Summer House Tour and Seven Farmhouse Projects

Summer House Tour and Seven Farmhouse Projects

 

Good morning sunshine.

I’m back.  I’ve flown across the country and saw my reflection in the snow covered hills and glimpsed the moon over Nashville and last night at 12:17am I pulled into my driveway and opened the door and smelled the honeysuckle and saw the stars twinkling overhead.

It’s good to be home.

And it’s the perfect day for a traveling summer home tour organized by my incredibly talented friend Julie Blanner.  If you are visiting from Finding Home Farms, it’s an honor to meet you.

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Before and After Community Center Makeover With National Painting Week

Before and After Community Center Makeover With National Painting Week

 
Hello Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week.

Nice to meet you.

So happy it’s May and there’s sunshine and birds tweeting and cows lowing and crickets chirping and we’re having a fish fry in the country.

The fish fry is to celebrate our new re-furbished and re-painted and re-made over and re-furnished community center.

I can’t say thank you enough to Sherwin-Williams all the volunteers and individuals who helped to make this possible.

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How to Get Started On a Home Remodel

How to Get Started On a Home Remodel

 

This post is sponsored by Regions Bank.

Have you ever seen this door before when I photographed the master bedroom?

Are you going all Let’s Make a Deal right now and asking yourself what’s behind it?

I’m a little nervous to show you.

This is definitely not the farmhouse’s moment.

You see….it’s the master bathroom.

A never-been-seen-before-you-won’t-even-believe-what-it-looks-like-because-you-might-head-for-the-hills kind of space.

And today I’m opening the door.

Are you ready?

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Always Remember to Dribble Right

Always Remember to Dribble Right

 

Pinterest is full of quotes about finding yourself and finding who you are and knowing your own path.

Quotes like “Some people get lost for so long they forget how to find themselves.”

And  “Lose yourself in the things you love and it is there you will find who you are.”

And my favorite “Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come.”

Wonderful, sage, incredible, amazing advice.   I know.  I get it.  I understand.  There are days when I feel like I need to have some of these quotes written on my hand so I remember the importance of just being myself.

But this week I discovered that  I really didn’t need Pinterest or quotes or wise advice from others.

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14 Things You Can Accomplish With an Imagination Room

14 Things You Can Accomplish With an Imagination Room

 

When you are in seventh grade and you have an imagination room tucked into the corner of your house at the top of the stairs, the world is your oyster.

There’s nothing you can’t accomplish.

No place you can’t visit.

No dream you can’t achieve.

After all Dr. Seuss was right “You have brains in your head, You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

Oh, my seventh grade friend….

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My Five Favorite Wood Sign Projects

My Five Favorite Wood Sign Projects

 

I spent the weekend painting a sign for the imagination room.

It’s four feet long and two feet wide and full to the brim with letters turned this way and that way and painted in colors that will make you smile.

I painted it the sign because I couldn’t find exactly the sign I wanted anywhere.

Has that ever happened to you?

You have the perfect sign in your mind and you know what colors you want it to be and you about the size of the sign you need and you know that you know that you know….

….in all the stores in all the world, there has to be a sign like the one you’re looking for.

Except.

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

Random thoughts on a Saturday morning.

1.  I’m sorry I’m late with Thistlekeeping today.  I was helping Cinderella get dressed for the ball.  Literally.  One of the twins dressed up as Cinderella for a birthday party and I sang “Lavender’s blue dilly dilly, lavender’s green” all the way to the party.  Just doing my part to help her get into character.

2.  The peonies are blooming.  I cut dozens and dozens and dozens of them to fill the house for a fun house tour I’m participating in with my friend, Julie.

3.  Someone told me this week that I smile when I talk.  I can’t help it.  Sometimes I have so much to say and the smiles have to come along for the ride.

4.  The second season of Poldark is arriving in June.  Nothing goes better with summer than long hair and ocean cliffs.

5.  And I’m flying on Wednesday to Salt Lake City to promote the second fabric line.

And I’m scared and worried and nervous.

So friend to friend, can I ask a favor?

Can you send a few flying-in-the-air-and-arriving-safely-there-and-back prayers my way.  :)Continue reading


Ten Flower Printables For All Your Summer Projects

Ten Flower Printables For All Your Summer Projects

 

You know when you go into a deli and you want a sandwich and you wait patiently in line and then you finally get up to the counter and they ask you what you want.

And you say a sandwich.

A simple sandwich.

And the behind-the-counter person says white or wheat and then heated or not and then comes the meat choices and the cheese choice and the vegetable choices.

Choice after choice after choice after choice.  And you feel overwhelmed and sigh….

….and dream of peanut butter and jelly.

This post is a little like that.

I started off with some simple flower printables and then I decided to make the printables into water color printables and then I started making pillows.Continue reading