Before and After Loft Workspace With National Painting Week

Before and After Loft Workspace With National Painting Week

 

I have been waiting for 1,900,800 seconds to show you this before and after I worked on in conjunction with Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week.

That’s 31,680 minutes.

Or 528 hours.

Or a really, really, really long time.

It all started with a request.  We have a brand new cancer center going up in our town. My sister is a local artist and she was asked to create an mixed-media art installation with a group of cancer survivors.  It’s a giant tree with leaf after leaf after leaf created from the pages of each of the survivor’s journals.

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

Random thoughts on a Saturday morning:

1.  I snapped this photo this morning with my cell phone when I took Buddy out to take care of his business.

2.  Yes.  The sky really is that blue.  I know, right?

3.  Yes.  We need to mow our lawn.  It looks like something from Little House on the Prairie.  Emphasis on the prairie.

4.  People always ask me why we have those big trees in front of the house.  They are there to prevent everyone and their dog (no offense to you sweet Buddy) from looking into the windows when they drive down the road.

5.  There is nowhere on the planet I would rather be at this exact moment than standing in front of the farmhouse in yoga pants and a messy bun holding a cup of coffee listening to the crickets and feeling the sunshine on my face and watching my dog run.

Nowhere.

Except maybe a baseball game.

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I’m Donating My Color (and a Sneak Peek)

I’m Donating My Color (and a Sneak Peek)

 

Did you think I forgot something today?

Does the blog look a little different?  A little off?  A little unusual?

Can you guess?

IT”S THE COLOR.

It’s gone.

Poof.

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How to Build a Decorative Planter Box for Under $30

How to Build a Decorative Planter Box for Under $30

 

Remember when I gave the gatehouse a mini-makeover?

Oh, good.

It was only last week.

I wanted to add two planter boxes to either side of the front door.  I knew the size I wanted them.  I knew the color I wanted them.  I knew I wanted them to hold two over-sized tree topiaries.

But one thing I didn’t know….

….was that to buy them would cost and arm and a leg and maybe a few other extremities.

I found similar planter boxes to these for over a hundred dollars.

A PIECE.

And they weren’t even the right color or the exact right size.

So I decided we could build them instead….

….and I would supervise.  🙂

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

Okay.

Deep breath.  Inhale.  Exhale.  Here is the official-amazing-incredible-awesome-I-can’t-even-believe-that’s-my-name right there cover of the book.

 

CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE IT SAYS KARIANNE WOOD ON THE COVER?

I am literally in love with every last little detail.

And speaking of the book…

….I have an idea.

I’m thinking about putting together a launch team for So Close To Amazing.  I’d send you a book and give you behind-the-scenes access on everything going on and I’d put together a private Facebook group where we could all encourage each other and discuss what we thought of the book and ideas to promote it and we’d just generally hang out and remind ourselves that we all own our little bit of amazing and create a movement and change the world.

Or just drink coffee together.

Whichever comes first.

What do you think?

Are you in?

Oh good.  Me, too.

I’m taking applications now, so if the launch team for So Close to Amazing sounds like something you might be interested in, just e-mail me at thistlewoodfarms@yahoo.com or leave a comment on this post.

Here’s to a little encouragement changing the world. 🙂

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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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Master Bathroom Makeover (and My Favorite White Paint Color)

Master Bathroom Makeover (and My Favorite White Paint Color)

 

I’m so excited today for a zillion reasons.

Here’s my top three:

1. I’m joining a fun group of bloggers today to talk about our favorite colors.

2. The master bathroom is finished and I’m showing you all the before’s and after’s today.

3. I just discovered that beets in a salad are extra yummy.

Isn’t life amazing?
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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 


A few random thoughts on a Saturday morning:

1. I’m almost done watching Lark Rise to Candleford.  I only have one season left.  Does anyone have a really good show with a British accent they’ve watched lately?

2. I think my scent for this month is Lemon Verbena.  I’ve ordered soap and dish soap and room spray and lotion.  Here’s to smelling like spring.

3. The bathroom remodel should be done this week.  I can’t wait to photograph the tile.

4. I cannot WAIT for you to see the cover of the book.  It’s the perfect combination of fancy and what was I thinking.

4. I just realized I never photographed and posted about the rest of the handmade Christmas presents.

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