Random thoughts on a Saturday morning:

1. Thank you for the color opinion.  I think we all like blue.  Although I saw a few avid red and purple fans.

2. We went to a football game last night with our fierce high school rivals.  It was exciting and amazing and incredible—until.  Until we lost.

3. I got the most exciting news on the planet last night about the next book.  I cannot wait to share it with all of  you.

4. I shopped the Hearth and Home collection from Magnolia yesterday.  There were too many cute things to choose from.  There were plaid stockings and galvanized candle holders and placecard holders and tags.

And an adorable advent calendar that I brought home.

Merry Christmas to me.

Hello beautiful.

A faux galvanized metal feather for Thanksgiving.

Yes, please.

DIY found here.

I know this looks like a checkered floor.

It’s really a miracle.

Guess what this used to be?  A SUB FLOOR.

Can you even?

Amazing and super thorough DIY instructions found here.

Advent is just around the corner and I’ve been pinning cute advent ideas.

I love these cute bags.

You could put a scripture and a tiny treat in each one to countdown to Christmas.

DIY found here.

And in super fun Christmas present idea news, my friend Tracie came up with the cutest idea for Christmas.

A hand-painted watercolor of your home.

Here’s my before that I sent her.

This is Thistlewood in the snow.

She hand painted it with watercolor and now it looks like this.

Isn’t it cute?

You can order your own before Christmas here.

The set comes with a hand-painted watercolor and two coffee mugs.

Just in time for Christmas. 🙂


And in random news this week:

Love these friendsgiving ideas

How to add color to concrete

This pretty Thanksgiving table

This paper village

These cute printable gift tags

I need to host one of these

This Christmas kitchen

And as soon as my kitchen is finished–I may try to make these as gifts.

One more for the road.

Speaking of advent—this is a fun project I created several years ago.

DIY found here.

Happy random Saturday to you. 🙂


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  1. Image for Pamela Griner Pamela Griner

    I went to a Magnolia Homes event yesterday here in NC. Oh my...there were so many lovely items. I brought home an awesome galvanized holder with a handle. It has 3 small sections and one larger one behind them. So perfect to hold my art brushes and notepad..

  2. Image for Lorri Rauscher Lorri Rauscher

    I just love reading Thistlekeeping!!!!! So many thoughts coming at you. Congrats on your new book. Carianne I just dont know how you do everything. Mother, Wife, Blogger, Author X 2 and redoing your new old House! Yikes so much energy Girlfriend!! Enjoy your Thanksgiving with your Family!!

  3. Image for Julie Julie

    I’m singing like Grease “tell me more, tell me more....” Thank you for including my fruit and vegetable table centerpiece tutorial. Hope you’re enjoying fall in your happy new home!

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