jute pumpkins

I wanted to give a shout out to my guardian angel this morning.

Yesterday I drove to Wisconsin for a fabric trunk show.

I didn’t mind.  I like to drive.  I can think and plan and dream and have myself all to myself.

A couple of hours into the drive I noticed the tire panel.  It showed that one tire was getting lower and lower and lower.  Nothing to be alarmed about at first.  It wasn’t fast.  Just a little bit here and then there, but the number kept going down.

Then I got worried.

I called my husband.  I prayed.  I bit my lip.  I faithfully watched the numbers on the tire panel on the car until I got to the nearest tire store that my husband called for me.

I pulled in to the parking lot and got out of the car….

….and discovered a nail in the tire.

The whole tire has to be replaced they said.

I was so lucky they said.

I was so smart to have come right in they told me.


Good thing my guardian angel is used to working overtime. 🙂Continue reading

Simple Fall Display Ideas

Simple Fall Display Ideas



I’m not sure why or how, but this year fall is in every corner of the farmhouse.

It’s almost like it heard October and decided it needed another pumpkin.

I think that’s what I like the best about this season.

Fall isn’t fancy.

Fall isn’t over the top.

It’s the perfect date.  It’s a little unshaven, shows up with pumpkin pie….

….and smells really good.

Here’s some easy ideas for simple fall display ideas that leave room for dessert. 🙂Continue reading

When Mother Nature Hands You Twigs

When Mother Nature Hands You Twigs

Storm Picture

Last week Mother Nature partied like it was 2016 at our house.

She shook her thunder and filled the sky with flashes of light and rained down buckets of drops and sent three feet of water rushing through our yard at lightning speed (pun totally intended).

And when the morning broke, the yard and driveway and fields were full of this.

Now some people might see debris.

Or giant logs.

Or mud-covered sidewalks.

But me?

I see opportunity.

A wonderful, glorious, amazing opportunity to make this……Continue reading

Easy Spring Mantel Decorating Ideas (and a Giveaway)

Easy Spring Mantel Decorating Ideas (and a Giveaway)

mantel decor

Yesterday was a good day.

A good good day.

Nothing out of the ordinary.  No fireworks or cartwheels in the front yard or ticker tape parade.  Just a whole lot of ordinarys that added up to spectacular.

I had a great hair day and found these black and white patterned pants from Old Navy that made me look skinny and went on a date with super yummy coffee and shopped and decorated for spring got these easy spring mantel decorating ideas ready for you and listened to all the middle school gossip and topped it all off with a basketball game where my son played like he was heading to the NBA and then talked to me all the way home over a McDonald’s chicken sandwich and fries.

And the snow melted and the sun shone.

And to celebrate and send a little joy your way, I thought I’d give away a $50 Amazon gift card to one of you.

Just because.

Just to make you smile.

Just because today is a good day, too.  🙂Continue reading

10 Minute Twig and Boxwood Mantel

10 Minute Twig and Boxwood Mantel

Christmas mantel with boxwood

Today is my son’s sixteenth birthday.

I’m not really sure how that happened…..

…..especially because I just dropped him off for kindergarten.

And the best?

He’s taking his driving test this morning.

And me?

I’ll be the one sitting in the front seat wearing new yoga pants with a messy bun and a bobby pin trying to act like it’s another day in the neighborhood while white knuckling it and clutching the edge of the seat and inadvertently pressing a non-existent brake on the passengers’ side.

Good times for me and my messy bun.Continue reading

DIY Magnolia Leaf Garland

DIY Magnolia Leaf Garland

diy magnolia leaf garland project

Our family spent yesterday playing “Would You Rather?”

Have you heard of it?

It’s a game (ours was an app on the phone) that asks you to decide between two things.

Like…..would you rather life a life without elbows or a life without knees?

Or would you rather have the flu for two days or a cold for two weeks?

Or would you rather be able to read a book or read a mind?

Or would you rather give up coffee or your phone?

Inquiring minds want to know. 🙂Continue reading

Easy 10 Minute Fall Decorating Idea

Easy 10 Minute Fall Decorating Idea


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.


{deep breath}  {inhale} {exhale}

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To All the Falls I’ve Loved Before

To All the Falls I’ve Loved Before

Road to Thistlewood

This is the winding road that leads to Thistlewood….

….and this isn’t even the post I was going to write today.

I had a story and a project and when I went to post it, I sighed and stared at it and decided it wasn’t enough and wanted more.

I wanted fall.

I wanted color and texture and leaves and pumpkins and a crisp morning with the smell of fall in the air waiting for the bus with a steaming cup of coffee in my hand wearing an old gray tattered sweater and laughing at an ant joke.

So today I curated my favorite fall pictures from blogs gone past rated from 10 to 1.

Kind of like a best in show.

It’s a little random.  I know…..right?  But today I’m following my heart and if you like fall as much as I do…..

….this is the post for you.Continue reading