Inspiration Friday No. 94…Welcome!

Welcome to the post-Christmas Inspiration Friday! We pray that each of you had a joyous Christmas with family and friends.  Some of you may be back to work already, or maybe you are still in the middle of celebrating still and maybe a few of you are taking a well deserved vacation and a nap on the couch.  Whatever you are doing, we are honored you took a moment to stop by and see us today!

We both had a wonderful Christmas celebrating or Savior’s birth with our families! 

Vanessa and Family Christmas 2012

Heather and Family Christmas 2012

Now, we’re thinking ahead to the new year and the many projects, crafts,  recipes and inspiration we hope to share with you here  on our blog! Speaking of blogging….we want to welcome our newest sponsor of At The Picket Fence.

Our friend Melissa, of The Happier Homemaker, has started a great new blog to So You Wanna Be a Blogger? Here you can find great tips, tricks, advise and ideas on blogging and how to be the best blogger you can be! We invite you to follow her blog to keep up to date on some great blogging articles

Today’s features are from Inspiration Friday No. 93, last week we featured some amazing Christmas Inspiration, today we are featuring some other amazing projects! Enjoy!


Jeanette from Creating a Life showed us her lovely master bedroom all warmed up with red accents for winter.

Pamela of From My Front Porch to Yours shared her beautiful Powder Room Makeover. We love the ladder as a towel rack!

Amy of Grown from Scratch has us looking forward to warmer days as she shares her updated Front Porch. The grouping of white rockers is just so welcoming!


Christine from The Crafty Woman shared her incredible kitchen makeover and we just love how light and bright it is and also those beautiful pops of blue!

Allison of The Golden Sycamore and her husband created this Wood Plank Wall for their nursery makeover.  They share great step by step instructions.

We adore Becky of From Generation to Generation‘s Quilted Bench Makeover made from a vintage quilt and her great story about these lovely family plates.


Liz from Love Grows Wild showed us how to make this fantastic Book Page Table Runner and even though she used it as part of her beautiful Holiday decor, we could see this working all year round!

 Carissa from Carissa Miss shared a wonderfully simple tutorial for making these adorable fabric bows. Her little model was pretty darling too!

 Carolyn from Homework shared these gorgeous Cameo Candles which were lovely for the holidays but could also be incorporated into every season simply by using different colored ribbon.



Daniela from Frugal Ain’t Cheap  shared a wonderful recipe for homemade Panettone and we think this just screams warm and cozy.

These adorable “Hoot Chocolate Spoons” from Tales of a Trophy Wife might have been intended to be a sweet Christmas treat but we think that they would be welcomed by kids (or the kid at heart!) any time of the year!

Kick of a healthy new year with this Winter Berry Antioxidant Berry Smoothie from Kristin of Homespun with Love .



We continue to be inspired by our friend Anne, of Fiona and Twig! She has been busy shooting amazing photographs and magazine features and living out her passion.  You MUST visit her to see this latest shoot. 

Jeanette from Creating a Life Now, is located in gorgeous western Colorado and she shared beautiful words and photos in a post called “Decembering”

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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,
Before you link up please read these few party requests:

1.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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  1. Your Christmas pictures are beautiful. Such nice-looking families! Hope you had a happy Christmas. Thanks for hosting this fun party each week! Have a Happy New Year!
    Nici ~ Posed Perfection recently posted..Christmas Home TourMy Profile

  2. Heather and Vanessa…your family pics make me smile! I’m glad you had a wonderful Christmas and am excited to see all that you share At the Picket Fence in 2013…it’s guaranteed to be inspiring!!! XO, Aimee
    Aimee – It’s Overflowing recently posted..2012 – A Year of SparksMy Profile

  3. Wishing you much more success and a very Happy New Year! Thank you for hosting and for joining me at Home Sweet Home! Lovely family pictures!
    Sherry recently posted..Scalloped Ham and PotatoesMy Profile

  4. Hi Ladies, You both have beautiful families. Thanks for hosting and have a Happy New Year.
    xx, Sherry
    Sherry recently posted..Top DIY Projects Of 2012My Profile

