What Happened On the Way To the Books-A-Million Magazine Department

What Happened On the Way To the Books-A-Million Magazine Department

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Dear random wonderful, creative, incredible new friends from the Books-A-Million magazine department,

I adore you.


And I just wanted to say thank you.

You are amazing.

Magazine Feature Thistlewood


Thank you for not calling security when I ran up to you in the bookstore with the magazine open to pg. 20…….gesticulating wildly and saying, “This is me!  Can you even believe it?  I’m in a magazine!”  

I know I was a little loud and over-excited and I was kind of stumbling over my words and pointing to the page.

I know there was a lot of pointing and an occasional odd gulp.

But you were wonderful.

I mean….I know we haven’t met before, so I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your sweet smiles.

And encouragement.

And joy.


Flea Market Decor Thistlewood Tips


I couldn’t help it.  I mean….I saw the magazine and the article and my heart was singing and joy was bubbling over right there in the middle of Books-A-Million.

And I just had to share.

I had to share it with someone right then.

Someone who looked like they appreciated flea markets and yard sales and a collection of party dishes and the story of how I had been collecting them for years and how we bought this old farmhouse and renovated it and how the butler’s pantry used to have nothing but a red linoleum faux brick floor and a water heater.

And your eyes didn’t even glaze over one time.

You totally understood.

Flea Market Decor Thistlewood


And there in the middle of the bookstore……we laughed and laughed and talked about how you were decorating your rooms and why didn’t everyone just shop at thrift stores and yard sales……and then you inspired me and gave me that cute idea of using old tackle boxes to hold crayons and putting art supplies in fishing buckets.

It was a shining moment of absolute sparkling joy tied up with a bow.

And you shared it with me.

I still can’t even believe it.

Thistlewood Flea Market Style


I’m never going to forget you……or that moment.

And one day….when I’m telling future generations about Thistlewood Farm and blogging and the joy of seeing your name in print…..I will smile to myself.

And think about the moment in time when four strangers in the Books-A-Million magazine department laughed and talked and rejoiced…..

…..over whiteware and a little blog that could. 🙂

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  1. Now I need to go out and find that magazine! congratulations!!!

  2. Congratulations! It’s cool, isn’t it?

  3. KariAnne, I anticipate the arrival of your blog to my email everyday! I get carried away into each blog post you write. It is like you take me on your journey with you! Today’s was no exception! I felt like I was in that magazine section with you!! Congratulations! I will be going to get that magazine today!!

  4. Congratulations!! Let the balloons and confetti loose! That. Is. So. Cool!! 😉

  5. Sweet!! Congratulations, Kari!!
    xo heidi

  6. Congratulations, Kari! I need to run go get a copy of the magazine. I could just hear your voice and picture you talking to the lovely ladies at BAM as I was reading!

  7. CONGRATULATIONS!!! How amazing and fun! OK…well, is it really any surprise that you are published? Look at you! You’re fabulous!

    I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog and soaking in your words of wisdom and fun and informative tips!

    Here’s to much more success! (clink of glasses)

  8. I sooo get it! 🙂

  9. oh, so fun– congrats, karianne! love that magazine, too!

  10. Congratulations! I am so happy for you. I wish I had been there to do the happy dance with you!
    I always enjoy receiving up dates from you!

  11. Completely FUN. I love it. And congrats on the magazine article. You are so famous I can’t stand it. {hugs!}

  12. Bravo!!

  13. Good for you! Can’t wait to go out and find that magazine.

  14. 🙂 Your posts always make me smile! Congratulations – I can’t wait to pick up my own copy! xo

  15. Congrats and I am sure there will be more!

  16. Oh, Kari, I’m just so tickled for you I can barely stand it! I can sure tell of your excitement! You must have been SHAKING with it while you took the pic! Your excitement is palpable! Love the layout and colors of the piece, too! So proud to know you!

