Decorative Plate Holder

Decorative Plate Holder

 

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I have a love/hate relationship with this bookcase.

I love it because….well….because it’s a bookcase.

And I hate it because most of the time it looks like this…..festooned with a random deer head that needs to be fixed and put into the gallery wall and extension poles that need to be added to the chandelier and left over fabric from the kitchen….

….and a random number three that needs a one, two and four.

I know….right?

The catch-all.

The stopping place.

The stomping grounds for all unfinished projects.

Until now.Continue reading


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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.

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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


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Doing Absolutely Nothing….and Doing It Well

Doing Absolutely Nothing….and Doing It Well

 

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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


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Craft Room Organization

Craft Room Organization

 

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Once upon a time there was a craft room.

Don’t you just love stories that start like that….

…..and end with happily ever after?

Stories about a gate house with a tanning bed room that was rescued from a castle tower….after it let down it’s long golden hair.

A tanning bed room transformed with craft room chairs and a craft room desk and a craft room chalk board and plenty of craft room organization.

And a plethora of old tanning bed electrical outlets.

*sigh*

Me, too.Continue reading


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How to Paint Stripes

How to Paint Stripes

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I always thought I knew how to paint stripes.

I always thought that my days as a stripe painting rock star were around the corner if I just applied myself.

I also thought I could be the hula hoop champion of fourth grade….and then I lost in the final round when we were supposed to double hula hoop and then one of the hoops oddly got caught on my charm bracelet and fell to the ground….

….along with my dreams of hula hoop stardom on the Electric Company.

A hula hooping championship was out of my reach…but painting stripes….how hard could it be?

But every time I went to paint….the wall would just stare at me and I would get all intimidated and I would have visions of wiggles and bumps and completely not straight stripes.Continue reading


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How To Remodel A Kitchen On a Budget

How To Remodel A Kitchen On a Budget

 

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In other states across this country people are “over the moon.”

Or “wicked excited.”

Or “walking on air.”

Or they are “tickled pink.”

Not in Kentucky.

Nope.

Here in the bluegrass state we have “a come apart.”Continue reading


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Class Is In Session

Class Is In Session

 

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The other day….at the end of the hallway in the bright pink room with the brown twin beds and the flowers scattered on the carpet…..

…..school was in session.

Two tiny teachers with blonde ponytails and big blue eyes were holding class.  Each instructor had a whiteboard and was busily scribbling and circling and drawing arrows with verbs and adjectives and adverbs…..intent on passing on all the knowledge one could ever learn in elementary school to the next generation of stuffed animals.

All the students were present and accounted for.

The whole class was there….the two frogs and the bear with the bonnet and the furry one-eyed cat and the monkey and the zebra and the dolls……

……even Santa Claus.Continue reading


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I Wish I Were Here

I wish I were here.

I wish I were sitting here with my twin girls and a cup of hot chocolate.

If I were sitting here I might be inspired.

Inspired to read “A Christmas Carol” or make gingerbread cookies (which, if you know me, would be a great inspiration indeed).

Inspired to wrap packages with ribbons and bows.

Inspired to learn to play the guitar and start with “Jingle Bells.”

As I read blogs yesterday….all over blogland people were sitting by the fire and knitting and showing pictures of beautifully wrapped packages.  There were pictures of delicious treats and tables that were ready for guests.  It seemed like all of my fellow blog friends were calmly sitting down to a cup of tea.

Ready and waiting for Christmas to arrive.

Not me.

Not here.

You see, I’m so far behind and I’m worried I’m not going to catch up.

My list is too long and the time is too short.

But I’m going to try.

Even though, in my heart I’m wishing I was just sitting here.

Waiting for Christmas.

PS  I just added a facebook page if you want to follow along.  It’s listed as Thistlewood Farm.


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