Bead and Pom Pom Garland

Bead and Pom Pom Garland

 

Beaded PomPom Garland

Two random thoughts on a cold, wintry December morning:

1. Have you ever listened to all the verses of It Came Upon a Midnight Clear?

2. How do you decorate your mantel for winter?

I know what you’re thinking.

These are deep, introspective thoughts that make you go hmmmm.

Not. :) Continue reading


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How to Build a Raised Paneled Wall

How to Build a Raised Paneled Wall

 
Office Thistlewood

Recently I created a room for Sherwin-Williams to showcase their color of the year, SW 6606 Coral Reef.

I decorated the office and added gold accents and a gold weather vane and white leather chairs and a furry rug.

But my favorite thing in the room?

The project that makes my heart beat faster and makes me want to sing all four verses of Joy to the World…

….and compose a fifth.

The raised paneled wall.

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It looks so hard….but it was much easier than it looks.

Truly.

And just in case you saw it and wanted to make your own….

….here are easy directions on how to build a raised paneled wall.

Drumroll please.

 

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Easy Last Minute Ornament Gift Idea (and a Fun Video)

Easy Last Minute Ornament Gift Idea (and a Fun Video)

 
monogram ornament

Remember the time that you created a simple personalized ornament for a segment on television in Nashville?

You were ready.

You had the cutest necklace and spent hours curling your hair and wore the best shade of red lipstick.

You and the project were going to be amazing.

A ratings blockbuster.

All over Nashville people would put down their coffee cups and stop whatever they were doing to watch incredulously as you created a monogrammed ornament project in minutes.Continue reading


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Chalkboard Christmas Tree

Chalkboard Christmas Tree

 
Chalkboard Christmas Tree

To quote the famous Barbara Mandrell….

….I was chalkboard when chalkboard wasn’t cool.

Cue the banjos.

I remember eight years ago when I found peel and stick chalkboard vinyl tucked away in the back of a bin.  I’d never seen it before.  I nominated myself town chalkboard crier and called 47 people and informed them that you could officially peel and stick chalkboard.

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Paint Stick Christmas Tree

Paint Stick Christmas Tree

turn paint sticks into a Christmas tree

I know what you are thinking.

But let me assure you…..no paint sticks were mooched in the making of this paint stick Christmas tree.

No-mooched paint sticks.

It’s kind of my thing.Continue reading


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Seven Handmade Gift Ideas and a Giveaway

Seven Handmade Gift Ideas and a Giveaway

seven creative handmade gift ideas

Every year I exchange handmade gifts with my brothers and sisters.

We began the whole handmade gift tradition over 10 years ago when we were just starting our families and our creativity far exceeded our wallets.  At first we started small with some felt flowers and handmade soap, but over the years the handmade gift exchange has grown to an event of legendary proportions.

These are not your grandmother’s handmade gifts.

No doilies allowed.

Unless they are hand-crocheted from quilt threads that traveled across the west on a covered wagon.Continue reading


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Handmade Gift Idea:  Hand Stitched Notebook

Handmade Gift Idea: Hand Stitched Notebook

 
Hand-Stitched Notebook diy

If you’ve ever met my sister…..you know I am totally stating the obvious when I tell you that she’s amazing.

Seriously.

On the amazing scale if 1 is a really good hair day and a 10 is finding all the cute tags and wrapping paper that you bought last year for 90% off….

….she’s a 25.Continue reading


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Wood Slice Christmas Tree

Wood Slice Christmas Tree

 

Wood Slice Christmas Tree diy

How to make a wood slice Christmas tree

(or the easy, simple tutorial you’ve been waiting all season for)

Step 1:  Visit a Christmas tree farm to cut down your tree

Spend an hour trying to find the perfect tree.

Not too tall.  Not too wide.  Not too Charlie Brown.

Find the tree.

Celebrate by drinking free cider from the gift shop.

Sip cider and wonder why all the elves are wearing stirrup pants.Continue reading


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