A Really, Really, Really Big Favor

A Really, Really, Really Big Favor

 

This is Buddy.

He’s the one with the ball in his mouth.

Several years ago we rescued him from our local Humane Society.

We didn’t really pick him.  It’s more like he picked us.  We were told he rambunctious and was full of energy and life and mischievousness.

Oh good, we thought.

He’ll fit right in. :)Continue reading


What Real Life Looks Like House Tour

What Real Life Looks Like House Tour

 

I remember reading an article about a model who threw up her hands and told the world she was sick of perfection and photo shopping and in protest posted pictures of herself without any photo retouching.

She showed her wrinkles and her moles and all her flaws.

And I read the article and looked at the pictures and thought to myself….

….there’s something wonderful about imperfection.

And it got me thinking about our house.

And how I’m always showing you the finished and the styled and rooms without a hair out of place and you might be drinking coffee and rolling your eyes and wondering where my television set is.

Truth.

Houses were meant for living.

So yesterday, I walked through the house and took pictures to show our house in real life.  I left everything where it was and photographed the imperfection, the during, the living, the orange juice and the hairy dog brush.

Here’s a little bit of what real life looks like at the farmhouse.Continue reading


Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

Random thoughts on a Memorial Day weekend:

1.  I love the lady with the Chewbacca mask.  May we all live life with so much joy at the smallest of things.

2.  I had no idea when I wrote this post that this tip would go viral.  Apparently we all have couches that need assistance.

3.  I’m officially addicted to Family Feud.  I can’t help myself.  Steve Harvey has the best facial expressions.

4.  I ditched the purple and painted my toes red.  Just like my Lee Press On Nails from this military love story.

5.  Someone asked me if I had big plans for Memorial Day weekend and I said no.  I said I was just spending it with family and friends.

And then I thought just having family and friends around?

I wouldn’t have it any other way. :)Continue reading


The Day I Cried In the Parking Lot

The Day I Cried In the Parking Lot

 

It’s been almost a year to the day that a tiny four pound ball of fur entered our lives.

I say ball of fur because I’m hesitant to refer to him as a dog just in case he’s reading this over my shoulder.  Because the thing is (just between us)….

….he thinks he’s human.

When we read, he reads.

When we walk, he walks.

When we laugh, he grins.

When we watch the Real Housewives of New York City and think how cute Bethany’s new hairstyle is, he agrees.

And when we have a dance party to Uptown Funk….

…he applauds from the sidelines.

So to celebrate his anniversary, I’m re-sharing a story about love.

And a little dog called Bonzai.Continue reading


Before and After Imagination Craft Room Redesign

Before and After Imagination Craft Room Redesign

 

Today I’m going all Adele and telling you hello.

Remember when FrogTape challenged me to take an empty room and transform it with paint and color and $1000?

Cue the drums.

Cue the ticker tape parade.

Cue the pots and pans and wooden spoons in your kitchen.

Today is the day for a little before and after craft room amazingness.

Are you ready?  Have your party hat on?  Ready for choreography and dance moves?  Memorized all the verses to Eye of the Tiger?

Oh good.  Me, too. :)Continue reading


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.

Now let’s get this tour started.Continue reading


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.

Ready for a little before and after?Continue reading


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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