Inspired by YOU ~ Week 3

It's time for another week of our Inspired by YOU party. We've all been busy with Thanksgiving and Christmas decorating and can't wait to see what's shared with us this week. Here's a roundup of what we've been doing.

Shop Small Saturday - Featured Etsy Sellers

There's nothing like the pride of owning your own business and earning an income from it. My husband and I owned a small business in Nashville for 13 years and I grew up in a family business, so I have a soft spot in my heart for anyone who pours their blood, sweat, and tears into their own small business. So today, in honor of small businesses and "Shop Small Saturday", I'm featuring a few etsy shops who offer some amazing items. 

Friday Features Week 2 Inspired by You

Have you recovered from Thanksgiving yet? I'm still wearing my elastic waist pants from all the wonderful food that I ate! But I'm in full Christmas decorating mode now. For this week's Inspired by You there are some awesome DIY Christmas decorations made with fabric and wood scraps. There were so many great submissions this week (go here to see them all), that is was difficult to choose, one again! Here's what we were inspired by!

Christmas Family Room Mantel with At Home Stores

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What's your style when it comes to decorating for Christmas? There are so many possibilities that's it's tough to decide which direction to go. I tend to gravitate towards vintage, farmhouse, and rustic styles at our house and this year's family room mantel is no exception.

How to Make Your Overnight Guests Feel Pampered

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The holidays aren't just about shopping and food. Many people visit friends and family for one or more nights and always appreciate the efforts of a gracious host. While there are several things you could do to make your guests feel pampered, there are a few simple things that you don't want to be caught without that go a long way in boosting their comfort level. Today I'm partnering with P&G to share some ideas with you.

Inspired by You - Chapter 2

Wow! I'm blown away by the projects that were shared with us last week on our inaugural "Inspired by YOU" link party. So much talent! To see our favorites, go here. I'm really looking forward to seeing what's shared with us this week. I've got a feeling there's going to be tons of Christmas ideas! Check out what we've all been up to this week and share your favorites with us.

Friday features - Inspired by YOU

TGIF! It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is less than a week away. I'm looking forward to lots of good food and having family over.

Sunday was the inaugural link party for the new "Inspired by YOU" group. We all had to pick one favorite and let me tell you, it was difficult! There were so many great entries, all of them inspiring! Please join us each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. to share your inspiring posts. And come back on Fridays to see the features.

His and Hers Favorite Things for Thanksgiving

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Yes, these are a few of my favorite things, as well as crisp apple strudel! And today I'm sharing some favorite things for our Thanksgiving holiday. Some of these we already have and can highly recommend, others are on a wish list. (Are you listening, Santa?)

New DIY Furniture Makeovers Site and an Awesome Giveaway

You know I love furniture makeovers and so do many of my blogging friends. Although I haven't been doing as much of it lately, I still love to give a piece of furniture a brand new life with paint. And an entire site devoted to furniture makeovers is right up my alley! 

DIY Furniture Makeovers

New Link Party! Inspired By You - share your projects

Great news! There's a new kid in town with a brand new link party. Be prepared for lots of inspiration in this new collaborative effort led by the sweet and lovely Fotini at Farmhouse Chic Blog. Our other fabulous hosts are Susan at This Makes That and Kimm at Reinvented. These are some super talented ladies and I'm honored to be joining forces with them.

Creative Gift Wrap Ideas

If you already have all of your Christmas gifts bought and wrapped, hats off to you! I hope to be like you someday when I grow up. Lol. If not, and you're like me and still have to find and wrap those wonderful gifts, then you might be inspired by today's post. Several of my very talented blog friends and I have teamed up to bring you some creative gift wrapping ideas. Some are too pretty to open!

Simple Thanksgiving Tablescape Using Natural Items

Simple Thanksgiving Centerpiece using natural items.

With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away it's time to start planning the table settings and centerpieces. We're hosting at our house this year and will have about 20 family members. It'll be a full house with enough food for an army!

The Ultimate Gift Guide for the Photographer on Your List

Thank you to Feedback Straps, Shutterbags, EyeFi, and Bay Photo for sponsoring the amazing gifts included in this giveaway.

As many of you know, photography is like therapy for me. Capturing a beautiful image to enjoy forever makes me happy. And I always have a new piece of equipment on my wish list. So just in time for the holidays I've put together a list of the most wanted gifts by photographers with items priced from stocking stuffers at less than $10 up to splurgeworthy items.

Don't have a photographer on your gift list? No worries. Scroll to the bottom of the post for gift guides and giveaways for 60+ categories. There's something for everyone on your list, for sure.

9 Ways to Have a Very Vintage Christmas with eBay

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9 Ways to Create a Vintage Themed Holiday

I know it's early November, but it will be time to deck the halls with holiday decor before we know it. And we love Christmas at our house so we're already counting down the days until we can decorate for it. We also adore using vintage items in our holiday decor and I know that many of you do too. So I'm excited to announce that I've partnered with eBay to create a vintage-lover's guide to Christmas decor. You're gonna love it as much as I do!