Yesterday was the inaugural first trip outside after a snow storm.

You know….the one where you realize there is more to this life than the inside of a cup of hot chocolate and the Hallmark channel.

There’s a whole wide world just waiting for you…that you haven’t seen for four days.

Some people go to the store to buy milk and bread.

Some people get gas or batteries or flash lights or sand or salt to melt the sidewalks.

Some people buy shovels to clean off their driveways.

I went to Hobby Lobby.


You see….I needed some pink ribbon.

Actually….I didn’t really need anything….except the excitement of seeing if I could make it to Hobby Lobby and back.

That was enough for me.

So I put on my cute new hat with the flower on it and buckled up and headed out into the winter wonderland.

It was so easy.

The roads were clear and the snow was piled up by the side of the road and it hadn’t really started to get dirty yet from all the cars and the icicles hung from the trees….and the Holly Jolly channel was blasting.


Maybe that’s what lulled me into a sense of complacency.

I mean….I saw a little ice here and there….but nothing that gave any cause for concern.  So when I pulled into the Hobby Lobby parking lot….I didn’t really pay attention.

I think I was over-confident.

I think I forgot that it was 31 degrees outside.

I think I forgot that underneath the layer of snow….

….was a solid sheet of ice.


And as I leapt from the truck to the ground with the confidence of someone who is about to visit a craft store for the first time in four days….before I could say 40% off… feet slipped out from under me and I flew into the air…..

….and landed sprawled on the ground.


Wipe out.

Right there in the middle of the Hobby Lobby parking lot.

I know….classic….right?

Ab…so….lute…ly classic.

My pants were soaked.

My shoes were wet.

My hair had snow in it.

You would think I would turn around and get back in the car and go home.


Not even close.

I stood up….brushed myself off….straightened my shoulders…..gave an awkward wave to the truck driver who saw it all…

….and proudly took myself and my wet pants inside to go shopping.  🙂


Here’s the ribbon that started it all.

For a fun inexpensive window idea….hang a variety of ornaments tied onto ribbon.  I attached the ribbon to the top of the window with thumb tacks.

Oh…and I’m fine.

My pants are fine.

My shoes are fine.

But my pride…..

….I think I left it in the Hobby Lobby parking lot. 🙂


PS  Here’s what I drove by on my first trip outside….

….maybe I should have just quit while I was ahead. 🙂

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  1. Image for Nancy Nancy

    I am lying in bed at the hospital after surgery yesterday. It is a little past 5:30 now and I am reading your post. Wow! I sure needed a good laugh. Thanks a bunch! Feeling better now. I love your blog. Nancy

  2. Image for Sally Sally

    You rock my world with laughter sweet girl. Who needs bread and milk when you can go buy craft supplies, and Hobby Lobby? HELLO! Love that you picked yourself up, dusted yourself off, and went on in!! -- and L-O-V-E those ornaments in the window. Beautiful. It's the most wonderful time of the year! xo ~Sally

  3. Image for Anne Presley Anne Presley

    Perfect ending to a snowstorm story. Have a happy, jolly day and perhaps staying home is a better idea -at least until the snow melts.

  4. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    Ah, Miz karianne......been there and done that! These are the times in one's life that remind us we're not as young as we used to will come in a day or two...when you feel achey and stiff and wonder why you hurt in a certain area....then it all comes rushing back....oh yeah, note to self: next time there's nasty weather, be careful and try to keep both feet on the ground while in an upright position! And while boots are oh so cute....better rough up those leather soles.....or ouch! Man alive, but it hurts so much more than it used to.....! Glad you're okay, though....;))

  5. Image for Marisa Marisa

    WoW!! It's the pride that takes a bruising. Glad to hear that your okay and that your trip and bruised "pride" was for naught. I have a habit of hitting my head into things cuz I'm looking down. The Mr is always making fun of it. He said you'd think I'd knock some sense into my noggin :-). I love the window, it is so colorful. We are getting more snow today. I think we are up to ten inches.

  6. Image for carol carol

    Ohhhh, too funny. Ouch though. I hope someone from Hobby Lobby reads this post. Thank you for making me laugh, probably waking my sleeping family....

