How to Decorate With Neutrals

How to Decorate With Neutrals

 

Whenever I speak at a conference or go to an event or meet people who read my blog in the produce section of Wal-Mart….

….they usually ask me one of four questions.

1.  Do I really wear red lipstick?

2.  Do children really live in a house with all that white furniture?

3.  How do I pronounce my name?

4.  Do I really like all the neutral colors in the house?

And the answer is yes, yes, yes and oh wait for it….yeeeeeeesssssssssss…..

….and here’s a little bit more explanation to all four questions.

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My $10.97 Farmhouse Table Make-over

My $10.97 Farmhouse Table Make-over

 

Here’s my new farmhouse table for the back porch that I before and aftered for only $10.97.

Not including tax.

Don’t spread this around, but I would marry it if I could.  Or at least take it to Vegas to watch the Elvis impersonators.

It’s that cute.

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Control + Z and Decorating With Hydrangea

Control + Z and Decorating With Hydrangea

 

Do you ever use the short-cut keys on your keyboard?

You know.

The control-whatever ones that save steps and time and make you feel like you’re a computer programmer.

Like control + B that makes everything bold.

Or control + I that makes everything italic.

Or control + U that underlines everything.

Or control + C for copy and control + V for paste and control + X for cut and control + K if you want to insert a hyperlink and control + home that goes to the beginning of the document and brings you back home.

Or my favorite of all favorites……

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And the Workshop Lived Happily Ever After

And the Workshop Lived Happily Ever After

 

This post is sponsored by National Hardware.

In the back yard at the end of the winding sidewalk behind the white barn doors next to the rose bushes….

….is the workshop.

It’s the epicenter of all the projects on this blog.

The hub.

It’s where we create and build and paint and develop and construct.

I love this place.

But I’ve never really opened up the door and showed you behind those white barn doors…..

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Industrial Farmhouse Organizer DIY

Industrial Farmhouse Organizer DIY

 

Have I told you lately how amazing you are?

Seriously.

When they were handing out readers….

…..they knew I needed good ones.

For example, when I first posted pictures of this front entry there was a deer head hanging on this wall

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

In the super exciting news department….

….the dog pooped outside this morning.

I sat close to this chair and applauded him all the way.

He looked at me and circled once.

I stood in my pajamas and cheered loudly in encouragement.

He circled again.

I danced around like a solid gold dancer.

He circled one more time, got ready and then the heavens opened up and the angels sang the hallelujah chorus and sprinkles fell from the sky.

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Have You Ever Used a Photography Umbrella?

Have You Ever Used a Photography Umbrella?

 

Today is fancy day at Thistlewood Farms because….

…..we got photography umbrellas in the mail.

Have you ever used a photography umbrella before?

Oh good.

Me, either.

I’ve seen them before on other websites and I’ve noticed other bloggers using them but I was always skeptical.  Could a simple umbrella that aims light into a space and allows you to photograph a space without natural light really be that helpful?

And the answer?

A resounding all capital, fifty exclamation point YES!!!!Continue reading


The Day Technology Left the Building

The Day Technology Left the Building

 

When we jumped to the country eight years ago and bought an old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere with a creek and a pond and acres of land to run and play in….

….never did I envision a house full of children staring at screens.

Not my children.

Never.

i-phones?

i-pads?

Video games?

Why?  Why would they ever need any of those?  They had blue skies and green grass and crickets and land to run….

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