Bird Watching

Thank you so much to the 300 + people who joined in the First Annual {June did you catch that?  I said First Annual} National Take A Risk Day. This was by far my favorite linky party in the history of the world.  You all are the most inspiring people around, starting businesses, not being afraid to fail, failing and laughing, learning, painting your chairs~the fabric part, dying purses, being amazing.  Wow.  Thank you for inspiring me.

Also, if you are wondering, the $500 Pier 1 Gift Card Giveaway is open until April 15 {I know, right?} I’m working with a third party company with this one and they will randomly pick the winner and I’ll announce it shortly after.  Meanwhile, you can still enter if you haven’t yet.

Now on to our regularly scheduled bird watching:

If you read nothing else this week,  if you are a fellow Cadbury Egg connoisseur, if you haven’t laughed hard in a while, READ THIS POST.  I’ve always thought Ashley was adorable, now, after reading her Cadbury Saga/Cadbury Chronicles/Life and Times of a Cadbury Egg I can pretty much say I want her to move next door and be my BFF.  Hail to the egg, people.

In other news, have you ever used Chalk Paint?  Miss Mustard Seed liked it so much she was motivated to paint 5 pieces in two days! And if Mustard Seed likes it, then it’s gotta be fantastic.

Julia takes us on a tour of the homes from Modern Family via Hooked on Houes- lots and lots of great photos and paint colors.

Did you hear? Relevant 11 is sold smack out.  However, (in)courage has 8 sponsorships they are giving out covering the cost of the conference {even if you already have your ticket you can apply and get reimbursed or something like that}

You pick the category that best suits you find out lots more at (in)courage.

  1. A Hope & Encouragement sponsorship (for someone who loves the ministry of cards and wants to partner with DaySpring in dreaming up creative ways to spread that ministry across the Internet).
  2. An (in)courage photographer sponsorship (We’d like a dedicated photographer at Relevant to keep adding to the wonderful portfolio of images for (in)courage, DaySpring and Blessings Unlimited). Please be sure to link to a flickr portfolio as part of your application.
  3. A Home blogger sponsorship (for someone who loves to share her home as a place to experience and express Christ’s joy, hope, and encouragement every day, everywhere).
  4. A Frugal blogger sponsorship (sharing creative ways for how DaySpring can help you save)
  5. A Micah 6:8 Sponsorship (for bloggers that are telling the stories and sharing the avenues for social justice, mercy and ways we can change even small parts of the world, starting with ourselves)
  6. A Writer’s Craft sponsorship (for bloggers who love to weave words and use their writing and story telling to inspire us, connect with our products and impact the audience with their stories).
  7. A Newbie sponsorship (for someone who’s been blogging less than a year because we love being able to offer a helping hand to someone who’s just started out on this blogging journey and who needs someone to believe in them).
  8. A Veteran sponsorship (for someone who’s been blogging longer than four years and can bring their  social media insights and experience to the DaySpring perspective)

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  1. I had no idea Relevant was offering scholarships!! Thank you so much for taking the time to mention it. I’d love to apply, but I honestly have no clue which “niche” my blog would fit into. :s I’ll have to think about it, because I think I’d really like to apply. Thanks, Nester. :)

  2. Great post! Going to go read about the Cadbury Eggs right now because they are my serious downfall during the Easter season (I bought two packages–8 large eggs total and ate them in about 20 minutes). Love those things!

  3. Nester – thanks for the “birdwatching”!! just a sidenote… ironically, right next to your incourage stuff – there is a trojan ad claiming “get it on”. hmmm… seems a little distasteful – not sure if you are aware that ads like that are big and bold on you blog. bummer. Love reading your blog though!

    • ahhh, thank you for telling me, I don’t have control over some remnant ads but, I can ask my ad network to try to block them if we know specifics, thanks for telling me exactly what it was!

  4. awe thanks for the shout out, girl! you are so sweet. of course you know the feeling is mutual! ;)

  5. Thanks for the shout-out for my “Modern Family” post. Love that show!

    Now I have a craving for some Cadbury Eggs…yum. :)

  6. Love that framed chalkboard! We each have one hanging in our homes!
    Have a great weekend! And maybe consider the Take a Risk more than once a year! I don’t think it will ever get old.

  7. I have a spectacular day already and came here to see I was “spotted”. Eeee! Thanks so much, my friend. :) You should try this paint sometime. You can slap it on with a brush and it turns out smooth and lovely.

  8. Where do I put a comment to win the Pier 1 contest? I would love to have so very many of their wonderful things, especially a ceramic garden stool!

  9. I loved the Cadbury post. I started reading Ashley’s blog when you wrote about her a while back. She cracks me up and reminds me so much of my best friend. I love reading your blog. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Just found your blog through Mustard Seed…what a gorgeous room you’ve shown! I look forward each day to discovering all the creative people out in blogland, and getting inspired by their projects and talent! I love the title of your blog and post, by the way, since my own blog is all about bird and nature related decor.

  11. Thank you for the National Take a Risk Day post. By far, this has really stuck with me this week more than any other blog post I’ve read! It really surprised me to see the real risks and openness of these women, beyond a paint color…. real life stuff! I feel inspired, convicted and motivated to take some risks – right away! Life is just too short!

  12. so excited about Relevant!
    loved all of your Risk link ups!

  13. “First annual.” You are lucky I heart you or I would have to shoot you.

  14. We love Nester, yes we do!
    We love Nester, how about you?

    Thanks for the (in)couraging shout-out Nester girl!


  15. Thank you SOOOO MUCH for this post! I had no idea that the girls at (in) courage were hosting sponsorships. I missed out on applying for the official Relavent Photographer applications, and now missed out on buying a ticket (WHY did I stall so long?!?), so I submitted my proposal and have my prayers going out for this…thank you!

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