Birds Nest Mason Jar Cupcakes

Spring in a Mason Jar Collage

There's nothing more scary for a car owner. You're traveling down the road and you hear an ambiguous noise. You know the one. The noise that happens intermittently as your driving blissfully along, the one that strikes fear in your heart and then you don't hear it for days.  And just as your lulled into a sense of complacency, it happens again. You start to think you are hearing things.  You ask your daughter, "Did you hear that weird "pinking" noise?!" She did, so you know you're not losing … [Read more...]

Embroidered European Linen Pillow Giveaway!

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Happy, happy Friday friends!! Notice anything different around the Picket Fence? It's a new day and a new look for our little ol' blog! We kind of feel like those unsuspecting women who are plucked off the street by Hoda and Kathie Lee on the Today Show. It's almost as though we didn't know just how much we needed a makeover until we got to the big reveal! … [Read more...]

Clinging to Truth in the Pain

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I went to bed with her on my mind. I woke up with her on my mind. I sent her a text as soon as I got out of bed to tell her that I was praying for her...praying hard. Praying that during their appointment that morning, they would hear the heartbeat. … [Read more...]

$100 Visa Gift Card and Pepperidge Farm® Milano® Cookies​

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I always find it fascinating how many different interpretations there are of the word 'fancy'. What seems 'fancy' to one person might just be an everyday occurrence to the next. For example, I'll never forget when I started buying what I think of as the 'fancy' napkins. No, they aren't the ones with the pretty designs on them or the ones that cost $10 for a pack of 5. Those would be the really 'fancy' napkins. We don't want to go too crazy here people! … [Read more...]

Fireplace Makeover Reveal!

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Some people count sheep to fall asleep. Or their blessings. And while I definitely try both of those (plus a little Tylenol PM!) when I'm suffering from insomnia, nothing helps me relax and calm my mind more than envisioning rooms all redecorated. I envision rooms in my own home, my friends' homes, and homes which only live in my imagination. … [Read more...]

We Miss You and We’re Doing Something About It!

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We miss you. We really, really do. The thing is, you see, that while we get to interact with many of you right here on the At the Picket Fence blog, we used to also get to interact with even MORE of you through social media. Until it started changing. It used to be that if we said 'hi' on Facebook, we would hear a beautiful symphony of 'hi's' right back. But now what we hear sounds more like a symphony of crickets. … [Read more...]

Justifying My Makeover

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I need to tell you something. I'm a bit scared. I'm making changes to my house and I'm afraid of the comments I'm going to get. Because people can be kinda harsh when it comes to decorating choices. And of course I know that YOU will be kind and remember that I'm a human being and have feelings and all of that, but some other people might not. The social media world can be brutal! … [Read more...]

10 Must Do’s at The King and Prince!

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  If you're looking for the perfect getaway, you don't have to look any further than St. Simons Island on the coast of the great state of Georgia! Since moving to Georgia, I've been amazed at how many gorgeous vacation spots there are within driving distance, and St. Simons Island and The King and Prince Resort top them all! Surrounded by white sand beaches and live oaks, St. Simons Island is the biggest of Georgia's Golden Isles.  It's like going to the Bahamas but you don't need a … [Read more...]

Decorate a coffee table like a boss on a budget!

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The phrase 'budget friendly' is really kind of a relative term, isn't it? I mean, what is 'friendly' to one person's budget might not be quite so 'friendly' to another person's budget. Sometimes when I'm watching a decorating show or flipping through the pages of a magazine and they reference an item that was such a 'great deal' and then I find out what they actually paid for it I'm shocked. Apparently my definition of a good deal is very different from theirs! I firmly believe in … [Read more...]

In the Doldrums

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Have you ever wondered where different sayings come from? My son received a really cool game for Christmas called 'Word Teasers'. (In the spirit of complete honesty let me clarify that his parents thought it fell in the 'cool' category while he thought it fell in the 'educational' category and those two categories don't always cross over in an 11 year olds world!) Essentially it is giving the background on all of those sayings, or idioms, which have become part of our everyday conversations. … [Read more...]

Kitchen Desks Outdated? Say It Ain’t So!

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The other day my son and I were sitting together watching Chopped when a car commercial came on for the new 2016 version of whatever model of car it was. "They already have 2016 cars Mom?" , he asked. "It's just now 2015!" And so began a lively discussion on the science behind advertising along with explaining how mommy's car might just seem old and outdated but it was actually WAY better than those brand new 2016 cars because it's paid for. ;-) … [Read more...]


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I was on a mission. My husband had taken the kids on a walk and I had a few minutes to race through the house cleaning and picking up all of the items which seemed to cover every square inch of floor. I became a veritable “Mommy Tornado”! Nothing was safe as I worked my way up the stairs and followed the trail of Legos leading to my son’s room. The epicenter of the mess. … [Read more...]

Go Small or Go Home!

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No friends, that's not a typo. I really do mean go SMALL or go home! You see, I realized something recently. I'm fairly certain that if someone were to conduct a study on the feeling you get after accomplishing a BIG project it would be pretty close to the feeling you get after accomplishing a small project. Think about if for a minute. You've been putting something off for weeks, months, maybe even years. … [Read more...]

Custom Wood Sign Giveaway

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Happy Saturday friends! :-) We can't think of a better way to start off the weekend than with a giveaway, can you? Our incredible sponsor LaRae Boutique has a shop filled with so many amazing, personal treasures. Not only are there adorable children's pillow covers... … [Read more...]

Homemade Valentines Day Gifts

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Sometimes there are years when we just wanna buy ready-made stuff. Sometimes making something from scratch just sounds so exhausting. Sometimes we don't even want to think about it let alone create it. Sometimes all we want to do is to buy the box of Valentine's Day cards and have our kids sign their names on them without having to get all extra fancy schmancy Pinterest-y and making personalized, individualized, customized, one-of-a-kind gifts for each kid in their class knowing all along … [Read more...]

How to Paint a Pillow


Hello, At the Picket Fence friends…it's me, Julie from Redhead Can Decorate. I'm back at the fence, and I'm ready to start 2015 with a little something you may have never thought of trying... I painted a pillow… Last month, while browsing through our Good Will store here in Michigan, my daughter and I came across a throw pillow that cost $3.99. It was very plain, but in very good condition. … [Read more...]

Modern Country Cottage Home Tour

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Happy, happy Saturday! We are so excited to show you another amazing home today in our ongoing Parade of Homes Series! This week we are welcoming the incredibly talented Shannon from AKA Designs who also happens to be one of our newest sponsors here At the Picket Fence. We know you will love her home as much as we do so let's get to the tour, shall we? … [Read more...]

Our Song ~ A Personalized Record

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Before I say anything else I would like to just mention two things... First of all, this is the totally awesome project I had all planned to show you on Wednesday before things went horribly awry. Of course, as it turned out, the day ended up being pretty awesome anyway but you'll have to go back and read more about that here.   … [Read more...]

The Almost Awesome Blog Post

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Oh friends I was so close to being awesome yesterday!! And this was going to be a totally awesome blog post showing you an even more awesome Valentine's Day gift idea! I had one of those 'stroke of genius' moments and I was so excited to finally be feeling creative again and had it all planned out. It was going to rock! And I was going to make my sweet friend proud and embrace my inner creative rock star. … [Read more...]