How to Make a Peg Board Box

How to Make a Peg Board Box

 

how-to-make-peg-board-box

Every time I wrap a present I spend more time gathering up all the supplies and trying to remember to put them all back where they belong…..

….than time spent actually wrapping the gift.

I track down the scissors and the ribbon and the bags and the card and the tape and cart it to the table.

Then I wrap the gift and run out the door.

Because I’m late.

*sigh*

Always.

And in my rush I never return anything where it belongs and the supplies scatter to the four corners of the earth…..never to be found again.

Until now.

All the wrapping supplies have finally found a home.

Here’s how to make a peg board box and a gift wrapping station.Continue reading


Want Thistlewood delivered to your inbox?

It's easy! Just enter your e-mail address below.



How to Paint a Monogram

How to Paint a Monogram

 

paint-a-monogram-on-fabric

Can we still be friends if I tell you I painted my chair?

I couldn’t help it.

Blame it on the paint brush.

This is my office at the gatehouse and this is exactly what you see when you walk in the front door and look to the left.

I love these desk chairs.

I bought them at a junk store and had them recovered and added padding and nail-head trim and gray and white striped fabric and they looked perfect….

….except.

Except they needed some red lipstick…..

….bright pink to be exact. :) Continue reading


Want Thistlewood delivered to your inbox?

It's easy! Just enter your e-mail address below.



Painted Wall Treatment Idea (on a budget)

Painted Wall Treatment Idea (on a budget)

 

how-to-paint-a-wall

This is the story of a blank wall.

I know.

I’m with you.

I can’t believe there was one left in the house.

This particular blank wall was behind the hutch in the dining room at the gatehouse.  It was white (which made me happy because it was so bright) and empty (which made me sad because it was not really living up to its potential).

Until now.Continue reading


Want Thistlewood delivered to your inbox?

It's easy! Just enter your e-mail address below.



Friendship and Wooden Arrows

Friendship and Wooden Arrows

 

wooden-arrow-diy

The only thing better than having one of the funniest, most creative, talented friends on the planet….

….is having a hilarious, amazing genius of a friend who has written a book on how to make stuff.

All kinds of stuff.

Like stuff for your walls.

Like picture frames and mirrors and signs….

….and these wooden arrows I made for the new chalkboard wall at the gatehouse.Continue reading


Want Thistlewood delivered to your inbox?

It's easy! Just enter your e-mail address below.



Christmas at the Gatehouse

Christmas at the Gatehouse

Disclosure: I was compensated by eBay and Style Coalition for this post. But all Collections and general opinions are 100% mine.

blue-Christmas

Did you take the tour of the gatehouse yesterday?

Color….color….wonderful color and more.

I was actually a little nervous about going so bold.  It’s a lot of color for a neutral loving girl.

But I couldn’t help myself this year….because over at the Gatehouse….

…..I let my heart do the decorating.Continue reading


Want Thistlewood delivered to your inbox?

It's easy! Just enter your e-mail address below.



Pom Pom Pillow:  Christmas Tree Style

Pom Pom Pillow: Christmas Tree Style

12DaysCOUNTER3-300x300

pom-pom-pillow-Christmas

The twins came running in the other day and promptly announced that Jingle….our elf on the shelf….

….was boring.

“Mom….umm….why does Jingle just sit there on the bookshelf?” they asked in unison.

I looked at them in confusion.

“Jingle doesn’t just sit in one place,” I said.  “He moves around.”

“I mean yesterday he was up in one of the kitchen cabinets and today he was hiding behind the basket on the bookshelf.”

Please know that I said this proudly…..with an air of someone who was truly thankful that Jingle had not only remembered to show up….but that he had traveled around the house in only two short days.

Jingle had done his part.

End of discussion.

Until.

Until one of the twins continued with, “But he just sits there.  That’s it.  Other people’s elves are wearing superman capes and hanging from the ceiling and getting into the refrigerator walking on the butter and riding roller coasters and eating all the left-over Halloween candy.”

Really?Continue reading


Want Thistlewood delivered to your inbox?

It's easy! Just enter your e-mail address below.



The Gatehouse Fabric Collection (and a Giveaway)

The Gatehouse Fabric Collection (and a Giveaway)

 

1-IMG_0959

Several months ago….a wonderful friend of mine Cynthia Weber approached me about designing a line of fabric for the gatehouse.

I had to think about it….

….for about 5 seconds. :)

(total aside:  Can you even believe I just said line of fabric and gatehouse in the same sentence?)

She read about the colors I wanted to use and the vision I had for the space…..and she understood the need for the perfect fabric.

You see….she’s an interior designer and talented and creative with an incredible eye for design.

And I knew….that I knew….that I knew…..

….the fabric would be amazing.Continue reading


Want Thistlewood delivered to your inbox?

It's easy! Just enter your e-mail address below.



Doing Absolutely Nothing….and Doing It Well

Doing Absolutely Nothing….and Doing It Well

 

budget-decorating-how-to

This weekend I sat on this couch under a fuzzy black and white blanket surrounded by down pillows and watched the temperature drop and listened to the snow predictions for Tuesday….

….and did absolutely nothing.

It was the best.

Well….okay…..maybe not exactly nothing.

Does watching the entire first season of The Forsytes from PBS’s Masterpiece Theater on Netflix count in the something category?Continue reading


Want Thistlewood delivered to your inbox?

It's easy! Just enter your e-mail address below.