How to Surprise A Gas Station Pizza Eater

How to Surprise A Gas Station Pizza Eater


This post is sponsored by Blue Apron

I know this photo of Chicken Tinga Tacos looks fancy.

Not what you (or any of the thistles….big and small) are used to seeing from a macaroni and cheese kitchen.

I get it.

I understand.

But every couple of weeks when a Blue Apron package shows up on your doorstep with every single ingredient and step-by-step instructions….

….fancy seems just within reach. :)Continue reading

A Tour of A House Decorated With Sunshine

A Tour of A House Decorated With Sunshine


Lucy's House Planter

Last week on my way down to work on the show house in Alabama, I stopped at my friend Lucy’s for lunch.

I acted like I was stopping for the chicken salad and coleslaw, but just between us….

…I really came because I wanted to see this ceiling and those beams and these succulents in an old vintage container and that random glass sculpture on that table that looks like it was made by some pilgrims and hauled over on the Mayflower.

And I wanted to see those corbels.

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A Celebration and a Giant Giveaway

A Celebration and a Giant Giveaway


If you have been reading this blog for more than five minutes….

….you know I’m a mother.

I have four children, three dogs, three cats, a meadow full of deer and bunny rabbits and a giant turtle named Fred who lives in our creek.

There are days when I’m in the finals for mother of the year.  As in they are about to knock on my door any minute with a trophy and a blue ribbon.

And then there are the days when everything goes wrong and almost nothing goes right and I want to pull the covers over my head and turn my trophy into a planter.



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Three Different Ideas for Decorating a Hutch for Fall

Three Different Ideas for Decorating a Hutch for Fall


Remember this hutch?

Remember how I painted it white and then wasn’t sure because it looked too white.

Please refer to picture above.

There is a whole LOT of white going on around up in here.

So I asked for some advice from all of you.  And you gave it to me.  Wonderful, glorious, amazing advice.  I’d read each comment and think to myself that’s what the hutch needs.  And I’d run to the hutch and tell it that it was going to have a back covered in burlap (brilliant) or the back painted in a light stripe (insightful) or add dishes with some color (love that look) or a back wall covered with scrap book paper.

And so I thought I’d start our hutch adventure with piece of advice number 91….

….add some color for the holidays.

So I partnered with Kirkland’s to decorate all that neutral with a little color.  And because life is about choices so I wanted to try it three different ways to see which one we all liked best.

Time to “branch” out a little.

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My Favorite Song

My Favorite Song


I woke up early this morning after getting in from Alabama at dark thirty and clutched the cup of coffee that someone was waving under my nose….

….and thought of all of  you.

I feel like I’ve lived a lifetime in the last three days.

Kind of like a contestant on The Amazing Race where they visit four countries and have to ride in a wheelbarrow while stacking peppers and learn a dance and repeat it three times wearing clogs and construct an entire rowboat and then sail it across the river and eat a plate full of delicacies in under four minutes.

Just like that.

Except I ate alligator.

And it tasted just like chicken.

I toured Lucy’s house (and I have pictures).  I worked on a show house and helped build a kitchen island and make chalkboards out of transoms and planned out the design of three rooms.  I had dinner with Ashley and I of course I have stories.

And I can’t wait to share it all with you next week.

But for today my coffee and I are going to rest and watch a Fixer Upper Marathon and share with you one of my favorite stories I’ve ever written.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.Continue reading

Decorating With Vintage Finds

Decorating With Vintage Finds


Do you have any idea what this is?

You probably guessed right away when you saw it because you are smart like that.  I, on the other hand, had no idea.

I just knew I needed it.

Numbers.  Check.

Typography.  Check.  

A little bit of history and rust and character and I’m sure a lifetime of stories to tell.

Check. Check and double check.Continue reading

Ch Ch Ch Changes

Ch Ch Ch Changes


Good morning sunshine.

Top of the morning to you.

I’m in the beautiful football loving state of Alabama today working on a historic show house and DIYing it all day today.  We are building a kitchen island and making a headboard out of a door and picture frames out of molding and I’m picking out furniture and incorporating it with a selection of antiques from the original owners and measuring and dreaming and planning and decorating.

And drinking coffee.

Lots and lots of coffee.

If you want to follow along with my adventures today, you can find me on Instagram and Periscope (it’s an app for your phone and my name is @ThistlewoodFarm).Continue reading

DIY Wood Slice Wreath (3 Different Ways)

DIY Wood Slice Wreath (3 Different Ways)


Around here we are partying like its woodsliceapalooza.

You know.

That celebration that happens when a tree falls in your back yard and you pause for a moment of sadness and then all you can see is the endless possibilities and projects and ideas and fall decorations.

Good times.

Here’s what my back porch looks like right now.  Stacks and stacks and stacks of these.  34 to be exact.  This weekend I stared at them and they all started talking and filling my head with ideas and I grabbed my paint brush and this is what happened.Continue reading