Simple Tip to Make Your Windows Appear Larger

Simple Tip to Make Your Windows Appear Larger

 
Living Room Decor

I wish I could show you the first house we ever lived in.

I didn’t write a blog back then so the only pictures I have of the house involve family.  I didn’t really take pictures of the decorating.

But suffice it to say it looked NOTHING like this.  I had a yellow couch with red roses and blue flowers and tomato red walls and a pink rug with an overall geometric design and blue and white plates on the wall.

It was such a tiny house and I didn’t really have a lot of money to decorate with so I shopped yard sales and painted everything in sight and became an expert at making things look like they were so much more than they ever intended to be.

Like my windows.

We had eight foot ceilings and tiny windows and I tried everything to make them look like pictures in all the decorating magazines I read and nothing really worked.

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How to Decorate a Tree for Less and the Fabric Line is in Stores NOW

How to Decorate a Tree for Less and the Fabric Line is in Stores NOW

 
stockings and Christmas tree decorating

Remember Wonder Woman?

I think I was seven when I first saw her and her amazing headband.

She would stand with her hands on her hips looking totally amazing with her hair blowing in the wind and her cape streaming out behind her and she’d stare bad guys down and look them in the eye with all the disdain of someone who rocks four inch heel boots and a giant over-sized bronze belt.  Then, in a blink of an eye, she’d reach up and grab that headband and send it swirling across the stratosphere and knock that terrible no-good guy flat on his back.

I wanted to be her.

I wanted to have superpowers.

But more importantly……

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 
Christmas decor dining room

 

(you can see the rest of this house tour I photographed last year….here)

I just decided at 7:46 am that this is my favorite day of the year.

Ever.

I’m looking at Thanksgiving in my rear view mirror and giving thanks and celebrating family and still full from turkey and dressing.

And tomorrow?

Tomorrow is full of holly and jolly and Christmas lights and decking the halls and rocking around the Christmas tree.

But today?

Today I’m sitting in a quiet, still kitchen with a heart full of joy next to the glow of lights on the tree with a tiny yorkie curled up at my feet and the smell of sage evergreen filling the air listening to the rain falling outside my window with a barn door on the back porch waiting to be painted.

The calm before the storm.

The most wonderful day of the year. :)Continue reading


Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 
gatehouse-Christmas-in-the-snow

In the middle of middle-school homework, an intense on ancient philosophers ensued.

Who was the greatest?

Who was the wisest?

Who knew the most and said it in the most precise way?

Heavy stuff when you’re in seventh grade and you spent the last thirty minutes telling me plaid and hair bumps were in this fall.

“My favorite is the one who reminds me of when I was little,” one of the twins announced mid-conversation.

“When you were little?” I said.  “Which one? Socrates?  Aristotle?” 

“Nope,” she said.  “I like the one called Playdough.”

Maybe we should just stick with plaid this school year. :)Continue reading


DIY Faux Galvanized Tray (For under $5.00)

DIY Faux Galvanized Tray (For under $5.00)

 

galvanized tray

My friend Laura wrote a book.

It’s called DIY Rustic Modern Metal Crafts.

There are 187 pages full of ideas and projects and metal creations and to say it is inspiring and exhilarating and creative is like saying the sky is blue.

All day long and twice on Sundays.

This, however, is not a project from her book.

It’s a project I made up from the book I may or may not write one day called, “How to Buy Things for Under $5.00 and Make Them Look Like They Belong On Fifth Avenue in New York City.”

I think it just might be a best seller.

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

winter farmhouse n snow with a red door

Random Christmas questions (and one breakfast question) on a Saturday morning:

1.  What are your thoughts on antlers on the Christmas tree?

Too much?

Not enough?

2.  What are your thoughts on going all old school with red and green and adding plaid?

3.  What are your thoughts on McDonald’s serving breakfast all day and leaving the sausage biscuit off the all-day menu?

4.  What are your thoughts on Christmas sweaters that blink?

And what if they sing?

Inquiring minds want to know.Continue reading


My Favorite Candle and a Giveaway

My Favorite Candle and a Giveaway

 
fall wreath

Whew.

#calmdown

There is a whole lot of something going on with that title.

I’m so excited that I don’t even know where to begin.

It reminds of the first time I walked into IKEA and got my first IKEA shopping cart with the odd wheels that are super hard to push wandered the giant aisles and stared at the overwhelming rows and rows of pillows and rugs and plates and mugs and chargers and place mats and I had to press the pause button….

….because I didn’t know where to start.

Just like today.

So let me go all Julie Andrews and start at the very beginning.

I’ve heard it’s a very good place to start.Continue reading


DIY Magnolia Leaf Garland

DIY Magnolia Leaf Garland

 
diy magnolia leaf garland project

Our family spent yesterday playing “Would You Rather?”

Have you heard of it?

It’s a game (ours was an app on the phone) that asks you to decide between two things.

Like…..would you rather life a life without elbows or a life without knees?

Or would you rather have the flu for two days or a cold for two weeks?

Or would you rather be able to read a book or read a mind?

Or would you rather give up coffee or your phone?

Inquiring minds want to know. :)Continue reading