Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

fall-pumpkins

I think fall is making me keep the house cleaner.

I’ve spent the last two weeks picking up pumpkins and dusting and sweeping straw off the floor and rearranging the wool throws and fluffing the pumpkin pillow in the hallway.

Yesterday I lit all the candles and simply sat and smelled.  Five minutes later my husband walked through the living room and grinned at me.  I paused mid-smell and looked up at him around the pumpkins.

“Why are you grinning?” I asked him.

“I can’t help it,” he replied.  “There’s just something about fall.  I think the house knows it too.

It’s on its best behavior.”

Happy fall inspiration from our well-behaved farm house. 🙂Continue reading

The Pride That Went Before the Fall

The Pride That Went Before the Fall

 
front room rug

If you are new here, let me introduce you.

This is my living room.

It’s showing off right now.  It’s been clean for about five minutes and it got a new rug and some new pillows and it kind of thinks it’s all that.

But you know what they say about pride.

It goeth before a fall.

Because this weekend I walked into this room and found this….Continue reading

How to Tackle It Like Macaroni

How to Tackle It Like Macaroni

 
farmhouse dining table

The other day I found a trail of macaroni and cheese stuck to the kitchen table.

I’m not sure exactly how it unfolded or what the events were that led up to it….

…but Lewis and Clark would have been proud.

The trail started at one end with a few lone pieces and dripped and drabbed bits of cheese and noodle remnants from one side of the table to the other.

And then?

It looked like the macaroni eater discovered the trail and in a valiant attempt to clean it up….

….smeared giant cheese swirls all over the table.

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The Best Piece of Furniture For a Small Space

The Best Piece of Furniture For a Small Space

 
gatehouse farmhouse

This is not a sponsored post.

Not even close.

This is an I-didn’t-have-a-lot-of-space-in-the-gatehouse-and-I-wanted-to-find-something-that-would-make-it-work-and-live-large-and-wait-until-you-see-what-I-discovered kind of post.

A just because post.

An I’m so excited I have to write it kind of post.

The kind of post where we have coffee and breakfast and tell each other how amazing our furniture is.

Oh good….you too?

I’ll go first. 🙂Continue reading

PS Look What I Did With My Dining Table

PS Look What I Did With My Dining Table

 
back porch decorating

I wish you could come over for coffee.

We have 247 things to discuss.

Like did you watch Downton Abbey last night?  And aren’t Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes the cutest couple on the universe?  And I’m so happy for Bates and Anna (except didn’t she look like she had way too much Meryl Norman base on) and that lady that came to blackmail Lady Mary was on my last nerves and good for Edith I hope she will finally be happy and Daisy needs to calm down.

And if you’re going to be in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area on Friday, January 8 I’d love to meet you.  I’m having a fabric launch party and I’m giving away fabric and notebooks made out of the fabric and note cards made out of the fabric and we’re serving cookies that look like the fabric and partying like it’s 2016.  Which of course it is.  Stop by The Quilt Asylum in McKinney (right off the freeway at the Virgina/Louisiana exit) from 6:00-8:00pm.

And I found the best bobby pins that stay in your hair and come in polka dots.

And I am going to be on television in Nashville.

And I made you the cutest free printable for January at the end of the post.

Oh….and PS  look what I did with my dining room table.Continue reading

Three Easy Christmas Centerpiece Ideas Under $20

Three Easy Christmas Centerpiece Ideas Under $20

 
Christmas back porch

Remember how I said I was not going to over commit this season?

Remember my list of five guidelines for a no-stress holiday?

I was this close.

This close.

I spent the first eight days of Christmas wrapping my gifts and ordering online and decorating with what I have and not over thinking everything and shaking my head no when I might have nodded it yes in the past.

Christmas was on track for smooth sailing this year.Continue reading

How to Make a DIY Table Runner With Extra Giggles

How to Make a DIY Table Runner With Extra Giggles

 

I was compensated by Duck Brand Products for this post.  All opinions and statements are completely my own.

table runner diy leaf runner

Middle school can be a cold and lonely place.

Everything is changing.

Friends are growing up and moving on and the lunch room is full of pitfalls you have to navigate while holding a tray full of wheat crust pizza and the homework stacks up faster than you can finish it and you may or may not have discovered that boys are cute.

And the emotions.

Oh…..the emotions.

The roller coaster has officially left the building.Continue reading

My $10.97 Farmhouse Table Make-over

My $10.97 Farmhouse Table Make-over

 
DIY Farmhouse Table Project

Here’s my new farmhouse table for the back porch that I before and aftered for only $10.97.

Not including tax.

Don’t spread this around, but I would marry it if I could.  Or at least take it to Vegas to watch the Elvis impersonators.

It’s that cute.

Here’s a zoomed-in picture so you can see all that cuteness close up.Continue reading