Remember a Little Industrial Farmhouse?

Remember a Little Industrial Farmhouse?

 

Remember this room?

Remember all that industrial farmhouse glory?

I designed it over a year ago and it’s still one of my favorites.

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The Best Decorating Tip I Thought I Invented

The Best Decorating Tip I Thought I Invented

 

Today my friend Heather from Decor Fix asked me to share one of my simplest decorating tips.

And because I’m a little in awe of Heather.

Seriously.

(I mean wait until you see her style).

And beca
use I have a tip that I totally thought I kind of invented.

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I Was Raised on Happily Ever Afters

I Was Raised on Happily Ever Afters

 

I was raised on happily ever afters.

You know….where the girl meets the guy and he’s a famous cooking personality and has his own show and she doesn’t really know how to cook and she finds him overbearing and obnoxious and thinks he knows everything about cooking (which he does because he’s a famous chef) and she wants nothing to do with him even though she has to promote him because it’s part of her job.  And along the way she notices that he has amazing hair and discovers that underneath all that bravado is an incredible man because he’s lost his way a little.

Just a little.

And she falls in love with him.

And he falls in love right back and they walk off into the sunset together.

*sigh*

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Easy Closet Organization Tips

Easy Closet Organization Tips

This post was written in collaboration with Home Decorator’s Collection.

Ideas for fun when you have been snowed in for eight days with four children and the sun is scheduled to come out next Saturday…..

1.  Build an igloo in the woods and come to the realization there’s enough snow left over to build an igloo metropolis.

2.  Cheer enthusiastically when you can actually see the see the sidewalk to get to the mailbox.

3.  Make your 347th cup of hot chocolate.

4.  Play games and tell stories and make brownies and think up new braided hairstyles and paint a dresser….

….and decide make-up is totally over-rated.

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

This is the year of the song of the month.

I’m trying to expand my horizons from Randy Travis and every month I’m choosing a new song.

Kind of like a song of the month club where I’m the only member.

January was “Roar” by Katie Perry.

February was “Got Me on My Tiptoes” by Jayme Dee.

And now I’m looking for March.

It can be old or new or fast or slow.  The only requirement is that I can sing along with it in the car at the top of my lungs.

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How to Transform a Builder’s Door

How to Transform a Builder’s Door

 

Sometimes I send my husband sweet e-mails at work.

Full of encouragement and hearts and hands clapping a smiley faces.

And sometimes I get a conversation that starts like this:

Him:  “Why did you send me an e-mail that ended with a chin?”

Me:  (dumbfounded) “What?  A chin? I sent you a smiley face.”

Him:  “I know.  I saw that.  But the smiley face had a chin.”

Me:  (starting blankly)

Him:  (helpfully drawing it out on a piece of paper) “It looked like this.”

I laughed out loud.

I couldn’t help it.

Me:  (after I finally stopped laughing) “That’s a heart.”

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The Most Important Person in the County

The Most Important Person in the County

 

Dear tired, weary, over-worked, beleaguered salt-truck worker,

I salute you.

For four months now….you have tried so hard.

Truly.

In November they told us all that the snow was on its way and you diligently salted the roads.

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To Paint or Not to Paint….That is the Question?

To Paint or Not to Paint….That is the Question?

 

So I went to an auction.

Don’t you love a post that starts like this?

It sounds like a really good country song.

Or a Dr. Seuss poem.

Or an updated version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

But I digress.  So I went to this auction where I planned on buying a bed and a hutch and a table….

….and I came home with a filing cabinet and these chairs.

Of course I did.

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