by laura janning

Third Time is a Charm

July 31, 2012

Sometimes I wish I could just be satisfied and leave things alone, just the way they are.
And then again, sometimes I am happy that I took a chance.
And then there are those moments that I go all out and put more time and effort into something that looked pretty darn good the way it was. 
This is one of those moments..... 
This was one of those times.....
This was one of those tables....
Because the third time really is a charm!
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Forgive Me...

July 30, 2012

 I must admit
I am a bit embarrassed.
See, I  have been a slacker. 
I have not lived up to my commitments. 
Today you were suppose to see my Media room updates, but I have No room updates to show you except for how I used my time since the last update here .
So, instead of finishing the paint in the room
I was enjoying a quick get away with my family to a beautiful lake house in Tennessee
And instead of coming up with art work for the walls in the room, inspired from these from Ballard Designs
I was celebrating the birth of my twins who were born 
4 years ago
And instead of modifying the curtains in the room
I was watching my 6 year as a ring bearer in his cousin's wedding in Dallas Texas
And while I should  almost be finished with the space, we enjoyed one last family vacation to the beach, enjoying every second with our kids and with each other
I know...... Slacker. 

PS- And I would do it again, if I could.

PPS- Don't forget to check out what my other pals involved in this challenge are up to this week.

Amy @ Buffalo Roam, Dana @ Crafted Niche, Jaime @ Crafty Scrappy Happy, Heidi @ D├ęcor & More, Tisha @ Delectable Home, Shannon @ Fox Hollow Cottage, Kirby @ Kirb Appeal, Holly @ Life as a Thrifter, Cassie @ Primitive & Proper, Debbie @ ReFresh ReStyle, Jessica @ Stay At Home-ista, Karah @ the space between, and Kelly @ View Along the Way.

My Backyard Paradise

July 27, 2012

If you knock at the door and I don't answer that's because I am probably right here in the backyard, so come on back and join me
Don't worry there's plenty of room for you
and your cousins
We can sit here drinking Cherry Kool-aid and listen to the water trickle in the pond
or look at the Rudbeckia also known as Brown-Eyed Susan, that just started to bloom. A sure sight of a Hot Summer
Or you can bring your bait and pole and see if the fish are biting down in the lake
But I am staying put, right here where you found me
 Oh, and when you do leave, don't forget to close the door behind you!

To see more of my home tour and my front porch click here.

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Someone's at the Door- We Got Company!

July 25, 2012

Hello Top This Top That readers!

My name is KariAnne and I blog about.....well.....actually.....I blog about a lot of random bits of life over at Thistlewood Farm.
Thistlewood Farm is a turn-of-the-century farmhouse at the corner of where a cornfield meets a long winding country road.
It is our forever and ever house. A house filled with laughter and joy. A house where games of Monopoly never end, where you can read books in the leafy branches of a treehouse, follow a winding path to create projects galore in a tiny art house and tell jokes that always end with “orange you glad you didn’t say banana.” A house with turtles and fish and dogs and cats. A house where a warm fire, a good book and a cup of hot tea are always waiting. A house for friends and family to know they are special.

There are a lot of chapters in our story.

Here's one I hope you enjoy:

It's All About the Freshy Decorating
My husband told me he doesn't like "freshy decorating."

Actually the exact quote was, "Why do we have to have so much freshy decorating around here?"


Freshy decorating?

I don't think I've ever heard of that on HGTV before.

And I'm sure the DIY network never featured it.

When he said it, I stared at him blankly. Willing him to go on. Willing him to explain the almost unexplainable term, "freshy decorating."

He just stared back and shrugged and said, "You know. It's like when the decorating takes over the house. When there's freshy stuff everywhere."

Then he paused and stated with great dramatic emphasis:

"Seriously. It's like the furniture is all occupied or something."


I see.

That's what freshy decorating is.

I think it was the pom-pom pillows that pushed him over the edge.

And he was right.

His chair was occupied.

By a freshy pom-pom pillow.

