Thistlekeeping on a Monday

Thistlekeeping on a Monday



Thistlekeeping on a Monday.

I know…right?

Sometimes life hands you a Monday and you just have to live on the edge.

Random thoughts on a cold Monday morning in the beautiful state of Kentucky.

1.  I missed Saturday Thistlekeeping because I was up at dark thirty helping with an all-day charity golf tournament.  It was so worth it because we reached our fundraising goal.

2.  I don’t want to give it away in case you haven’t watched Poldark yet, but I’m just going to put it on the table.  I knew it.

3.  I had the cutest idea for pumpkin cupcakes.  I bought a mini bundt pan and I was going to put two mini bundts together to make a pumpkin.  It didn’t work out.  The icing covered crumbs are still sitting on the counter.

4.  I’m working in the dining room today on a project idea that popped into my head in the middle of Poldark.

Fingers crossed it works out better than the cupcakes. 🙂Continue reading




jute pumpkins

I wanted to give a shout out to my guardian angel this morning.

Yesterday I drove to Wisconsin for a fabric trunk show.

I didn’t mind.  I like to drive.  I can think and plan and dream and have myself all to myself.

A couple of hours into the drive I noticed the tire panel.  It showed that one tire was getting lower and lower and lower.  Nothing to be alarmed about at first.  It wasn’t fast.  Just a little bit here and then there, but the number kept going down.

Then I got worried.

I called my husband.  I prayed.  I bit my lip.  I faithfully watched the numbers on the tire panel on the car until I got to the nearest tire store that my husband called for me.

I pulled in to the parking lot and got out of the car….

….and discovered a nail in the tire.

The whole tire has to be replaced they said.

I was so lucky they said.

I was so smart to have come right in they told me.


Good thing my guardian angel is used to working overtime. 🙂Continue reading



hutch kitchen

Random thoughts on a Saturday morning.

1.  I kind of feel like I’m cheating on fall.  I’m burning a pine scented candle this morning.

2.  Have you ever noticed that rooms in your house have a better time of day?  Morning is the best time for my dining room, but my kitchen doesn’t really get going until afternoon.

3.  Chapel Market was incredible.  I sold out of almost everything.  I did have a few things left and I just listed them over on my Painted Fox Collection.  You can check it out here.  Everything on the site is on sale, too.  Here are the details on the sale and there’s free shipping on everything.

4.  If you are on Instagram, I just found the prettiest new farmhouse feed to follow.  You can see it here.

5.  In exciting news, when I was speaking in Nebraska this week, one of the attendees told me when I talked it was as if I was ten feet tall.  I’ve been wearing heels my whole life to look taller.

Who knew all I had to do was just tell stories? 🙂Continue reading





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




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




Close-up of fall Mantel Thistlewood

Happy morning.

I’m sorry it took me so long to get here.

I was talking to my mother.

Sometimes I get on the phone with her and it’s hours before I even come up for air.  We talk about family and teaching and funny stories and opinions and things that make us laugh and things that make us cry and why pumpkins are amazing.

And when I got off the phone this morning, one thing kept dancing around in my head over and over and over again.

When did she get so smart?

I think it happened when I wasn’t looking. 🙂Continue reading




farmhouse bedroom

If I had one tip I could pass on to my children.

One tip that could change their world.

One tip that would make them more productive citizens and help them to face the day and solve the problems of the world.

It would be this…..

….make your bed.

I know it’s simple.  I know it might seem silly.  I know it seems like the smallest of tasks.

But making a bed sets the routine for the day and ties up loose ends and straightens everything out just a bit….

….and helps you pause just a moment before you take on the world.

And now it’s your turn.

If you had to pass on one tip, what would it be?

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Old Barn Ladder

Have you ever split an infinitive?

Whew.  Oh good.

Me, too.

In the never-ending attempt to try to write the best blog possible and learn more about life in general, I turned in a post to a professional grammeratician.  It was brutal.  I was doing all sorts of things I had no idea were wrong.  Like leaving two spaces after a sentence and misplacing a modifier and not spelling out the word inch and splitting infinitives.  Just between us, when I read the evaluation, I wasn’t even sure what an infinitive was.  I researched the subject and according to grammar 101 an infinitive is the word (to) + (the simple form of the verb).  Like “to run” or “to read” or “to paint” or “to write.”  Infinitives are the chameleons of the grammar world.  They can be nouns or adjectives or adverbs.

And I was splitting them.

No more.  I promise.  From this day forth I’ll give those infinitives the respect they deserve.

I want to creatively write like I’ve never done before.


I did it again. 🙂Continue reading