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Friday Favorites

Can you believe that tomorrow is November 1?  Before you know it, the holiday rush will begin and 2015 will be here in a flash.  I am determined to slow down and enjoy the entire Thanksgiving and Christmas season this year.  What about you?

In case you missed anything, this past week I shared a display I did for Thanksgiving and put together a collection of 35 Halloween ideas.  Our Your Turn to Shine Link party is also going on so be sure to go over and link up some of your great projects you've been working on!

And now onto my favorite links and pictures of the week....


Your Turn To Shine Link Party #5


Welcome to this week's link party!  I love this day every week where I get to see what all of you have been creating.  I'm so grateful for those of you who have taken the time to link up with us over the past month.  Last week was really exciting because we reached 100 links at our party!  I'd love to see it happen again, so be sure to take a moment to share with all of our readers.   Remember that what you share here will be seen (and possibly featured) on FOUR blogs at one time!


35 Inspiring Halloween Ideas

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With Halloween just a few days away, I decided to post a round up of some of my favorite Halloween links that I've seen in the past few weeks of our Your Turn to Shine link party.  I thought this would be an easy task until I realized just how many amazing projects you've shared!  So, kick back and take a moment to look through just a few of the great Halloween ideas that have been posted here.

A Display for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Display |

Since the Christmas Open House my mom and I hold each year falls the week before Thanksgiving, I try to get decorations out early so that there is time to enjoy them.  By November 15, they will all have to come down so the house can be transformed into our little holiday shop.  

I hate jumping right from the fall/Halloween season straight to Christmas.  It is important to me to take the time to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday for more than a day off with lots of turkey and Black Friday sales.  

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  I'm so glad to have you back here once again for my Friday Favorites.  I hope that you are as inspired by these pictures as I am.  Each week, this post is really an accurate look at what my style is and the things I find interesting.  In a dream world, what I'm posting would look like these pictures.  I'm not there yet, but it is always nice to see what I'm working towards!  

Have a fantastic weekend and I'll see you back here next week!

Raspberry Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches (from The Bojon Gourmet) there a more perfect dessert combination than this? | Friday Favorites at

Your Turn to Shine Link Party #4


Welcome back to our weekly link party!  I'm so excited to have you join us today.  Each week, I look forward to seeing what all of you have been working on.  Link parties are such a great way to meet up with other bloggers and see the best recipes, crafts, and decorating ideas on the web.  What you share here will be seen (and possibly featured) on FOUR blogs at one time!

The four of us also are sharing our features and favorites on our party's Pinterest board if you'd like to follow along.


We Gather Together Thanksgiving Sign

With Halloween next week, I realize that I'm a little early for a Thanksgiving project.  But since I don't decorate for Halloween, I've already moved on to the next holiday.  For me, decorating for Thanksgiving is really just an extension from fall.  Add a few turkeys and pilgrims and you are good to go.


How to Create a Reclaimed Wood Tray from a Picture Frame

Check out this tutorial for making a reclaimed wood tray from a thrift store picture frame!  |

Whether it is a broken down piece of furniture or a random thrift store find, I enjoy seeing things for what they could become rather than what they are.  Sometimes I can instantly look at something and know what it could be.  Other times, I need time to think about it.  And then there are the times when I see something already made and know that I could DIY it with something else I've seen.

Friday Favorites

This week has just flown by and I feel as though I kind of left you hanging with just one other post this week aside from the link party.  I have been working on some great projects that you'll be seeing next month and it has kind of taken me away from getting projects done to post now.  I'm all prepared and ready to go for next week, though, so hopefully you aren't too disappointed!

I've seen a lot of things around the web this week that I've really liked, so here are some of my favorite pictures and links...See you back here on Monday!

Bookmark this post and bring it up when times are bad.

This post is full of great tips for those of you who are bloggers or are looking to start one.

I must remember this when I use a boxed cake mix.


Your Turn to Shine Link Party #3


Welcome back to another week of Your Turn to Shine.  I was happy to see that we had even more fabulous posts than we did the first week.  I love seeing everything that you have to share!  This week's features appear a little further down in the post.  Once again, I wasn't able to pick just one post to feature.   I have a hard time making decisions!

The four of us also are sharing our features and favorites on our party's Pinterest board if you'd like to follow along.


You Never Know What You May Find Antiquing

When I was young, I hated antique stores.  Every one seemed to have piles of fancy dishes and pristine, dark wood furniture.  I found them to be boring places to shop and they just reminded me of a place for old people to visit.

In my teens, my mom and I started visiting a shop that had plenty of the things that I found boring, but there was one vendor who transformed the boring items into amazing things.  She cleaned them up, added some paint, and repurposed what no one else wanted.  The thing that sticks out in my mind was an old lantern she hung on a cupboard door and then decorated it for Christmas.  I remember that her corner of the shop was the place that I actually fell in love with antiques.  I saw that there were things in these shops that I could find beautiful.   Now I love scouting out shops where I know I'll find something great to repurpose or fix up and sell.

