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

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

Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 
burlap-flag

I knew the Olympics were coming.

I remember discussions and promos and pictures of rings and vague references to summer 2016.  But I had no idea they were next month until I watched the Olympic trials last night.  I turned on the television and there was Bob Costas who never looks any older and the Olympic swimming pool.

I couldn’t turn away.

Each of the swimmers perched on the edge of the pool had worked hour after hour and month after month and year after year for that moment.

And in an instant it was over.

Some were victorious and some not so much.

I think there’s something about watching someone’s dream come true right in front of your eyes that’s fascinating.

Rio 2016….

….I don’t want to miss a minute. 🙂

Anyone else joining me and Bob Costas?Continue reading

Back Porch Makeover With Blue and White

Back Porch Makeover With Blue and White

 

twin with flowers

Yesterday I came across a picture of the cutest face in the entire universe back in the day when I used to take pictures of people, not furniture.

I had to post it.

Not just to show you that tiny, sweet face.

Or those adorable clenched hands.

Or those super long amazing tights attempting to pass themselves off as footwear.

I’m simply posting the picture here to ask you if it looks like she is about to roll her eyes at me….

…and that couch?Continue reading

A Little Summer In a Blue and White Dining Room

A Little Summer In a Blue and White Dining Room

 
dining room table summer centerpiece

If you know my mom or are related to my mom or might be thinking about calling my mom or know someone with short blonde hair who walks really fast and is in charge of the world.

Shhhhhh.

This post is on the down low.

She went with my children to camp as a counselor….

….and in return I’m babysitting her house.

And I wanted to surprise her.

So I gave her dining room a little summer freshening up.Continue reading