Around The Blogisphere

This post was supposed to go up on Friday. But, yours truly came down with a nasty stomach bug Thursday night that knocked me out for 24 hours. It was a rough 24 hours but I’m feeling much much better now.

I’ve gotten really far behind on my blog reading, but now that I’m slowly getting into a routine, I’ve had the chance to catch up. Here are a few things around the world wide blogisphere that are currently inspiring me.

For me, 2013 is the start of a new season and a new adventure. I’m excited for the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally, experience new things and challenge myself in new ways and continue pushing myself creatively. If you wish to do the same, Whimseybox is currently charging 2013 to be the year of creativity. In order to help make the most of your creativity this year, you can sign up on their blog to receive a spark of inspiration every week. Kinda fun, right?

{Whimseybox}

Layla from The Lettered Cottage was inspired to write handwritten notes to some of her neighbors to brighten their days. I personally love handwritten notes or cards. I think it’s a great way to let someone know you are thinking about them. Definitely need to do more of that this year.

{The Lettered Cottage}

We all have a tendency to apologize for our imperfections. When someone comes over we apologize for how messy our homes are, we apologize for not being good friends and for those that are parents you may apologize for not being the perfect parent. Eventually we start believing the lies we tell about ourselves and don’t give ourselves grace. I love this post from from E, Myself and I about showing ourselves grace and the self-fulfilling prophecy.

{E, Myself and I}

I haven’t had a chance to work on a ton of projects for my new place yet. I did get started on a big one this weekend though and can’t wait to show you guys the finished product! One of the projects on my list though is to work on a wreath for my front door. I thought this diy cotton wreath from The Handmade Home is the perfect touch for winter. Might have to make one of these myself!

{The Handmade Home}

If you can’t find the exact pillow you are looking for or are on a tight budget, The Nester has an easy solution on how to diy your own pillow cover. A pillow project that doesn’t involve sewing, sign me up!

stenciled pillow cover

{Nesting Place}

And lastly, I love this chair transformation project from ReMadeIt. This served as some inspiration for my big project I started this weekend. Love the white paint and antique/distressed look.

{ReMadeIt}

Hope you have an inspiring week friends!

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It’s The Little Things

Over Thanksgiving, my family and I did a little shopping. In years past, we have been the crazies who go out on Black Friday. Not really because we were going after some of the big sales, but more out of tradition.

But, if you’ve noticed, the last few years the deals are starting to happen on Thanksgiving night. And Thanksgiving night is when the real crazies come out. So, the last few years I’ve opted out of shopping on either of those days. I’ve decided to stay in the comfort of my own bed in the wee hours of the night/morning and instead enjoy a leisurely day enjoying leftovers and Christmas movie marathons.

Gray and White Throw

I did manage to go out and do a little shopping that following Saturday. My intent was to start looking for Christmas gifts, but instead I found a little Christmas gift for myself.

I found this cozy throw while out perusing at the awesomeness that is TJ Maxx.

Bed with Gray and White Throw

Now that it’s cold outside, my bed has been needing to be ‘winter-ized.’ It needed to feel more inviting and cozy, and this little throw does just that.

I told my mom I didn’t need anything for Christmas, just maybe some things for my new place once I get all settled.

Gray and White Throw Close Up

But, my mom wanted to buy this for me as a Christmas gift (that I get to enjoy a little early).

Bed with Throw

Loving how it adds that little something my bed was missing. I think it will be a permanent fixture there this winter for sure.

Sometimes it’s the little things that can make a difference, don’t you think?

What’s something small that you have purchased recently that has made a difference in the overall feel or look in your home?

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Inspiration Friday

I have to admit, I’ve been feeling a little uninspired lately. That’s part of the reason there has been a lack of posts in the recent weeks…that and the fact that life has been a little hectic {more on that later}.

In order to get out of my inspiration funk, I’ve rounded up several amazing projects and transformations from around the web to help me get more inspired and hopefully inspire you as well.

So let’s get to it.

If you love old antique looking signs, but don’t want to pay the big bucks for them, you can make your own. Learn how to DIY this antique dairy sign from Miss Mustard Seed.

