DIY Picnic Blanket & Goodbye (for now)

July 18th, 2011

Hi friends! I am so, so sorry for not blogging in so long. Some of you know that I recently had surgery for a severely herniated disk and I was feeling great for a few weeks. I was beginning to feel like my old self when I started suffering from similar pains again, only on the opposite side this time.

I’ve thought long and hard about this decision but I’m afraid I will be officially taking some extended time off from Twig & Thistle to rest and (hopefully) heal. I feel like I’m breaking up with a best friend or the sweetest boyfriend ever and I can tell you this hasn’t been an easy process for me. You all have been so supportive and generous with your comments and kind emails and I will miss all of you dearly. I’m not sure how long I”ll be taking or what exactly the future holds but I hope to run in to all of you again soon!

Before I say my final goodbye, I have one last DIY project that I had to share. (I managed to fit this one in when I was feeling tip-top) I’ve been drooling over this painted zig-zag rug by The House of Smiths and wanted my own little bit of chevron style so I thought I’d make a picnic blanket!

This project took me about 4 hours total but overall it was pretty easy. I bought a fabric drop cloth from Home Depot for $6.98, which is perfect for a picnic blanket since it’s backed with plastic. And since I was covering a larger surface area, I didn’t have enough vinyl to spare so I created a chevron template out of foam core to trace the pattern onto the tarp.

Once my pattern was drawn, I used painters tape to seal off the paintable areas – this part definitely took the longest. Once it was all taped up I got to painting with a roller which went relativly quick and dried overnight. I love how it turned out and I have so many more picnic blanket ideas now. I think they’d make fun gifts or a great way to decorate for an outdoor summer party.

Lot’s of love to you all and thank you again for visiting! Sincerely yours, Kathleen xoxox 

98 Responses to “DIY Picnic Blanket & Goodbye (for now)”

  1. Krista | Blue Eyed Yonder Says:

    Kathleen, we will miss you, your gorgeous photos, and your ever-inspiring projects. Sending you a big hug and hopes that you feel better real soon!

    I also adore this project. Makes me want to spread out on that picnic blanket right now! XOXO

  2. Krysta Says:

    Oh girl, I feel for you! I too am just recovering from back surgery (for a herniated disc as well!) and it can be so frusterating and difficult at times. I wish you well and hope you are feeling well in no time!

  3. c@rol w Says:

    Here’s to a speedy recovery! Take care and I will say prayers for you for healing.

  4. Spiral Style Says:

    Best wishes for a full recovery. Love the chevron pattern. I blogged about chevrons a few weeks ago. Love it.

  5. Deborah Says:

    Well, I will miss your posts, but you must take the time to take care of yourself! Get well soon!

  6. Sarah Says:

    I’m so sad. I don’t even know you, but you’re my first blog check every day. I hope you start feeling better sooner rather than later.

  7. Abby C Says:

    Take care of yourself! You will be SOOOO missed. We’ll be here when you are ready to get back at it!! xoxo

  8. Hannahbelle Says:

    Don’t worry yourself too much about us – the internet is full of inspiration to keep us busy until you are ready to return! Even though we will miss you and your clean, simple, beautiful sense of style, it’s good to know that you’re recovering in a relaxing, comfortable environment. Without all the stress of blogging!

  9. Jennifer C. Says:

    You will be missed but your health is a priority! Hope you get back to tip-top soon!

  10. Jen @ Darling Notes Says:

    I do hope you heal quickly! You will be missed in the blogosphere! Take care and get well :)

  11. Johanna Says:

    My husband and I have been scheming plans to make a similar picnic blanket. I love the drop cloth idea. That is genius!

  12. Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove Says:

    Thanks for the one last (for now!) DIY Project. We’ll miss you! Get well soon!

  13. Bekka Says:

    Best wishes for your speedy recovery! Twig & Thistle has been part of my morning routine for so long, I just want you to know that your posts inspire me and what you do is so fantastic!
    All your devoted readers will be looking forward to when you can return :) Take care!

  14. PKS Says:

    Hope you feel better soon!!!! Hope you know how much you will be missed!

  15. Kara Says:

    Wishing you well. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us.

  16. Alexandra Hedin Says:

    So sad to see you go from cyberspace. I hope you heal and would love to catch up soon! I’ll miss your brilliant ideas!

