Trash to Treasure:  Painted Table Project

Trash to Treasure: Painted Table Project


Is it wrong if when my husband asked me what I wanted to choose for date day….

….and I told him I wanted to paint a table.

Because if it’s wrong….I’m not sure I want to be right. :)

You see….I found this table in the very back of an antique store covered in dust and scratches….right next to an old phone booth and two sets of hair curlers.

It had amazing lines and three shelves and the cutest molding on the side that kind of grinned at me….

….and silently pleaded for me to take it home. :) Continue reading

A Secret Garden

A Secret Garden


“The Secret Garden was what Mary called it when she was thinking of it.

She liked the name, and she liked still more the feeling that when its beautiful old walls shut her in no one knew where she was.

It seemed almost like being shut out of the world in some fairy place. The few books she had read and liked had been fairy-story books, and she had read of secret gardens in some of the stories.”

~ Frances Hodgson Burnett

Today I’m so excited to be part of a really fun challenge…..Creating With the Classics.  If you stopped by from The Hunted Interior….so happy you are here.

Eight bloggers are partnering together to bring the classics to life through fabric and design.  We were each assigned a classic novel and then we designed a space using fabric and the novel as our inspiration.

And you know how much I love a challenge.

My classic novel I was given is one written by Frances Hodgson Burnett that is close to my heart…..

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How to Make a No Sew Bolster Pillow

How to Make a No Sew Bolster Pillow


Do you know why I started blogging?


I started this blog because I live in the middle of the country.

To get here take a right at no where and a then a left at no idea where you are….drive by the cornfields….

….and at the end of a long winding road you will find my house.

And when we finished remodeling and working on the house and I was ready to show off my chalkboard calendar and my faux transoms and my new kitchen and the fresh flowers in the garden I cut for the house…..I looked around…..and remembered my closest neighbor was four pastures away.

And way too busy rounding up cows to look at a new lampshade I bought for the living room. :) Continue reading

The Day I Sounded Just Like My Mother

The Day I Sounded Just Like My Mother


I’m not really sure when I realized that I sounded exactly like my mother.

Not that it’s a bad thing.

Just totally unexpected.

I mean….I grew up on “there are nit picks all over your room” and “time for chewing practice” and “if you can’t say something nice….” and “watch your attitude” and my personal favorite….

….”I don’t really care what everyone else is doing.”

And my, myself and my bad attitude would sigh…and promise ourselves that when we grew up we would never talk like that or provide completely unsolicited opinions.


Until the day I got older and wiser and realized….

….how brilliant my mother was all along.


Here’s a story I wrote long ago and far away about things that a brilliant mother says….

….and the beginning of a New York Times Bestseller. :) Continue reading

Thistlekeeping (and a Fun Announcement)

Thistlekeeping (and a Fun Announcement)


This was the week of the summer home tour.

(In case you missed it….here’s mine).

Dozens of bloggers getting their summer on and showcasing their gardens and homes and outdoor spaces.

Shaking off the cobwebs of winter and embracing green grass and blue skies and summer breezes and lazy afternoons with a good book under the shade of an old oak tree.

It was inspiring.

And amazing.

And joyful.

So grab a cup of coffee or sweet tea or diet coke and an English muffin with strawberry jam…..

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Five Easy Summer Recipes

Five Easy Summer Recipes


I spent the last week in Washington DC on the annual school field trip.

You know the one.

The trip where you wear a super stylish coordinating group t-shirt  and walk 1000.76 miles and get sunburned and see where our founding fathers lived and the original copy of the Declaration of Independence.

And the first ladies dresses.

And George Washington’s teeth.

All the super important things that helped to found our great nation.

The trip was everything the tour guide promised and so much more.

But at the end of a week full of karoke at 6:00am and bargaining for t-shirts in front of Ford Theater and standing in endless lines and having the wig maker at colonial Williamsburg tell me I need a new hairstyle and sleeping on a bus….

….I’ve come to one conclusion.

I am so up for mom of the year.

I’m just sayin’.

And I’ll accept my reward with one…

…. of these five easy summer recipes.

Feel free to stand up with me….

….and accept your award too. :) Continue reading

Beach Inspired Bedroom Decor

Beach Inspired Bedroom Decor



I have been waiting and waiting and waiting to tell you.

Okay….maybe I just waited a little bit…..

….but it seemed like forever. :)

I’m so excited because in three weeks I’m starting to renovate a bedroom at a beach house at the entrance to Cape Cod.

I know…..triple exciting with extra whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles on top…..right?

I mean….after all the farmhouse is totally ready for summer…..

…..and I needed a new project.

And what is better than bringing the salt and sand and sun and ocean breezes inside….

…and decorating a beach inspired bedroom.

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Summer Home Tour

Summer Home Tour

Today it’s the Summer Home Tour 2014 hosted by The Shabby Creek Cottage.

If you are stopping by from At the Picket Fence….nice to meet you!  

Let’s get this party started.


The other night I parked the car and walked up this sidewalk.

The stars were twinkling in the clear night sky to an entire chorus of crickets chirping in time….

….and with every step the smell of honeysuckle surrounded me.

And I closed my eyes just for a moment and smiled.



And thought to myself…..hello summer…..

…..nice to meet you.


I’ve been waiting for you for like….ummm….ever.Continue reading