The Best Way to Remove Wallpaper

The Best Way to Remove Wallpaper


Before we begin.  Before we discuss the best way to remove wallpaper….I’m adding a disclaimer……

…..I’m not a professional wallpaper remover.

Not even close.

I never went to wallpaper college or studied up or took a class on the ins and outs of pasted on paper.

But what I am… so much better.

I’m the girl who bought an old farmhouse in the country that had rooms and rooms and rooms of brightly patterned walls….

…..and I removed that wallpaper from every single one.

I think that qualifies me for a wallpaper Phd. :) Continue reading




Okay…total couch to 5K update.

I walked/ran 2 miles…..

….to Christmas songs.


I couldn’t help it.  The app started and they told me 3…..2……1.  And I was off and walking.

No turning back.

No changing the song.

Just me and the open road…..

….and “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas.” :)

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The App That Inspired Me to Tell My Story

The App That Inspired Me to Tell My Story


If you have read this blog for more than two minutes…..

….you know I love to tell stories.

Like the time I found out I was a Venn Diagram.

Or the time my roast became the talk of the county.

And the time my Mayflower table came to town.

And on and on and on.Continue reading

What I Never Knew I Needed From the Clearance Aisle

What I Never Knew I Needed From the Clearance Aisle


The other day Hobby Lobby had an 80% off sale.  And since nothing says date night more than rows and rows of urns and picture frames and pillows and bird’s nests marked with yellow stickers for a mere fraction of their original price….

….I brought my husband along for the treasure hunt.

He stopped to join all the other patient husbands in the front by the candy aisle and I took off in a full sprint to the back of the store.

First one aisle….then another.  And then…..half way down aisle two….I saw it.

You know…IT.

The thing that you find…..that you never knew that you wanted….that you had absolutely, positively no idea that you ever even needed….

….until you find it and wonder how you have existed until this moment without having it in your life.

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Ten Minute Decorating Idea For a Farmhouse Bathroom

Ten Minute Decorating Idea For a Farmhouse Bathroom


farmhouse bathroom

A long time ago in a land far away when I first started writing this blog….

… farmhouse bathroom was featured on a really really big website.

I couldn’t believe it.

I was so excited and told anyone who would listen and called my mom and my sister-in-law and several random neighbors to tell them the news.

It was the best thing to happen since sliced bread….

….and spray-on self-tanning lotion. :) Continue reading

Chalkboard with Cork Board Frame

Chalkboard with Cork Board Frame


True fact:  I’m not an organizer….

….I just play one on the blog. :)

You see….when you write a blog….your rooms always look tidy and neat and organized and clean.

Not a thing out of place.

Of course they are.

Because they only have to be clean for a moment to take a picture and if you forget to dust or vacuum or wipe away the cobwebs….

….there’s always photo shop.  :)

For example….when I went to photograph the craft room at the gatehouse it looked like this…..Continue reading




I’m training for a 5K.

Please pick your chin up off the floor.

It’s true.

And I’m just as surprised as  you are.

I’m using an app called “Couch to 5k.”  Have you ever heard of it?  It’s designed to get you off the couch (preferably one as beautiful as this couch from the Southern Living House Tour).   You walk 4 minutes and then you run a minute and then you walk two minutes….and on and on and on for about half an hour.

When I start I pretend like I’m in a movie.

At the beginning it’s “Chariots of Fire”….but by the end….

….it looks a little like “Are We There Yet”?  :)Continue reading

Blue and Yellow Farmhouse Bedroom

Blue and Yellow Farmhouse Bedroom


Have you ever wondered where the name Thistlewood Farm comes from?

I know you will be totally surprised at this….

….but there’s a story. 

Are you rolling your eyes at me right now and nodding?

You knew it….right?

Because around here….it always begins and ends with once upon a time. :) Continue reading