BOTB + Happy Mother’s Day!

By Kate Riley May 8, 2011

Hi moms, how are you today?  I do hope you are getting spoiled by your family ~ breakfast in bed and a pedicure at a minimum!  Abi and I teamed up to bring you a few inspiring links today, we hope you’ll enjoy another round of our continuing ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ series.

Chris at Just A Girl proved once again how white paint can brighten any piece, including this gorgeous china cabinet.

just a girl cabinet

Emily A. Clark cleverly used chalkboard paint to add something special for herself and her kids to her kitchen.  

emily clark chalkboard paint

We loved seeing the Royal wedding through Lauren at Aspiring Kennedy’s lens!

aspiring kenedy royal wedding

The fabulous Janell shows us her new faux ostrich upholstered bench at Isabella and Max Rooms.

isabella and max bench

See how to make this beautiful ruffled lampshade over at Crafty Texas Girls!

ruffled lampshade

Danika of Gorgeous Shiny Things hand painted this mural inspired by Schumacher’s Chiang Mai Dragon, you must read all about it!

shumacker mural

Sarah of Thrifty Decor Chick has worked her magic again, this time she transformed a closet into a reading nook for her son, brilliant! 

book nook thrifty decor

Don’t miss Chris’s tutorial on making a detailed cork board map at Man Made.

corkboard map

Old wine bottles make a colorful table centerpiece.  Susan shows us how at Between Naps on the Porch.

bnotp spring bottle centerpiece

Simply drooling over Kevin’s jalapeño popper grilled cheese sandwiches over at Closet Cooking!

jalepeno poppers grilled cheese

We’re loving this great gift idea, homemade vanilla extract by Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia.

homemade vanilla extract

Thank you Abi for helping me gather such incredible inspiration!  You can catch up with Abi at her blog Gadding Gal

Want your latest project considered for this series?  Feel free to send it our way to [email protected] !

swirl snip

Lastly, wishing all of you loving, hardworking, tireless, devoted, patient, caring, and compassionate women of the world (otherwise known as MOMS) a very . . .

happy mothers day flowers

Enjoy this day dedicated to YOU!


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  1. Thanks for this amazing wrap up….these projects are all truly inspirational. So many talented people out there….it’s staggering!

  2. Hi Kate,

    Thank-you! for the BOTB, it has become a good habit along with my coffee and Sunday paper…
    Happy Mother’s Day to you! Cheers! I hope your enjoying a good glass of wine today!

    All the Best!

  3. Kate, I hope you have a fabulous Mother’s Day! At this moment I’m enjoying lounging in bed (yes, with my computer) waiting to be served breakfast. Ah, the life! :)
    Thanks for including my bench redesign in this great line up of projects! I was blown away by Danika’s Dragon wall and adore that little nook Sarah did!

  4. It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood and I have both kids home today…a treat for sure! I loved the pictures above. The mural is amazing and how fun is that lampshade? Have a great day!

  5. Happy Mother’s Day to you – thanks for sharing the beautiful blog beauty! There are so many talented ladies, I’m glad I recently found out about blogging and get to enjoy meeting everyone and seeing the things they make!


  6. Happy Mother’s Day! Fabulous picks!!! I had a DQ blizzard for lunch….to celebrate the day and all :)

  7. That corkboard map rocks my socks! and I love the ruffled lamp shade:)

    I hope you had a great mother’s day!

  8. Kate,
    I hope you had an wonderful Mother’s Day! Breakfast in bed and a pedicure sounds divine…hope you got both! :)
    Thanks so much for the linky love…truly appreciate you and and all of your awesome tutorials!

  9. Hi Kate
    What a nice suprise to open your blog and find my vanilla post:) Thank you!
    Hope you had a wonderful mothers day!

  10. i love that you picked my royal wedding pics for your BOTB this week. thanks so much! i loved the wedding, and am already imagining my camp out strategies for Harry’s wedding!

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