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beautiful woodwork & a makeover of our Master Suite {gift for you to win}

of thistle & thyme giveawayKelly.

This sweet girlfriend of mine.


We were roommates at The Hundred Event this summer. I was so delighted to get to know her over the weekend–including a really hilarious trip to Whole Foods that involved buying a pair (my first!) of TOMS shoes. But the best part was talking about our kids and the life of small children and artisan work. I felt a real kinship with her and was so tickled when she agreed to run a giveaway to credit for her shoppe.

Oh, did I not tell you about Of Thistle & Thyme yet? Let’s talk about her shoppe.


She and her husband hand craft botanical all hangings–wood burnt into high quality wood!!

It starts with an inspiring illustration from early botanists. True vintage artwork. Then from her imagination, these take form in their woodshop where they cut, sand, draw, wood burn, and finish with teak oil–each piece by hand.

So she literally draws out these vintage botany prints onto her wood panels. And then burns them into the wood. And then puts a stain//or not and then the oil. Talk about a labor of love!!

of thistle & thyme wood shop

Some are the natural pine stain, others are deeper in tone. I asked Kelly to help me create a deep rich feel for our sitting room. Our house is 100 years old this year (hbd, house) and was featured on Design Mom earlier this year. It’s all gorgeous hand carved woodwork. Naturally, her work fits right in around here.

Her description from her etsy shoppe:

Of Thistle & Thyme creates wood burned botanical wall hangings originating from the vintage prints of early botanists. We’re a husband and wife team with two little ones and we love to learn new trades and create what we can in the mean time. Our wall hangings are each made by hand in the foothills of Northwest Arkansas.

Our shop was born from a simple project meant to decorate the bare walls of our new home. Inspired by vintage, botanicals, and nature, we created a product that nods to the past and yet feels relevant to modern day decor. Each piece we make is unique, and we’ve made sure there’s something to fit every style be it eclectic, modern, whimsical, simplistic or traditional.

Our work is comprised of wood burned pine boards that are finished with Teak Oil. As no two wood grains are the same, each and every piece is unique. We take careful note of how each print compliments the natural flow of the wood’s grain to ensure a beautiful aesthetic. We also have a variety of wood stains and on occasion are known to fill in a print with gold leaf paint for a little extra sparkle. 


And here’s the funny part. Our house is so wonderful and has so much character, but the second floor has undergone many phases of makeover since we bought it from my mom five years ago. The kids’ rooms were redone, the guest room too, the main bath, and lastly I’ve been eyeing our Master Suite.

It has two large rooms, one with a fireplace! and the other with four foot windows on three sides, and a beautifully finished bath. The sitting room & bedroom, though! It’s been such a challenge to figure out how to actually arrange our hodgepodge of hand-me-down, handmade, new, and found furniture in a pleasing way.

sitting room


In the winter we swap the bedroom into the other room with the fireplace, but in the summer, these windows are glorious. As is our kingsized bed. Cannot strongly recommend it enough. Worth its weight, and its weight in gold.

The sitting room looks a little different now that our bed is in the other room–another post on that makeover!–and I’m struggling with this couch. Because. Well.


It’s my aunt’s and she very generously gave it to us when she downsized. I love the details and the wood carving. But I am needing something fresh. The floral is getting to me. Like how those books are stacked so neatly? Because that is always how we roll. #notnotnot

I tried new pillows. Some I already had.


Nope. They look terrible. BUT LOOK WHAT’S ON THE WALL???!!!!!!!!!!

Just not sure what to do and not do with this couch situation. I really wish Katy the interior designer whiz lived nearby and could rescue me. The detailing on the couch is really lovely. I just need a break from the cream & floral. I tried throwing a Pendleton Wool blanket on there. Nope. Looked like a college dorm room.

Regardless, Kelly’s beautiful art is the start of changing up our Master Suite. She’s the impetus & kick off for having high quality wall hangings and actually shaping the space around them.

of thistle & thyme

How can you not love this? Look at the details. Each is truly a work of art.

So now on to the good stuff for you. Visit her shoppe & comment back with your fav piece. And a few other entries on rafflecopter. But that’s the biggest one. Winner gets 50 buckaroos credit to her etsy shoppe.

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  1. Lauren on October 28, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Sign 525 is so pretty.

  2. Lauren on October 28, 2014 at 12:45 am

    Swooning over those little Charley Harper leggings!

  3. Theresa Breslin on October 28, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Love the Give Thanks sign!

  4. Danielle on October 28, 2014 at 7:47 am

    I love the antler ‘Give Thanks’ sign. I think my husband would too.

  5. Danielle on October 28, 2014 at 7:48 am

    I love the red and brown flannel skirt in your shop.

