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Thanksgiving Tree

One of my favorite books is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

If you’ve read it….you are nodding right about now.

If you haven’t I’ll totally Reader’s Digest it for you.

It’s about a tree who loves a little boy with all her heart.  When he is young he plays under the tree and swings from the branches and eats buckets of apples.  And as he grows older he sells the apples from the tree and uses her branches to make a house and her trunk to make a boat to sail away and explore the world.

And when he is older and his travels are done, he sits on the stump and rests…..

….and returns to the tree that he loves.

“And the tree was happy.”

Thanksgiving Dining Room

I’ve read the story over and over and over again and I’m always amazed at the capacity of the tree to love.

She gives so much and asks for nothing in return and finds contentment and thankfulness in the joy of giving.

I know it’s just a story and trees aren’t aware who they give their apples to and generally don’t volunteer their trunks for boats….

….but the lesson of the giving tree is one we can all take to heart.


To be thankful.

Thankful for baseball and basketball games and laughter and scrabble and popcorn and a fresh set of new art pencils.

Thankful for family.

Thankful for friends.

Thankful for every day the sun shines…..

….and for every day it rains.


This weekend has been challenging and a little overwhelming for our family.

We’ve been so busy that we needed a day simply for us.

A family day.

So today we went for a walk in the brilliant sunshine on a path scattered with fall leaves and the change of seasons filling the air.  We packed snacks and ate them in the park…..

…..and then we made a thankful tree.

The Thankful Tree

I asked everyone what they were thankful for and then typed all our thankfuls on small pieces of paper and clipped them to a centerpiece of leaves from the yard.

And when I was done I stood there for a moment in the dining room and stared at the leaves of the tree and slowly counted my blessings.

The small.

The everyday.

The simple joys of life.

Leaves and leaves and leaves full of things to be thankful for.

And the tree and I were happy. 🙂

Thanksgiving Place Setting

And now here’s one more thing to be thankful for.

This post is brought to you by the new fall line from Birch Lane (and there’s free shipping right now).

Today I’m giving away the Birch Lane products featured on the table.  Like this set of eight pine cone napkin rings.

And this set of eight linen place mats.

And a set of eight linen napkins.

And my favorite…..the dried boxwood wreath (the one hanging on the garden gate in the picture above).

Simply add branches from your yard to create your own thankful tree and you have the perfect Thanksgiving table.

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  1. Image for Barbara Barbara

    I love anything and everything for Fall! A simple linen runner, white dishes, mini pumpkins and a few pops of color...perfect! Thank you!

  2. Image for Robin Stephens Robin Stephens

    Loved reading The Giving Tree to my kids...(and Goodnight Moon, my fav). LOVE the tablescape. Was going to ask where you got the napkins....and there was my answer as I continued to read! Happy, too, that your family got a little reprise from all that life's dealt lately.... Thanks for your continued encouragement and zest for homemaking.

  3. Image for Rita Rita

    The boxwood wreath is such a lovely addition to the room... Still thinking about you, your family and your extended church family...grace to all of you...

  4. Image for Linda Linda

    Beautiful.....simple...a lovely way to capture the essence of Thanksgiving, anytime. The wreath would be my selection.

  5. Image for Gilly Gilly

    That is my daughters favourite book, she knows it by heart. Such a wonderful way to remind yourself how blessed you are. xo

  6. Image for Nancy Carr Nancy Carr

    The Priscilla Table Cloth and Napkins are my favorite. The towels look plush and soft, too. Glad you introduced us to this line. Thank you.

  7. Image for Lisa Cooper Lisa Cooper

    I love the boxwood wreath and the Moby book ends. I taught for twenty+ years and The Giving Tree was a favorite book!

  8. Image for Lauren Lauren

    What a gorgeous table setting and such a wonderful tradition with the thankful tree, too! My favorite is the linen place mats, but the wreath is a very close second. Thank you for hosting this giveaway and for the opportunity to win!

  9. Image for vonna vonna

    I absolutely adore the wreath! and the garden gate! :) I'm new to your sight and have loved everything about it.

  10. Image for Julie N Julie N

    The little garden gate is so simple and yet helps to make such a statement in design. I'd love to find one of those.

  11. Image for Erica Erica

    you need to read "1000 Gifts" by Ann Voskamp, it is a life changer! I've been making a thankful tree with my kids every year they've been born (they are now 6 1/2 and 5) and it amazes me every year the depth and simplicity of the gifts they see. To have the faith of a child surrounding you, now that's a gift!

