Thursday, October 21

Grace at Home No. 443


Hello, friends! I am writing this on a crisp October day, grateful that even here in North Carolina the weather is finally starting to feel seasonally appropriate. I know my friends up North may scratch their heads at this, but around here the summer weather drags on and on. I'm glad to be able to wear a sweater! What's it like in your neck of the woods?

I'm also glad to welcome you to the Grace at Home party, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes and spheres of influence places of grace and beauty. Here are some features from last week's party.

Want some fun Halloween decorations but also want to keep things in the neutral color zone?  Angela from Simply Beautiful by Angela has some great tips for you.


Is there a dated feature in your home you'd like to change, but you can't afford to tear it out and start over? Christin from My Homier Home shares her step-by-step process for updating her fireplace surround—with spray paint!



Want to be hospitable but not sure where to start? Jenn from The Everyday Farmhouse can help you—I love her unique take on making your home welcoming.


Planning a Halloween gathering? Carol from BlueSky at Home shares a complete tutorial for making DIY place cards. Her ideas could easily be adapted for other holidays, too.


Cooler weather makes me long for warm, filling foods, but these days I'm trying to not to go overboard with eating too much gluten and sugar. If you're like me, you'll be glad to see this recipe for Almond Flour Pancakes from Julie at Julie's Creative Lifestyle.


If you like to read books and support authors (as an author, I surely appreciate that!) but you can't afford to purchase every book, what can you do? Barbara at Stray Thoughts has some great ideas.


Are you in the midst some work that feels unduly hard, even horrible? The wise and encouraging Michele Morin from Living Our Days shares some valuable words to help you persevere. 


Thank you to everyone who linked up!

Now for today's party.  Here at the Grace at Home party, you can link up any post you've written that demonstrates how you're filling your space with truth, goodness, and beauty. 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 or sphere of influence 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!

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Thursday, October 14

Grace at Home No. 442


Welcome, friends! Honestly, it seems as if I blinked and it's mid-October. I've heard many times that the passage of time seems to speed up the older you get, and I believe that's true.

I'm so glad you're here for the Grace at Home party, where we celebrate the ways we make our homes places of grace and beauty. Here are some highlights from last week's party.

Now that we're well into Autumn, have your decorated your home for the season? Denise from My Home of All Seasons shares her method of decorating her front porch.


Are you looking for quick ways to update a room in your home? Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm transformed her dining room using peel-and-stick wallpaper, and she shares instructions on how to do it for yourself.

Want to update your bathroom but don't have much to spend? Julie from My Wee Abode shares how she changed the look of the dated bathroom in her apartment. So many wonderful, cost-effective ideas?


As the weather grows chillier, no doubt we'll be keeping our windows closed more and more. Kathryn from The Dedicated House reminds us that we need indoor plants for indoor air quality. 


As prices on most goods have risen lately, do you find yourself need some help in saving on groceries? Lazy Budget Chef can help, such as with this post that explains how to shop for loss leaders.


Need a hot and filling dinner option that takes very little hands-on time? Kristy from Mommy Hates Cooking shares her Slow-Cooker Chili recipe.


As the Autumn and Winter holidays are approaching, there are lots of yummy-looking recipes floating around. But what if your health demands that you're trying to lose weight these days? Wendy from The Inspired Eater shares some tips for keeping things "small and sane."


Last but not least, Barbara Harper shares some sobering but also encouraging thoughts from having attended a memorial service. This will make you think about how you're living your days.


Thank you to everyone who linked up!

Now for today's party.  Here at the Grace at Home party, you can link up any post you've written that demonstrates how you're filling your space with truth, goodness, and beauty. 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 or sphere of influence 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!

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Thursday, October 7

Grace at Home No. 441


Hello, friends! I am so grateful you're here for the Grace at Home party, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes and spheres of influence places of grace and beauty.

Here are some highlights from last week's party I think you'll enjoy.

Does the Autumn weather make you want to do some home cooking? You're in luck! Several people shared recipes that looked really yummy. Check these out.

Kay from Celebrating Southern Cooking with K shared her method for making Ultra-Crispy Smashed Potatoes.

Jenny from Not Entirely Average shared a recipe for French Onion Noodle Casserole.


Pam from An Artful Mom shared a recipe for pumpkin muffins that require just two ingredients.


And if you like making smoothies that include spinach, you'll be glad to learn from Cassie at Lou Lou Girls how to make your greens last much longer.


If you enjoy crochet or want to learn how, Alexandra from EyeLoveKnots shares a fun and simple crochet pattern for homemade coasters.


Do you ever struggle to clear your head so that you can get your work done? This has happened to me a lot lately, so I'm very grateful to Julie from Filling the Jars for sharing seven quick tips for clearing your mind.


Last but not least, Nylse from LifeNotes Encouragement shared some wonderful advice for cultivating your spiritual health. 

Thank you to everyone who linked up!

Now for today's party.  Here at the Grace at Home party, you can link up any post you've written that demonstrates how you're filling your space with truth, goodness, and beauty. 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 or sphere of influence 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!

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Thursday, September 30

Grace at Home No. 440


Hello, friends! I am so glad to welcome you to the Grace at Home party. 

