Random thoughts on a freezing cold football Friday evening:

1. I know I normally think all my thoughts on Saturday morning, but yesterday was too epic not to record.

2. We played the final football game of the season. It was for all the marbles. It was us against our cross-town rivals in the “Cross-town Showdown.”And the last playoff berth hung in the balance. Whoever won had bragging rights for the year and they would go to the play-offs.



It was so epic that I can’t even explain to you all the emotions. We were sitting on the 50-yard line surrounded by friends and family and watching one of the twins, Westleigh, cheer and the other twin, Whitney, dance.

And the best part? It’s where we went to high school, too.

So we already knew the fight song.

3. I danced and danced and DANCED the entire game. I was trying to stay warm and how can you not dance when you hear YMCA? Westleigh saw me in the stands and was surprised I knew it.


Umm. Please girl.

I was raised on singing about a place to go when you’re short on your dough.

4. And more football today. Baylor is 8-0. Fingers crossed we make it 9-0 today.

5. It was an amazing week on the blog. We won an award and showed up with a paper hostess gift and transformed a room with one simple thing and talked about all the Christmas projects.

And now?

Let’s see what I found from around the internet this week.

Make your own chunky knit vase.

It’s a total “no-sew” project.

See the DIY here.

Love this traditional style molding.

What a way to add character to a space.

See the entire DIY here.

I love looking at Christmas lights at night.

This post has the prettiest ones.

See the entire light post here.

If you are looking for a fun, handmade gift?

These cookie sacks are perfect.

See the how-to here.


And in random news this week:

This fun craft for the holidays

This simple ornament project

Six fun napkin folds

This fun wreath idea

Which holiday style are you?

This free holiday planner

This simple Thanksgiving idea

Please tell me this is NOT a thing

This tour of a Christmas cottage

This simple Christmas DIY

These furniture hacks

And this.

Just in case you didn’t get to go to Waco for the Magnolia Christmas install?

Here’s a tour.

And if you want to see what the house I lived in before Thistlewood looks like decorated for Christmas?

You can take the tour here.

Happy random Saturday to you.

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  1. Image for Denise V Cox Denise V Cox

    Boy, oh boy! I sure do like a man with a little bit of facial hair. But, not TOO much that he can wear Christmas fairy lights in it... 😉. However, to each his own... 😝... Lol.

  2. Image for Karen Mary Karen Mary

    I so look forward to your Saturday Internet roundups! I work on the computer most of the day all week but try to keep myself from wandering too far afield. I tell myself, "Wait for Karianne's post on Saturday; that will be your reward!" So thank you -- you never disappoint! :)


    Loovvee the weekly wrap-up. You always come up with new projects for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Hope the football game comes out in your favor today! Sounds like an exciting one yesterday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have a great weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Image for Lynn W Lynn W

    Love this weeks picks.....so many good ones!!! I’m not sure about which Holiday style I would call myself. I think I’m a little of each. I’m going to make some of the buffalo check ornaments... I love a good Mod Podge project 👍

  5. Image for Dewena Dewena

    How I miss all the years of watching our kids play in high school sports! Such a special time and gave us lots of good memories. I enjoyed visiting the links here, lots of good inspiration for the exciting months ahead. Thank you! Beard lights? Hilarious!

  6. Image for Kris Kris

    The beard lights are laugh-out-loud funny. Thank goodness, though, my hubby is (mostly) clean-shaven. KariAnne, have you noticed that the teens are all stealing OUR music? I tell my kids it's because *we* had the best era of music. Imagine you NOT knowing YMCA. Silly daughter of yours. :)

  7. Image for Betsy Betsy

    Well you did it again! Thank you for finding some great stuff. The tree ornament is perfect for neighbor gifts as is the cookie sacks. I'm thinking the beard lights would work great around a candle I have! I live in Pennsylvania but my neighbor went to Baylor and she's ready for another win. xoxoxoxo

  8. Image for jillian jillian

    WAIT! HOLD THE PRESSES!! What about that cute little paper and bead tree? Please tell me I don't have to make it myself...but it is so cute I just might.

  9. Image for Charlsie Charlsie

    Haha my son wore light up ornaments in his beard and his over the top Christmas sweater to last year's Christmas celebration. I guess he was ahead of the trend, I am glad to see it trending, I was scared I had messed him up from all those childhood years of Christmas pjs, santa hats etc.

  10. Image for Mary in VA Mary in VA

    I pinned this so I can make it once I get all the items. They are so stinking cute! Who wouldn't love to get such a gift. I'll probably cook my cookies and use the plastic baggie. Thanks so much for this tutorial, I'm an experienced seamstress so I'm good with the instructions.

  11. Image for Liz Liz

    GO LIONS!! Love love your old house and how you find such joy in everything! I am loving my fall and Christmas up too. But Fall is going bye bye VERY soon!

  12. Image for Carrie Carrie

    Congratulations on your football team win! Both high school and Baylor! My bonus son had a victory and a TD in his college game against the “cross town” rivals! Isn’t it a sweeter pill to swallow when the W goes to our column??? Love your Saturday round ups!!! ❤️

  13. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    We all have our "first" houses and ours was a dump. I had a six-week old baby-worked full-time and thought we could remodel it in six weeks. It took 7 1/2 years!!!

  14. Image for Kathy Kathy

    I also love the white bead and snowflake tree - can you fill us in on how to make it or where we might be able to purchase it?

  15. Image for Michele M. / Finch Rest Michele M. / Finch Rest

    Whoot! Grats on the playoff win - my niece the cheerleader's team won Friday night playoff game too. Isn't it exciting?????? I didn't go because it was 22 degrees and I am just over being very sick. I love your cheer twin was surprised you knew YMCA, um yeah, buddy, Mom was first, ya know. Can't wait to go see all the Thistlekeeping things - one of my very fav blog posts of the week. Now to go make a nice hot cuppa and enjoy it on this chilly Sunday evening. Hugs.

  16. Image for Debra Matcovich Debra Matcovich

    Here’s my problem. Xmas stockings. Red, felt, with names that letters made with silver sparkles that are peeling off, bought in a mall many years ago. I want to change them to a cream and grey knit style, I also don’t want to spend a fortune. I’m also so guilty about changing them. I just need that little push. Thank you

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