Random thoughts on a Saturday morning:

1.  Is anyone else watching the Bachelorette this summer?  It’s normally not in my watching wheelhouse, but I felt so bad for her and the way the Bachelor broke up with her that I wanted to watch and cheer her one.  I watched the first episode and I think I’m going to follow along.

2.  Zack is graduating from high school next week.  I literally can’t even.  If I squint, he’s missing his front teeth and walking into first grade.

3.  I’m painting the upstairs built-ins this weekend.  I love to paint.  There’s just something about making everything cuter in under an hour.

4.  I just had a yard sale.  When I planned it, I had no idea it would be one of the hottest days of the year.  It’s supposed to be 100 degrees here in Dallas.

All that heat?

It suddenly made everything cheaper. 🙂

And now?

Let’s check out what the internet has been up to this week.

I love creating design boards.

Here’s an awesome post on how to create your own.

Step-by-step DIY.

Why have just one summer decorating tip?

When you can have 30.

All tips found here.

Do you ever over decorate?

Oh good.  Me either. 🙂

Here’s a great post on how to tell if you are over decorating.

Love this free printable.

All is well.

(total aside: every time I see this—I add “with my soul.”

Download the printable here.


And in random news this week:

Loved this house tour (especially the idea of subway tile behind the glass cabinets)

I can’t even with how amazing this kitchen is

How to make a bed like the magazines do

Hello color

Clever outdoor DIY’s

The ceiling in the first picture

This retreat sounds amazing

This table setting

English country style

These flowers

And this recap of the royal wedding.

Seriously.  I learned so much.

It’s long so make sure you have refreshments.

One more for the road.

Here’s a simple DIY on how to make a pillow that stars your house.

DIY found here.

Happy random Saturday to you. 🙂

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  1. Image for Carrie Carrie

    Happy Saturday! Looking forward to seeing the bookshelves painted and looking like they’ve been there all along!!!

  2. Image for Lynn Mosher Lynn Mosher

    Always love your Thistlekeeping. Thanks for gathering up the internet's goodies in your thistlekeeping basket and sharing them with us. You're amazing! Love you! ❤

  3. Image for graham graham

    My, the English have an interesting take on decorating in the countryside. I know I suggested bringing in more color to your blue and white living room, but whoa, Nellie!

  4. Image for Sherry Sherry

    He is graduating already!!!! Next year you will have two in college . Thank goodness the girls are still in high school.

  5. Image for Emily Lahm Emily Lahm

    Really need to know the manufacturer of the faucet at your farmhouse sink. Please.? I have to make important decisions this week😍

  6. Image for Marty Oravetz Marty Oravetz

    I always enjoy your thistlekeeping posts. So full of fun places to visit. Don't forget I need your promo pic now.

  7. Image for Jolyn Jolyn

    I got all distracted with my singing, "All is well..." and forgot to tell you CONGRATS on Zack's graduation! By baby girl graduated from Texas Tech this month.... felling older every day.

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