What I Never Knew I Needed From the Clearance Aisle

What I Never Knew I Needed From the Clearance Aisle


The other day Hobby Lobby had an 80% off sale.  And since nothing says date night more than rows and rows of urns and picture frames and pillows and bird’s nests marked with yellow stickers for a mere fraction of their original price….

….I brought my husband along for the treasure hunt.

He stopped to join all the other patient husbands in the front by the candy aisle and I took off in a full sprint to the back of the store.

First one aisle….then another.  And then…..half way down aisle two….I saw it.

You know…IT.

The thing that you find…..that you never knew that you wanted….that you had absolutely, positively no idea that you ever even needed….

….until you find it and wonder how you have existed until this moment without having it in your life.

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Ten Minute Decorating Idea For a Farmhouse Bathroom

Ten Minute Decorating Idea For a Farmhouse Bathroom


farmhouse bathroom

A long time ago in a land far away when I first started writing this blog….

…..my farmhouse bathroom was featured on a really really big website.

I couldn’t believe it.

I was so excited and told anyone who would listen and called my mom and my sister-in-law and several random neighbors to tell them the news.

It was the best thing to happen since sliced bread….

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Chalkboard with Cork Board Frame

Chalkboard with Cork Board Frame


True fact:  I’m not an organizer….

….I just play one on the blog. :)

You see….when you write a blog….your rooms always look tidy and neat and organized and clean.

Not a thing out of place.

Of course they are.

Because they only have to be clean for a moment to take a picture and if you forget to dust or vacuum or wipe away the cobwebs….

….there’s always photo shop.  :)

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I’m training for a 5K.

Please pick your chin up off the floor.

It’s true.

And I’m just as surprised as  you are.

I’m using an app called “Couch to 5k.”  Have you ever heard of it?  It’s designed to get you off the couch (preferably one as beautiful as this couch from the Southern Living House Tour).   You walk 4 minutes and then you run a minute and then you walk two minutes….and on and on and on for about half an hour.

When I start I pretend like I’m in a movie.

At the beginning it’s “Chariots of Fire”….but by the end….

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Blue and Yellow Farmhouse Bedroom

Blue and Yellow Farmhouse Bedroom


Have you ever wondered where the name Thistlewood Farm comes from?

I know you will be totally surprised at this….

….but there’s a story. 

Are you rolling your eyes at me right now and nodding?

You knew it….right?

Because around here….it always begins and ends with once upon a time. :) Continue reading

A Fathers Words of Wisdom

A Fathers Words of Wisdom


I grew up in a household full of love and joy and creative individuals….a band of merry men….

…..led by the merriest of them all.

My father was the heartbeat of our home.

He knew every single element on the periodic table and every detail of the revolutionary war and could sing every verse of the Battle Hymn of the Republic in a perfect tune he strummed out on his guitar.  He was witty and funny and kind and generous and when he talked to you….

…he had the amazing ability to make you feel like you were the only person in the room.

And that you could climb mountains.

Probably backwards…..carrying your brother in a wheelbarrow. :) Continue reading

How to Build a Plank Wall With Shelving

How to Build a Plank Wall With Shelving


If you have a house the size of a small planet and your closet has been featured on lifestyles of the rich and famous and you have an entire room in your home devoted to your shoes….

….this is not the post for you.


Definitely not.

Please come back tomorrow.

Because today’s post is all about making the most of every square inch of your room.  It’s about living large on a budget and how to create a wall that only takes 4” of space to add depth and architectural interest and first place in the wall hall of fame.

This wall could party with the best of them.

And here’s how we built it.

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My Most Embarrassing Moment (Times Nine)

My Most Embarrassing Moment (Times Nine)


I missed you.

I mean….seriously….three days without a blog post?  Is that even right?

That’s a lifetime in blog land or in the life of a caterpiller.  Take your pick.

And spending the last few days rubbing elbows with the rich and famous at the Haven blogging conference and driving to Atlanta and back….

….is absolutely no excuse.

Does it help if I wrote about 20 blog posts in my head when I was there?

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