Deep breath.  Inhale.  Exhale.  Here is the official-amazing-incredible-awesome-I-can’t-even-believe-that’s-my-name right there cover of the book.



I am literally in love with every last little detail.

And speaking of the book…

….I have an idea.

I’m thinking about putting together a launch team for So Close To Amazing.  I’d send you a book and give you behind-the-scenes access on everything going on and I’d put together a private Facebook group where we could all encourage each other and discuss what we thought of the book and ideas to promote it and we’d just generally hang out and remind ourselves that we all own our little bit of amazing and create a movement and change the world.

Or just drink coffee together.

Whichever comes first.

What do you think?

Are you in?

Oh good.  Me, too.

I’m taking applications now, so if the launch team for So Close to Amazing sounds like something you might be interested in, just e-mail me at thistlewoodfarms@yahoo.com or leave a comment on this post.

Here’s to a little encouragement changing the world. 🙂

Here’s a fun post on how to make a waffle cone.

Not one way, but three.

DIY found here.

The secret to perfectly washed windows.

I’m so happy I found this because it’s spring and my windows look like winter.

Tips found here.

I thought this wreath was so simple and so pretty.

And super easy to make.

DIY found here.

And this me laugh out loud.

For anyone who’s ever heard the doorbell still in their pajamas….this post is for you.

Read it here.

And in random news this week:

This Southern Charm house tour

This cake….seriously?

Ever thought about a social media diet

For your next letter

Love this before and after

House lessons

Decorating with books

And I’m sad it’s over….

…but I love this recap.

PS  These cookies showed up on my door yesterday.

Home Depot sent them as a thank you for working with them on the vertical succulent garden.

I’m celebrating the book cover with them.

I can’t believe it’s finished and heading into stores soon and it all started here with this post.

So thankful to each and everyone of you for everyday joy.

Happy Random Saturday to you. 🙂

Want to know how to decorate your home for free?
Click here to get my FIVE BEST secrets.


  1. Image for Zolane Zolane

    Congratulations, KariAnne! I've been saying that about you since the beginning!!! So happy for you and can't wait to get my hands on your book! Big hugs, Zolane

  2. Image for Kris Kris

    It would be fun to be on the launch team, but this isn't a great time for me to take that on. The book looks wonderful, though!

  3. Image for Mary Mary

    Whenever I sit own to read your posts, I always feel like I'm taking a coffee break with an old friend! A few minutes of "me" time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I would love to be part of your "team"!

  4. Image for Anne-Marie Anne-Marie

    I can understand how happy you are. You should be proud. I hope it will be very successful. Have a great weekend !

  5. Image for Laura Nuss Laura Nuss

    HI KariAnne~ I would love to get my hands on your book and drink coffee or something a little stronger if the book arrives on a Friday! A book launch sounds like a fun way to meet bloggers from around the country who cling to every word on your blog. Congratulations! Laura

  6. Image for Barbara Barbara

    Beautiful book cover- that color is amazing! So happy for you and can't wait to read it. I'll leave the focus teaming to you experts:) but great idea!

    1. Image for Carolyn LoRusso Carolyn LoRusso

      Hi KariAnne!...So very exciting...thrilled for you .....(and for me too!...can't wait to read/see your book). I would be honored to be part of your launch party! Love the idea. Carolyn

  7. Image for Clorinda Beitelspacher Clorinda Beitelspacher

    I would love to be part of your launch team. I've been a huge fan and follower since the start! Best wishes to you!

  8. Image for Wendelin Asbury Wendelin Asbury

    The cover of the book looks beautiful and I can't wait to see the inside! I would love to be a part of your team, especially if you need some west coast representation. We also run our own marketing firm so I don't know if we can be of help to you in any way, but would love to assist if we can!

  9. Image for Kerry Purcell Kerry Purcell

    Congratulations, KariAnne! I'd be honored to be a part of your launch team. Can't wait for the application and to celebrate YOU!

  10. Image for Lisa at celebrate creativity Lisa at celebrate creativity

    Congrats on this next great adventure, KariAnne. I'm so happy for you. That's a super cool cover that has me eager to see what's inside. You're sweet to include my waffle cones in your round-up today... which begs the question, have you gotten yourself a waffle cone maker yet? Every kitchen should have one.... especially in the summer-lol. Have a great day!

  11. Image for Judy Judy

    Congratulations! I would love to be part of your launch team! I love reading your blog! You have such great ideas and I love your sense of humor! I know your book will be a huge success!

