10 Beach Inspired Decorating Ideas

10 Beach Inspired Decorating Ideas

 

beach-inspired-decorating

Many is the summer I have stared at this ocean.

There was the year I decided to collect sea glass (#muchharderthanitlooks).

There was the year I wanted to go the blondest of the blonde that there ever was (#unfortunatechoice).

And there was the year we saw a shark (#stayoutoftheocean).

Whatever the year.

Whatever the experience.  I always leave a little wiser and more joyful and ready to take on the next year.

But what if you could have a little beach with you all year long?

Here’s 10 beach inspired decorating ideas to bring the beach home.Continue reading


Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 
fourth garden view

Happy Fourth of July.

We are having an almost-turned-out-recipe picnic courtesy of Pinterest today.

You know.

The one where you pin everything you are going to make and the pictures all look amazing and you know this is going to be the Fourth of July for the record books.

Except.

Except your brownie stars are falling apart and your red jello layered dessert is sliding down the bowl and when you pour the white Sprite with the red fruit punch with the blue Gatorade and it supposed to layer and look red, white and blue and instead….

…..you toast our country with a big glass of purple.

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Life Lessons From a House

Life Lessons From a House

 

Container Garden Tips

I know I’ve mentioned this before…..

….but I wake up my house.

Some people might think it’s silly or random or a little odd, and I totally get that.

But it’s kind of my thing.

You see….we are best friends…..my house and I.

In the morning when the sun is peeking its sleepy head around the corner and shining through the vintage panes of the windows and the house is quiet and no one is awake yet to ask where the Captain Crunch is ….

….we have a heart to heart.

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I’m a Little Measuring Cup

I’m a Little Measuring Cup

 
decorating with collections

I’m on my second cup of coffee and humming and laughing to myself as I write this.  You see, when I was little I thought I could sing.

Like really, really sing.

Like call me an agent, I’m available for a record label type of singing.

I would sit in the back of my parents’ station wagon with the seat put down and my brothers and sisters as my audience and belt out song after song.

My repertoire was wide and varied.  I sang anything from Amazing Grace to I’m a Little Teapot with my own special twist….

….and choreography.

Bless my heart.

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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…..

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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