Random thoughts on a Saturday morning:

1.  Baseball season has started.  I spent last night under the stars watching pitching and hitting and strikes and everything baseball.  Life is good.

2.  I was talking to one of my team from the publishing house for the DIY planner and she told me she was trying to get earrings made for me like the chandelier on page 93.

Yes to the please.

3. The twins mentioned that they want to write the next thistlekeeping.  The told me they wanted to write about what it’s like being KariAnne’s daughters.

And they had notes.

And a list.

I’m not sure if the blog is ready for words of wisdom from the mini-thistles.

4.  A giant thank you to everyone about the video decorating course.  I love seeing your e-mails and posts about how you are using the book to decorate your world.

And in exciting news?

The publisher decided to go ahead and extend the access to the course for a limited time if you purchase the planner.

You can purchase The DIY (Decorate It Yourself) Planner here.

And then use your order number to sign up for the FREE decorating course here.

And now, let’s see what the internet has been up to this week.

I love a little trash that turns into treasure.

Especially if there is a butterfly involved.

See how to make this trashure project here.

Spring is here.

I’m so happy.

Especially with beautiful spring tours like this one.

Hello spring decorating.

Look at this container spring basket.

See more details here.

And these eggs.

They are totally cute and totally DIY’d.

See the tutorial here.


And in random news this week:

5 common decorating mistakes

This blue and white home tour

41 ways to save money

This Easter table

This origami bunny project

25 items you won’t regret tossing

This faux denim wall

These spring decorating ideas

30 minutes to make you smarter

And these design tips (especially the stairs)

And one more for the road.

This simple tutorial for spray painted baskets.

Happy Random Saturday to you. 🙂

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  1. Image for Jenni Jenni

    I personally would LOVE to hear the wit and wisdom of the mini-thistles. In fact, I applaud them for their desire and of course, their creativity. Maybe they could get school credit.

  2. Image for Kris Kris

    YES to the mini-thistles and their words of wisdom. It would be a fresh, fun perspective and ... why not??? I have followed The Prudent Homemaker for years--she has great suggestions but mostly I love her photography. Wish I could garden like she does but I think it involves actual work. :P

  3. Image for Julie Briones Julie Briones

    So glad you are home, and can enjoy the fam and baseball! And, yes, of course we are ready for the mini-thistles... bring 'em on!!! And what a testimony to the relationship you have built with them! PTL!

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

    I bet the mini-thistles have learned a lot from you. They are just as adorable as their mom. Now, I do have a question. How long can we access the videos that accompany your book? I don't have our dream home yet -- I don't know how long it will take but I'd love to be able to have the videos along with the book when the time comes. I'm so ready for spring and sunshine. Have a wonderful weekend, sending hugs.

  5. Image for Stephanie Stephanie

    Would love to hear from mini thirties! Can't wait. Love all the spring posts as rain keeps coming down in KY. Yep humming Cold KY Rain with best Elvis voice as the UK tree comes down. Oh my still recoverting.

  6. Image for Erin Erin

    I ordered the book in January, received Feb 14th and wrote to you for the sign up for the ecourse, which you supplied. I filled out the info and waited. The drop date of March 6th...nothing. Waited. Earlier this week I resent the order number and emailed you... nothing. Sent again today... nothing. I actually ordered the book specifically for the ecourse. Very frustrated at this point.

  7. Image for April April

    I saw the laundry room picture at the top, then your mention of baseball season starting--I was hoping for a tutorial on how to get those darn stains out of baseball pants, lol! Meanwhile, in N. Kentucky, our baseball fields are covered in snow this weekend! I always enjoy your blog and words of wisdom! Happy Spring!

  8. Image for Tracey Tracey

    I think the blog is ready for the wisdom of the mini thisltles. I would love to read their posts. I just ordered the planner and signed up for the eCourse. Thank you for extending this, I really appreciate it and you. I especially appreciate the fact that you include tips for renters who can't make permanent changes. I'm thankful that our apartment complex does allow us to paint. We painted my daughter's room a beautiful SW grey about a year ago and it made such a difference. We plan to paint some other areas soon and also add some much needed storage with some IKEA bookcases.. I can't wait to get the planner. I found it in my local Kirkland's yesterday (I went looking for it). I didn't buy it yesterday but the free eCourse convinced me to get it today. Thank you!

  9. Image for PJ PJ

    I vote for a mini-thistles post. I'd love to know how your house stays so pristine looking with kids and a dog. Do the kids decorate their own rooms and do they use lots of color or stick to the basically white/neutral theme? Could be fun.

  10. Image for jan g jan g

    GOoD morning Karianne! I'm stalking the blog this morning because I just viewed your home tour posted on FB and trying to find the wall colors you have painted in that incredible new (old) home... in particular the laundry and living (family?) room. I'm in the processing of turning walls back to neutral and am stressed about "just the right shade" of lighter colors and love your choices (not surprised)... and reading comment by PJ above made me think - how do you keep pup from rubbing up against those light walls?

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