A Journey Well-Carved

A Journey Well-Carved

 

Welcome to handmade Christmas gift edition 2016.

If you are new here and you’ve never celebrated the holidays with us, I need to start with a little explanation.

Our family makes gifts for each other every year.  We started small.  Someone made soap and then someone knitted something and then there was the year someone made trash cans with faces.

And then all that soaping and knitting and trash-can decorating turned into something a little more elaborate.

Like a picture of a thistle composed entirely of words from my blog.

Or a bowl carved from a tree that my father grew from a sapling.

Or a stone doormat created from pebbles collected from every state in the union and stamped with each state’s bird (no one actually did that, but you never know…it might happen next year).

And so it was on Christmas morning 2016….

….I opened this from my brother.

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My Handmade Ornament Christmas Tree

My Handmade Ornament Christmas Tree

 

This post was written in collaboration with Puleo, International, Inc.

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Just when I thought I couldn’t adore you anymore.

You went and inspired me again.

If you are into a handmade Christmas or want a few ideas on handmade gifts or cry a little with joy over these amazing ornament stories.  You have to read the comments on this post and this post.

So when Puleo, a maker of great Christmas trees and garlands and wreaths sold to stores here and internationally, asked me to decorate one of their trees and photograph to be used in social media promotion–I knew that I knew that I knew….

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10 Handmade Christmas Ideas (and a Podcast)

10 Handmade Christmas Ideas (and a Podcast)

 
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I laughed all the way through this podcast.

I couldn’t help it.

My guest made me smile and giggle and grin and roll my eyes and feel like I was home again.

Yes.  It’s official.  We have a name for our podcast and our very first podcast guest….

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5 Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

5 Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

 

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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….

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A Heartbeat In Every Line

A Heartbeat In Every Line

 
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My father was a geologist.

And with every trip and every car ride and every journey to a new state or mountain range or coastline, it was inevitable that he would excitedly exclaim and point and swerve the car to the edge of the road to show us an outcropping.

Or layer of shale.

Or a metamorphic or an igneous or a sedimentary rock.

And with great protests and eye rolls and shared glances, we would all stop what we were doing and begrudgingly listen to the rock lecture.

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Five Handmade Gift Ideas

Five Handmade Gift Ideas

 

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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. 🙂

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