I’m Crossing My Fingers and Toes

I’m Crossing My Fingers and Toes


Thistlewood Front Door

edited to add (in all exclamation points)…..THE CHALKBOARD WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you sooooo much to everyone who voted. πŸ™‚

Just in case this is your first time here….

….this is me.

Nice to meet you.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

My name is karianne.

I like big earrings and red lipstick and rock stars and sweet tea with lime and knights in shining armor and…..

…..rescuing treasures from the trash. Β πŸ™‚


And this is my chalkboard calendar…..

….that was destined for the dump.

We have a lot in common….my chalkboard and I.

We’re both a little chippy with character and personality and extra imperfections….just trying to put one foot in front of the other to make it through the day.

And we are crossing all our fingers and Ripley’s Believe It or Not toes…..

….that you’ll vote for us!



The chalkboard made it to the final round of voting.

And all because of you. Β πŸ™‚

Because you have voted and encouraged and inspired and you….yes you….

…..took a moment from your busy day to vote and cheer us on.

And now I’m asking for one more favor.

You see….if the chalkboard wins today….I get to travel to Iowa and meet the editor of Better Homes and Gardens.

I KNOW…..right?

The voting is only for today.

You can vote as many times as you want….butΒ you have to wait an hour in between votes.

And thank you.


Thank you for the wonderful you that you are and the encouragement and the joy you share with me and the inspiration……

….and all of the laughter. πŸ™‚


PS Β And just in case you thought I was only about chalkboards and calendars and voting….

….here’s a sneek peek at a project I’ve been working on. πŸ™‚

Can’t wait to tell you all about it.

Have a wonderful day rock stars. πŸ™‚

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  1. You….. Just ROCK!

  2. I will reiterate Theresa above…YOU ROCK!!!!! : ) tons of hugs!!!!!!! I have my fingers in voting shape!!!! : )

  3. Ya got my vote !!!

  4. Got the flu ~ not doing much today…but heading to the voting booth for you & your calendar!

  5. A vote from Lu-a-vul! πŸ˜‰

  6. Voted for you! : )

  7. Voted!

  8. Tina Matteson :

    I voted! And will vote again.

    And just so you know, KariAnne, the way you feel about the editor of BHG is how I feel about you!

  9. I voted for you!!!

    Voting for you, sweetie.
    Big hugs, Marydon

  11. Yes, you rock! And you are so humble about it all…thanks for the easy link to VOTE and reminder:) Will come back in an hour!

  12. I voted. Do I get a sticker that says I did? πŸ˜‰

  13. KariAnne – you will have all my votes – this project is a true winner, and I will be helping it along for sure!!!!!

  14. My vote has been cast for the chalkboard calendar & posted to Facebook…love you bunches!

  15. Voted and will continue to vote the rest of the day. Keeping my fingers crossed you win and get to meet the editor BHG. How exciting is that! Good Luck you Rock Star!

  16. Theresa Ball :

    Karianne, got to thinking about your treasure – the window – wondering about its being a portal for various events in life. Was someone waiting nervously at the window for a love one to come home in the storm? Was a parent pacing at the window for the child to come in from the date? Was someone looking excitedly for the arrival of a newborn grandchild? Was a wife waiting to see her husband coming in from the field, while dinner bubbled on the stove? Or, did the sunshine reflect through the window on the flowers arranged on the table? Can you see the dust floating in the rays? Did rain drops slowly flow down the frame?
    Lots to contemplate for the weathered window frame! Now it’s a rock star on the internet!
    Best of luck to you both!


  18. You got my vote…will do another on my coffee break. You always give me a morning smile…bless your heart! Have a wonderful day!


  20. Karianne-

    Is there any way to vote if you are not on Facebook? If not, just know I voted for you in my heart!

    Love from Lynn in FL

  21. Love the window! Vote? DONE!


  22. Peggy Zortman :

    You always have my vote! πŸ™‚

  23. I voted!! I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Iowa. Its on my I want to go there places for I want to go to the house in the Grant Wood painting American Gothic and have my photo of my hubby and me taken in front of it. So I hope you win and enjoy your time in Iowa and if you get a chance, I have no idea where this house actually stands but just ask them at B&H–they featured a tiny picture of it last summer.
    WOW!!! I never vote much except I voted for your bike that time. Wish you still had it up. I thought it was outstanding!!!

