It’s Inspiration Friday No. 74! Welcome!

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Is it really the middle of July?

Did we really see Back to School Supplies and Fall Décor appearing in stores?

We love Fall as much as the next gals but we definitely are going to make the most out of these lazy (ha!) days of summer!

And what better way than partying here with you each week?!

We are thrilled this week to be welcoming a new Sponsor to the Fence.

Lauren has an incredible Blog filled with everything from recipes and crafts to encouragement for women and inspiring stories as well as a weekly Linky Party called Heart & Home Link Up which takes place every Tuesday.

She is also a self-taught Graphic Designer with an Etsy Shop, Mercy INK.,  carrying Digital Subway Art Prints like this Night Night Subway Art which would be so perfect for a nursery!
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And this set of Social Media Icons which are just one of many options!

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We hope you will help us welcome her by paying her a visit at her Blog or her Shop or both!
Also, Heather is honored to be guest posting for the fabulous Amanda of Serenity Now! While she’s digging her toes in the sand on vacation, Heather’s sharing her fun DIY Dining Caddy project.  Be sure to head over and take a peek! 

and Vanessa is excited to have her Ballard Inspired Sea Shell Topiary featured at Knock Off Decor!


Now, are you ready to check out some amazing features from last week??!!


Cas from Peaches and Maple shared the incredibly gorgeous room she submitted to Australia’s Home Beautiful Magazine’s Most Beautiful Room competition. And, while this room is undeniably beautiful, what we appreciated most about this post was what Cas shared
 about discovering her passion and developing her gifts!

And speaking of beautiful rooms, there was just no way we could not include Amanda from Dixie Delight’s incredible kitchen. Get out a napkin folks, cause this one is drool-worthy!

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This is a fantastic hallway transformation from Katie at Creatively Living! One of our favorite parts is what is hiding behind those closet doors….
you’ll just have to go over to visit Katie to see what we’re talking about!

Now technically, this room could also be up among the Inspired Rooms Features but what we are highlighting here is the wonderful job Lisa from Shine Your Light did painting the tiles that are on top of that bay window ledge. You will not believe how this looked before!!

You HAVE to go check out how an old dresser became this amazing Portable Bar over at Bliss Ranch! There’s even a built in ice trough for chilling beverages. And we can’t get enough of the lettering on the side!


How cool is this light?? It was created by Serendipity Refined and made using paint stirs! It is a knock-off of one she saw priced at over $200. She shows exactly how she got that wonderful aged patina and you should see how it looks on her gorgeous patio!

And while we are on the subject of cool lighting knock-offs, check out this Horchow Natural Cane Lamp Shade Knock-Off from At Home on the Bay. We love how fresh and summer-y it looks!
And check out this Twine Towel Basket made from a cereal box!! That’s right…a cereal box! You have to go over to Inspired By Family Magazine to see how she did it.

Have you met Miriam and Erika from Be Book Bound? How do we love them? Let us count the ways…they are sisters who blog together…they love words as much as we do…they are kindred spirits in their passion for Anne of Green Gables and Jane Austen and Laura Ingalls…and they create gorgeous settings like this Apple Pie in the Orchard inspired by Little House on the Prairie! Sigh…

The Country Farm Home showed us some beautiful photos from a Rustic Barn Wedding she attended and we think these ideas are just fantastic and could translate into our own decor.

Oh Anna…can we please, please, please come to one of your fabulous parties??! We promise we would dress the part to join in this Mad Men themed Birthday Party. Even when it’s for your own birthday you put together the most incredible events and we hope it was all you had hoped for and more…even if we couldn’t be there!

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Have you ever heard of an Iced Tea Float? Well, we hadn’t either but after seeing the recipe for this one from The Alchemist we are definitely going to be trying it out!

Heather’s in-real-life friend Nedra of Adventure Mom shared with us the story of her first TRYathlon and we loved hearing about how she conquered her fears and had the experience of a lifetime!

Jordan from The 2 Seasons shared with us about The Ultimate Makeover when she traveled to Argentina to help remodel a local elementary school and we loved seeing the details of how they made a huge difference for the students there!

If you were featured today (or have been featured in the past) please grab the featured at button code located on our Buttons Page found under our header!
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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! 😉
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:

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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
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Disclaimer: At the Picket Fence may feature any of the projects linked up to Inspiration Friday in other posts or on Facebook, twitter and hometalk with all credit being given to the original source. If you would not like your projects featured please email us.


  1. says

    What a wonderful surprise! Thanks you so much for featuring the Rustic Barn Wedding we had here at the farm! The bride and groom will be thrilled! And, thanks for hosting another great link party!

  2. says

    Thanks for featuring The 2 Seasons. We hope you like this week’s makeover entry that we did on the porch for under $100. We appreciate your hosting this party so that our blog can get more exposure. Love, Jordan and Janette

  3. says

    There is so much creativity out there, and you gals always do a great job of highlighting it! I’m celebrating two years of blogging on Saturday, so stop by if you get a chance and visit my Vintage Linen & Dish Auction benefiting Hope Unlimited for Children. Auction runs through 9PM EDT Wednesday.

  4. says

    Oh Heather and Vanessa. I don’t think we could love you more if you crowned us the joint queens of England. Thank you so much for featuring us, and for visiting us, and for being kindred spirits, and for being just so incredibly awesome! I can’t tell you how many times we have said to each other, “I just love these AtThePicketFence girls.” We truly do- thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  5. says

    I’m honored to be among such great features, thank you. A lil ‘ol portable bar’s got nothing on those inspiring stories.


  6. says

    I love the inspired rooms, and oh what fun that party must have been. That Bliss, she has more talent than one person should be allowed to have! Happy weekend girls!

    And yes, my kids go back to school in one week, those school supplies in the stores are there for people like us….Ugh.

  7. says

    Hey Cuties! Oh, what wonderful inspiration snaps you’re sharing with us. We do have the most talented ones in Blogland! I hooked up to your party this morning but didn’t have time to leave a comment but I’m back now! :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
    Be a couple of sweeties,
    Shelia 😉

  8. says

    Thanks so much for featuring the cane lampshade among so many great projects, and as always thanks for hosting such a fun party each week.


  9. says

    Fabulous features, thanks for sharinmg them! Thank you for hosting this wonderful party, although I’m late as I didn’t have internet for almost 3 days..I’m here!! Enjoy the weekend.

  10. Christie says

    Hey friends At The Picket Fence! I hope you girls are having a wonderful summer! Such lovely features! I recognize some of the sites from Pinterest! Will check them out! Christie at three pixie lane

  11. says

    Hi Heather & Vanessa!
    I saw Heather’s guest post over at Serenity Now and LOVE the outcome of your adorable caddy!! I have a similar item collecting dust since the 70’s and now I know exactly what I’m going to do with it! I forgot I still had it, lying under old pots in the lean-to. :)
    Debbie :)

  12. says

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