Welcome to Thistlewood Farm.

Our farmhouse.

Our slice of joy in the country.

Full to the brim with projects and Captain Crunch and chalkboards and dust bunnies and plenty of befores that will one day become beautiful afters and a kitchen that specializes in macaroni and cheese.

And in the very back of the back yard (turn right at the turtle….go past two bunnies and a wild turkey….and then turn down a winding path) …..you will find a little house.

A house built just for creativity and the joy of glitter glue and stickers and foam letters and the unrivaled exultation that comes with a new package of construction paper.

Because you see…..this is the house….

….this the house where all the tiny pieces of paper go.

You know what I’m talking about.

You’ve seen them.



The pieces of paper that show up when tiny hands wielding scissors cut and cut (and cut) to create masterpieces of all shapes and sizes..

At first there were just a few pieces of tiny paper.

Then they called their neighbors and they all came to visit.



Soon the pieces of paper were organizing supper clubs and PTO meetings and bridal showers and whatever else they do when they all get together.

It was too much.

They needed their own house.


The house wasn’t always theirs, you know.

The house started out as a beauty shop for the previous owner.


But the only thing we are cutting around here is paper.

So it became an art house.


I love the creativity and incredible genius that little hands can create.

I love the excitement that is produced from a $2.00 bag of stickers from the dollar store.

I love freshly-sharpened crayons and a blank slate.

I love that pipe cleaners become people and glitter makes even the humble construction paper into something special and that playdough comes in 31 flavors.



But most of all….

I am happy that it all has its own residence 🙂


If you would like to read more stories about the adventures of the tiny pieces of paper….please follow along at www.thistlewoodfarms.com.

Thanks, Cassie for letting me tell my stories on the pages of your incredible blog.

You are a rock star 🙂


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  1. Image for Vee Vee

    What a great craft room for the kids! I hope that you have your own studio, too. Say, I have a question about your dollar store. Why do stickers cost $2 at the dollar store?

  2. Image for kelly kelly

    That is such a cute space! It makes me think of a little schoolhouse filled with art supplies. I bet your kids just LOVE it in there. I love that it has a history to it too.

  3. Image for Stacey@ A Sort Of Fairytale Stacey@ A Sort Of Fairytale

    whoa, whoa, whoa....is this on your property?!? forgive me, if i am too clueless to know that from your post... if it is, you are one lucky duck! how cool! i would have been tempted to keep it as a beauty shop though, only because I am a former hairstylist. it's such a great space!

  4. Image for Linda @ It All Started with Paint Linda @ It All Started with Paint

    31 flavors! Ha! Thank you for my daily dose of humor ... and I'm not even going to tell you how my blue eyes turn green every time you share another piece of your fabulous home ... I wonder if my husband would mind parking in the street so I can turn our garage into an art house (well, more like a gaming house for my teen son and his XBox Live!) ...

  5. Image for Betsy(@coastal-colors) Betsy(@coastal-colors)

    This is soooo- cute! I know your children love it! I would have a blast there! I think it's wonderful they have their own place. I remember my play house so well! I had countless hours of fun there!

  6. Image for Alice Alice

    This is such a great place to work. After my craft room saw this it immediately told me that it wanted to be a real Art House when it grew up since it is only 4'X7' right now. Hopefully it gets it's wish and will grow much larger and more organized some day..

  7. Image for Miss Char Miss Char

    This is beyond fabulous and what a great way to encourage children to explore their talents without having the kitchen table turned into craft land. WOW!

  8. Image for andrea cammarata andrea cammarata

    how absolutely FABULOUS is this craft "house" it is totally amazing and i absolutely adore it!!!!! WOW what fun!!!!! thanks for sharing -- it is just over the top wonderful! hugs...

  9. Image for Scribbler Scribbler

    I found you via Brenda at COZY LITTLE HOUSE. I am following you, and just love your blog. Finding a big old house in the country is a dream, alas not a very practical one for someone who is done raising children and is now officially classified a senior. I will enjoy vicariously your adventures in this grand old home.

  10. Image for Bristol Bristol

    How stink in cute is that!!! So did you and your husband do all the work on your home? If you say yes I really am going to be jealous:) My husband is not handy at all and all those in my ideas have to wait for the contractor! So if your girls have that space where is yours~ Hope you are having a great weekend! Bristol

  11. Image for Melody Melody

    I have so enjoyed the tour of your blog today. I found you through Brenda at Cozy Little House. I have signed up for emails so I will not miss a thing! Take care.

  12. Image for bj bj

    Oh, boy....talk about a dream place for kiddos....this is it. You did a magnificent job on this creation, Kari......really super.

  13. Image for Tammy Hebert Tammy Hebert

    How cute. I am visiting from Heather's blog critique series..figured I could find some new blogs this way. And wow I am glad I found yours. Love it - now back to reading more- by the way - new follower here. tammy

  14. Image for Velma McComas Velma McComas

    Brenda from Cozy Little House sent me your way. What a cute little place for the children to be creative. And how generous of you! I would have been tempted to make it my own little craft house. LOL

  15. Image for brandi brandi

    Wow, what a great space for your children to be creative in! This is truly amazing! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and commenting on my headboard! I truly appreciate your kind words.

  16. Image for Cindy Cindy

    My grand daughter needs an art house. Her mom was telling me just the other day that she is continually working on another project and sometimes she just has to tell her no, she can't start another one. So sad, because she is so creative. She needs an Art House all of her own. How wonderful for your children that they have one of their own, it is super cute and I'm sure they love it! Hugs, Cindy

  17. Image for Stacie Gardner Stacie Gardner

    Thank you so much for stopping by my virtual home. I appreciate your kind words and hope that your triple thick projects work out in the future! :) Your blog is lovely and am envious of your art house. What a dream! Make sure you stop back by and enter my giveaway. Stop by often. XOXO Stacie The Three Sweet Peas

  18. Image for Dana Dana

    If I behave may I please have a grown-up crafts room that looks just like this? Truly amazing, as is your blog and every single post. Do you know how intimidating you are? I'm not buyin' it that you're a terrible cook. But because I sense that you are a woman of high integrity, I have no choice but to believe you. I am not-so-secretly glad to know that you are not perfect at EVERYTHING! Thanks for today's visit to my less-than-perfect blog. And I would love to participate in your aforementioned challenge. Thanks for forcing my hand. So many dreams, so little courage.

  19. Image for Alison at the Polohouse Alison at the Polohouse

    Be still my heart. This little craft house is to die for! OMG..... i just cannot stop looking at and loving all your sweet touches! Awesome. Love it all. You are one lucky mom with very lucky little artists! Your newest follower, Alison (I also have a blog that Miss Kim, my "Fairy Blogmother", found last February right when I started it. Looks like you have been touched by her magic wand too! Enjoy all your new followers and traffic she will send you through her guest post. SHE is amazing...... and so are YOU!)

  20. Image for Amanda Amanda

    This is the cutest thing I have ever seen!! You are so creative and it looks like your girls may have caught your creativity bug. Just fabulous!!

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