I’m literally sitting here in my jeans from Haven. We got home late last night and this morning I unpacked my suitcase and I put back on the jeans I wore at the conference. I couldn’t wash them.

Not yet.

They still feel like Haven. You know. It’s like when you were dating your boyfriend in high school and he gave you a carnation from the grocery store and you smelled it and looked at it and held onto until it wilted and turned brown and then you pinned it on your bulletin board. And every time you looked at that flower you got the feels. All over again.

That’s how I feel about these jeans. I think I’m going to keep wearing them until they wilt and turn brown and then I’m going to cut them up and put them on my bulletin board.

Haven was that amazing.

I actually have pictures to share. And inspiration. And creative ideas. And a story about a speech that ENDED IN A STANDING OVATION.

Can you see why I have to keep the jeans?

I’m in the middle of a living room makeover for my sister-in-law, but I wanted to stop in here to go all Hobby Lobby on you and talk about fall.

I know. It’s JULY. I get it. I understand. But as my father used to say….if we fail to plan, then we plan to fail.

So here are seven easy and simple fall projects to make now.

Framed Leaves in Gold Frames

(click here for project)

(you can make these in under a minute)

Miniature pine cone wreath

(click here for project)

wool felted acorn garland

(click here for project)

Book page fall wreath

(click here for project)

wool felted pumpkin

(click here for project)

Fall book page garland

(click here for project)

DIY wood stick pumpkin

(click here for the project)

I know I said I would share later.

But this picture of me and the amazing Dena from Fletcher Creek Cottage just showed up in my Instagram feed and the look on my face is EXACTLY WHAT I LOOKED LIKE THE ENTIRE WEEKEND.

Have you ever seen anyone so happy?

She has the most amazing projects. Like this one. And this one. And THIS ONE that I’m going to try and make myself.


Nothing compares to this.

When we were leaving for Haven the twins handed me this note.

This is what keeps me going.

This is what makes my heart smile.

This is why I write my stories and tell my tales.

This is what is truly important.


This and maybe these jeans. 🙂

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  1. Image for Brenda Brenda

    Sounds like a truly wonderful weekend! Although, the card from the twins is what parents live for! Hope your week is as amazing as you are! As for your wearing the jeans til they are brown and can take themselves to the dirty clothes...........

  2. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    I love that feeling! Where you want to just bask in the moment and memories and linger there for much longer. Rock those jeans a little longer! ❤️


    Congratulations!!! Saw your instagram picture and you looked SOOOOOOOOO HAPPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Hope you can capture that feeling even after your jeans rot off of you :)- you deserve it!!!! Love the ideas and have been seeing the deconstructed furniture at Brimfield Flea Market. So beautiful- some made with old flour and grain sacks.

  4. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    I was hoping for a picture of those jeans! Our children can certainly make us so proud sometimes, and then we know they are growing up and will be all right in this crazy world. You can keep that smile on your face all month if you want.

  5. Image for Kathy Menold Kathy Menold

    So glad to hear what an amazing time you had at Haven. If anyone deserves it you do. You have given so many people happiness with your blog and book. You are a rock star and it is contagious! Thank you for all the many things you have shared with us including your beautiful family

  6. Image for Peg Peg

    Your energy is coming right through this post and it’s so inspiring! I wish I could have been in the audience during your speech!! Love you!!! xoxo

  7. Image for JC JC

    So, so, SO glad you had you had so many pinch me moments! Hope you ride on this cloud for a long time, friend! Love the fall ideas, but just can't bring myself , though it is my favorite season, to think about it right now. I'm wanting the summer to last just a little bit longer, but not the heat! Welcome home and hope your week is full of all sorts of reminders of your weekend, jeans included!

  8. Image for Dena Breitmeyer Dena Breitmeyer

    KariAnne!!!! I am overwhelmed with gratitude for your kindness!!! I was working on my blog all day yesterday because I learned SO much at Haven and I couldn't figure out why in the world I had thousands and thousands of views and hundreds of new subscribers! YOU ARE AN ANGEL! God bless you for your kindness!!!

  9. Image for Jolyn Jolyn

    Girlfriend! I've been on vacation so I'm catching up on your blog posts. I was all set to go off on NO TO FALL ALREADY, then I saw that sweet note from the twins. So, you just go all fall all you want! Made my heart happy! I have a sweet note from my 22 year old taped to my computer monitor!

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