  17. Nikki Says:

    I come to your blog regularly for inspiration, motivation and to just escape to a place where everything is beautiful. I’ll miss it so much. Good luck to you and I hope to see you updating again in the near future! xoxo

  18. Marilyn Says:

    A quick note from one who has had a huge herniated disk for 7-plus years – and is pain and restriction free. Read a book that may change your life: “Healing Back Pain” by Dr. John E. Sarno. (Then read others by him for more info). You may recognize yourself in one of his case histories. Email me for more info if you desire. Also, consider the power of Hypnotherapy and Guided Imagery…best of luck to you.

  19. Amy P Says:

    Good luck! It’s been a pleasure reading your blog but as someone who also has herniated discs, I completely understand your decision (and frustration). Good luck and I hope that healing begins soon!

  20. Lillian (Unstitched.) Says:

    You will be sorely missed! Of course, we all know how hard it is to come to a decision like that, and totally support what you choose to do. You need to do what you need to do for yourself, and what’s best for you, Kathleen! I’ll be praying for your full health to come back to you asap, and all my best wishes always! :)

  21. Dee Wilcox Says:

    You’ll be missed, but I hope the break will give you some time to rest and heal! Much love. xoxo

  22. Anne Schultz Says:

    Kathleen, I’ll really miss T & T and your incredible eye for design. Feel better! A few years back I took a one year break from everything (work, facebook, media, etc) due to a health crisis. I have to tell you, after the break I came back better than ever – you will too! Can’t wait to see what you do once you’re on the mend. Take care, and hope to meet one of these days, Anne

  23. Jannie Says:

    Feel better Kathleen! Looking forward to when Twig & Thistle is up and running again :)

  24. Kristen Says:

    You will be missed, Kathleen, and I can imagine how tough this decision must have been for you, but getting healthy is the most important thing. Take care of yourself, and hope you’re feeling back in tip top shape soon.

  25. Angela Says:

    Sending healing angels your way for a smooth recovery! We will be waiting for your return!!

  26. Erica Midkiff (Dearingford) Says:

    All the best for a full recovery!

  27. Sarah@PingsAndNeedles Says:

    Oh Kathleen, I’m so sorry your health needs your attention … I wish you love and light and speedy strength. You will be missed here, but I’ll keep following, so that one day, when you come back, I’ll know :) xx

  28. erinkathleen Says:

    oh my! I will miss your amazing projects and inspiration, but the most important thing is your health!! My best wishes to you for a speedy recovery! We’ll all be anxiously awaiting your return. :)

  29. magda Says:

    get better soon, speedy recovery and we are all waiting for you to come back to blogging big hugs :)

  30. Melissa @ thefauxmartha Says:

    So bummed to hear this news! I hope you heal—quickly at that! Your inspiration will be greatly missed in the blogosphere—hopefully, only temporarily.

  31. Lisa {With Style and Grace} Says:

    Oh no, I’m so incredibly sorry to hear this!! However, I’m so proud of you for listening to your body and doing what’s most important for your health! Don’t worry, we, your readers & friends will always be here! Sending much love your way! xo

  32. Trude Says:

    Wishing you the speediest of recoveries. My mom had to make a similar decision recently and transitioning from a full-time desk job to consulting so she could focus on her health has been the best thing for her. So good luck! And thanks for sharing one last beautiful project!

  33. Victoria @ Victory Paper Designs Says:

    I only just discovered your little gem of a blog, but I will surely miss it! All the best for a speedy recovery! Take care

  34. Janie Says:

    We will miss you! Hope you get better soon!

  35. Susan Eastin Says:

    I wish you a very speedy recovery, and hope you’re blogging again real soon. I’ll miss your posts.

  36. Carrie Says:

    Wishing for you a full recovery, quickly! All the best!

  37. Bri Says:

    Awww, I hope you feel better soon, and I hope you take all the time you need to heal. Your blog is one of my favorites, so rest rest rest but hurry back! ;o)

  38. Tanya Says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your back problems & hope you recover fully. Your blog has been such a source of joy, breaking up my many tedious hours of studying. Thanks for so many wonderful project ideas, you have incredible style!

