Random thoughts on a cloudy, movie-watching, book-reading Saturday:

1. I am literally about to cry with happiness. I cannot THANK YOU ENOUGH for all of the encouragement and sign-ups and new members we have in the new Thistlewood Mastermind Community. I was just over in the group and there was so much kindness and joy and people lifting each other’s blogs and businesses up.

The community is still open for five more days and then it closes for six months.

If this seems like something you might be interested in you can sign up here.

2. Did anyone listen to Taylor Swift’s new album yet? It’s really good. Each of her albums has it’s own personality and this one sounds more like folk music.

3. I am all about rattan earrings lately. They are so summery and so light and easy to wear. I’ve found them on Amazon, but let me know if you’ve seen them anywhere else. I want to get one more pair.

4. It was an amazing week on the blog. We talked about how to layer bedding and where you can get it and I discovered that I sound just like my mother and we discussed how to make money from a blog and how to mix patterns with blue and white.

5. Did anyone see that a new Top Gun is coming out? And Tom Cruise is going to be in the movie again. I CAN’T WAIT.

6. It was in the high 90’s here this week and we need someone to do a rain dance and bring some precipitation. How’s the weather where you are?

And now?

Let’s see all the amazing things I found from around the web this week.

Look at this beautiful summer backyard.

It’s part of an amazing summer home tour.

See the rest here.

Nothing makes me happier than shopping estate sales.

We have amazing ones here in Texas.

Here’s a great guide with tons of tips.

And after you find them?

What do you do with all those vintage finds?

Here are simple tips on how to decorate with them.

There is such joy in a clean sink.

Do you have cleaning routines?

Here are five simple routines to keep your house sparkling.


And in random news this week:

This creative DIY

This is the SWEETEST

These furniture flips (seriously this made me want to head to the thrift store)

Six ways to style a t-shirt dress

These tiny animal sculptures

This no-bake cheesecake

How to install panel molding

This before and after

Looking to start a cutting garden?

This pretty bedroom

This planner makes 2021 look amazing

This blue and white bathroom

And this.

If you have a month and you have a mantel this is the post for you.

Here’s a mantel decorated for every month of the year.

And in the spirit of Christmas in July?

Here’s one of my favorite rooms from Christmas 2019.

And in other Christmas news.

My brother and my husband were thinking about making these to sell for Christmas this year.

Yes? No?

Give me your Christmas tree opinion. πŸ™‚

happy random Saturday to you


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  1. Image for Lynn W Lynn W

    Yes! Those trees are darling and I would love to buy one or two πŸ‘ Love your round up today... just go and wash the car then the rain will come!! I did that yesterday and by the evening we had rain! Real rain 🌧 Finally our monsoon is showing up here in AZ!

  2. Image for Carrie Carrie

    OOh- the cheesecake from Julie Blanner.....looks so good!!!! I know I've said it before, but I LOVE your Saturday round-ups. THANK YOU for finding the things I love. :)

  3. Image for Kelly Tadlock Kelly Tadlock

    Yes! They should sell those adorable Christmas tree decorations. And let us know how to buy them!!! πŸŒ²πŸŽ„

  4. Image for Cristie Cristie

    Yes! I’d buy one of each!πŸ˜„ Which rattan earrings did you get from Amazon? I saw some there but it’s been a while. I really want to try a pair. You Always make me smile! Thank you

  5. Image for Lucy Lucy

    Good Evening, KariAnn, I just finished enjoying this lovely post. Every link was like a little surprise. Thank you for gifting your audience such lovely daily interludes. Best, L

  6. Image for JC JC

    I love the alfresco dining and can picture sipping peach tea with friends at the farn table....well with friends next year, hopefully. Thanks, KariAnne for all the summer pretties! I definitely think those wooden tree cutouts wood sell. They are cute! OK, so I have a question completely unrelated to this post. I've looked high and low for the answer, and though I love your posts, was having to scroll through pages and still can't find it. So here goes a flashback question....where did you find your white on white sculpured area rug in your bedroom? Seems to me you posted it came in different sizes. I need a 5X8 . I thought I saved that info when you posted it, but can't find that either! I'm in a pickle! Thanks and happy Saturday night to you!

  7. Image for Tracey Tracey

    Oh yes! You should sell the Christmas tree. I’d buy them for myself and for gifts. I think my mom and my sister would love them and I know I do,

  8. Image for AnnTN AnnTN

    I've been looking forward to the new Top Gun movie since last year (it's original release year). Then the release was moved to this summer. Then Covid happened. Then it the release as moved to this December. Now, again thanks to Covid, the release has been moved to summer of 2021. The original is one of my favorite movies even now. Hopefully we'll be able to see it in a theater next summer.

  9. Image for Joanne Joanne

    Yes, I absolutely think that your brother and husband should make those Christmas trees. I would definitely buy them, and would enjoy adding them to my decor. I love the natural and neutral beauty of them, and believe that they would compliment almost any type of Christmas decor from simple to elegant. I really did enjoy reading this post and all that it contained. Thank you.

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