I seriously am jumping up and down right now because just heard the most exciting news.


It’s something I’ve been hoping for and longing for and wishing for with all my might.

I couldn’t wait one more minute to share so we could celebrate together.

Are you ready?

Are you sitting down?

Let’s all take a moment because I have it on super good authority that….


Take that leggings. 🙂

For stirrup pants and spring and green grass and fresh flowers everywhere….

…let’s celebrate with a few easy spring DIY projects.

Like this idea for a reclaimed wood mantel project.

DIY found here.

This DIY mason jar hanging vase.

Project instructions found here.

This easy bird plate wall.

DIY found here.

This twig and nest spring mantel.

DIY found here.

Creative cabbage vase.

DIY found here.

This faux succulent wreath.

DIY found here.

Or this DIY moss table runner.

Project instructions found here.

Boxwood wreath place setting.

DIY found here.

Herringbone Paint Stick Table Thistlewood

Herringbone paint stick table top.

DIY found here.

Hold on stirrup pants.  I’m coming for you.

Happy spring. 🙂

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  1. Image for Becky Becky

    Lots of pretty projects as always. I agree with the comment about stirrup pants and boots. Every time I put my boots on I think that too.

  2. Image for Teddee Grace Teddee Grace

    Surprisingly, those stirrup pants, by pulling straight from the waist, actually hid a lot of leg issues and I wouldn't mind seeing their return even though I've really enjoyed my tights. I can't even imagine doing without tights although I suppose we'll look back one day longingly at those!

  3. Image for Kari Kari

    Love the paint stick table top. Hmmmm......inspiring me, as I have had a table in "storage" for some time. All beautiful projects tho!! Thanks!

  4. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    I wore stirrup pants back in the day...but didn't like how they felt on my legs...they felt weird. I'm going to pass this time I think, and stick with leggings. I am not known in my family as Miss Fashion Forward...I'm more about comfort! ;)

  5. Image for ClairBear226 ClairBear226

    Kari Anne, I've been following your blog for awhile now, though I don't think I've commented yet. Usually I'm reading your posts over a morning cup of tea, and I just wanted to tell you that you never fail to make me smile. I love your ideas, your wit, your stories about your family, and your boundless enthusiasm. I may not say much, but know that I'm here, smiling in the Chicago 'burbs!

  6. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Thanks for all the fabulous spring craft ideas- we are buried under 2 feet of snow-makes spring seem a long way away! :)

  7. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    OMG!! I can't wait to get home -- only three more weeks. I think I've got a pair of velour stirrup pants at the bottom of a plastic bin. I know that's winter but I'm going to wear them anyway. I just couldn't part with them 20 + years ago. Thank you!! I'm doing a happy dance, a tarantella to be exact, right now. Have a sunshine filled day - you always bring sunshine to my day no matter what it's doing outside. HUGS ?

  8. Image for Vicki Vicki

    I'm pretty certain I still have my favorite stirrup pants from the 80s! I'm pretty certain they probably won't still fit.

  9. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Stirrup pants? Really?? Well...yay! For those of us with less than gorgeous gams and 60-something, those are a real life-saver. And I am in love with all the projects, especially the hanging mason jar flower vase and the faux succulent wreath!

  10. Image for Terri Terri

    Ummmmmmmm..... original stirrup pants .... I'm about to tell my age... THINK... Mary Tyler Moore on the Dick Van Dyke Show!!!! Ahhhhhhh yes .... it allll comes back around eventually !!! lololol... I love them !!!!

  11. Image for Marilyn Craighead Marilyn Craighead

    And after all that build up... I thought it was going to be your painted back door....And of course a photo of your new robe! LOL!!! Can't do stirrup pants... leggings are my friend. Happy Spring!!!!!

  12. Image for Kris Kris

    There *may* be a picture of me (looking, of course, incredibly hot!) in stirrup pants. Ha. But I do love my leggings. I've always loved your twigs/nests/birds mantel. It makes me happy to look at it.

  13. Image for Loryl Loryl

    Oh yeah! I wore stirrup pants back in the day! Very comfortable for when I taught preschool. Swoon, loved the little table with the paint stick top. Pinned that one for a future project,

  14. Image for Wendy Dewar Hughes Wendy Dewar Hughes

    I thought stirrup pants were dreadful. They were never the right length. However, wide leg pants with high waists are also coming back! True comfort, here I come. Good-bye horrid low-waisted skinny jeans forever. On another note, I love the birds and flowers, especially the mossy runner with nests and various birds. What an idea juxtaposing those with the black and white motifs! Brilliant!

  15. Image for Robyn D Robyn D

    I love the hanging mason jar vase with the reclaimed mantle wood. Also the wreath place settings. But stirrup pants? Never cared for 'em. Like my leggings, even with boots.

  16. Image for Judy Judy

    Karianne, You always put a song in my heart, a skip in my step and sometime a tear may fall. Whether that tear is happy or a heart tug you always make my day. Thank you for so many smiles!

  17. Image for LydiaF LydiaF

    I saw stirrup pants at H&M in Spain. I had a pair or two back in the day. I'm not sure I'm going to buy new ones, hahaha! Love the plate with the bird silhouettes...great collection of projects! Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg :)

  18. Image for Maisy Maisy

    Oh wow, this is such a beautiful collection! I LOVE spring flowers - and basically anything about spring :D Thank you for linking up with Friday Favorites! I hope to see you again this week :) *Maisy

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