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!
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  • 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. Thanks for hosting! Subscribed to your RSS feed! :)
    javeriyasayeedsiddiqui recently posted..Vegetation MedicationMy Profile

  2. Such beautiful and inspirational posts from last week….thanks for hosting…

  3. Y’all’s homes look wonderful all decked out and great features. Thanks for hosting.
    Kim recently posted..Vintagely InspiredMy Profile

  4. 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

  5. Whoo too thanks for the shout out! My husband worked so hard and now we are enjoying the payoff. I even had to order more stools for when our friends from the neighborhood come over for a holiday cocktail. Thanks for hosting the party.
    Jordan@the2seasons recently posted..DIY Christmas ChargersMy Profile

  6. So many pretty things to look at! Thanks for hosting today!
    Shelley @ Calypso in the Country recently posted..Christmas Mantel 2012My Profile

  7. 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:-)

  8. Hi girls! thank you for hosting another awsome party! love the features, they are all amazing. Thank you for the house in your home the other day! So stylish, really admire your christmas homes! have a happy week, hugs
    monsterscircus recently posted..DIY Julekalender – NissehueMy Profile

  9. Girls your homes look fabulous!! Great features, thanks so much for hosting!
    Martina recently posted..2012 Christmas Mantel and Family Room TreeMy Profile

  10. Thanks for hosting!
    Alana recently posted..Chocolate Chip Cookie SquaresMy Profile

  11. 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

  12. Thanks for hsoting girls. Lots of yumminess in the features… a couple of which I didn’t see during the week, so off now to visit them.
    Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique recently posted..Shabbilicious Friday (+ Christmas) Link PartyMy Profile

  13. Hi Heather and Vanessa: Your features that you so carefully select each week are truly inspirational to me, and this week is no exception. I am always inspired by all the creativity that flows around here :) Thank you for hosting the party for us this week, and I wish you both a very happy weekend!
    Athena at Minerva’s Garden recently posted..Red Ice Skates DIY Holiday CraftMy Profile

  14. Thanks so much for hosting! Have a holly, jolly week!
    Nici ~ Posed Perfection recently posted..Baby Jesus in a Manger OrnamentMy Profile

  15. What a beautiful home! Thanks so much for hosting!
    Trish – Mom On Timeout recently posted..Your Creative Timeout {No.59}My Profile

  16. I am so amazed at all of the talent out there in blog land! How do you possibly choose a feature? You two girls are amazing! Thanks so much for this party. :-) Sue
    Sue recently posted..Holiday Decorated Kitchen HutchMy Profile

  17. I am enjoying the Christmas walk this week! Great features too! Thank you so much for hosting!
    Anne recently posted..No Glitz No Glam ChristmasMy Profile

  18. Love the features! Thanks for hosting!…hugs…Debbie
    Confessions of a Plate Addict recently posted..More Christmas Fun…My Burlap Découpage DeerMy Profile

  19. Thank you for hosting! Wishing you a pretty weekend. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
    Kathryn Griffin recently posted..Guest Post from Tanya at The Fruitful HomeMy Profile

  20. Thanks ladies for hosting…looks like I need to head over and enter to win that darling pillow:)

    Linda@Coastal Charm recently posted..Nifty Thrifty Tuesday No.142My Profile

  21. I am happy to be linking here this week, thanks so much for this wonderful party. Happy Thursday!{Hugs}

  22. 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,

  23. Hi Heather and Vanessa! thank you for featuring my cookies and for hosting such a fun party!
    Barb recently posted..Recycled Paper Twiggy TagsMy Profile

  24. Hi Gals, love love love that adorable JOY pillow! just linked up, thanks so much for hosting!
    Debra@CommonGround recently posted..Vintage Inspiration #117 Gifts from the HeartMy Profile

  25. 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

  26. What lovely features! Your holiday decor is gorgeous, as well! Thanks so much for hosting!
    Shenita recently posted..~Just A Little More Christmas Sparkle~My Profile

  27. Hi Heather and Vanessa, thank you for hosting again, it’s great to link up here!

    Have a good weekend, Nancy
    Nancy at maddalee recently posted..Maddalee Ogre Elf Kids Art Kit Giveaway! Enter by 12/14/2012My Profile

  28. Oh how exciting. I just saw that my headboard was featured. What a thrill. Thank you so much. Hugs, Marty

  29. I love the Joy pillow! So cute! Thank you so much for hosting another great party! :)
    Kathy Moody recently posted..It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Christmas! Mantels & Tablescapes Blog HopMy Profile

  30. Thanks so much for hosting, ladies! Hope your weekend is great.
    KC @ The Real Thing with the Coake Family recently posted..Come Find Me – I’m Guest Posting TodayMy Profile

  31. spectacular features
    as always!

    i linked up
    my Christmas mantel
    for your viewing pleasure

    thanks for hostessing!

