Five Life Lessons I Learned from Cinderella

Five Life Lessons I Learned from Cinderella

fall kitchen thistlewood

This past week one of the twins was watching the movie Cinderella.

For the 5,216 time.

Not the cartoon version, but the new version that came out several months ago with the blue dress and Cate Blanchett and the girl from Downton Abbey and the prince with the twinkling eyes.

When I walked through the room she asked me to watch it with her, I inwardly rolled my eyes and sighed.  I told her normally I would love to watch it, but I had a million things to do and besides….

….I already knew how it ended.

And then I thought about how not-truly important those things were and that one day she would be driving around in a car with a bunch of teenagers and spending hours putting on make-up and deciding what to wear and the house would be empty and I would wish I had pushed the pause button and watched a little more Cinderella along the way.

So I plopped down with a cup of coffee and watched the movie and surprisingly, eye-openingly, amazingly learned a few life lessons along the way.

So here’s a few more pictures I took of the farmhouse decorated for fall….

….and a little bit of Cinderella wisdom.

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Back Porch Decorating and an Exciting Announcement

Back Porch Decorating and an Exciting Announcement


Back Porch Bench

This past week I re-decorated the back porch.

I took down the black and white curtains and replaced the black and white rugs and recovered the black and white patterned pillows.

It was a labor of love.

And when I was finished and all that neutral and natural fibers and monograms and textures and calm and serenity and joy stared back at me….

….and I hugged myself.

Not just because the crickets were chirping.

Not just because drop cloths and monograms go perfectly with white chippy wood.

Not just because the ceiling fan was finally clean.

I hugged myself and the pillows on that back porch because I finally get to tell you what I’ve been waiting six long months to share.

Wait a minute.

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DIY Pinecone Acorn

DIY Pinecone Acorn

DIY Pine Cone Acorn

Sounds that I heard when I was making this DIY pinecone acorn project on the screened-in back porch.

In no particular order.

1.  Crickets chirping.

2.  Birds tweeting.

3.  The sound of an international harvester chugging down the road.

4.  The wind rustling though the trees.

5.  Cows lowing.

6.  Me singing the third verse of “Away in the Manger.”  With acorn project choreography.

I couldn’t help it.

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To All the Falls I’ve Loved Before

To All the Falls I’ve Loved Before

Road to Thistlewood

This is the winding road that leads to Thistlewood….

….and this isn’t even the post I was going to write today.

I had a story and a project and when I went to post it, I sighed and stared at it and decided it wasn’t enough and wanted more.

I wanted fall.

I wanted color and texture and leaves and pumpkins and a crisp morning with the smell of fall in the air waiting for the bus with a steaming cup of coffee in my hand wearing an old gray tattered sweater and laughing at an ant joke.

So today I curated my favorite fall pictures from blogs gone past rated from 10 to 1.

Kind of like a best in show.

It’s a little random.  I know…..right?  But today I’m following my heart and if you like fall as much as I do…..

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Fall Home Tour 2015

Fall Home Tour 2015

I am so excited and honored to be part of Finding Home Farm’s fall tour today.

If you are stopping by from Jones Design Company, welcome.  

So nice to meet you.

Enjoy the tour.

fall home tour thistlewood

Have you ever had a day where your  to-do list stretches around the block?

You try and get it all done.


You try and try and try and try, but for every item that you check off, you add two more.

And somewhere… the middle of all that trying…..

….you have a brilliant idea. :)Continue reading

My Favorite Song

My Favorite Song


Note card Song

I woke up early this morning after getting in from Alabama at dark thirty and clutched the cup of coffee that someone was waving under my nose….

….and thought of all of  you.

I feel like I’ve lived a lifetime in the last three days.

Kind of like a contestant on The Amazing Race where they visit four countries and have to ride in a wheelbarrow while stacking peppers and learn a dance and repeat it three times wearing clogs and construct an entire rowboat and then sail it across the river and eat a plate full of delicacies in under four minutes.

Just like that.

Except I ate alligator.

And it tasted just like chicken.

I toured Lucy’s house (and I have pictures).  I worked on a show house and helped build a kitchen island and make chalkboards out of transoms and planned out the design of three rooms.  I had dinner with Ashley and I of course I have stories.

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

But for today my coffee and I are going to rest and watch a Fixer Upper Marathon and share with you one of my favorite stories I’ve ever written.

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Summer To Fall Transitional Mantel

Summer To Fall Transitional Mantel

Summer to Fall Transitional Mantel

I taught a class at Haven on how to connect with brands.

In case you haven’t noticed, connecting with brands is big business for bloggers.

You’ve probably seen a few sponsored posts around blog land.  And you’re rolling your eyes right about now at how many there are.

And you are right.  So right.  But that’s a discussion for another day.

In my session at the conference, I talked on how to negotiate with sponsors and get sponsored posts.

You can thank me later. :)

And in my research for the class, I discovered 8 words that you should never use in a business correspondence.  I meant to share with my class to demonstrate my incredible business knowledge.  But I forgot.

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Why Everyone Needs a Hand-Drawn Turkey and How to Make a Gold Duck Tape Wreath

Why Everyone Needs a Hand-Drawn Turkey and How to Make a Gold Duck Tape Wreath

I was compensated by Duck Brand Products for this post. But all opinions and statements are completely my own.

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There is a box in our attic full of treasures….

….worth more to me than the finest exhibition on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Stacks of tiny dishes that closely resembles plates painted a brilliant shade of bright pink with initials carved into them.

There are butterflies made out of paper plates and baby food jars full of confetti and a santa with moveable arms and caterpillars painted from thumb prints and a popsicle log cabin.

Masterpieces each and every one.Continue reading