I laughed all the way through this podcast.

I couldn’t help it.

My guest made me smile and giggle and grin and roll my eyes and feel like I was home again.

Yes.  It’s official.  We have a name for our podcast and our very first podcast guest….

….my mother.

Mason Jar Leather Mugs

We talk about life and growing up in a house that was overflowing with marble machines and hand-written floors.

I’m so proud of her for recording it.

She was a little nervous, but she’s always up for an adventure.

And so….with great fanfare and love and general admiration, I present to you the second edition of The Joy Trail:

PS  If you missed the first episode, you can listen to it out here.

PPS  On the podcast, one of the things we talk all about is our handmade Christmas present tradition.

We take handmade to a whole other level.

Trust me. 🙂

Here are ten creative gift ideas you can create for your own handmade Christmas this year, courtesy of my family.

Handmade Wood Pallet Letter

Leather Mason Jar Mug Holder

Pallet Wood Table

How to Transform Old Letters Into a Present

DIY Wood and Leather Bath Caddy

Paper Map Star

Handmade Book Art

Handmade Felted Soap

Wood Box With Personality

Pallet Wood Clock

Want to know how to decorate your home for free?
Click here to get my FIVE BEST secrets.


  1. Image for Jan Jan

    Perfect! It warms my heart to follow you nad your family. Moms are so special and you have a spectacular one. So glad you are doing the podcast and have included her. Someday your children will sit with you and listen to these and enjoy them all over again through new, wiser eyes. Have a blessed day...

  2. Image for Cheryl Cheryl

    I am totally living your podcasts! Loved hearing from your mom. The dollhouse story and what she said about leaving room for creativity really resonated with me. That is something I am filing away to do with my grand babies wasaay down the road. My kids are almost done with college; they aren't married yet. Karianne it's so sweet to hear your voice and that giggle. ? You and your mom made my day today.

  3. Image for LoisAnn LoisAnn

    Oh my but you brought sunshine to my day! Your voice and talents were made for podcasts. I am a grandma to one precious little boy. He loves to cut and draw, just like my first born, his mom. I have got to go in search of a tool chest for his visits. I'll be spreading the news about your Joy Trail. Thank you so much. I needed this today.

  4. Image for Jackie Jackie

    I'm LOVING the podcasts! Karianne, you are a blessing! We are all showing up to the podcast parties so keep them've got this! May God richly bless your journey as you share your heart with all of us!

  5. Image for Yvonne Shafer Yvonne Shafer

    What a wonderful way to start the day! Your mom is a treasure! I grew up with 6 siblings and a creative mom and dad so your stories really resonate with me! I hope your mom comes back soon! I'm on the Joy Trail with you.

  6. Image for sharon sharon

    So, what is the name of your podcast channel. I enjoyed the podcast link and would like to hear more! I can't find it.

  7. Image for NormaJean NormaJean

    The apple didn't fall far from the tree! The podcast was so fun to listen to. I knew she had to be a pretty special lady. Thanks for sharing her with us!

  8. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    Oh, Miz karianne....that was both precious and AWESOME! Your Mom is just precious and you are awesome....see how I threw that in there! Seriously, this podcast business of yours is so enlightening in so many really DO bounce, don't you? LOL. You couldn't waste a single minute of the day if you were required to....more power to you, little one and I look forward to another podcast. Somebody with brown eyes might be good....heehee

  9. Image for Linda Andersen Linda Andersen

    omigosh, I adore your mother!!! only thing better than this is you need to do vlogs so we can see you interviewing your guests!!!!! really I think you should!!! your mom is a very wise woman and I totally agree with everything she said.

  10. Image for Claudine Claudine

    Omg hahahaha!!! You are TOO CUTE!!! I loved the podcast!!! Your mom sounds like a sweetheart, like YOU!!! No wonder you are her favourite, Hahahahaha!!! Lots of love, darling! This really made my day brighter.

  11. Image for Michele Riggsbee Michele Riggsbee

    This was absolutely what I needed today! How lucky you are to still have your mother and what a blessing she is! God bless you my dear friend!

  12. Image for Maggie Nelson Maggie Nelson

    I love the podcast and is fun to heard you laugh and laugh again and the way you end it....ha ha ha that was fun to hear you mom give the answer you were waiting you. Love it !

  13. Image for Charlene Charlene

    Yay, another podcast. Just what I needed today. Your mom is sweet and I loved that you giggled so much. We just packed away my daughter's dollhouse that was a hand me down from me. Away until next generation arrives. I am the youngest of three girls and I always tell my parents I'm their favorite and thank goodness I was their little surprise. Haha.

  14. Image for Diane Diane

    Really enjoying your podcast! Feels like having coffee with a wonderful friend. You and your Mom are great! Loved listening to the family stories. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Image for Susan Susan

    Awwww, I'm sooooooo loving the Joy Trail...this made me smile! :) And I have to say, your Mom is THE wonder you turned out as wonderful as you did, KariAnne! If only all children could have mothers as amazing as yours and as amazing as you are to your babies...we wouldn't have a worry in the world! Thank you for sharing your joy with us!

    1. Image for Anne Oswald Anne Oswald

      Love the pod cast. Keep them coming !!! You have a beautiful voice and beautiful messages that should be shared. Thanks so much?

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