  24. Voted for you today! Love that idea and I read your blog every day…thank you for great DIY projects and your input and what you share .

  25. Good luck! Love your chalkboard. x

  26. Voted! This is so exciting!

  27. You always have my vote! ~~Angela

  28. Good luck Karianne! You just gotta win!

  29. Naturally, I voted for you!

  30. You got my vote ~ again. =) Once you win, will you come to my house and give me some of your brilliant ideas???

  31. I voted for you too πŸ™‚ Good Luck!

  32. Your projects are all wonderful… your spirit is infectious… and best of all your support of other women inspires me! Off to vote πŸ™‚ and when you do meet the editor of BHG… just be yourself. I have a feeling she may be as excited to meet you as you will be to meet her!!

  33. You are on my schedule for once every hour.β™₯

  34. Karianne I will be VOTING as many times as I can today!!
    Good luck!!

  35. You get my vote any day!!!!!

  36. I am so excited for you and yes, I’ll keep voting!! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    If you have a chance to stop over, I would love it. Finally got my living room done and I’m so excited!


  37. Voted!!!!!!!!!

  38. Hey, not many people say they want to go to Iowa. But I’m and original Iowan and I know you’ll find lots to like when you go there, KariAnne . . . and you ARE going, if all these wonderful followers and readers have anything to say about it!

  39. No matter the contest you participate in, you always have my vote. Best of the Irish to you and your family on this St. Patrick Day.

  40. Deborah Wilkins :

    We mothers of twins need to stick together! I did my duty for God and country and voted for you!

  41. Good luck Kari!!…Crossing my fingers and toes and legs too!!…

  42. How awesome that you made it so far! I just voted and will keep the page pulled up and try to vote as many times as possible for you!!! Hope you win!

  43. WHOO HOOO! So happy you made it to the final round! I’ll be voting on the hour! Happy St. Patrick’s day to you friend!!

  44. I so hope you win! I fell in love β™₯ with your chalkboard the instant I first saw it!!!! Besides that you are adorable. Fingers & toes crossed for you!

  45. Go for it! Love people who can make treasures out of other people’s trash.

  46. I love this! The picture window in my childhood home was very similar to this. I’m glad you made it to the final round. I missed out on voting last time but I’m voting today.

  47. Born and bred in the fields of Iowa, well, not in the actual fields but you know what I mean. You got my vote!

  48. So lucky my path crossed yours so yes I voted for you! No matter what you are a winner sweet pea!

  49. Voted!! Hope you make it to Iowa!!

  50. Forget Ali!! You’re the greatest. Can I vote from my IPad, IPhone, and all my other email addresses?

  51. Love your adorable face!!!!
    voted!!! I need to make one!!!

  52. Voted! And I was telling someone about your chalkboard today! Good luck Rock Star!

  53. Jennifer Ferrell :

    I voted!!! Woohoo!!!! I want a postcard from Iowa when you win!

  54. I cast my vote for you! I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed too! Good luck!!

  55. I’ve voted. Once this morning during my 3.30am awake time and once just now with my late morning cup of tea. Good luck!


  56. So exciting!! Heading over to vote.

  57. Kerianne, you got my vote from a true Irish Lassie on St. Patty’s Day. <3 the chalkboard calendar.

  58. Just voted, so exciting!

  59. You got my vote! Good Luck Karriane!

  60. You come up with the most fabulous ideas with the neatest items …
    LOVE all you create. Good luck sweetie.

  61. Karianne,
    How cool is that! I voted twice! Good luck Dear.

  62. Nancy Brantley :

    Nancy said
    YOU got my vote…..your ideas rock.

  63. CONGRATS!! Love your project πŸ™‚

  64. Sorry I’m late but – YAY!!! Doing a happy dance for you!!

  65. Congratulations, karianne!! I did vote…maybe not as often as I should have, but I did a few times. I love your chalkboard and it deserved to win!! Way to go! Have a wonderful time meeting the editor in Iowa! (and if you happen to by the U of I…say hi to my niece πŸ™‚ She’s a TA there working on her PHD…)
    Debbie πŸ™‚

  66. Congratulations!! So exciting! Have a great time in Iowa!