Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

christmas-in-the-snow

Random thoughts on a frosty Saturday morning:

1. The Crown.

2. The Crown.

3. The Crown.

I am not exaggerating.  I watched the whole series on Netflix.  I couldn’t put it down.  It starts with Princess Elizabeth (the current one, not the one who had red hair from the sixteenth century).  It follows her reign and her relationship with her husband Prince Phillip (who is super cute) and the challenges she faced taking over the monarchy at such a young age.

And the cinematography?

Seriously.

I know Poldark may have let us all down, but Elizabeth?

She is truly a queen. 🙂Continue reading

Holiday Ornament Display DIY

Holiday Ornament Display DIY

 

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I am so excited to be partnering with Home Depot this year for an online virtual party and a fun DIY.

I’m going to show you how to create this holiday ornament display as part of an online DIH (Do It Herself) workshop.  I’m joining some of my friends with complete instructions on the project and then we’re all showing you how we made this project our own to fit our own home decor.

With a Do It Herself Workshop, Home Depot takes the intimidating out of DIY and it’s going to be so much fun.  You can read all about the workshops here.

I can’t WAIT to show you what I’ve created.

I’ll give you a hint.  It involves plaid with extra plaid on top.

So be sure to check back next Monday, November 14 for our online virtual #DIHWorkshop.

I’m making a list and checking it twice to get ready. 🙂

disclosure:  This post was written in collaboration with Home Depot.  

All opinions are my own.  Please see my disclosure page for more information.

 

Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 
fall-dining-table

Here are a few random thoughts on a Saturday morning.

1. The sunrise this morning painted the trees orange.

2. I have decided that leggings are never going to be pants.  No matter how hard they try.  Even if they are velvet.  Even if they are faux denim with pockets.  Even if they try to rename themselves jeggings.  It’s simply not going to happen.

3. There’s a new Netflix series out called The Crown I’m going to start watching.  It had me at Queen Elizabeth.

4. I shopped at Target for Christmas and almost fainted in the aisle.  It was so amazing I can’t even.  I don’t want to spoil December on the blog for you, but it’s full of marble Christmas trees.

5.  Can we start a campaign to bring mittens back?

6.  Did anyone see the blonde-haired Cubs player’s wife sing God Bless America?  She was AMAZING.

6.  And finally, I have never, ever, ever been so happy….

….to see the back side of a week. 🙂Continue reading

Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

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.

*sigh*

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

Sometimes You Just Need a Sticker

Sometimes You Just Need a Sticker

 
colorful-farmhouse

A couple of weeks ago we were cleaning out the attic.

Because we are super-exciting and cutting edge and live a jet-set lifestyle….

….this is what we do for fun.

It’s actually an adventure up there.  Treasures that you forgot about hidden away in the eves and forgotten pieces of junk just waiting for a project.  You never know what you’ll find.

This time was no exception.

There, in between a 10-foot wood map of Kentucky and tiny ballerina dresses and and my Dear Abby mirror sat this.Continue reading

Seven Simple Burlap Projects

Seven Simple Burlap Projects

 

burlap projects

Someone just told me that burlap really isn’t a thing anymore.

What?

Seriously?

Say it isn’t so.

(insert me weeping and sobbing and pounding the floor and moving to a place where people recognize the value of a utilitarian fabric)

And this is the part of the story where I go all Olivia Newton John and grab my leather jacket and permed hair and come hither stare and buck convention….

….and tell burlap that it’s the one that I want.

The one I really want.

Ooh. Ooh. Ooh.

Can we just decide that we don’t follow trends and that burlap is so easy to work and no-sewable and throw caution to the wind and decide that what the world needs now is a few more burlap projects?

Who’s with me?

Here are seven of my favorites worthy of a standing ovation.

Get ’em while there hot (or not so much any more depending on who you ask). 🙂Continue reading

Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 
spring flower planters

Sometimes you just have to say it.

The other day I was on the phone with my friend Vanessa talking about books and blogging and conferences and grilled chicken when all of a sudden I paused mid-conversation and said, “I can’t help it.  I have to tell you something.”

“What?” she said.

“At this exact moment in this exact light if I hold my head to the right and pull one wisp of hair out of the pencil holding up my curls….

….my hair looks amazing,”

She literally laughed out loud.

I know you’re not really supposed to say stuff like that.  I get it.  I understand.  You are supposed to be modest and self-effacing and keep your spectacular hair moments to yourself.  But sometimes you can’t help it.  Sometimes it’s so awesome you just have to share it with the world.

So promise me this.

The next time you are amazing (which I’m sure will be today) ….

….you have to let me know, too.

Us rock stars have to stick together. 🙂Continue reading

$1000 Custom Furniture Giveaway

$1000 Custom Furniture Giveaway

 
interior define swatches

My UPS man is one of my best friends.

Seriously.

When you live in the middle of the country without stop lights and drive-through anything and gas station pizza is considered a delicacy….

….the luxury of having something delivered directly to your door is so lovely.

I’m used to checking sizes and measurements and placing painter’s tape on the floor to make sure the piece will fit in my home and ordering fabric samples to make sure the color is right.

When you live in the country it’s kind of a thing.Continue reading