No One Puts a Thrift Store Shopper In the Corner

No One Puts a Thrift Store Shopper In the Corner

 
Blue Chairs in Meadow

Did anyone watch the new Dirty Dancing movie?

It was on last night and I was going to turn it on and put on my stirrup pants and bright blue eye shadow and rat my perm and go all 1987 and remind myself why no one puts baby in the corner.

Except.

Except I literally was driving kids around and celebrating the end of a school year and wondering if I should cut bangs in my hair…

…and I forgot.

Kind of like I forgot that stirrup pants don’t really work for me.

So to celebrate all things Dirty Dancing and amazing thrift store finds and chair makeovers, I found this post in the archives.

Here’s to best friends everywhere. 🙂Continue reading

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

Everyone Needs a Twirly Whirly Skirt

Everyone Needs a Twirly Whirly Skirt

 

Yesterday was the beginning of a new era.

The twins graduated from eighth grade.

I sat in the stands and watched as the principal called their names and they walked across the stage with smiles that lit up a room…

…and my heart in their hands.

When did this happen?

Wasn’t I just sitting at a tea party with bears and dolls and a pink striped elephant with a giant opinion?

Wasn’t I clutching their hands at the door to their kindergarten room?

Wasn’t I just bandaging scraped knees and telling people not to draw on the walls with sharpies and painting tiny toe nails that giggled?

And then?

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How To Make a Wood Shim Flag

How To Make a Wood Shim Flag

 

 
This project was designed in cooperation with Elmer’s.

wood shim flag

This summer I’m in a country contest with my brothers and sisters and their families.

My mother hosts the competition and we all choose countries and whoever picks the country with the most gold medals wins cash.  You can’t choose USA and there’s other random awards for number of medals and guessing the exact amount of team scores and so on.

Somehow I slept through the country choosing.

By the time I figured out what was happening, China was gone.

Russia was gone.

Brazil was gone.

Australia and Japan and Hungary and South Korea and Canada were gone, too.

So I ended up with France.Continue reading

The Sound Of Fountain Music

The Sound Of Fountain Music

 

This post is sponsored by Aquascape.

How to Add a Water Feature To Your Yard

I’ve always wanted to have a fountain at the house.

I love the sound of water and it’s such a great addition to a patio and looks super fancy….

…but mostly so I could work it in conversation.

Things like, “What did you do today? Me?  Oh, I spent the morning curled up with a good book by my fountain.”

Or “Sorry I’m late.  I just couldn’t tear myself away from my fountain yesterday.”

And my favorite, “Let’s go out to dinner.  I was going to cook, but I lost track of time listening to fountain.”

Before I tell you where I got the fountain and the five point zero minutes it took me to install it….

….I want you to hear what it sounds like.

Here are a few sounds from my back yard to yours.
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Sweet Corn and Dining Al Fresco

Sweet Corn and Dining Al Fresco

 

This post is sponsored by Birch Lane.

outdoor dining table place setting

Last week a friend brought a basket of squash and zucchini and spaghetti squash.

Someone dropped by fresh bread and left it hanging on our door.

And just when I thought our summer vegetable cup couldn’t run over any more….

….someone brought by a giant bucket of sweet corn.

Here’s to summer in the country.Continue reading

Five Simple Inexpensive Centerpiece Ideas

Five Simple Inexpensive Centerpiece Ideas

 
limes thanksgiving centerpiece

Did you know there are over 1000 posts on this blog?

I know, right?

Just between us I’m as surprised as you.

Four and a half years ago I sat down at the computer and clicked publish on the first one and I never looked back.  In between basketball and cheerleading and baseball and PTO and dogs and cats and kids….

….I wrote.

And wrote a little more.

And you left me a comment and I laughed when I read it and wrote more.

Until one day in July I started researching centerpieces for a free-lance article I’m working on and searched the blog to see if I had any blog posts that I’d written on tables and flowers and centerpieces I had created before.

And 32 posts came up.  Continue reading