Bicycle Wheel Chalkboard Calendar

Bicycle Wheel Chalkboard Calendar


The other day I started wondering whatever happened to Hootie.

As in….”and the Blowfish.”

As in the amazingly popular band with all those chart-topping hits.

I mean….really….a couple of years ago weren’t we all about them?

Weren’t they all over E entertainment news and Extra and Inside Edition.  You know….all the really hard-hitting news media shows.

And then nothing.

Not a single word about Hootie and the Blowfish any more…..

….ever.Continue reading

The Week That Was

The Week That Was


Do you ever wonder what goes on between all these projects and DIY’s and stories?

A lot.

Sometimes a lot of nothing and sometimes a lot of something….

…but there’s always something to share.

And a really great pair of earrings. :)

So here’s a little behind the scenes at Thistlewood of the week that was.Continue reading

It is a Red Red Room

It is a Red Red Room


A while back Sherwin-Williams contacted me and asked if I wanted to participate in National Painting Week.

Ummm…is the sky blue?

Do I love red lipstick?

Do extraordinary earrings make an outfit?

Why….yes….Sherwin Williams….

….yes….I would.  :)Continue reading

How I Transformed This Dresser and a Giant Favor

How I Transformed This Dresser and a Giant Favor


Four days, five hours and thirty-six minutes ago…..

…..I left the Better Homes and Gardens headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa.

It was the trip of a lifetime for a girl who lives in the middle of nowhere and drives an hour an a half to shop at Target.

I will never forget a single minute of it.

And the giantest of thank yous to you and your votes that sent me.

This was it.

This was the final round of the make-over madness competition.

102227716 The challenge?

To transform this IKEA dresser into something amazing.

And with a little paint….new knobs….some washers from the home improvement store….a few pieces of wood and glue….Continue reading

Pennant Flag Pillow and Go Kentucky!

Pennant Flag Pillow and Go Kentucky!


I was raised on football.

Every Friday night was spent with field goals and touchdowns and cheerleaders and marching bands and the bright stadium lights shining onto the field….

….and kissing your boyfriend under the bleachers. :)

I can still remember the championship game where our team kicked the field goal in the last 20 seconds and won the game by one point.

We screamed and yelled and danced in the stands and raised our hands and cheered until our voices were hoarse.

And for that brief moment we were all united in victory.

I know that it’s all about how you play the game….

…..but sharing the winning makes it all the sweeter. Continue reading

How to Decorate With Color:  HGTV Smart Home

How to Decorate With Color: HGTV Smart Home


This week I spent an afternoon at the HGTV Smart House.

And I’m still dreaming about it.

During my tour…..I learned several things….

…..the least of which is that the house is truly smarter than I could ever hope to be.


There were remote control showers and remote control toilets and blinds that could be programmed to let themselves down and a dog door that opened up all by itself to let the dog out.


You can click here if you want to hear all about how smart it is.

But…..really….can we talk about the decorating?

Okay…..I’ll go first. :) Continue reading

Get the Look:  Garden Patio Inspiration

Get the Look: Garden Patio Inspiration

Disclosure: I was compensated by eBay and Style Coalition for this post. But all collections and opinions are 100% mine.

A long time ago in a land far away…..

….I had big plans for this space.

Big plans.

Really big.

And so we cleared the ground and laid the pavers and planted grass to grow between them and I was going to add a green house and a fire pit and a hedge border.


Well….except…..I didn’t do any of it.

It looks almost exactly the same…..except now the white chairs are a little dirty and have aged a couple of years….

….and there’s a few more daffodils.Continue reading

A Sneak Peek and a Fun Announcement

A Sneak Peek and a Fun Announcement


This is me….

….being dark and mysterious.

Because you know me and how mysterious I am.


Super mysterious.

And me and my super mysterious self have been waiting to tell you some exciting news.

For two whole months I have kept my mouth shut without saying a word.

Okay….maybe the occasional word to my mom and my sister-in-law and my best friend…..

….and a couple of random people at Wal-Mart.

But other than that it’s been mum’s the word.Continue reading