  17. susanmarysunshine :

    I’m so happy and excited for you that I’ve started to well up with tears. How amazing! Hope you bought a bunch of copies. I can’t wait to buy mine.

  18. How cool is that!! Congratulations!

  19. I am betting the president of your fan club is pretty excited about this, too. Double thumbs up, my sweet friend.♥

  20. how very exciting for those ladies in Books A Million , oh and for you too! Congrats to you!!

  21. Congratulation girl…you deserve it! When this happened to me, I had the biggest goofy smile on my face at the grocery store and all I remember is it made everyone smile back. I was walking on a cloud that day!

  22. How fun!! I feel like I was there too 🙂 Sooo happy for you…congratulations…enjoy!! Laurel

  23. Those poor gals – they probably still don’t know what hit them!

    Wish I could have been there to get caught up in the whirlwind at Books a Million – but did they have to call security to politely escort you out?!

    Congrats – you are amazing.

  24. I think I finally figured out why I love this blog so much – it’s your enthusiasm, Kari – absolutely boundless!
    What a sweet story~

  25. Oh Karianne that is so exciting!!! Looks like a beautiful article … now I’ll be able to say I knew her when! Way to go!

  26. Congratulations! I picked up the magazine a couple of days ago and was waiting for a rainy day to sit and enjoy every page of it. That day would be today!!
    Mary Alice

  27. Hip! Hip! HOORAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to get my very own copy so I can shout it out to the world – I KNOW HER!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 Blessing my amazingly talented and delightful friend! This is SO COOL!!

    Hugs, Jennifer

  28. Can you see me jumping up and down…you did it girl!!!…i knew you would and this will definitely not be the one and only….I am sure!…I can just imagine those ladies at BAM….after the initial impression of “what is wrong with this girl?”…they realized the incredible excitement of our accomplishment….Now, I am surprised you did not grab the “PA system” from the manager and announced your very first magazine feature…Next time Kar!!…Congrats, congrats….can’t wait to run to the store and grab a copy….

  29. Oh what a very exciting moment for you and your family!~ Congrats to you.

  30. Congratulations Kari! I can just picture you lighting up the whole store with your utter glee! Can’t wait to pick up a copy and say ” I know her!” in the store!

    Take care,


  31. Kimm at Reinvented :

    Woohoo! Congrats, girl, you are so deserving of fame and fortune and magazine articles! I must find a copy of that magazine! I can see the title, but what are the words at the top left?

  32. You have always been a star! The world is just catching up! Congratulations, well deserved! Hugs!

  33. YAY!!!!!! So excited for you my friend!!! Cannot wait to go have my own Books a Million moment. I will tell everyone, “this is my friend!!” They could put your whole house in a magazine, Im sure they will before long!! Im a little jealous of those ladies for being the ones to share that time with you!!!

  34. How wonderful and what a great memory you have for the occasion! I can’t wait to run out today and buy my own copy and I’m going to show my hubs and friends and say – that’s my friend, karianne!

  35. So well deserved my sweet friend! So, well, deserved!

  36. Congratulations karianne! Now I need to get myself to the magazine section at the store today!

  37. Congratulations KariAnne! I will have to look for that issue. Joyous Wishes, Linda

  38. Congratulations, Karianne! You are a precious friend and I’m thrilled for you! Your photos and home a re lovely!

  39. Congratulations!! How exciting! What a dream come true. I love your blog!

  40. Well done you!

  41. Marnita Parry :

    Congratulations! What a wonderful accomplishment.

  42. Yay!!! Congratulations, KariAnne! How exciting and well deseerved.

  43. Congratulations! What an exciting moment! Keep on doing what you’re doing…it’s working and I love your blog. – Teri

  44. Well ! It is a dream come true ! Congratulations ! I don’t blame you one bit , I would be excited too . Looking forward to getting that magazine .

  45. Congratulations! This is too cool! Next time I’m in town I will be looking for the magazine! Blessings, Tammy

  46. Congrats!!! How exciting for you, I would have done what you did too. This is a big deal.


  47. Congrats Karianne- well of course they featured you. Why wouldn’t they feature someone with great taste – but also someone who totally appreciates it so much – with an over abundance of happy energy. That is you- over abundance of happiness in the most awesome way.
    I love your blog and you.

  48. KariAnne this is so exciting and it made me smile! People are so nice and hey you should be excited! Congrats and now to find the magazine!

  49. No surprise here, of COURSE you are in a magazine. You should be in ALL of the magazines!!!! What fun, though, to actually SEE it for the first time. I have to go get a copy now!!! XO, Pinky

  50. Congratulations!! With the excitement that comes across through the words in this post, I can’t even imagine how you were in the store! Yay for You!

  51. That’s so awesome! I’m going to get the magazine today and I’m gonig to tell everyone in my Books A Millions that I know you 😉 Yay for you!!! xo

  52. Congratulations!!!

  53. Congratulations Karianne!! I’m so happy for you!! This is SO well deserved! Your talents are unmeasurable!!

  54. Awwwww! Congratulations! Your photos are so inspiring…and just well…..beautiful. This doesn’t surprise me one bit. 🙂 k.

  55. You so deserve it. Bask in the glow, roll around in it even! Way to go!

  56. Congratulations!! That has to be an amazing feeling!!

  57. So happy for you! I will have to go out and get a copy today! Congrats!

  58. Candace Bertalan Horner :

    What I have discovered about the Blogging community (as a follower, so far) is that the support and encouragement is just so uplifting; after all, there’s plenty to go around!! Enjoy and Bask in your success!! Oh and By the way, I know you spell and pronounce is differently, however I can’t read your updates without singing in my head: HEY KARIANNE WHAT”S YOUR GAME GIRL- CAN ANYBODY PLAY!!!…. every single time…!!!

  59. Man, do you have a lot of friends, girl!

    Wow! Karianne, that is SO EXCITING! I truly wish I could have been in the store with you, gushing and jumping up and down maniacally. My post this week is about happy little things (not that being published is little by any stretch), so I’ll be linking to this post. I still have to write it though. Hopefully tonight or tomorrow…

    I am so crazy happy for you.

  60. Who could blame you for being excited..Congratulations Karianne..

  61. Thanks for showing that the new magazine is out. This is only one of my weakness’s. LOVE , LOVE this one.

  62. Yay!!!! I’m so glad you had someone to share it with!!! I love getting into deep and meaningful conversations with people I’ve never seen before . . . . sometimes those are the BEST! 🙂

    Happy rainy Monday!!

  63. Congrats sweetie-pie! You so deserve all the attention, your talent just shines!

    Enjoy your accolades 🙂


  64. We knew her when….

    P.S. Which one of those ladies asked to see your drivers license for proof and then asked for you to autograph their magazine?

  65. Congratulations to YOU my incredibly talented girlfriend! How INCREDIBLY COOL to see you in a magazine! YAY!!!! xo

  66. Contests on such an honor! Cannot wait to see the article in print with my own eyes!

  67. How fun!! I can’t wait to see it! A BIG congratulations, Karianne!

  68. Go you!!! Hahahhaa… I can just imagine the excitement. Congratulations KariAnne.
    Hugs, Gee

  69. Awesome ! 🙂 Congrats!

  70. Congratulations!!! That’s so awesome for you. You’re my favorite blog to read because you always make me smile and laugh. Thanks so much for that!! You truly brighten my day.