  6. Danielle on October 28, 2014 at 8:24 am

    I love the ‘Give Thanks’ feather sign by Of Thistle and Thyme!!

  7. Danielle on October 28, 2014 at 8:32 am

    I love your Pure Organic Cotton Knit Baby Swaddle in Mustard & Cream!!!

  8. Rosa Grigsby on October 28, 2014 at 8:50 am

    My favorite is Botanical Wall Hanging, Handmade art, wood sign 108, NICE!

  9. Rosa Grigsby on October 28, 2014 at 8:52 am

    I love your vintage prints, very beautiful.

  10. ashley.elise on October 28, 2014 at 9:37 am

    I love the little “Give Thanks” sign–perfect for this time of year 🙂

  11. ashley.elise on October 28, 2014 at 9:40 am

    My two year old STRONGLY prefers to roam pants free… I’m thinking a pair of leggings might stay put a little longer than his jeans. I love the blue and gold leaves pattern!

  12. Melody on October 28, 2014 at 9:50 am

    I love the “in all things give thanks” so pretty!

  13. Melissa on October 28, 2014 at 9:51 am

    I like it all. I am taken by the botanicals, but I also like her Thanksgiving ones too.

  14. Melissa on October 28, 2014 at 9:52 am

    I love all of your new organic leggings. I want them for my daughter and son.

  15. Sarah @ Two Os Plus More on October 28, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Oooh so beautiful! Loving sign #1349!

  16. Sarah @ Two Os Plus More on October 28, 2014 at 10:20 am

    The new leggings are sooooo sweet! Beautiful addition to your shop. I think my favorite (today, at least) are the blue and gold leaf ones.

  17. Emily Barnes on October 28, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I’m in love with the small “Give Thanks” sign. I know its meant for the holiday season, but I would love to display it all year! Beautiful 🙂

  18. Emily Barnes on October 28, 2014 at 10:25 am

    P.S. I am so excited about your new leggings! I’m eyeing getting a pair for my little guy for Christmas!

  19. Anna on October 28, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I love the corn flower!! But really, they’re all just great!

  20. Anna on October 28, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Wish I had a girl so I could order some of your skirts 🙁 But we love our leggings!!

  21. Amanda on October 28, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Love handmade art – and this is both beautiful AND affordable! Would be delighted to win the credit to Of Thistle and Thyme’s shoppe.

  22. Courtney on October 28, 2014 at 11:47 am

    I like the botanical wood hangings, they are so nice!

  23. Courtney on October 28, 2014 at 11:48 am

    The baby items looks so comfortable!

  24. Alicia on October 28, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I like the cornflower! 🙂

  25. Brandi on October 28, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Beautiful artwork! Love the naturalistic approach. Any of her pieces would look ab fab in my 100 year old home too! Flowers, feathers, grasses, holiday, oh my! What to choose?!?

  26. Megan on October 28, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Nell, I’m just blown away by your house. I read the article that featured your home, and that’s as far as I can get. So beautiful!

  27. Emily on October 28, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    So pretty! I wonder where they get their wood from.

  28. Amanda on October 28, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Love the Thanksgiving and Give thanks pieces! Everything is so beautifully hand-crafted! Thanks for sharing another beautiful giveaway and shop with us!! 🙂

  29. Emily on October 28, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Love your birch leggings too! I likes the pink lady looking wood sign.

  30. Molly on October 28, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    The wreath “Give Thanks!”

  31. Molly on October 28, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    I would totally buy the Charley Harper leggings from you in an adult size!

  32. Laura Mike on October 28, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    I like Kelly’s Cornflower piece.

  33. Laura Mike on October 28, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    I love the little leaf leggings!

  34. Solducky on October 28, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    love the Thanksgiving sign!

  35. Alyssa Spring on October 28, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    I love the feather sign with the “In All Give Thanks”

  36. Susanna on October 29, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    I really like the gray wood piece, 7402.

  37. Annery on October 31, 2014 at 7:23 am

    I’m terrible with plant names, but the one that looks like tiger lilies is my favorite 🙂

  38. Anonymous on October 31, 2014 at 8:04 am

    I like sign 727. Such lovely and original art!

  39. Mandi Richards on October 31, 2014 at 8:07 am

    I like sign 727. Such lovely and unique art!

  40. Celia on October 31, 2014 at 9:06 am

    I love sign 108 (the cornflower one).

  41. Rachel @ Efficient Momma on November 1, 2014 at 10:23 am

    i’m loving the cornflower one

  42. Rachel @ Efficient Momma on November 1, 2014 at 10:24 am

    visited your shop and i’m loving the little leggings