Friday Favorites

Good morning friends!  Another Friday has rolled around.  The days seem to be going by in a blur lately, and from what I've been hearing from a lot of my blogging friends is that they feel the same way.  Have you felt a little overwhelmed with life lately?  Anyone have any suggestions for slowing things down?!?!

And for those of you who have left comments or sent me emails this past week, your responses are coming!  I'm a little behind, but I try to answer everything that comes my way.  

I really love sharing all the things that I've found interesting during the week.  It is so relaxing to take a moment and browse through my pins from the week.  My hope is that you are enjoying it, too.  Be sure to leave me some comments below about anything you find interesting here or out there in blogworld.  Enjoy and have a fabulous weekend!

I found out how to be rich....and it has nothing to do with money.

This is one of the best secrets to decorating your home.

Check out one of my newest favorite blogs.  I so want to move into her house!

Your Turn to Shine Link Party #2


Thank you so much to all the bloggers who took the time to link up a project last week at our first party!  I am also grateful for those of you who visited those links and left a comment.  My favorite part of link parties is the way it exposes everyone to amazing blogs and projects they may not have otherwise seen.  And there is nothing more energizing than having new visitors share a little love during their visit!


Photography 101 | Learning about Aperture

Basket full of apples for fall |

There is a lot of technical things to learn when it come to photography.  But for these photography lessons, I want to break it down to the absolute basics so that we can all understand how our cameras work and what we can do to get brighter, clearer pictures.  Whether you take pictures to post on a blog, to sell items you make, or to capture moments in your family's life, photography is important.  With just a few techniques and a little practice your skills can improve tremendously.

A couple weeks ago, I shared what I consider to be the three most important things that you need to take good photos.  Today's lesson on photography is all about aperture.

Rustic Apple Muffins with Crumb Topping

Rustic Apple Muffins with Crumb Topping |

Apple is one of the classic flavors of the fall season.  I mean, is there anyone who doesn't enjoy some hot apple cider, apple donuts, or caramel covered apples during the autum?  I was inspired by this interesting recipe on The Cake Blog for apple muffins but decided to give them a little twist by adding a crumb topping.

Thrift Store Transformation | DIY Halloween Jack O' Lantern

Halloween Jack O' Lantern Candy Bowl |

Halloween has become the second most decorated holiday after Christmas.  Yet, I've never really embraced the ghosts, cobwebs, and tombstones that adorn many homes.  Even so, I do enjoy looking through the creative ideas that all of you have.  While browsing through the web, I came across a trick or treat banner.  It wasn't the banner that caught my attention, though.  It was a Jack o' lantern on a stand that I knew we could all DIY.

Friday Favorites

Thank you to everyone who took the time add a link to our party yesterday or to visit some of them.  There are some amazing ideas!  I haven't had a chance to visit each one yet, but I will before the weekend is over.  If you haven't had a chance to link up yet, the party will be open until Monday.  

I can hardly believe that we are in October already!  Where is the year going?  The weather this weekend looks to be very cool in PA. While I know that fall is here, I'd prefer that it feel like summer when I go outside.  I guess it will be a perfect weekend to curl up inside with a mug of hot cider.  Maybe it will give me a chance to look through the October magazines that have piled up over the last month.  

There are times when I'm putting this post together that I find I'm inspired by something, but it doesn't lend itself to a picture.  So here are some bonus links to check out this week....

Now I understand why my house always seems messy.

I must visit Target to buy some of these.  (Thanks Adrienne!)

This inspired me to plan my day a little better.

And this recipe may be just the way to get me to eat sweet potatoes.

Your Turn to Shine Link Party


Welcome to the first week of our link party.  I am so excited to be able to host this with three other amazing bloggers.  As much as I love creating, I also love being able to see what all of you are making, too.  I know that I've got some creative readers out there, so it is truly "Your Turn to Shine!"

Be sure to stop by on Thursday mornings to link up your own creations and see what others have to share.  It is such a great way to meet up with other bloggers and see the best recipes, crafts, and decorating ideas on the web.  What you share here will be seen (and possibly featured) on FOUR blogs at one time!  Since this is our first week, there aren't any features.  But next week, all four of us will be choosing our own favorite post from this week's party and will share them next Thursday.


September in Review

September has been an active month for me both on the blog and off.  All of your visits, comments, and emails this past month have been so appreciated.  I really feel like this little blog of mine is starting to grow!

I thought I'd catch you up today on anything you might have missed this past month.  AND to remind you to come back tomorrow bright and early for the first "Your Turn to Shine" link up party!  I'm so excited to see what all of you have to share!

So here is a look back through September....


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