How To Make Sweet Tea Taste Better

How To Make Sweet Tea Taste Better

 
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If you are from the south you were probably raised on sweet tea.

You know.

That perfect glass of iced cold goodness that quenches the thirst and fills the heart and makes the sun shine brighter.

In my search for the perfect glass of sweet tea with the perfect ratio of sugar to tea and ice, I came up with the answer to that age-old question.

Here’s how to make sweet tea taste better.

(and it’s totally not what you think).  :)Continue reading



Jute Twine Nest and Chalkboard Eggs

Jute Twine Nest and Chalkboard Eggs

 

chalkboard eggs and nest

Because it’s officially spring and because I have a question for you….

….it’s nest day here at Thistlewood.

The other day I was going home from the ballpark when I saw a nest perched high atop the bridge over the river.

And not only was there a nest….there was a bird there too.

Here’s the nest and the bird.

bird's nest

It’s kind of blurry….but can you tell what type of bird it is?

And if so….do they normally build nests on bridges?

I was a little worried for the bird so high up there.

But then my husband reminded me….that birds can fly. :)

chalkboard eggs

In on the ground nest news….

….I made this one out of jute twine and filled it with chalkboard eggs.

It was an easy project that took only about an hour.

Want to make your own?

Here’s the DIY.

supplies

How to Make a Jute Twine Nest

Supplies:

jute twine

Elmer’s Glue-All

balloon

wooden craft eggs

how to make a nest

Step 1:  Blow up balloon and insert it into a container

Here’s mine in a milk glass urn.

(total aside:  everything looks better in a milk glass urn)

decoupage

Step 2:  Make your own decoupage mix

This is the perfect inexpensive way to make your own decoupage.

Mix 3 parts Elmer’s Glue-All to one part water.

how to make a jute twine nest

Step 3:  Dip twine in decoupage mix

I dunked my twine and soaked it for just a little bit.

Then I started criss-crossing it on top of the balloon.

jute twine nest

Step 4:  Continue adding twine

I kept adding twine in a random pattern until it looked like this.

Turn the balloon so you make sure you get even random coverage.

No pattern.

Just criss-cross it until it looks right.

Let dry thoroughly.

chalkboard eggs and nest

Step 5:  Pop the balloon

Once your nest has dried, pop the balloon.  Once the balloon is popped, it just pulls away to reveal a perfect (or a little random) jute nest.

Trim the edges of the nest and any extra glue strings.

I added chalkboard eggs to the nest with a tiny crossword puzzle.

Easy.

Simple.

Happy spring.

PS  Now I’m off to check on my new feathered friends on the bridge.

Gotta fly. :)

This post was sponsored by Elmer’s Products.  All ideas and opinions on nests and glue and jute twine are completely my own.

Please see my disclosure page for more information.



Simple Wreath Projects for Spring

Simple Wreath Projects for Spring

 
simple wreath ideas for spring

Have you ever bought something new from the store and felt like superwoman?

You know.

You try it on and it looks amazing.  Like you could leap small buildings and paint a house in an entire day….

….with your pinkie finger.

So you bring it home and wear it the next day and you feel so wonderful.  You catch sight of yourself in mirrors at the home improvement store and wonder why they didn’t give you a standing ovation when you entered the building.  And you think to yourself….this is my shirt. My go-to shirt. I’m building my entire wardrobe empire around this shirt and never looking back.

You hang it up in your closet.

And it hangs out with all the used-to-be-wonderful-shirts.

And one day when you take it out to wear it again, its lost some of its luster and you feel more like joker and the home improvement store experience gets downgraded to a smattering of applause.

And you realize that even you are wonderful and incredible and awe-inspiring with or without an amazing shirt….

….super woman might need to shopping again. :)Continue reading



Creative Ideas for Decorating With Flowers for Spring

Creative Ideas for Decorating With Flowers for Spring

flower decorating for spring

Oh the weather outside is frightful.

But the fire is so delightful.

And since we’ve no place to go.

Let it……Nooooooooooooo,  Arrrrrgh.  Ugggggggghhhhhhhhhhh. Maaaaaaaaaaake it stoooooooooop.

Ahem.

So sorry……wrong song.

I meant to sing….”Here comes the sun.” :)Continue reading



The Language of the Flowers

The Language of the Flowers

 

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When I was younger I read the book “Where the Sidewalk Ends” from cover to cover.

Do you remember that book?

I think my parents rolled their eyes when I read the poem about Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who would not take the garbage out.

But I didn’t care.

Shel Silverstein was my hero.

He was funny and irreverent and made eating a whale and collecting junk and a crocodile toothache into poems that danced off the pages of a book.

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The Fabric That Calls My Name

The Fabric That Calls My Name

 

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If you had to guess….

….what decorating question do you think I get asked the most?

Where I got my smocked burlap curtains?

Close.

How does the house stay so clean with four children, two dogs, two cats, rabbits, deer and a tortoise named Fred?

Ummmm….even closer…..but not quite.

It is…however….a great question with an easy answer……

….Photoshop. :)Continue reading



Trash to Treasure:  Almost Spring Door Decorating

Trash to Treasure: Almost Spring Door Decorating

 

spring-decorating-ideas-front-door-idea

The other day I went looking for spring flowers to decorate the front door with.

It looked kind of empty….

….after I took the Christmas wreath off it. :)

I looked everywhere….from home improvement stores to local nursery’s.

Nothing.

Zilch.

Nada.

Nothing to decorate a spring front door with.

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One Day I’m Going to Live In a Mansion

One Day I’m Going to Live In a Mansion

 

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Yesterday was crazy hair day at school.

Just in case you hadn’t marked your calendar yet…..crazy hair day falls somewhere between crazy-sock day and crazy-dress-up-like-your-favorite-book-character day.

And let me tell you…..

….it can get a little crazy.

I spent all morning trying to create a hairdo for one of the twins that was a cross between a waterfall and a faux hawk…..with a mouth full of bobby pins…..

….wishing I had gone to beauty school.

Twenty minutes….a can of hairspray….a double twist on the hair ribbon and two extra helpings of patience later….

…..I watched at that faux-hawk-waterfall twirl its way to the bus stop along with her sister.Continue reading