All during baseball season. Oh, the injustice of it all.

But who doesn't love a pom-pom pillow? A pom-pom pillow that I first saw the tutorial for here. That I fell in love with and had to make.

Seriously, all freshiness aside. If you are even thinking of making this pillow, you must run to your nearest craft store and buy some yarn and linen and a pillow form and start churning out pom poms.


Because this pillow is true pom-pom perfection.

Now, if you are curious, "freshy decorating" no longer reigns supreme here at thistlewood.

I moved the pom-pom pillows to a new home.

I removed all freshy items from the coffee table.

I made every attempt to generally de-fresh the room.

And I did it all for love :)

If you would like to read more about all the "freshy decorating" at the farmhouse.....stop by for a glass of sweet tea at Thistlewood Farm.

A Really "Green" Idea

July 23, 2012

If you know me,you would know of my love for Daylilies. If not, you can witness that adoration here . The love fest goes on for months until the blooms die back and I am left with the sight of this
and this. Just think, a million of these stalks just staring at  me. 
Determined to proclaim my continued devotion to my sweet Day Lily, I decide to do something that I have never done before. An idea that not only  keeps me "green" but also keeps me in good grace with mother nature.
I went out and picked all the spent stems from the Daylilies and trimmed off about an inch from the bottoms
I then took Ivy Green Rust-Oleum spray paint and coated the entire stem front and back, and let the stems dry completely
I then placed my new found "green " idea in a container on the patio.
It provides some nice color and interest for something that would have just ended up on the ground, unnoticed as it decomposed.

Not bad for  spent Daylily stems.
 Mother Nature thinks it's a cool idea too!

Easy Photo Project ( That You Can Do Today)

July 20, 2012

Happy Friday. I hope it's been a great week for you. I want to share a really quick and easy photo project with you today.
This makes a great gift or you can hang it on your own walls if you want. This was actually a gift from my children to their Aunt (aka Daka.)
Supplies Needed:
  • Canvas Board - I used an 16x20 board
  • Burlap - you will need enough to cover the front and sides of your board
  • Tacky Spray- to secure your burlap to the canvas board.
  • Stapler- to secure the burlap to the back of the canvas mount. You can also use glue to secure.
  • Picture frame w/photo
  • Acrylic Paint and Stencils for your lettering ( optional).
Step 1 - Cover your canvas board with your burlap. The burlap should be pulled tight so that it is smooth with no creases. Secure the ends of the burlap to the back of the canvas board with hot glue or a stapler. The corners should be folded in and excess material cut for a neat and tidy look.
Step 2- Position your frame with your photo in it, center to the board and secure with hot glue. 
 Step 3 is Optional- Lettering on your board. I created stencils with my silhouette machine but any stencils or free hand lettering will work. Apply your choice of paint color to the letters. Let dry.
 Step 4- Ready to wrap if it's intended for a gift or hang on your own wall to enjoy.
We are off for our longest road trip yet with our kids- Dallas Texas. I hope it's 2000  miles with no fussing, fighting or screaming!! I also hope to make it back to blog about it. 
In the meantime, next week I'll be sharing a "green project",  my backyard paradise and one of my favorite blogs is showing up to keep you company.
 Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Our Wine Nook

July 18, 2012

The other day I shared the story about this space. You know, the one that started out as a mistake and turned into an opportunity? If you missed that, you can read about that here.
As my idea grew in my mind on how to use this space, so did the stone that surrounded it. 
A nook that was first created using unused space under some stairs that looked like this
and inspired by the champagne that we toasted to when my husband first proposed

Our wine bottles, spirits and special stemware sit on top of built in wood shelves that were painted a creamy white color, and like a fine wine distressed to look aged.

Although it's not really a cellar , it's more like a Wine nook.
And not exactly the Wine Cellar you would see somewhere in the  South of France, but more like a Wine nook you would see South of the state of Carolina. 
I love these kind of opportunities, the one's that will last a lifetime! Don't you?

For More of My Home Tour click here

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