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A Beautiful Life Friday

Check out the gardens and outdoor rooms over at View from the Pines (sorry! the blog seems to have moved and the link no longer works!) I’m hooked and inspired! The outdoor room above is from Brenda’s yard! I spent some time drooling over her creative outdoor rooms and gardening spaces on her blog and thought you’d all enjoy visiting Brenda! Such lovely photos for inspiration — I enjoyed looking through her archives!

For more gardening ideas, check out yesterday’s post and all the comments..and if you have some tips or links to share, head over to my Small Space Gardening post to add your own ideas! Thanks to all of you who shared ideas for me! I’ll be studying them!

I won’t take up any more of your time today with more my words, just enjoy everyone’s beautiful life links as well as all the amazing links left here for our Procrasinator’s Party and the links in the comments on every post (via commentluv!). You are all so inspiring to me!

Have a wonderful three day weekend!

PS. There are more amazing ideas and places to visit on my Inspiring Finds tumblr if you have some extra time on your hands!

photo: View from The  Pines

This post was shared on Julia’s Hooked on Fridays post.

A Beautiful Life Friday

Beautiful Life Friday is a once weekly post to reflect on the small moments of beauty we found or created. A beautiful life is right in front of us!

Mr. Linky Rules (stolen from Julia’s blog Hooked on Houses, thank you Julia.)

  1. Add the permalink to the specific blog post, not your general blog address.
  2. Include what your post is about in parentheses after your blog name. Ex: The Red Cottage (antiques)
  3. Link back to the party from your post so that your readers can come and see how everyone else found beauty where they were this week!
  4. Visit as many of the other participants as possible and leave comments! That’s what a blog party is all about!
  5. Double-check to make sure your link works and goes to the right page so it doesn’t get deleted! If you come back and see your link is gone, re-read these rules and try again next week.

(Also check out Fifi’s Fashionable Friday and Hooked on Fridays parties, happening today!)

Mr. Linky is misbehaving {again} so if he isn’t there, add your link in the comments or just pop back in later…


  1. Sara

    We’ve been sick this week, but I was still able to find many sources of beauty. Thanks for the opportunity to reflect and share!

  2. Chie

    My freaky day is a lot of enjoyment that’s the life am living now. Love to laugh & enjoy the best of it!

    Have a happy Week-End!


  3. RML

    Happy Weekend! Off to update yesterday´s post for a link back here :)

    RMLs inspiring blog post..Ingredients for a Perfect Day Swimming

  4. Sarah

    Hi Melissa

    I forced myself to sit down and make life beautiful after what was not one of the best weeks, and it did make me feel somewhat better to appreciate the little things around me.

    great inspiration, I love Brenda’s blog

    A Beach Cottage

    Sarah @ A Beach Cottages inspiring blog post..A Beach Cottage Burlap Lantern & Giveaway!

  5. Cathy

    Hi Melissa,
    I hope you are settling into your new rental; yes I have been following your moving adventure! I have lived all over and understand how important it is to make wherever you call home special and wonderful. I used to live in Beaverton many moons ago myself. Have a nice Memorial weekend! ~Cathy~

    Cathy @ The Stylish Houses inspiring blog post..Whimsical Windows!

  6. Julia

    I don’t think I’ve seen that blog (View from the Pines) before, so I’ll have to check it out. I could always use outdoor inspiration!

    Have a beautiful three-day weekend! :-)

    (Let’s hope Mr. Linky makes it through the day. Got my fingers crossed that he doesn’t “crash” the party! I hear he’s been having some issues.)

    Julia @ Hooked on Housess inspiring blog post..Hooked on Porch Swings

  7. Stacey

    Brenda’s garden is one of my very favorite places to visit!

    Staceys inspiring blog post..Foodie Friday

  8. Emily

    I just recently found View From The Pines (actually I think she found me and I followed :) ) and love love love her outdoor space.

    Thanks for sharing her today and for giving us all a reason to end our week reflecting on the beautiful around us. Happy weekend, Melissa.

    [email protected] inspiring blog post..Rainy Days

  9. Charlotte at Simply Divine Christmas

    Hi Melissa,

    Yea, its Friday. My post today is titled “Here’s Some Good Advice” and it’s just was one of those silly ” round robin” emails that landed in my email box that a girlfriend sent to me that I enjoyed reading. Thank goodness for three day weekends because I’m really looking forward to having some summer fun with family this Memorial day!

    Charlotte @ simply divine…

    Charlotte at Simply Divine Christmass inspiring blog post..Here’s Some Good Advice

  10. Lynne

    Hi Melissa!
    I’m sharing the release of our butterflies. Although I’m a bit behind on the posting of it…It’s a “beautiful moment” I did intend to post! Cross your fingers that by next Friday I’ll be able to share the arrival of our new little one…now that would be beautiful!! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Lynne @ Our Happy Homes inspiring blog post..Taking Flight

  11. teresa

    Love the photo above- it gives such a since of mystery- wondering what is around the corner.
    Have a wonderful weekend. Hope fun things happen.

    teresas inspiring blog post..Gathering in the Garden…. preview-

  12. Puna

    Thanks for reminding me that this is a beautiful life.

  13. Marsha

    I really enjoy your blog. This week I decided to share my morning away from “everyday life”. We have to do that every now and then to make a “beautiful life” for ourselves! Thanks for letting me join the party.

    Marshas inspiring blog post..Everyday Life

  14. Myrnie

    I loved your gardening post this week (and thanks for stopping by mine!) It always seems like such a guess-and-by-golly thing when I go to plant in the Spring…so nice to see I’m not alone!

    For some reason, I don’t see Mr. Linky, but here’s my post for today:

    We’re at Nana’s house, and it’s a beautiful thing!

    Myrnies inspiring blog post..Beatiful Life: A little spot of earth

  15. Nicky

    I absolutely agree that no matter what’s happening in our lives … beautiful/beauty still exist …

    Everyone have a fantabulous weekend.

    Nickys inspiring blog post..Fabulous Five Friday

  16. Claudia

    Having space to move outside is one of my dreams!

    Thanks for new inspirations on that. (putting them in my file as we speak!) :) we are speaking… only with our fingers!

    TTFN! Claudia

    [email protected] inspiring blog post..Cottage Inspirations

  17. Gina

    I’ve been loving all the great garden pictures this week! It makes me so glad to welcome the warm weather back!

    Ginas inspiring blog post..The Back Porch

  18. Brenda Kula

    Well, who knew? I just met a blogger online today, and she mentioned that you recommended my View From The Pines blog here. She said she recognized Robert the carpenter from the window, and just knew she’d seen him before. He was on both my blogs. She thought she had deja vu, and then figured it out! Here it is almost 7 p.m. and I’m just figuring it out! I thank you mightily. As soon as Robert gets that deck finished, I’ll be decorating up a storm! I love your blog, by the way. And today I see you have a button, of which I figured just this week how to add to my sidebar. So I’m taking it with me as I go, if you don’t mind. Have a wonderful weekend!

    Brenda Kulas inspiring blog post..Tablescape Thursday Dessert

  19. hill upon hill

    Sorry , I forgot to add my title : house work and play.

  20. Beth

    This is the first year I’ve ever planted flowers, and I am starting with annuals (mostly pansies). It just took a small amount of space and wasn’t real expensive. This week has been an emotionally hard week, so I wanted to surround myself with some beauty to lift my mood…thanks so much for your blog, I love reading all the creative ideas!

    Beths inspiring blog post..Beautifying your home with a small flower garden


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