  12. Image for maureen maureen

    When does your book come out? Cannot wait to get my hands on a copy. I would love to sell some of them on the farm this fall during apple season. E-mail me so we can figure this out.

  13. Image for Janice Stewart Janice Stewart

    Would love to be apart of your launch team. We call our home Amazing Grayce. (old historic farmhouse we painted gray)

  14. Image for Wendy Curley Wendy Curley

    I'm super EXCITED for you, KariAnne!!! Congratulations!!!! I love your Blog and would be very interested in becoming a part of your launch team!

  15. Image for Tracey Tracey

    This is so exciting. I would love to be a part of the launch team. I can't wait to read your book. Congratulations!

  16. Image for Mah Mah

    Happy, happy, happy girl! I just pre-ordered YOUR book! It will automatically download on September 5 2017! Whoa child I can't wait. I will also order a hardcover!

  17. Image for Karen Kleinberg Karen Kleinberg

    Good afternoon KariAnne, I would love to be on your launch team. I am retired (and loving every minute) and thankfully have the time to be part of a new adventure. Have never done anything like this before. AND I can't wait to read your book!!!!! Have a blessed day,

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

    OMG!! I just had an idea for a promotion. Oh! I love it and I'm not going to tell it here because I want to put it past you first. I'm so excited I can't sit still. Big hugs and I knew you could do it!! I have such fond memories here -- you were my first blog. Big super hugs!!xoxo?

  19. Image for Julie Briones Julie Briones

    I just emailed you... would LOVE to be part of the launch team. :-) I'm typing, but my mouth is still gaping at those cookies! Really?! (I thought they were porcelain tiles. Don't know why I would think that when they are on a plate.) (Shakes head)

    1. Image for Julie Briones Julie Briones

      Okay, and now I'm trying to keep from BAWLING because I just read your 'Stepping Through the Elevator Door' post. Sons are WONDERFUL, aren't they?! So, so, so, sooooo cool of a post, KariAnne. And I'm SO happy for you! Using LOTS of capitals today... instead of my normal '...'. Oh, wait.

  20. Image for Jenifer Scherlin Jenifer Scherlin

    FINALLY!!! The book will be available! So excited for you all! Yes, I would LOVE to be on your team!!! I cannot wait to read your book- I'm always a bit sad to finish your blogs!

  21. Image for Kristin Kristin

    Your book cover is great and it sounds amazing! I have no idea if I'd even fit what you were looking for to be a part of the launch team, but I'd love to!

  22. Image for BRENDA BRENDA

    Congratulations on your book! How proud you must be! I would love to be part of the launch team. Reading your blog always puts a smile on my face; I love your ideas and the attitude of always finding the bless in the mess when things don't go as planned.

  23. Image for Mary Woeppel Mary Woeppel

    Karianne so Happy for you! I know this is a first of many? When ever I read your blog it's like you are sitting next to me telling the story while we you are jumping up and excitedly reliving the events. I blush when you blush, and cry when you cry. Having a son and two daughters myself I have experienced many of the same things. Mine are older now and believe me, the stories do continue. I would be honored to b selected to launch your new book! I look forward to reading it and again having a very long coffee break with a good friend?

  24. Image for Mary Crozier Mary Crozier

    KariAnne, I am so excited for the launch of your book!!!! You are truly amazing....I know how much your positive spirit and valuable advice helped me find the courage to launch my own website. Of course, I would love to be doing anything with you!!!! Count me in!

  25. Image for Pamela Smith Pamela Smith

    I'm so excited for your book! I may or may not have screamed a little when I saw this post :). I would love to help launch you book and be on your team! What an honor it would be!

  26. Image for Crystal Crystal

    I was so very excited to hear that you were writing a book, and I would love to be included in any way to launch it!

  27. Image for Debrashoppeno5 Debrashoppeno5

    Congratulations on the book. I would say it has to be right up there with meeting the man with the twinkling eyes and having the children. I would enjoy being part of the launch team.

  28. Image for Susan Susan

    I save your emails for the weekend when I have the time to really enjoy them. I would love to read your book and be part of the launch team. Congratulations - how exciting for you!

  29. Image for Botanic Bleu Botanic Bleu

    KariAnne, Congratulations on your book debut! I would love to be part of your launch team and to participate in the Facebook group.... that would not be close to amazing... it would be amazing. I would wear red lipstick (have to run out to buy some since I usually don't wear any lipstick) and use a gajillion exclamation marks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! all for the sweetest, coolest ROCKSTAR with amazing hair who tells the best stories about everyday living. Judith

  30. Image for PJ PJ

    KariAnne, I am so thrilled for you. I can only imagine how excited you were to finally see the finished project. I would love to be part of your launch group. Congratulations! ~PJ

  31. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    Well, yes! Launch team would be amazing!! Please add me to the list. How very fun, my friend! Congratulations on this book. I'm sooooo very proud of you!

