Welcome to Inspiration Friday No. 72!

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Ugh. Anyone else still recovering from 4th of July festivities?
Huh? What?
We can’t hear anything after all of those fireworks!

Well, even if we’ve suffered some hearing loss, at least we can still enjoy all of the eye candy which you will be sharing here!
Before we get to the party this week, we have a little bit of business to take care of.
The first thing is that it is time to announce the winner of the $50 Rusted Chain Giveaway!
And the winner is:
Sally Puckett!!
Congratulations Sally! We’ll be in contact with you so that you can claim your prize.
Next, we are so thrilled to be welcoming a new Sponsor to the Fence!
Linda is the talent behind Drop Cloth Designs
and this gal knows how to rock a drop cloth! Check out these Union Jack Pillow covers,
21 x 21 Union Jack Drop Cloth Pillow COVER ONLY
Linda’s pillows are all custom and made-to-order which leaves so much room for getting exactly the look and size that you want.
We would love for you to head over and check out more of her incredible shop!
Linda is also the author of the amazing blog It All Started With Paint where she shares even more of her talent, amazing projects and hilarious writing. You will want to pay her a visit there too!

Finally, we are so thrilled to be guest posting on Thursday with Kathy at A Delightsome Life 
as part of this wonderful series! Want to know more about how we blog together? Head on over and read about a day in our blogging lives…that sounds kinda like a Soap Opera doesn’t it?
“These are the Days of Their Blogging Lives”!

All-righty then, let’s get to some Features shall we?


Erin from How to Nest for Less shared with us her beautiful Craft Room and we weren’t jealous of it at all…nope…not one little bit!
Laura of The Ironstone Nest showed off her incredible Dining Room and you just can’t appreciate how lovely this is until you go over and see the “Before” photos.


Melissa from Shabby Love showed us how she turned an old door into an awesome set of shelves for displaying her wonderful collections in her kitchen. We love the burlap backing detail!
Kimberly of Serendipity Refined did an incredible job transforming an old cabinet into this perfectly beautiful French-y piece.

The talented Poppy from With a Dash of Color showed us how to make these beautiful Decoupaged French Pots and her tutorial is excellent!
Kristin of Craftiments put her own spin on things by transforming a thrift store lamp into this Nautical Rope Lamp with an Openwork Globe Shade. So cool!
Craftiments.com:  Nautical Rope Lamp with Openwork Globe Shade

Now if these Pineapple Juice Fruit Infused Popsicles from Homespun With Love don’t say Summer than we don’t know what does!

Sabrina from Neverland Nook  shared with us the recipe for this Apple Honey Lemon Smoothie. We just love the uniqueness of this and can’t wait to try it ourselves!
Jen from City Farmhouse showed us how to take her recipe for Simple Bruschetta and turn it into a delicious sandwich she calls the “Toasted Triple B”. This looks like heaven on a plate to us!

Erin from Just Grand linked up this incredible  Outdoor Shower and the only thing we wanted to know was whether or not she was taking reservations at her beautiful beach cottage!!
 Erin’s Outdoor Shower was also featured over at hometalk this week!

Our talented friend Courtney from French Country Cottage revealed the amazing Outdoor Fireplace she built. We just love how it looks like it has always been there and we envision many a Summer evening out there enjoying the glow of the fire.

We couldn’t resist featuring this post called, A Male Haven Maven which was written by Leo, husband of Jane from Cottage at the Crossroads. It was so fun to hear about the conference from his perspective and it sure looks like he had a great time, doesn’t it?
And, we tearfully read this post, The Long Good-Bye, shared with us by Rita Joy of Harbour Breeze. She beautifully and honestly conveys the difficult journey of watching her mom battle dementia and the lessons she has learned along the way. We were blessed by her vulnerability and willingness to share her heart with others.
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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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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 you..it 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!

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This Inspiration Friday Party is Sponsored By:
where you can find beautiful pieces like this:
Rosette Drop Cloth Pillow
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

    I’m not jealous of Erin’s craft room either … ok, maybe just a tad!

    You girls sure know how to pick winners!

    Here’s to getting your hearing back after the fireworks!

    And Linda does have the most amazing pillows!!

  2. says

    Thanks girls!!! I came over to link up and was excited to see “Grace” featured. Needless to say, I’m shocked and thrilled! Hugs to both of you and have a wonderful weekend! xo, Kimberly

  3. says

    Thank you so much for featuring my outdoor shower! The other features all look wonderful, too. Very inspiring. I will have to carve out some time to visit those other blogs. Thanks again for hosting the party.

  4. says

    Hello Ladies – Amazing features – I just love the door and the collection – swooning! The lamp is fantastic, the fireplace – all just too great! I do appreciate you all being one of my guest bloggers – it has been an honor! I do appreciate you hosting too!
    Have a blessed day,

  5. says

    Hi Heather and Vanessa,thank you so much for featuring my pots among all the other beautiful features here.I appreciate it so much and I am humbled:) Have a lovely evening!Hugs,Poppy

  6. says

    Wow! Some really great features this week, girls! I’m so glad I could link up- life has just been so busy and it’s all we could do to get our yard ready for this photo shoot. We spent a very hot and humid day cleaning up the storm debris on Wed. Whew- not fun! Thanks so very much for hosting and for the very, very sweet comments on Hometalk!!! xo Sue

  7. says

    I love how you break up your features by category. Look forward to reading the story you featured. Thanks so much for providing the party!

  8. says

    Love all the features….Linda’s pillows are the best…she sure can work magic with drop cloths…and that Leo…he is the best…enjoyed him and Jane so much at Haven!…and the heartwarming story of Rita and her mom..Thanks for hosting ladies and have a wonderful weekend!!!

  9. says

    Thanks for hosting such a wonderful party! This is my first time here and I’m loving it! I’m now a follower and would love to have you stop by for a visit! Blessings ~ Judy

  10. Meegan says

    Can you believe the fireplace? And the pillow, and the rope lamp?? Oh! And the craft room!! Absolutely incredible features this week!
    Thanks for hosting Heather and Vanessa!!
    What Meegan Makes

  11. Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says

    Aww thanks so much for featuring my fireplace girls!! Loving all the other features too-great choices!! I just linked up~ thanks so much for hosting!!

  12. says

    Hi Vanessa & Heather, Thank you so much for the feature:)!I am LOVING the outdoor shower & of course the beautiful outdoor fireplace. Have a great weekend & thank you for hosting and giving all of us a place to share.

  13. says

    Wow! I am drooling all over my keyboard looking at all the gorgeous features here! Thanks for hosting the fun and hope you have a fab weekend! Heather :)

  14. says

    Great features…you two really know how to host a party! I am doing my very first one right now, I sure hope it turns out as good as your…well I know it won’t be as good as yours, but one can wish right?

    • says

      I signed in with my name and url for my blog and it takes u to a free blog forum I don’t think it is spose to work like that is it?? I am new to blogging I thought if I did that it would link back to my blog

  15. says

    Oh girlies…how did I miss you at Haven? I will hunt you down next year! Loved meeting so many great bloggers! Leo & Jane were so sweet (I’m the one “kissing” his head in the pic). Thanks so much for hosting this awesome party!!


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