9 Easy Spring DIY Projects

9 Easy Spring DIY Projects

 

I seriously am jumping up and down right now because just heard the most exciting news.

Truly.

It’s something I’ve been hoping for and longing for and wishing for with all my might.

I couldn’t wait one more minute to share so we could celebrate together.

Are you ready?

Are you sitting down?

Let’s all take a moment because I have it on super good authority that….

….STIRRUP PANTS ARE COMING BACK.

Take that leggings. 🙂Continue reading

Number One Tip For Painting a Wood Sign

Number One Tip For Painting a Wood Sign

 

I have painted dozens of wood signs in my life.

Signs and friends of signs and entire sign families.

Small signs and big signs and grocery signs and signs that have only one powerful amazing word and signs that say I love you.

And in all my sign painting I’ve learned a few things.

Things that make sign painting a breeze.

Especially this tip.

The best tip of all.

Here’s the number one tip for painting a wood sign.Continue reading

When the Mountain Seems Unclimbable

When the Mountain Seems Unclimbable

 

Have you ever climbed a mountain?

Literally or figuratively?

Did you notice when you stand at the bottom of the mountain and look up…

…it all seems so overwhelming?

There are steep cliffs and crevices and many vertical miles to go and sometimes you see a foothold and sometimes the ground seems too smooth to grab traction.

You brace your shoulders and shiver slightly at the road ahead.

I can’t climb this you tell yourself.  I’ll never make it.  I don’t have the strength or the energy or the willpower for the journey.  That mountain is unclimbable.

Calling all climbers.

This post is for you.Continue reading

DIY Framed Pegboard Organizer

DIY Framed Pegboard Organizer

 

The number one question I get asked about writing a blog?

Where do you get your ideas?

That one’s easy.

You move from Dallas to a really tiny town in the middle of nowhere without any drive-through diet cokes or stop lights or four-lane roads or Target dollar spots or distractions to prevent you from thinking up ideas all day long.

Oh….

….and sometimes you ask your sister. 🙂Continue reading

Every Table Needs a Superman

Every Table Needs a Superman

 

Today is all about keeping it real.

The realest of the real.

The kind of real where you don’t want to talk about real and you want to act like real doesn’t exist and you want to hide your head under the covers and talk about anything else besides real.

See this table?

This incredible, amazing, wonderful first-time table that my husband built.

See how great it looks from this angle?Continue reading

Five Simple Tips for Photo Editing

Five Simple Tips for Photo Editing

 

Can we trade tips?

See here’s the thing.  I know a little about photography and making pictures sharper and editing photos and making them brighter.

But baking chocolate chip cookies?

I got nothing.

I tried for the zillionth time to make them over the weekend and for the zillionth time they ran off the edge of the baking stone.  I just can’t get them right.  They are either hard as stone or too runny and the chocolate chips scold me from the batter and wish they had showed up in someone else’s kitchen.

So I thought I would ask you.

You.  The incredible baker.  You.  The person with the happy chocolate chips.  You.  The person waiting for a call back from The Great American Baking Show.

I’ll talk about my very best photography editing tips and maybe you can give me your very best tip for making chocolate chips behave.

My kitchen is all ears. 🙂Continue reading

Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

Random thoughts on a Saturday morning:

1. We had rough storms here this week.  But today?  The sun is shining and the grass is peeking through the dry ground.

2. I just finished the book Victoria by Daisy Goodwin.  It’s really good and an easy read if you like history and England and tiny queens.  I think I liked it better than the show.  Anyone else read anything good lately?  I’m looking for a good mystery.

3. What is up with the new hair style where you show your roots?  ON PURPOSE.

4. We are starting on the best new idea for a wall for a room this week.  I can’t wait to show you the details.  Fingers crossed it works out like I’m planning.

5. Basketball ended this week and baseball starts next week.

Good thing.

My son told me his muscles were ready. 🙂Continue reading

A Tour of the House for Hope

A Tour of the House for Hope

 

I have written 1,315 posts on this blog.

Some of them funny.

Some of them not as funny as I thought they were.

Some of them introspective.

Some of them room befores and afters and furniture makeovers and DIY projects and the occasional post about hay bales and gas station pizza in the country.

But this post?  The one you are about to read?  Of all the more than thirteen hundred posts…

….this one is the longest.

I couldn’t help it.

The house for hope turned out that amazing. 🙂Continue reading