  32. Image for Barbara Moore Barbara Moore

    It's almost here!!! I've been waiting patiently (well, sorta patiently), and it's almost here!!! I can not wait to devour your book. I have no influence, but if I did?? I would shout it from the rooftops. IT'S ALMOST HERE!!!

  33. Image for Kim Banta Kim Banta

    Oh, KariAnne, You are beyond amazing, and I am so happy for you and happy for us that your book is a reality! I would love to be in your secret encouraging group! Let me know when and where and I will be your short, freckled, vintage ambassador!

  34. Image for Kimm at Reinvented Kimm at Reinvented

    Hi Karianne! Huge congrats to you on the book! I would LOVE to be part of your launch team and have some fun ideas for promotion! My e-mail is reinventedkb@gmail.com

  35. Image for Gayle Gayle

    Karianne, Congrats on such exciting news! Your posts always brighten my day! I'd love to be part of the launch team!

  36. Image for Patti Patti

    KariAnne, I am SO happy for you! The Lord continues to bless you! I'd be happy to help promote your book. I'm looking forward to reading it!

  37. Image for Ellen Ellen

    Thistlekeeping is always spectacular and this post is even more than your usual amazing because of this awesome news!! LOVE the title, LOVE the cover and I am sure to LOVE reading your BOOK!!! Adding my most heartfelt congratulations on this wondrous occasion. P.S. LOVE the cookies too!

  38. Image for Susan Susan

    Congratulations! I'm so happy for you and can't wait to read your book! I'd love to help in any way possible - it does take a village!

  39. Image for stephanie ray brown stephanie ray brown

    Woohoo from Webster! So so happy for you! Beautiful book full of beautiful messages! Would love to be on your launch team! Especially want to see you out and about in our beautiful Bluegrass State! Hugs and more hugs!

  40. Image for Lisa Lisa

    I think this launch calls for a parade!!! Big swing bands, balloons, lemon aide, and red lipstick for everyone!!! So stinking excited for you!!! You are an amazing inspiration to your readers while being an awesome Momma and wife too! Now add published author to that....you are a SUPER STAR!! I'll gladly join your launch team. Just lead me in the direction of where to begin! Congratulations Kari Anne!!!

  41. Image for Rowena Philbeck Rowena Philbeck

    WOW Congratulations!! How exciting and I actually know a author!! You Rock and anything I can do just howler!!!

  42. Image for Rachel Going Rachel Going

    Oh Karianne, I am so happy for you and proud of you!!! You are incredible and amazing. It seems I'm late to the party...but if I can sneak in and still find a seat...even a pillow on the floor, I would love to be on your team to promote your book. Oh and I LOVE Dr. Pepper, but I'll drink coffee or even water. I'm not hard to please! No matter what!!! Yes, you definitely are a rock star.

  43. Image for Linda Linda

    Dear Kari Anne, I honestly do not think there would be one person who follows your whimsical, and often dreamy posts, who would not love a chance to be one of the lucky ones going through the book with you and the others. That being said, I do not think I am eligible because I am up here in Canada, but I do hope that you have many laughs within the group and Happy New Book Day just for you. Do enjoy, then share the bounties with us, lol.

  44. Image for Sue Davies Sue Davies

    That's fantastic news. You should be very proud! I always enjoy your blog and would love to be part of your launch team. Sue in Fl.

  45. Image for Airyckah Lane Airyckah Lane

    PICK ME, PICK ME! I told my hubby about you writing a book on the first post you did about it and he immediately said "so that's your birthday present this year"... didn't even ask if I wanted it because he knew. I think he think we're actual friend by the way I talk about your posts lol

  46. Image for Lori Lori

    Can't WAIT to read your book. You have the best writing style - it makes us feel like we know you as a BFF! Please add me to the launch group.

  47. Image for Peg Peg

    I'm just the ordinary reader but would do anything to help you in your career! Congratulations!! Can't wait to read it!!

  48. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Just pre-ordered you book from Amazon. Gonna be hard to wait until September. Would love to be part of the launch team. Congrats! :)

  49. Image for Dorothy Dorothy

    Your book looks fascinating. Just, wow. I wouldn't need philosophical peonies with a book like that. Congratulations. I would love to be in any Facebook group you lead! Keep on being you!

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