Join Me at the Becoming Conference

Join Me at the Becoming Conference

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When I was in first grade my father taught me all the states and all the state capitals.

Every.  Single.  One.

Complete with super memorable hints.

As in “What’s the capital of Idaho?”

It’s not girlsie…..but Boise. :)

I learned them all and would proudly stand on a box and announce every one of them to anyone who would listen….

….and even a few who didn’t. :)

It was my first public speaking experience….

….and I never looked back.Continue reading


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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 
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Yesterday…..all day….

…..my hair looked like an exhibit in a contemporary art museum.

You know.

A little awkward and uncertain of its place in the world.

Just like the paintings that you stand in front of and stare at for the longest time because they are a little odd and a little eccentric and you just can’t decide if you like the art or not.

Is it the greatest thing since sliced bread…..

…or should the artist just have called it a day and started from scratch.

Art and hair can be equally confusing.

So today I’m pulling my contemporary art back in a pony tail….

…..to remove all doubt. :)

Happy random Saturday to you and here’s a fun site where you can transform any quote into a work of art.Continue reading


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Thistlekeeping

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Here comes the sun.

It’s the weekend and the grass is green and the flowers are blooming and it’s flip flop weather.

Need some weekend inspiration reading?

Let’s start with the most brilliant idea for a cup of tea….EVER.

And this beautiful kitchen inspiration from French Country Cottage.Continue reading


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Five Amazing Makeovers

Five Amazing Makeovers

 

Makeover Madness Link Party winners

What is it about makeovers that is so wonderful?

Seriously.

Show me a picture of a dark, dingy, extra-pitiful “before”….preferably with stacks of laundry and a random hallway mirror….

….and tell me to “click here” to see the after.

And I’ll click.

Every.  Single.  Time.

I can’t help it.

With makeovers….hope always springs eternal.

The shiny, polished, beautiful after always gives me inspiration and hope….and the unerring belief that a little paint….a little tweaking….and a fresh perspective…..

….makes everything better.

And how lucky am I?

Because you are here….and because you are reading and because truly….no one else gets a blog that starts talking makeovers and ends up waxing philosophically….

….except you and me. :)

And at this moment….for some reason…..the entire “Free to Be…..You and Me” album is racing through my head.

I know.  Truly.  I know it’s random….but seriously….in the words of Marlo Thomas….

“Singin’….glad to have a friend like you

Fair and fun and skippin’ free

Glad to have a friend like you….

And glad to just be ….glad to just be….glad to just be…..me.”

Now….without further singing or philosophizing….

….here are our make-over winners from the makeover party:Continue reading


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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

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Can I start off this random Saturday post with an apology?

An apology from the absolute bottom of my heart.

The e-mail subscription for this blog is going a little wonky. :)

Some people aren’t getting their e-mails and some people are getting too many…..

….and I’m truly sorry. 

I think it’s fixed.

Fingers crossed.

And now….grab a cup of coffee or tea or leftover Mountain Dew from the concession stand….

….and let’s be random together. :) Continue reading


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How to Decorate With Color:  HGTV Smart Home

How to Decorate With Color: HGTV Smart Home

 

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This week I spent an afternoon at the HGTV Smart House.

And I’m still dreaming about it.

During my tour…..I learned several things….

…..the least of which is that the house is truly smarter than I could ever hope to be.

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There were remote control showers and remote control toilets and blinds that could be programmed to let themselves down and a dog door that opened up all by itself to let the dog out.

Seriously.

You can click here if you want to hear all about how smart it is.

But…..really….can we talk about the decorating?

Okay…..I’ll go first. :) Continue reading


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Thistlekeeping

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Choose Happy Sometimes all it takes is one step and one sign….

….to change the world.

My friend Tricia sent me the story behind this sign.

It’s an amazing one.

Truly.

A story full of hope and joy and wonder and a celebration of the artist in all of us.

To see the entire collection…click here.Continue reading


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Good morning rock star.

I hope the sun is shining where ever you are.

Spring has almost sprung and it’s another random Saturday.

Before we start.

Before I discuss all the randomness that was the week of 3-14-14.

Have you seen the new IKEA collection?

Seriously.

Coolest ever……in the history of ever.Continue reading


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