The Day I Became That Mom

The Day I Became That Mom

 

Seven days, five hours, 32 minutes and four seconds ago….

….I became one of those moms.

*sigh*

To my credit….at the time I had no idea how I was coming across.

I thought I was just being helpful.

And encouraging and uplifting and inspiring and constructive….and maybe, just maybe….

…..the tiniest bit zealous.

After all, it was an occasion of great magnitude.

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

Happy Easter rock star.

I hope your day is full of sunshine and flowers.

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean.

And still give faith a fighting chance.

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.

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The Day I Forgot My Red Lipstick

The Day I Forgot My Red Lipstick

 

It wasn’t an April Fool’s.

Yesterday I stood on the streets of New York City.

It was a whirlwind trip.  La-Z-Boy invited me to go behind the scenes of a commercial they were filming in NYC.  One of the rooms from the commercial was inspired by this room that I created for them during the Design Dash contest.

That wonderful, glorious houndstooth chair was front and center.

living room design ideas

I spent the morning watching the filming and shaking hands and meeting the most amazing cast and crew and eating at the Kraft Food table and trying to contain my excitement and acting like this is something that I do everyday.

And meeting Fred Savage.

And Constantine from American Idol.

And Brooke.

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How To Decorate With Collections

How To Decorate With Collections

Sometimes necessity is the mother of invention.

Wasn’t that a School House Rock song?

I remember when Better Homes and Gardens came to photograph the house for their Christmas edition.  I was nervous and excited and running around the house trying to make sure everything was perfect and that every available surface was covered with fresh evergreens.

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Simple Idea To Transform a Bed

Simple Idea To Transform a Bed

 

You know that segment on the Today show where Matt Lauer leave the main studio and re-appears in the most random places and you always had to guess where he was.

Kind of like where’s Waldo from 7-9am.

Today on the blog is kind of like that.

I’m not here siting in my new master bedroom by the fire with a laptop and coffee and a Gray’s Anatomy marathon.

I’m somewhere else.

Some place that may or may not rhyme with yew fork witty.

And I can’t WAIT to tell you all about it.  Like a million pictures of the city and drinking coffee from the corner of 55th and Broadway and taking every bit of it in so I can tell you all about it and working with an awesome brand and watching the behind-the-scenes of a photo shoot and getting to meet famous people who may or may not be called Brooke Shields.

I KNOW…..right?

And I’m so over-the-moon excited that I want to check and make sure they meant to invite me.

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Jute Twine Nest and Chalkboard Eggs

Jute Twine Nest and Chalkboard Eggs

 

Because it’s officially spring and because I have a question for you….

….it’s nest day here at Thistlewood.

The other day I was going home from the ballpark when I saw a nest perched high atop the bridge over the river.

And not only was there a nest….there was a bird there too.

Here’s the nest and the bird.

bird's nest

It’s kind of blurry….but can you tell what type of bird it is?

And if so….do they normally build nests on bridges?

I was a little worried for the bird so high up there.

But then my husband reminded me….that birds can fly. :)

chalkboard eggs

In on the ground nest news….

….I made this one out of jute twine and filled it with chalkboard eggs.

It was an easy project that took only about an hour.

Want to make your own?

Here’s the DIY.

supplies

How to Make a Jute Twine Nest

Supplies:

jute twine

Elmer’s Glue-All

balloon

wooden craft eggs

how to make a nest

Step 1:  Blow up balloon and insert it into a container

Here’s mine in a milk glass urn.

(total aside:  everything looks better in a milk glass urn)

decoupage

Step 2:  Make your own decoupage mix

This is the perfect inexpensive way to make your own decoupage.

Mix 3 parts Elmer’s Glue-All to one part water.

how to make a jute twine nest

Step 3:  Dip twine in decoupage mix

I dunked my twine and soaked it for just a little bit.

Then I started criss-crossing it on top of the balloon.

jute twine nest

Step 4:  Continue adding twine

I kept adding twine in a random pattern until it looked like this.

Turn the balloon so you make sure you get even random coverage.

No pattern.

Just criss-cross it until it looks right.

Let dry thoroughly.

chalkboard eggs and nest

Step 5:  Pop the balloon

Once your nest has dried, pop the balloon.  Once the balloon is popped, it just pulls away to reveal a perfect (or a little random) jute nest.

Trim the edges of the nest and any extra glue strings.

I added chalkboard eggs to the nest with a tiny crossword puzzle.

Easy.

Simple.

Happy spring.

PS  Now I’m off to check on my new feathered friends on the bridge.

Gotta fly. :)

This post was sponsored by Elmer’s Products.  All ideas and opinions on nests and glue and jute twine are completely my own.

Please see my disclosure page for more information.


Thistlekeeping and a New App

Thistlekeeping and a New App

 

Happy beautiful Saturday morning.

I hope the sun is shining where you are.

I’m on my second cup of coffee and it’s not even 8:00am yet.  There’s a big day ahead full of baseball games and room makeovers and making a pallet wood project and sanding wood floors and trying out this hair tutorial and a new tube of red lipstick for concession stand duty.

Whew.

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The True Smile of a Champion

The True Smile of a Champion

 

They are growing up so quickly….these four, incredible little people who live at the farmhouse.

Once they were tiny and running around wearing princess crowns and dinosaur hats.

And then I blinked.

Never was that blinking more apparent than this week.  You see….I’m working on a top-secret project that involves stories.  I can’t talk about it and my fingers and all ten toes are crossed and as soon as I can say….you will be the first to know.

But for now, it’s just me and my stories.

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