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10 Creative How To’s, DIYs and Makeovers at Thursday Favorite Things

Happy July, and welcome to Thursday Favorite Things! I am thrilled to be joining Katherine at Katherine’s Corner and wonderful group of bloggers for my third year as a co-hostess for this fantastic weekly link party for bloggers and blog readers too!




If you are looking to grow your blog, make new friends, and or simply to be inspired each week, this is the place to be! *Bloggers: If you would like a chance to be featured, please leave a comment with the number of your link up. We can’t wait to see what you have to share this week! (If you missed the last party you can find it here.)???? To get the party started, let’s take a look at what I have been up to recently:


Farmhouse kitchen decorating ideas for summer lemons decorating with lemons black and white farmhouse kitchen

On Monday I shared A Kitchen Makeover Update with “A Sweet and Sour Farewell to the Kitchen Corner Nook.”  Check out my post to find out more about the difficult decision to remove the built in seating and the ideas we have for making the space more useful. The nook was truly a favorite decorating spot and it will be a tough act to follow as an interior stylist, but I still have a few tricks up my sleeve!


Alas, all good things must come to an end so that better things can take their place. There are plenty of other kitchen makeover surprises to come over the next few weeks that I will share in sneak peeks as we move along.


On Friday I joined my friend Marty of A Stroll Thru Life and 14 other talented bloggers for the Inviting Summer Home Tours. I shared a Simple Summer Bedside Bouquet and some sweet summer touches that I added to my vintage bedside table.


The bouquet was impromptu. Last week we had a terrible rain storm and a few flowers and herbs ended up broken and bent. I couldn’t stand to see them wither away, so I gathered up the battered ones into a sweet, no fuss bouquet. I think I will do this after every rain! Each time will be a mystery combo of flowers depending on which flowers are hit the hardest. (Hopefully we won’t have any more torrential downpours though!)



On Tuesday I joined my friend Cindy of County Road 407 and some of my best bloggy friends for our monthly Pinterest Challenge. This month theme was lemons! I loved all the bright and beautiful inspiration on the hop! 


All Abuzz: Lemons and Bees Vase Arrangement and Tablescape

I shared some of the ways I have decorated with lemons for summer and my interpretation of this beautiful lemon slices floral arrangement by Mary of Home is Where the Boat Is. You can find links to each of the other Pinterest Challenge participant’s lemon decor at the end of my post.

Now I have a new motto:

“When life gives you lemons…make a centerpiece!”



Christmas In July Link Party Friday, July 31st

How about moving on from lemons to cloved oranges? I have decided that it’s time for a little Christmas in July to to wrap up the month! I don’t know about you, but I think we need a little CHRISTmas, right this very minute!  I would like to invite you to my “Christmas in July Link Party” which will begin at 8:00 a.m. EST Friday, July 31st and run through Sunday, Aug. 2nd at midnight. It will be fun to see everyone’s favorite Christmas posts from years past and to get a head start on pinning ideas for the holidays (Summer is long from over… but we all know that the holidays will be upon us before we know it!) Hope to see you there!


Now it’s time for some beautiful features from last week’s party!





10 Creative How To’s, DIYs and Makeovers at TFT


Grocery Store Cake Makeover~Le Cultivateur




DIY-Office-Work-Island-The-Crowned-Goat-2 DIY Office Work Island DIY Painted Furniture

How to Make a DIY Work Island~The Crowned Goat



Armoire with quilts, French basket and white vases. How To Create Vases With Chalk Paint.

How to Create Vases with Chalk Paint~Thistle Key Lane





DIY Flower box centerpiece

How to Make a Simple DIY Flower Box Centerpiece~Calypso in the Country



A guide on where and how to find cheap home decor.

Cheap Home Decor and How to Find It~ Health, Home and Heart



How to Make a DIY Wood Slice Wreath~Kippi at Home




Rescued Tray Gets a DIY Makeover~Bluesky at Home




Handcrafted chain links

Handcrafted Chain~My Bijou Life Online



Bonus Features


11 Flowers That Love The Summer

11 Flowers That Love the Summer Heat and How to Care for Them~ My Hubbard Home



Easy Refrigerator Pickles~The House on Silverado






Thanks to everyone who visited last week. Enjoy the party!



