DIY Wood Slice Wreath

DIY Wood Slice Wreath

 
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I have two amazing facts to share with you today.

Are you ready?

You might want to sit down for this.

Number 1 amazing fact:  You can make this wreath for under $10 in about an hour.

Number 2 amazing fact:  Poldark’s hair looked even more amazing last night than in the first season.

It’s a wonderful day in the neighborhood.

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

fall-pumpkins

I think fall is making me keep the house cleaner.

I’ve spent the last two weeks picking up pumpkins and dusting and sweeping straw off the floor and rearranging the wool throws and fluffing the pumpkin pillow in the hallway.

Yesterday I lit all the candles and simply sat and smelled.  Five minutes later my husband walked through the living room and grinned at me.  I paused mid-smell and looked up at him around the pumpkins.

“Why are you grinning?” I asked him.

“I can’t help it,” he replied.  “There’s just something about fall.  I think the house knows it too.

It’s on its best behavior.”

Happy fall inspiration from our well-behaved farm house. 🙂Continue reading

Five Creative Pillow Projects

Five Creative Pillow Projects

 
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When I rented my first house in college, I stayed awake nights decorating it in my head.

I should have been concentrating on Physics or Latin or World Civilization.

But I wasn’t.

I spent every waking hour designing rooms instead.

You could buy a cup of coffee now with my decorating budget, but I made it work.  I shopped yard sales and bought these random sheets and stapled them to the purple couch that came with the house and sewed giant pillows to cover all the other rented furniture in the house.

Somehow those pillows made everything seem like home.

If you are looking for a little refresh for your living room or family room or office or study or rented room with a purple couch….

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The Best New Candle Scents of the Season

The Best New Candle Scents of the Season

 

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One of my favorite things about fall is the smell.

I think every season has a smell…

…and fall’s is the best of all.

I love the smell of the air on a cool, crisp fall afternoon.

I love the smell of apples and cinnamon and pumpkin pie and the feel of a fuzzy wool scarf against my nose.

But when you write a blog, smell is a hard thing to get across.

So I put together a fun photo shoot for Yankee Candle that helps to illustrate the smells of their yummy new candle line called Wine Pairings.  It’s a really fun concept.  Each of the candle scents was meant to pair with a specific wine and cheese for the entire entertaining package.Continue reading

Simply Fall Tour of the Gatehouse

Simply Fall Tour of the Gatehouse

 

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Hello rock stars.

I’m the first stop on the Simply Fall Home Tour today and I’m showing off the gatehouse.

It’s a little different look at fall than the main farmhouse.

A little simpler.  A little sweeter.  A little more modern farmhouse.

This is where I work.  Where I write the blog.  Where I’m writing the chapters of the book (which is almost finished fingers crossed).

I wasn’t going to decorate over here at all.

But somewhere along the way a little fall showed up. 🙂
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What Would Emily Post Do?

What Would Emily Post Do?

 
Back Porch Pumpkin

We spent this weekend shopping for pumpkins.

You wouldn’t believe the pumpkins we found.

Seriously.

Warty ones and rainbow ones and textured ones and shiny ones and pumpkins that looked like they might have been Cinderella’s carriage once upon a time.

Had I been asleep?  Have I been under a rock?  When did pumpkins go all 2016?

And as I stood in the middle of the pumpkin aisle in the middle of pumpkin heaven pondering the mysteries of the universe, suddenly, out of the corner of my ear…

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

wood stick pumpkin project

In a couple of months this blog will be almost five years old.

I know, right?

I’m as surprised as you are.

Almost 5 years, over 5,000 pictures and over 1,000 posts later….

….and I’m not even a little bit tired.

I was thinking I should be.  I was thinking I probably should have run out of ideas or home decor or stories by now.

Not even close.

Not even one tiny bit.

I love writing this blog so much it makes my heart happy.  I love waking up and having coffee with you and laughing and touring the house and telling you about School House Rock and what happened to the encyclopedia.

So thank you.

Thank you for the encouragement.

Thank you for inspiring me every, single day.

And thank you for listening. 🙂Continue reading

Twelve Fall Door Decorating Ideas

Twelve Fall Door Decorating Ideas

 
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This looks like a blog, right?

It’s not.

It’s actually an idea factory.

Especially if you have a door that needs a little fall?  This is the place.

(total aside:  I went all Grease The Movie in my mind with that last phrase.  Grease is the time.  Grease is the place.  Grease is the motion.)

Apparently, this is an idea factory that chases rabbits, too. 🙂

Are you ready for some ideas?  I have three different doors I created for Kirkland’s with three different looks and tons of easy, simple projects anyone can create in minutes.

So buckle your idea seat belt….

….because here we go.Continue reading