FWF Highlights

By Kate Riley March 30, 2011

Time for a shout out to so many of you who linked up your creativity to this week’s Fair Weather Forum Link Party, all about spring projects.  Thank you to each and every one of you who participated!  There were over 400 inspiring links to browse, I was amazed at all of the creativity out there in blog land! 

Here are some highlights:

This coffee table turned bench by Fab Rehab Creations is a favorite!

coffee table bench


I’m loving these chalkboard herb pots at Scissors and Spatulas.  They have me itching to plant my own herb garden whenever I have thyme.  Heh heh. 

herb pots scissors and spatulas


Melissa set such a beautiful spring table at The Inspired Room.

melissa inspired room tablescape


How sweet is this DIY mossy ampersand by 221 Blog ?



A beautiful citrus and botanical spring mantel by 33 Shades of Green, love this arrangement!

spring mantel 33 shades of green


No, this is not from a magazine, although it should be!  This is Diane’s simple sew fabric blanket ~ so fresh for spring!

diane sew designer blanket


Don’t miss Mrs. Limestone’s worldly side table, love this!

wordly sofa table


I’m loving Kristin’s rosettes made from a drop cloth.  I have a few drop cloths in my garage so Kristin, can I send them to you if they come back to me this lovely?

ink blots drop cloth pillow


Craft faux cherry blossoms with That’s My Letter, and fabric carrots with Creations by Kara.

cherry blossoms and carrots



Thank you Kimba, now I simply must plant a wheat grass centerpiece for my home too. 

wheat grass kimba



Gorgeous framed dried botanicals from Abby’s Garden.

framed dried flowers


Michelle at Ten June is so creative, she’s growing a garden wallViva Terra needs to take notes!

garden wall ten june


Mimi at Blue Roof Cabin turned an old plastic bucket into a birdhouse, so inventive!

bucket to birdhouse 2


A fresh coat of spring green paint refreshes this buffet.  Felicia at Skitt-a-Skat also opened up the hutch for a more spacious display, so pretty!

spring green hutch


If I go missing, you’ll likely find me on this porch On Sutton Place, admiring Ann’s forsythia wreath

on sutton place porch


J’adore the multilayered finish on this sidetable at Three Boys blog, stunning! 

old world table


The next FWF is on April 11th, the topic is All Things Easter.  I hope you’ll join me on that day with your best Easter ideas.  The art of peeling a Cadbury egg?  Ten party tricks with jelly beans?  Anyone?  I’ll try to come up with something decorative myself too. 

fwf easter

Until then,


cg kate signature


Here’s a handy button for those featured today!

project featured banner button





  1. Hi Kate-
    Thanks so much for the feature. It still is freezing here in Pa. The only way I am getting a touch of Spring is by seeing all the bright and cheery projects that have been linked. I love the plastic planter pot – now a birdhouse and maybe if I plant some wheat grass – the real grass outside my window will grow green again from warm sunshine.
    Thanks again.
    My best- Diane

  2. I have a very similar side table… I think they were originally called parlor tables. Mine was my grandparents’. I thought about refinishing it once, but for sentimental reasons, I don’t think I ever will. On the bottom of it, my grandmother taped my dad’s name. I’m pretty sure she did that when I told her I’d like to have that table. She told me she’d have to put my dad’s name on it so my other cousins wouldn’t get upset that I was getting the table. However, when the table was finally mine, I found my name written in my grandmother’s handwriting in permanent marker under the table not far from the tape with my dad’s name on it… I’m not sure why she changed her mind and made my name so permanent on it, but I can tell you, it meant the world to me that she did.

  3. Thank you so much for featuring my painted terracotta pots! I’m a HUGE fan of your blog (you are the one who inspired me to paint my kitchen cabinets) and I am just pleased as punch that you would notice something that I did!! Thanks so much!
    Scissors & Spatulas

  4. Thanks for the feature Kate (cherry blossoms)! So exciting to see my project posted up next to all the great, inspiring spring ideas. Your party was great and such a healthy success. Until next time!

  5. All of those items are totally gorgeous!!! I particularly LOVE the green ampersand, worldly sofa table, drop cloth rosette pillow, and garden wall! All of those are absolutely amazing and have my mental wheels turning!!!

  6. Thank you so much for featuring my table! I can’t believe it. Such wonderful projects at your party this spring. Now could you please some of your warm weather to me in Michigan?? It is freezing!

  7. Thank you so much for featuring my mossy ampersand! Checking “be featured and/or mentioned on Centsational Girl” off my blogging bucket list. :) Thanks for the party! I had a blast checking out everyone’s amazing spring projects!

  8. Thanks so much for featuring my carrots Kate!! I’ve been reading your blog for years, and I just love it. So fun to see one of my projects over here. Thanks for all the inspiration you give me!!!

  9. Kate, thanks for posting these! I always wondered what can be made out of those ugly coffee tables – and now I know :) Oh, and I think I will start a wall garden – what a fabulous idea!

  10. Oh Em Gee! Thank you, Kate, for the feature….you were a huge part of my inspiration in even starting a blog. I’ve stalked yours for months…LOL! Thanks again…enjoy your spring!

  11. Hi Kate – Thanks so much for showing my mantel! It’s still in the 40s here in MI so my mantel is helping me get in the spring spirit. You had so many great projects linked up, I can’t wait to check out more of them!

  12. My appreciation goes out to you for highlighting the works of other great bloggers. I appreciate you sharing those sources as right now I’m desperately searching for ideas for an extreme facelift for every room in my home. You’re the best and thank you! I should tell you that more often.

  13. Loribeth, I love that story! It was meant to be yours and now you can never refinish it, at least not the bottom!!!

    Thank you Lynn! I love featuring the brilliance of others!

  14. What great makeovers! I really enjoyed the pictures. My gosh, you must have been looking at pictures for days!
    I enjoy your blog so so much. You are such a good teacher on making things over. You really inspire me! Keep up the good work.


  15. Thanks for the mention! I’m ridiculously inspired by all of the projects you highlighted.

    Congratulations on a fantastic party!

  16. Hi Kate…back in January I decided I wanted to paint my kitchen cabinets. I googled exactly that. “How to paint kitchen cabinets.” A link to your blog popped up. I clicked on it and I was smitten. The more I looked around your blog the more excited I got. I thought maybe I could actually do something like that…anyway, I began clicking on your blog roll. From there I clicked on other blog rolls. A week later I started my blog. I have worked hard and spent quite a bit of time trying to improve everything. I’m starting to think maybe I can really do it.

    I can’t thank you enough for featuring my post. I didn’t even know until my girlfriend called and told me. Hope your spring is beautiful. Looking forward to the your next Nate appearance. ~Ann

  17. You made one small blogger girl smile for an entire day! Thank you for the nice words and feature of my drop cloth rosette pillow :o) I am flattered to be included amongst such wonderful DIY projects!

  18. Thanks so much for featuring my framed botanicals! How exciting to be among a group of such talented ladies!


  19. Am I late or what? I can’t believe I missed this post! I’m so excited that you liked my before and after of my hutch. Thank you for including it in your post!

Leave a comment!

Keep the conversation going! Your email address will not be published.*


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Lately on Instagram (@centsationalstyle)