The Thankful Tree and a Giveaway

The Thankful Tree and a Giveaway

This post and giveaway are brought to you by Birch Lane.

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One of my favorite books is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

If you’ve read it….you are nodding right about now.

If you haven’t I’ll totally Reader’s Digest it for you.

It’s about a tree who loves a little boy with all her heart.  When he is young he plays under the tree and swings from the branches and eats buckets of apples.  And as he grows older he sells the apples from the tree and uses her branches to make a house and her trunk to make a boat to sail away and explore the world.

And when he is older and his travels are done, he sits on the stump and rests…..

….and returns to the tree that he loves.

“And the tree was happy.”

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My Favorite Decorating Tip

My Favorite Decorating Tip

 

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I started this blog with the lofty intention of perching on the steps of decorating Mount Olympus and handing out sage advice and pithy quips on decorating.

In my mind….I was going to be amazing.

At the time, I had a camera that came in a yellow disposable box and you threw it away after you used it.  The words white balance and manual focus and DSLR were not in my vocabulary.  So I hired a local photographer to come out to the house and take pictures of my Christmas decor.  I worked for weeks getting the house ready and composing witty decorating repartee’ for my big blog debut.

The pictures came back and I loaded them into the computer.

I was so excited.

I couldn’t wait to share my decorating knowledge with the world.  My hands practically danced for joy as they flew over the keyboard writing a lengthy dissertation on how to use neutrals in Christmas decorating.

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How To Make a Paper Feather Wreath

How To Make a Paper Feather Wreath

 

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Remember the time that I wanted to make a book page wreath….but I couldn’t bring myself to cut the pages of the book…..

…..so I made it from scrapbook paper instead.

Really.

I promise you….not a page of a book was harmed in the making of this wreath.

You see….I had the idea for the wreath and the book open to a page ready to cut the feathers out.  I was cutting them out from top to bottom on the page because I thought it might be fun to read the story as it went around the wreath….

…but something stopped me.

I looked at the book….and the open pages looked right back at me.

As if to say….

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Thistlekeeping (and a Fun Announcement)

Thistlekeeping (and a Fun Announcement)

 
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I think this week was a little more random than normal.

Blame it on the sunshine and the Olympics.

Between all the fuss over the Olympic scoring with the ladies ice skating and how relieved I was that Bob Costas had finally recovered from his eye infection…..

….I got a little distracted.  :)Continue reading


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A Little Bit of Amazing

A Little Bit of Amazing

 

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Do you ever feel like we are all waiting for life to get amazing?

Waiting for summer vacation.

Waiting for a new promotion or a new car or a bigger house or a kitchen renovation or the snow to fall.

Waiting and waiting……and waiting.

Maybe we’re all waiting because we think….that when the waiting is over….whenever what we are waiting for finally happens….

….that’s when our amazing life will begin.

 

But what we miss….what we overlook….is that sometimes we are so focused on the waiting….

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A Farmhouse Conversation

A Farmhouse Conversation

 

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There’s nothing like a fall morning in the country.

You can see the sun rising early in the morning across the back field with its amazing color pallet and smell fall in the wind.

And as the leaves fall and the sunlight slowly filters in through the windows I tiptoe into the kitchen….pour myself a cup of coffee…..

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Hollywood Called

Hollywood Called

 

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The first time I saw these chairs they were $612.32.

Seriously.

And that was a bargain….

…..marked down from the original price of $1224.64.

Please tell me what they were thinking.

Please.

I’ll tell you what I was thinking.

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Five Fall Decorating Ideas For the Dining Room (and a Giveaway)

Five Fall Decorating Ideas For the Dining Room (and a Giveaway)

 

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Dear incredible, wonderful, almost-millionaire wheel of fortune contestant,

We interrupt this regularly scheduled post on fall decorating ideas for the dining room….

….to tell you that you are a rock star.

I cheered you on from my living room couch.

You were so close.

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