DIY Antique Sign

{Miss Mustard Seed}

I love this tufted ottoman and Dear Lillie shows us how we can make our own.

tufted ottoman tutorial-dear lillie

{Dear Lillie}

It may be getting close to winter, but Ashley and Jamin from The Handmade Home completely transformed the back of their house and porch into a bright & cheery space. I absolutely love their handmade shutters!

Handmade Home Porch Makeover

{Handmade Home}

Thrifty Decor Chick transformed her dining room into a study complete with built in bookshelves. I absolutely love the lighting at the top of the shelves and the paint color behind the shelves.

styled bookshelves-thrifty decor

{Thrifty Decor Chick}

I’m typically one of those people that doesn’t like to decorate for Christmas or get into the Christmas season until after Thanksgiving {although I think last year I did put up decorations before Thanksgiving}. But, these next two images are definitely getting me into the holiday spirit early and make me excited to decorate for a new season in a few weeks!

oragami wreath

{All Things Paper}

chalkboard fireplace

{HGTV}

How cute is that chalkboard fireplace?! I have some leftover drop cloth from when I made my curtains. I may try to re-create this in the near future…

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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Inspiration:: Home Tour of For the Love of a House

Instead of the usual WordPress Wednesday post today, I thought I would give you a glimpse inside a beautiful home I recently came across.

I can’t remember now where I first came across a few of the images, but I totally fell in love once I started looking around more. Joan and her husband live in New Hampshire and have turned an antique farmhouse into one spectacular home.

Joan blogs over at For the Love of a House where she has documented the transformation.

Let’s take a look inside, shall we?

Living Room-For the Love of a House

{Living Room}

Kitchen-For the Love of a House

{Kitchen}

Kitchen 2- For Love of a House

Her home has so many things that I want in my dream house one day. Like that farmhouse sink and fireplace in the kitchen.

Master Bathroom-For Love of a House

{Master Bathroom}

Master Bathroom 2-For Love of a House

And like this bathtub. I really want a free-standing or clawfoot tub in my master bathroom one day. And a gorgeous chandelier in there wouldn’t hurt either.

Barn Half Bath-For Love of a House

{Barn Half Bath}

Barn Half Bath 2-For Love of a House

I absolutely love the barn half bath! Love the walls, the antlers, the light fixture and the sliding barn door. Love everything about it!

Their barn mud room is stunning too. I love the railing, wood ceiling beams and artwork on the walls. Love, love, love!

Barn Mud Room-For the Love of House

{Barn Mud Room}

You can see more images of this gorgeous home over at For the Love of a House. Be sure to leave some comment love for Joan…and tell her I sent you. :)

What do you think of Joan’s home? What is one thing you want to have in your dream home one day?

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Let’s Go Camping

I’ve only been camping once in my life. It’s been years ago but I surprisingly had a lot of fun despite my initial reservations. It was nice to completely unplug for an entire weekend. No cell service meant no way for anyone to get in touch with you. This was also before Facebook & Twitter {see I told you it has been YEARS…this also makes me feel really old}.

camping

{Source}

Doesn’t the idea of being able to completely unplug from all things social media/electronic sound pretty dreamy? Now, I should clarify, to me camping means a campground with a bath house. Meaning there is a toilet. I don’t need a shower, but I do need a bathroom and a sink. Some of you reading this are probably shaking your heads and saying that’s not really camping. But whatever…moving on.

Now that Fall is officially here and the temperatures at night are getting cool, it’s the perfect time to try my hand at camping again.

And I would especially love to go camping if my accommodations looked like this.

tent

{Source}

Or this.

shelter company pop up tent

{via Poppytalk}

Or this too.

nice outdoor tent

{Source}

And how about these cute renovated campers.

red, white and blue camper

{Source}

Definitely a way to camp in style.

airstream trailer makeover

{via Design*Sponge}

Although all these tents and campers looks super cute, I would actually prefer just a simple tent with sleeping bags. The beauty of camping is the simplicity.

So who wants to come camping with me? When was the last time you went camping?

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