How to Paint a Table to Look Distressed

How to Paint a Table to Look Distressed

 
how to faux finish furniture

In other news here at the farm…..

….my mother has discovered  emojis.

{sigh}

You know….all the little smiley faces and winking smiley faces and dancing turkeys and grinning pumpkins that you add to your text or e-mail.

And I love my mother.

She raised me.

And just in case you were wondering….she’s always right.  

But Nana, it’s time to calm down and remember….

….a little emoji goes a long way. :) Continue reading


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I Wish

I Wish

 
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If you read this….please take a moment to tell someone special to you how much you love them.

Please.

Late last night we found out that our sweet youth pastor and his entire family were killed in a car crash in Nashville.

Four brilliant, beautiful, wonderful lives snuffed out in an instant on a busy freeway.

And I sit here typing this to you with tears streaming down my face…..

…..because I wish.

I wish I would have told him of the amazing impact he had on my children.

I wish I would have told him his jokes made me laugh.

I wish I would have told him generations of families will be forever changed because of his leadership and how he allowed God to use him.

I wish I would have told him what a light he was in a world sometimes full of hurt and heartache and overwhelming sadness.

I wish.

“Today is a new day.

Make the most of it.

Tell someone you love them.

Smile at someone.

Give a hug.

Hold a hand.

Or just listen for a moment and be a friend.”

                                                           ~unknown


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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

summer at thistlewood

Happy summer from the country.

This is what my friend brought me yesterday.

Summer squash and cucumbers and tomatoes.

I think I’m going to try this fresh salsa recipe from The Pioneer Woman.

Except without the onions…..and extra jalepenos. :) Continue reading


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Love Letters From Thistlewood

Love Letters From Thistlewood

 

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When you are a parent….

…you do a lot of talking.

You talk about being nice and waiting your turn and making good choices and respecting each other and speaking in an inside voice and trying your hardest….

….and keeping your promises.

There’s a lot of variations on the same theme.

And in the middle of all that conversation and discussion…..sometimes you sigh….and wonder if anyone is listening.

This Mother’s Day….my son gave me a gift that let me know…

….he had heard (almost) every word.Continue reading


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Wood Stick Vase

Wood Stick Vase

 

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The other day the sun was shining and the birds were chirping and the grass was growing….

….and I wanted to bring a little of spring inside.

The dining room table still had little bit of winter and I wanted to redo the table…..

….and I didn’t want to spend any money.

Actually…..I couldn’t.

I gave it all to Uncle Sam on April 15. :)

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Staycation Giveaway

Staycation Giveaway

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Please note that this giveaway is officially closed.

Here are the winners:

Emily A. from CA - Hammock Chair 

Talia E.  from UT - Giant Tumble Tower lawn game 
Hayley   from IA - Hawaiian Shaved Ice Machine package

Gabriella W. from OR -Hawaiian Shaved Ice Machine package
Shelby from FL -Hawaiian Shaved Ice Machine package

 
 

Is it wrong that this makes me want to sing?

I can’t help it.

What is running through my head right now is:

“Staycation…..all I ever wanted.

Staycation….had to get away.”

Thanks Go-Go’s. :)

And now….we interrupt this week of blogging for a fun giveaway.Continue reading


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I’m Crossing My Fingers and Toes

I’m Crossing My Fingers and Toes

 

Thistlewood Front Door

edited to add (in all exclamation points)…..THE CHALKBOARD WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you sooooo much to everyone who voted. :)

Just in case this is your first time here….

….this is me.

Nice to meet you.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

My name is karianne.

I like big earrings and red lipstick and rock stars and sweet tea with lime and knights in shining armor and…..

…..rescuing treasures from the trash.  :)Continue reading


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Can You Help a Calendar Out?

Can You Help a Calendar Out?

 

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Someone threw this in the trash.

I know….right?

I’m as shocked as you are.

This giant over sized window with its peeling paint and chips and scratches and dents and broken sashes and a lifetime of living….

….was actually thrown in the trash.

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Good thing I was there.

Good thing I spend my life checking out what other people throw away.

Good thing I recognize greatness even when it’s surrounded by Cheerios boxes and banana peels.

Good thing.

Because we took it home and painted and patched and rebuilt it into……Continue reading


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