Ch Ch Ch Changes

Ch Ch Ch Changes

 
Painting Projects

Good morning sunshine.

Top of the morning to you.

I’m in the beautiful football loving state of Alabama today working on a historic show house and DIYing it all day today.  We are building a kitchen island and making a headboard out of a door and picture frames out of molding and I’m picking out furniture and incorporating it with a selection of antiques from the original owners and measuring and dreaming and planning and decorating.

And drinking coffee.

Lots and lots of coffee.

If you want to follow along with my adventures today, you can find me on Instagram and Periscope (it’s an app for your phone and my name is @ThistlewoodFarm).Continue reading


DIY Wood Slice Wreath (3 Different Ways)

DIY Wood Slice Wreath (3 Different Ways)

 
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Around here we are partying like its woodsliceapalooza.

You know.

That celebration that happens when a tree falls in your back yard and you pause for a moment of sadness and then all you can see is the endless possibilities and projects and ideas and fall decorations.

Good times.

Here’s what my back porch looks like right now.  Stacks and stacks and stacks of these.  34 to be exact.  This weekend I stared at them and they all started talking and filling my head with ideas and I grabbed my paint brush and this is what happened.Continue reading


How to Stain a Deck (the Easy Way)

How to Stain a Deck (the Easy Way)

 

This post is sponsored by HomeRight.

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We have stained and painted a lot of decks and porches around our house.

Like this one.

And this one.

It’s our permanent hobby along with power washing the siding and edging the lawn.

And every time we paint (and by we…I mean me and the mouse in my pocket) it’s a lot of bending and stretching and getting up to go to the paint bucket…

….and a lot of time.

Until now.Continue reading


Wood Slice Centerpiece

Wood Slice Centerpiece

 

Fallen Tree

Last week this happened.

Yep.

One minute you have a storm with torrential rain and high winds and thunder and lightening.

And the next minute you have sunshine and hay and green grass and blue skies….

….and a tree down.Continue reading


Ice Box Cake in a Jar (Revisited)

Ice Box Cake in a Jar (Revisited)

 
Ice Box Cake In a Jar

When I was younger my granny used to make this dessert called Icebox Cake.

It was my favorite.

Like stand in the kitchen and watch and sigh and giggle and try to stick my fingers in the whipped cream and wipe the bowl clean kind of favorite.

Lately, I’ve been trying to start a few traditions around here and I thought it would be the perfect first day of after school snack.  I would make it and have it chilled and ready and covered with whipped cream and tiny chocolate chips. And when everyone got off the bus I would greet them at the door and they’d snack and I’d hear all the middle school gossip.

And in my new tradition day dream I would be having the perfect hair day….

…..wearing an apron.Continue reading


Back to School Office Organization (and a Little Before and After)

Back to School Office Organization (and a Little Before and After)

 

This post was written in collaboration with Birch Lane.

office basket

metal handled basket

In not-organization news I spent a not-productive Sunday watching an entire marathon of Flea Market Flip.

Have you ever seen that show?

It features two teams of two people who meet at a flea market and are given a certain amount of money and an hour and three categories of projects to create and they have to shop the market and buy loads of sad, neglected parts of this and that and turn it into something amazing.  Then then the next day they bring their treasures back to the market and try to sell them and whoever makes the most profit wins $5000.

I know all of this because I spent hours yesterday watching the show.

I couldn’t help it.

As soon as I saw the teams I would start rooting for one of them and when I saw what they bought I had to see what they turned it into and then I had to see who won.  And I kept thinking that this was going to be the last show and that any minute an episode of House Hunters was about to be on.

Good thing I got all organized before the whole Flip Market Flip debaucle.

And here’s how I did it.Continue reading


Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 
Fall Transitional Mantel

Yesterday I drove my teenage son to McDonald’s to get a snack on my way into town.  We had just eaten lunch 30 minutes ago and he and his hollow leg were hungry again.

I thought a snack might tide him over until dinner.

A snack.

In the drive-through he ordered an entire cheeseburger meal and asked if it was okay if he ordered apple pies for dessert.

“What?” I said and stared at him incredulously.  “Seriously? We just ate lunch.”

“I know mom”, he said.  “But this is linner.”

Linner.

You know.

The meal between lunch and dinner.  :)Continue reading


Five Creative Chalkboard Project Ideas

Five Creative Chalkboard Project Ideas

 

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I vaguely remember a world before chalkboard paint.

It’s kind of hazy, but I’m pretty sure it co-incided with phones that had rotary dials and clock radios with numbers that flipped.

I can’t pin point an exact date when I discovered it, but I think it all started with this 40-pane window that we rescued from the trash and drove down the back roads to our house.

When I saw it in the trash, it called my name and told me it was a calendar in disguise.

I speak trash, so I understood perfectly.

chalkboard-calendar

The challenge was I didn’t know how to get from point A (the trash) to point B (a giant chalkboard calendar for my family room wall).

Enter chalkboard paint.

And now we’re best friends.

Forever.

In case you need a little friendship and some inspiration today, I’m a chalkboard matchmaker.

And here’s a few of my favorite chalkboard projects to get your relationship started.

giant oversized chalkboard

Giant Over-sized Chalkboard

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Chalkboard Bicycle Wheel Calendar

Word-Search

Chalkboard Word Find

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Chalkboard Word Find Pumpkins

(I LOVE THESE)

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Reverse Lettered Chalkboard Sign

PS  Hope you enjoyed meeting my BFF.

You can see all the rest of my chalkboard projects…..here.

PPS  Thanks to Homes.com for the inspiration behind this post.  You can see the original post (with a lot more explanation on the projects)….here.

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