  39. Laura Says:

    I absolutely love your blog. I really hope you feel better soon. Until then, I’m going to miss your posts. You have such lovely pictures and insights. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  40. Claire @gibsonking Says:

    Ohh Kathleen, you will be so missed! I hope you feel better and make your way back to the blog world in due time. You are so talented and your blog is a daily visit for me and I will really and truly miss reading and seeing everything that you share. One’s health is so important so put all your energy into getting better and come back soon. All the best to you and thanks for sharing so many wonderful things with us all.
    Claire @ Gibson King

  41. Lindy Says:

    Oh I will miss your blog! I completely understand though and hope you feel back to normal soon! – Lindy

  42. Serena {Pretty Fluffy} Says:

    Your health is the most important thing in the world. Take some time to rest and heal and everyone will be waiting for you when you’re ready to return. Plus you have some of the most amazing archives on the net, there are so many projects for us to try in the meantime. Thanks for your wonderful blog and looking forward to you returning in tip-top shape! x

  43. danni / oh, hello friend Says:

    Kathleen! I am glad to hear you’re okay and recovering from surgery. I hope you have a very well rested break – I was actually just thinking today about how burnt out I am with blogging and thought about taking a break. Not as long as yours, but I sort of need something. Anyway, I hope you’ll be back one of these days. You are an amazing blogger. Keep in touch friend! :)

  44. Yolanda Says:

    Heal well and return to us when you are ready. A break doesn’t have to mean the end. We’ll be here when you’r feeling healthy, again.

  45. kristen Says:

    a beautiful DIY! and best wishes on a quick recovery! your blog will be missed!!

  46. Megan Says:

    I love this project! Best wishes for speedy recovery. I’ll miss you, but will definitely hang around to keep an eye out for your return. Rest well. Thanks for the beautiful blog!

  47. sherri lynn Says:

    I’m sad to see you go! Hope you are able to recover and heal!

  48. Chelsea C. Says:

    We will certainly miss the beauty and inspiration that you contribute to the blog world every day! Congrats, though, on the decision you have made — health and happiness should always be a priority. :) Take care, and know that we’re all sending you good thoughts for speedy, easy, and complete recovery.

  49. Danyelle Says:

    I’m so sorry you’re still not feeling quite like yourself, Kathleen. I’ll be praying you find the rest + relief your body needs. Get well soon! xo.

  50. MJ Says:

    I will miss your blog! Best wishes for a quick recovery.

  51. erin * sparke & hay Says:

    rest up & feel better – we will miss you & hope for a speedy recovery & return!!!

    p.s. LOVE that blanket – may you enjoy many relaxing picnics on it!

  52. Carolyn Says:

    We will miss you and your constant creative inspiration. Sending hugs for a full recovery. Hope to see you back here soon.

  53. DanDan Says:

    I simply LOVE your blog!!
    Sorry to hear about your health. Take all the time you need to heal properly and to get strong and we’ll be here ready and waiting when you feel able to return.

  54. Angie Burke Says:

    Love this project and will miss your lovely posts! I’m wishing you a speedy recovery (and keeping you in my reader). xxoo

  55. W Says:

    Wishing you the best and a speedy recovery. Thank you for all of your spectacular posts and your willingness to share your ideas. Thanks again and best wishes.

  56. Rachelle {wiley valentine} Says:

    we will miss you and your wonderful projects and posts. hope you have a speedy and easy recovery. xoxo

  57. Katie Says:

    I am so sorry you are still suffering, but good for you to take time for you. Best wishes for a speedy recovery! Your blog is so beautiful, so I know you will be back someday!

  58. chelsea Says:

    Hey Kathleen! I am so sorry to hear this. Please let me know if you need anything at all!

  59. monica Says:

    Don’t say this is your final good-bye. Get well and everyone will be ready and waiting I’m sure once you are 100%!

  60. AoMM Says:

    Sorry to hear about your health. I hope you get well soon. I’ve been addicted to your blog for quite some time now. Please do come back whenever you’re ready. I’ll be waiting. (^__^)

  61. susan@pocacosa Says:

    we will miss you!

  62. chandra ~ oh lovely day Says:

    You have been my FAVORITE DIY source for years now and while I am so sad to see you take a break, it is important and necessary. Feel better and come back soon! big hugs.

  63. Libby Says:

    I saw your blanket on Pinterest and made one myself. I wrote about it on my blog :)

  64. Rachel Says:

    Hi Kathleen! So sorry to hear about your surgeries! I wish you a healthy and speedy recovery.

    Sending my best wishes and prayers your way.


  65. MariAnne Says:

    Have loved following your blogging for some time now – I will miss your writing. Blessings – I will pray for a quick recovery for you.

  66. Lindsay Says:

    Hope you heal fast and feel better soon, this picnic project is so great! Thanks for all the comments you have made on my blog, I appreciate it. Take care!

  67. Roe Says:

    i love this idea! Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  68. K Says:

    What type of paint did you use and how much did you need? My detail craving mind is in overload.