  12. Image for Melanie Melanie

    All of it is fabulous and such a beautiful reflection of Fall... Must say tho, I am partial to the boxwood wreath!! Keeping your youth pastor family in my prayers along with you and the extended church community...

  13. Image for Gretchen Gretchen

    Your post was so touching. I gotta get my family outside for some together time!!! I love the Placemats and the wreath!! Two great pieces to start a fall look with!!

  14. Image for Nancy Sharp Nancy Sharp

    The Thankful tree is a wonderful idea. Teaching children and reminding us old people to be thankful for the little ordinary things as well as big things. I am especially thankful this year that I have been introduced to so many lovely Christian ladies in blogland.

  15. Image for Sandy Sandy

    I always enjoyed reading The Giving Tree with my middle school students. It was one of their favorite books. Our thirty-four year old Magnolia tree was my "giving tree" with her stately branches encasing the beauty of the its fragrant flowers. Sadly to say, yesterday it was cut down to allow men to excavate the side wall of our basement.

  16. Image for karen karen

    Love the book. The wreath on gate is a project I want to do. Your table setting is beautiful with trees w "thank fulls" on it!

  17. Image for Mary M Mary M

    Giving and gratitude. Sometimes we have to take a step back to really see all the gifts God showers us with every single moment. Thanks for the giveaway! I love the linens and boxwood!

  18. Image for Mary Mary

    That's been one of my favorite stories for a long time. And what a lovely thing to do with your family. I think my favorite piece is the wreath as well.

  19. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    How beautiful, KariAnne. Thank you for the reminder. I didn't read the book but I think I'll pick one up and leave it out as a reminder. I can't express how truly grateful I am for all the blessings that have been bestowed on our family -- and now? A new grandchild coming in the spring. How wonderful is that??!! All of the gifts are beautiful and I would be thankful and grateful if I won anything.

  20. Image for Robin M Robin M

    I love the book The Giving Tree! It's my favorite children's book of all time. What a great idea on making your own giving tree! I think the wreath would look perfect on my front door, and table linens and napkin rings would look great on my table! Thank you for a wonderful post today! We all have so much to be thankful for! Robin

  21. Image for Debbie Yarbrough Debbie Yarbrough

    What a wonderful way to help your family cope with the loss of their friends.... You're a woman after my own heart, and I love your blog and your sense of humor. I'd love to win any of the items listed!

  22. Image for Felicia Felicia

    I love this post. So many times we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Such a sweet reminder to slow down and count our blessings.

  23. Image for Meryll Meryll

    I have the perfect place for the boxwood wreath - that's my favorite! Beautiful table -and such a sweet family tradition!

  24. Image for carol easterday carol easterday

    I love your beautiful tablescape, the wonderful story, the thankful tree and everything you posted here today. The pinecone napkin rings are my favorite but I love everything....We have so much to be thankful for I plan to make one of these tress now thank you so much for all your inspiration.

  25. Image for Kris Kris

    Beautiful idea. Beautiful decorations. I have a favorite tree-related book, as well. I like it even better than The Giving Tree. It's called The Tale of Three Trees and is a traditional folktale retold by Angela Elwell Hunt. Gorgeous illustrations. I think you would find it to be very meaningful.

  26. Image for Barbara Moore Barbara Moore

    What a wonderful way to remind your children the importance of gratitude. Continued prayers for you and yours.

  27. Image for Pam M Pam M

    I could honestly fill my home with items from Birch Lane. So many things call out to me. But, that pewter clock - love.

  28. Image for Jerry Stocks Jerry Stocks

    Wish I had some of those beautiful autumn leaves. This far South, we hardly have any. You are such a dear person and I love all your posts.

  29. Image for Kathy Kathy

    Thank you so much for this timely post. We are entering the time of year when the pace can become frantic. What a wonderful way to pause and acknowledge all our daily riches. I have never shopped at Birch Lane but their website is certainly full of eye candy for the home. What a lovely giveaway.

  30. Image for Diane Diane

    I'm thankful for ... KariAnne's influence in my life - whether reminding me to cherish the small & simple, or whether she has me choking up my Diet Coke in laughter. Oh, and certainly that boxwood wreath is my fave!

  31. Image for regal ecigs Review regal ecigs Review

    Thanks for your personal marvelous posting! I genuinely enjoyed reading it, you will be a great author.I will ensure that I bookmark your blog and will come back in the foreseeable future. I want to encourage you to continue your great posts, have a nice holiday weekend!

