Random thoughts on a cold rainy Saturday morning:

1. Have you seen “The English Game” yet on Netflix? It’s new and it is SO WORTH the watch. It has romance and English accents and soccer games and the ever-present struggle to have a voice be heard.

2. Sigh. I am on fifth-day hair today. And just between us—in sad news? I don’t even care.

3. I’m also walking around in random outfits with a business top, pajama pants and slippers. When you sit in Zoom meetings and consulting meetings all day—you only need to be professional from the waist up.

4. It was an amazing week on the blog. We made an Easter garland and talked about DIY paint techniques you can use to try at home and learned how bringing branches from outside can change your life and discussed the perfect outfit to wear to a Rush concert.

5. How are you doing?

I wanted to check in on you.

How is your world?

Just remember I’m here for you. Truly. I’m here to talk or to listen or to pray for you or to help in any way that I can. If you need to talk? Message me. If you need a craft to distract you? I’m here. If you need prayer? Let me know. If you have a small business that needs supporting? I’m here to help you shout it out. If you need pretty house pictures and simple decorating ideas you can do from home to help make your world a little brighter?

I’m your girl.

Let’s be friends forever.

And now? Let’s see what amazing and fun distractions I found for us this week.

I have painted a lot of things, but I’ve never painted a cookie before.

These are so pretty that they made me smile.

Here’s the DIY on how to create these cookies.

And this project is literally SO SIMPLE.

You’ll never believe how she made these.

See the DIY here.

Hello spring.

This is such a simple idea for the front door.

You can see the project here.

And this looked amazing for a day like today.

Vegetarian Mexican Corn Stew.

See the recipe here.


And in random news this week:

This before and after kitchen tour

These adorable nest cookies

This free vintage Easter bunny print

This project looks amazing

I want to try this project

How to remove stains from marble

Meghan Markle’s best fashion moments

Pretty spring entries

This sweet DIY project

Okay. And have you heard of this? Grandmillenial style? Is it even a thing?

Read all about it here.

And one more for the road.

Here are 25 home projects you can finish in a weekend.

happy random Saturday to you


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  1. Image for Susan Susan

    Thank you for your posts! Go wash your hair; leave in your conditioner extra long then take time to beautifully blow dry your hair today. You are worth it! Thank you for your inspiration and humor in all of your posts. I look forward to reading every day! Hang in there!

    1. Image for Char Char

      I'm with you. It's been my aesthetic long before I was a grandma. Florals with clean lines, simple pieces with statement fabric, classic blue and white with current pops of color.

  2. Image for Mary in VA Mary in VA

    We are doing fine here in VA. Staying in the house, walking around the neighborhood, go to the grocery store wearing mask and nitrile gloves. Hubby even found some TP at Walmart this morning. But Karianne! I'm in love with the first picture on this post - it's enough to make everyone happy! Thanks for the other links, I'm off to visit them now!

  3. Image for Gina Gina

    Karianne, was touched to tears by this post. Truly, friends forever! Please pray for my elderly parents and doctor husband. Thank you.❤

  4. Image for Kris Kris

    I must have needed a distraction earlier this week--I had already seen several of these posts! Thank you for continuing to send us things to uplift our spirits. In other news--there was a recent article that I read about how online sales in the past couple of weeks have trended much more toward people buying tops rather than bottoms--sounds like you can relate!

  5. Image for Lynn W Lynn W

    I can envision a lot of people partaking in the business top half and comfy bottoms!!! New normal 😌 Thanks for the DIY art idea and birds nest cookies are yummy. Not sure if I could eat the hand painted ones though....pretty works of art 💜

  6. Image for Carol Carol

    The texts have slowed, temporarily laid off for a couple weeks, the day is a damp, cold dark day. Then I see the notice you've left an email. Thank you so much!!! I even giggled when you sent it twice!!! I'm not thinking I was meant for social distancing.... So grateful you never forget my email, Thank you over and over again, Carol

  7. Image for Pamela Smith Pamela Smith

    Happy Saturday! Its a cold and dreary day here, but I am finishing up some little bunnies for Easter and then on to other crafts to keep me busy. I always look forward to your emails and enjoy looking at links. I can't wait to see what Chip and Jo do with that castle!!

