Simple Landscape Lighting Ideas

Simple Landscape Lighting Ideas

 

This post was written in partnership with Trex outdoor lighting.

Eight years ago when we jumped and moved across America to the country it was because we wanted to hear the crickets chirping and smell fresh cut hay and follow winding country paths home….

….and see the stars.

And stars are wonderful.

And amazing.

And fill the night sky with twinkling joy.

But just between us….when I walked outside to those chirping crickets and smelled the hay and walked those winding paths, those stars twinkled over a beautiful farmhouse was just a big blur in the twilight.

Until now.

Now it’s lit up to perfection and we can check landscape lighting off our bucket list.

So if outdoor lighting is on your bucket list….

….here’s a few simple landscape lighting tips from our house to yours.Continue reading


How to Paint a Wood Sign (and Build a Frame, too)

How to Paint a Wood Sign (and Build a Frame, too)

 

You were right.

Of course you were.

Why didn’t I listen to you earlier?  Lark Rise to Candleford is wonderful.

I’m not even through the first season, but I want to live there.  Well, I really want to live in Candleford and marry the squire.

I want to be friend with Bates….I mean Robert Timmins…..the intelligent, but somewhat opinionated and difficult stonemason.

I want to walk those back pastures and roads and wander through the English countryside and work at the post office.

Oh….and wear one of those hats.

However, I live in 2015 in the Kentucky countryside where we don’t have squires or thatched roofs or opinionated stonemasons.

But we do paint signs.

Want to make one of your own?  Here’s the DIY on how to build the frame and paint the sign.Continue reading


A Few Cards Shy of a Full Deck

A Few Cards Shy of a Full Deck

 

This is what Pinterest inspired the twins to make for my Mother’s Day present.

Bless you Pinterest.

I love it.

I think the original project might have been titled “52 reasons why we love you.”

52 cards.

52 reasons.

But here at Thistlewood we always seem to be a few cards shy of a full deck. :)Continue reading


Before and After Bedroom Reveal

Before and After Bedroom Reveal

 

It’s that time of year again.

National Painting Week with Sherwin-Williams.

The week of the year where they select a handful of bloggers to redesign a room and make it their own with a little paint and a lot of imagination.  This year, I completely transformed a room upstairs that you’ve never seen before.

I know.

I get it.

I’m as surprised as you that it has taken this room as long as it has to show up on the blog.

But I think a few stinky socks got in the way. :)Continue reading


Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

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.

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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. :)


Five Lessons I Want To Teach My Daughters

Five Lessons I Want To Teach My Daughters

 

Dear daughters of mine,

I am so incredibly blessed to be your mother.

It seems like yesterday you arrived into the world full of tiny ballerina toes and wisps of blonde hair and wistful blue eyes that spoke directly to my heart.

And now?

Now you are full of giggles and big opinions and personality and ranch salad dressing and blue eyes that roll.

And you don’t know this, but as your bare feet dance across the green grass and climb trees and play freeze tag with the crickets in the creek…

…the next chapters of your life are about to unfold.

Now is the time to pass on some very important information.Continue reading


A Little Farmhouse Decorating and a Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Idea

A Little Farmhouse Decorating and a Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Idea

 

I cleaned my kitchen for you today.

Just for you, my friend.

I couldn’t help it.  This brilliant sunlight was dancing across these old pine floors, streaming in from behind the shutters and I just got a brand new HD card for the camera and I wanted to see if it made a difference with the pictures of the kitchen and the sunlight….but of course….

….I had to clean it up first.

I do not in any way want to destroy the illusion that it always looks like this. :)Continue reading


The Perfect Room Recipe and a Giveaway!

The Perfect Room Recipe and a Giveaway!

 

Riddle me this friend.

What do you get when you take a little pallet wood, mix in vintage grain sacks and blue and white ticking?

Add a little navy blue and encylopedias (remember those) and spool table.

Mix it with an over-sized chalkboard, a color called SW Wool Skein and a wood wall.

Combine all the ingredients, mix and stir….

….and you get a fun, industrial, teenage boy room makeover.Continue reading