Fall Letters

Happy almost September 1.

Happy almost fall.

Happy almost pumpkin patch and corn stalks and candy corn.

The leaves are falling and it’s 92 degrees….

….and I adore my brother.

He surprised me with a little video farmhouse home tour he created just for me.

I watched it and I cried.

And then I hugged him.

And even though he’s not really a hugger….

….I totally saw him smile. 🙂

Click the arrow to watch.
And happy almost fall to you. 🙂


  1. Image for andrea cammarata andrea cammarata

    Oh KariAnne...how wonderful is this! Seems like a BIG Heart is part of the family DNA! I am sending a ton of BIG Hugs to your brother and to you and your entire family! Love you and have an amazing weekend...wishing you all the moon...the sun and the stars!

  2. Image for Farmhousefancier Farmhousefancier

    Okay. Yes, I'm a guy who subscribes to your website. No, I'm not that kind of guy, but..heh..there's nothing wrong with 'that' kind of guy. I'm just not one of those and my insecure masculinity makes me say have to say that. My wife and I own a old farmhouse in VA. Not as grand as yours, though. In fact, I would call our place a working farmer's special - originally two rooms up and two rooms down. It's been added onto over the years before we took possession in 1998. We have plans to renovate once we return from our second three-year job stint in Brazil. That all aside, I do like to occasionally check in on your website. You do some creative things, such as the window frame calendar, that a guy can relate to - all the woodworking stuff with things you found and loaded into your pick-up (my kinda gal!) Anyway, about your brother's video. He's got some talent and if he isn't already in the video production field, then he should be! Good pacing, good visuals, and good selection of music. I enjoyed watching it, so please extend a 'guy' thank-you to him among all the other 'gal' thank-yous and hugs! Keep up the creativity, the both of you!

  3. Image for prince snow farm prince snow farm

    Ok KariAnne, best brother EVER! I cannot believe how sweet this was. And how cool! And wow, your trees are already turning! By the way, tell your brother the way he captured the sunlight coming through the tree with the Thistlewood ornaments spinning on the breeze....magical...absolutely magical.

  4. Image for Marian@Gathering Branches Marian@Gathering Branches

    So cute! And creatively done. What a sweet man. How funny that a non hugger grew up with you, Miss Love To Hug People. I can see you just huge grinning every time you watch this. Yay for thoughtful brothers. The Other Marian

  5. Image for Barb Langlois Barb Langlois

    kari....really liking the mantle. The fall letters are awesome as is the board with the twigs. Any sharing of how is was accomplished? Like the mounted letters...are they metal letters? Awesome. Thanks.

    1. Image for Kris Kris

      Ditto! I'm curious about the leaves. My most recent Midwest Living used dried cornstalks to make leaves, but your look like they are made from paper. If you are interested, Midwest Living has lots of fun cornstalk-ey seasonal decorations in its Sept/Oct issue--they have a rustic-ey, burlap-ey flair to them. You and your brother are very talented. Kudos.

  6. Image for Anne Presley Anne Presley

    God had blessed this family with amazing talent and it makes my heart happy to see it used for such good. Makes me cry too. Love you and thank you for highlighting his talent- he deserves more accolades than he gets or words can express.

  7. Image for Catherine McD Catherine McD

    Loved the clothesline and spring house tours as well which popped up at the end of your fall tour! So peaceful!! You and your brother make your beautiful work look so easy - true artists that allow us to just sit back, enjoy, and be inspired by your hard work and attention to every detail! Thank you!

  8. Image for Angela Angela

    What an awesome brother and beautiful gift! It made me tear up too! You are truly blessed, my friend, and I am so thrilled for all your successes! Have a gorgeous weekend!~~Angela

  9. Image for Judy Judy

    Yes, your brother is an amazing guy and I am blessed to see his creativity almost every day! In addition to all the work he does, any time we have a staff gathering, he is the one who gets voted to make up crazy, fun stuff for us to do to get to know each other better and just have a great time! I am grateful to see both of you use your incredible gifts to bring others joy! I love fall and now I can't wait for it to get here! Just have a few more 100+ degree days to get through...

