When Life Gives You Project Lemons

When Life Gives You Project Lemons

 

This post is sponsored by HomeRight.

Painted Dresser DIY

I almost laughed when I posted this picture.

It looks so pretty and pristine.  Right?  Every detail where it should be.  Like butter would melt in its mouth.

A painted dresser that I would take out for scones and sweet tea.

But where we started?

The road to get here?  It was bumpy and rough and full of pitfalls.  To quote George Costanza, “The sea was angry that day my friends.”

So here’s the day in the life of a project that was working overtime to turn into a lemon…..

….but I snatched it from the jaws of defeat and turned it into project lemonade.Continue reading



IKEA Hack Bathroom Shelf

IKEA Hack Bathroom Shelf

 
IKEA Hack Bathroom Shelf

You know it’s a good IKEA hack when your children are impressed.

They are a tough crowd.

You can completely create a paneled wall from 1 x 2’s and they shrug.

Add a plate rack (with a recipe) to the kitchen?  Maybe a raised eyebrow.

But make shelves on a bathroom organizer?  Take 30 minutes to make a project and have the peanut gallery stand up and cheer?

Winner winner chicken dinner.Continue reading



Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 
Thanksgiving Table Ideas DIY

Random thoughts on a cloudy Saturday morning:

1.  I’m collecting measuring cups.  I just decided.  They have to be white or cream with writing and I’m up to four different cups right now.  That counts as a collection….right?

2.  I am bursting at the seams to tell you about four different amazing things that are going on at the same time.  As soon as I can I will.

3.  Does anyone have a biscuit recipe?  I mean like a melt-in-your-mouth-sit-back-and-say-your-prayers kind of biscuit?  If so, can you share?

4.  I went to Joanna Gaines’ shop and bought her signature candle.  It’s like the perfect summer day.  I wish blogs offered smell-a-vision so I could share the scent with you.

5.  I just finished the book Orphan Train.  You have to read it.  It was amazing.

6.  And wish me luck.  I have a baseball game, the water park and grocery shopping today.

Good times. :)Continue reading



Painted Porch Swing Project

Painted Porch Swing Project

 

painted porch swing project

What was I thinking?

Seriously?

Yesterday I posted a southern table setting and gave away dishes and asked you all what you would bring to the dinner party.

And you did not disappoint.

We were on a family trip and we started reading the dish selection aloud.  And sighed.  And read them again.

One. by. one.

In Arkansas we read about pecan pie and homemade biscuits and corn salad.  In Missouri we read about peach cobbler and homemade ice cream and ice box cake.  In Tennessee we read about macaroni and cheese and freshly picked berry pie and cheesecake with strawberries.

And in Kentucky we were hungry….

….and so we stopped for ice cream.

Thanks for sharing.  If you want to check out what everyone is bringing to the dinner party (there’s even some recipes posted) or enter the giveaway….you can check it out here.

In the meantime, read on to see how I painted my porch swing. :)Continue reading



You Know Your Place Setting is Southern When…. (And a Giveaway)

You Know Your Place Setting is Southern When…. (And a Giveaway)

 
boxwood wreath place setting

My friend, Kristy Woodson Harvey wrote a book.

It’s called Dear Carolina.  I read it months ago and I couldn’t put it down.  As in stay-up-all-night-when-you-should-be-sleeping-and-glance-at-the-clock-at-3:45-in-the-morning-and-wonder-where-all-the-time-has-gone kind of book.

It’s about a beautiful designer named Khaki who is a blogger with an incredible sense of style and it follows her incredible, poignant journey to becoming a mother.  So to help promote the book, we thought it would be fun if we partnered with Mikasa and challenged some bloggers to create a table decorated from the perspective of Khaki, the southern designer.

So with much fanfare and milk glass….

…..you know your place setting is southern when….Continue reading



Five Simple 10 Minute Organizing Ideas

Five Simple 10 Minute Organizing Ideas

 
kitchen organization diy project

I have a cabinet in my house that attacked me last week.

Seriously.

I’m so not even kidding.

Like something out of a horror movie.

I opened the doors to get a plastic container for left-overs and two pitchers, four lids, a foil pan that used to cover a casserole and 47 tiny spice jars reached out and bit me.

Do you have a cabinet like that?

Oh good.

Because my cabinet needs friends. :)Continue reading



FREE “I Hope You Dance” Printable

FREE “I Hope You Dance” Printable

 

I hope you dance

If this blog could have a theme song, “I hope you dance” would be it.

There’s something about the words that resonates with all of us.

About a month into writing this blog I posted about my tiny twins and their twirly whirly skirts.

Here’s an excerpt from where it all began:

Yesterday one of the twins asked for a twirly whirly skirt. 

I guess twirly whirly skirts are all the rage if you are nine and Hannah Montana is your fashion icon.  

I saw her outside one day. 

Arms lifted to the sky.

Blonde hair floating in the wind.Continue reading



Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

Comparison

Theodore Roosevelt was brilliant.

In between being president and riding with the rough riders and speaking softly and carrying a big stick….

….he said something that has stuck with me forever.

Comparison is the thief of joy.

Everyone experiences it.

Everyone.  

At some time in everyone’s life, we all encounter a situation where someone is smarter or funnier or richer or wittier or more stylish with better hair and a house that dirt wouldn’t show up if you paid it to.  And we all compare ourselves.  And feel smaller.

STOP.

You are amazing.

Truly.  

Don’t ever forget that the you that you are is so bright and funny and witty and clever and unique and special and wonderful and shines so brightly….

….that the rest of have to wear shades. :)Continue reading