Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

Happy day.

How about some flowers with your morning?

In no particular order, here’s my favorite things about Saturday.

1.  That moment when you open your eyes and the sun is peeking out from behind the horizon and you think you overslept but then you realize it’s Saturday.

And you slide back under the covers.

2.  It’s the perfect project day.  Nothing says Saturday like a morning run to Lowe’s or Home Depot.

3.  Or when you run out of projects or you’re kind of over them and they seem all intimidating and overwhelming, it’s the perfect Hallmark movie marathon day.

4.  But my favorite thing about Saturday?  It’s Saturday.

Enough said.

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Let the Sunshine In

Let the Sunshine In

 

This is my family room.

You might have met before.

I love every nook and cranny of this room.  I love the tufted ottoman and the two love seats and the pom pom pillows and the bookcases that we built in when we remodeled the room and the window seat and the light that dances across the almost 100 year old pine floors.

I love it all.

Except.

Except for the one thing I’ve never showed you before.  I am literally biting my lip and wrinkling my forehead with a look of apprehension on my face as I type this.

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Easy Valentine Heart Project

Easy Valentine Heart Project

 

Tomorrow I’m heading to Nashville to appear on a local talk show called Talk of the Town on Channel 5.

A while back they called me and asked me if I had any fun Valentine’s day projects I could share and I told them I was born thinking up Valentine’s day projects how about this easy valentine heart project and I just needed to make sure my hair was curly and put on the most amazing pair of earrings and red lipstick and I would be there.

And besides.

Meryll Rose, one of the hosts of the show is literally one of my favorite persons on the planet.

She sparkles when she talks.

So tune into tomorrow at 11:00 if you live in the greater Nashville area and in case you live in the rest of Tennessee or one of the other 49 states, here’s the step-by-step tutorial just for you. :)Continue reading


Ladies Meet My Spring

Ladies Meet My Spring

 

There comes a day when I have to break up with winter.

It’s usually somewhere around the middle of February when the snow days have lost their luster and the gray skies don’t look like they are ever going to cheer up and all the leafless trees look like they are auditioning for a part in an Alfred Hitchcock film.

Enough already.

That’s when I tell winter he was a super cute date for the holidays and I really like mistletoe and carols and sleigh rides and he was totally hot when he showed up wearing all that white.

But now?

I’m over it.

There’s a new special someone in my life.

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Five Creative Kitchen DIY Projects

Five Creative Kitchen DIY Projects

 

Look what just showed up in my mailbox or at a local store near you.

The kitchen.

As featured in the pages of Country Woman magazine.

It is such a fun article.  There’s DIY’s and tips and kitchen decorating ideas and a few random opinions about loving what you have and decorating with yard sale finds and how we transformed our kitchen on a budget.

I read it while watching Downton Abbey last night (which just as an aside we totally need to talk about).  I so want to discuss the episode, but I don’t want to give anything away in case you haven’t watched it yet.

But can I say yikes?

And oh no.

And that I hope everything is okay.

And that I love Violet, Dowager Duchess of Grantham with my whole heart.

I’ll leave the discussion for another day and simply share some of my favorite DIY projects from our kitchen.

Welcome to my very own kitchen Academy Awards. :)Continue reading


Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

Random thoughts on a sunny Saturday morning.

1.  I just saw a commercial that said bobby pins were out of style.  Say it isn’t so.

2. Best laundry tip ever.  I added those scented beads to the last load of clothes.  The entire house smells like a meadow.

3.  I’m going to make healthy choices today.  I may or may not say that every morning, but I thought if I told you, I would stick to it.

4.  I had no idea how little I knew about anything until I had middle school girls.

I was super smart until about six months ago. :)Continue reading


The Day the Gatehouse Went All Farmhouse

The Day the Gatehouse Went All Farmhouse

 

Just know that I’m laughing as I write this.

I tried.

I really, really tried.

I tried to be fun and crazy and full of color and mix pink with orange and add giant polka dot rugs and patterned walls.

But it never really seemed to work at the Gatehouse.  I made it into my office space for the blog and set up my computer and desk and fancy calendars from the Target dollar spot and went to work.  And it was okay and fine and the polka dot rug made me smile one day out of the week.

But in the end?

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Extra Butterflies Included

Extra Butterflies Included

 

This week the twins and I spent 112 hours and 47 minutes discussing the middle school Valentine’s dance.

It’s all so new, this dance thing.  The first of many.  And so it goes without saying that it requires intense discussion and analysis.

Hours on hours of conversation on what to wear and is a dress too much and should you curl your hair or wear it straight or look all casual with a carefully constructed messy bun.  And then there’s the whole boy thing.  Which boy might ask them to the dance and which boy they wanted to ask them and does any one really even dance because they don’t know how and should they just do the nae nae?

And all those butterflies in their stomach.

Super important overwhelming stuff.

And somewhere about hour 97, the twins asked me a question.  “Even though I’ve been married for a hundred years, did I ever get butterflies anymore?

I laughed out loud and said yes.  Even now, I can still look at their father across a crowded room and see him smile at me with a twinkle in his brown eyes and melt just a little and feel a familiar flutter.

So today, I wanted to re-share one of my favorite love stories from the blog.

Butterflies included.Continue reading