  10. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    I'd be hugging him too! He captured the essence of Thistlewood Farm so beautifully! Enjoy your weekend...all 92 degrees of it! ;)

  11. Image for Colleen Colleen

    Wow! Lucky you to have a brother like him! I bet his homemade Christmas gifts rock! Give him a high five from me!

  12. Image for jennifer farnes jennifer farnes

    i don't even know your brother.....but i want to hug him, too. lucky girl....blessed girl...such big sighs here. you romanticize your life on your blog and everyone wants to be you and live you life. it's like opening the best kind of book and falling in. happy almost fall yourself.

  13. Image for connie connie

    Karianne, Being a Kentucky girl myself, it hit my heart... goosebumps and thinking "Wow how wonderful for a brother to create something so special for his sister"... Now that is what family is all about... and girlie, in my neck of the woods in Ky ( Ky appalachians) it looks like I may have fall weather this coming week... one day high of 73... WooHoo... Hope your fall season is a blessed one... hugs dear Ky girl...

  14. Image for Bliss Bliss

    I know he wants two sisters, or three if he already has two, so when is he adopting me? Either he makes me a video and basks in the glory (I have no bro or sis, till he adopts me that is) or I'm gonna have to make one for myself. Something a bit edgy, maybe with some rock and roll in the background. Uh huh. Then, the bloggers will flock to him for their own, or want him to adopt them too. I'm. Not. Kidding.

  15. Image for Nicole @Rolled Into One Nicole @Rolled Into One

    I love your home and everything in it! I wish I lived in a part of the country that was 1. Closer to you (not in a creepy way) and 2. That my town and surrounding area had such cute farmhouses to buy and live in!

  16. Image for Pam Pam

    First I fell for your Mom, then I fell for your teenaged son, then the twins stole my heart, and not to mention your hunky sailor handy husband! But now your brother makes this beautiful heart warming video and surprises you? I hope you know how blessed you are and just how much I love your blog ( and everyone you surround yourself with). Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend southern sister.

  17. Image for Norma Jean Norma Jean

    Karieanne, what a sweet brother! I know your entire family must be so proud of what you have accomplished. However, I predict that you are on the verge of even bigger and better things! I am truly excited for you and look forward to saying, "Hey, I knew her when. . . ."

  18. Image for Regina Merrick Regina Merrick

    Sigh . . . I remember when it looked like that nearly a month into school . . . Back in the dark ages . . . er, good old days! :) What a fantastic video! Everyone is right - he's a keeper! Happy Labor Day! And stay COOL!

  19. Image for Alice Alice

    Oh, what a nice brother. Love the music. Please let us know who played that and what it is called. Makes me want to move to the country!!!

  20. Image for Tamra B Tamra B

    What a beautiful gift from your brother! He highlighted your home in a very unique way. I enjoyed every second of the whole minute! By the way, I check your website all the time and feel like a kid unwrapping a gift when I see a new post. Love from Texas!

  21. Image for Diana W. Diana W.

    What a sweetie! Several people I adore are NOT huggers. I respect that and abide by it most of the time. However, some gestures cannot be thanked with words. Only a really good hug can convey a great and loving thanks. Invariably, my non-huggers smile when I do violate their space for that! Your brother is a great guy and it's obvious to all of us that you are both from a great gene pool of creativity.

  22. Image for Sara D Sara D

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!! I am anxiously awaiting fall too :) Warm apple cider and trips to the orchard, catching leaves while they fall, hay rides, pumpkins, pumpkin pie...... mmmmm the smell! And if we are really lucky, we will find a few wooly bears along the crunchy leaves!

  23. Image for Sandy Sandy

    Okay, now I'm ready for fall! What a sweet brother! That's a unique way to tour your house with photos hanging from the trees. The music totally makes it rock! That's one rockin brother! I would have cried too!

  24. Image for Lilly Lilly

    Well, let's just say it ALREADY is fall here in the great northland 0f Fairbanks, AK. Golden birch and aspen leaves are falling alright! Great video and even more, such a personal and touching gift from your brother. My daughter painted a picture of a farmhouse I spent some years in growing up in Maine several years ago. She gave it to me for Christmas and I cried! Blessings to you and yours.

  25. Image for Maria Maria

    KariAnne Love the simple ideas for the FALL, the branches are my favorite with the craft style leaves, so creative! The dried hydrangeas look beautiful on the Mantle Thanks so much again Maria

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