We went to see the BEST movie last night.

I really wanted to write that whole sentence in caps….but it might seem like I was yelling.

It’s called The Longest Ride and it stars Clint Eastwood’s son, Scott Eastwood.

Just his smile alone will make you melt.

He’s like a non-brooding Clint with a grin riding a bull off into the sunset.  And the movie has the BEST ending.

Total spoiler alert.  

They all live happily-ever-after. :)Continue reading



transform door into bench


Just in case you were wondering what’s going on around here….

….I’m putting my phone in time out.


It sassed me back yesterday like a teenager.

Me:  Can you look up catering places in Paducah?

Phone:  No.

Me: (again) Can you look up catering places in Paducah?

Phone:  No.

Me:  Why not?

Phone:  I don’t know.  Why don’t you ask the genius bar and find out?


I think I’m taking away its charger, too. :)


In the super exciting news department….my friend Shaunna is getting a pilot on HGTV called Sweet House Alabama.

I watched the trailer and laughed out loud.

It’s kind of like Fixer Upper meets a southern accent.

It’s on this Sunday at 2pm EST/1pm CST.


You know my love affair with pallet wood.

Love this fresh take on flooring and doormats.

This is simply a stencil she made.

DIY project instructions….here.


Perfect idea for a Mother’s Day brunch.

Maple Bacon Cheese Wraps.

How can you go wrong with bacon?

Recipe found here.


I want to build this for my back hallway and hang a cute coat or two on it.

And leave them there until winter.

No more cold, please.

Simple DIY found….here.


Cutest Mother’s Day idea ever.

Have you ever seen these?

It’s a fun way to grow wildflowers and a free printable here.

Project instructions….here.

And in random news this week:

Welcome to the world, princess.

This picture made me grin.

The perfect guacamole.

Totally pinning this.

These would be so pretty on a Mother’s Day table.

And in honor of the are the best and worst hats from 2014.

Enjoy. :)

transform door into bench

And now I want to ask a favor.

My door bench is in a contest right now and it needs your vote.

Look at it….sitting there so cute against the brick wall…just waiting for you to click here and help it cross the finish line. :)

If you have a moment…could you vote for the bench….here.

Happy Random Saturday to you.




flower decorating for spring

Happy Easter rock star.

I hope your day is full of sunshine and flowers.

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean.

And still give faith a fighting chance.

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.

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Thistlekeeping and a New App

Thistlekeeping and a New App



Happy beautiful Saturday morning.

I hope the sun is shining where you are.

I’m on my second cup of coffee and it’s not even 8:00am yet.  There’s a big day ahead full of baseball games and room makeovers and making a pallet wood project and sanding wood floors and trying out this hair tutorial and a new tube of red lipstick for concession stand duty.


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I wanted to correct an oversight pointed out to me by the official Pi historian who lives at the farmhouse.

Total my bad.

Last Saturday was Pi Day….

….and I missed it.

Normally I salute a Pi Day with a wave and a nod and a simple shrug of my shoulders.

But this one?  It only happens once a century.

The perfect Pi day.


And at 9:26 and 53 seconds Pi perfection is achieved.

Cue the standing ovation and a ticker tape parade. :)Continue reading




blue and white fabric

I went to see the most amazing movie.

I saw the previews and I thought it was going to be good and then I saw it and it was amazing.

McFarland, USA.

Have you seen it?

It’s the story of a coach who has feet of clay and a newly created track team from McFarland, California….

…..and the wonder and joy that believing in a dream can bring.

I laughed and cried and at the end I stood up and raised my hands over my head and cheered.

Happily-ever-afters are my favorite. :)Continue reading





This is the year of the song of the month.

I’m trying to expand my horizons from Randy Travis and every month I’m choosing a new song.

Kind of like a song of the month club where I’m the only member.

January was “Roar” by Katie Perry.

February was “Got Me on My Tiptoes” by Jayme Dee.

And now I’m looking for March.

It can be old or new or fast or slow.  The only requirement is that I can sing along with it in the car at the top of my lungs.

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Valentine Artwork

I hope your day today is full of smiles and hearts and love….

…..and cards like this one.

This morning my husband handed me a People magazine to start my day.

He knows me so well.


Who needs red roses or a box of chocolates when you have a cup of coffee….

….and all the latest Kardashian news. :)Continue reading