The One Pillow Every Chair Needs

The One Pillow Every Chair Needs

 

hooked wool pillow

When I was growing up, I spent every summer on Cape Cod.

#bestsummersever

We spent days on the beach with the sand between our toes and evenings with my grandmother sharing the highs and lows of the day over tiny wooden bowls filled with Cheeto puff balls and glasses of ginger ale perched on wooden chairs with hooked rug covers.

My grandmother was fancy.

You would have loved her.

She wore red lipstick, too, and pearls.  She drank Pepsi by the gallon, loved to dance, wore cat eye glasses and had the most amazing laugh.

She laughed and the world laughed along with her.Continue reading



Before and After File Cabinet Makeover

Before and After File Cabinet Makeover

 


file cabinet makeover before and after

I almost called this post “what I found at the auction: the sequel.”

I found this filing cabinet at that same auction and bought it for $5.00.

Surprisingly no one else bid on it.

They were too busy focusing on the tractor equipment and power tools to pay attention the beautiful lines of this filing cabinet.

But not me.

I was so excited I almost bid against myself.Continue reading



How To Make Sweet Tea Taste Better

How To Make Sweet Tea Taste Better

 
back porch dining

 

If you are from the south you were probably raised on sweet tea.

You know.

That perfect glass of iced cold goodness that quenches the thirst and fills the heart and makes the sun shine brighter.

In my search for the perfect glass of sweet tea with the perfect ratio of sugar to tea and ice, I came up with the answer to that age-old question.

Here’s how to make sweet tea taste better.

(and it’s totally not what you think).  :)Continue reading



Laundry Room Refresh Without a Side of High Heels

Laundry Room Refresh Without a Side of High Heels

 
laundry room

Yesterday when my husband was installing the new cornice board over the shower in the laundry room….

….I went all I Love Lucy on him.

Didn’t she always putter around the house wearing red lipstick and high heels?

Valiantly trying with only the best intentions and the best heart and the best ideas to help Ricky with something.

Just so she could tell Ethel all about it later.Continue reading



Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

summer-mantel

We went to see the BEST movie last night.

I really wanted to write that whole sentence in caps….but it might seem like I was yelling.

It’s called The Longest Ride and it stars Clint Eastwood’s son, Scott Eastwood.

Just his smile alone will make you melt.

He’s like a non-brooding Clint with a grin riding a bull off into the sunset.  And the movie has the BEST ending.

Total spoiler alert.  

They all live happily-ever-after. :)Continue reading



Simple Landscape Lighting Ideas

Simple Landscape Lighting Ideas

 

This post was written in partnership with Trex outdoor lighting.

landscape lighting suggestions

Eight years ago when we jumped and moved across America to the country it was because we wanted to hear the crickets chirping and smell fresh cut hay and follow winding country paths home….

….and see the stars.

And stars are wonderful.

And amazing.

And fill the night sky with twinkling joy.

But just between us….when I walked outside to those chirping crickets and smelled the hay and walked those winding paths, those stars twinkled over a beautiful farmhouse was just a big blur in the twilight.

Until now.

Now it’s lit up to perfection and we can check landscape lighting off our bucket list.

So if outdoor lighting is on your bucket list….

….here’s a few simple landscape lighting tips from our house to yours.Continue reading



How to Paint a Wood Sign (and Build a Frame, too)

How to Paint a Wood Sign (and Build a Frame, too)

 
how to paint a wood sign graphic

You were right.

Of course you were.

Why didn’t I listen to you earlier?  Lark Rise to Candleford is wonderful.

I’m not even through the first season, but I want to live there.  Well, I really want to live in Candleford and marry the squire.

I want to be friend with Bates….I mean Robert Timmins…..the intelligent, but somewhat opinionated and difficult stonemason.

I want to walk those back pastures and roads and wander through the English countryside and work at the post office.

Oh….and wear one of those hats.

However, I live in 2015 in the Kentucky countryside where we don’t have squires or thatched roofs or opinionated stonemasons.

But we do paint signs.

Want to make one of your own?  Here’s the DIY on how to build the frame and paint the sign.Continue reading



A Few Cards Shy of a Full Deck

A Few Cards Shy of a Full Deck

 
happy mother's day

This is what Pinterest inspired the twins to make for my Mother’s Day present.

Bless you Pinterest.

I love it.

I think the original project might have been titled “52 reasons why we love you.”

52 cards.

52 reasons.

But here at Thistlewood we always seem to be a few cards shy of a full deck. :)Continue reading