5 Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

5 Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas


love you to the moon and back sign

There are a lot of exciting things going on here at Thistlewood behind the scenes.

Things I could have never imagined if I had an imagination machine and dreamed for centuries.

Things that if I told you about we would hula hoop on the lawn together while drinking sweet tea and singing “We are the Champions.”

And as exciting and amazing and wonderful and incredible all of that is….

….I want to make you a promise.

This blog isn’t going to change.

I’m not going anywhere.

I’m still going to be here with my bobby pins and my red lipstick and my farmhouse and my mis-adventures and my stories.

And we’ll still have coffee together and laugh and talk and tell each other we are rock stars.

I’m not sure why I felt like I needed to tell you that today, except I was talking with my mother about some amazing opportunities coming in the next few months and she smiled and told me that it sounded wonderful and then reminded me of the importance of the blog.

And all of you.

And you know she’s always right. :)

So to celebrate mothers who are always right everywhere….

….here’s a few handmade gift ideas for Mother’s Day.Continue reading

Industrial Farmhouse Cutting Board DIY (and a Brilliant Idea)

Industrial Farmhouse Cutting Board DIY (and a Brilliant Idea)

industrial farmhouse cutting board

Have you ever worked on a project before and you couldn’t exactly figure it out?

I mean…..you knew it had potential.

You knew it was almost there.

You knew it could be amazing.

But no mater how hard you tried and worked and adjusted and twisted and turned, you just couldn’t exactly figure it out.

And so you pressed paused and thought for 12 minutes….

…and all of a sudden life handed you a brilliant idea.

Oh good.

Me, too. :)Continue reading

It Might Be Like Totally For Me

It Might Be Like Totally For Me

plant an herb garden

Have you noticed that there’s a way of talking that’s taking over the airwaves and the internet and the local news media?

It’s kind of random and sometimes annoying and it sounds liiiiikkkkkkeeeeee thiiiiissssss.

When someone talks like this, the words at the end of the sentence just trail off….

…..as if the speaker is kind of bored with life.

As if they can barely summon the energy to finish what they are saying.

I just found out it has a name.

It’s called Vocal Fry.Continue reading

My Five Favorite Pillow Projects

My Five Favorite Pillow Projects



I was so excited to be asked to co-host My Favorite Things, a series hosted by Jennifer from Dimples & Tangles, Kris from Driven by Decor, Lisa from Shine Your Light, and Pam from Simple Details.

This month we are talking pillows.

When I went back and researched all the pillow projects I had ever created on the blog, I discovered two things.

1.  I have a plethora of pillow DIY’s.

You could say a myriad.

Or a multitude.

Or simply a lot.

2.  I think my pillows are all about my house.

And vice versa.

But enough vocabulary and pillow self-reflection.

Let’s get this pillow party started.Continue reading

Classic Farmhouse Monogram Banner Printables

Classic Farmhouse Monogram Banner Printables


banner on fireplace

One time I had to take a personality test for a class at school.

You know, the ones where they list dozens of adjectives and they ask you to choose which ones resemble you and then there are lists of questions like “Do you see the glass as half-empty or half-full?”

I think that’s where I figured out I’m a glass half-full type of person.

I’m all about sunshine and happiness and joy and rose-colored glasses and seeing rainbows after a storm.

99.96% of the time.


Except for last week.Continue reading

DIY Ombre Hexagon Wall

DIY Ombre Hexagon Wall

Before and after geometric hexagon wall

Remember when I posted the room with the hexagon wall?

And everyone asked me how I created the wall and I explained that I used paint and FrogTape and then you told me you might need a little more explanation than that.

Today’s the day.

And it involves math.

All those years ago when your geometry teacher was trying to explain area and circumference and the Pythagorean Theorem otherwise known as the fundamental relation between three sides of a right triangle and you rolled your eyes and wondered when you would ever use any of this stuff.

Welcome to the wonderful world of math disguised as a hexagon wall.

Here’s the DIY where we figured it all out.Continue reading

An Exciting Announcement and a Little Sweet Tea

An Exciting Announcement and a Little Sweet Tea


Sweet Tea Table Setting

Hello sunshine.

I have so much to tell you that I wish you could stop over for sweet tea and these yummy St. Patrick’s Day cookies with extra sprinkles I just got at the grocery store.

We have so many things to discuss.

Like that I just got a new coat of purple fingernail polish and I wanted to make a craft video, except I realized my hands were little and my fingers were really stubby and maybe I should hire a hand model instead.

Or that the daffodils are coming up all over the yard.

Or that Sunday night was sad television watching.  Masterpiece tried with a tribute to Downton Abbey, but it just wasn’t the same.  Now I’m counting the minutes until June and Poldark the second season.

Or that today is National Pi Day.  The 3.14 kind, not the one with the flaky crust.

Or that I’m about to launch my second fabric line.

And it’s all about the blue and white.Continue reading

DIY Reclaimed Wood Monogram

DIY Reclaimed Wood Monogram

reclaimed wood

This entire project started with this wood.

I saw it and I had to have it.

I know I live in the country and we have barns that are falling down and old wood scattered around and pieces like this by the side of the road.

But I didn’t get it at any of those places.

You will never guess where I got it.


It came from HOBBY LOBBY.

Can you even believe it?  I saw it in the wood section already cut in a nice bundle called Wood Pile and it was only $4.99 for an ENTIRE BUNDLE.  I’m sure its a cousin to the barn around the corner.  And wait for it….just wait for it….I used my 40% coupon from my phone and got it for 40% off of that.

And then of course, I had to make something with all that amazingness.

So I made this.

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