Random thoughts on a Saturday morning:

1. We had rough storms here this week.  But today?  The sun is shining and the grass is peeking through the dry ground.

2. I just finished the book Victoria by Daisy Goodwin.  It’s really good and an easy read if you like history and England and tiny queens.  I think I liked it better than the show.  Anyone else read anything good lately?  I’m looking for a good mystery.

3. What is up with the new hair style where you show your roots?  ON PURPOSE.

4. We are starting on the best new idea for a wall for a room this week.  I can’t wait to show you the details.  Fingers crossed it works out like I’m planning.

5. Basketball ended this week and baseball starts next week.

Good thing.

My son told me his muscles were ready. 🙂

This bathroom.


I would have never thought to use brick and I LOVE it.

The best before and after bathroom pictures found here.

I’m collecting bread boards.

I never thought of a round one before until I saw this kitchen.

Spring house tour here.

Love this garden pot DIY.

Now I just need to find an old milk funnel.

DIY found here.

This is a no sew pillow.

I know…right?

Step-by-step instructions found here.

And  in random news this week:

Cutest miniature furniture

Speaking of  books this one looks great

This bundt cake

This wall art

This DIY

Gooey butter cake

This ponytail

This white farmhouse tour

Cute basket idea

And I couldn’t help it…

….I just pinned these sliding barn doors.

And this fun printable for everyone wishing for spring.

You can see this and nine other FREE printables here.

Happy random Saturday to you. 🙂

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

    Yikes!! Really? Roots? I've been wearing a baseball cap -- can't wait to get to my stylist. Books? Well I picked up a romance that includes food with recipes. Great, huh? I'm planning on reading it and post some of the recipes. :-) The book was written by the producer of several Food Shows on TV. His wife is a professional chef and she helped with the book. The story line sounds good. Have a happy weekend. ?

  2. Image for Vicki Peterson of glitteredwings Vicki Peterson of glitteredwings

    Love the three chairs with pillows in your first photo. Always enjoy reading and your photos!

  3. Image for Cheapdiva Cheapdiva

    The Travelers by Chris Pavone and/or Think of a Numb3r (yes, that's the title) by John Verdon. The Travelere is described as "Hitcockian" and I'm nearly finished and agree. Next up is Think of . . . Which has been read by and recommended to me by a number of people.

  4. Image for SuZeQ SuZeQ

    Best mystery books I've ever read (and I've read almost all of them!) is by Daniel Palmer. Desperate and Stolen. They're both EXCELLENT! Actually, all of his work is good. Please let me know if you love them as much as I did! Happy reading ... xo SuZeQ

  5. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    So glad it is warm enough for you to have darling chairs and cushions outside! We are around 0 degrees F with a wicked wind (30-60 mph)... as to simple who done it mysteries have you tried GOLDY BEAR Mysteries by Diane Mott Davidson? Goldy Bear is a caterer in the Rocky mountains, always includes recipes etc. There are so many categories in mysteries...

  6. Image for Jennifer G Jennifer G

    I also enjoy the Diane Mott Davidson books, and some of her recipes have found a way into our house menus! For other mysteries, if you like English whodunits, the Brother Cadfael mysteries by Ellis Peters - make sure you start with Book One, these are historically accurate to the 13th century England/Wales. And another favorite is Dorothy Sayers with Lord Peter Wimsey as the detective. Her characters are so well-developed. Great writing! :)

  7. Image for Rosalie McCreary Rosalie McCreary

    Happy green grass weekend Karianne! It's 20*f with grey overcast skies and a chance of snow but my tulips are very cheerful and spring hopeful! I too have noticed the roots trend and to me it looks lazy or oops I made a mistake! My favorite authors are Jacqueline Winspear (the Maisy Dobbs Series), Rhys Bowen (Molly Murphy Series, and the Her Spyness series), and Susan Elia MacNeal (Maggie Hope Series). Nevada Barr,. JA Jance. If you are interested in American Indian mysteries you might try Margaret Coel, African mysteries check out Alexander McCall Smith's No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series...These are colorful and spot on for accuracy of the people and the area ( I checked with a friend who actually lived there!). OK enough reading for one weekend! Got to get back to my studio and work on UFOs. Have a great rest of your weekend!

