10 Fall Decorating Trends I’m Decorating With Right Now

10 Fall Decorating Trends I’m Decorating With Right Now

 

I cannot WAIT to show you what I’ve been working on for fall.

(insert raising hands and stomping feet)

It’s my favorite fall ever.

Like a dancing around with spirit fingers singing “Don’t Stop Believin” kind of fall.

I’m not sure what it is about this year, maybe it was the flash flood or the humidity or the hot temperatures mixed with all the rainy days.

But I’m so over it.

Let’s talk fall.

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

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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Lessons From a Recipe Wall

Lessons From a Recipe Wall

 

This is one of my most popular projects.

A recipe wall.

I created it back when the blog was still learning to walk and it’s been facebooked and tweeted and shared and pinned thousands and thousands of times.

It always gets to sit at the popular table in the cafeteria.

Odes have been written about it.  Poems have been composed it its honor.  Ballads have been sung to it on fluted lyre.

Town criers have stood on street corners with proclamations dedicated to its name.

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DIY Chalkboard Menu

DIY Chalkboard Menu

 

My three (or four depending if we are getting technical and counting contractions) least favorite words in the English language are….

….what’s for dinner.

I should know that it’s coming.

I should be prepared.

I should anticipate and plan and think ahead and have a stocked refrigerator and something cooking on the stove.

And yet, every night around 5:00 when the little birds in the nest start chirping and asking what we are having for dinner….

….I look around surprised.

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One Day They’ll Tell the Story

One Day They’ll Tell the Story

 

One day my children’s children’s children will tell stories about me.

I can’t wait.

Truly.

I’ll be perched on a rocking chair with glasses and a gray messy bun still wearing yoga pants and red lipstick…..

….listening to every word.

This one will say this and that one will say that and they’ll laugh and giggle and roll their eyes and wonder if the stories are true.  They’ll talk about the time I brought the roast to garden club and the day I wore Lee Press On Nails and how I almost cried in a newspaper publisher’s office.

But the story they’ll tell over and over again?

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How to Tackle It Like Macaroni

How to Tackle It Like Macaroni

 

The other day I found a trail of macaroni and cheese stuck to the kitchen table.

I’m not sure exactly how it unfolded or what the events were that led up to it….

…but Lewis and Clark would have been proud.

The trail started at one end with a few lone pieces and dripped and drabbed bits of cheese and noodle remnants from one side of the table to the other.

And then?

It looked like the macaroni eater discovered the trail and in a valiant attempt to clean it up….

….smeared giant cheese swirls all over the table.

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

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.

Oops.

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The Happiness Dare

The Happiness Dare

 

I almost didn’t read this book.

My friend sent it to me and it arrived on a day when my hair looked amazing and I had just finished making twig spheres out of leftover sticks that had washed up in our driveway during the flash flood and I was wearing the summeriest red nail polish called Cajun Shrimp and in the most amazing of news….

….I made it to the twins’ orthodonist appointment on time.

I wasn’t sure I needed a book about happiness when I was already on a happiness marathon.

I remember opening up the package, looking at the super cute cover, turning to the first page and getting distracted when someone here asked me what a complex fraction was.  So I closed the cover, told myself I would get back to it later and take the happiness test that was in the back and did the next best thing to reading it….

….I decorated with it instead.

It sat on my coffee table for weeks helping the other books decorate the family room.

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