Summer House Tour and 10 Easy Decorating Ideas

Summer House Tour and 10 Easy Decorating Ideas

 

I know I say this every year…

…but doesn’t it seem like we were just opening Christmas presents?

I’m pretty sure if I looked hard enough, I’d discover a few ornaments tucked away in a piece of milk glass.

But winter is gone.

Spring somehow showed up for a minute with some flowers.

And now?

It’s summer.  Time for sunshine and lazy days and sweet tea and green grass and fresh cut hay….

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

Random thoughts on a Saturday morning.

1. Have you ever painted ladybugs and stripes to your toes?  What if you were going to the beach?  Too much?

2. It’s a gloomy day here.  I think I’m binge watching the new Anne of Green Gables.  Has anyone else seen it?

3.  I found the cutest earrings at Cracker Barrel.   I know?  Apparently, accessories with your pancakes is a thing.

4.  I have the cutest project I’m working on this summer that involves traveling the country and photographing houses.  I can’t wait to tell you more about it.

5.  I just found a new program for my computer that’s FREE and life changing.  Like the kind of life changing that makes you happy to be alive.  It’s called Grammarly and it just told me that I spelled apparently wrong and added a comma all at the same time.  If you don’t speak grammar or you’re like me and didn’t pay attention in second grade when they rolled out the punctuation….

….this is the solution for you. 🙂Continue reading

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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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

It was a week of learning about myself.

Do you ever have a week like that?

A week where you discover stuff about yourself that you weren’t even looking for?

We spent the week in Florida for a baseball tournament.  A week of spring break.  A week of family.  A week of and sunshine and warm weather and baseball games and the joy of watching number 11 run home again and again  I brought tons of work and writing and chapters to work on for the next book.

And then?

There wasn’t any internet.

I couldn’t work.  I couldn’t write.  I couldn’t research.  I couldn’t post to this blog (except for the one post that was already written and scheduled).

At first I was frustrated.  And irritated.  And discombobulated.

But you know what?

In the end, it ended up being amazing.

I played more card games that you can count and fixed lunches and read books and listened to stories and took long walks on the beach and soaked in the sun.

And I learned that everyone needs a little break.

Everyone needs a week to run and walk and read and listen…

….and to just be.

Thank you Florida for mine. 🙂Continue reading

Decorating Your Home With Yard Sale Finds

Decorating Your Home With Yard Sale Finds

 

It’s been an incredible week around here.

There are hopes and dreams and plans and laughter spilling out of the farmhouse this week.

I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

Every.  Last.  Detail.

But for today lets talk spring and yard sales and the people whose heart beats a little faster when you see a hand-lettered multi-family yard sale sign.  I’m sure it’s spring home tour sharing day somewhere and today I wanted to take a walk through mine.

Except.

Except I wanted to do things a little differently (this is the part where you nod your head and tell me you are not surprised).

If you were to stop by for a tour, I tell you how happy I am that we are friends and I would get you some sweet tea (or water if you preferred) and I would take you through the rooms and give you the yard sale tour.  You know, the one where I tell you where everything came from and how I made it or got it at a yard sale and what I would buy at a yard sale season if I only had $5.00 and that yard sale season is starting again and we should go some Saturday.

Hold on.

Let me get you a glass of tea.

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Thistlekeeping

 

Random thoughts on a freezing morning:

1. Mark your calendars. I have the best surprise for all of you on January 2.  I’ll give you a hint.  It rhymes with mocked curlap burtains.  It also rhymes with shimithaway.

2. I’m almost done with all of the edits to the book and I hope you love it as much as I do. One chapter and some change to go.

3. The twins and are are no-baking this Saturday.  As in no-bake cookieing it.

4. The news just mentioned two words I never want to hear again….

….polar vortex.

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Thistlekeeping

 

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Random thoughts on a frosty Saturday morning:

1. The Crown.

2. The Crown.

3. The Crown.

I am not exaggerating.  I watched the whole series on Netflix.  I couldn’t put it down.  It starts with Princess Elizabeth (the current one, not the one who had red hair from the sixteenth century).  It follows her reign and her relationship with her husband Prince Phillip (who is super cute) and the challenges she faced taking over the monarchy at such a young age.

And the cinematography?

Seriously.

I know Poldark may have let us all down, but Elizabeth?

She is truly a queen. 🙂Continue reading

Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 
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It’s official.

We are spending the weekend Christmas decorating.  We, as in me and the mouse in my pocket.

I’m not going overboard right now.  Just a little here and there.

Mostly because it makes me happy.

Mostly because I’m distracting myself from worrying (even though we are all on the mend).

Mostly because when the sun sets at 5:00 and the Christmas lights are twinkling…

….this corner of a weary world rejoices.Continue reading