I Wish I Would Have Brought A Tambourine

I Wish I Would Have Brought A Tambourine


Mantel fall Thistlewood

This weekend my husband and I spoke at a ladies retreat in Tennessee.

He strummed his guitar and sang praise and worship songs and I stood on stage and squeaked along with him and wished I would have brought a tamborine.

Squeaking aside…..

…..it was an amazing experience.

After the singing finished, my husband squeezed my hand and walked off the stage.

And then in front of an audience of some of the most incredible women I have ever met and a pair of twinkling brown eyes….

….I started to speak.

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The Little Fabric That Could

The Little Fabric That Could

simply eclectic table display

When I started this blog I didn’t really have a dream.

I was just a girl living in the middle of nowhere with a family and old farmhouse at the end of a winding road.

I started a blog to meet all of you.


I like home decor.  You like home decor.

I like DIY.  You like DIY.

I like stories.  You like stories.

Let’s be friends.

I never, ever, ever, ever, ever, EVER in a million years dreamed (and even if you had told me I wouldn’t have believed it) that I would be standing in the middle of thousands of people at quilt market promoting a fabric line.


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The Basket Heard Around the World

The Basket Heard Around the World


People always ask me what it’s like having twins.

Is it hard?

Is it overwhelming and are they different and how do you handle it and is it really a challenge?

And I always tell them it’s double.

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The House That Talked

The House That Talked

Southern Romance House Door

Remember the story of my friend Esther and Alabama and the house that dreamed?

I have an update.

I felt it was important to state that in a declarative sentence because just between us….

….sometimes I forget to finish out the story.

It’s just like my house.

I’m so busy updating and painting and moving furniture and rearranging rooms and announcing that I’m decluttering that I forget you aren’t my next door neighbor.

So let’s have coffee together and catch up.
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Sometimes It’s All About the Sunrise

Sometimes It’s All About the Sunrise

The sun rising

I know I’ve mentioned a few thousand times that I live in the middle of the country in the middle of nowhere.

But in all those descriptions, I just realized that I left out a minor detail.

I live in the middle of the country in the middle of nowhere….

….surrounded by water.


I live near four rivers, two lakes, dozens of creeks and hundreds of scattered ponds.

It gives the words “you’re wearing high waters” new meaning. :)

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Pumpkins and Communication

Pumpkins and Communication


fall with pumpkins

Communication is a funny thing.

Some people are texters.

Some people are e-mailers.

Some people don’t even communicate at all.

But me?

I’m a phone talker.

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Hello Harp Design Company

Hello Harp Design Company

Harp Design Wall of Letters

Raise your hand if you’ve ever worn yoga pants and yesterday hair and spent a Saturday watching a Fixer Upper Marathon.

You, too?

And that is exactly why we are friends.

If you’ve watched Fixer Upper, there’s always a part in the show where Joanna is working on the kitchen or office or backyard and she decides that she needs this incredible one-of-a-kind-over-the-top desk or table or kitchen island or front door and she drives across town and walks into the shop of this amazing, creative carpenter and draws a sketch out of the design and he nods understandingly and then at the end of the episode the perfect piece of furniture shows up at the house.

This is that shop.

Clint’s shop.

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A Celebration and a Giant Giveaway

A Celebration and a Giant Giveaway


If you have been reading this blog for more than five minutes….

….you know I’m a mother.

I have four children, three dogs, three cats, a meadow full of deer and bunny rabbits and a giant turtle named Fred who lives in our creek.

There are days when I’m in the finals for mother of the year.  As in they are about to knock on my door any minute with a trophy and a blue ribbon.

And then there are the days when everything goes wrong and almost nothing goes right and I want to pull the covers over my head and turn my trophy into a planter.



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