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Summertime Inspiration at Thursday Favorite Things

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Happy summer, and welcome to Thursday Favorite Things! I am so happy to be joining Katherine at Katherine’s Corner and a wonderful group of blogging friends 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 be inspired each week, this is the place to be. *Bloggers: If you would like a chance to be featured, please leave me 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 last week’s party you can find it here.???? To get the party started, let’s take a look at what I have been up to recently:


Simple Summer Lantern Decorating Ideas

Simple Summer Lantern Decor

On Tuesday I joined a wonderful group of blogging friends for our monthly Pinterest Challenge. June’s theme was summer lanterns. I enjoyed styling my two new lanterns and sharing a few more Simple Summer Lantern Decor ideas that I love. At the end of my post you will find even more summer lantern inspiration via the links to each of the other participant’s blogs. The bloggers really rose to the challenge this month!


Stars and Stripes Forever Patriotic Tablescape

On Friday I shared my Stars and Stripes Forever Tablescape for the Patriotic Tablescape Blog Hop. The week long hop was a huge success with twenty bloggers sharing spectacular patriotic table setting ideas from the USA, Canada and Italy! If you love vintage patriotic decor and Americana, then I think you will really enjoy my table as well as all the others.





Once again this week I must ask you to take a rain check on my patio and garden tour (you know, the one I have been promising you for the last three weeks…) Hopefully this beautiful photo from BHG will suffice for now!  We had another week full of nothing but rain and gloom so I haven’t been able to get any pictures. In addition the flowers are stressed from the heavy rains and they need some recovery time. The good news is, the past two days have been full of glorious sunshine (although it was extremely hot and humid) so maybe, just maybe, I will be able to get some photos of my outdoor areas. I also can’t wait to take more photos of my antique china cabinet makeover for the reveal that I had hoped to show you this week too. Here’s another sneak peek:


There have been some changes around the house as a result of the china cabinet moving in, so be watching for a new post about the cabinet sometime before next week’s TFT party. I think I may have caught the the furniture makeover bug again, so I will be checking my local Habitat Resale or freecycle group  for pieces that might just need a little TLC.


Kitchen Makeover Planning: Beadboard Options

We are also starting to make some serious plans about our kitchen makeover! This week I shared a post about beadboard options.  We are checking into different types of flooring and countertops from companies such as Precision Stone Design. I will be documenting the planning process over the next few months and hopefully the actual makeover process as those plans become realities!


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


It’s Officially Summer at TFT!


Backyard Patio- Creating a Relaxing Retreat~ Clean and Scentsible



Black cart with plants.

How To Plant Herbs In Metal Containers~ So Much Better With Age




White Washed Chicken Wire Farmhouse Terracotta Pots

Whitewashed Chicken Wire Farmhouse Terracotta Pots~ Curly Crafty Mom



Plate with starfish and sea glass on top of decorating books.

Decorating With Plates Easy and Simple~ Thistle Key Lane




Rae Dunn Lemonade Display

Six Rae Dunn Tips For The Newbie Dunn Collector~ Confessions of a Disneyaholic Mom




Summer Garden Basket~ My Hubbard Home



Don't let critters in your garden get you down, build an enclosed garden greenhouse to keep them out!

DIY Enclosed Garden Greenhouse~ The Scrap Shoppe Blog



Summer Home Tour~ Let’s Add Sprinkles



DIY Patriotic American Flag Banner~ Tee Diddly Dee



Bonus Features

Summer Fruit Salad with Cinnamon-Honey Syrup 10 - Copy

Summer Fruit Salad With Cinnamon Honey Syrup~ Home Cooking Memories



Before air drying and after air drying bundles of flowers.

How To Preserve Fresh Flowers: Four Simple Ways ~Yarn Scissors Silk



Adolphe Millot Flowers C

Free Downloadable Antique Botanical Posters~Pillar Box Blue



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Thank you so much to everyone who linked up or visited the party last week! By the way, your comments make my day! Enjoy the party!



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  • Reply Katie Mansfield

    Thank you so much for the feature. Thank you too for hosting each week. I’m number 34, 35, and 37. Have a wonderful week.

    June 27, 2019 at 9:23 am
  • Reply Debra@CommonGround

    thanks for having us over, Amber! LOVE your Patriotic Tablescape. I’m 59 and 60.

    June 27, 2019 at 10:32 am
  • Reply Debbie-Dabble

    Thanks for stopping by!!
    Thanks so much for hosting each week!! My link Ups for this week are #63 and # 64!!

    June 27, 2019 at 11:01 am
  • Reply Sandra @ Dinner at Eight

    Enjoyed your features this week! Thanks for hosting, Amber. I’ve joined at #45.

    June 27, 2019 at 11:21 am
  • Reply michele@hellolovelystudio

    Hi Amber! Thanks for hosting. White washed terracotta pots and that simple but sweet flag banner caught my eye this morning. Our weather has been awful, and my allergies this year may do me in. Never have I ever had asthma before this wicked season, and I feel so much compassion for folks who suffer through this regularly. I’m sharing at #85 – it’s a before/after of our ugly bedroom wall and how we fixed it in just one evening. It isn’t the cheapest DIY out there, but buy once, cry once, yes? Hope this finds you well, lovely.

    June 27, 2019 at 12:46 pm
  • Reply Julie Briones

    Love your features this week, Amber. Michelle at Thistle Key Lane has a beautiful home, doesn’t she?

    June 27, 2019 at 1:49 pm
    • Reply Julie Briones

      Oh, I’m at 91 and 92 this week!

      June 27, 2019 at 1:50 pm
  • Reply Marie

    Oh my, I’m so late to the party this week. Sharing in links 103 & 104. Thanks for hosting Amber and have a great weekend! Sounds like you’ve been getting the same weather as us. It’s a long weekend coming up as we celebrate Canada Day and hopefully, we see some sunshine. Hope you do too!

    June 27, 2019 at 3:11 pm
  • Reply Paula@SweetPea

    Thanks for hosting, Amber! I’m number 113 this week. I hope you have a good weekend and great 4th of July week!

    June 27, 2019 at 5:03 pm
  • Reply Marilyn Lesniak

    Thanks for hosting! This week I am bringing a BBQ Chicken and Smoked Gouda mac and cheese with Bacon, just for the adults! A Coca Cola BBQ Sauce for using on the grill and a Grilled Pork and Sweet Potato Kabobs that will delight everyone. Enjoy!

    June 27, 2019 at 9:31 pm
  • Reply Amy

    Thank you for hosting the party. Our links this week are: #134, #135, & #136.

    June 27, 2019 at 11:00 pm
  • Reply Jenna

    Thank you Amber! My links are #198, 199, 200

    June 28, 2019 at 9:25 am
  • Reply Crissy

    Hi Amber! We’ve had a ton of rain this week, too! I feel your pain! Maybe you’ll be blessed with a beautiful garden at the end of all this rain! I’m linking up at 225. Wow, big party this week!

    June 28, 2019 at 12:07 pm
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