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There are a lot of exciting things going on here at Thistlewood behind the scenes.

Things I could have never imagined if I had an imagination machine and dreamed for centuries.

Things that if I told you about we would hula hoop on the lawn together while drinking sweet tea and singing “We are the Champions.”

And as exciting and amazing and wonderful and incredible all of that is….

….I want to make you a promise.

This blog isn’t going to change.

I’m not going anywhere.

I’m still going to be here with my bobby pins and my red lipstick and my farmhouse and my mis-adventures and my stories.

And we’ll still have coffee together and laugh and talk and tell each other we are rock stars.

I’m not sure why I felt like I needed to tell you that today, except I was talking with my mother about some amazing opportunities coming in the next few months and she smiled and told me that it sounded wonderful and then reminded me of the importance of the blog.

And all of you.

And you know she’s always right. 🙂

So to celebrate mothers who are always right everywhere….

….here’s a few handmade gift ideas for Mother’s Day.


Mason Jar Leather Mugs


Leather Mason Jar Mug

picture frame memory wreath kit

Picture Frame Memory Wreath

Back Porch Monogram Pillow

DIY Monogram Pillow


Stamped Spoon Bracelet

reclaimed wood sign project

Reclaimed Wood Monogram


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  1. Image for Barbara Moore Barbara Moore

    Please don't ever stop blogging. It would leave a big hole in my life. And my heart. Can't wait to hear all the big news. Have a great Thursday!

  2. Image for Belinda Belinda

    I'm so happy for you! I hope you never give up your blog, I love reading it! Thanks for sharing your life & misadventures.

  3. Image for Christine Christine

    So happy for you and your amazing changes! And so happy for all of us that your blog is not one of them! Reading your blog always makes my days just a little bit happier :) That's because you are amazing ;)

  4. Image for Barbara Barbara

    You have a lot on your plate, but as long as the blog is still on that plate I'll be happy! You ARE a rockstar!!:)

  5. Image for Sue Sue

    Please don't forget us with your blog. It means the world to me, like talking to you in person. Like I told you before, I have adopted you. Mama Sue

  6. Image for Louann Louann

    Your blog is where we met so never lose sight of beginnings! Reading your thoughts while enjoying morning coffee is a wonderful way to start each day! You are such a creative and amazing writer . . . . It is like reading a book chapter! Wishing you all things good in any new adventure but remember all of us who count on you to brighten our lives with your wonderful blog! Louann

  7. Image for PJ PJ

    Rock stars indeed! Thank you for keeping me company as I enjoy my morning coffee. Best wishes on your new adventures and opportunities!

  8. Image for Lela Lela

    Congrats on the awesome upcoming opportunities sweet friend! I've so enjoyed following along with you here on your blog, and I know how much you genuinely treasure your readers. Can't wait to hear all about it! PS: those leather jar wraps are so cute!

  9. Image for Shirley Shirley

    Love your photo wreaths Karianne! Also I was pleased the instructions took me to old posts I haven't read. Hope you have a lovely Mothers Day. Ours was in March here in England. I got spoiled!

  10. Image for Judy Judy

    Good Morning - I just found you so I am thrilled the blog is not going anywhere, Mom's aren't they fabulous teachers. I read this "we would hula hoop on the lawn together while drinking sweet tea and singing “We are the Champions.” put a big smile on my face, still smiling. Thank you for that ! Have an extra awesome day.

  11. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    My mind is still circling with the hula hoops! Can not imagine a morning that doesn't start with a smile from you! Your words are the smile that I start my day with! So happy that you have new opportunities-you deserve all that is coming your way! Hope this brings a smile to your face :)

  12. Image for Jeanne Jeanne

    I have long had my morning coffee when I read your blog...I do a quick peek from my office computer before I begin the seriousness of my day...I always chuckle and that is certainly a good thing. All the best to you with your new opportunities...and so glad you're holding close to your beginnings...:)

  13. Image for Angie M Angie M

    I'm so happy for you that there are exciting things to come! I'm even more happy for me that you and the blog are going to be right here along the way!

  14. Image for Amy @ Lake House Living Amy @ Lake House Living

    And now, little bits of wonder are going to keep popping up in my head all day long. My middle-aged self isn't quite as good at hula hooping as the 12 year old inside of me, so I'll just have to hum a little Queen once the news breaks. Cheers to you, your bobby pins and red lipstick. #bloggingyourwaytofame

  15. Image for Peggy Peggy

    So very excited for you KariAnne! Can't wait to hear all your good news wrapped up in the wonderful stories you share. And so very, very happy you will be here for our morning coffee.

  16. Image for NormaJean NormaJean

    So glad to hear that with all the exciting things happening, you are not going to desert your loyal readers! I'm truly excited for you and saw this coming waaaaaaaay back. You are deserving of it all!!! Can't wait to hear the details.

  17. Image for Kris Kris

    Of course you can't stop blogging! Nobody wants to hear me whining because I don't get my KariAnne fix. :) Um, I bought little picture frames over a year ago so I could make a picture wreath like yours. Apparently I'm not good at moving ahead on projects.

  18. Image for Susan Susan

    KariAnne, I haven't been commenting much, but wanted to let you know I am still reading. And also wanted to thank you for thinking of us like you do. As much as I love reading your blog, I would love to see you catapulted into the stratosphere...not literally, of course, cos that could get messy...hehe...I just truly believe a rock star like you could bring sooooooo much love and light into the world...we need to be brave and share you...and trust that you will never forget us. I know you won't! Whatever these new opportunities might be, I just hope they bring you and yours a wealth of happiness and realised wishes! And just so you know, this reader isn't going anywhere. :)

  19. Image for Stephanie Ray Brown Stephanie Ray Brown

    I still love photo frame first thing that connected us in my blog! Still so sad missed chance to make one with you in Paducah! But one day sweet girl we will get together! Do you know a place that does stamped spoons? Have two special ones I need for someone to do. Enjoy the sunshine ☀️ Especially after all those storms. Can't wait to hear your surprises!!!❤️

  20. Image for Jeanne @ I Dream of Jeanne Marie Jeanne @ I Dream of Jeanne Marie

    Hi KariAnne, I held my breath like a few of the others who commented did... about your new "opportunities!" I only wish you success in regards to them and hope they make your world much brighter and less busy... if that's possible. YOU are such a fun "read" to wake up to and I generally grab my Ipad andfind out what's happening in your part of Kentucky before I even get out of bed! Love the Mother's Day ideas and wanted to thank you for the inspiration... I've been going through pictures and think I'll do something with them... Blessings, Jeanne

  21. Image for Ann weisman Ann weisman

    My Mother said "Never get so busy that you lose sight of yourself". All Mothers learn from their experiences. Just, usually, no one wants to listen to us.

  22. Image for Chris Chris

    I keep thinking it’s only short jump before you branch out into wallpaper and dishware designs, so I hope that unfolds (my little pun - ha,ha, fabric unfolds to…) along with whatever else you have happening. I would like some “Thistle and/or Polka dot print” (Sweet tea line) large sized pretty coffee mugs please. Farmhouse style of course. Just thought I’d get my request in early. I’ve barely discovered your blog and settled into a comfy routine of reading it daily and would be crushed if it disappeared. Big sigh of relief that you will continue to write your blog. You are a woman of many talents. Can't wait to hear about your latest accomplishments.

  23. Image for LibbyJo LibbyJo

    Your blog is THE FAV! Never disappoints and we're all thrilled you'll be there...your farmhouse, red lipstick, great stories and all. Glad you included homemade MD gifts. My son, now age 46, gave me the best MD gift ever when he was in high school. He wrote on a little piece of paper, and stuck it in a jar of old marbles on his dresser that belonged to his father as a child. It said "Happy Mother's Day. These marbles represent all the times I forgot to say I love you." I melt every time I dust! Thank you for your happy thoughts.

  24. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    I am thrilled for you that opportunities are coming your way...but then I kinda thought they would. Just keep telling your stories....and we'll keep coming back! ;)

  25. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    Whew, Miz karianne....that's a relief! Like everyone else, I look forward to hearing all the good things to come and if I've told you once, I've told you many times....this is only the beginning! And to think.....I kew you! Rock on, Rockstar! You were born for great things....just don't get too big for your britches, is probably what your Momma was trying to say. Blessings, little one

  26. Image for Maria Maria

    Congratulations on all the upcoming opportunities, and thank you for your dedication to your readers. These gifts are so lovely and that memory frame wreath is such a genius idea! Thanks so much for sharing these great ideas with us on #shinebloghop this week. We're so thrilled that you were able to join us again this week :)

  27. Image for Jemma Jemma

    You are an amazing and inspiring Lady! I am so, so happy for you and excited. It has been fun to watch your journey. Thank you for these awesome Mothers day gift ideas:) Happy weekend and thank you so much for sharing this with us my friend, at TOHOT! Jemma

  28. Image for Kathleen Kathleen

    KariAnne ... Only here to echo everyone else's comments because I would be lost without my "daily note from my friend in my head!" Bless you for all that you continue to do for us ~ your readers ~ as well as your friends and sweet family ... Hugs & Smiles! kj

  29. Image for Linda Andersen Linda Andersen

    I cannot imagine life without Karianne!!! I love that you are going to be famous but equally glad we aren't going to lose our friend who takes the time to answer blog questions or comments....woohoo to your future successes! love, Linda

  30. Image for Laura Ingalls Gunn Laura Ingalls Gunn

    Such lovely ideas. I adore the memory wreath. I am a bit late to the TOHOT party this week due to my college semester finals but I'm so glad that I didn't miss this. Have a wonderful week.

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