Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

summer-mantel

We went to see the BEST movie last night.

I really wanted to write that whole sentence in caps….but it might seem like I was yelling.

It’s called The Longest Ride and it stars Clint Eastwood’s son, Scott Eastwood.

Just his smile alone will make you melt.

He’s like a non-brooding Clint with a grin riding a bull off into the sunset.  And the movie has the BEST ending.

Total spoiler alert.  

They all live happily-ever-after. :)Continue reading



A Little Farmhouse Decorating and a Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Idea

A Little Farmhouse Decorating and a Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Idea

 

farmhouse kitchen

I cleaned my kitchen for you today.

Just for you, my friend.

I couldn’t help it.  This brilliant sunlight was dancing across these old pine floors, streaming in from behind the shutters and I just got a brand new HD card for the camera and I wanted to see if it made a difference with the pictures of the kitchen and the sunlight….but of course….

….I had to clean it up first.

I do not in any way want to destroy the illusion that it always looks like this. :)Continue reading



Simple Tip to Keep Your Refrigerator Clean

Simple Tip to Keep Your Refrigerator Clean

 
simple tip to keep your fridge clean

This week my friend Laura asked me to partner with some other bloggers to share simple 10 minute cleaning tips.

Now I love a cleaning tip as much as the next person.

Truly.

And I wanted to share one that was amazing and earth-shattering, but yet so simple my cat could do it.

So I did a little research on Pinterest.  I found this seemingly amazing tip.  But would it work?  Has anyone actually used a glove to pick up pet hair?  Or how about this tip?  Will a dryer sheet really work?  Has it met my soap scum before?

I needed help.  And guidance.  And assistance.

So I did the only thing a girl can do at a time like this.

I phoned my cleaning-tip-phone-a-friend.

My mother-in-law.Continue reading



The Perfect Negotiation

The Perfect Negotiation

 

This is a sponsored post written in collaboration with Arhaus

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I live in an area where two rivers meet.

And actually if you are a river aficionado, there are two other rivers several miles up the road.

But who’s counting?

Living by that much water can be good and it can be bad.  Good because it’s beautiful and peaceful and full of lush green foliage and picturesque river banks.

Bad because sometimes it floods.

Like four years ago when the river was rising higher than it had in decades and it looked like the 100-year-flood was rearing its ugly head and the water showed no signs of stopping and the entire town built a wall of sandbags higher than my head to prevent the water from flooding the area.

It was stressful.

And overwhelming.

And so I did the only thing that a person can do in the middle of a crisis…..

….I went to a yard sale.Continue reading



To All the Natural Fiber Rugs I’ve Loved Before

To All the Natural Fiber Rugs I’ve Loved Before

 

Front Foyer

 Last week I got a question about the rugs in my house and I realized two things.

1.  I’ve had these rugs for over five years.

2.  And like that awkward relative at the family reunion that you love, but you’re never sure why they have a lego collection….

….I never talk about them.

Until now.

Today is rug public service announcement day.

And here’s the rug 411.Continue reading



The Great Change-Up The Second Chapter

The Great Change-Up The Second Chapter

This is a sponsored post is brought to you by CREE LED light bulbs.

flowers decorating a mantel

Remember our intense and exciting discussion about the great change-up of 2015?

I was talking big.

Really big.

I was changing this room to that room and that room to this room….and so on.

And I did.

Let’s review.Continue reading



Blue Apron Meet My Kitchen

Blue Apron Meet My Kitchen

 

This post is sponsored by Blue Apron.

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If you have read this blog for five minutes.

You know, that you know, that you know….

….I don’t really cook.

I paint and distress and sew and create and glitter and glue and shop and decorate and dance and tell jokes and dance the lawnmower in front of my house.

But cooking?

Ummm….not so much.

That’s why when Blue Apron approached me and asked me if I would try out their order-it-online-and-have-it-delivered-to-your-house meal plan….

….I was understandably nervous.Continue reading



The Best Decorating Tip I Thought I Invented

The Best Decorating Tip I Thought I Invented

 

butler's pantry

Today my friend Heather from Decor Fix asked me to share one of my simplest decorating tips.

And because I’m a little in awe of Heather.

Seriously.

(I mean wait until you see her style).

And beca
use I have a tip that I totally thought I kind of invented.

I said yes.Continue reading