Years ago, link parties were a huge part of blogging. These days, they've faded a bit in importance, but I still like them. It's my pleasure to host this one, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes and spheres of influence places of grace and beauty.

Here are some highlights from last week's party.

Now that we're actually into the season of Autumn, are you decorating with pumpkins? I am!

Julie at My Wee Abode developed a detailed tutorial for creating velvet pumpkins.


For a more rustic look, Carol from Blue Sky at Home shared detailed instructions for creating these darling rope and twine pumpkins.


And Shelley at Calypso in the Country came up with a simple method for painting buffalo plaid pumpkins, and she shows us how step by step.


Need a fun accent piece for your Fall decor? Paula from Sweet Pea teaches you how to make this cute wood bead garland.


Even if you're not crafty, you can create one of these pretty Fall trees. Penny from Penny's Vintage Home shows you how!


And if you want to create a pretty mantelscape for the season, Denise at My Home of All Seasons will show you how in six easy steps.


Ready to do some Fall baking? Check out this farmhouse buttermilk cake from Nancy at Nancy C.


And homemade biscuits sound so wonderful for a crisp Fall morning. . . check out this easy recipe from A Day of Small Things!


Are you in need of some soul nourishment? You won't want to miss this post from Michele Morin at Living Our Days. Michele is a such a wonderful writer, and her words will fill you with hope.


Thank you to everyone who linked up!

Now for today's party.  Here at the Grace at Home party, you can link up any post you've written that demonstrates how you're filling your space with truth, goodness, and beauty. 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 or sphere of influence 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!

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Thursday, September 23

Grace at Home No. 439


Happy Autumn!

I'm always so grateful when the Autumnal Equinox finally graces our calendars. Since I live in North Carolina, the end of summer brings a sigh of relief. What's it like in your neck of the woods?

This past week was a very special one for me. I got to travel to Washington to spend time with my son, daughter-in-law, and grandson. I intended to post on Instagram as I went along, but once I got to their house I didn't want to take my eyes off this little fellow:


Now I'm back home and I'm having serious grandson withdrawal! 

But today I'm so happy to welcome you to the Grace at Home party, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes and spheres of influence places of grace and beauty. Here are some highlights from last week's party.

Are you looking for fall decorating inspiration? Then visit Marty at A Stroll Thru Life! She shares a tour of her home decorated for fall, plus she hosts a tour of homes that will amaze you.


Need some fall artwork for your decorating? Julie at My Wee Abode offers beautiful watercolor printables absolutely free!

If the onset of Autumn makes you want to warm up your space, you might be thinking of buying a rug. Kathryn at The Dedicated House has seven questions to ask yourself before you make the purchase.


Does the transition to fall make you long for pumpkin spice? Then you'll want to try this pumpkin bread recipe!


Want to add a bit of fall to your cooking but trying to avoid baked goods? Try this Apple-Carrot Coleslaw recipe from Nancy at NancyC


One of the habits I'm trying to cultivate is cutting down on the amount of trash I generate. The kitchen is a great place to start, I think, so I was glad to get these tips for cutting down on food waste from Raquel at Meals and Mile Markers.


If you find yourself in need of some faith-building soul nourishment, I encourage you to read this post from Lisa at Lisa Notes.


Thank you to everyone who linked up!

Now for today's party.  Here at the Grace at Home party, you can link up any post you've written that demonstrates how you're filling your space with truth, goodness, and beauty. 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 or sphere of influence 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!

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Thursday, September 16

Grace at Home No. 438


Hello! After a long, hot summer, I can hardly believe that we're already in the middle of September! How about you?

I'm so glad to welcome you to the Grace at Home party, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes and spheres of influence places of grace and beauty. Here are some of my favorites from last week's party.

Need some inspiration to jumpstart your fall decorating? Christin from My Homier Home has a bunch of easy-to-use ideas to share.


Want to make your own decorative pumpkins for fall? Janet from A Life of Balance shares a step-by-step tutorial for crafting these darling braided yarn pumpkins.


Ready to tackle a larger DIY project? Libbie from A Life Unfolding shows us how she created this gorgeous coffee table from a chicken crate.


Interested in making the most of your outdoor space? Fall is not the time to neglect your garden! Carol from Comfort Spring Station offers some great guidance for tasks to complete at this time of year.


Apparently this time of year has inspired many of y'all to get busy in the kitchen, since last week's party included a bunch of food posts. Here are a few that really caught my eye.

How yummy does this look? Check out the Cranberry Brown Sugar Cake from Jenny at Not Entirely Average.


Does your garden contain lots of basil that needs to be picked before frost? Try making this pesto sauce created by Julie from Julie's Creative Lifestyle--no expensive pine nuts required!


And I really want to try this Asian Chicken Salad recipe courtesy of Renae at Peacock Ridge Farm.


If this season brings you the chance to travel, you'll be glad to get some advice about national parks to visit from Jamie at PhotoJeepers.


And if you need some encouragement as you find yourself in a season of waiting, you'll be glad to read this post from Pam Ecrement at A New Lens.


Thank you to everyone who linked up!

Now for today's party.  Here at the Grace at Home party, you can link up any post you've written that demonstrates how you're filling your space with truth, goodness, and beauty. 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 or sphere of influence 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!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter