The Month That Was July

The Month That Was July

It is so quiet here.

We are back from vacation and school has just started.


Chaos no longer reigns supreme here at Thistlewood Farm.


And I think I kind of miss it 🙂


Because you were probably on vacation, too, I put together a month in review in case you missed anything.

So with very little fanfare and to a light smattering of applause……here is the month that was July 🙂

Click on any of the pictures to take you to the projects.


                Auction Find                                                       $1.04 Wire Cloche

          Croquet Mallet Hook                                   Upside Down Bookshelf Turned Hutch


Painted Kitchen Island Handwritten Recipe Towel

            Painted Kitchen Island                                Handwritten Recipe Towel


Wooden Beach Sign

              Hand-Sewn Tray                                                 Wooden Beach Sign


Playhouse Tour

       Spray-Painted Numbered Baskets                          Playroom Tour


A True Love Story

Pancake Love Story                                                        Cork Desk Top


Here’s to a wonderful August 🙂


A True Love Story

A True Love Story

PS  This was my favorite post of the month.

Do you have a favorite?

PPS  Speaking of favorites…..I am posting all about my favorite room over at Savvy Southern Style today.  Stop by and say hello!


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  1. I loved all of the posts. While everyone else was woohooing, I was one of those crazy mothers who hated for my daughters to go back to school.


  2. My sons don’t go back for two more weeks and while I’m going to miss my oldest, I’m looking forward to having a little “:Law and Order”around here! (and no, there’s no “Criminal Intent”, I’m not talking about the TV Show…although, Chris North IS kinda dreamy). xo, Kimberly

  3. Oh the Love Story….that was my favorite…even though all the others were fantastic as always…but I am a romantic….I still cannot get that image out of my mind of you running to congratulate “your love”….running in a slow motion…like in the movies and then tackling “your love” in the middle of a military ceremony no less!!…True love!!…..Glad you had a great vacation and great summer…can’t believe the kids are already back in school!! Popping over to Kim’s to see your “favorite” room!

  4. Wow but July flew by in a hurry didn’t it? One of these years I hope it decides to hang around a little longer!!

  5. Good morning! Back in school? You poor dear but I can feel your pain/relief as the guys start back on Tuesday. Where did summer go? And I just want you to know that I love your recipe towels… in fact so much so that I ended up making my own! Yes Grandma Rose’s brownies and Aunt Dell’s Banana bread have now been immortalized in towel form!!

    Have a great day! Enjoy your peace and quiet!!! 🙂

  6. I detest back-to-school. The craze of summer is more my style! We’re back in on Monday and the doldrums have already set in. Lots of great posts, Kari — you were a busy gal!
    xo Heidi

  7. I really enjoy all your posts Karianne. You have a great way of telling a story. I’m looking forward to what August has to bring. Enjoy the quiet.

  8. I’m in August. You need to know at night when I lay my head on the pillow, the last thing I think of is your laundry room. Mine is over do for a makeover. As in it’s 20 years old and never had it’s first make – it went right to business. I’m contemplating. But your July was pretty good too.


  9. You had a busy month so soak up the peace and quiet! Yall start back to school early! I dont think our school start back until a week from Monday.

  10. Another month gone!!! You accomplished so much..Your kids go back to school very early..Thanks for the refresher..Enjoy your weekend..

  11. awww…i am sure you will keep yourself busy and they will be home soon!!!! what a month of creations you had my friend — you are as you always say about others…a ROCK STAR (can you hear bruce and bon jovi in the background…playing this Jersey girl’s songs for you : ) hugs…

  12. School already? Wowzers, y’all start early down there! 2 of my Monkeys are at Grandma’s though, so it is peaceful (and clean!) here too. Your July round-up would be equivalent to my 2012 round up. You rock! And….I did miss something, so I’m off to read about it!

  13. I loved all your projects, you are so inspiring! We have another month of Summer up here, the kids don’t go back until September. I’ll be part woo hooing and part boo hooing, I’m sure!

  14. Where in the world did our summer break go?I know for some it is a happy time.But I am a bit sad.Next week my daughter heads back and I will miss out fun times shared.
    You had lots of great projects /posts in July.Thanks for the refresh.

  15. When I return from my short blogging break {moving my daughter to college}, I’m going to come back and check out all these great posts! I’m in awe of what I see in the pictures already!

    I look forward to meeting you at the Southern Blogging Convention, and hearing your presentation! 🙂

    And ….Thanks so much for the comments on my pink nightstand!

  16. I loved all of them, you are so talented and creative and a wonderful story teller on top of it all.
    Hugs, Cindy

  17. You July posts are so inspirational and I have a great time getting to know you through your blog. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comment. I am looking forward to following you!

  18. I will always give you so, so, SO MUCH more than a light smattering of applause.

    You will always get jump to your feet clapping so hard your palms hurt scream at the top of your lungs applause from me. Followed by lighting the lighter and holding it high demanding and encore …



  19. *Just* when I think I’ve been somewhat creative this summer, you simply had to post this, didn’t ya?! LOL You know I’m just teasing. I LOVE all that you did this summer … as always, so inspirational! And, I can’t believe that some schools have already started … seems like just yesterday, school just got out for the summer! Merry Christmas. Hee hee.

  20. What a month it was just awesome, like you…………..

  21. Goodness I wish I had been half as productive as you had been in July!!! What great projects you accomplished!!

  22. You were a busy girl in July. Slow down a bit in August and…..smell the coffee. :))

  23. I didn’t get anything done in July because CAN”T DO ANTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is like living in decorating lIMBO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But, I HAVE bought a few things for the new house:): I came overfrom Kim’s and have to say that it is going to be HARD to “say goodbye” to ths house. It is finally starting to hit me that we will be gone from here in a month and a half. After 28 years here, it will be a BIG change. Hoe you are having a great weekend, kariAnne!!!! XO, Pinky

  24. Great round up of all your projects! School doesn’t start for my son for another week. I think we are both ready!

  25. I start holidays in 20 sleeps……..not to rub it in……just saying! The pancake love story appealed to my heart/thighs but I still dream about your pantry, in a totally normal way 🙂

  26. A great month of posts, KariAnne, as always! Your photography is gorgeous. Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  27. They are all favorites but the most unusual was stitching on the wooden tray! You had a beautiful month to remember in July.

  28. You had a great month!!!