Thistlekeeping (and an Exciting Announcement)

Thistlekeeping (and an Exciting Announcement)


Can we still be friends if I state the total obvious here?

Having an actual live plant in your house makes you feel amazing.

Amazing that it breathes new life into your decor.

Amazing that just a little bit of living makes everything seem fresher.

But the most amazing thing of all?  That the plant is still around here two weeks later. :)

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How to Make a Hanging Mason Jar Vase

How to Make a Hanging Mason Jar Vase

diy hanging mason jar vase diy project

Here’s the state of the plant report for the last week of May 2015.

Remember when I thought all the plants were gone and was wringing my hands and hanging my head, but I decided to choose sunshine?

And you told me to wait.

And to be patient (totally not my specialty).

I’m happy to report that you were right (as ususal).  The nandinas came back.  Well, most of them.

Those wonderful, little, amazing, incredible plants pushed their way up from the ground and sprouted new leaves and look better than ever.

So I’m celebrating with a simple garden project.  You can make this diy mason jar hanging vase for under $5.00 in under 10 minutes.

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Good morning rock star.

Here’s a few random thoughts on an almost-stormy Saturday morning.

1.  I’m thinking about adding a faux brick wall to the house.  I’m all in.  I just have to convince a few other people.

2.  Nothing says spring like walking in fresh green grass without shoes on.  Yesterday I actually felt the grass squish between my toes.

3.  Best outfield catch ever at the ballpark last night.  Time suspended as it hung in the air.  I thought he was going to drop it.  I thought I was going to have to prepare my “you can’t catch them all” speech.  But he emerged victorious with the ball clasped firmly in his glove.

4.  I read somewhere about the “Lark Rise to Candleford” series and I think it looks like Downton Abbey’s cousin.  Have you seen it?

5.  You are amazing.

I know a million other people will tell you that today….

….but I wanted to be the first. :)

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Favorite new blog.

She had me at her furniture make-overs.

You can check it out….here.


I was recently interviewed for an article on How to Turn Your Hobby Into a Full Time Job.

You can check it out here.

For anyone who has ever wanted to take the next steps there are some really great insights.

Celebrate Creativity

Fun little last minute Mother’s Day gift idea.

Creative and easy.

DIY found here.


I love this post.

Well-written and heartfelt.

You can read it….here.

Dear Carolina

My friend Kristy just finished her first book.

I couldn’t put it down.


I wanted to be friends with the characters and have one of them decorate my house.  It’s a story about two mothers, one biological and one adoptive, and the love they have for each other and a sweet baby named Carolina.

Best new book I have read in a while.

You can read more about it….here.

And now in random Saturday news:

Love this project.  Everything old is new again.

Great neutrals for a small space.

This made me laugh.  Dogs annoying cats with friendship.

Great furniture idea.

The best way to keep flowers fresh.

And I love the simplicity and sweetness of this house tour.


And one more for the road.

How to transform a crate into wall organizers.

Happy Random Saturday to you.

Now go take on the day. :)

What I’m Reading This Summer

What I’m Reading This Summer

Summer Reading List

Hello almost-summer.

Hello days of warm weather and long lazy afternoons and gentle breezes and afternoons by the pool and straw hats and sunshine.

I’m so happy you’re here.

Meet my reading list full of books I’ve already started or about to start or books I’m counting the minutes until I begin with Chapter 1….

….and my new way of reading them.Continue reading

The Best Decorating Tip I Thought I Invented

The Best Decorating Tip I Thought I Invented


butler's pantry

Today my friend Heather from Decor Fix asked me to share one of my simplest decorating tips.

And because I’m a little in awe of Heather.


(I mean wait until you see her style).

And beca
use I have a tip that I totally thought I kind of invented.

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Hope Springs Eternal

Hope Springs Eternal


oversized chalkboard

When you are a true junker or a yard-saler or an auction-goer or a shop-by-the-side-of-the-roader….

….hope springs eternal.

No matter how many broken dishwashers you find at the end of the yard sale rainbow.

No matter how many times you dig through boxes of junk at the auction and find nothing worth anything.

No matter how many times the “GIANT MULTI-FAMILY YARDSALE” sign lets you down.

You know that you know that you know….

….the next great find is just around the bend.Continue reading

The Other 361 Days of the Year

The Other 361 Days of the Year



There are days when I’m amazing.


Days when the birds chirp and the sun shines and angels are singing the hallelujah chorus on clouds that are dancing across the sky….

…. and mice are making dresses for me to go to the ball

Those are the days when I go all Dr. Seuss and tell myself that I have brains in my head and feet in my shoes and I can steer myself any direction I choose.

Those days are incredible.

And then there are the other 361 days of the year.Continue reading

Four Simple Handmade Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Four Simple Handmade Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day


handmade Valentine gift ideas

I know what you’re thinking.

If we were having coffee right now you would be rolling your eyes at me and saying…


Valentine’s Day is two days away.

Ain’t nobody got time to make a Valentine’s Day present.

I know….right?

That’s why these ideas are for next year’s Valentine’s Day.

Or Saint Patrick’s Day.

Or Ground Hog Day.

Or Go Fly a Kite Day.

Whichever you get around to first. :)Continue reading