  7. Image for Lisa Lisa

    Oh how I can relate. I usually do the Ta-Da! I meant to do that pose afterwards. And there is something about getting out of the house for no other reason but to get out of the house. Thanks again for making me smile in the morning.

  8. Image for Kathy R. Kathy R.

    This story reminds me of my friend who always has to go out in a get toothpicks or something equally necessary....but a trip to Hobby Lobby....Yes!

  9. Image for Sheryll & Critters. Sheryll & Critters.

    BE CAREFUL from now on kid. And I hope I don't correctly predict next day pain showing up........ aspirin? Note to self, buy thumb tacks next trip to Dollar Tree. Although I could use these pushpins for on top of the windows....... no, I forget I don't have trim around my windows. lol Yes, heaven forbid, I have bare naked windows. Well, the way I am planning my window treatments for my still to redecorate and redo bedroom...... why bother, they will be covered up with fabric.

  10. Image for Trina @ Trina @

    I've wiped out a few times in my day. Kudos to you for getting up and still going in...after all it is Hobby Lobby (which I don't have near When we have a snow day here in NY, all I want to do is go somewhere. When it is a regular old day, all I want to do is stay in and relax. Murphy's Law, I suppose! Enjoy your pink ribbon!

  11. Image for Sheila Moore Sheila Moore

    Always a pkeasure to read about your shenanigans...glad you picked yourself up, dusted off and went right on in. I too would have made the trip to a craft store on my first trip out in the blog is a hoot to read!

  12. Image for Lisa Rogers Lisa Rogers

    SO glad you're ok. I did that in '08 in the ice storm that hit Lexington, KY and oh, that hurt. Laid on the ice for a half hour before I could even think about getting up, after all, I had done an airborne cartwheel! Let's just say that I didn't wear shoes for a couple of months and definitely no heels! Love the idea of hanging ornaments on ribbons in the window. Yesterday, I hung six long beaded ornaments in the center of the window and used paper clips to attach them all together. Looks pretty neat!

  13. Image for Jill Jill

    You go girl! Love your spirit and the ornaments in the window too. Hope you aren't too sore today. Maybe the Hobby Lobby people will send you a gift card for your unwavering dedication and determination. Hope so!

  14. Image for Christine Christine

    Karianne, After 4 days you needed a lil retail therapy ha!! It was only 10 degrees in Chicago when we went to visit our daughter and shop the wonderful Christkindlmarket. : ( Freezing. But like you, I had to get out there! You always make me laugh and I love how your mind works, now be careful out there in those parking lots!

  15. Image for Christine Christine

    Oh and I'm sory, honey I forgot to say how pretty your ornaments look on the ribbons. Such a nice, easy idea that anyone can whip up in minutes! Thank you Karianne!

  16. Image for Lori Lori

    Glad you are okay!! That ice can sure sneak up on a person. I fell on ice outside a Hobby Lobby in Indy back in 2003 and ended up with a herniated disk! Love the bright colors of the ornaments. Take care! ;)

  17. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    Great landing! And thanks for the story! At least it was only your pride...but it should rebound quickly...with those ornaments hanging in the window.....really pretty! Maybe you need cleats on your shoes! He he! ;)

  18. Image for Kris Kris

    You crack me up Karianne. Thanks for the smile today. I love the decorated window. So pretty. Totally worth the trip to Hobby Lobby and well the incident!!!! Kris

  19. Image for Michelle O Michelle O

    LOVE this idea!!! I am going to go home tonight and scrounge up some gold ribbon and use all the leftover ornaments that didn't fit on our tree! thanks!

  20. Image for Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker

    I think the humor might be the reason I like this blog the most! Too funny! I would have ordered ribbon online and kept looking at all that beautiful snow. Of course, I found a couple of online ribbon stores lately and their prices are amazing. :) It doesn't snow here, but I have been staying home anyway. I "needed" some pinecones yesterday for a project with the children, but instead I cooked green tomato salsa and put the youngest down for a nap while they went out to get the pinecones. We have enough for several projects now :)

  21. Image for Susan Hall Susan Hall

    I'm glad that you didn't get hurt, what a fantastic idea for a window love it! Snow , ice and cold I totally understand it has been so cold here in Canada -45 with the wind chill the other day! I still went to work and did my Christmas shopping, nothing stops a true Canadian :)

