As the Bathroom Renovation Turns

As the Bathroom Renovation Turns

 

Welcome to the next edition of as the bathroom renovation turns.

Where a humble homeowner and her imagination transform an awkward master bath and an over-sized powder bath into a bathroom poetry.

How do I love you little bathroom…let me count the ways?

Let’s review.

When we last left our master bath….

….it looked like this.Continue reading

A Good Pair of Flip Flops Can Change the World

A Good Pair of Flip Flops Can Change the World

 

Have you ever had a moment of awkward?

A moment where you wish you could push the reset button?

A moment when you felt like the world was looking at you in unison with a giant raised eyebrow?

Me?

I’ve lived a lifetime of moments just like that.

Two steps forward and one step back….

…wiping a little egg off my face along the way. Continue reading

Five Unique Book Page Projects

Five Unique Book Page Projects

 

Have you ever played the game of “Would You Rather?”

There’s an actual board game sold in stores with over 800 questions.

Or.

Or you could make up your own and enter into thought-provoking discussions with your family on a road trip.

Questions like:

Would you rather have a million dollars or a year of really good hair days?

Would you rather speak in front of 4,000 people or wear a frog costume for a month?

Would you rather have wisdom or would you rather have strength?

Would you rather have purple hair or purple toenails?

See how fun?

See how thought provoking?

And now here’s one more:  would you rather make projects or make projects?

Oh good.  Me, too.

Here are five unique book page projects to keep both of us busy. 🙂Continue reading

What You Can Make With a Piece of Floor

What You Can Make With a Piece of Floor

 

The year for Christmas, my sister gave me a piece of ordinary.

Something everyday.

Something simple.

Something underestimated.

Something we see and overlook and walk and stomp and dance and tiptoe and tread on every single day.

A piece of floor.Continue reading

Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 


A few random thoughts on a Saturday morning:

1. I’m almost done watching Lark Rise to Candleford.  I only have one season left.  Does anyone have a really good show with a British accent they’ve watched lately?

2. I think my scent for this month is Lemon Verbena.  I’ve ordered soap and dish soap and room spray and lotion.  Here’s to smelling like spring.

3. The bathroom remodel should be done this week.  I can’t wait to photograph the tile.

4. I cannot WAIT for you to see the cover of the book.  It’s the perfect combination of fancy and what was I thinking.

4. I just realized I never photographed and posted about the rest of the handmade Christmas presents.

I’ll fix that next week. 🙂Continue reading

A Sneak Peek of the House for Hope

A Sneak Peek of the House for Hope

 

The House for Hope is done.

It’s all furnitured and rugged and wallpapered and faux finished and lighted up.

I brought my camera to photograph everything and take pictures of the entire house.

Especially what you see when you look up.

Seriously.

There are light fixtures in this house that are so amazing they need their own reality show.

I can’t show you all the rooms until the end of the month, but I got permission to give everyone a little sneak peek.

Buckle up butter cup.

This house is a design roller coaster ride. 🙂Continue reading

How To Make an Oversized Checker Board That Hangs On the Wall

How To Make an Oversized Checker Board That Hangs On the Wall

 

When I was planning out the room design for House for Hope, I immediately knew I would need help.

I was responsible for furnishing the space and filling the room up and adding accessories and furniture and making giant tic tac toe boards for the wall.

All that furnishing and decorating and accessorizing is a lot.

So I turned to my friends.

One of the first companies that stepped up and said they would sponsor the room and help with the furnishings and partner with me to decorate the walls was FrogTape.

Of course they did.

They are super amazing like that.

We worked together last year to raise $5000 for the Humane Society with the imagination room and this year they are back again, helping me spread a little hope.

To say thank you, I created a fun project for the walls of the House for Hope family game room that allows you to play checkers vertically on the wall.

Here’s the DIY and how to make an oversized checker board that hangs on the wall.Continue reading

The Day We Put Screens In Their Place

The Day We Put Screens In Their Place

 

This is the year of social media cut backs for our family.

I’m not really sure where the idea came from.

Maybe it was when I realized no one really talked in the car any more.

Maybe it was when I looked around at all those blinking phones.

Maybe it was when my daughter texted me from the next room.

Whatever.  Whyever.  However.

Those screens needed to be put in their place.Continue reading