Painted Porch Project

Painted Porch Project

 

painted porch

Once upon a time there was a porch.

(Don’t you love a story that starts like that?)

Except this porch was a scary story.  I would tell everyone to go in the front door…just so they’d miss the porch.  It was peeling and flaking and in terrible condition.

Seriously.

It took “distressed” to a completely new level.

And now?

Now it’s all about itself.  It’s waving people in from the driveway and throwing tail-gate parties…..

….and showing off its transformation at porch fashion week (can you tell I’ve been watching Project Runway)?

And here’s the DIY for the painted porch project.Continue reading


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Birch Bark Wreath

Birch Bark Wreath

 

birch bark wreath project ideas

I started this birch bark wreath project with grandiose ideas.

I was driving down the road behind an international harvester (where I spend most of my time) and I got the brilliant (or so I thought) idea to make my own wreath.

You see….when I featured the pallet letter…I photographed it with a wreath.

A wreath that I get questions about all the time.  

So why not make it?

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Except….see the thing is….this doesn’t exactly look like the wreath I posted.

Not that it’s bad to look at.  I think it’s kind of cute.  It’s just that the other wreath is totally Brad Pit….

….and this wreath is a little like the boy you sat next to in class who spent all that time drumming on his English book with his drum sticks.

It’s trying really hard to impress you….

…but if it asked you to the homecoming dance you’d have to think twice.Continue reading


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DIY Wood Christmas Stocking Tags and the 2014 Thistlewood Stocking Collection

DIY Wood Christmas Stocking Tags and the 2014 Thistlewood Stocking Collection

 

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I almost titled this post #calmdownitsnotevenhalloweenyet

And #dontadjustyourscreenandyesthosearestockings

But I had to post because (1) I was so excited I couldn’t wait any longer to show you the stocking collection and (2) the stockings sold out last year and (3) by the time I got around to remembering to post my Christmas mantel in December they would all be gone.

So with a drum roll and clanging cymbals and a ticker tape parade….I present to you without further ado…..

 …..the 2014 Thistlewood stocking collection from South House Designs.Continue reading


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30 Minute Pumpkin Challenge – Mod Podge Pumpkins

30 Minute Pumpkin Challenge – Mod Podge Pumpkins

 

Thistlewood Decorative Pumpkin Challenge

Do you remember the show What Not To Wear?

It was amazing.

An unsuspecting woman would be walking down the street and Clinton and Stacy would jump out and be all like we are here to make you over.  And then they would take the contestant home and open her closet and start throwing all the clothes into this giant trash can while the woman looked on with a mixture of horror and intrigue…..

….like she had no idea what would happen next.

No worries…..we all knew.

Because we watched the show.

We knew they were going to offer them money to go shopping and send them off with tips and then the woman would be shopping at the store and start making bad choices again and not listening to the hosts’ sage advice and then all of a sudden Clinton and Stacy would pop out at the store and surprise them and save the day.  And of course they would find her perfect outfits and then have her show them off in front of this eight way mirror and the lady would be all like you all are the best and look how amazing I look……

…..and we would all agree and sigh and wish that Clinton and Stacy would stop us on the street.

I know….right?

I know what you are thinking.

Where were Clinton and Stacy when I was wearing my blazer?

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Halloween Front Door Decor:  Spider Web Door Mat

Halloween Front Door Decor: Spider Web Door Mat

 

easy diy project spider web door mat

I always wanted to be a hand model.

You know….the ones in the magazines holding dishwashing detergent or nail polish or a silver spoon.  They look so elegant and graceful and look like they spend the entire day playing the piano.

Except my hands are stubby.

And short.

They are always covered in spray paint or paint splatters or glitter.

That’s it.  Maybe I could be a DIY hand model…..

……because I wear Mod Podge really well. :)

(total aside:  please tell me you have been at Wal-Mart waving your hands around over in aisle seven and realized pieces of glitter were still stuck on with glue.  Oh good….let’s be friends.)Continue reading


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Ten Minute Decorating Ideas:  Wood Block Fall Banner

Ten Minute Decorating Ideas: Wood Block Fall Banner

 

diy project wood block fall banner

  Autumn Corrected Banner

Dear 10 minutes,

I am so glad you were well spent yesterday.

All 600 seconds of you.

Because I had a mantle without a banner and fall was in the air.

Seriously.

I was almost (this close) to pulling out the leg warmers from circa 1990 and adding lace to the top and going all Flashdance with my fall decorating.

Good thing I ran out of time. :) Continue reading


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Make a Pillow From a Reusable Shopping Bag

Make a Pillow From a Reusable Shopping Bag

 

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I have a collection of reusable shopping bags.

It’s like the collection that I never intended to have.  I just couldn’t help it.  I would be checking out in line somewhere and there they would be….

….the reusable shopping bags.

Patterned and cute and colorful and full of life.

“I’m going green,” I would tell myself, “for only $1.75.”

And another shopping bag would wind its way to Thistlewood.Continue reading


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Chalkboard Word Find Pumpkin

Chalkboard Word Find Pumpkin

 

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I am up to my elbows in acorns and spray paint and wooden bowls carved from stumps and mercury glass pumpkins….

….decorating for the fall house tour on Monday.

And I can’t wait to share it with you.

In the meantime….please enjoy a repeat of one of my favorite projects from last year.

Because nothing says fall….

….like a chalkboard word find pumpkin. :)

 

Remember when pumpkins were orange?

Back in the day.

Before anyone ever painted pumpkins?

Before burlap pumpkins and dryer vent pumpkins and can lid pumpkins and straw pumpkins and pumpkins made from pallet wood.

Just orange.

Orange pumpkins from the Piggly Wiggly with a carved face.

Nothing too fancy…..

…just a face with triangle eyes and a triangle nose and a moon for a mouth.

And some years you were extra fancy and cut a snaggle tooth grin.Continue reading


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