Summer, Thursday Favorite Things

Welcoming Summer with Inspiring Ideas at Thursday Favorite Things

Happy May 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:


My husband and I spent the entire week working on a brand new landscaping project in our backyard. The area alongside the garage has been neglected for the six years we have lived in our home, but after only a week it is really looking great.  I am so excited with how things are progressing!


It was only supposed to be a temporary spruce up until we eventually build a deck, but the landscaping turned out so well that we have had a change of plans. We ending up doing more “permanent” landscaping in this area. Tomorrow I will share a post with more details about this project and the vintage junkin’ find that finally gave me a vision for this space.



My herbs are also looking so beautiful this week. I have been enjoying their fragrance and beauty  as we have been working on the rest of the landscaping.


Vintage Summer Garden Tour

Our patio area and side door entry is also going to be getting a makeover, so many of the vintage garden style elements I use their will find their way to the backyard. I have gone back to look at some posts from last year to gain inspiration and to see what changes I want to make. If you love vintage garden style, I encourage you to check out the posts above and below for tons of vintage cottage garden inspiration. 


Vintage garden style cottage gardens country garden inspiration

Vintage Cottage Garden Style


I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day! Did you add any patriotic decor around your home for the holiday weekend? I put out some mini-flags in the ferns on our front porch, and buntings on the front and back porch. I will keep these on display from now through the Fourth of July, then put them back out about a week before Labor Day. 



If you like to decorate with patriotic decor for summer or if you want to get a head start on a cute project for the Fourth of July, check out my post on how to Upcycle Vintage Chair Spindles Into  Farmhouse American Flags. I just love how they turned out! 


DIY Farmhouse American Flags using vintage chair spindles upcyled chair spindle American Flags


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



Welcoming Summer with Inspiring Ideas at TFT


A small outdoor table serves as a storage table for collections

Styled for Summer Glass Topped Vintage Table~Botanic Bleu



Vintage Etagare in the Garden Room~Common Ground



Trio of three chalkboard painted pots

DIY Chalkboard Paint Pots~Virginia Sweet Pea



DIY Window Boxes~Kippi at Home




I love the carefree and relaxed feel of this cottage style, and the coziness it exudes. Let me share with you the 10 elements I used to create a charming cottage-style kitchen.

10 Ways to Create a Charming Cottage Style Kitchen~Shiplap and Shells



Lemon Themed DIY Modern Farmhouse Decor and Printables - easy craft projects to help you decorate your home or party! by @birdsparty #lemon #diy #crafts #lemonfarmhouse #lemondecor #lemonparty #lemondiy #farmhouse #farmhousedecor #farmhouselemondecor

Lemons DIY Modern Farmhouse Decor~Bird’s Party



Lemon Themed Drink Station~Dining Delight





Hobby Lobby Cheap Tray Makeover with kitchen decor

Square Tray Upcyle~My Wee Abode


Bonus Features:

Dining Room with Buffalo Check walls

How to Buffalo Check Walls~The Everyday Farmhouse



Cilantro & lime black beans and rice. Recipe. Rice and beans recipe. Spicy rice and beans recipe. Black beans recipe. Rice recipe. Easy rice and beans.

Cilantro Lime Black Beans and Rice~It All Started With Paint




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  • Reply Debbie-Dabble

    Thanks so much for hosting each week!! Stay safe, healthy, happy!!
    My Link Ups for this week are # 31,33 and 35!!

    May 28, 2020 at 10:14 am
  • Reply Debra Oliver

    Hi Amber, I’m loving all your wonderful landscape and garden ideas. Thanks so much for sharing my old etagere in the Garden Room. Have a great rest of the week!

    May 28, 2020 at 10:22 am
  • Reply Sandra @ Dinner at Eight

    Sounds like you’ve had a busy week. All I’ve done is take endless walks with the dogs! I’ve linked at #61 and 62.

    May 28, 2020 at 11:16 am
  • Reply Marilyn

    Thank you for hosting! This is what I featured the week of 5-18 to 5-23 on my blog. On Tuesday was a Perfect Chili Seasoning Mix. Wednesday saw a Sweet Pickle Relish. Thursday was a Coffee Creamer bundle. And winding up this Week of Homemade was a Cocktail Sauce. Enjoy!

    May 28, 2020 at 11:21 am
  • Reply Marie

    Love your perennial selection for your new landscaping. I bet it smells wonderful and attracts bees and butterflies. I hope your week has been a good one and thanks for hosting!

    May 28, 2020 at 11:23 am
  • Reply Barbara at Mantel and Table

    Wow – sounds like you’ve been busy – and it’s looking lovely! It’s so wonderful to have herbs too! Hope you have a wonderful week Amber, and thanks so much as always, for hosting. 💗 I’m linked at 81, 87, & 88 this time.

    May 28, 2020 at 12:26 pm
  • Reply Lori

    So wonderful to see my Lemon Drink Station featured at your lovely gathering of terrific inspiration! Thank you very much for highlighting it and for all your efforts hosting each week!

    May 28, 2020 at 12:43 pm
  • Reply Jenna

    Oh I love all the lemon things!! Thank you for hosting Amber, my links are #27, 30. Good luck on your backyard project!

    May 28, 2020 at 12:48 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    Thank you so much for hosting! This week I am excited to share week 3 of the One Room Challenge, a Father’s Day gift idea, and how to create a gallery wall from thrift store picture books! Hope you are having a great day, and are staying safe and healthy!

    May 28, 2020 at 5:19 pm
  • Reply Paula@SweetPea

    Thank you so much for featuring my chalkboard painted pots this week!

    May 28, 2020 at 6:11 pm
  • Reply Julie Briones

    Thank you SO much for the feature, Amber! Hugs, and hope you are doing well! I’m at 131 and 133 this week.

    May 28, 2020 at 6:11 pm
  • Reply Linda @It All Started With Paint

    Thanks so much for the feature!!! 🙂 Linda

    May 28, 2020 at 10:33 pm
  • Reply MaryJo Materazo

    Hi Amber! It’s been awhile. I love all your gardening posts since we are in a big gardening project ourselves. Those patriotic spindle flags are a fabulous idea! I will be borrowing that for the 4th. Thanks for hosting & hope all is well.

    XO- MaryJo

    May 29, 2020 at 12:27 pm
    • Reply MaryJo Ma

      I forgot to add that I’m link #172. = ). MJ

      May 29, 2020 at 12:28 pm
  • Reply Botanic Bleu

    I always enjoy your posts! There is always something that inspires me. Thank you for featuring my Styled For Summer | Vintage Table.

    Now that school is winding down, I hope you are able to get some much-needed rest this summer.


    May 29, 2020 at 2:24 pm
  • Reply Pam Richardson

    Amber, thanks so much for hosting. I am links 11, 12, and 14. Have a wonderful weekend!

    May 29, 2020 at 11:22 pm
  • Reply Kim | Shiplap and Shells

    Thank you so much for hosting this fabulous party Amber! I was so excited that you featured me this week. Thank you! I am linking #179-181 for this week. Be well!

    May 30, 2020 at 1:35 am
  • Reply Amy

    Thank you for hosting the party. Our links this week are: #188, #189, &#190. Have a great week.

    May 30, 2020 at 11:43 pm
  • Reply Katherines Corner

    You’ve been busy my friend, I can’t wait to see how it all turns out. Don’t we just have the best darn bloggers sharing with us each week? Lovely features and bonus features too. Thank you for being my hostess for the past three years xo

    June 1, 2020 at 2:07 pm
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