Random thoughts on a crisp, fall, sunny morning:

1.  I cannot thank you enough for yesterday.  For the encouragement.  For the upliftingness.  For the ideas.  For the inspiration.  I’m happy to report that the landing is almost empty now.  The boxes are all in the rooms where they need to be unpacked.

And it’s all thanks to you.

2.  Do you have any family traditions for Thanksgiving?  I’m trying to add a few to this year’s celebration.  We have a thankful tree and we have cranberry bread.  I just want to add a few more.

3.  I can’t wait to share a project I’ve been working on with a local showhouse.  I’m transforming it into a Christmas farmhouse.  Details to come.

4.  Did you see the winner of the Jeffrey Court Renovation challenge?  I’m SO PROUD of her.  It’s such an incredible before and after.  You can see the winner here.

5.  In Texas, we take our football very seriously.  Last night was the cross-town showdown with our biggest rivals.


We won.


It’s a good day to be us.

Now let’s see what the internet has been up to this week.

This tree.


I let out a sigh when I saw it.

Absolute tree perfection.

See the rest of the tree here.

This is such a pretty project.

I love the asymmetrisim (is that even a word?) of the wreath.

See the DIY here.

Love this post on decorating mistakes.

I make them ALL the time.

Read the entire list here.

And this.

This fall flower arrangement would be perfect for the sideboard at Thanksgiving.

Details on how to make it found here.


And in random news this week:

I just watched this movie and cried at the end

How to keep live garlands fresh

Decorating with this

This truth

These ceilings

These Thanksgiving place card ideas

This painted brick home

Tips for improving your handwriting

This blue and white house tour

This made my heart happy

And still…

…one of my favorite Christmas tours on this planet

And this is still one of my favorite trees ever.

It’s all about the handmade ornaments.

See the tree and the handmade ornament ideas here.

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


  1. Image for Gina Gina

    One tradition we have is that each family member brings the dish they do best: mashed potatoes (that's me peeling and mashing while watching the parade), stuffng is my mom, etc. My sister in law makes the green bean caserole and the little kids started calling her Auntie Green Beans and the name has stuck all these years!

  2. Image for Kathy M. Kathy M.

    Our Thanksgiving tradition is after the dinner is all gobbled up, the women of the family who have prepared the feast go out for a walk and leave the cleanup to the men. When we come back in we are refreshed and have energy to set out the pies and make some fresh coffee to enjoy. After dessert we play board games, watch football or just take a little nap on the sofa. Life is good!

  3. Image for Sheri Sheri

    I am distracted from the subject again. I love the darling white shelf holding a sphere in the first picture. Can you tell me what it used to be in it’s former life? Our thanksgiving tradition is my sweet sisters. She always cooks two turkeys so everyone has turkey to take home to their homes at the end of the day. We divide up all the other dishes that others have brought too.

  4. Image for PJ PJ

    KariAnne, I am happy that you are feeling less overwhelmed today. Speaking of Thanksgiving traditions, we grew up with rutabagas on the table. Last year the rutabagas were barely touched, and I put in my Thanksgiving notes to skip them this year. Well, my sister is coming to Thanksgiving at the farm for the very first time (We have not had a Thanksgiving together since our dad passed in 2002. She lives in North Carolina, and we are in upstate New York.). Sis says that there must be rutabagas on the table! Looking forward to a houseful of family, and trying not to stress about it. Have an amazing day!

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