DIY Jute Twine Nest

DIY Jute Twine Nest

 

I want to talk today about how I made this nest.

Really, I do.

I want to tell you how it costs under a dollar to make and that it only takes about an hour to create (not including drying time) and that when you’re finished it looks like it showed up from the fancy store.

But I can’t concentrate.

I can’t think.

It’s not my fault, it’s just that I have one burning question on my mind that I’ve been mulling over and over and over again in search of an answer:

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A Bit of Cinderella Wisdom

A Bit of Cinderella Wisdom

 

This week I was working on a project and I was trying to remember the name of a post that I’d wrote back when burlap was still a thing and I hadn’t discovered Mellow Mushroom Pizza yet.

To try and find it I searched for lessons on the blog.

I thought I’d find one or maybe two posts with that in the title.

Nope.

Not even close.

There was a post for almost every month of the year.  Apparently I’m all about a good lesson and I didn’t even know it.  But in the middle of all that lessoning, one post stood out.  It’s all about learning to live with mice and glass slippers.

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

A few random thoughts on a rainy Saturday morning:

1.  Has anyone watched Outlander?  I’m thinking about starting it, but I need a little input first.

2.  I just saw daffodils by the side of the road.  #hellobeautiful

3.  I’m kind of all about veggie burgers lately.  And I’m thinking about roasting brussel sprouts.  My family literally quirked an eyebrow at me.

4. And in total sad news this morning (the saddest of the sad), my son walked downstairs with his baseball uniform on.  Ready.  Set.  Go.  It’s the first game of the season.

Exciting, right?

Except.

Except now it’s pouring rain. 🙁

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Life In Season

Life In Season

 

Isn’t it incredible when a friend dreams big?

When they reach for the stars and the moon and a few random galaxies…

….and something amazing shows up?

That’s how I feel about this book.

It made me laugh and sigh and think and it inspired me and filled my heart and made me the proudest of the proud.

I can’t help it.

You see….I’m kind of its aunt….

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Simple Ideas for Controlling Clutter

Simple Ideas for Controlling Clutter

 

Clutter is like that last Christmas party guest that won’t leave.

They’ve eaten your cheese dip and knocked an ornament off your tree and ensconced themselves in a chair telling you about their trip to the grand canyon for the fifth time.

You look longingly at the door.

Leave clutter, leave, you tell yourself.

But it never does.

Take charge.

Take control.

Take over….

….and show that cheese-eating, ornament-knocking, grand-canyon visiting clutter to the door.

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Decorating Your Home With Yard Sale Finds

Decorating Your Home With Yard Sale Finds

 

It’s been an incredible week around here.

There are hopes and dreams and plans and laughter spilling out of the farmhouse this week.

I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

Every.  Last.  Detail.

But for today lets talk spring and yard sales and the people whose heart beats a little faster when you see a hand-lettered multi-family yard sale sign.  I’m sure it’s spring home tour sharing day somewhere and today I wanted to take a walk through mine.

Except.

Except I wanted to do things a little differently (this is the part where you nod your head and tell me you are not surprised).

If you were to stop by for a tour, I tell you how happy I am that we are friends and I would get you some sweet tea (or water if you preferred) and I would take you through the rooms and give you the yard sale tour.  You know, the one where I tell you where everything came from and how I made it or got it at a yard sale and what I would buy at a yard sale season if I only had $5.00 and that yard sale season is starting again and we should go some Saturday.

Hold on.

Let me get you a glass of tea.

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Life Advice From a House Plant

Life Advice From a House Plant

 

Raising teenagers is challenging.

It’s kind of like running a marathon and you’re tired and exhausted and worn out and you think you’re almost done and the light at the end of the tunnel is shining brighter and brighter.

And then?

Somewhere around the last couple of miles…

….someone throws a mountain onto the course.

Don’t lose hope.

Don’t be sad.

Don’t despair and raise your hands and sigh and throw in the towel.

Just listen to life advice from a house plant.
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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

I’m a Hallmark movie kind of girl.

Happy endings with rainbows and balloons and doves floating by in the sky.

But yesterday I went to see King Kong.

Yikes.

There were giant lizards with scary mouths and pointed teeth and a foggy bone grave yard and spiders that ate people and an octopus that wrapped its tentacles around anything that moved in the water.

And I smiled.

And acted like it was the greatest movie I’d ever seen.

Because I’m married to the cutest pair of twinkling brown eyes who built a table and made over-sized signs and created an over-sized checker board and cleaned the back deck and replaced all the batteries in the smoke detectors when the house sprang forward….

….and he thinks that giant gorillas are the best thing since sliced bread.

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