Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

This is a public service announcement for the double zipper.

Have you ever seen one?

Last week I went shopping for a jacket.

I found the perfect one.  Just a little puffy with a belt and a zipper and snaps in a beautiful shade of navy blue.  I stood in front of the mirroin the store looking at the amazing jacket and wondering where it had been all my life and picturing myself and the jacket at football games and drinking hot chocolate and watching the parade….

….and running gracefully through the WalMart parking lot.

Good times.

And just when I thought my jacket couldn’t get any better….the manager of the store pointed out that it had a double zipper.

What?

What is that and why in the world would you ever need a double zipper?  Then she showed me how with the double zipper you can zip the bottom half up and the top half down, kind of creating this amazing hold in the middle that made you look so skinny and totally unpuffy in a puffy jacket.

My fashion life will never been the same. :) Continue reading

Chalkboard Advent Calendar

Chalkboard Advent Calendar

 

Raise your hand if you’ve already started decorating for Christmas.

Oh good….me too.

I can’t help it.

I just ordered a giant box of the most amazing red and white Christmas decorations and they were totally calling my tree’s name.

I know what you’re thinking.

You’re wondering and questioning and shrugging your shoulders and maybe if you are on your second cup of coffee…..you might even be rolling your eyes at me and asking me….friend to friend…..

….WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? :)

I can’t wait to show you all the fun Christmas decorating….but in the meantime if you want to start with a little holiday cheer….

…here’s an easy how-to chalkboard advent calendar that I posted last year.

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Four Simple Tips for Decorating With Trays

Four Simple Tips for Decorating With Trays

 

Third grade was a banner year for me.

I learned how to walk my hands all the way down the brick wall on the side of the school until I ended up in a back bend.

I won the contest for walking the farthest around the edge of the playground while hula hooping.

I came in second in the school multiplication bee (total aside:  I lost on 12 x 13).

No one ate paste in our class anymore.

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Christmas Decorating Ideas – Joss and Main Sale is Live!

Christmas Decorating Ideas – Joss and Main Sale is Live!

 

  

Deck the halls with boughs of holly.

Or burlap ribbon.

Or wheelbarrows full of glitter.

Or barn doors.

(total aside:  nothing says Christmas like a barn door).

Or this amazing tufted armchair I fell in love with for under $300.

I’m so excited to be one of the Joss and Main Holiday Hostesses and the sale just went live…..

….and wait until you see all the little bits of farmhouse decorating  I have for you. :) Continue reading

Who More Than Self Their Country Loved

Who More Than Self Their Country Loved

 

Have you ever listened to the third verse of America the Beautiful?

It’s the one after the purple mountains majesty and the fruited plain and the pilgrim feet.

It’s the amazing one.

And it’s my favorite:

“O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife

Who more than self their country loved

And mercy more than life.”

Stop for a moment and take those words in.

The poignant truth written in every line….

….”who more than self their country loved”.

Those incredible brave men and women who sacrificed so much.

Soldiers and sailors and airmen and marines that faced almost insurmountable odds and overwhelming challenges…..

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

Sometimes when I’m on the phone with my friend….I have so much to say….

….that I have to number them.

Just like today.  So here….in no particular order are some random thoughts on a Saturday morning:

1.  We don’t have a stop light in the entire county where I live….but we just got a Dunkin’ Donuts 45 minutes away.  Best. Coffee. Ever.

2.  Has anyone tried on over-the-knee boots lately?  Is it me…or do they look like something from an episode of Battlestar Gallactica?

3.  I’m going old school this Christmas.  Red and white and green.

4.  I just saw in People magazine that another Duggar daughter got married.  Prettiest. Wedding. Dress. Ever.  And no more side hugs. :)

5.  I’m spending the day painting a room, organizing a closet and watching football…..

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I Will Be Here

I Will Be Here

If you have ever watched and waited for months or years for someone you love to come home….

….this story is for you.

The other day tucked away in a corner of our attic….in a box labeled “Navy” ….I found a stack of cassette tapes.

Remember those?

The tapes were bundled up together with frayed rubber bands next to some pictures, a few medals and a white stuffed bear wearing a patriotic hat with a banner that said, “I love my sailor.”

A box of nothing.

And a box of everything.

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DIY Tape Transfer Vase

DIY Tape Transfer Vase

 

Hello friends!  If you are stopping by from the Nester’s….my tape and I are happy to meet you!

About two months ago my friend Ashley asked me if I was up for a challenge.

Seriously.

Doesn’t she know challenge is my middle name?

She and her husband have co-authored four books.  One of them is an incredible wall project book that I wrote about before.  I made a giant wooden arrow and told you how amazing Ashley is and how she makes me laugh and want to completely decorate my house with orange and pink rugs.  Continue reading