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  • Reply Marilyn Lesniak

    Thank you for hosting! This is what I featured the week of 7-20 to 7-24 on my blog. On Tuesday was a No Bake Coconut Cream pie. Wednesday an old Fashioned Pecan Pie. Thursday was a Nutella Cream Pie. And winding up this week of Pies was my post, Tip Friday The Perfect Crust. Enjoy!M

    July 30, 2020 at 9:22 am
  • Reply Cindy

    Hi Amber,

    Great features, loved Emily’s cake. Still swooning over the brick floors.

    Thanks for hosting!

    I am #41 #42


    July 30, 2020 at 9:48 am
  • Reply Jenna

    Thank you Amber! I am sad that your favorite decorating corner is no longer, you always made it look so fantastic, but I have no doubt that your new remodeled kitchen space will be just as wonderful! The brick floor is amazing! My links are #21, 23, 26

    July 30, 2020 at 9:49 am
  • Reply Barbara at Mantel and Table

    Happy Thursday Amber! Lovely features again this week, and I can’t wait to catch up on your posts – looks like you’ve been busy! 💗 I’m linked at 43, 45, & 52 today. Thanks as always for hosting – I love this party!

    July 30, 2020 at 10:14 am
  • Reply Debra Oliver

    someday I’ll make those refrigerator pickles! thanks for hosting Amber!

    July 30, 2020 at 10:16 am
  • Reply Debbie-Dabble

    My Link Ups for today are # 73 and 74!
    Thanks so much for hosting each week!! Stay safe, healthy, happy!!

    July 30, 2020 at 11:08 am
  • Reply Sandra @ Dinner at Eight

    It’s a bit sad that some favorite things have to go in order to make something more versatile or useful or just prettier. I’ve linked at #65.

    July 30, 2020 at 11:11 am
  • Reply Calypso in the Country

    Amber, thanks so much for featuring my flower box! Enjoy the rest of your week!

    July 30, 2020 at 11:13 am
  • Reply Amy

    Thank you for hosting, and thanks for featuring my Cheap Home Decor post! I’m glad you enjoyed it! Have a great rest of the week and weekend. 🙂

    July 30, 2020 at 11:19 am
  • Reply Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

    Love all the DIYs this week and thank you so much for sharing my chalk paint vase post! Have a great weekend Amber!

    July 30, 2020 at 2:25 pm
  • Reply Rachelle

    Thanks for the feature, Amber.
    I will swing back for tomorrow’s july in Christmas blog hop 🙂
    This weeks spots are 142, 143 144

    July 30, 2020 at 3:45 pm
  • Reply MaryJo Materazo

    Hi Amber! Thanks for hosting another great party. The kitchen floor looks great & can’t wait to see it done. Can’t. wait to see how you replace the built in nook. Have a great week. I’m @ # 153 & #154.

    XO- MaryJo

    July 30, 2020 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply Julie Briones

    I’m back on the LP circuit… finally. Not sure where I left off, but I’m sure one of my links is new! 😉 I’m at 160-162 this week! Thanks, Amber!

    July 30, 2020 at 5:51 pm
  • Reply Paula@SweetPea

    Looking forward to your Christmas link party!

    July 30, 2020 at 5:54 pm
  • Reply Eileen

    Such pretty pictures with the lemons and basil. And the flower vase filled with lemons is such a cute idea. I am thrilled to have found your blog. Thank you so much for hosting the party!!!
    I joined your Linky party #176

    July 30, 2020 at 7:50 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    Thank you so much for hosting! This week I am sharing some Christmas spirit in July! Hope you are having a great week!

    August 1, 2020 at 10:34 am
  • Reply Pam Richardson

    Hello Amber, thanks so much for hosting, I am links 71 and 72. Wishing you a fabulous week!

    August 3, 2020 at 7:23 am
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