It’s Inspiration Friday No. 85! Welcome!

Before we jump into things this week, it’s time to announce the Grand Prize Winner of the LG Giveaway of a Trip to NYC and Wine and Food Festival!

After narrowing down the top ten finalists, the generous folks at LG made the final winning selection.
And the winner is…
Mia White!

Here is Mia’s winning entry:
I would have to call my style: “The Precision Pack.”

And I’m probably going to fly my OCD colors a little too candidly, here, but I’m the kind of gal who will RELOAD THE DISHWASHER if anyone tries to “help” me. :/ Growing up, we didn’t have a dishwasher 

(my parents would always correct that statement with a quick ‘Yes we do, we have the Mia-and-Bethany-4000-model’!)

and from scarring years of handwashing twice a day- once before and once after dinner- I have to confess that I don’t pre-rinse a single thing before loading at my house. Because of this, I demand the ultimate efficiency out of a dishwasher. 

I load it with great care and order: always like items together, graduating sizes, even color coded. For example: Silverware. Those little cubbies are for sorting out types, people! Forks? Together! Spoons? By themselves? Knives? Separate. Also? Put those dangerous, pointy ends UP so they get washed well! You’re not going to get that organic Adam’s peanut butter off a knife if the end is tucked down hiding away with all of his buddies! Don’t whine at me about your kids potentially cutting their sweet hands when they help you out- THIS IS NOT CHILDREN’S WORK. It’s an art. 

My [superior] technique is not just about efficiency in thoroughly washing the most amount of dishes per load, but also for optimal UNLOADING efficiency. 

I dare say that if there were dishwasher loading & unloading Olympics- I would probably dominate.”

Congratulations Mia!! 
We are so excited that you will get to meet Vanessa in NYC 
and we know you will have a fabulous time. Thank you so much to all of you who entered this contest!

Now, the Fall lovin’ madness is definitely in full swing here at the Fence and all around blogland too!

This week was all about simplicity and Vanessa shared with you her Fall Mantel:

fall, mantel, mantel decorations, simple fall mantel

while Heather shared with you a Fall Dining Room Vignette.

We also have an another awesome giveaway going on right now and there is still plenty of time to enter to win a $350 Prize Pack Giveaway from Shutterfly! Just in time for the Holidays!

We also welcomed two new Sponsors to the Fence this week!

First we have the incredible Nostalgic Bulbs Company 


Where you can find incredible deals on Vintage Inspired Items like this
Nostalgic Spiral Radio Bulb

We also welcomed the wonderful Etsy Shop rosekraft

where you can find Vintage Victorian Decor, gifts and ephemera, like this 
Bell Jar with Quail Egg Mini Cloche.

Bell Jar Quail Egg Mini Cloche Reindeer Moss Bird Nest

Now onto this week’s Inspiration Friday Features! 



Christie from Three Pixie Lane shared her incredible Kitchen Remodel and we think the final results are truly stunning! 

Martina from Northern Nesting shared how her living room is changing with the seasons and we just love the rich, warm tones!

Lori from My Heart with Pleasure Fills proudly showed off the darling nursery she helped her daughter create for the precious twin granddaughters coming her way very soon. 
Lori made all of this beautiful bedding!


Jen from The Thrifty Home shared the beautiful makeover she completed on her kitchen including painting all of her cabinets!

JP from Sweet Inspirations gave an old washstand a Rustic “Shabby Glam” Makeover and in the process gave it a new life! 


Lori from The Stonybrook House showed us how to make this fantastic Pallet Art and since this hymn was sung at Vanessa’s wedding it is definitely near and dear to her heart.

Kelly from Coastal Cottage Dreams shared her exciting new business venture with us!
She is launching an Organic Soy Candle Business called Palmetto Wicks and we are so excited for her and wish her much success!


Barbara from 21 Rosemary Lane shared this scrumptious recipe for Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars. Yes please!

Leigh Anne from Your Homebased Mom shared with us this recipe for Fresh Tomato and Herb Soup  and we love the idea of adding the pine nuts and Gorgonzola cheese for a bit of a twist.


