Random thoughts on an almost New Year’s morning:

1.  Is it wrong if all I think about when it comes to New Year’s day are the parades?  I’m not sure when I became a paradaholic.  But. I. Can’t. Wait.

2.  Today is my anniversary.  I woke up to breakfast in bed made by the four cutest kids on the planet.

3.  I’ve started playing Words With Friends again.  They have a new version called Words With Friends 2.  I just got socked by Octad.  I’m looking at you Norma P.

4.  We are meeting my longest-time being a friend on this planet friend for dinner tonight.  We were talking about moving into the new (old) house and how we had our sweet sixteen birthday party in the living room.

And how there were boys.

And how my dad may or may not have kicked some of them out of the party.

Good times.

If you are still here after that scandalous tale, here are my favorite links from around the web.

Have you ever seen a mom-cave before?

If they look like this I think I need one.

Here are the details and a few more fun posts from 2017.

I love feathers.

Especially if they come with pie.

Here’s how to make this easy, simple addition to a crust.

This is such a great post for January 1.

Instead of writing a word, write a letter to your future self.

More details here.

And for all the New Year’s Eve party-throwers, here’s the post for you.

Simple tips for cleaning up after a party.

Read the tips here.


And in random news this week:

This creative venture by my sweet friend

These before and afters

Christmas in London

This antique haul

This easy DIY

Life lessons from a song

Top design trends for 2018

These IKEA hacks

This second season is just a couple of weeks away

And this house tour (especially the ceiling)

One more for the road.

This post with all of its post-Christmas organizing tips.

Happy New Year to you and your amazing self.

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  1. Image for Cindy Hurley Cindy Hurley

    Happy anniversary and happy new year. Hope Christmas was great with your family. We had a good one but were all been hit with the bug. Mom's in hospital, grandbabies with high fever and me sick since christmas. Nothing but liquids for a week.. But looking forward to new year.


    Happy Anniversary! May you be blessed with many more wonderful years! So sweet of your dear children to bring you breakfast in bed! Blessings!

  3. Image for Harriet Harriet

    I discovered The Handmade Home today while searching for instructions on making a tee pee for my toddler grandson. Fun site but not as much as yours!

  4. Image for Susan memory farm Susan memory farm

    Happy Anniversary to you and your husband. My hubby and I share the same Anniversary date, 34 years. Time flies when you are married to your best friend!

  5. Image for Skye Skye

    Hi Karianne ,i don't comment very often but i just wanted to say how much i love your blog & reading about your wonderful home(s) & family & your beautiful self.Wishing you & your loved ones a happy,blessed & prosperous new year xx

  6. Image for Melissa Melissa

    Just finished reading your new book - loved it! I bought copies for my two daughters-in-law. One sent me a text the day after Christmas that she was almost half way through, was loving it and had looked up your blog! I most enjoy your positive and cheerful outlook on life, that you love our Lord, and that you are always encouraging. And of course your really great décor ideas too! Happy Anniversary and Happy New Year!

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