  5. Thanks for sharing your homes and lives with us! Wishing you both a wonderful and blessed 2013!
    Doreen@HymnsandVerses recently posted..My Favorite Projects in 2012My Profile

  6. Beautiful families! Thanks for feauturing the Panettone, I am making another one tomorrow for New Years Eve :)
    Daniela @frugal ain’t cheap recently posted..Tilapia dinner for 5 people in 15 minutes for $5My Profile

  7. Hi Girls – glad you had such a fabulous Christmas with your beautiful families! Here’s to an amazing 2013!
    Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage recently posted..A Very Good Year – the Best of 2012!My Profile

  8. Pretty features and I will check the post about blogging, sounds interesting! You both look gorgeous with your beautiful families and you both look so happy to be celebrating the holidays together..really, it’s the best part of it all!! Thank you for hosting another great party. Wishing you the best in every way for the New Year 2013.

  9. Beautiful family pictures girls! Thanks so much for hosting!
    Martina recently posted..2012 year in review~paint projectsMy Profile

  10. What beautiful families! Hope both of you had wonderful Christmases and were able to relax. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful New Years!

    Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers recently posted..My Love/Hate Relationship with Muddy BuddiesMy Profile

  11. Thanks for hosting girls!
    Happy New Year!!
    Vesna recently posted..Blogonagrada od Sonje :) My Profile

  12. Thank you SO mention for the mention!!!
    You know how much I adore you girls, I’m sorry I’ve been such an absentee blogger of late!

    Happy Holidays and Blessings in Christ!


  13. Merry Christmas to you all and best wishes for the New Year!!
    Anita recently posted..12 Days of Christmas…My Profile

  14. Thanks for hosting! Happy New Year!…hugs…Debbie
    Confessions of a Plate Addict recently posted..Reader Favorites…My Top Ten Projects of 2012My Profile

  15. A BIG Happy New Year to both you and your families.. :) I do pray your Christmas was Blessed and I am so much looking forward to following along with you again in this 2013 New Year!!!
    Angelina recently posted..2012 What a Year!!!My Profile

  16. BEAUTIFUL family pictures! :) Have a wonderful New Year and once again thanks for featuring my post last week / It was a very pleasant Christmas surprise! :)
    debra recently posted..Freezing Rain, Snow, Ice Pellets, More SnowMy Profile

  17. Lovely family portraits! Thanks for hosting thie week, and all year. Wishing both of your families all the best in the new year.
    Elizabeth@ Blue Clear Sky recently posted..DIY Projects of 2012My Profile

  18. The family holiday photos of you two and your beautiful families is just wonderful!

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

    The features this week are GREAT – such talent out there in blogville!!

    Thank you for hosting, always so awesome to visit you!

  19. Thanks so much for hosting! Happy New Year!
    KC @ The Real Thing with the Coake Family recently posted..Family New Year’s EveMy Profile

  20. Thanks so much for hosting! Have a very happy new year!
    Anne @ DesignDreamsbyAnne recently posted..2012 In Review – Part 2 The ProjectsMy Profile

  21. Beautiful families! Thank you for hosting, girls!
    Lyuba @willcookforsmiles recently posted..Five days of New Year’s Cocktails: Pomegranate MartiniMy Profile

  22. What beautiful Christmas photos. We planned all night to take a family photo and it never happened with all of the chaos. Thanks for hosting.
    Judy recently posted..Hurricane Sandy TransformationMy Profile

  23. What beautiful family photos! Thanks for hosting and best wishes for the new year!
    Cheers! – Shelley
    Shelley @ Calypso in the Country recently posted..Some of My Favorites for 2012My Profile

  24. What a beautiful post. Love seeing your families. And the features were awesome:)

    Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!
    Evelyn @ My Turn for us recently posted..Freedom Fridays #34My Profile

  25. Thank you so much for the features! You two have lovely families! I appreciate you hosting and I look forward to looking through all the links this week. Happy New Year!