  32. Image for Susie Susie

    You had me at the boxwood wreath!!! I love dried boxwoods! After looking around the fall line at Birch Lane, I also love the mercury glass hurricanes and the winchester robe (it looks so cozy for fall). I enjoyed reading your post. We received the Giving Tree has a baby present when my son was born fifteen years ago and it's still remains a favorite!

  33. Image for Jennifer Smith Jennifer Smith

    Wow. This is an entire set up. I cannot believe how the summer flew by. I am really sorry for your family's recent loss. Take care.

  34. Image for Cindy@Diybeautify Cindy@Diybeautify

    I love it all but my favorite is your thankful tree, filled with the thoughts of your sweet family. I'm going to check my yard today... Hopefully I have enough branches still with leaves on in my yard ☺

  35. Image for Linda Linda

    Napkins and placemats are my kind of thing. By the way, I love your grateful tree. My daughter always has one and I think it is such a lovely tradition.

  36. Image for Prudence Prudence

    Love the "The Giving Tree". My granddaughter and I love reading it together. Your table is beautiful. Could you share how you made the acorns? I just love them!

  37. Image for Dale Dale

    I love that book and read it often with my family growing up. We all have so much to be thankful for if we allow ourselves to stop comparing and focusing on the negative. I love the thankful tree idea and I plan to make one with my husband this weekend!

  38. Image for Claire Bacon Claire Bacon

    Sometimes I look at what you have done and think, What a waste of money. So much more could be done with the money we spend on material things. Why do we go to such decorating frenzies? Isn't it about the beauty of the simple things in our lives? BUT then you came up with this Tree Of Thankfuls and you blew me away! Along with your walk with the family, now that is a simple pleasure. You knocked it out of the park.

  39. Image for stephanie stephanie

    Hi! the Giving Tree is a classic, can't really get through it without breaking down. Our oldest's sixth grade graduation had this book as the theme- so beautiful and touching. Just love it. Love your site too- you are a lovely storyteller. Stephanie

  40. Image for shelly shelly

    Most def the wreath. My heart goes out to your family and all your church members for your loss. I have thought of you everyday and say a simple prayer that all hearts will be less heavy.

  41. Image for jan g jan g

    I think we get so wrapped up in the little things in life that don't matter we forget the really big things that do. .. and that come at no cost to us other than our love, caring and being thankful that these things are all we need at the end of the day

  42. Image for Sue Sue

    I love this story...and the thankful tree. Life can be so fragile...we always have to be thankful for our blessings. Sue

  43. Image for Christy Christy

    I love the pine cone napkin rings. We did a thankful tree last year on thanksgiving and everyone added a leaf. Love the idea!

  44. Image for Linda Linda

    I always have compared the giving tree to how a mother nutures her children! And now that I am a grandmother I am at the stage where my children return with their children...and I am happy to just be with them!... And your thankful tree is great!

  45. Image for Kathy Yost Kathy Yost

    I love the boxwood wreath...wouldn't it look great surrounding a white pumpkin! Loved your post of The Giving Tree KariAnne!

  46. Image for Sonya B. Sonya B.

    It will be a little while before we see fall color here in Texas, so I like to bring color into the house through artificial ways. I love everything Fall!

  47. Image for Laurie Laurie

    Such a wonderful post! Sounds like a lovely day was had by all. Your dining room is gorgeous, and the table setting is beautiful. Love the linen napkins!

  48. Image for Renee Renee

    I love all things nature inspired, especially pinecone motif. So...napkin rings are my favorite. Your pictures are beautiful and blend of colors perfect and peaceful.

  49. Image for Diva Kreszl Diva Kreszl

    The Giving Tree is one of my favorite stories, love Shel Silverstein!!! Thank you for reminding us to be thankful for all the simple pleasures, family, love and abundance in our lives!

  50. Image for Laurie Laurie

    So hard to choose... everything is so perfect but I have been wanting a boxwood wreath so I guess we can start with that! Thanks for the chance!

  51. Image for Zolane Zolane

    Thank you for the reminder of what a beautiful story The Giving Tree is. To be grateful in the little as well as the big, to love with your whole heart and no expectations and to serve and sacrifice for others brings great joy. I absolutely love your thankful tree and am in awe of your continued inspiration. Thanks also for the giveaway opportunity! I'd be grateful for any of the items you've displayed but especially love the wreath.

