jute pumpkins

I wanted to give a shout out to my guardian angel this morning.

Yesterday I drove to Wisconsin for a fabric trunk show.

I didn’t mind.  I like to drive.  I can think and plan and dream and have myself all to myself.

A couple of hours into the drive I noticed the tire panel.  It showed that one tire was getting lower and lower and lower.  Nothing to be alarmed about at first.  It wasn’t fast.  Just a little bit here and then there, but the number kept going down.

Then I got worried.

I called my husband.  I prayed.  I bit my lip.  I faithfully watched the numbers on the tire panel on the car until I got to the nearest tire store that my husband called for me.

I pulled in to the parking lot and got out of the car….

….and discovered a nail in the tire.

The whole tire has to be replaced they said.

I was so lucky they said.

I was so smart to have come right in they told me.


Good thing my guardian angel is used to working overtime. 🙂


Isn’t this the cutest pumpkin pie you’ve ever seen?

It had me at those leaves.

Recipe found here.


What a fun easy way to update your kitchen back splash.

I’ve seen this before, but I love how the project turned out.

Easy DIY found here.


Easy tips for arranging shelves.

I love how she used the visual grid.

Tips found here.


Nothing makes me happier than a piece of furniture that goes on to live a new life.

Happy new life dresser turned sideboard.

DIY found here.

And in random news this week:

Easy idea for a Thanksgiving table

Beautiful centerpiece

Sweet house tour

Beautiful apartment tour

Yummy potato soup recipe

Super cute idea for Halloween

And one more house tour for the road

Fall Transitional Mantel

Here’s one last decorating idea.

This mantel goes perfectly from fall to winter.

More mantel pictures here.

Happy random Saturday to you. 🙂


PS  If you are in the Madison, Wisconsin area, I’ll be at Millhouse Quilts today from 1:00-3:00 showing fabric and telling stories and laughing and giving thanks for guardian angels.  I’d love to meet you!

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  1. Image for Leslie Leslie

    So thankful for that protection! And that sweet knight in shining armor coming to your rescue. Safe travels, friend!

  2. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    So glad you didn't have a blowout! Got to love modern technology that lets us know about tire pressure and all. :-) Love all the goodies you shared. I'm off to check out the shelf decorating and tours and ... Happy weekend, KariAnne!

  3. Image for Loretta Mclaughlin Loretta Mclaughlin

    I am so glad to hear I am not the only one that still counts on our Guardian Angel. I think that all of these years with banked up prayers to thank God for my angel and my children's angels pays off. So glad you made it safely to your destination. Love your blogs and posts. I would love to bump in to you some day. Ever come to SW Ontario? ;)

  4. Image for beverlee beverlee

    Because you Believe! You know His Hand is on you. He loves you. We do, too. Beautiful photos. You can buy cookie cutter punches that are leaves and also rolled roses that you could cheat with a premade pie, if you are not into baking. They are for fondant, but work well with pie crust. Shhh....don't tell.

  5. Image for Kris Kris

    You are visiting the wrong side of the lake, but I'll still be your friend. :) Of course God was watching out for you while you traveled!!!!

  6. Image for Sherry Sherry

    Glad u r safe Karianne, saw a saying years ago that is appropriate for u and all drivers-Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly. Sherry

  7. Image for Loryl Loryl

    So glad you're safe and your guardian angel was on watch! And thank God for sparkling eyed husbands that call ahead!

  8. Image for Susan Tierney-Cockburn Susan Tierney-Cockburn

    I would have a problem since my car is 17 1/2 years old and doesn't have the "tire" feature yours did. However, my Dad made sure all his daughters could change a tire! Love that you have a traveling angel...I have one too!

  9. Image for Nancy @ Slightly Coastals Nancy @ Slightly Coastals

    I'm so happy it all turned out okay! Tires are my nemesis. I hate checking them, changing them, rotating them, and most of all putting air in them. I'm usually one of those women who just does everything herself, but tires? Nope. I can't put air in them because I turn my head, scrunch my eyes, and mutter under my breath, "please don't pop, please don't pop, please don't pop". Glad your tire story has an uneventful ending. If I were in Wisconsin I would totally come see you. Nancy

  10. Image for Preppy Mountain Farmer Preppy Mountain Farmer

    Always thankful for our guardian angels, and so glad you're safe. I love that beautiful pie! Have a great week!

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