Bathroom Organizing Ideas

Bathroom Organizing Ideas

 

disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Kirkland’s.

When I was younger I thought that organizing was super-overrated.

“Why would anyone want to be organized….when they could live like this,” I’d say to my piles of clothes draped over chairs in my room.

“I know right where everything is anyway,” I’d whisper to the closet floor.

“I’m organized in my mind,” I’d tell the stacks of papers on my desk.

But now?

I love organization.

Especially when it starts with 2017.

You, too?  Oh good. 🙂

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

It’s been a long and sometimes bumpy road…

….all those Sunday nights with our Masterpiece classics.

There was Poldark with his amazing hair and the ability to look like a romance novel standing on a cliff and his super poor choice making.

There was Selfridge with his ambition and his family and his random moustache and his incredible store-front windows.

There was every wonderful, amazing incredible season of Downton Abbey with the dresses and the earldom and the staff and Mr. Bates.

But now?

There’s a new show in town and it starts tomorrow.

It’s called Victoria and it chronicles the life of Queen Victoria, one of the youngest, most beloved and most beautiful queens ever to reign over England.

With one of the sweetest love stories ever told.

I am literally counting the minutes until it airs tomorrow, January 15 on PBS.  You can see the trailer here.

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How To Make Money Blogging (part 1)

How To Make Money Blogging (part 1)

 

I have written this a post about how to make money blogging in my head about 5,327 times.

I’d start it and a story would pop into my head.

Or a DIY.

Or a dining room with a faux parquet floor and smocked burlap curtains.

And I’d get all distracted and chase rabbits and realize I needed to apply more red lipstick.

But this is a new day.

A new year.

And I thought that many of you might have added blogging to your resolution list.  Or maybe you have a hobby you want to turn into a business.  Or maybe you have created something that you want to share with the world…

…and getting paid for that blog or that hobby or that product might be fun.

But you wondered if it was even possible?

You wondered if you could actually make money?

You wondered how and why and when and where and IF.

And the answer?

It’s a wonderful, incredible, amazing, resounding YES.

Why yes….yes, my friend…..YES YOU CAN. 🙂
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A Little Hope From a House

A Little Hope From a House

 

If you’ve never met me before…

….there’s one thing you should know.

I’m a jumper.

A feet-firster.

A yesser now and a thinker later.

An “of course I canner” and a “I got thisser.”

There are days when I wish I thought a little more and looked around and held my finger up to the wind and thought about it before I jumped.

But I can’t help it.

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No Sew Pom Pom Throw

No Sew Pom Pom Throw

 

Today I’m going to make us a little cooler.

That’s right.

You and me.

Wearing our perms and over-sized sequin bows in our hair with our stirrup pants with our t-shirts gathered to one side with a clip and extra big shoulder pads.

Nothing but cool going on around here…

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The Pages of Our Lives

The Pages of Our Lives

 

A couple of years ago for Christmas, my sister, Whitney, took all my grandmother and grandfather’s love letters and made them into a book.

It was called Letters from Box 54.

There, in print, were all the everyday, the simple, the overlooked and the ordinary of our grandparent’s lives.

But in those moments–shared from letters written long ago with paper and ink, you could catch a glimpse of the overwhelming, incredible, amazing love they shared for each other….

…and see the extraordinary written in every line.

We all loved the book so much that we begged her for more history.  “Make a family tree,” we’d say. “History would come alive under your watch,” we’d encourage.  “You are the perfect family-treeer.  No one could make a family tree like you,” we’d implore.

But to no avail.

She would smile and laugh roll her eyes and shake her head and explain that family trees were a challenge she didn’t really want to take on.

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

This was one of the Christmas presents my sister gave my husband.

It’s a fundraiser from the local library called “Blind Date With a Book.”

Someone sets you up with a book you’ve never met.

You have no idea what the title or author and you have to guess what the book is about from the clues on the front of the wrapping.

Like “spacemen from earlier galactic history” or “would an alien culture’s doom prove the only way back to their own futures.”

Not sure if I want to date an alien book.

Now if it said “duke riding on horseback” or “cliffs of Cornwall”…

…I’m all in. 🙂Continue reading

DIY Faux Bois Table

DIY Faux Bois Table

 

Today we are talking about how to paint a DIY faux bois table.

Faux bois.

It and its good friend trompe l’oeil are words I like to work into conversation whenever possible to sound like I wear berets and just flew in from the south of France.

It means “false wood” or a surface that looks like its grained wood, but it’s really something else.

Super fancy, right?

That’s how we roll here at Thistlewood.

But before we go all faux bois….

 ….can I ask you a question?Continue reading