  71. You are wonderful,amazing and your talent could possibly fill that entire magazine …luv ya bunches Ms Thistlewood congrats! Xo

  72. Congratulations, KariAnne! You deserve it if anyone really does. How fun that you could share it with complete strangers, I need that magazine!
    Enjoy your day! CINDY

  73. How proud your family must be of your accomplishment with being featured in this magazine! As part of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Apron, I’m especially proud to know such a creative person. Must get to a bookstore and pick this up, XOXO

  74. So fun! You know that you made their day, don’t you? I’ll be hunting down that issue today! Congratulations.

  75. If HGTV held a contest with a number of DIY bloggers, hands down you would win. Maybe I should give them this ides.
    Start thinking possibilities for naming your series!
    Congrats on the article. I am hoping there is still a magazine for me to grab.

  76. I share your excitement Karianne … CONGRATULATIONS … I am sure there will be many more times that you will be featured in a magazine.
    What fun you must have had when you opened that magazine.
    I so enjoy having your blog come into my mailbox every time.
    Keep being yourself.
    Audrey Z.
    Timeless Treasures.

  77. wow! I would totally do the same thing! and if i were with you, i would be bragging on you to all the customers! So great you had the ladies in the store to share the news with, and now you have all of us!!!

  78. Congratulations, Kari! Your post exudes excitement and joy. I’m rejoicing with you!

  79. How exciting! I would have done the very same thing! I am so glad there were others in the store to share your excitement. I am totally running out after work this evening and grabbing a copy.

    Congratulations! Celebrate your big success!!

  80. Congrats Kari Anne, well deserved!

  81. I love it! Congratulations!!! You rock!

  82. Congrats to you! I will be on the lookout for the article!!!

  83. You go, girl!!! Congratulations…..and I’m picking up my copy tomorrow then I can tell everyone “See this? It’s my friend Karianne!! She’s famous!”

  84. Seriously had tears in my eyes reading your post . . . just so happy for you. And well deserved. 🙂

  85. I think any blogger who has been featured on another blog can imagine what it would be like to be in a national magazine–is that a stretch? Well, maybe, but your talent lead you there and we are all cheering for one of ours–is that too assuming? Congratulations and it is well deserved.

  86. Congratulations! You are allowed to be over-the-moon about this!!!! Wonderrful! xo Diana

  87. Congratulations, KariAnne! It’s only a matter of time before all the other magazines come a knockin’!


  88. Sooooooooo Excited for you! I love it when I pick up a magazine and see some of my blogging friends featured. I want to tell the person standing next to me, “That’s my friend!” Congratulations, Kari Anne! Wish I had a big ole pantry like yours!

  89. Woooo Hooooo … way to go! See, you TRULY are a rock star! I’m sure those sweet ladies are now happily following your blog along, too! Congratulations!

  90. Congrats, Kari! I hope your new fan club gets sees this post. 🙂 Loved it.

  91. I’m so happy for you, too! We are all celebrating your success! Sweet hugs!

  92. Oh my Dear, I am so happy for you! I’m running out to buy this, so i can say i knew you when!! You certainly have blossomed over this last year! It has been very exciting to watch all of your accomplishments! I may not always comment but i am always reading, keep up the good work Gal! I see even bigger things in your future! CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS!! KEEP ROCKIN’ IT!!

  93. That is just so cool. I have magazine sitting on my night stand at home, waiting to be opened. So glad I bought it!

  94. Heehee! How exciting! Congratulations!

  95. Congrats KariAnne! So excited for you! If I wasn’t so sick i want to die I’d rush right out to buy a mag. And probably gush all over some strangers about how I ‘know’ you!

  96. You deserve to be proud! Congrats!

  97. Regena Fickes :

    I am so pleased for you. Congratulations! Now to go out and get that magazine.

  98. CONGRATULATIONS!! How amazing to be featured in such a wonderful magazine. You definitely deserve it though!

  99. I can say, I knew you when… I KNOW a celebrity!!! Congrats to you, I am so excited for you and just have to get out and get my hands on a copy of that magazine! You and your site so deserve this… I haven’t been visiting you for very long, but it always makes me smile when I see an email from you! You are always so kind, upbeat, funny and supportive, and you always answer back so sweetly. Don’t forget us little people… now that you’re a CELEBRITY!!
    Congrats hon, let your light shine!