    1. Image for Sherry Sherry

      I'm on the same page with Rosalie. I love the authors she mentioned! I would add Lauren Willig's spy series. I can't put her books down! I'm anxiously awaiting a new book! *my daughter in law's beautiful dark brown hair went to blonde with dark roots and at 31 yrs old, it's white with dark roots!! Uuugggghhhh!!!

  8. Image for Linda Linda

    I'm reading We Two right now (about Victoria and Alfred). It's very good. I haven't watched the last episode of the series yet. And speaking of episodes...are you kidding me Nashville? Whatever will we do without Rayna!? If you haven't read Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay, I highly recommend it. A mystery of sorts. You will LOVE it. Happy Weekend!

  9. Image for Karen Karen

    We had some horrific storms this week too, in fact the small community of Perryville was hit by a tornado, with one fatality. When you see the view from the helicopter, it takes your breath away. Please keep Perryville and those who lost so much in your prayers.

  10. Image for Esther Esther

    Love your blog!! Some fun mysteries that are quick reads and interesting characters are the ones by Patricia Sprinkle - the Judge MacLaren series. Start at the beginning as they build on one another. The first one is "When Did We Lose Harriet?"

  11. Image for Candice Candice

    We agree on two things immediately: no roots and the brick floor in Jenna Sue's flip bathroom. For books, I just read two great suspense/ mysteries by Ruth Ware, "In A Dark Dark Wood" and "The Girl In Cabin 10". Both great. Also, "The Quiche of Death", an Agatha Raisin mystery by MC Beaton. She also writes the Hamlish MacBeth series. And to stay on the British kick: all three of Judith Flanders mysteries about a book editor dating a Scotland Yard inspector who seems to fall into all sorts of troubles.

  12. Image for PJ PJ

    Karianne, if you have not read Louise Penny's mysteries, you must! You will want to move to the town in which the stories take place, Three Pines. Her books have the most wonderful characters, people whom you would like to have as friends. It is best to read them in order, starting with Still Life, but be forewarned, you will be hooked and want to read all of her books in quick succession.

  13. Image for Stefanie Trierweiler Stefanie Trierweiler

    I agree - I liked the book Victoria a bit better than the PBS show. Continuing on an English theme, I would recommend the Flavia de Luce mysteries by Alan Bradley. The first title is The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. Set in 1950's England, they are short little books that have a lot of humor and heart. I would also second the suggestion of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. The characters make me both laugh and cry (sometimes at the same time!).

  14. Image for Ann C Ann C

    I've been reading your blog for a couple years now. How did I not know you had a son? The twins I am fully aware of, but a son? Wait I think I remember a picture with two boys....with the girls...ok now I'm really confused. Are the round boards pizza oven boards or are they for round bread loaves? I love the look of a collection of them but have to stop collecting. Moving toward less is more so I don't have to do so much cleaning! Enjoy your beautiful weather, and prayers for those suffering from bad weather.

  15. Image for Lynn Lynn

    Let me know when you want a historical non-fiction. I'm reading one that will knock your socks off. P.S. All those pictures are just so adorable. I can't even. ;)

  16. Image for April Lopez April Lopez

    Oh how I love the show Victoria, so much so that I looked for books in the library about her. I just finished reading one that I actually found in the junvenile section. It was an easy, quick read but I learned so much more about her life and her love for her husband. I adore her even more now. I haven't seen this new hair style but seriously!!!, no way do I want my roots to show. Weird. And I love that floor. I'm keeping a Pinterest board for ideas for my next home and this one will be included along with many more ideas you have shared here on your blog. I'm ready for sunshine and flowers. I'm done with winter but it doesn't seem to be done with us.

  17. Image for Ellen Ellen

    Just getting to Thistlekeeping this morning, fantastic way to start the week! I read "Victoria" too and loved it, but since I'm not a viewer can't say if it was better. I love a good mystery and read almost any author. I'm quite fond of Patricia Cornwell's Scarpetta series and currently reading "Trace". Roots on purpose? As my Mother would have said - "it just isn't done" or maybe it shouldn't be! Thank-you for another entertaining Thistlekeeping, always divine!!

  18. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    That roots showing has been around a while and I think it is tacky!!! It looks like you don't have the money to dye your hair either lighter OR darker!!!

  19. Image for Ananda Ananda

    oh i can't wait to see your wall project!! such a teaser! =) i'm so inspired by these home tours, thank you karianne and have a beautiful March!! xx

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