Every week I try to find a few of my favorite posts from the blogs that participate in the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. There are always so many amazing bloggers and creative ideas that are shared, that it is really challenging to pick just three, so just because there are only three here doesn’t mean that there weren’t tons of others that I loved, too! But since I’ve been trying to blog a couple of times each week (which doesn’t always happen, but I try!), I have to keep each post manageable. Here are my three favorites from this past week . . . and I’ll be looking for a few more this coming week, too.
from Laura at The Turquoise Home
I love these little pennant banners that seem to be popping up everywhere! And since chalk boards have such a sweet, vintage-y feel to them, of course I love them, too. This simple but charming idea is from Laura at The Turquoise Home, and it has inspired me to round up an old chalkboard and make a tiny pennant banner for it to display in our kitchen this spring. I hope you will stop by and check out the other creative ideas at The Turquoise Home.
from Angie at The Country Chic Cottage
I’ve had an herb garden for many years (not recently, but several years ago), and I just can’t wait to get out into the yard and garden this spring and start a new herb garden where we live now. There are lots of great ideas for keeping herbs from spreading all over your garden and crowding out one another, so when I saw this idea from Angie at The Country Chic Cottage, I knew it was going to be one of my favorites this week. It has definitely inspired me to get going on my plans for our garden this year, and begin again with growing herbs – for beauty as well as for cooking! Stop by The Country Chic Cottage where you will find more creative inspiration!
from Shannon at Sunny Coastlines
And then there is always the challenge of staying focused and productive when you work from home, as I do, along with many other women these days. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work from my home office, doing free-lance writing and editing, as well as running my Etsy shops . . . I have the freedom and flexibility to be available for our girls’ school activities, sporting events, and all the other things that kids need to do like orthodontist appointments, physical therapy appointments, and piano lessons. But some days it is difficult to stay on task when so many other things seem to be calling out for my attention. When I came across this blog post by Shannon at Sunny Coastlines, I decided to include it in my Featured Favorites post this week, and follow some of her ideas to see it I can be a bit more productive on an everyday basis. You might want to pop on over to Sunny Coastlines for even more great ideas from Shannon.
This week I’ve been experimenting with a few ideas of my own for getting stuff done around here . . . but I am always so optimistic and think I can get way more accomplished than really is humanly possible in one day. But I want to do so much! And since several of the projects I am working on are major time-consuming tasks (like editing a book or a magazine!), I have to break each one up into smaller, more manageable segments. That has really helped me stay focused and keep my brain from wandering off into other things while I’m working. I’ll share some of my ideas tomorrow right here at Vintage Mama’s Cottage, so if you are looking for a few ideas to keep you on track, be sure to stop back soon!