My Rock Heart Belongs To You

My Rock Heart Belongs To You

 

On Friday, my friend brought over a bucket of heart rocks.

Just nature’s way of saying I love you.

I washed them and cleaned them and sang to them and thought up clever heart sayings and made the coolest, easiest Valentine’s Day present from them that I’ll share with you on Thursday.

Maybe it was the hidden I love you in every stone.

Maybe it was the entire rock heart collection.

Maybe it was February knocking at my door.

But it reminded me of a story.

One I’ve shared before, but I wanted to share it again…

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

I just realized I have been super lame.

I let two weeks go by without a word about Victoria.

You know….the tiny queen of England.

If you haven’t seen Victoria yet, it’s a show that comes on every Sunday night on PBS at 8:00 CST.

And it’s amazing.

Here’s just a few observations I’ll make while trying not to give away any spoilers:

1.  I had no idea Queen Victoria was so pretty.  The only picture I’ve ever seen of her was when she was older with a random lace cap on her head.

2.  Not sure about her hairstyle with the braids around her ears.  It did look good with a tiara.

3.  I think Lord M is kind of hot in a “I’ll help you run the country” kind of way.

4.  I really love the show and I heart the queen….

…but just between us my heart belongs to Dash. 🙂Continue reading

How to Decorate the Walls of Your Ballroom For Under $50

How to Decorate the Walls of Your Ballroom For Under $50

 

I am almost half way through decorating the room for House for Hope.

It is a little overwhelming.

The challenge I’m facing right now is decorating walls of a room the size of the ballroom at Downton Abbey with a budget that could maybe cover the cost of a really good meal at a fast food restaurants.

I was pricing wall decor for the space and quickly figured out that I could afford one corner of one piece of a giant over-sized galvanized clock.

When faced with an almost insurmountable decorating dilemma….

….what’s a girl to do?

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Three Coffee Table Display Ideas

Three Coffee Table Display Ideas

 

Can I tell you something?

But before I do, you have to promise to keep it between us.

You know, you, me and your coffee mug.

I finished the first book.

It’s called “So Close To Amazing.”  And it’s done and edited and I’ve seen the cover and it’s literally enough to make your heart dance across the floor.  I’ll be posting details in the upcoming months about the book and where to order it and the cutest promotion we are working on for the book.

And now?

I’ve just started on a second book.

This one is a different kind of book.  Just as amazing, but different.

I can’t share too many of the details yet, but there’s not anything exactly like it on the market right now.  It’s kind of a project book, kind of a how-to book, kind of an inspiration book, kind of a decorating book….

….with pages full to the brim and spilling over with ideas.Continue reading

Five Minute Flower Arrangement With an Extra Dose of Perspective

Five Minute Flower Arrangement With an Extra Dose of Perspective

 

When we remodeled the kitchen at the farmhouse, we started with the floor.

I thought it would be easy and five-minutes and not-too expensive and done before Dancing With the Stars came on.

I thought wrong.

We pulled up four layers of flooring on our kitchen floor before we reached the original floors underneath.  It was an arduous journey, full of twists and turns and disappointment and the occasional moment of triumph.

Kind of like 20,000 leagues under the sea.

And when the final floor was revealed, my husband called me over with dismay in his voice,

“Oh no,” he sighed.  “What are we going to do about this?”Continue reading

So I Went To This Auction

So I Went To This Auction

 

Have you ever been to an auction?

You know.

The kind of auction you see in movies.

The one where the entire room is full of unique and awesome and amazing things mixed in with some bits of absolute randomness.  Everything is for sale.  Everything is auctioned off.  You get a number at the front counter and when you want to bid you raise it in the air and sometimes there’s a bidding war and the price goes higher than you ever imagined.

And sometimes.

Sometimes when everyone talking or not paying attention or leaves their seat to go to the concession stand to buy nachos and Mountain Dew…

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How to Make Money Blogging (part 2)

How to Make Money Blogging (part 2)

 

This is the second post of a mini-series on how to make money blogging.

Super mini

There are only two posts.

Let’s review what we’ve already talked about in case you missed the first one (which you can read here).

1. Blogging is hard work.

2. You can make money (that’s the best part of the entire article).  Yes.  Yes, you can.

3. All clicks on ads are not created equal.

4. Working with brands involves networking and relationships.

5. Keep pushing your snowball.

All caught up?  Oh, good.

Let’s talk more about making money. 🙂Continue reading

Before and After Guest Bedroom

Before and After Guest Bedroom

 

disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Birch Lane.

Here’s a little throwback Thursday.

I’m not sure if a little throwback on a Thursday should make you a little wistful.

But this one does.

This is the before.  This room was the twins’ room when they were younger.  This is the room of tea parties and stuffed animal boarding school and fancy hats and dance parties and stories that never ended.  Before they moved upstairs and ditched the monograms and chose even brighter colors and painted murals on their walls.

The room was a little sad when they left.

After all, who doesn’t love a fancy hat and a tea party with choreography.

But now?

It’s repainted and restyled and redone….

…and ready for guests.

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