I wish you lived down the road.

I wish you lived in the white house with the shutters and the picket fence and the stone path lined with hydrangea.

And I wish you could stop by this morning for coffee.


And we could sit at the kitchen table and talk about the party.

Oh what a party it was.

A craft-making, apron-wearing, pineapple-eating celebration.


We would have full party analysis…..starting with how I went to the dollar store and recycled all the Fourth of July decorations.

You would laugh and tell me you already knew that.

“Really?”  I would say.  “How?”

And you would have to put your coffee down because you were giggling so hard.

Shaking with laughter you would point at one of my hanging spray-painted decorations and tell me that I forgot to spray paint over the stars and stripes.

And then I would start laughing too….because the only thing better than unpainted recycled Fourth of July decorations…..

…..is having a friend to laugh about it with.




And then we would agree that we had the best friends.


Hometalk Craft


Who each wore these adorable aprons to the craft-making, apron-wearing, pineapple-eating festivities.


My Old Kentucky Home


Then a full-on discussion would ensue about how cute the craft turned out.

And how easy it was.

And how we should make crafts at all our parties.

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Then you would ask me how I thought of ever thought of painting over stickers and then peeling them off to make the letters on the sign.

And I would tell you Pinterest.

And you would say,” Of course.”


And then we would have 10 minute conversation on how The Bachelorette should have picked Ari and how he looked completely heartbroken and how we’ve never really been that crazy about Jef since he rode in on that skateboard, but that he did kind of redeem himself with that sweet proposal and maybe Emily and Jef might make a cute couple.

Followed by a discussion on how…in general….ribbons have really come a long way.



Then you would tell me how yummy those cupcakes were…..

…..but why did I put those arrows on top of the cupcakes?

And then I would have to officially spit out my coffee.

I would try to tell you…..but I would be laughing too hard.

“Arrows?” I would say.  “Seriously.”

“Those are houses.”

“Houses on top of the cupcakes.”

Pineapple Houses

And then….you would give me the funniest look.

And very quietly….lean in and whisper, “Does that mean that the pineapples in the display weren’t  arrows, either?”

And I would roll my eyes.

And sigh.


And then you would smile and tell me that you were just kidding…..of course you knew they were houses……

….after all….who could miss the grape handles and strawberry doors 🙂


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  1. Image for Beverly Beverly

    That would be wonderful. You would have to have a lot of nearby houses for all of us to be neighbors. And, it must be all of us. We can't leave omit one single soul. I'm having my coffee right now, so I'll just pretend. Are there any house cupcakes left? One would be good with my coffee. Oh, and maybe some pineapple, too. Fruit and fiber. Right?♥

  2. Image for Laura Laura

    I must be down the street. After all, I do live in Kentucky, so we are definitely neighbors. I knew they were houses right from the get go. :)

  3. Image for Catherine Catherine

    I wish I hadn't missed that great party! Where did you find all those beautiful ribbons? I tie ribbons around my cupcake paintings and haven't come across any like yours. Party on!

  4. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    Well, when I saw the first picture, I thought you were running for office....and anxiously reading away to see signs, KarIAnne for Mayor...."this way".....pointing to the polling booths...then pics of your campaign workers...but there it was, better than running for office is a Hometalk party! Love, love that idea!!...where can I sign up!...Perfect for our "crafty chicks group" here in the neighborhood!!...

  5. Image for Martha Martha

    I love it, and I have conversations with myself, in the pink house next to yours with the white picket fence, the driveway is lined with prickly pear trees, you know which one, you were over for coffee this morning.

  6. Image for jeanette from everton terrace jeanette from everton terrace

    I can't believe you made doors for your arrows, uh sorry, I mean houses. If I lived down the street in the white house with the stone path and I got to come over to your fabulous house, could I have hot chocolate instead of coffee? Don't like coffee. Love chocolate. Oh, also, could I be 3" taller and 20lbs thinner? Thank you, goddess of the arrow. :)

  7. Image for Michele Michele

    You just completely made my day. OMG you are so adorable I almost truly can't stand it. Coffee spewing? I joined you. Who knew it would be so funny today? Haha, totally awesome post. ♥

  8. Image for Doreen Doreen

    Karianne, Wish I did live down the road so I could have come ! Sounds like a lot of fun! Would love to learn about how to host one! Blessings, Doreen

  9. Image for Shari @ Turnstyle Vogue Shari @ Turnstyle Vogue

    Looks and sounds like quite the DIY party. We need to have a ladies weekend where 5 or 6 of us bloggers get together once a year and party like a DIY'er - ya know, take turns hosting at our homes each year. Yep...sounds like a plan to me!