  52. Image for Sherri G. Sherri G.

    We have recently had loss in our family, Our Daughters lost two good friends. So I have been thinking a lot of all we have to be thankful for. I just made a sign that hangs over the kitchen sink. Thankful Heart. I truly love your tree!

  53. Image for Heather Heather

    I love the wreath!! I also love the Fleming Chalkboard from the website! There is so much great stuff on the website!

  54. Image for Laura Laura

    I am so sorry for the loss of your pastor and his family. I love your Thankful Tree and plan to make one of my own. I am looking forward to setting my table like the items from Birch Lane to highlight it. Peace and Blessings

  55. Image for Karen U Karen U

    I'm totally doing the thankful tree. What a sweet idea, thank you! And I'm definitely putting you on there! I love coming to your blog. You make me laugh, you make me cry, and you inspire me! Oh, and by the way, I do love that boxwood wreath too. I've been dying for one! Karen

  56. Image for Ginny Ginny

    I especially love the linens- they are gorgeous! And the story is very sweet. I hope to implement a thankful tree at our Thanksgiving table this year.

  57. Image for Teresa Fields Teresa Fields

    What a great reminder of being thankful. I need to put that book on the list of ones for my grandchildren.

  58. Image for Brenda Brenda

    Every year for 15 years I read that delightful book to my students. Now that I am a principal, I refer to it frequently when having discussions with students! I love the boxwood wreath, it makes my heart smile when I look at it! Enjoy reading your blog. Thank you for taking the time to share with us.

  59. Image for Gail Gail

    I love the pine cone napkin rings! My children and their families are coming to Texas for the first time for Thanksgiving from Seattle, Phoenix, and Chicago. They would make my table special. I love your blog. I also have started watching Birch Lane because their look is my style.

  60. Image for Patti Patti

    Our Thanksgiving in Canada is this weekend so the leaves will look as lovely as those in the table! Love Birch Lane!

  61. Image for Peggy Zortman Peggy Zortman

    Sometimes the best blessings are just everyday life. Like supper with your family. I like the linen placemats.

  62. Image for Joan Joan

    Your family time must be very important anytime, but especially now with the loss of your youth pastor and family. You know, the things in this give away are so beautiful and could be used in a multitude of ways, but my heart is most touched by the story of the giving tree....I had forgotten it. Being reminded that the unreserved giving of our whole life is the ultimate joy. Thank you for sharing your heart with us......that we in turn will more fully open our hearts with others.

  63. Image for Cat Cat Cat Cat

    Years ago I gave a copy of The Giving Tree to my Mom. For me, the tree was symbolic of the endless, unconditional, love my Mom continually showered me with. I miss her so much.

  64. Image for Piggerts Piggerts

    Be grateful for family every day. When it comes down to it, love and family are the true essence of life. That's all that really matters.

  65. Image for Heldy H. Heldy H.

    I love that story, always a favorite read for our daughter. I am Thankful for your blog and your stories. They always make me smile. And I can't say enough lovely things about your home. I am in awe of your talents:)

  66. Image for Becky J Becky J

    I taught first grade for 10 years and that book was ALWAYS a must read - sigh-I love the Samantha throw in Terra - thanks :)

  67. Image for Regina Regina

    I don't know of anything from Birch Lane that I WOULDN'T love! :) The wreath is gorgeous, though. BTW, where DID you find those large acorns? Fabulous! And that's not a word I bandy about lightly . . . ;) Still thinking about you guys. <3

  68. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Thank you for the lovely giveaway, such pretty things! More importantly though, wishing you and your family peace in this difficult time. xo

  69. Image for Cindi Cindi

    Since Fall is my favorite time of year, all of your Fall items are gorgeous! If I have to pick a favorite, the Boxwood Wreath would be it... Love your post! Many thanks, Cindi

  70. Image for Winnie Winnie

    Thanks so much for an opportunity to win something ~ my very favorite thing to win would be the boxwood wreath!

  71. Image for Jen Jen

    I love the importance of just making time for family, even when life is in a whirlwind around us. While everything in the table-scape is beautiful my favorite item is the boxwood wreath.

  72. Image for Laurie Haas Laurie Haas

    It seems I am not alone here.....the wreath is my favorite. The Giving Tree crushes me every single time. I am learning to love what I have instead of longing for more.

  73. Image for Robin W. Robin W.

    Love all the wreaths!! And the Ampersand Décor - how fun is that!!! I just love Birch Lane and would love to win of course!!