  100. Congratulations!
    How exciting and wonderful!
    No go out and treat yourself to a large Diet Coke- lots of ice!

    Have a great week-

    White Spray Paint

  101. Okay!! I’m going out looking for your featured article as a treat to me!!! Congratulations!!!!!!

  102. HOORAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! Congratulations, KariAnne!!! I am so excited for you and I cannot wait to stop after work tomorrow to pick up a copy. Next…a book 🙂

    Hugs, Zolane

  103. Flea Market Decor will be a best seller because of you and your incredible talent! Congratulations!

  104. I am so happy for you and not one bit surprised. Can’t wait to get my hands on that magazine so I can walk around and say–this is the girl who inspired me and encouraged me to blog and someday I hope to be as successful as you are! Congratulations!

  105. LOL Karianne! You are so adorable!!!
    I laughed out loud here, and exclaimed: she is so adorable!!!
    My husband thinks I am talking straight at you!
    Well, me and hundreds of followers are rejoicing with you… I had to scroll and a SCROLL… to leave you a comment!
    I am going to look for the magazine!!!
    And for sure, follow your tips to display my milk glass on my soon to be painted buffet!

  106. Congratulations!!! I’ll have to look for that magazine too. I love white ware and milk glass and have a small collection. Yours looks great in the portion of the article that you have shown here. You now have a wonderful memory.

  107. How very very exciting, my friend! And so well-deserved! Just the first of many, many magazine features I see in your future!

    🙂 me

  108. seriously? eek. wow. so so so exciting!!!! girl – you are amazing. God is doing amazing things with you and through you and for you! keep it up friend, you are a rockstar!

  109. This is absolutely wonderful! Congrats to you and wishing you many more magazine features =D

  110. What an exciting and gleeful moment! I would have been dancing in the aisles too if I’d seen my house in a decorating magazine. What a thrill for those ladies to share in the joy of the moment. I can’t wait to buy Flea Market magazine – and I almost never buy magazines!!

    Well done KariAnne!!!

  111. Dreams really do come true, don’t they? I am so tickled pink for you! I’m sure this is the first of many features to come. Can’t wait to rush out today to buy my own copy so I can show others what my friend has accomplished!

  112. congrats, friend!
    no surprise at ALL that your beautiful home landed in a magazine….I bet there are more magazine spreads coming for you. 🙂

  113. Congratulations and I too am not surprised a bit! Enjoy your success! ~Diane

  114. Barb Schneider :

    Congrats sweet friend. So proud of all you have accomplished. Now I have to go and find that magazine and share it with everyone! How exciting. High Five from across the miles!!! Way to Go!!!

  115. Congratulations!! Thats great!

  116. congratulations Karianne! you deserve it!

  117. Holy cow! Congratulations karianne!!! I’m so happy for you. I guess I’m going to have to make a trip to the States, I can’t ever find that magazine up here. Good excuse to go on a road trip.
    Debbie 🙂

  118. Congrats! You rock! I can’t wait to read the article. Then I can say I know someone famous!

  119. Ahhh! Congratulations KariAnne! That is amazing!!! 🙂

  120. You are so darn cute!! I can totally picture you in the store yelling 😉 I would have been hyperventilating! Congrats – you so deserve this – and so much more! SO happy for you! – Great “seeing” you the other night – I probably seemed like a freak – I don’t do online chats very well – ha!

  121. Congrats KariAnne!! I am going to check our bookstore for the magazine – I love to go to thrift stores and flea markets!!!

  122. Kari you Rock! No one is more deserving of having such an awesome magazine layout!
    You are so inspiring and motivating, love you blog, love seeing you published more!
    Keep on doing what you’re doing because it works!

  123. How exciting Karianne!! I can totally see you sharing it !! 😉