The Smile of a Rock Star (and a Free Printable)

The Smile of a Rock Star (and a Free Printable)


Most mornings I wake up all the sleepy heads in the house and sing “Rise and Shine”….

…..and tell them they are rock stars.

Just in case they forgot from the day before.

Just in case they were wondering.

Most of the time they simply roll their eyes and sigh and ignore me….

….but I know they hear it.

rock stars

I think I started the whole rock star thing when fourth grade began getting a little tough….which turned into an even tougher fifth grade and now we are knee-deep in sixth grade….

….the very toughest of all.

Navigating sixth grade is kind of like Survivor where they put you on the island with a piece of flint and a few sticks and leave you to figure the rest out.Continue reading

Birch Bark Wreath

Birch Bark Wreath


I started this birch bark wreath project with grandiose ideas.

I was driving down the road behind an international harvester (where I spend most of my time) and I got the brilliant (or so I thought) idea to make my own wreath.

You see….when I featured the pallet letter…I photographed it with a wreath.

A wreath that I get questions about all the time.  

So why not make it?


Except….see the thing is….this doesn’t exactly look like the wreath I posted.

Not that it’s bad to look at.  I think it’s kind of cute.  It’s just that the other wreath is totally Brad Pit….

….and this wreath is a little like the boy you sat next to in class who spent all that time drumming on his English book with his drum sticks.

It’s trying really hard to impress you….

…but if it asked you to the homecoming dance you’d have to think twice.Continue reading

So Close to Amazing

So Close to Amazing


I am a firm believer in coordinating a matching outfit for every event.

Like a prairie skirt with a sweater vest trimmed in ribbons and high-heeled shoes with ruffled socks and a bow with my name on it.

Or a blazer (complete with tags) for a shopping day on the town.

Maybe it’s because I secretly wish one day a Hollywood producer would discover me.

Maybe it’s because I believe that everything is more fun in a head-to-toe coordinating outfit.

Or maybe it’s because I watch the Hallmark movie channel for a living.

Seriously.Continue reading




If you are reading this….I’ve just finished my coffee and I’m heading down to Nashville to go to the City Farmhouse show.

The leaves are falling and the weather is glorious and the sun is shining and I’m going to a lunch there and meeting friends….

….and…oh wait…shopping.


Does life get any better?

I know your weekend will be amazing too and here a little inspiration to start it off right.Continue reading

Why You Should Always Clap in the Rain

Why You Should Always Clap in the Rain


I think I fell in love with my husband because he makes me laugh.

Every. Single. Day.

Especially the dad humor.

master bedroom fall decorating

You know what I’m talking about.

You understand.

Dad humor is like a cross between why did the chicken cross the road and puns that make your roll your eyes and groan.

You simply can’t help it…..

…..and then you laugh in spite of yourself.Continue reading

DIY Wood Christmas Stocking Tags and the 2014 Thistlewood Stocking Collection

DIY Wood Christmas Stocking Tags and the 2014 Thistlewood Stocking Collection


I almost titled this post #calmdownitsnotevenhalloweenyet

And #dontadjustyourscreenandyesthosearestockings

But I had to post because (1) I was so excited I couldn’t wait any longer to show you the stocking collection and (2) the stockings sold out last year and (3) by the time I got around to remembering to post my Christmas mantel in December they would all be gone.

So with a drum roll and clanging cymbals and a ticker tape parade….I present to you without further ado…..

 …..the 2014 Thistlewood stocking collection from South House Designs.Continue reading

Five Delicious Fall Recipes

Five Delicious Fall Recipes


Have you ever watched Survivor when they have the eat-the-weirdest-thing-you-can-find-on-the-island challenge?

If you’ve ever seen it….you know exactly what I’m talking about.

The castaways start off with something simple like quails eggs and before you know it they are eating something that’s moving.

Could you would you eat something that made your stomach and your eyes roll?  Could you take the challenge for a million dollars?

I couldn’t make it.


Not even a little.

I would have to turn in my scarf and wave goodbye to my fellow island mates and hop on the next helicopter to the mainland.

I mean, really.  I like what I eat to be sweet or savory…..

…..and preferably not moving. :)

Here’s some fun fall recipes to start your week off with a yum. Continue reading

The Contract

The Contract


After the twins were born, I stood in the middle of my living room one evening….bleary-eyed from lack of sleep with hair that hadn’t been washed in a week….wearing pajamas covered in spit-up…..

…..and wailed plaintively to my mother.

“How can I do this?”

“I’m not going to make it.”

“They are totally winning.”

Then I wiped my faced and brushed the hair away from my eyes….inhaled and exhaled several times and then stood patiently waiting for her words of wisdom.  I mean after all….my mother is brilliant (and getting more brilliant with every year that passes) and experienced and wise….

….and has never met a good piece of advice she didn’t like.Continue reading