Every Muddy Foot Should Know Its Worth

Every Muddy Foot Should Know Its Worth

 

Several weeks ago these mud-covered feet got asked to a dance.

They belong to my youngest twin–my tiny, blue-eyed, blonde-haired, tree climber.

A dance?  In middle school?  With a boy?  With awkward moments and disco balls and blaring music and watered down punch?

When did that happen?

She was just climbing trees and walking the dog and decorating her room with post-it notes and having tea parties with spotted elephants.  I wasn’t sure that I was ready.  I wasn’t sure that I was prepared.

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Creating a Vertical Succulent Garden With a DIH Workshop

Creating a Vertical Succulent Garden With a DIH Workshop

 

What is it about succulents that makes us smile?

The tiny leaves?

The different colors?

The layers and layers of texture?

Whatever.  However.  Whyever.

Succulents rule the world….

…especially when you use them to create a project like this.

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Five Easy Pom Pom Projects

Five Easy Pom Pom Projects

 

If you were stranded on a desert island and you could bring along one thing….

….what would it be?

I’m not sure exactly what I would take because I’d have to know how cute the island was first, but I can guarantee you this.

It would have pom poms.

I’m the original president of the pom pom fan club.

I’ve loved pom poms from the first pom pom hair tie in high school and I’ve never looked back.  I’ve added them to curtains and sweater vests and pillows and throws and once upon a time in a land far away I glued them in strings to my wall for a fun accent.

So to celebrate pom poms everywhere….

….here are five easy pom pom projects.

Just in case a desert island comes calling. 🙂

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

It was a week of learning about myself.

Do you ever have a week like that?

A week where you discover stuff about yourself that you weren’t even looking for?

We spent the week in Florida for a baseball tournament.  A week of spring break.  A week of family.  A week of and sunshine and warm weather and baseball games and the joy of watching number 11 run home again and again  I brought tons of work and writing and chapters to work on for the next book.

And then?

There wasn’t any internet.

I couldn’t work.  I couldn’t write.  I couldn’t research.  I couldn’t post to this blog (except for the one post that was already written and scheduled).

At first I was frustrated.  And irritated.  And discombobulated.

But you know what?

In the end, it ended up being amazing.

I played more card games that you can count and fixed lunches and read books and listened to stories and took long walks on the beach and soaked in the sun.

And I learned that everyone needs a little break.

Everyone needs a week to run and walk and read and listen…

….and to just be.

Thank you Florida for mine. 🙂Continue reading

DIY Ombre Herringbone Wall and a Math Love Story

DIY Ombre Herringbone Wall and a Math Love Story

 

disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Sherwin-Williams.®

A long time in a land far away I sat in geometry class and watched a super cute boy wearing a backwards baseball cap play his drum sticks on his math book.

My friends and I would laugh and giggle and he’d act like he didn’t notice us.

He was way too cool for any nonsense like that.

Of course he was….

…he had drum sticks.

I remember thinking two things:

1. He had no idea who I was.

2. Geometry was nonsense and I’d never, ever use it in my entire life.

I was wrong about both. 🙂
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A Before and After Sprinkled With Friendship

A Before and After Sprinkled With Friendship

 

Have you ever noticed that you call different friends for different things?

There are the friends you call because you think of something funny and you love to hear their laugh.

There are the friends you call when your car breaks down by the side of the road and it’s midnight and you left home wearing slippers because you were just running out to get milk.

There are the friends you call when you discover that Chip and Joanna have a new show on HGTV because you know they’ll scream with you.

There are the friends you call when you need to read someone a blog post because you know they will silently laugh in all the right places and not interrupt (Ashley…I’m looking at you).

And then?

There are the friends you call for a little sunshine and conversation and they stop by your house with all of that….

….and the missing piece of a design puzzle.

#bestkindoffriendsever

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Dance Like No One is Watching

Dance Like No One is Watching

 

I have been watching baseball for most of my grown-up life.

My son started playing right around the time he lost his first tooth and he’s a junior in high school now.

That’s a lot of games.

An extra lot sprinkled with extra innings.

I’ve sat in the pouring rain and the blazing sun.  I’ve huddled underneath blankets, shivering and frozen with a cup of hot chocolate.  I’ve sat in stands you could fry an egg on and sipped sweet tea to stay cool.  I’ve worn shirts proudly printed with the number 11 on them and cheered until you couldn’t hear my voice and waved my hands around like I was on the jumbotron and high-fived anyone in sight.  I’ve sat in the car on long rides home after a loss and listened to the silent sadness of a baseball player covered in red clay and dirt.

But I’ve never danced through the stands.

Ever.

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DIY Jute Twine Nest

DIY Jute Twine Nest

 

I want to talk today about how I made this nest.

Really, I do.

I want to tell you how it costs under a dollar to make and that it only takes about an hour to create (not including drying time) and that when you’re finished it looks like it showed up from the fancy store.

But I can’t concentrate.

I can’t think.

It’s not my fault, it’s just that I have one burning question on my mind that I’ve been mulling over and over and over again in search of an answer:

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MONOPOLY THIMBLE?Continue reading