on this attachment to download a full size version pdf file of the card

Ok, we know you are ready to see some of the highlights from last week’s party right??
Here we go!



Stacey from A Sort of Fairytale showed just how far $150 can go in transforming a space when she shared her absolutely charming bathroom. And yes, that is a vintage First Aid kit on the wall!

and while we’re hanging out in the bathro “salle de bain” hehe…. That’s french for bathroom, sounds slightly more sophisticated ;)… we have to show you this amazing room transformation from Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage. You have to go see the before…it was a crime scene…;) You have to head over to read what we’re talking about! 


Vikki of The Quirky Quail did an incredible job making over this once sad chair into a beautiful French-i-fied masterpiece!


We love to see things repurposed, and Jessica from Mom 4 Real did a great job repurposing by turning an old outdated mirror into this lovely chalkboard! She gives you the full tutorial on her blog.  Isn’t it beautiful!?

Rosemary of Villa Barnes can turn anything into pure gorgeousness, and one again she did not disappoint! These items certainly did not start out looking like this, go check out the transformation!


Lisa of Take Six shared this incredibly lovely Spring Tablescape.
Christie of My Ocean of Notions showed us how to make this adorable Bunny Skirt.

Myric from Peties Passion created this gorgeous French Wall Art…from old toys found at the Goodwill! Amazing!

Our friend Courtney from French Country Cottage built the most darling “Wee Little Birdhouse”, we’re sure she’ll be having new neighbors moving in very soon! 😉

Kelly of Notable Nest threw her son the most awesome Pirate Party
How perfect that her son is named Jack! Argh!

Pirate Party Invitations
Sylvia of Sylvia’s Simple Life invited us to a Spring Afternoon Tea and showed us how to make these exquisite Crystallized Pansies!

Who can resist Hot Cross Buns to celebrate Easter! Rebecca from Natural Mothers Network shared with us the history of Hot Cross Buns, as well as a great recipe!

Virginia shared a great article she wrote for Inspired by Family Magazine. “Favoritism in Blogging.”   This article speaks to those insecurity and self doubt many bloggers feel.  We encourage you to read this great post and hear Virginia’s insights on how to overcome this struggle!

Katie of Adventures of a DIY Dork proved that there is definitely nothing “dorky” about giving of yourself to support and encourage others. She participated in a walk to raise awareness about Muscular Dystrophy and was blessed to be apart of “Amanda’s Angels”. We would love for you to go read more about this experience and the precious little girl who inspired Katie…and us!
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! Please pin from the ORIGINAL SOURCE and not our blog…unless it’s one of our own creations, 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:

vif187 Redoux

Now all ya PARTY PEOPLE it’s time to link on up…here’s some instructions for Inspiration Friday
  • 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!

    And while it’s not a requirement, we’d sure love ya to be following along with us in some capacity! Below are some great options!
Email Updates
Facebook Page

And before we close, we would like to say that with all  of the recent posts and thoughts around out in blogland right now on Linky Parties, we hope that each of you knows how much we appreciate you partying with us each week! We work hard to make this a fun place to be and our heart’s desire is to showcase YOU! We’re not perfect, by any means, but we do our best each week to bring you a quality party! Thanks for being a part of that. 

This Inspiration Friday Party is Sponsored By:


UPDATED: Linky Tools seems to be glitching when links are submitted.  Before you resubmit, please refresh Inspiration Friday post once or twice to see if your link has appeared.  It appears they are linking and by resubmitting it is causing links to show up multiple times. We are monitoring the party and if a link shows up more than once. we’ll try and fix it on our end. :)
Thanks and we apologize! 


  1. says

    I love Stacey’s and Shannon’s bathrooms!! Stacey’s is filled with vintage goodness and I can’t believe what Shannon’s before bathroom looked like!! Two amazing jobs!

    And I really love Curly Willow’s spring stationary!

  2. says

    You always have such wonderful features so I am extra honored to have my bathroom makeover included. What a bright spot in my day! So many lovely features. I have visited the other bathroom and it is cute as can be! I would love to have that Frenchy chair, it is darling. The sugared pansies… oh my. What a great chalkboard makeover, French wall art and Courtneys birdhouse… just loads of lusciousness =)

  3. says

    Thanks so much girls for hosting this great party week after week. It gives us all a wonderful opportunity to connect with each other! (p.s. I emailed you this week, did you get it ok?) Little Bit

  4. says

    Thanks for hosting this party again. I thought I’d let you know though that alot of people’s links are showing up multiple times because after you click on the thumbnail image that you want to show, it doesn’t do anything. So everyone (myself included) is clicking it again and again thinking that it’s not working. Just wanted to let you know so you could be aware of it.

  5. says

    Dear Vanessa and Heather, I am full of gratitude for including my Tea Party in your always inspiring features. I am in great company ! I wish you a bright Easter with upcoming bright days and bright thoughts!

  6. says

    Thank you so much for featuring me!!!!! I cannot think of a better post to be my very first feature ever than the one about Mandi. She is such an inspiration and I just want everyone to know how truly amazing she is. :)

  7. A Pretty Life in the Suburbs says

    Thank you so much Heather and Vanessa for hosting! I hope you have a great Easter weekend!

  8. Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says

    Aww thanks so much for featuring my little birdhouse girls!! You will be happy to know- it has several residents already! :) All linked up- thanks for hosting! Have a fantastic Blessed Easter!

  9. says

    Morning, Heather & Vanessa! Great features from last week… I can’t wait to see what everyone brought today! Thanks for hosting this week. Wishing both of you and your families a Joyful & Blessed Easter! ~Mary
    PS: Congrats to Rachel for winning that amazing necklace!

  10. says

    Hi- thanks for hosting and warm wishes for a Happy Easter break! I am delighted you chose to feature my Hot Cross Buns Recipe- thank you so much I feel very honoured indeed! This week I posted SOMERSET EASTER BISCUITS, HOME REMEDIES FOR SEASONAL ALLERGIES, EASTER TREE CRAFT AND KITCHEN CLEANING TIPS.
    I have also included your linky in NMN’s directory.
    Rebecca @ Natural Mothers Network-(Seasonal Celebration)

  11. says

    Hi Vanessa and Heather…Vanessa mentioned last week that she thinks you guys possibly missed seeing our DIY Kitchen makeover, so I checked my notes, and I don’t think I ever posted it to your link party for some odd reason! So hopefully today wasn’t a repeat posting! I apologize if it was. Thank you for hosting! See you next week!


  12. says

    Thanks for featuring my French chair, love your blog and thanks for hosting. I love the Glitter Putz House Vintage Christmas Decoration Red.

  13. says

    Nothing to share this week, but I enjoyed your features so much. I am giving a a big WOOT WOOT for Shannon’s bathroom! She is one of my favorite bloggy people! Hope you are having a beautiful Easter! -K


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

CommentLuv badge