What Would Emily Post Do?

What Would Emily Post Do?

 
Back Porch Pumpkin

We spent this weekend shopping for pumpkins.

You wouldn’t believe the pumpkins we found.

Seriously.

Warty ones and rainbow ones and textured ones and shiny ones and pumpkins that looked like they might have been Cinderella’s carriage once upon a time.

Had I been asleep?  Have I been under a rock?  When did pumpkins go all 2016?

And as I stood in the middle of the pumpkin aisle in the middle of pumpkin heaven pondering the mysteries of the universe, suddenly, out of the corner of my ear…

…I heard something that made my head twist around almost 180 degrees.Continue reading

Get Your Surprised Face Ready

Get Your Surprised Face Ready

 
mercury bottles

Remember when were younger and your parents bought you presents for Christmas in June and hid them away until December 25 and one day when you opened the drawers in the spare bedroom looking for an umbrella and you accidentally discovered them?

There they would be, simply minding their own business tucked away in over-sized sacks.

And you would want more than anything to take a peek inside those bags.

Just a peek.

But you wanted to make the nice list, so you shut the drawer and walked away and tried to be good, but then you paused for a moment and turned around and opened the drawer one more time….

….and started practicing your surprised face for Christmas morning. 🙂Continue reading

Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 
chalkboard sign

Five random thoughts on a chilly fall morning in Kentucky.

1.  I think a really good font makes the day look brighter.

2.  Tonight is day light savings time.  I never met an extra hour of sleep I didn’t like.

3.  What is up with the names on the coke bottles?  I’m always having a diet coke with someone named Amy.

4.  I have it on good authority that the high pony is the best option for scarf weather.

5.  The twins went to a hayride last night.

A hayride that had boys.

Not sure about how I feel about hayrides and boys.

Not sure how we got here especially since I just dropped them off for kindergarten.  🙂Continue reading

Easy 10 Minute Fall Decorating Idea

Easy 10 Minute Fall Decorating Idea

 
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Can I tell you something about myself?

Something I don’t really talk about or share or discuss with many people.

But after all we are friends and I feel like you will understand.

#nojudgement

{deep breath}  {inhale} {exhale}

I love watching funny you tube cat videos.Continue reading

Pumpkins and Communication

Pumpkins and Communication

 

fall with pumpkins

Communication is a funny thing.

Some people are texters.

Some people are e-mailers.

Some people don’t even communicate at all.

But me?

I’m a phone talker.

Well….actually….I’m an in-person talker, but when that’s not available…..

…..the phone is always the next best thing.Continue reading

DIY Pinecone Acorn

DIY Pinecone Acorn

 
DIY Pine Cone Acorn

Sounds that I heard when I was making this DIY pinecone acorn project on the screened-in back porch.

In no particular order.

1.  Crickets chirping.

2.  Birds tweeting.

3.  The sound of an international harvester chugging down the road.

4.  The wind rustling though the trees.

5.  Cows lowing.

6.  Me singing the third verse of “Away in the Manger.”  With acorn project choreography.

I couldn’t help it.

Blame it on those lowing cows. 🙂Continue reading

Three Different Ideas for Decorating a Hutch for Fall

Three Different Ideas for Decorating a Hutch for Fall

 
dining room painted hutch

Remember this hutch?

Remember how I painted it white and then wasn’t sure because it looked too white.

Please refer to picture above.

There is a whole LOT of white going on around up in here.

So I asked for some advice from all of you.  And you gave it to me.  Wonderful, glorious, amazing advice.  I’d read each comment and think to myself that’s what the hutch needs.  And I’d run to the hutch and tell it that it was going to have a back covered in burlap (brilliant) or the back painted in a light stripe (insightful) or add dishes with some color (love that look) or a back wall covered with scrap book paper.

And so I thought I’d start our hutch adventure with piece of advice number 91….

….add some color for the holidays.

So I partnered with Kirkland’s to decorate all that neutral with a little color.  And because life is about choices so I wanted to try it three different ways to see which one we all liked best.

Time to “branch” out a little.

Total pun intended.Continue reading

October I Miss You Already

October I Miss You Already

 
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Yesterday I was in the store staring at the Christmas decorations and I rolled my eyes for the millionth time and thought to myself….

….why does everyone have to put up Christmas decorations so early?

After all….it’s not even November.

And then I realized I was wrong and it hit me all of a sudden….

….IT IS NOVEMBER.

{gulp}

When did that happen?

When did November just show up?

October…I miss you already.

In case you’re like me and you miss October, too….

….here’ are some of October’s finest projects from the blog.

(just click on the links below for the projects)Continue reading