  8. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    As always a very fun filled post but, you left out some things, i would like to see a tutorial on that pretty plant thing you have hanging in your tree. No. 2 pictures of your outfits, lol, just kidding you, too funny. You are the sweetest, cutest, and uplifting "child of God" in all of Texas, i'm sure. Thank you for who you are.

  9. Image for Donna Donna

    Most women don't have the guts to admit letting their hair go that long. .. .what courage you have given all of us. Could we please have a post or 2 on the art of laziness? Hmm. kidding.

  10. Image for Patricia Patricia

    Hey KariAnne...love your Happy Saturday posts. I wanted to say the picture outside is beautiful and I especially love the hanging planter (from tree). How unique. Hope you and yours are remaining well and Safe! 💕

  11. Image for Donna Bray Donna Bray

    My world is beautiful/sad/busy cutting briars. Kind of reminds me of life in general. It was a beautiful 80 degree day. We will get the 20 degree drop tomorrow. The sad is one of my friends mother and father tested positive for corona. Her father is on the ventilator. Please pray for him. As always I wait for you to post something. It always puts a smile on my face. Keep smiling, keep writing and keep caring❤️

  12. Image for Ellen Ellen

    KariAnne, you are just as sweet as you are beautiful and that's a whole lot! I must admit though, as I watched your latest video I could not help wondering if you were wearing pajama pants. I have enjoyed reading Thistlekeeping for years and I smile just hearing the sound of your voice too. There is so much here to choose from and I am not completely finished yet. The good thing is, as Scarlet said ; "Tomorrow is another day." I found many of the styles that I have loved included in the Grandmillenial style, although if age is a factor I may well be considered of the Great-Grandmillenial era. Stay well! Thank-you!

  13. Image for Janette Deans Janette Deans

    Hi KariAnne, now so far I haven't watched the English Game as I am kind of living it, but I will get round to it. I do love reading your blog and books and seeing what you get up to. I am so happy your all doing ok in this awful time when the world is fighting for life, stay safe lovely lady and please keep writing for us, a breath of fresh air.xxx

  14. Image for Peg Peg

    Wow, I have many elements of grandmillenial style in my home!! Thanks for being a bright light on a gloomy Sunday here in Massachusetts!!! xoxo

  15. Image for Andrea Boudreau Andrea Boudreau

    Thank you for the nod to watch The English Game. It's right up my alley but I haven't seen it advertised because I've been on Hulu catching up with The Resident lately. I can't wait to watch it, love those English series!

  16. Image for Karen Karen

    As others have said, I love your Thistlekeeping posts every week. Your happy attitude and red lipstick always make me smile! Business on top and jammies on the bottom-reminded me of mullets-business in the front, party in the back. 😂 <---my favorite emoji Abundant blessings to you and your family! P.S. please pray for my friend whose SIL took his own life recently and her daughter and 2 small children. Ty!

  17. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    When we come out of this it will be a hoot!!! Our hair will show it's roots and maybe we will decide to go natural. Maybe we will decide to forego the nail salons. Maybe we will spend the money on paying off our credit cards. Maybe we will eat home more often, making family time more sacred. Maybe we will even spend more time at home, with our families and loved ones. Maybe we won't stop checking on the neighbors and our relatives. Maybe we all might just slow down and think what is important... And maybe Karianne can keep us all in a good mood until the day comes!!!

  18. Image for Nan Nan

    We LOVE your 5 day hair! There is something to be said for letting go of perfectly coiffed hair for jammy-bottom, biz-top coziness in the upside-down world we've tumbled in. You may have come up with the best coping hack. ;-)

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