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

The Day the Bathroom Went from After to Before

The Day the Bathroom Went from After to Before

 

Remember when I talked about renovating my bathroom last year?

Remember when I told you about our bathroom renovation ideas and that we were moving walls and making changes and living high on the bathroom hog?

And then?

I never ever talked about it again.

I didn’t mention it or reference it or show you any more ideas.  It’s like the bathroom renovation that was never meant to be.

Until now.

Now this bright shiny clean bathroom with its sparkling sink and fluffy rug and claw foot bathtub and white bead board walls….

…..now it looks like this.Continue reading

Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

I think I need to move to England.

Seriously.

I just finished binge watching the second season of Lark Rise to Candleford and they had me at the countryside.

And the people.

Have you been to England?  Do you live in England?  Is it as wonderful as the cinematography makes it appear?  Is it a place to leave your heart?

I froze the last episode on a picture of the rolling hills and the sunshine and the moors and thatched roofs and the dirt roads and the winding country lanes and I decided right then and there….

…I think that’s what Kentucky wants to be when it grows up. 🙂Continue reading

DIY Rock Heart Necklace

DIY Rock Heart Necklace

 

It took me longer to think up a title for this post than to make this diy rock heart necklace.

I wanted a funny title.

Or a clever title.  Something that would make you smile or laugh or chortle this almost Valentine’s Day weekend.

Like My Heart Belongs to You.

Or Be Still My Heart.

Or I Heart You.

See what I mean?  I got a million of them.  They just roll off my fingers.  But in the end, I went with the tried and the true, otherwise known as the name of the project.

Just know.  No matter what I call it…

….it really is a Rock Star. 🙂Continue reading

A Different Kind of Arrangement

A Different Kind of Arrangement

 

It all started with this spring flower arrangement.

Wait.

It really started with the tulips.

They are always calling my name at Walmart.

I try to look away.  I try not to listen.  I try to push on by and head for the frozen broccoli.  But somehow, someway, those flowers end up in my cart.

I brought them home and added them to a couple of simple wire vases and arranged them in 7.24 minutes and took these pictures.  When I edited the photos, they looked fine.  Sufficient.  Ordinary.  Usual.

They looked like this photo above.

But I wanted more.

I wanted the flowers to truly stand out.  I wanted the brilliant colors of the flowers to shine.  I wanted the flowers to be the star of the show.

So I researched and looked and searched and read….

….and discovered this super cool photo editing technique.Continue reading