Thistlekeeping and a New App

Thistlekeeping and a New App

 

Happy beautiful Saturday morning.

I hope the sun is shining where you are.

I’m on my second cup of coffee and it’s not even 8:00am yet.  There’s a big day ahead full of baseball games and room makeovers and making a pallet wood project and sanding wood floors and trying out this hair tutorial and a new tube of red lipstick for concession stand duty.

Whew.

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The True Smile of a Champion

The True Smile of a Champion

 

They are growing up so quickly….these four, incredible little people who live at the farmhouse.

Once they were tiny and running around wearing princess crowns and dinosaur hats.

And then I blinked.

Never was that blinking more apparent than this week.  You see….I’m working on a top-secret project that involves stories.  I can’t talk about it and my fingers and all ten toes are crossed and as soon as I can say….you will be the first to know.

But for now, it’s just me and my stories.

And here’s one of my favorites with a little bit of embellishment….again.Continue reading


5 Tips for Taking Pictures During the Golden Hour

5 Tips for Taking Pictures During the Golden Hour

 

There’s a term in photography called the golden hour.

It’s the first hour of the day while the sun is rising and the last hour of the day while the sun is setting.

The world is bathed in a golden glow and all around you are sparkles of light.

And the best part?

Even without a fancy camera or a lot of photography knowledge or even just simply using your phone….

….you can take pictures that look like a camera crew came to your house and styled an entire photo shoot for you.

Here’s five tips for taking pictures during the golden hour.

photography tips

1.  Figure out what time the golden hour is where you live

It’s easier than you think.

You can use this site or I also found this app.

But truth?

I didn’t use either one.  I just woke up and looked out my window and saw the glow and grabbed my camera and started taking pictures on the farm.

Sometimes the best way to find the golden hour is just to watch.

the golden hour photography tips with the farm

2.  Take advantage of shadows

When the sun is low in the horizon, the shadows can make even the ordinary extraordinary.

This is the bridge near the entrance to the farm.

See how the shadows make a simple stone bridge look like a piece of art.

golden hour photo ideas

the golden hour photo tips

3.  Use the light to frame ordinary objects

This is a branch silhouetted against the sky.

I simply focused on the branch and used the warm sunlight and golden glow as a backdrop.

So much bokeh….so little time.

tips for taking pictures during the golden hour

photo tips

4.  Wait

Sometimes for a picture all you need is timing.  For example, when I first took this picture….I took it without the sun.

A little boring.

Then I waited.

I waited for the sun to peep out from behind the clouds and create a spotlight for just a moment.

Perfect, beautiful golden hour.

the golden hour photography tips

5.  Enjoy the moment

I know it’s silly.

I get it.  But taking pictures when you are singing to Colbie Caillet at the top of your lungs on a farm with the golden hour swirling around you?

Priceless.

And so I’m going all CBS Sunday Morning on you and leave you with these golden hour pictures and the words of the song of the month here at Thistlewood….click here if you want to sing along.

And just in case no one mentioned yet today….let me be the first.

You are a rock star.

You don’t have to try so hard

You don’t have to give it all away

You just have to get up, get up, get up

You don’t have to change a single thing

You don’t have to try, try, try

You don’t have to try, try, try

You don’t have to try, try, try

You don’t have to try

Take your make-up off

Let your hair down

Take a breath

Look into the mirror at yourself

Don’t like you?

Cause I like you


Book Folding 101 or Wait Until You See What This Book Looks Like Now

Book Folding 101 or Wait Until You See What This Book Looks Like Now

 

There are moments in life when you realize that even the ordinary….

….can become extraordinary.

(total aside:  I know you might not have had a cup of coffee yet….but I wanted you to know we are going all profound this morning)

Truly.

Like this simple Kentucky law book.

Out-of-date.  Destined for the trash.  Overlooked.  Under appreciated.  Forlorn.

Okay….you get the picture.

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The Great Change-Up The Second Chapter

The Great Change-Up The Second Chapter

This is a sponsored post is brought to you by CREE LED light bulbs.

Remember our intense and exciting discussion about the great change-up of 2015?

I was talking big.

Really big.

I was changing this room to that room and that room to this room….and so on.

And I did.

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

I wanted to correct an oversight pointed out to me by the official Pi historian who lives at the farmhouse.

Total my bad.

Last Saturday was Pi Day….

….and I missed it.

Normally I salute a Pi Day with a wave and a nod and a simple shrug of my shoulders.

But this one?  It only happens once a century.

The perfect Pi day.

 3/14/15.

And at 9:26 and 53 seconds Pi perfection is achieved.

Cue the standing ovation and a ticker tape parade. :)Continue reading


A Little Bit of Home

A Little Bit of Home

 

Sometimes in life there comes that awful, agonizing moment when you realize you can’t go home anymore.

I’m not talking about this home.

I’m talking about the home where you grew up.  Where you played hopscotch and taught school to your dolls and climbed trees and decorated your room with Laura Ashley wallpaper and watched your mother make pancakes every Saturday morning.

And where you first kissed your boyfriend.

And years later walked arm in arm with him up the back steps after you said “I do.”

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Best Trash to Treasure Project Ever

Best Trash to Treasure Project Ever

 

This is the story of the best trash to treasure project ever.

In the history of ever.

My brother came to visit and loved his chalkboard and made me laugh and roll my eyes and drank all my diet coke….

….and brought me a table.

If this is your first time visiting that might seem unusual.  If you have read this blog for more than five minutes you’re not in the least surprised.  That’s how my brother rolls.

This is the brother of the pallet wood letter and the pallet wood letter the second verse and the pallet wood clock and the pallet wood boxes that look like people.

He never met a piece of pallet wood he didn’t like.Continue reading