Inspiration Friday No. 92….welcome!

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Wow! Hard to believe we are already 6 days into December! It seems Christmas has moved into full gear at our homes and yours! We’ve been busy here At The Picket Fence and we know y’all have been busy as well.  Decorating, and Decking and Baking and Jingling and Tinseling….it’s an exciting time of year to be a blogger!

Here are just a few things we have going on around the fence this week!

Christmas Entry Collage from At The Picket Fence

Vanessa’s Holiday Home

Heather Christmas 2012 Kitchen Collage

Heather’s Holiday Home

Up first we shared our Holiday Homes on the Virtual Holiday House Walk Tour hosted by the lovely Jennifer Rizzo.  21 gorgeous homes in their full holiday regalia! You can visit our homes here or start at the beginning of the tour by visiting Jennifer’s blog.

Next, Vanessa is sharing a very precious and special letter to some special women.  You can read more about this over at The Greatest Gift.

 homemade vanilla extract as holiday gifts

She is also over at the FOLK Magazine Blog today where she is sharing how to make DIY Vanilla Extract.


and…last, but not least, there is still plenty of time to enter this gorgeous giveaway we are hosting for LaRae Boutique.  Laura is giving away a $50.00 credit for the pillow of your choice.  Go here to enter!

Now onto those fabulous features we are fortunate enough to showcase each week!


Laura from Top This Top That shared a tour of her gorgeous keeping room with us.

Kathy, of Kate’s Place, shared her cozy Christmas kitchen. We love how bright and cheery it is!


You need to see this dining room remodel’s “before” photos to fully appreciate this lovely makeover from Kristi of I Should Be Mopping Up the Floor.


We all know and love Marty from A Stroll Thru Life, but did you see her beautiful new headboard makeover? The details are beautiful!

We love the details of this Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint sideboard from Deb of Lake Girl Paints! She added an extra personal touch with this stenciled family stamp! If you’d like to purchase your own Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint you can visit paint distributor Petticoat Junktion.

Would you believe this Pottery Barn Bar is a DIY knock-off? Jordan’s, from The 2 Seasons, husband built this for her following plans they found at This Old House…we are impressed!

Anne of Design Dreams by Anne, not only ADDED a window where there was none in this bathroom, but also created her own DIY shutters! We think this is truly a dream design!


How cool are these chalkboard chargers from Linda of It All Started with Paint? What a great way to personalize place settings at the table, perfect for any season!

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Jamie of Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mind shared how to make this darling Hand-Warming Muff! What little girl wouldn’t want to have one of these? So cute!

How to make a hand Muff - tutorial

We are in awe of the talent it takes to create something as beautiful as this Mixed Media Art from Crystelle Boutique.  Title “The Family” it’s a truly inspiration piece!


Birch is all the rage right now, and these Faux Birch Candle Holders from Homespun with Love knocked our socks off!


Rita of Harbour Breeze is sharing a great video tutorial on how to paint your own Rustic Signs.

The Crafty Woman is showing us step by step how to take fabulous holiday photos!


Kayla, of Say Not Sweet Anne, made these decadent Filled Pumpkin Gingersnaps.

One of our favorite southern gals is sharing Birthday Cake Popcorn over at Dixie Delights!

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Here’s a perfect appetizer for those holiday parties! Artichoke and and Roasted Garlic Dip from Wonky Wonderful.

We love refrigerator cookies and these Hazelnut and Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies from Keeping Up With The Times look absolutely yummy!

You all are making the holiday picks downright difficult this month! So many gorgeous projects and ideas…but we’ve narrowed it down to just a few….;)  


 Gail’s , of Purple Hues and Me, Family Jewelry Christmas Tree caught our eye the second we saw it! Created from her mother’s costume jewelry, it’s become a true family heirloom!

These Stamped Salt Dough Ornaments from Todd & Lindsey are a perfect family project and make gorgeous tree ornaments.

Jody of Homey Home Designs created these blinged out Christmas Trees from beaded garland!

Sarah of Lacquer and Linen created this gorgeous Scandinavian Inspired Dining Room Table, we love the crispness and contrast of the red and white.

Scandinavian Christmas Table 12 Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Table Decor

 Liz of Love Grows Wild, created these serene and simple Felt Pine Trees. We love the monochromatic color and classic lines!


Angelina of Ruby Jean’s Shop is sharing her precious new baby’s birth story, a true Thanksgiving post!


and we leave you with both the words and photos in this post shared by Laurie of Heaven’s Walk which are truly inspiring!

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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

    Oh My!!! There are some Seriously fabulous features this week!! That dining room makeover looks amazing and the Artichoke Dip makes me wish I could jump right into my computer :) Thank you so much for sharing our Birth Story, that was so very sweet of you, girls. I just linked up the Diy Snowman and Christmas Tree Sweater Patches.
    Have a great day!
    Angelina recently posted..Holiday Wreath CollectionMy Profile

  2. says

    Wow, there are so many incredible features, I’m almost embarrassed to throw mine into the mix. Lovely as always girls, and thanks so much for hosting:-)

  3. says

    My, oh my gorgeous holiday decorating going on everywhere! The blogosphere is just amazing this year! Thank you for hosting and for joining me at Home Sweet Home! I am off to see how that Crafty Woman took that gorgeous photo!
    Sherry recently posted..Christmas Mantel ’12My Profile

  4. FABBY says

    Oh wow, great features! I’m so late to everything, I can’t wait to visit some of the features. Thank you for hosting and having my C’mas home tour, I’m so thrilled to be here!
    Big hugs,

  5. says

    Thank you, lovely sisters, for featuring my painted rustic sign tutorial. And, thank you also for opening up your homes for the Christmas tour of homes. Well done! I can only imagine all the work it is to prepare, primp, and photograph for that!! Your homes look beautiful with so many neat decor ideas. Thanks for sharing.
    Rita Joy recently posted..DIY Book Page Star OrnamentsMy Profile

  6. says

    Hey girls, these are some amazing features, seriously, by the time I finished scrolling down I was beginning to have second thoughts about linking up my little old boxwood wreaths! Oh well, it’s all good. tee hee.
    Thanks for hosting this gorgeous party.
    Leslie (aka Gwen Moss)
    leslie harris recently posted..little boxwood wreathsMy Profile

  7. says

    Thank you for hosting another great party! We appreciate all the work you do for us to show off! Great feature picks as usual.

    Linda and Jeannie @ The French Hen’s Nest

  8. says

    Hello! I am new to the party. I linked up a few posts from my Christmas Home Tour. I have 19 trees this year!
    Thanks so much for hosting!!


  9. says

    Hi, Heather and Vanessa!! Happy weekend to you both!! Thank you so much for hosting sucj a lovely party. I love coming to see everything you guys have come up with!! Love seeing your facebook feeds, too!!
    Hugs and Blessings for a Blessed weekend,


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