Random thoughts on a cloudy Saturday morning:

1. We finished a brick path in the yard last night. It was one of those free projects that make you so happy. There were random piles of bricks scattered around the yard and the flower beds and we took them and put down sand and laid the bricks in a staggered path.

I say we.

But I really mean Zack.

He asked me yesterday if I was going to put the path on the blog and I told him I wasn’t sure.

He said if I talked about it to mention his name because he wanted to make sure he got credit.

I wonder where he gets that from?

2. It was a good week on the blog. This week we decorated with blue and white and saw a before and after classroom with an amazing heart and figured out where all our lamps go and discovered that there was something amazing just around the corner.

3. Only two weeks until the Haven Conference. I’ve been working on my keynote speech and practicing it like it was the Gettysburg address.

4. I just ordered some amazing peel and stick wallpaper for a closet makeover. Fingers crossed it looks as cute as I think it’s going to.

And now?

Let’s see what I found this week.

Look at this amazing soap.

It was so easy to make and it would make your bathroom say summer.

See the DIY here.

Have you ever frozen berries before?

It made me feel cooler just looking at this picture.

See all the details on how it’s done here.

This incredible outdoor space.

All it needs is a really good book and a glass of sweet tea.

See the entire outdoor space here.

Is it wrong if I stared at this picture for 47 minutes?

Or 67?

I’m not sure.

I lost track of time.

See the rest of this amazing kitchen here.


And in random news this week:

This simple decorating advice

This log cabin

Three small bedroom solutions

Life advice from a 103-year-old runner

This sweet table

This kitchen design

These tips for taking photos with your phone

These paper hydrangeas

No is a complete sentence

And if you like vintage?

This is the tablescape for you.

And one more for the road.

Make a DIY magnolia wreath in an hour. It’s a simple project with just a few steps.

All you need are magnolia leaves and these step-by-step instructions.

Happy Random Saturday to You

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  1. Image for Terri Herman Terri Herman

    Ok- Let’s see the walk! Zack needs his due! Btw: your blog makes my day feel a bit lighter! Thanks for keeping it on the happy side. 😀

  2. Image for Beth Y Beth Y

    I agree with Terri! Would love to see the walk!! My parents made one at our first house that ran through their beautiful garden. It always reminded me of the book "The Secret Garden"---loved it! Happy Saturday to you and yours!! I am headed down to my basement on this hot Southern Saturday to unhoard my craft room and my husband's man cave/my eBay sale merchandise room. Lol!!

  3. Image for Barbara Barbara

    Yes we want to see Zach's walk path! Those paper hydrangeas!!!!! Don't think I have the patience, but wow♥

  4. Image for maureen maureen

    I learned some great ideas with the Snapseed app. Thanks for sharing that. You have the sweetest kids and they are so honest with their questions. Definitely want to see Zach's work!

  5. Image for Gran Gran

    I agree that we need to see the brick path and a picture of Zack. After all, that’s hard work and this Gramma wants Zack rewarded. Ha!


    Way to go Zack! That is hard work!!!! Have done a patio before and know about the back and knee aches afterwards!!!! Love the weekly wrap up- that soap and those paper hydrangea flowers are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks as always for such a great wrap up!!!!!

  7. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    I love Thistlekeeping, it's a great saturday piece to read and now for the Brick show?!! Have a great weekend and walk down the brick path.

  8. Image for Be Be

    Yea, Zack! He'll make a great husband some day!! Wish I could see the faces of the children when they see the after of their classroom. Happy faces!!!!! Always enjoy all of your ideas and comments!

  9. Image for Gina Gina

    Would love to see Zack's handy work! Oh, and as for your keynote speech...you have come a long way since your first Haven conference, but my advice is the same as before...SHINE!!! I know you will! You can't help it!

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