    Stuff and Nonsense recently posted..Welcome to Fridays Unfolded!My Profile

  32. Thank you so much for featuring my shutters. There are so many fabulous features this week too, I’m honoured that you chose to include mine.

    Thanks for hosting and have a fabulous weekend xox
    Anne @ DesignDreamsbyAnne recently posted..Home Made 3-D StarsMy Profile

  33. Hello my friends and thank you so much for featuring my project! So sorry I’ve been MIA from the comments threads … life has intervened. But rest assured, I still adore you both and visit frequently — though, perhaps, silently.

    :) Linda
    Linda @ it all started with paint recently posted..finding peace … with diet CokeMy Profile

  34. So honored to be featured, ladies…and among such great company, too! All of the features are so inspiring! Thank you so much for hosting every week. Your holiday decor is FABULOUS!!


  35. Amazing features, ladies! Thanks so much for hosting … I’m off to be inspired! Happy weekend!
    Becca recently posted..Christmas in the Great RoomMy Profile

  36. 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

  37. Thanks so much for hosting! There’s always so much inspiration here.
    Tuula :)
    Tuula @ The Thrifty Rebel recently posted..My Inspiration/Craft Room Makeover RevealMy Profile

  38. Thank you so much for hosting. :)

  39. Thank you for the party, lovely ladies! Have a great weekend!
    Lyuba @willcookforsmiles recently posted..Salmon and Rice Patties with Homemade SauceMy Profile

  40. Thanks for all the inspiration you share each week. Thanks for hosting.
    Sherry recently posted..Giveaway In Time For The HolidaysMy Profile

  41. Thank you for hosting, ladies!
    Michele (Finch Rest) recently posted..Christmas in the FoyerMy Profile

  42. Wonderful features, so many creative blogs! Thanks for hosting a wonderful party!


  43. Heading over to the Folk blog, you ladies are awesome! Thank you so much for a fabulous party :)

    xoxo, Tanya

  44. Good Morning Ladies! I’m so glad you liked my Felt Pine Trees! Thank you so much for featuring them : )

    Great party this week!
    Love Always
    Liz Fourez recently posted..Invisalign: 2 Million SmilesMy Profile

  45. Beautiful features! So many wonderful sites to check out, I’ll have to play here when I get home from work. Thanks for hosting!
    Debbie :)
    Debbie recently posted..Hallmark Countdown To Christmas and a Giveaway!My Profile

  46. Always such a pleasure to join your party! Thanks so much for hosting, you two sweeties!

  47. Love all the features! Thank you so much for hosting! You have lots of links to go through…whew!

    By the way, where did you get those gigantic pine cones on your staircase? My goodness!

    Julie recently posted..Christams Decor – Christmas MantelMy Profile

  48. truly inspiring features this week! thank you for hosting!
    Jessica @ Dear Emmeline recently posted..‘Tis The Season Holiday Link Party SeriesMy Profile

  49. Your homes look beautiful! Thank you so much for featuring my christmas kitchen.

    Kathy recently posted..Living Room VignetteMy Profile

  50. Lovin’ everything that you have done in your homes and all of the great features….Have a great weekend!
    JP recently posted..Cranberries & A Nostalgic Holiday FrameMy Profile

  51. Thanks so much for hosting, ladies!
    Chelsea @ Making Home Base recently posted..A Red & White Christmas VignetteMy Profile

  52. Thanks for featuring our ornaments!!! :)

  53. 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

  54. 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!!


  55. Can you believe I am # 399!!! Thanks for hosting, girls!!! I have already been to a couple of your features… wonderful!!! NOw I have a whole lot a inspiration to collect… and lots of blogs to visit!!
    Yvonne @ StoneGable recently posted..HOMEMADE SNOWFLAKESMy Profile

  56. Great features ladies. Thanx for hosting!
    Pamela recently posted..Decorating For The Holidays With Pickle JarsMy Profile

  57. 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,

  58. Love your holiday home, all the features! It all looks marvelous!
    Debbie refreshrestyle recently posted..Fresh HydrangeasMy Profile

  59. Wow what a great collection of Christmas decor you have here Debbie! I love your Faux Birch Candle Holders perfect combination with my chalkboard.
    Ira Morse recently posted..Pro X Managers Desk and Hutch with Mobile PedestalMy Profile


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