    Jeanette @ Creating a Life recently posted..***Wonderful***My Profile

  26. Darling families. Merry Christmas!!!
    classic•casual•home recently posted..Have a Joy Filled Day!My Profile

  27. Beautiful family pictures! Thank you so much for a wonderful party each week ladies, wishing you both a fabulous and successful New Year!!

    xoxo, Tanya
    Tanya recently posted..My Favorite Spinach DipMy Profile

  28. Blessings to you, Heather and Vanessa!
    How I love joining in on the fun each week on your wonderful blog party. Thank you for hosting!
    what delightful selections you have made this week with so many lovely blogs featured. What a joy it is visiting these incredibly talented bloggers!
    May God bless you richly this coming year, my friends.
    Carolynn recently posted..SNOWFLAKESMy Profile

  29. Thank You for hosting. I hope you have a wonderful New Year.
    Rose @ Walnut Acre recently posted..The Walnut Acre Daily – Cheesy Ranch Biscuits And MoreMy Profile

  30. Beautiful family pictures….Happy New Year!!!!!

  31. Beautiful families! Thank you so much for sharing my Book Page Table Runner… you’ve made my day!

    Hope you both had a wonderful Christmas!
    Love Always,

  32. Beautiful family photos!Thank you so much ladies for hosting!
    Anne recently posted..What a Year!My Profile

  33. Wow! Thank you so much for the shout out-I totally wasn’t expecting that. You guys are awesome!
    Melissa-So You Wanna Be a Blogger recently posted..Blogging Stories: Beckie of Infarrantly CreativeMy Profile

  34. Hi, Vanessa and Heather

    Thank you for hosting this lovely party. Happy New Year’s to you and your family.


    Vanessa recently posted..Coconut Flan DessertMy Profile

  35. Hello girls…what wonderful photos from your Holiday gathering! Great features form last week…I must check them out. Thanks for hosting!

  36. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Ladies!
    What beautiful features. I’m still oogling over the last one of that “Decembering” photo of God’s majestic beauty! I’m excited to link up a Christmas Cookies & Cocoa party my hubby and I hosted this season. :)
    Leslie recently posted..2012 Cookie & Cocoa Party!My Profile

  37. Thank you for a year of the most beautiful parties! Thank you for all the work you do to prepare each week and thank you for sharing all the lovely posts with us.

    Wishing you and yours a Blessed and Happy New Year!

    Linda and Jeannie @ The French Hens Nest

  38. Beautiful pictures of both of your family’s! I love seeing bloggers with their family’s. I think it just makes thing that much more personal. A beautiful round up of creativity. I am in awe of that chair! Not much to share around here, but getting to some very long overdue DIY projects. Hope you both have a very Happy New Year! It has been so fun getting to know you both. What an amazing year of blogging it has been! -K
    karen recently posted..Happy Friday, Link Party #84My Profile

  39. Thanks for hosting! Have a happy new year!
    Jacqueline recently posted..Christmas Dining RoomMy Profile

  40. Heather and Vanessa…Thank you so much for sharing your families and letting us share ours with you at your Parties….I am so overwhelmed with your thoughtfulness…Have a Truly Blessed Holiday…Blessings, Becky

  41. Vanessa and Heather,
    You both have such gorgeous families! You are truly blessed. Thanks for showing me how to blog, and how to have fun doing it! I look forward to more amazing projects and ideas from At The Picket Fence!!
    Happy New Year!!
    Meegan recently posted..The Best of What Meegan Makes FinaleMy Profile

  42. Hello! Thanks so much for hosting this party. Your families are beautiful and I so appreciate your recommending,So you wanna be a blogger – I’m going to check that out for sure! I am enjoying visiting the others who are linked up. Just noticed that my typing skills need improvement, my link up is supposed to be lucky 13… not lucky 23, although I hope that will be a very good year as well! Thanks again, Melinda

  43. wow! thanks for the feature! i am so happy:) your families look so great! hope you have a fabulous new year!

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