Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

This was one of the Christmas presents my sister gave my husband.

It’s a fundraiser from the local library called “Blind Date With a Book.”

Someone sets you up with a book you’ve never met.

You have no idea what the title or author and you have to guess what the book is about from the clues on the front of the wrapping.

Like “spacemen from earlier galactic history” or “would an alien culture’s doom prove the only way back to their own futures.”

Not sure if I want to date an alien book.

Now if it said “duke riding on horseback” or “cliffs of Cornwall”…

…I’m all in. ūüôāContinue reading

How to Get Organized After Christmas

How to Get Organized After Christmas

 

This is what I wish my front entry looked like right now.

But, it doesn’t.

Not even close.

It’s auditioning for¬†an episode of entry ways gone wild.

There are bit of paper and ribbon and tags and empty stockings and a reindeer wearing a party hat and sunglasses.

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DIY Chalkboard Menu

DIY Chalkboard Menu

 
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My three (or four depending if we are getting technical and counting contractions) least favorite words in the English language are….

….what’s for dinner.

I should know that it’s coming.

I should be prepared.

I should anticipate and plan and think ahead and have a stocked refrigerator and something cooking on the stove.

And yet, every night around 5:00 when the little birds in the nest start chirping and asking what we are having for dinner….

….I look around surprised.

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The Day the Spoons Got Freshy

The Day the Spoons Got Freshy

 
farmhouse kitchen apples

When you write a blog and you style your kitchen with apples and random metal trays and there are wire cloches and stacks of plates and bird’s nests everywhere, it can be a little overwhelming sometimes.

I get it.

I understand.

The plates used to be in one place and now they are in a basket.  You reach for a cutting board and discover it has four new friends.  There are leather sleeves on the mason jars and the measuring cups are having a getting-ready-to-bake convention half-way across the room.

My husband has a name for this.

It’s called freshy decorating.Continue reading

Back to School Office Organization (and a Little Before and After)

Back to School Office Organization (and a Little Before and After)

 

This post was written in collaboration with Birch Lane.

office basket

metal handled basket

In not-organization news I spent a not-productive Sunday watching an entire marathon of Flea Market Flip.

Have you ever seen that show?

It features two teams of two people who meet at a flea market and are given a certain amount of money and an hour and three categories of projects to create and they have to shop the market and buy loads of sad, neglected parts of this and that and turn it into something amazing.  Then then the next day they bring their treasures back to the market and try to sell them and whoever makes the most profit wins $5000.

I know all of this because I spent hours yesterday watching the show.

I couldn’t help it.

As soon as I saw the teams I would start rooting for one of them and when I saw what they bought I had to see what they turned it into and then I had to see who won.  And I kept thinking that this was going to be the last show and that any minute an episode of House Hunters was about to be on.

Good thing I got all organized before the whole Flip Market Flip debaucle.

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Industrial Farmhouse Organizer DIY

Industrial Farmhouse Organizer DIY

 
DIY Industrial Farmhouse Organizer Project

Have I told you lately how amazing you are?

Seriously.

When they were handing out readers….

…..they knew I needed good ones.

For example, when I first posted pictures of this front entry there was a deer head hanging on this wall

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How to Save Yourself 10 Minutes Every Day

How to Save Yourself 10 Minutes Every Day

 
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Can you even guess how many minutes are in a year?

Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred.

Or a whole bunch.

Depending on how particular you are.

What if you saved 10 minutes every day? ¬†It doesn’t seem like that much until you add it all up. ¬†10 minutes x 365 days =3650 minutes. ¬†And can someone please check my multiplication because I ran from higher math in high school.

3650 amazing, incredible, precious, glorious minutes….

…..and here’s how I saved them.Continue reading

Five Simple 10 Minute Organizing Ideas

Five Simple 10 Minute Organizing Ideas

 
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I have a cabinet in my house that attacked me last week.

Seriously.

I’m so not even kidding.

Like something out of a horror movie.

I opened the doors to get a plastic container for left-overs and two pitchers, four lids, a foil pan that used to cover a casserole and 47 tiny spice jars reached out and bit me.

Do you have a cabinet like that?

Oh good.

Because my cabinet needs friends. ūüôāContinue reading