  22. Image for Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions

    All that pink ribbon is so pretty, Karianne! We had more snow last night. On top of whatever refroze, so I know there is ice under there. I have to get out and will be taking it slow. Hopefully, they've gotten to our main roads. Hobby Lobby is on my I-hope-I-can-make-it-there list of places. I'll take a fall any time over my car slip sliding away on the roads! : )

  23. Image for Debbie Debbie

    It's funny, we are hundreds of miles north of you yet you have had way more snow than us. Horrible storm down there, and glad you weren't hurt when you fell...even though it is funny thinking about it...sorry. Lovely ornaments! Debbie :)

  24. Image for Teresia Teresia

    Your little tumble is soooo something that would happen to me. And, yes, I would have done the some thing and gone right on inside. :) I'm loving the window decoration! It gives me inspiration. I've been making snowflakes out of puzzle pieces -- just because I wanted to see how they would turn out. And, well, crafting anything is therapeutic and calming. Anyway, I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them except use a few on Christmas packages. Now I'm thinking I'll hang them with ribbon from a small (short) window that I have. I'm hoping it will look as good as it does in my mind. Have a great day!

  25. Image for Beverly Beverly

    You mean you aren't even sore? Wow! I hate falling, and busting my butt always leaves me aching. lol But, a girl has to do what a girl has to do. And, who can resist pretty ribbons. I want one of each. It isn't like I already have a huge drawer full. Day two of my holiday home tour is posted. Hop in the truck and drive over for a visit. We don't have snow, and the ice will be melted.♥

  26. Image for Kimberly Walsh Kimberly Walsh

    The very first time I meet my (now) fiancée I impressed him with my own version of Bambi on ice as we walked across the parking lot to the movie theater. There is nothing like falling on ice like an uncoordinated spaz to get rid of the first date jitters, and also a great first impression incidentally. Lol Look on the bright side you are not spending the rest of your life with the truck driver that had a front row seat as I am. 

  27. Image for Mrs. Smith Mrs. Smith

    Oh how I hate falling!! Embarrassing, painful, frightening. I guess you can refer to the store as Hobble Lobby from now on? ;) Love the festive, happy window. I think I would like to do this in the bathroom window, actually.

  28. Image for Regina Regina

    KariAnne, you are MY kind of girl! Rain, snow, sleet, or hail (or wet pants) - nothing will stop me if I need to go to Hobby Lobby!

  29. Image for Cynthia Cynthia

    Thank God you are ok. That happened to my husband once at t he train station getting the train for work. He feet went right out from under him and hit smashed his head. I wanted him to go to the hospital because he said he hit it hard, but you know men. They are so stubborn. He turned out ok but I often wonder if it did anything in his head. He did really hit his head hard but he still tells me I am going to be fine. Me being the worrier that I am I would still feel better if he told a doctor that happened. I worry about him more than myself, can't help it. Anyway, love how this turned out and the ribbons are so pretty too bad you may have left them. Love the colors of the ornaments. Cynthia

  30. Image for Judy Judy

    Sounds just like me! I have fallen on the ice and gone on wet pants and all! Isn't it great that there is always that truck driver watching! Ha! Ha! Ha! You've got to laugh! Hope you didn't hurt yourself. I have cabin fever right now, so I would almost welcome falling to get to go to Hobby Lobby today! Take care!

  31. Image for Regina Regina

    I have found that I can pop back up after falling quicker than I can move at ANY time of my life . . . ;) LOL Glad you're OK! I totally understand needing a Hobby Lobby fix. And the windows are great!! I don't have curtain rods on my kitchen windows, but I'm thinking maybe those little tension rods? That would look SO CUTE . . . You're my inspiration . . . We'll see if I make it to Hobby Lobby . . .

  32. Image for Kris Kris

    Every year during the Christmas season they sell those shoe track-gripper things (I know they have a name--I just don't remember what it is) and I think, hmm, I should get me some ... because I have also taken spills on slippery snow ...

  33. Image for Teresa Ryan Teresa Ryan

    Karianne, That fall scares the crap out of me ...please walk like a granny on ice. I love the ribbons you chose, and the ornaments in the window are spectacular. Be careful out there rockstar!