  74. Image for Susan M. Susan M.

    Not necessarily fallish but I do so love the Angelique Bowl. Thanks for the opportunity --- my fingers are crossed!

  75. Image for Lisa R Lisa R

    Love this story today. I remember reading that book to my kids too. Grateful has been my favorite word this year and I am so thankful to you for your uplifting stories. Thank you! I really love that wreath too!

  76. Image for GinaE GinaE

    I have wanted a boxwood wreath for a while now. Many thanks for the chance to win these great things. I have all my fingers and toes crossed!!!

  77. Image for Robin W. Robin W.

    I also wanted to comment on your Thankful Tree!! How lovely!! My heart was so full just reading about it, and the book is one of my favorites!! I'm so sorry for your incredible loss, it sounds like you and your family are making the journey in your own way and time which is so important to do.! The birch log you have for the base of your tree - is that an actual birch log? Just curious!

  78. Image for Vicki Obenhaus Vicki Obenhaus

    I love the dried boxwood wreath -- and what a wonderful idea with the Thankful Tree! I am going to definitely do that with my family.

  79. Image for Jill Jill

    Our daughter loved "The Giving Tree" as a child. I read it so often I know the story from just looking at the pictures 25 years later. Now for every baby shower, it is her standard gift. Now as the Littles learn to enjoy books, they bring the story to her to read to them. So glad your family had time together to reflect and share their blessings. Your tree is a lovely idea. Stepping forward into the new normal is difficult but always easier when there is someone to hold your hand and hug your neck. What do I like? All of it is so beautiful, it is difficult to choose. Have a terrific day!

  80. Image for Debrah Nash Debrah Nash

    Being thankful for the small things in everyday living helps me to focus when the challenges of life present themselves. Socrates commented that all should "Beware of the barrenness of a busy life". Much the same as stopping to smell the roses along the way!!! The Thankful Tree is a wonderful way to teach our children to be grateful for all aspects of our lives, good and bad happenings.

  81. Image for Amber Amber

    I cry every.single.time I read that to the kids! They think its hilarious (that it makes me cry). Cold hearted kids. LOL. I would love that wreath! Also love? THE BIRCH VASES! Did you make those? :) Thanks for the giveaway! ~Amber

  82. Image for Jane Jane

    I know you and your family (and many others) are going through a rough time now. To think of "giving" seems impossible, but it really is good for the heart and soul. I love the tree. And your table is simply beautiful. I love the layering of the linens and plates. Birch Lane is one of my new favorite catalogs and websites. Really cool stuff and very competitive in price. Fingers crossed that I just might win! Jane xx

  83. Image for Anita Anita

    I love the napkins and the wreath. I also LOVE the book the giving tree, it makes me think of a few trees I played in growing up.

  84. Image for Lynne Ward Wallace Lynne Ward Wallace

    You and your family are in my prayers. Happy Thanksgiving to you too. My favorite is the linen placemats.

  85. Image for Nan Nan

    Wonderful way to spend much needed time with the family. I might just have to steal that idea ; ) PS...I am always thankful to see an email from Thistlewood Farms in my inbox!

  86. Image for Stephanie Coiro Stephanie Coiro

    I love your blog, I am a fairly new follower. I just adore your style in decorating and also your writing style. This whole table is stunning. I just adore anything linen. My favorite thing is the Thankful tree, it really captures the essence of the season.

  87. Image for Cindy Jones Cindy Jones

    I was deeply touched by your post this weekend. It was a grateful reminder to tell others of our love & caring for them while we have the opportunity. Your 'thankful tree' is all the more poignant in the face of the loss of a beautiful family.

  88. Image for Shawna Shawna

    I love all of the decorations-especially the acorns! My favorite from the Birch Lane would have to be, hands-sown the pine cone napkin rings!! :)

  89. Image for Janie P Janie P

    Your wonderful post has certainly shaken the trees today. Can't wait to make our own and to start a new tradition. Janie

  90. Image for erin @ dfmi designs erin @ dfmi designs

    I hear you! My family has been going full speed ahead trying to get our house ready to sell. We are so drained we all got sick and are spending a day off together today. It's stressful to have 2 mortgages looming when we close on our new house at the end of the month, but I guess our bodies and minds need a break. Hope you guys were refreshed! I super love that boxwood wreath, so fresh looking!

