Farmhouse House Tour

Farmhouse House Tour

 

Fall Letters

Happy almost September 1.

Happy almost fall.

Happy almost pumpkin patch and corn stalks and candy corn.

The leaves are falling and it’s 92 degrees….

….and I adore my brother.

He surprised me with a little video farmhouse home tour he created just for me.Continue reading


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Craft Room Organization

Craft Room Organization

 

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Once upon a time there was a craft room.

Don’t you just love stories that start like that….

…..and end with happily ever after?

Stories about a gate house with a tanning bed room that was rescued from a castle tower….after it let down it’s long golden hair.

A tanning bed room transformed with craft room chairs and a craft room desk and a craft room chalk board and plenty of craft room organization.

And a plethora of old tanning bed electrical outlets.

*sigh*

Me, too.Continue reading


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Peace On Earth

Peace On Earth

 
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Have you ever gotten a song stuck in your head?

You heard it in the grocery store or on the radio or in the elevator.

And then you hear it over and over and over again.

You think it’s gone….and the next thing you know….you’re humming in line at the McDonald’s drive-through.

This is what was in my head playlist yesterday.

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This Post is Brought to You By the Letter A

This Post is Brought to You By the Letter A

 

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Here at Thistlewood…..we are right in the middle of PSAT prep.

Practice tests and sharpened number two pencils and geometry and vocabulary and reading comprehension and other mind-spinning subjects.

Our oldest is getting ready to represent in the world of standardized testing.

{gulp}

Yesterday he was entering kindergarten.

And then I blinked.
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DIY Transom Window

 
DIY transom window project made from an old window thistlewoodfarms.com

If you happen to live in Kentucky and you happen to live at the end of a winding country road that happens to wind its way by the chicken barn and the horse farm and happens to go over the hill by the old barn and the cornfield.  

And you happen to be going by my house…..I totally just made the best sweet tea.

Seriously.

Not too sweet.

With a hint of sunshine.

With fresh squeezed limes.

And plenty of knock-knock jokes.

DIY transom window project made from an old window thistlewoodfarms.com

And if you stop by for limes and sweet tea and knock-knock jokes…..will you remember it’s trash day…..

….and can you keep your eye out for a window?

Preferably one that’s a little broken and worn that needs a little TLC….

….with 40 panes.

I really need another transom.

 

Remember when I found that broken over-sized window in the trash last year.

Sitting there….calling my name.

And I drove it through town…..in the back of a truck with the entire county talking.

And then we made a monthly chalkboard calendar for the family room wall.

And with all those the extra panes….

….we made a transom.

DIY transom window project made from an old window thistlewoodfarms.com

How to Make DIY Transom Window

Supplies

old window

3 trim pieces

imagination

elbow grease

knock-knock jokes

DIY transom window project made from an old window thistlewoodfarms.com

Step 1:  Measure space in opening

We had a 6 foot opening between the family room and the kitchen.

It was so….well…so square.

The transom was the perfect solution.

Enter old window panes.

Each window measures roughly a foot across so we created a six window transom.

We didn’t have six windows across.

I think we had four.

The key is the piece of base trim.  We attached all the windows to the base trim to create one long transom.

Then we added another piece of trim to the top to attach the windows to the opening.

(total aside:  When I say we…I was the one telling knock-knock jokes while my husband created the transom)

DIY transom window project made from an old window thistlewoodfarms.com

 

Step 2:  Add an extra trim piece on end to make sure transom looks built in

Our space was just a little bit larger than six feet.

No worries.

We just added an extra trim piece to fill the space on the end.

Then we painted and caulked and added wood filler.

(total aside:  if you don’t live in Kentucky and it’s not trash day where you live….you could always recreate this look without the windows by simply adding moldings to create the look of windows without the glass).

DIY transom window project made from an old window thistlewoodfarms.com

Knock knock

Who’s there?

Owl’s say.

Owl’s say who?

Yes….they do.  :)

Happy sweet tea and trash day to you.  :)


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DIY Transom Window

DIY Transom Window

 

DIY transom window project made from an old window thistlewoodfarms.com

If you happen to live in Kentucky and you happen to live at the end of a winding country road that happens to wind its way by the chicken barn and the horse farm and happens to go over the hill by the old barn and the cornfield.  

And you happen to be going by my house…..I totally just made the best sweet tea.

Seriously.

Not too sweet.

With a hint of sunshine.

With fresh squeezed limes.

And plenty of knock-knock jokes.Continue reading


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Monogram Welcome Mat

Monogram Welcome Mat

curb-appeal-ideas-the-gatehouse

I made a monogram welcome mat the other day….

…..and I cried.

I couldn’t help it.

I was printing and taping and cutting out letters….

…..and watching the first episode of the new season of Duck Dynasty.

Please tell me you watched it.

Romeo and Juliet have nothing on Phil and Miss Kay.Continue reading


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Win a Tempur-Pedic Mattress and a Design Consultation from Design Sponge #Choiceisyours

Win a Tempur-Pedic Mattress and a Design Consultation from Design Sponge #Choiceisyours

 
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Have you ever thought a lot about mattresses?

Not me.

Here’s my not-thought-about-very-much mattress.

I never really make time to think about it because I’m too busy decorating it.

I’m always adding bedding and down comforters and monogrammed pillow shams and cotton duvet covers.

But thinking about the actual mattress?  Ummmm….never.

And besides?  Aren’t all mattresses created equal?

That’s exactly what I thought.Continue reading


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