The Day I Was Almost a Fashionista

The Day I Was Almost a Fashionista


In a vain attempt to try to bring my wardrobe into the year 2014…..

…..I have been reading fashion blogs.

For someone who buys her t-shirts at Wal-Mart….it’s been a little intimidating.

To say the least.

It’s a whole other world of glamorous, stylish people who effortlessly mix florals and stripes and wear at least five bracelets and use terms like “statement necklaces” and “boyfriend jeans”….

….all while perching precariously on six-inch high platform shoes.

But I’ve learned so much.

I’ve learned that everyone should own at least one pair of black jeans and plaid shirts are a current trend and that you can mix menswear with ruffles and a peplum can truly be flattering….

….and everyone should own a blazer.

Absolutely, positively brilliant.

I know….right?Continue reading

Let’s Go Shopping Together

Let’s Go Shopping Together


I once wrote a post about shopping the 500-mile yard sale here in Kentucky.

It was called “I Wish You Could Have Been There.”

I talked about finding milk glass and vintage silver and mismatched furniture and random architectural pieces that you know you have the perfect home for…..

….if only you could think of it.

It was an amazing journey and full of treasure hunting and bargains and vintage, chippy bits of joy.

And I wish we could have shopped together.

Well….guess what?

Now we can. :) Continue reading

Fall Decorating Ideas (and a Thank You)

Fall Decorating Ideas (and a Thank You)


Do you remember the commercial from Dove that ran last year?

It featured women who sat behind a curtain and described themselves in great detail to a sketch artist.  He asked them about their facial features like their chin and their hair and their eyebrows and cheekbones and so on.  They described themselves as they saw themselves to the artist.

He never saw them.

He simply drew the picture from what they described to him.

Then….each woman was briefly introduced to a stranger….someone who had never met her before.  And after a short visit…each woman left and the stranger was asked to describe the woman he or she had just met…..

… the exact same sketch artist.Continue reading

Fall Home Tour

Fall Home Tour


Finding Fall 2014 Button-Corrected

It’s that time.

The much promised fall home tour is finally here.


If you are stopping by from The Inspired Room or Finding Home…..welcome and nice to meet you.

Fall House Tour

I’m so happy that you are here.


Mostly because nothing says happy fall like a fancy rhinestone necklace and leopard heels.

(total aside:  have you ever seen anyone so happy to open a door in your whole life).Continue reading




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