  34. Image for revi revi

    Well, maybe your pride will be on sale for 80 percent off next time you go to Hobby Lobby! :) Love your window decor, K. I might try to do a version at my home...thanks for the inspiration!

  35. Image for Jess Jess

    Omg honey you just made my day! This is sooo something that would have happen to me. But im sure my luck it would have been a parking lot full, I would have ripped my pants, and several people would have asked if I was ok making me live the whole episode over and over while shopping. Lol...Yay that your ok! Love the project im doing to do it tonight with my kids in your honor ;)-. Oh and what beauty in that barn pic. Im forced to deal with rainy hot muggy weather for Christmas. So thank u for the pick me up. HUGS

  36. Image for Bliss Bliss

    It's key that you are fine. If you would of fell out of your house like I did a few years ago, it would be months before you could again hobble to Hobby Lobby. Pride heals faster than legs. And you never have to see that truck driver again.

  37. Image for Gina Gina

    I'm glad you're fine & you didn't get hurt, but I have to say, the trip to Hobby Lobby was well worth it. After all, your window display is gorgeous! Right? :)

  38. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Oh my goodness you crack me up. I'm not laughing that you fell but how you can tell a story. I can see you putting on your hat and singing away to the Holly Jolly music. I love your stories. I fell a few years ago heading in to Target. I tripped and fell flat on my face. It happened right at the entrance so there were a lot of people around. I jumped up threw my hands in the air like I just dismounted off of a vault and said I'm OK people. I did my shopping and went home and had a good cry. It hurt like heck. I'm glad you are OK. and I'm glad you made it to Hobby Lobby for the ribbon. The window turned out beautiful. Love all the colors.

  39. Image for melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

    Why is it that one good fall (without injury) is alway good for a laugh?! Even if you didn't witness the fall, you can picture it, and you just can't help but laugh. :) Thanks for sharing, and the window looks great! Merry Christmas! Melissa

  40. Image for Angela Gabhart Angela Gabhart

    Karianne, I've been following your blog for less than a year. Love it! It makes me very homesick, as I'm now living in Texas and moved from Central Kentucky and was raised in TN...close to your home. But, please keep posting the beautiful pictures of the winter wonderland. I miss being able to take my wheel barrel and cut fresh greenery this time of the year from all my neighbors trees on their "back property" (they were very generous:) I'll have my farm house again....when we get back home! Stay safe and God Bless you and your family.

  41. Image for Pendra Pendra

    Ab…so….lute…ly hysterical... hehehe (anway when it happens to someone else, right???). And ab…so….lute…ly so worth it! It's so fun, bright and cheerful ! Hope you and your pride have gotten over your adventure! Hugs, Pendra

  42. Image for Ann Ann

    I love the window with the ornaments. I hung ornaments from a window once, but I used fish line and had them high on the window. I like the idea of ribbon and low on the window. Will try it again. This year I hung red ornaments from my white valances. they add just the right "POP". Love reading your blog. Get lots of ideas! Thanks, and be careful out there!

  43. Image for Linda Linda

    Makes perfect sense to me. We went to the mall because my husband who never in my memory has said "Let's go to the mall." But on this snow day he did! I laughed out loud a few times! Meg joined in. Kids out of school, slushy snow on the road with a little black ice, snow plows and trucks out everywhere. Perfect day for laughing! PS. Love the window dressing and colors!

  44. Image for Diana W. Diana W.

    My husband is a Newfie (from Newfoundland, the land of 20' snow drifts during most winters)....UGH! I am a belle of the Deep South. We consider winter to be a consecutive week of days with temps below 50F. Most of the time the temp bounces around between 30 and 70 within 24 hours. Makes picking clothes for the day interesting! That said? He wants to move somewhere that has "true change of seasons" meaning perhaps a LIGHT dusting of snow each winter. He doesn't want to have to shovel snow again and I have visions of pride stripping incidents such as you describe. I rarely find myself with those types of falls in front of only one witness. My last spectacular fall happened in front of about 12 coworkers. Several of whom called me for years.....YEARS.....after I left that job just to laugh and relay how they've never seen anyone fall quite like that! What can I say? I'm a big girl, and I do things in a big way! Really was just to funny......much, much later!

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