  69. Madame Bonbon Says:

    Kathleen, so sorry to hear you’ve been unwell. I hope you recover quickly and wish you all the best for your future. I’ve really enjoyed your projects and articles.

    Best wishes,
    Madame Bonbon

  70. Suzonne Says:

    I wish I didn’t know how awful disk problems are, but taking a break from the computer really could help you heal faster than just about anything. You’ll be missed, but better to have you in tiptop shape. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  71. Tracy Says:

    I just recently found you, and I am enjoying your site so much I had to say hello & thank you. I hope you recover and want to come back again.
    Thank you for all these goodies on here!!

  72. Kirsten @ Triple Max Tons Says:

    Oh, you will be missed in the blogosphere….hope your time off helps you to focus on your health, and that you have a speedy recovery!

  73. Lauren Says:

    your quick recovery is what we all want…so, yes, take your time. we’ll be here for you when you’re ready to come back (no pun intended!).

  74. April Says:

    Wishing you a speedy recovery! We’ll miss you!

  75. Reez Says:

    Sending well wishes your way! Thank you so much for yet another great idea – you will be missed.

  76. Susan C. Says:

    So sorry to hear you are not feeling well. Take your time and heal and be well. You and your creative crisp ideas will be missed. God Bless and take good care!

  77. Tracy B. Says:

    I hope you are feeling better soon.

  78. Marisol Says:

    Oh K! I’ll be sending you nothing but good vibes your way. Here’s to a fast and healthy recovery. Keep in touch! xoxo

  79. Royall Says:

    Thank you for your wonderful blog posts! Get well!

  80. Raina Says:

    Rest easy and get well soon!

  81. lyndsey | the stationery place Says:

    so sorry to hear that kathleen! hope you feel better soon. we’ll miss you in the blogosphere for sure.

  82. Anne-Marie Faiola Says:

    Aww, I hope you feel better and heal up fine! Love the chevron picnic blanket idea by the way =)

  83. Lauren Says:

    I just discovered your blog, but I’m just as sad to see you go. My mom had a herniated disk 16 years ago after she fell off a ladder onto concrete. Two back surgeries later and she’s nearly back to her old form. She still does back stretches and found that acupuncture (surprisingly) helped the pain.
    I know from watching her how painful a herniated disk can be, so I wish you good luck and good health in your recovery.
    See you when you get back 😉

  84. K Says:

    A swift and full recovery to you . . . you will be missed.

  85. Ez Says:

    Oh no Kathleen! I just read this now and am sending you all sorts of good thoughts for quick healing and happy trails…wherever the road may lead you. You’ll be miss so much. xo Ez

  86. Truly Smitten Says:

    oh no!!! Please get well soon and I’m so sorry to hear about your back! Take EXTRA good care of yourself and we’ll miss you terribly! Hope to see you back!

  87. Ayana Says:

    Nice photos :) Makes me want to spread out an that picnic blanket right now. Thank you so much for great idea – you will be missed. Sending well wishes your way!

  88. rebecca Says:

    First, I love that picnic blanket idea and might have to try it out! i used to be craftier when i was younger and have really enjoyed your posts. (Now, I craft through baking…)

    Best wishes to healing from your injury/ies and I do so hope to see you here again!

  89. anna and the ring2F8 Says:

    Oh please feel better soon.

    Must try it out. Such a cute idea.

  90. Pear Tree Greetings Says:

    I would have never thought to paint a painting tarp, but what a perfect picnic blanket!! I have only just discovered your site, but I am wishing you full and speedy recovery. -Steph

  91. criscrascrus Says:

    love everything you do!

  92. Natalie Says:

    This is such a great idea! I love the color you used, too. Thanks for sharing!

    By the way, I just booked a wedding for 2012 and I’d love your input on which lens{es} I should consider purchasing!

    Natalie :)

  93. a.j Says:

    get well soon.!!! be back fast. :)

  94. Sarah Says:

    get will soon!
    We will miss you~

  95. Mrs. Châtelaine (in PARIS!) Says:

    Kathleen, so sad to hear about your injuries. I hope you are on the mend and wish you a speedy return to us!


  96. Christine Says:

    Hope you are doing better…- best wishes and lots of positive energy from Germany!

  97. natalie Says:

    What kind of paint did you use?

  98. brenda Says:

    sorry you are experiencing new physical challenges. I selfishly hope you will retain your email contact list and be back to say hello again soon. Prayers from so many of us !!!