  91. Image for Beth Beth

    I am sorry for the loss of your youth pastor and his family. I am the daughter of a pastor I know how much these people influence those around them, and a loss like that can rock you. I am praying for your family.

  92. Image for Vicki Vicki

    You are a great storyteller. I can just imagine your voice, though i have never heard you speak- and now i think I must go get the book for my grandchildren. I have never had a boxwood wreath si i think i would choose that.

  93. Image for Krystn Krystn

    The linens are lovely- ALL of the scape is lovely! Most of all, your simple words. Thoughtful, thought provoking, and heartfelt.

  94. Image for Dawn Pinnataro Dawn Pinnataro

    I think I like the Priscilla runner and napkins the best on their website. All of the linens are quite nice and your tablescape is lovely. And love the theme - thoughtful and thankful. GADawn57

  95. Image for Jill Jill

    I always loved that book, too. Fall is my favorite time of year. Glad to see you and your family all the gifts this season offers.

  96. Image for marly marly

    I have always loved “The Giving Tree”. The wreath is beautiful. The whole table setting says, “Thanksgiving”.

  97. Image for Cheryl Cheryl

    I really love that book. Recently my daughter was asked by her new teacher what her favorite book was and out of a closet full of books, she chose that one. It made me so proud. Have you heard the song The Giving Tree by the Plain White T's. Its very pretty, if you haven't, you can find it on YouTube. By the way, I love the wreath!

  98. Image for Pamela Pamela

    Love Shel Silverstein; we had a cassette tape of him reading some off his poetry- obviously a few decades ago! Our then sweet little girls would giggle away many miles in our white Volvo station wagon (another blast from they past!). Thanks for the wonderful memories. Your table is beautiful! Thanks for a wonderful post.

  99. Image for Lisa W. Lisa W.

    Ahhhhhh love the off white pumkins, love the placemats, but i have to say the boxwood wreath is beautiful!!!!!!!

  100. Image for Patty Soriano Patty Soriano

    Although I couldn't find anything labeled specifically for Fall, I do love the hammered copper pitcher. A perfect color for Fall ! Thank you for this giveaway !

  101. Image for Debi Debi

    Love, love, love all of Shel Silverstein's books! Your table is lovely and I love the linen placemats and napkins. I also love the idea of a grateful tree and will have to try it!

  102. Image for vanessa vanessa

    Love reading your posts!! I love everything on the the table. It all is so beautiful and perfect for a fall gathering! I would be happy with any of it, linens or wreath or pumpkins!! Happy Fall

  103. Image for Bertha Bertha

    The post is beautiful,,, inspires me to plan some more 'slow' family days!! ..I like the contrast that the linen placemats bring to this table or any table with lots of color! :)

  104. Image for Teresa Teresa

    KariAnne, I have got some serious garden gate envy right about now!! I have been looking for one just like it for some time now and the boxwood wreath is gorgeous on it. made my getting a flu shot much less painful today. How you ask? Well, while I was waiting in the pharmacy, I strolled over to the magazines and picked up the December issue of "Christmas Ideas" and there between the pages was none other than KariAnne and her beautiful house featured. It was simply gorgeous and I loved seeing you and all your sweet family gathered around.

  105. Image for Linda Andersen Linda Andersen

    I love the whole table and wreath! I especially loved your thankful tree...made me cry. Bless you all. Linda xoxo

  106. Image for Katherines Corner Katherines Corner

    They have so many lovely things. I really like all of the dining accents. Thank you so much for the giveaway opportunity. I invite you to stop by Katherines Corner and enter my giveaway too. xo

  107. Image for Sherrie Sherrie

    Just breathtaking. I adore them the accessories, but the napkins are calling my name because they would go with so many different motifs and seasons. But more importantly, please know that our family is keeping your family and you pastor's family is our prayers. Your thankful tree has really touched our hearts, as well. Thank you, and many blessings to you!

  108. Image for Kristen Kristen

    I love this post. We need one of those days too and hopefully this weekend we can find it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  109. Image for Debbie w Debbie w

    Boxwood wreaths are always my favs. Would so love yo gave one for the holiday get togethers that are ahead for our family!

  110. Image for Carla Carla

    Love this! What a sweet way to have a reminder of your family, your day, and your thankful hearts. The PRESERVED HARVEST WREATH is beautiful!

  111. Image for Lynne Lynne

    Thank you for your inspiring post! I so enjoy the story of The Giving Tree...a favorite! My family and I could use more "simple" days. I love your idea of creating a "thankful tree" together. The boxwood wreath is just beautiful!

