Look what just arrived to a WalMart or grocery store aisle near you.

The Better Homes and Gardens Christmas magazine.


And look at who is on page 10.

Those burlap curtains finally have their star on the Hollywood walk of fame.

I wish you could have been in aisle 4 last night.

It was a party.

My husband bought every magazine they had and promptly handed them out to people in line.

Best Friday night ever. :) Continue reading

Make a Pillow From a Reusable Shopping Bag

Make a Pillow From a Reusable Shopping Bag


I have a collection of reusable shopping bags.

It’s like the collection that I never intended to have.  I just couldn’t help it.  I would be checking out in line somewhere and there they would be….

….the reusable shopping bags.

Patterned and cute and colorful and full of life.

“I’m going green,” I would tell myself, “for only $1.75.”

And another shopping bag would wind its way to Thistlewood.Continue reading

Chalkboard Word Find Pumpkin

Chalkboard Word Find Pumpkin


I am up to my elbows in acorns and spray paint and wooden bowls carved from stumps and mercury glass pumpkins….

….decorating for the fall house tour on Monday.

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

In the meantime….please enjoy a repeat of one of my favorite projects from last year.

Because nothing says fall….

….like a chalkboard word find pumpkin. :)


Remember when pumpkins were orange?

Back in the day.

Before anyone ever painted pumpkins?

Before burlap pumpkins and dryer vent pumpkins and can lid pumpkins and straw pumpkins and pumpkins made from pallet wood.

Just orange.

Orange pumpkins from the Piggly Wiggly with a carved face.

Nothing too fancy…..

…just a face with triangle eyes and a triangle nose and a moon for a mouth.

And some years you were extra fancy and cut a snaggle tooth grin.Continue reading

The Rest of the Story

The Rest of the Story


Welcome back rock star.

If you missed the epic beginning of the story of our jump and where it all began and the first part of the tour of the house that we lived in before Thistlewood….you can start here.

Before we begin I have to tell you how much I loved all the comments on the last post.

I read each and everyone….but the second comment down literally made me laugh out loud and almost spit out my coffee….

“Sweetie, they were fighting against the empire, not for it. (are you sure that your husband proofread this)

Loved the tour anyway.”


The commenter was so right.

And I did read the post to my husband (who is a huge Star Wars fan).

But he looked so cute trying to explain the entire story line of all of the Star Wars movies in about five minutes…..

….that I kind of got distracted. :) Continue reading

The House Before Thistlewood

The House Before Thistlewood

Remember the first time you watched Star Wars?

(total aside:  me either….I had to look up all these Star Wars details to make my point).

Remember Luke and Leia and Darth Vader and Han Solo and Chewbacca and C3PO  and R2-D2?

(case in point….my husband pointed out that I had neglected to capitalize the names of the robots.  Who knew?)

And you cheered them on and watched them fight against the empire and train to be Jedi knights and destroy the enemy and let the force be with them.

Then three Star Wars movies later…..

… find out all about the beginning.

This post is exactly like that…..

….except without Yoda. :) Continue reading




Random thoughts on a Saturday morning:

1.  Does it count as fall because it’s September?

Even if it’s 90 degrees and the pool is still open?

2.  Do you have any tips on how to get grease stains out of clothes?

My favorite shirt met some salad dressing and lost.

3.  What are your thoughts on velvet pants?

Yeah or nay?

What if I told you they had flowers on them?  Would that make a difference?

4.  I am so all about lemonade right now.

Usually I only drink it in the summer.

Which leads me back to the all-important question 1. :) Continue reading

How to Build a Pallet Wood Letter

How to Build a Pallet Wood Letter


Remember the original Real Housewives of Orange County?

The one that started it all.

Remember Laurie and Jo and Jeana and Kimberly and of course….Vicki.

The show was fascinating and glamorous and they wore evening gowns to go shopping and diamond tiaras for lunch and ate at restaurants that looked like art galleries…..

…..and had shoe closets bigger than my living room.

Television at it’s finest.

And even though I wore sweatpants to go shopping and a black rubber band for lunch and adore Cracker Barrel and put my shoes in a big jumbled pile in the middle of my closet….

….I never missed an episode.Continue reading

Wool Felted Acorn Garland

Wool Felted Acorn Garland


Once upon a time I used real acorns for decorating.

I was having a party and I wanted to create a truly authentic fall feel for the house….

….so I brought the outside in.

Just like they do in the magazines.

I filled giant glass urns with acorns and tucked branches into them and strung tiny bits of twine from branch to branch and wrote thankful quotes on torn pieces of card stock and tied them onto the twine.

And I finished off the look by gluing oak leaves to the branches.

Can I tell you how amazing I thought I was?


All that fall glory for (almost) free.Continue reading