I was raised on football.

Every Friday night was spent with field goals and touchdowns and cheerleaders and marching bands and the bright stadium lights shining onto the field….

….and kissing your boyfriend under the bleachers. 🙂

I can still remember the championship game where our team kicked the field goal in the last 20 seconds and won the game by one point.

We screamed and yelled and danced in the stands and raised our hands and cheered until our voices were hoarse.

And for that brief moment we were all united in victory.

I know that it’s all about how you play the game….

…..but sharing the winning makes it all the sweeter. 


And then I moved to Kentucky…..

….where basketball is king.

I don’t think I’d ever been to a basketball game before.

I vaguely knew that there was a ball and a basket and you scored two points and the players were always extra sweaty.

But when in Rome…..or the beautiful countryside of the bluegrass state…..

….it’s always a good idea to follow along with the Romans.


So basketball became my game and I entered the world of three-point shots and shot clocks and boards and amazing dunks and the last 30 seconds of a game that last an eternity…..

….and the amazing dream team that thought it could.

If you don’t follow college basketball….tonight Kentucky plays for the championship.  The road has been a rocky one and full of naysayers and those who didn’t truly believe.

But they made it to the end.

And tonight I’ll be watching and cheering and screaming and yelling….

….and kissing my boyfriend to celebrate.  🙂

Go big blue.


How to Make a Pennant Pillow



scrap fabric for back


needle and thread








PS  In the exciting news department….

….I just got back from the headquarters of Better Homes and Gardens.


Here I am lined up for the competition with the other competitors.

We all had to take an IKEA dresser and put our own spin on it.

I went with color…..of course.

More on all this tomorrow. 🙂

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  1. Image for melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

    LOVE this pillow! My Anna Belle is our basketball player. {Somehow 2 very un-athletic parents had an athletic child?} I think one of these would be perfect on her bed! And I can't wait to see your dresser! Too exciting! Life to the full! Melissa


    Not a basketball fan, but know Kentucky is in the running via the TV coverage. Good luck to them. Can't wait to see the dresser.

  3. Image for Barbara Barbara

    Go Wildcats!!! I was a cheerleader for the Davidson wildcats back in the 70's...small college in NC, was so fun! Darn, wanted to see your shoes:) Looking forward to more on the competition! You go girl!!

  4. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    Miz karianne, I am not the least bit surprised you went for color on your dresser....! Curious to see if you put anything "Kentucky" on it! And speaking of Kentucky, when I heard (yep, did not watch it) that Kentucky won and advanced.....all I could think about was you...cuz I think you're the only person I know in KY....and you go girl with that boyfriend of yours....under the back stairs is almost as good as bleachers, doncha know! Cute pennant pillows, too. I'll have to look for some...

  5. Image for Stephanie Stephanie

    Love your blog! I will be making this for sure for my son's grade school fundraisers. Also -Go Colonels!!! Covington Catholic Basketball Kentucky 2014 State Champions - Go Big Blue!! I am in Northern KY and basketball is huge! Thanks again for such a great blog!

  6. Image for Kelly Kelly

    Yes, Kentucky is the land of basketball & I'm loving it! Been wearing blue all week & will again tomorrow! Love that pennant! Guess I need to go to Lexington & get one for myself! Cute idea! Go Cats!!!

  7. Image for Susan Gay Susan Gay

    Love your blog. I was born and raised in KY with basketball and moved to TX with football 10 years ago. We still bleed blue and have converted a few Texans along the way! BBN

  8. Image for Judy Judy

    Also not a fan of basketball, however, Aaron and Andrew Harrison are from our school district! Yeah! Love the pennant pillow!

  9. Image for Karen Karen

    Oh how exciting that you got to go to Better Homes & Gardens HQ! I can't wait to see what you did to that dresser. I know it will be AMAZING! You look so cute in the picture with your fellow contestants, too bad we didn't get to see the super cute shoes!

  10. Image for Pam Pam

    Love the pillows. I would have to change the burlap pillow from red to blue shape of Kentucky. I live in Louisville and we don't have anything red in our house. Go CATS! (Another member of the BBN!)

  11. Image for Cathy Cathy

    From one Kentucky girl to another - GO BIG BLUE!!! I went to school at the University of Kentucky and let me tell you - UK fans are like no other! They are the best! I also hope the boys can win tonight because they have endured a lot of criticism! So I'll be cheering them on loud and clear - C. A. T. S. - CATS CATS CATS!!!!!! I'll be cheering for you to! - Hope you win!

  12. Image for Sue Sue

    You are so cute! There is NOTHING like a Kentucky basketball game - not just a game, it is an experience :) Hoping the second half goes a bit better... :( Sue

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