Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

Thistle

Yesterday was on its way to quickly becoming a terrible, horrible no-good very bad day.

My favorite earrings were run over by the lawnmower.

Oreo’s were calling my first, last and middle name.

I accidentally spray painted my flip-flops.

And summer….with all its heat and humidity….

….finally decided to show up.

SERIOUSLY.

I wanted to go back to bed and pull the covers over my head and start all over.

Then a package from my sister showed up on the door step.  Inside was this necklace and a note.  ”I love you,” it said.  “I’m so proud of how far you have come on your journey.  Let’s celebrate.”

And the necklace?  Do you know what it is?  Because that’s the best part of the whole story.

It’s a tiny thistle.

And I love you right back Nini. :) Continue reading


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Thistlekeeping

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 (bird plate wall tutorial if you want to make one of your own)

I spent yesterday afternoon listening to the gossip from sixth grade.

It was a steady stream of conversation.  Like who liked who and what so and so said……and who was going with who.

And that the teacher started at the end of the alphabet for class leader.

And that Monday they were serving chicken nuggets.

Super important life changing information.

Good thing I didn’t miss a word. :)

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rock star

Okay…total couch to 5K update.

I walked/ran 2 miles…..

….to Christmas songs.

Seriously.

I couldn’t help it.  The app started and they told me 3…..2……1.  And I was off and walking.

No turning back.

No changing the song.

Just me and the open road…..

….and “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas.” :)

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I’m training for a 5K.

Please pick your chin up off the floor.

It’s true.

And I’m just as surprised as  you are.

I’m using an app called “Couch to 5k.”  Have you ever heard of it?  It’s designed to get you off the couch (preferably one as beautiful as this couch from the Southern Living House Tour).   You walk 4 minutes and then you run a minute and then you walk two minutes….and on and on and on for about half an hour.

When I start I pretend like I’m in a movie.

At the beginning it’s “Chariots of Fire”….but by the end….

….it looks a little like “Are We There Yet”?  :)Continue reading


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Fourth of July dessert  

Celebrate Creativity

 

Happy random Saturday greetings from the beach.

I’m so moving here….

….right after I win the lottery and write a book on the adventures of all the lost socks in the dryer.

Can we still be friends if I tell you…..

…..that the sun is shining and the ocean breezes are blowing and it’s 73 degrees. :)

Oh good……because friends give friends amazing (super simple) ideas for the Fourth of July.

Like this flag dessert from Celebrate Creativity.

Recipe is found here.Continue reading


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Okay…..in the super-exciting-like-you-can’t-even-believe-it news department….

…..remember back at Christmastime when my brother first started making these pallet wood letters to help save money for his adoption?

First he opened an ETSY shop and started selling them and then I put them on the blog and you bought tons of them and then this letter got pinned about a million times.

Oh….and then…..

ETSY email

….and then his shop was just featured in the ESTY national newsletter.

Yep.

The national newsletter.

Seriously.

I am so proud of him and so happy for their family.Continue reading


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Pink_Flowers.jpg Just in case you were wondering…..

….this week was amazing.

I mean….there wasn’t one giant big amazing….just a lot of little amazings that all added up.

Do you ever have a week like that?

At the end of it….your heart is happy and your head is smiling and you can’t really place the one thing that made it so great….

….just a whole lot of random bits of wonderful. :)

This week…..

I found some amazing tips on how to grow these.

Decided this was the month I was going to make this from an old door.

Got a little yucked out by this (I mean….seriously).

Started planning for Fourth of July.

Never knew you could do this.

And decided I was going to make these for breakfast for Father’s Day.Continue reading


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Thistlekeeping (and a Fun Announcement)

Thistlekeeping (and a Fun Announcement)

 
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This was the week of the summer home tour.

(In case you missed it….here’s mine).

Dozens of bloggers getting their summer on and showcasing their gardens and homes and outdoor spaces.

Shaking off the cobwebs of winter and embracing green grass and blue skies and summer breezes and lazy afternoons with a good book under the shade of an old oak tree.

It was inspiring.

And amazing.

And joyful.

So grab a cup of coffee or sweet tea or diet coke and an English muffin with strawberry jam…..

….and let a little summer sunshine into your Saturday with some of my favorites from the tour.Continue reading


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