what’s cookin’

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My little guy and I both love to cook.  It’s probably our favorite activity to do together.  All of the time together spent chopping, peeling and stirring over the stove allow us time to chat about our day.  Here are a few of our favorite things to make these days:

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5 years

Bluegrass THREADS is thrilled to be celebrating 5 years!  Five years feels momentous—we’ve made it!

This blog has been a source of personal inspiration and growth during the first five years of my son’s life, the loss of my father, job transitions, big moves and many of the other changes (good and bad) over this half decade.

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To celebrate and commemorate this milestone, I want to highlight these top 5s—the most read and shared stories of the past 5 years:

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craft faves

With spring in the air, I am in the mood to spruce up the house.  Why not enjoy making some beautiful crafts to display in bookshelves or on tabletops?  Here are a few of our favorites:

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Paper clutch: Wouldn’t this be cute tucked in a bookshelf?

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Musical pinwheels: Nothing would be sweeter than a vase full of these beauties.  I’d put them on my piano.

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Mini bird’s nest: These are the perfect addition to a spring table.  Use them as place cards or leaned against hurricane globes.

Happy crafting!

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**all images by dthoskins**

inspiring blue

Blue is a color that truly boosts my mood, especially following the epic snowfalls of the past few weeks.  Of course, living in Wildcat country is certainly reason enough to love all things blue (Big Blue Nation!).

These are a few of the blue hued images from that are inspiring my March:

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Fifth anniversary shoot

image by Desarae Anderson Photography

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Blue folded clutch

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Polyvore set by dthoskins

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First birthday celebration

image by Honey Heart Photography

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Baby announcement

image by dthoskins

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Baby boy shower

image by KGreeneOwens

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Kitty

image by dthoskins

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Boxes

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Beachy scent

What color inspires you?

katherine Greene

 

meaningful holiday touches

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Some of my favorite holiday decor is simple and natural and can carry you through the winter months.  In other words, I like touches that are more wintry than “Christmasy”.  I think that holiday decor should also be something personal and meaningful.

Perhaps my favorite decoration in my home this year is my living room “bar” that features a vignette of meaningful items sprinkled with some burlap ribbon and a touch of greenery:

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  • my Grandmother’s typewriter is incredibly sentimental.  She was a typing teacher and it so I have many memories of her teaching me to type at her home on this machine.  Next to the typewriter is a silver framed photo of my grandparents taken on my wedding day, which was also their 60th wedding anniversary.
  • a few favorite bourbon bottles (of course, it includes Pappy and a lovely bottle of Rock Hill Farms—these are separate from my husband’s bar cart that showcases his extensive bourbon collection)
  • a Blackberry Farm wooden spoon (where we spent our honeymoon and vacation each year).  The beautiful wood is rustic and charming.
  •  a gorgeous set of monogrammed Moscow Mule copper mugs (my current favorite drinking glass).

All of these items are on top of my husband’s childhood dresser, which we have used (with new hardware) to store tablecloths or other linens for entertaining.  By grouping these small items together, they have a greater impact on the room.  I think that it is a sweet focal point in the room that tells a lot about our family.

What are your favorite holiday decorations?  Any ornaments or chatychkes with special meaning?

katherine Greene

baby boy showers can be beautiful, too

Since having my son three years ago, I’ve been on a crusade—everything for little boys can be beautiful!

These are some images for a shower that I hosted this past September.  It was every bit as lady-like a soft as a girly gathering, simply opting for pale blue instead of pastel pink.

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My co-hostess, cleared her family room furniture to make room for two rented round tables.  We love using round tables for gatherings, since they encourage conversation and an intimate feel.

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Guests were greeted with a baby Jacob banner that the mom-to-be took home at the end of the gathering.  Colorful blue suckers added to topiaries added a touch of whimsy.

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Regular readers know of my passion for menu cards.  It is also fun for the honoree to have something to remember the little details of the day by (including the food).  This delicious food was prepared by Cutting Board Catering (highly recommend!)  Having a chef cook in your home is a luxury for you and fun for your guests.

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Don’t be afraid to add a touch of elegance to a baby shower, particularly if it is fitting for the mom-to-be!

katherine Greene

your christmas organized

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Hello, my name is Katherine and I have an addiction to Christmas.

How do I know this?  Because when I tell people that…

  • I was done Christmas shopping in September
  • I began Christmas shopping for 2013 on December 26, 2012.
  • I keep a detailed Christmas spreadsheet of what I spent on each gift vs. the actual retail value.
  • In said spreadsheet binder, I have records of what I have given as gifts for the last 10 years (to avoid duplication).
  • I already have my Christmas cards completed.
  • I am ready to decorate my house the day after Halloween.
  • I have an annual Christmas Open House, as soon as we get through Thanksgiving.
  • I don’t use gift tags, I just wrap in coordinating papers to identify the receiver.  (All of my husbands gifts are in penguin paper.  All of my son’s in reindeer, etc.)
  • I could keep adding to this list

…they look at me like I am crazy.

I do, however, have a method to my madness.  I actually enjoy the entire Christmas season because I am not trying to cram all of these stressful delightful Christmas tasks into a couple of weeks.  I can attend parties, holiday concerts, shop at the mall for fun without worrying about getting my Christmas cards out or finishing my holiday wrapping.

Want in on the crazy?  Here is the fabulous Holiday Gift Organizer that I use each year.  I am an avid list maker and so I love having a hardcopy to make notes on.  For those that would prefer an online organizer, Gift Elephant is a great place to start.

Happy organizing!

katherine Greene

fun gift pillow

It is truly better to give than to receive.  That has always been my philosphy!

I love seeing the look on a loved ones face when they open their present, big or small.  This is one of my favorite birthday gifts that I had made for my father-in-law’s 65th birthday (more on that party later).  He is an avid sailor, so I had a pillow made for him by the fabulous boys at House by JSD.  If you haven’t been to House yet, you should check out this amazing store.  It is a Bluegrass Threads favorite!

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The coordinates are those of the city where he was born and raised, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

I just love creative and personal gifts like this!  Wouldn’t this be fun for a graduation gift?  A pillow of your hometown to take with you to college.

 

What are your favorite gift ideas?