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By Kate Riley May 29, 2011

Greetings all, happy holiday weekend.  Amanda and I rounded up a few fun links for you this weekend for the ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ series, we hope you enjoy!

Don’t miss the jungle greenhouse’ over at Meadowbrook Farm, filled with geraniums, petunias, zinnias, and daisies.  It’s pure gardener heaven.   


jungle greenhouse meadowbrook farm


Make a DIY wood pennant with Man Made DIY, a definite upgrade from ordinary felt, Chris shows you how.   

diy wooden pennant manmadediy


A formerly outdated kitchen has a sophisticated new look at This Bliss Life.  We’re loving that backsplash and those quartz countertops!

kitchen after


What was once a dull, bare deck is now a shaded retreat. With two trellises and some hanging planters, Carrie created a DIY herb wall showcased at Making Lemonade.

herb wall


Jen from Tatertots and Jello turned a vintage thrift store lunchbox into a Family Summer Bucket List.  She includes colorful printables and fun activity ideas to make your summer survival possible (via guest post for Positively Splendid).

family summer bucket list


We love a great Before and After!  You’ll love Rhoda’s redesign of her parents’ covered porch.  See the transformation at Southern Hospitality.

rhoda porch


A $1 garage sale clutch gets a bold new summer look, you must see the Before!  That’s one fantastic makeover by Scissors and Spatulas.



Linda from Lime in the Coconut has a gorgeous bathroom and it just appeared in the latest Better Homes & Gardens Kitchen + Bath Makeover edition, hop over to congratulate her!  

lime in the coconut bathroom


Need a little extra confidence from scripture as you walk each day?  Try this inspiring idea for standing on the truth via Simply Seleta.

standing on the truth simply seleta


Want to know the secret to creating a beautiful home?  Stop by Hooked on Houses for Julia’s wise words.   bedside table hooked on houses

Thank you Amanda for helping me round up these inspiring finds! 

Wishing you all a fantastic weekend, and feeling immense gratitude to our military and fallen soldiers.  We live in this free nation because of your bravery and sacrifice.  May we always remember.

memorial day weekend




  1. Wow – what a great group of projects! Thanks for putting this together. I’m loving the clutch and going now to see what she did!

  2. What an amazing group of blogs to be included with! Thanks so, so much for linking my trellis project, and WOW, I’m so in love with the other ideas in this post (as usual). Have a wonderful long weekend!

  3. Kate and Amanda thanks so much for the great links!! So fun and I will check them all out!

    New very Exciting Giveaway will be up on the 1st!

    Art by Karena

  4. Oh, Kate. Now you did it. I was thinking at the beginning of this post that I would spend a few minutes perusing around each blog, nice and easy. Well, I just spent the last hour(!) at Meadowbrook Farm and am heading back there now. I am hooked. Hooked something awful (as my Texan grandma would say). I live at nearly mile high elevation in the Sierras and to see what she can accomplish with weather even more harsh than mine is so inspiring I let out a little squeal. Thank you (or maybe not) for introducing me to one of my new all time favorites.

  5. Oh how fun to have my greenhouse featured here! It’s been great to meet so many of your wonderful readers. Thank you so much for the blog love! Now I’m going to keep myself busy for the rest of the night checking out the rest of your amazing list.

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