Ugh. This is a really HARD category to narrow down to only a handful! But, we’ll give it a shot!

How about these Spooky Halloween Poison Bottles from Art is Beauty?

Debbie from Debbiedoos showed us how she made her darling Fall Mantel Banner and she promises that it’s “easy peasy”!

We love this idea for painting acorns from Freddy & Petunia! Think of the possibilities for working this into your Autumn decor!

Kirstin from Craftiments showed off her beautiful Fall Mantel complete with twine, corn husk and fabric pumpkins!

Craftiments:  Twine, corn husk, and fabric covered foam pumpkins

Claire from The Rustic Pig honored us with the story of how her family has been impacted by the life of her darling nephew since he was diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome.

Kristin from Simply Klassic Home shared with us an incredible story of two lives (and two blogs) that are uniquely intertwined and a friendship that has stood the test of time and heartache.

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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!
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  • 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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Hi Heather and Vanessa,
lots of loveliness and inspiration here today. Thank you for hosting such a wonderful party and for having me. I am sharing today our annual family trip to Algonquin Park and a little lakeside picnic we had there. I hope your readers enjoy it.
Stay Happy!

I see some great blogs I need to visit in today’s link-ups! There just never seems to be enuf time to see them all, does there? Glad I could link up again with you girls this week. hugs, Sue

Hi Heather and Vanessa,

Super super party! Time to nestle in my little nook and indulge in these great link-ups. Thanks for hosting. Have a great weekend!


Thank you so much for hosting this week! As always you have such wonderful features…I am so honored to have my chocolate pumpkin bars amoung them.
Hope you gals have a wonderful weekend!

Thanks Heather & Vanessa, I am pretty sure that I’m still just completely in shock over all of this. And I didn’t think it possible but I actually love your blog even MORE now! Thanks again!! I can’t wait! 😉

Heather and Venessa, SO sweet to feature the girls bedroom. Which by the way looks like it will be in use late next week. Ann Marie’s blood pressure has been up and down and they have her on bedrest. If she can make it to her 36th week, they will deliver them next Wednesday! Super excited! For the feature and especially for Hadley and Layton to arrive. Thanks and prayers for our babies are welcome from all followers!

Hi Ladies! Thanks for hosting. Some great features this week. I really loved Kristin’s story! How inspiring. =) I have a similar story with my hubbies ex-wife. It’s always nice when friendship can overcome anything! Have a great weekend. It’s Thanksgiving weekend here. I’m doing turkey dinner Saturday. Can’t wait. Mmm!

~ Catie

Hello, Dear Ones! Oh, my! What wonderful features today. I’m so glad to get to join you today! I’ve been gone from blogland for a month and it’s good to be back!
Be a couple of sweeties,
Shelia 🙂

What a fun and inspiring journey the two of you take us on each week here At The Fence! I truly appreciate that you host this wonderful party each week!


Thank you girls SO much for the kitchen feature! I told Vanessa it was a long road and a long time eating pizzas for dinner! The good Lord certainly worked on us during that time, too!! We are so thankful to be done and not eating out of a box anymore! This is a very sweet reward for all that work! Congratulations on your features, I have seen at other sites! The fall display is beautiful! I need to find some cute wooden boxes and decorate the rest of my house!! Have a beautiful weekend!! Christie

Hi there again! Well I was so excited with my first entry that I had to add the rest ot the story! lol Hope you dont mind:) Im just havin a blast over here!

Hey! I am writing some devotions for my children to address some of the difficult things they will face. I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, so decided to write my own. Digging in God’s word has been so amazing…seeking His truths on some difficult topics! “What Your Little Eyes See” addresses the things they may see at an early age (that we don’t want them to see!) Shockingly, the average age now is EIGHT. I am trying to pre-empt what the world will tell them, by preparing them with the Truth. Please do not hesitate to delete if this is something you don’t want linked. I am doing a series and this Sunday will be about what does it mean to fear God. I wasn’t sure I knew enough to teach my kids, so went diggin’! Thank you girls for hosting and giving the rest of us a place to share! Christie