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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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

Random thoughts on a freezing morning:

1. Mark your calendars. I have the best surprise for all of you on January 2.  I’ll give you a hint.  It rhymes with mocked curlap burtains.  It also rhymes with shimithaway.

2. I’m almost done with all of the edits to the book and I hope you love it as much as I do. One chapter and some change to go.

3. The twins and are are no-baking this Saturday.  As in no-bake cookieing it.

4. The news just mentioned two words I never want to hear again….

….polar vortex.

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DIY Drop Cloth Wreath

DIY Drop Cloth Wreath

 
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When I was little my mother had a pair of scissors that she only used to cut fabric.

I thought it was ridiculous.

Scissors?  Just for fabric? When I needed scissors for glitter paper and pipe cleaners and glued-up construction paper?

In a house full of seven creative people, scissors were a hot commodity.  I’d open the drawer and stare longingly at them and think maybe just this once…

…and then I’d see my mother’s frown.

Yesterday when I was cutting out leaves for this drop cloth wreath, I decided she wasn’t ridiculous any more.

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Eight Simple Wood Slice Projects

Eight Simple Wood Slice Projects

 
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You guys.

You guys.

You guuuuuuuyyyyyssssss.  I cannot wait to show you the magazine when it comes out.  Like SERIOUSLY.  The team that’s here is incredible and amazing and awesome and they wrote the book on how to make a pumpkin look like a supermodel.

There are apples and leaves and things that sparkle and ideas and DIY’s and creative projects and wood slices.  I am so full of joy and creative inspiration right now I think my heart could sing in three-part harmony.

I can’t spill the coffee beans yet on the projects to go into the magazine, so I thought I would tide us all over with some fun wood slice projects.

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The Best Mistakes I Ever Made

The Best Mistakes I Ever Made

 
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I finally figured out why I write this blog.

I’m sorry I’m just now reporting in on this, but it’s taken a while to understand.

I thought it was for the stories about looking for the amazing or the most impressive basket I have ever seen.

I thought is was to show you my fall tours like this one or this one or show you my dining room table or talk about wood twig pumpkins.

Nope.

Not even close.

I write this blog so I can create projects and DIY’s and craft ideas….

….and make all the mistakes first.

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DIY Wood Slice Wreath

DIY Wood Slice Wreath

 
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I have two amazing facts to share with you today.

Are you ready?

You might want to sit down for this.

Number 1 amazing fact:  You can make this wreath for under $10 in about an hour.

Number 2 amazing fact:  Poldark’s hair looked even more amazing last night than in the first season.

It’s a wonderful day in the neighborhood.

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

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I think fall is making me keep the house cleaner.

I’ve spent the last two weeks picking up pumpkins and dusting and sweeping straw off the floor and rearranging the wool throws and fluffing the pumpkin pillow in the hallway.

Yesterday I lit all the candles and simply sat and smelled.  Five minutes later my husband walked through the living room and grinned at me.  I paused mid-smell and looked up at him around the pumpkins.

“Why are you grinning?” I asked him.

“I can’t help it,” he replied.  “There’s just something about fall.  I think the house knows it too.

It’s on its best behavior.”

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DIY Fall Leaf Book Page Wreath

DIY Fall Leaf Book Page Wreath

 
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The other day our golden retriever chewed up an encyclopedia.

Volume C to be exact.

I walked into the dining room and followed the trail of paper shreds to find him with his head between his paws and bits of Andrew Carnegie on his nose.

It was priceless.

I wanted to get mad, but he was so cute I couldn’t.

So I made lemonade from a torn and tattered encyclopedia instead.

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