Simple Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas

Simple Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas

 

Hello friends!  Welcome to the Thanksgiving table idea factory.  You can see all the Thanksgiving tables starting at Bre’s.  If you are visiting from French Country Cottage,  I’m so happy to meet you.   Now let’s get the table tour started.

centerpiece for Thanksgiving

I’m hosting Thanksgiving at my house this year.

That involves a whole lot of me decorating and a whole lot of someone else cooking.

Here’s what’s on our menu in case you are in Kentucky and make the wrong turn and the Min-it Mart and want to stop by.

turkey (obvi)

dressing

corn casserole

broccoli with cheese sauce

cranberry sauce

cranberry bread

homemade biscuits

mashed potatoes

and homemade apple pie and pumpkin pie for dessert

Yes, please.

And while everyone else is working in the kitchen, you and I can pull up a chair to this table and grab a cup of coffee and talk decorating.  I don’t really know my way around a pan of stuffing, but I can chat up centerpieces every day of the week.

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The Superhero of DIY Fabric Pumpkin Tutorials

The Superhero of DIY Fabric Pumpkin Tutorials

 
fabric pumpkins

To the untrained eye this simply looks like a post about fabric pumpkins.

But it’s not.

It’s a post about finding a solution to an obvious problem.

It’s about facing pumpkin adversity and coming out the victor.

It’s about trying, failing, getting up, dusting yourself and your pumpkin off….

….and getting back into the game.

Can you tell I’ve been watching a little football lately?

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DIY Distressed Grocery Sign

DIY Distressed Grocery Sign

 
DIY Painted and Distressed Grocery Sign

This past weekend I spoke at the Becoming Conference and I brought two of the mini-thistles with me.

I used to call them the twins.

At the conference they worked with me during the DIY class and helped me in the decorating session and ate ice cream with the crickets at dusk and participated in Zumba at midnight and got their nails painted five different colors and tried on earrings in the hallway and took 501 selfies at the photo booth and soon the conference attendees started calling them the mini-thistles….

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Thistlekeeping (and an Exciting Announcement)

Thistlekeeping (and an Exciting Announcement)

 
Topiary

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. :)

Happy green summer to you.Continue reading


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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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 
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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.

pinnable

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.

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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.

Seriously.

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.

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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.

Seriously.

(I mean wait until you see her style).

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

I said yes.Continue reading