Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

Okay.

Deep breath.  Inhale.  Exhale.  Here is the official-amazing-incredible-awesome-I-can’t-even-believe-that’s-my-name right there cover of the book.

 

CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE IT SAYS KARIANNE WOOD ON THE COVER?

I am literally in love with every last little detail.

And speaking of the book…

….I have an idea.

I’m thinking about putting together a launch team for So Close To Amazing.  I’d send you a book and give you behind-the-scenes access on everything going on and I’d put together a private Facebook group where we could all encourage each other and discuss what we thought of the book and ideas to promote it and we’d just generally hang out and remind ourselves that we all own our little bit of amazing and create a movement and change the world.

Or just drink coffee together.

Whichever comes first.

What do you think?

Are you in?

Oh good.  Me, too.

I’m taking applications now, so if the launch team for So Close to Amazing sounds like something you might be interested in, just e-mail me at thistlewoodfarms@yahoo.com or leave a comment on this post.

Here’s to a little encouragement changing the world. 🙂

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10 Outdoor Entertaining Ideas

10 Outdoor Entertaining Ideas

 

There are challenges to living in the country.

The closest Target is an hour away.

The electricity goes off on a regular basis when there are storms.

The cows moo when you’re trying to take a Facebook Live outside.

But all that fades.

All that disappears.

All that seems so insignificant when you sit at a table like this.

On behalf of the country….

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Floral Picture Frame Wreath

Floral Picture Frame Wreath

 

This spring-almost-summer I’m all about the asymmetrical DIY.

I don’t know why.

It’s like I just went all high-fashion with a one-shouldered ball gown.

There’s just something about everything being slightly off-kilter that makes me smile….

….and totally relate. 🙂

Here’s a fun-easy-simple-under-thirty-minutes-inexpensive-trash-to-treasure project.

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A Little Before and After With Extra Curb Appeal

A Little Before and After With Extra Curb Appeal

 

disclosure:  This post is sponsored by National Hardware.

Don’t you love a pitiful before?

Especially one that has its picture taken on a dreary day when the sky is cloudy and the walls need power washing and the steps are sad and the door needs a little freshening up.

This is my office.

The gatehouse.

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When Did Love Go All 2017?

When Did Love Go All 2017?

 

I guess spring cleaning is a thing because I just spent hours cleaning out the attic.

It wasn’t planned.

It wasn’t on the schedule.

I actually didn’t even realize I was doing it until about half way through when I recruited the rest of the family to form an assembly line.  It started with a box of bandanas and cowboy hats from a long ago birthday party and 47 boxes later…

…you could actually see the attic floor.

In the middle of the clean-up, I heard the twins in the corner of the room giggling.  Giggle after giggle after giggle started and stopped and then started all over again.  I heard one of them read something to the other and then they’d burst into fits of laughter.  Curious, I put down the vacuum cleaner parts I’d been collecting and started walking over to comedy central to see what they’d found.

Suddenly, I heard something that made my heart stop mid-beat.

Wait until you hear this, I heard my daughter say.

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

I need a little help this morning.

(total aside:  I actually need help in more ways than one today….starting with my hair, but for sake of time I think I need to limit help to the topic at hand)

I’m working on the book promotion and ideas and tours and marketing and I have one question:  if you could sit in an auditorium and listen to me speak on any topic….

….what topic would you like to hear me speak on?

Anything at all.

Any. Single. Thing.

Like Interspace dating:  Exploring new life on Mars?

Or Hair questions we all wonder about: Should you trim or own bangs or leave it to a professional?

Or Grammar conundrums:   Is it their, there or they’re?

Or the ever popular oft debated question:  are leggings be considered pants?

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How to Paint a Herringbone Wall

How to Paint a Herringbone Wall

 

Remember how I posted this blank wall a while back?

And then I told you all about the renegade drummer in geometry?

Good thing he put down the drum sticks and paid attention in class.

Good thing he knows his way around the Pythagorean Theorem.

Good thing.

Because when you take drum sticks and math and a ruler and painter’s tape and mix them all together…..

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What My Coffee Filter Whispered To Me

What My Coffee Filter Whispered To Me

 

Have you ever seen something on Pinterest and become obsessed and think about it all the time and you knew that you had to create it yourself?

Except.

It wasn’t a DIY.

It was just a picture.

 

So you climbed the craft challenge mountain and tried to create it on your own and it didn’t work the first time so you tried something else and then that kind of worked and then you finally figured it out…

….and emerged victorious and showed that craft who was boss.

Oh, good.

You, too?

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