  10. Image for Kimberly from Serendipity Refined Kimberly from Serendipity Refined

    Dear BFF, I LOVE your HOUSES! They only look like arrows a little bit...okay, well, some of them look more like arrows than others but really?! Who doesn't like party decor...and house (or arrow) shaped pineapple...I'll bet that it tasted delish either way! I SO wish that I could have been there but you KNOW that I'm still moving in before the holidays, right? Your pantry, remember?! In the mean time, I'm cleaning and organizing my studio RIGHT NOW so that maybe, just maybe, I can have a HT party next month! xo, Kimberly

  11. Image for Linda @ it all started with paint Linda @ it all started with paint

    LOL! I thought those house "arrows" were telling us to all look up so that we could see the recycled half-off 4th of July decorations replete with their not-spray-painted over stars and stripes! Looks like you had a fabulous party ... Wish I was there ... :) Linda

  12. Image for Janet Cole Janet Cole

    I totally thought they were arrows, too... I was fine until the strawberry door and grape doorknobs made my coffee go flying out through my nose!

  13. Image for Janet Janet

    It was so much fun. Glad you invited me. Maybe I had to be told they were houses but then I could totally see it. I just don't have your creative vision. Total Envy. Yes, I said it.

  14. Image for missy george missy george

    I would just love to have you as a neighbor..They kinda do look like arrows..I guess they're houses after a big storm..Very cute ..What an imagination you have..So creative..

  15. Image for Vanessa Vanessa

    LOL at Linda's comment up above!!! And I really wish I lived down the street in the house with the shutters too. You would have come to my party and I could have come to yours and then all would be right with the world...right? :-) It looks like you guys had such a wonderful time and I absolutely LOVED your non-arrow cupcake toppers and all of the rest of your wonderful decor! Vanessa

  16. Image for Jeannie-JB Jeannie-JB

    Hi, I'm your neighbor across the way. You know, the house with the picket fence {made out of vintage reclaimed wood} and the front porch swing where I like to sit early in the morning wrapped up in my antique quilt, drinking my coffee. Sorry I was out of town for your party. I know it was fabulous, I can tell by all of the pictures and what all the other girls are saying. Just wanted to tell you that your invited to my place for coffee tomorrow morning - I'll make the scones, bring along some friends if you want. See ya then!

  17. Image for Pat Pat

    I wish I lived close by too! Your party looks like such a fun time....and I'm sure it was. Now, the arrows are adorable....LOL Seriously, I was wondering about them on top the cupcakes. :) Thanks for sharing! xo Pat

  18. Image for Jo-Anne Jo-Anne

    But if we were neighbours we would have to have a cuppa at my house as I would be so worried about making a mess at your house or that I would drop something and break it becuase as you know you have this rocking home, oh and I would be in awe of your home I would walk around going ohh and arrrrrrr and make a fool out of myself......................lol Moving on to the pinapple arrows they look pretty cool in amongest the strawberries............

  19. Image for bj bj

    A long long time ago, in a far away land, my friends and I had coffee 2 or 3 times a week...and we would laugh and blow coffee all over the kitchen...and we'd talk about whoever wasn't there (but, in a nice way) and we would sample some of the best homemade cinnamon rolls or breakfast casserole or homemade cookies and donuts. Where did those times go? Everyone got too busy with all sorts of things but mostly....LIFE. ;)) bwaaaaaaaa

  20. Image for Kelly Kelly

    What a cute post! Looked like your party was fun. Those did look like little arrows on the cupcakes, but I see they also look like little houses. Ha! We know you have a thing for arrows though. That's probably why they were mistaken for that. I missed the Bachelorette show, but managed to catch the "after" party show. I do think they make a cute couple and he seems very sincere towards her. Hopefully, this one will work out!

  21. Image for amy amy

    You are ADORABLE. I wish I did live down the street from you. I would want to pop over all the time and appreciate your wonderful sense of humor in person. I love your pineapple arrows...I mean, er...houses :)

  22. Image for Melanie Melanie

    Oh you are a sweety checking in on me ! Thankyou for caring and saying hello. Your blog is like a breath of fresh air Karianne and your home is filled with love. Your warm personality shines through into every room x

  23. Image for Robin Robin

    Oh, how I wish I were your neighbor. I would so be at that party and join in with all the laughs. And tell you, "Of course, I always knew those were arrows!" And I would share all my Pinterest ideas with you! Love, Robin ~ Southern Bella

  24. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Oh how I wish I lived down the street. Your writing and pictures made it feel like I was part of the group. How fun. Will you be showing us the finished product? I'm in a women's group and we have a crafting club. I think it would be fun to have a Hometalk party. I may even have to try making some of those pinapple arrows :-} I'll email you once the head of group gives me the ok.

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