  112. Image for Yolanda Acevedo Yolanda Acevedo

    Greetings KarieAnne, I love everything you have displayed. You certainly conveyed the message of the Fall season, and it almost makes me a tad nostalgic, because I live in Orlando Florida and unfortunately we do not get the opportunity to watch, and smell the season's changing. Thank you for sharing a bit of the splendor of the Master Himself as you bring the natural elements of the changing season indoors. Blessings!

  113. Image for amy watson amy watson

    I love that book, and l have so much to be thankful for in my life, and as l get older and my daughter and my grand daughters get older, they say that l am getting mighty sappy in my old age, and they say they love that about me (yea right) l am thankful that l found you, karianne and thankful that l found your blog way back when, so yes l truly am thankful for Thistlewood Farms and the awesome family that calls it home...because l know that house is thankful for the family that loves it, and it loves y'all right back ((((hugs))))

  114. Image for Joanne B. Joanne B.

    love the preserved boxwood wreath! I also love the idea of the giving thanks tree- but would attach my thanks with tiny clothespins to the wreath!

  115. Image for Darla Bunyan Darla Bunyan

    My fave is the Boxwood Wreath, but, I love it all!!!!! I love your table, the birch vase is awesome!!!! Thankful for the chance at the giveaway!!!!!

  116. Image for Erin P Erin P

    I've been a bit obsessed (blog faced lie...more like majorly obsessed) with boxwood and would love to have my hands on one by Christmas but it just never seems to fit in the budget! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  117. Image for Mary Jo Mary Jo

    Enjoyed this post reminding us all to take the time and appreciate the little things in life. My Thanksgiving centerpiece will focus on just that. I'll ask family members and invited guests to add their blessings on paper for the Giving Tree. We usually gather in a circle and individually say something he/she was thankful for since last Thanksgiving (a new baby, daughter-in-law, good health) but this would be a nice additional tradition. I LOVE the Harvest Wreath as well as the Wall Art section. Thanks KariAnne-Thistlewood Farm makes my day and always leaves me in a good mood. You are so creative and an elegant writer.

  118. Image for Cathy Rogers Cathy Rogers

    I love the boxwood wreath! :) A walk with the your family and looking at fall leaves sounds so peaceful. Good times! You'll never forget wonderful memories made with a thankful heart.

  119. Image for Joann Belcher Joann Belcher

    I love the story, it was one of my favorites that I would read to my students. I love your table and the boxwood wreath. I would love to get anything that you would give me.

  120. Image for JM JM

    I love it all but I've been wanting a boxwood wreath for a while. Thanks so much for hosting the giveaway--your blog is my very favorite!

  121. Image for Amy L Amy L

    I love this Preserved Harvest Wreath

  122. Image for Denise at Forest Manor Denise at Forest Manor

    Hi Karianne, Our son had that book growing up, too. :) It is a sweet story! I love that you've made a Thankful Tree for your home and that you had everyone contribute -- this is a great idea. We have so much to be thankful for at our house, I feel. Your dining room looks just beautiful, Karianne!! I love your chandelier and your Aubusson rug -- gorgeous! This is a great giveaway (my favorite is the wreath, too). :) Have a great day! Hugs, Denise

  123. Image for Sonya B. Sonya B.

    I also LOVE the wreath but it is all so pretty. Thank You for the giveaway. Some lucky lady is going to have a pretty Thanksgiving table and be thankful for it!

  124. Image for Judi Judi

    Love the thankful tree; so very lovely! You have such a gift with writing and decorating inspiring us all. THANK YOU for the chance to enter; what a blessing it would be to WIN.

  125. Image for Courtney Courtney

    How could I pick one thing. I'm particularly fond of all the boxwood decor and almost all of their lighting and table lamps! It'd be impossible to pick one thing!

  126. Image for Kim H. Kim H.

    Love the pinecone napkin rings! Glad your family is enjoying your time together. I was truly saddened to read about your youth pastor and family.

  127. Image for Kerry Kerry

    What a beautiful idea to just stop and be - be a family who is thankful for the every day things in life. You are such an inspiration.

  128. Image for Theresa Kane Theresa Kane

    Love everything about you and your blog... you are so generous and loved watching you on the TV show!!

  129. Image for Jane Jane

    My daughter and I sure read, The Giving Tree, many, many times. It's a wonderful, sweet book. Thanks for giving us a chance to win something special. I LOVE those elegant and simple.

