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

DIY Rock Heart Necklace

DIY Rock Heart Necklace

 

It took me longer to think up a title for this post than to make this diy rock heart necklace.

I wanted a funny title.

Or a clever title.  Something that would make you smile or laugh or chortle this almost Valentine’s Day weekend.

Like My Heart Belongs to You.

Or Be Still My Heart.

Or I Heart You.

See what I mean?  I got a million of them.  They just roll off my fingers.  But in the end, I went with the tried and the true, otherwise known as the name of the project.

Just know.  No matter what I call it…

….it really is a Rock Star. 🙂Continue reading

My Rock Heart Belongs To You

My Rock Heart Belongs To You

 

On Friday, my friend brought over a bucket of heart rocks.

Just nature’s way of saying I love you.

I washed them and cleaned them and sang to them and thought up clever heart sayings and made the coolest, easiest Valentine’s Day present from them that I’ll share with you on Thursday.

Maybe it was the hidden I love you in every stone.

Maybe it was the entire rock heart collection.

Maybe it was February knocking at my door.

But it reminded me of a story.

One I’ve shared before, but I wanted to share it again…

….with a little twist from the heart.Continue reading

Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

I just realized I have been super lame.

I let two weeks go by without a word about Victoria.

You know….the tiny queen of England.

If you haven’t seen Victoria yet, it’s a show that comes on every Sunday night on PBS at 8:00 CST.

And it’s amazing.

Here’s just a few observations I’ll make while trying not to give away any spoilers:

1.  I had no idea Queen Victoria was so pretty.  The only picture I’ve ever seen of her was when she was older with a random lace cap on her head.

2.  Not sure about her hairstyle with the braids around her ears.  It did look good with a tiara.

3.  I think Lord M is kind of hot in a “I’ll help you run the country” kind of way.

4.  I really love the show and I heart the queen….

…but just between us my heart belongs to Dash. 🙂Continue reading

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. 🙂Continue reading

True Love and Blueberry Pancakes

True Love and Blueberry Pancakes

 
Pancake

(not the pancakes of the story)

Yesterday I made pancakes.

I know.  For some people that’s like saying they put on their shoes or brushed their hair or woke up in the morning.

Simple. Easy. Even effortless.

I get it.  I understand.  It’s like that now for me, too.  I love making pancakes and stacking them with strawberries and butter.

But not so long ago it was a completely different tale.

And so in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Here, once again, is the rest of my pancake story. 🙂

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Easy Valentine Heart Project

Easy Valentine Heart Project

 
easy Valentines heart project

Tomorrow I’m heading to Nashville to appear on a local talk show called Talk of the Town on Channel 5.

A while back they called me and asked me if I had any fun Valentine’s day projects I could share and I told them I was born thinking up Valentine’s day projects how about this easy valentine heart project and I just needed to make sure my hair was curly and put on the most amazing pair of earrings and red lipstick and I would be there.

And besides.

Meryll Rose, one of the hosts of the show is literally one of my favorite persons on the planet.

She sparkles when she talks.

So tune into tomorrow at 11:00 if you live in the greater Nashville area and in case you live in the rest of Tennessee or one of the other 49 states, here’s the step-by-step tutorial just for you. 🙂Continue reading

Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 
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Random thoughts on a sunny Saturday morning.

1.  I just saw a commercial that said bobby pins were out of style.  Say it isn’t so.

2. Best laundry tip ever.  I added those scented beads to the last load of clothes.  The entire house smells like a meadow.

3.  I’m going to make healthy choices today.  I may or may not say that every morning, but I thought if I told you, I would stick to it.

4.  I had no idea how little I knew about anything until I had middle school girls.

I was super smart until about six months ago. 🙂Continue reading