Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

I think I need to move to England.

Seriously.

I just finished binge watching the second season of Lark Rise to Candleford and they had me at the countryside.

And the people.

Have you been to England?  Do you live in England?  Is it as wonderful as the cinematography makes it appear?  Is it a place to leave your heart?

I froze the last episode on a picture of the rolling hills and the sunshine and the moors and thatched roofs and the dirt roads and the winding country lanes and I decided right then and there….

…I think that’s what Kentucky wants to be when it grows up. 🙂Continue reading

January Fresh Start with a FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Kit

January Fresh Start with a FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Kit

 

My heart is longing for clean.

It can’t help it…

…it’s missing Christmas lights.

My house and I are at that awkward stage where you’ve cleaned up all the tinsel and put away the jingle bell garland and the tiny red car with a tree on top and now instead of twinkles everywhere, it all just looks kind of empty.

But sometimes empty isn’t so bad.

It can be a blank slate and full of possibilities and classic and cleansing and cathartic.

Especially when it smells good.Continue reading

The Top Ten Stories of 2016

The Top Ten Stories of 2016

 

Somehow, inadvertently, this has turned into the week of 2016.

It kind of happened all on its own.

First, there were the top ten projects of 2016.

Then there were the top ten before and afters of 2016.

But as much as I love decorating a room or making wood slice banners or stamping silver or making bookshelf decorations out of twigs in my yard….

….my heart always has been and always will be with the stories.

I had forgotten about most of them.  That’s why I write the blog because this is where the stories find a home.

Here is my heart.

Here are my choices for the top ten stories of 2016.

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It Might Be Like Totally For Me

It Might Be Like Totally For Me

plant an herb garden

Have you noticed that there’s a way of talking that’s taking over the airwaves and the internet and the local news media?

It’s kind of random and sometimes annoying and it sounds liiiiikkkkkkeeeeee thiiiiissssss.

When someone talks like this, the words at the end of the sentence just trail off….

…..as if the speaker is kind of bored with life.

As if they can barely summon the energy to finish what they are saying.

I just found out it has a name.

It’s called Vocal Fry.Continue reading

Thistlekeeping (and a Giveaway)

Thistlekeeping (and a Giveaway)

 

despite the forecast, live like it's spring

(psssst….if you’re looking for the giveaway….it’s at the end)

I’m not sure when painting a room became my favorite thing in the world next to being a mom.

Maybe it’s the transformation.

Maybe it’s the slate wiped clean thing.

Maybe it’s because when you swipe that roller or brush that brush across a surface, you can see change right before your eyes.

Whatever the reason, my red lipstick and I are spending today in paint heaven.

We are in the process of completely making over our local community center and painting the trim and the walls and the spaces and adding furniture and planting flowers.

Now if I could just keep it out of my messy bun. 🙂Continue reading

Spring Door Decorating Ideas

Spring Door Decorating Ideas

 

This post is brought to you by Kwikset.

spring flower planters

Are you a front door or a back door house?

A front door house is a little fancier.  There’s usually a living room right off the entry that’s clean most of the time because no one really ever eats Captain Crunch in there.

A back door house is a little more all about coming on in and having sweet tea.  There’s usually a recycling bin and some bikes stacked up and Christmas wreaths that have to be put up in the attic you have to wade through to get to the entry way.

If you had to choose, which one would it be?

Which door is your house?
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A Moment Like That

A Moment Like That

house-fall-outside

If I had a dime for every baseball game I have sat through, I could buy a tropical island in the south pacific.

I’ve sat through baseball games in the rain.

And the cold.

And the sunshine.

I’ve seen runs and hits and slides into home plate and bunts and outs.

I’ve sat through games with a team in the depths of despair because they were down by 14 runs.

I’ve sat through games with a team with hit after hit, scoring runs like they were hot cakes.

And through it all, there’s one thing I’ve learned.

There’s always baseball tomorrow.Continue reading

Two For the Price of One

Two For the Price of One

 

flowers and quote

You know when you go to a yard sale and you find the perfect basket that’s missing a handle and a little lopsided, but you know that you can make it perfect with spray paint and some imagination. So you tuck it under your arm and you poke around at the yard sale a little more and find a random drawer for only $2.00 because no one really knows what to do with a drawer without a dresser to go with it.

But you do.

You know what to do with a drawer because you just saw on Pinterest where people were taking random drawers and making them into organizers on the wall.  So you walk up to the owner of the yard sale with kind of a pitiful look on your face and hold out the broken basket and the drawer and tell her you only have $2.00 and if you bought the basket would she throw in the drawer for free?

And she shrugs and says yes and you smile inside and skip off into the sunset with your treasures.

Two for the price of one.

That’s a lot like this post.  I was in the middle of a photo shoot yesterday and I finished and had all these amazing flowers and I had tossed a few on the table and I looked at them and was so totally inspired to create a little flower art and add some quotes about spring.  I made them for you and you can pin them or save them to your ipad or computer for inspiration or print them off or make them your home screen or fold them into a paper origami centerpiece.  Just a little spring gift from me to you.

But we couldn’t just have beautiful spring flowers with quotes.

This is story central.

So because it’s spring and I’m feeling mushy, I added one of my favorite love stories, too.

See what I mean?  Two for the price of one.

Now where did I put that drawer. 🙂Continue reading