Random thoughts on a cloudy Saturday morning:

1. I went to a virtual happy hour at Downton Abbey yesterday. Yep. That’s right. I virtually hung out with the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon yesterday. She drank an Aviation and he drank a Hanky Panky.

And his friends? They call him Geordie.

Suffice it to say.

It was amazing.

2. My friend sent me Texas Pecan Coffee with the prettiest blue and white mug. I can’t get enough of it. It’s not an overwhelming flavor—just enough of a hint to take away some of the bitterness that comes with coffee.

3. We are in the middle of watching Ekaterina the Great–complete with Russian subtitles. I didn’t know anything about Russian history and I think it’s fascinating that this part of Russian history takes place at the same time as the American Revolution.

4. It was a fun week on the blog. We talked about this simple update for kitchen cabinets and how to paint a faux metal copper roof and discussed recliners and I shared 21 decorating mistakes I’d made and how I fixed them.

5. In YouTube news, I just made a new video about how to pick a paint color (and some of my favorite paint colors, too). Thank you to all of you who are following along on my channel and for giving me so much encouragement when I try something new.

And now?

Let’s distract ourselves with all this inspiration and these creative ideas.

This is such a fun DIY.

She made over this piano stool and now it looks so vintage.

You can see more of the project here.

I saw a DIY for a bigger planter like this and I was a little intimidated.

But this DIY is so much easier.

You can see it here.

Love these pressed flower coasters.

You can see the DIY here.

(and look who’s book is in the background, too.)

Love these simple tips for pressing flowers.

And tons of ideas on what to do with them.

You can see them here.


And in random news this week:

These simple tips

This is so inspiring

This summery Maine cottage

This pretty outdoor patio

This technology tip

These looked so yummy

This is literally genius

This screened-in porch

And in amazing news? The magazine that I write my decorating column for—American Farmhouse Style is giving away the March/April issue as a FREE download.

You can see it here.

I just updated my Shop My House page with some fun new blue and white finds and you can see it here.

And here are some of my favorites.

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  1. Image for Marty Marty

    So many wonderful projects. I adore your videos, they are so fun to watch and it makes me feel like you are here and we're having a nice little chat.

  2. Image for Carol Carol

    Dear KariAnne, Awesome issue today. I've been sitting here enjoying every topic!!! And to top it off, an article about a home restoration in Maine!!! My husband and I go there every fall and we stay in Bar Harbor. We also go to Northeast Harbor! Great harbor towns. And loved the film of the 24hr. marathoner. Great topics all around. Thank you for being such an awesome diversion in these rough weeks!!

  3. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    Wonderful round up of interesting things to see and do, i always enjoy these. Have a great weekend.

  4. Image for Sandra Vigil Sandra Vigil

    Hello, For some reason each time I click on your link to read the blog, I am getting an “unsafe site” pop-up. Have you heard from anyone else having this issue? Stay well.

  5. Image for Kathleen Kathleen

    KariAnne! I’m feeling *super smart & special* to see that all the projects you highlight in photos today I also saved myself! Always love your Saturday posts with all the goodies you hunt and gather for us. But I have to ask (again) ~ how DO you do all you do?!? You must have so much ENERGY that you never sleep OR sit ... JK! Love it all ~ you’ve been my favorite blogger from the day I found you!! I knew then you were destined for *big things!* p.s. I’ve been ordering ~ and had collected ~ flower seed packets galore, hoping to have many summer blooms to enjoy ~ and use for crafts such as these!

  6. Image for Lynne Lynne

    Happy Saturday, my friend!! I look forward to Thistlekeeping every Saturday. There are always so many great ideas in one place! Enjoy a wonderful weekend!

  7. Image for Rev. Suzanne Taylor Rev. Suzanne Taylor

    I live in central Maine, so the Maine cottage was wonderful to see. Also enjoyed the frog tape challenge. That porch is amazing. Thank you, KariAnne, for these love articles and projects to enjoy.

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