Summer House Tour and 10 Easy Decorating Ideas

Summer House Tour and 10 Easy Decorating Ideas

 

I know I say this every year…

…but doesn’t it seem like we were just opening Christmas presents?

I’m pretty sure if I looked hard enough, I’d discover a few ornaments tucked away in a piece of milk glass.

But winter is gone.

Spring somehow showed up for a minute with some flowers.

And now?

It’s summer.  Time for sunshine and lazy days and sweet tea and green grass and fresh cut hay….

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

Random thoughts on a drizzly Saturday morning:

1. You are amazing.  Just in case no one had mentioned that yet today–let me be the first.

2. I’m all about this punctuation mark { — }  .  I’m not sure what to call it–the dash?  The middle mark?  The line half way beside a letter?  Whatever it’s called–I adore it.  It’s perfect for adding that last little thought–with emphasis.

3. Has anyone else watched the mini-series called The Pillars of the Earth?  A friend recommended it to me and I read about it and I think I’m in.

They had me at 12th century.

4. Have you ever written a word that you’ve written your entire life and suddenly, it looks like you spelled it incorrectly?  You keep checking and the dictionary says it’s right, but it just looks wrong.  So you type it and re-type it and ask your friends and double-check it and you just can’t wrap your head around it.  I do that all the time.

5. And can I get an opinion?

What do you think of cutting off the bottom of your jeans if they are too long and just fraying them instead of hemming them?  Too much?  Trying too hard?  Too vagabond-meets-baseball mom?

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

I need a little help this morning.

(total aside:  I actually need help in more ways than one today….starting with my hair, but for sake of time I think I need to limit help to the topic at hand)

I’m working on the book promotion and ideas and tours and marketing and I have one question:  if you could sit in an auditorium and listen to me speak on any topic….

….what topic would you like to hear me speak on?

Anything at all.

Any. Single. Thing.

Like Interspace dating:  Exploring new life on Mars?

Or Hair questions we all wonder about: Should you trim or own bangs or leave it to a professional?

Or Grammar conundrums:   Is it their, there or they’re?

Or the ever popular oft debated question:  are leggings be considered pants?

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What My Coffee Filter Whispered To Me

What My Coffee Filter Whispered To Me

 

Have you ever seen something on Pinterest and become obsessed and think about it all the time and you knew that you had to create it yourself?

Except.

It wasn’t a DIY.

It was just a picture.

 

So you climbed the craft challenge mountain and tried to create it on your own and it didn’t work the first time so you tried something else and then that kind of worked and then you finally figured it out…

….and emerged victorious and showed that craft who was boss.

Oh, good.

You, too?

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Simple Ideas for Controlling Clutter

Simple Ideas for Controlling Clutter

 

Clutter is like that last Christmas party guest that won’t leave.

They’ve eaten your cheese dip and knocked an ornament off your tree and ensconced themselves in a chair telling you about their trip to the grand canyon for the fifth time.

You look longingly at the door.

Leave clutter, leave, you tell yourself.

But it never does.

Take charge.

Take control.

Take over….

….and show that cheese-eating, ornament-knocking, grand-canyon visiting clutter to the door.

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Life Advice From a House Plant

Life Advice From a House Plant

 

Raising teenagers is challenging.

It’s kind of like running a marathon and you’re tired and exhausted and worn out and you think you’re almost done and the light at the end of the tunnel is shining brighter and brighter.

And then?

Somewhere around the last couple of miles…

….someone throws a mountain onto the course.

Don’t lose hope.

Don’t be sad.

Don’t despair and raise your hands and sigh and throw in the towel.

Just listen to life advice from a house plant.
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Thistlekeeping on a Monday

Thistlekeeping on a Monday

 

Random thoughts on a Monday morning:

1. The Oscars.  Oh nooooooooooo.  I felt so sorry for Warren Beatty.

2.  Thistlekeeping missed Saturday because I spent the weekend in Kansas.  You haven’t lived until you’ve driven through cornfields with the sun shining.

3.  I just found the coolest attachment for the top of a tripod.  It takes pictures from every angle you can imagine.  I think I’m ordering one this week.

4.  I cannot thank you enough for all the amazing recommendations for shows from last week.  If you are looking for a show with a British accent, check out all the recommendations in the comments here.

5.  Am I the only one all about Fixer Upper this season?  Just when I think they’ve thought of everything….

…I see an office like this one.

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Christmas Decorating in the Kitchen

Christmas Decorating in the Kitchen

 

I’m so happy you are here.

Truly.

More happy than the time I found an entire congregation of tiny paper birds with glitter wings on sale after Christmas for .19 each.

And that’s happy with sprinkles on top.

Today is the day for Deck the Halls Christmas Home Tour–the kitchen edition.

If you stopped by from A Thoughtful Place it is super nice to meet you.

I’m KariAnne and I live in the middle of nowhere with a farmhouse as my best friend and….

…. I’d like to introduce you to my kitchen.

It got its floor polished just for you.

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