What To Do With a Charm Pack

What To Do With a Charm Pack

charm pack projects

Can we begin with what is a charm pack?

Have you ever heard of them before?

They are charming.

Pun totally intended. 🙂

A charm pack is a small package of all the fabrics in a particular fabric line that measures about 5 inches by 5 inches that comes all tied together with twine.

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5 Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

5 Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas


love you to the moon and back sign

There are a lot of exciting things going on here at Thistlewood behind the scenes.

Things I could have never imagined if I had an imagination machine and dreamed for centuries.

Things that if I told you about we would hula hoop on the lawn together while drinking sweet tea and singing “We are the Champions.”

And as exciting and amazing and wonderful and incredible all of that is….

….I want to make you a promise.

This blog isn’t going to change.

I’m not going anywhere.

I’m still going to be here with my bobby pins and my red lipstick and my farmhouse and my mis-adventures and my stories.

And we’ll still have coffee together and laugh and talk and tell each other we are rock stars.

I’m not sure why I felt like I needed to tell you that today, except I was talking with my mother about some amazing opportunities coming in the next few months and she smiled and told me that it sounded wonderful and then reminded me of the importance of the blog.

And all of you.

And you know she’s always right. 🙂

So to celebrate mothers who are always right everywhere….

….here’s a few handmade gift ideas for Mother’s Day.Continue reading

The Gift for the House Who Has Everything (and the Winner)

The Gift for the House Who Has Everything (and the Winner)

house pillow diy how to

I literally have the slowest internet on the planet.

Maybe even the universe.


In the time I spend waiting for pictures to upload, e-mails to download, blog posts to pull up, trying to read posts….

….I could have written the sequel to war and peace.

And even with the slowest internet on the planet, it only took me thirty minutes to make this pillow.

Easiest. DIY. Ever.

Need a present idea for the house (or the person) who has everything?

This is the project for you.Continue reading

Four Simple Handmade Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Four Simple Handmade Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day


handmade Valentine gift ideas

I know what you’re thinking.

If we were having coffee right now you would be rolling your eyes at me and saying…


Valentine’s Day is two days away.

Ain’t nobody got time to make a Valentine’s Day present.

I know….right?

That’s why these ideas are for next year’s Valentine’s Day.

Or Saint Patrick’s Day.

Or Ground Hog Day.

Or Go Fly a Kite Day.

Whichever you get around to first. 🙂Continue reading

Faux Wood Wrapping Paper and the Story of Our First Christmas

Faux Wood Wrapping Paper and the Story of Our First Christmas



Remember the paper from the bookcases?

It’s back.

In all it’s glory….as faux wood wrapping paper.

I’m sharing a gift wrap idea with a group of bloggers today…..

…..and I was going to go all fancy.


I was planning on creating a box out of sugar cookie dough and decorating it to look like a present.

Then the gift wrap would actually be the gift.

I thought it was brilliant.

And then I remembered the gingerbread men…..

…..and the story of our first Christmas.

If you missed it the first time….here’s an encore…..

….just in case you were still thinking the sugar cookie dough box was in your future.Continue reading

Five Handmade Gift Ideas

Five Handmade Gift Ideas



When I tell someone that we exchange hand made gifts in our family at Christmas…..they smile.

And look at me as if to say…..bless your heart.

Handmade gifts?

Does anyone really want a handmade gift?

And I smile right back and think…..

….if they only knew. 🙂

Because in our family…..we take our handmade gifts seriously.

Very seriously.Continue reading

Finding Joy In the Ordinary

Finding Joy In the Ordinary



I come from a family of homemade present makers.

Not your ordinary present makers…..but extraordinary-mind-boggling-one-of-a-kind-over-the-top-incredible makers of gifts.

Direct descendants from Santa and his elves.

There was the year my sister made lampshades for all of us…..from old slides all looped together with jump rings so that when you turned on the light…..the pictures lit up in miniature.

Or the year my brother hand-carved bowls from an oak tree that fell during a storm.

And the year my sister made this and my brother made this and then wrapped his presents in hand-printed wrapping paper with photographs of all of us wearing mullets…..

….even the dog.Continue reading

Red Hot Popcorn

Red Hot Popcorn

Red Hot Popcorn

If Christmas shopping were like running a marathon….I would still be on mile 1.

Maybe even the first 1/4 mile.

Or really…..maybe I’d be over by the bananas and yogurt and water…..

….just waiting for the race to start.Continue reading