Inspiration Friday No. 76…Welcome!

Oh Summer! Where are you going? Doesn’t it seem this summer has just flown by?! While many of you (including Vanessa) are getting in some last minute family vacations, several of you already have kiddos heading back to school! It’s hard to believe Autumn is right around the corner…but with all of the Pinterest Pins we’ve seen start to show up, we know those Fall Projects and Posts are on your minds! 

Well, we’re not quite ready to give up the last few weeks of summer, so hopefully some of this week’s features will keep summer around for a little while longer. 
But first, a few quick things we want to share! 
We hosted a fabulous giveaway from Kelly of House129 last week.  
Here’s the winner of that great giveaway:
Congratulations to NOVA!!
. Please contact us through our contact page and we’ll put you in touch with Kelly.  And THANK YOU to Kelly of Live.Laugh.Rowe for sponsoring the giveaway! 
This week we are hosting a lovely giveaway from Linda of Drop Cloth Designs!  
She is giving away one of her gorgeous Union Jack Pillows to one lucky friend of At The Picket Fence! You may know Linda as the talent behind It All Started With Paint.  We are honored to have her as a sponsor here on the blog!
Be sure to head over after linking up to enter to win the Union Jack Pillow Giveaway
Ready for some features?! As always it’s difficult to choose from so many fabulous links…but we’ve narrowed it down to some of our favorite choices from last week!

Heather couldn’t let this Inspiration Friday get started without giving a big shout-out to Kim of Too Much Time on My Hands for her Better Homes and Garden Photo Shoot! This post was special to Heather since Kim also got to experience the awesome BHG duo of Stacey and Edmund!

Stacey and Edmund shot Heather’s BHG Kitchen Shoot.  These two are the most amazing and fabulous BHG team members ever! So happy for you Kim! Can’t wait to see your feature!


We were  in awe over the incredible transformation Jen of City Farmhouse made to her Dining Room! She gives us a photo tour of this gorgeous space chock full of great ideas and shares the sources and ideas for each element.  Well done Jen..well done!
Kim from Savvy Southern Style hit it out of the park once again with this beautiful Guest Room Reveal.  She has such a lovely way of combing color and neutrals for a peaceful combination.

Decorating Ideas Made Easy turned her Master Bedroom into a Beach Retreat! We adore the door headboard and the soft soothing colors.  A perfect place to “get away”.


We met Becky of Organizing Made Fun at Haven, and she is one talented gal! Check out her Potting Shed Makeover! The color combination is just gorgeous..and she’s taken organizing to a whole new level!
Before and after of counter top potting bench

Jacqueline of Living a Redeemed Life turned a old worn out dresser into this adorable Dresser Turned Bookcase for their homeschool room! You HAVE to see the before of this dresser to truly appreciate this darling “new” bookcase!

Rugs can be so expensive! So Jen from Four Mars and One Venus decided to create her own Stenciled Rug!  We think it’s fabulous.


Carrie from Hooked On Decorating shows us how to Give Brass an Aged Patina in this great post.  Check out how she aged the brass on this beautiful globe.


Shari from Turnstyle Vogue turned vintage trash into this darling DIY Vintage Wine Tote! She didn’t let her husband’s teasing stop her when she told him what she was going …and we’re glad because we think this wine tote is absolutely darling! Get a glass ready for us Shari!

Vintage Wine Tote By Turnstyle Vogue

Jessica of Mom 4 Real shared her Freezer Paper Stencil Tutorial and the results with us.  Her Ampersand Pillow turned out beautifully! Good job Jessica!

We love this Outdoor Skirted Table that Dixie Delights created for her back porch.  A perfect place to hide your outdoor supplies while still keeping them handy, this outdoor buffet is just waiting for a party! 
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Sarah of Alderberry Hill walks us through Choosing the Right Stain for Your Deck…we’d say she found just the right formula by the looks of her gorgeous front porch! 

This low cost, easy to create Beachy Tablescape  from Richella of Imparting Grace created for her porch makes us want to spend our last few days of summer at the beach!

Not your everyday grilled cheese sandwich, this Smoky Gouda, Tomato and Basil Grilled Cheese Sandwich  from Heather of the Not So Super Mama looks divine! We’re headed over to Heather’s house for some lunch! 
We’ll take one of these refreshing Cherry Limeade’s from Hollie of the Seven Year Cottage please! This gorgeous drink just shouts “summer time” to us!
So this next “treat” isn’t for the two legged…but our four legged family members would love to get their paws on some of these! Andrea of  Life Love Larson and her kiddos baked these darling Home Made Dog Treats and even shared them with the canine neighbors! We bet Samson’s the most popular dog on the block now! 😉 

Barbara of 21 Rosemary Lane and her friend Donna fulfilled a dream and we were so inspired by her story! Talk about deserving “a medal”! Read this amazing and story of friendship, a dream and going for the gold!

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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 truly means a lot to us

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  1. says

    I’ve got nothing to link, but I’m full of feature inspiration now. Wish one of those ambitious bloggers would come finish my sons room.


  2. says

    Hello Heather and Vanessa: I appreciate you hosting the party today–thank you. I love your featured picks this week, and I love taking a few minutes out of a hectic day to check out and be inspired by all the creativity that I find in the links and posts here!

  3. says

    WOW!!! I just came from checking out your BHG shoot of you and yours house! Hope I can get the magazine, but I hope you can post some of those photos for us, who live in foreign countries and can’t get the magazine off the stand. You look so pretty with your cutie-furry pal. Thanks for sharing and I guess you had a big job left after they went their merry way?? Did they help you? Thanks for sharing.

  4. says

    What a fabulous gathering of creativity!!
    I’m so excited to be able to link up for the first time. You’ve probably seen me comment on your FB page as “Longaberger Lifestyle.” Here’s my other persona 😀
    Hope your weekend is Extraordinary in every way!!

  5. says

    Looks your party is a hit, as usual. lol! Thanks for taking the time to set these linky parties up for us to share and for being such a great hostess!

  6. says

    The summer is flying by! I spent a few hours yesterday helping my daughter set up her classroom – her first year as a school teacher. It brought a lump to my throat to think on it – my baby girl is a teacher! Sentimental Mommy! Wonderful features, Ladies! I do appreciate you hosting,

  7. says

    Love that outdoor skirted table. What a great idea. Can even use some of that outdoor fabric to cut down on the maintenance. Thanks so much for hosting. Have a lovely weekend!

  8. Meegan Fast says

    Thanks so much for hosting Heather and Vanessa!! LOVE Four Marrs One Venus rug!! Amazing!!
    Thanks for sharing so much inspiration!
    Make it a great weekend!

  9. says

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your nice words! I’m really enjoying looking around your fun blog! Have a wonderful Sunday!

  10. says

    You are incredible and special and made in His image. You are treasured. And more than anything, you are loved, my sweet child. You are very favorite.”


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