  130. Image for Erin Kaven Erin Kaven

    I adore the boxwood wreath. And the idea of the giving tree, KariAnne. I know after your recent loss of the youth minister that it takes on great meaning for you. You are blessed and a blessing.

  131. Image for sara sara

    Your Thankful tree is so gorgeous!!! Thank you for sharing such an inspiring post :) And thank you for the chance to win. Everything is beautiful, but my favorite thing is the dried boxwood wreath. Thanks again - Sara :)

  132. Image for Shelbie Major Shelbie Major

    I love the Giving Tree & read it to my kids often so we ALL can remember to be grateful. I love everything Birch Lane does, but I especially love their decorative accent pieces. Awesome giveaway! Thanks!

  133. Image for Karin Hensley Karin Hensley

    Love the giving tree branches!! Would love to know what tree they came from...just beautiful!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway items. I love Birch Lane!!

  134. Image for Deb McKathan Deb McKathan

    I love the reminders to be grateful for things most don't stop to appreciate. I am so sorry for the loss your church family is dealing with. Love and prayers for all.

  135. Image for Stacy Simpson Stacy Simpson

    I would have to choose the boxwood wreath even tho I love all of it! I wish you could come visit my home! I always have diet coke, red lipstick and animal print wedges! You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers!

  136. Image for Janis Janis

    What a sweet post. "The Giving Tree" is one my all-time favorites. I often give it at baby showers because every child should have a copy. (I just found a new book titled "On the Day you Were Born" and it had the same affect on me, but that's another story). I love your idea for the tree that was inspired by this wonderful book.

  137. Image for Teresa Teresa

    I love the book. So many memories come to mind of when my boys were young. I love the napkin rings. Well, honestly, I love everything on the table...including the thankful tree. Thanks for sharing.

  138. Image for Kathleen Kathleen

    Their wreath is so unique, more natural looking than most boxwoods! it would be my first choice, though I crave everything you have selected for this generous giveaway! I could be happy with any of the gifts! Your table is lovely, and the Thankful Trees are so inspirational ... we will be in Austin with family this year, but next ... I'll be saving branches (tho' in TX they'll probably still be green!). NOW ~ I must ask ~ as someone else already has: will you be telling us if/how you made those great, large acorns and pinecones in the plates?!? I am smitten with them, and already the wheels are spinning in my head with "possible DIYs" for their construction ... ! KariAnne: Still holding you, your family, and all in your extended Church family close in prayer for God's merciful love and healing in your time of loss.

  139. Image for Gillaine Gillaine

    I really love the boxwood wreath but I love everything boxwood. My son loved the Giving Tree book and your post bought back wonderful memories

  140. Image for Ashleigh hall Ashleigh hall

    I am in love with those pine cone napkin rings!! And that beautiful boxwood wreath!! Really and truly, I love most all of Birch Lane's stuff! It is just so timeless!

  141. Image for Rosalie McCreary Rosalie McCreary

    Hi Karianne, Your table is so beautiful, I like all the pieces you've selected. I especially like the acorn and cone on the plates. They are great! I will be sharing today's message with my daughters to give them inspiration. Really like the idea of a trip out doors. I'll have to do something like that for my knight in shining armour! Thank you for sharing yourself and family! You are a blessing.

  142. Image for Gina Gina

    Fabulous- I so love that tree. My favorite is the FAUX BLUE HYDRANGEA ARRANGEMENT. However since I am in the process of creating curtains for the whole house - I'm sort of obsessed with all those curtains they have over there.

  143. Image for Kathy Kathy

    I love it all but the placemats are my favorite. Thanks for sharing the great products. (And, I love your blog!)

  144. Image for Cheryl B Cheryl B

    Really love that boxwood wreath! I also think I need one of their Clara Cable Throws for these chilly fall nights.

  145. Image for Lori Lori

    Such a beautiful tablescape with such special meaning! Love the Thankful Tree and how wonderful it looks with the Birch Lane accessories.

  146. Image for Debrah Nash Debrah Nash

    As a friend of mine from Great Britain would say "I'm Gob smacked"! I NEVER win anything and now I was notified that I won the items from Birch Lane!! I love their website and often will go there to "dream". Thank you to Thistelewood Farms and Birch Lane for the chance to participate. KariAnne I love your blog and all your projects and can't wait to use so many of your ideas in my next home. "Yippee"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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