Thursday, June 4

Grace at Home No. 382


Welcome, friends.

My heart is heavy as I type these words. Last week's killing of George Floyd saddened us all, and the violence that has ensued since then has further broken our hearts.

I want to share something with you. I've now made three posts on Instagram since George Floyd's death. After posting these, I lost quite a few Instagram followers. I was surprised by that, but since then I've seen a number of conversations online wherein people say things like "I don't want to hear about that," "That's not what I want to see," or "I just want things to be happy and light."

I understand that last statement; I really do. It's all I can do to turn on the news these days. And yet I know from conversations with my friends who are black and brown that the rest of us have too often turned away, too often wanted to move on quickly from tragedy, too often just wanted to focus on something else.

Here's why I am talking about this here. My weekly party is called "Grace at Home," because I firmly believe that we have the power to make our homes a reflection of God's grace. The events of the past several days have reminded me that we have the responsibility to do so. There will be no change in the world if we don't get our hearts right and then make our spheres of influence right.

Each one of us can be a world-changer, one tiny step at a time.

What do you think? I'd be happy to talk about it with you, my friends.

And now I'll share some highlights from last week's Grace at Home party.

Do you find yourself overwhelmed at the start of summer, wondering what you can do this year to keep everyone at home happy and healthy? Coco from The Crowned Goat offers a number of easy ways to ease into summer.
If you're like me, your summertime will include lots of sitting on the porch. Diane from South House Designs devised an easy and ingenious way to hang curtains to elevate your outdoor space.


Want to use the long days of summer to complete some projects in your home? How about a beautiful gallery wall? Kristin from White Arrows Home created a gallery wall featuring illustrations from a thrift store book, and she shares all her tips.


If you need inspiration for a little kid's room, check out this construction-themed space from Kimberly at Lou Lou Girls.


Summertime here also means lots of bugs, but Chas from Chas' Crazy Creations is here to help. She came up with several ways to fight pests from inexpensive household ingredients.


Need to remind yourself of God's faithfulness? Jenn from The Everyday Farmhouse created a coloring sheet (free download) to help you.


And finally, if you've been experiencing anxiety, you'll be glad to see that Dr. Michelle Bengtson shares practical steps for overcoming worry.


Thanks so much to everyone who joined last week's party!

Now for today's party.  Here at the Grace at Home party, I invite you to link posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  Note that if you link a post here, you are giving me permission to share your post, including a photo.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party, and during these difficult times, it can really make someone's day!

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Thursday, May 28

Grace at Home No. 381


Hello, friends, and welcome! Today is the last Thursday of May. Isn't it funny how time can seem to drag but then all of a sudden months have gone by?

We've all been busy at home these past few months, and it's fun to see what some of you have accomplished. Here are some highlights from last week's Grace at Home party.

Want to add some interest to your walls? Jenn from The Everyday Farmhouse painted buffalo checks on her dining room walls, and they look wonderful! She provides a really good tutorial for getting this look.


Looking to make your back yard into a beautiful retreat? You'll be inspired by seeing what Marty from A Stroll Thru Life has done--you must click over and see the "before" photo!


Looking for a small project to tackle? Check out this industrial-style chalkboard created by Pamela from DIY Vibes.


If you're like me, you like to change decorative pillows with the seasons. Want to make them last longer? Try sewing pillow cases with hidden zippers! Jayne from Chalking Up Success provides a detailed tutorial for this.


If you have children and have been thrust into the world of homeschooling, you might want to celebrate the end of the school year by throwing a Start of Summer party. Amy Senter shows you how, including free printables!


One long-lasting effect of the coronavirus crisis is that many people may find themselves needing to move into smaller, more affordable apartments and homes. If you're facing that situation, do not fear: Julie from My Wee Abode can show you how to live large in small quarters! This week she showed how you can create a fully-functioning kitchen from a sliver of space.


If you're in need of some spiritual encouragement, I highly encourage you to check out this post from Amy at Wasteland to Graceland: "Am I an Expert at Keeping My Heart?"



Thanks so much to everyone who joined last week's party!

Now for today's party.  Here at the Grace at Home party, I invite you to link posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  Note that if you link a post here, you are giving me permission to share your post, including a photo.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party, and during these difficult times, it can really make someone's day!

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Thursday, May 21

Grace at Home No. 380


Hello friends, and welcome to the Grace at Home party, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes places of grace.

Today in North Carolina our focus is mostly on keeping our homes dry. It's been raining non-stop for several days now. All this rain has made me realize just what a sunny spring we've had up until now, which has been a huge help during this time of lockdown. We've kept our spirits up by taking walks in our neighborhood; this week we've had to stay indoors. How are things in your neck of the woods?

Here are some highlights from last week's link-up.

Want to freshen your home up for Spring? You'll be inspired by this home tour from Kim at Shiplap and Shells .


Looking for a little craft project? You'll like these Rae Dunn-inspired containers from Linda at It All Started with Paint.



Now that so many of us are working from home, it can be a challenge to keep everything organized. So I was delighted to see this "office in a box" from Ann at The Apple Street Cottage—she created it from an old silverware box!


Facing some lean times? You'll be glad to get this list of money-saving tips from Lazy Budget Chef.


While our weather here has been gloomy, we're hoping that there won't be any serious flooding. But anxiously watching the weather made me glad to get these emergency preparedness tips from Carol at Comfort Spring.


Having trouble adjusting to so much time at home? You'll benefit from reading this post from Debbie at The Debbie-Dabble Blog. Based on her advice, I'm going to change the way I talk about things!



One of the best ways I've found of dealing with trials is to try to help others. So I was grateful for this post from Dr. Michelle Bengtson.


Thanks so much to everyone who joined last week's party!

Now for today's party.  Here at the Grace at Home party, I invite you to link posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  Note that if you link a post here, you are giving me permission to share your post, including a photo.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party, and during these difficult times, it can really make someone's day!
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter