Random thoughts on a Saturday morning sprinkled with sunshine:

1. There’s an amazing senior tradition at our high school. They get their very own parking place and they get to paint it. The twins are working on painting the cutest parking spot right now that is a “playlist” of their senior year. It was looking so cute and everything was going so amazing.


Until last night at 10:47 when they spilled HALF of a paint can of light blue enamel paint all over the floorboard of their car.

Enamel paint.


Never a good mix.

We got most of it up, but let’s just say that their car will be feeling “blue” for a long time.

2. We are organizing closets today. I’m not sure why organizing makes me so happy, but it does. Have you ever used velvet hangers before? I found an entire package of 50 velvet hangers for $14.99 at Walmart.

3. If you want a fun idea to cover your porch swing chains like I did in the first photo? You can see that DIY here.

4. It was an amazing week on the blog. I shared 21 fall home decor finds and a centerpiece that takes five minutes to put together and lasts for six weeks. We also discussed faux finishes and 21 coffee table decorating ideas.


It’s been a great week and it’s going to be an even more amazing weekend.

Here are all my fun finds from around the internet this week.

This kitchen makeover.

On a budget.

In five days.

Wait until you see the after here.

This beautiful outdoor table setting.

That’s the same runner I used in this post here.

You can see the entire table setting here.

Did you know that we all have challenges with projects?

Everyone at one time or another has had a DIY fail.

Here’s one of my favorites.

Here’s a post on how to make oatmeal soap.

Who knew making soap was so easy.

See the DIY here.


And in random news this week:

These DIY velvet pumpkins

How to bleach wood

This amazing Scandinavian home

This cookie dough pie

How to make your own jigsaw puzzle

This edible garden tour

This beautiful home in the Blue Ridge Mountains

This before and after (I love the piece behind the sofa)

These 25 recipes you can meal prep for the week

This apple dump cake

How to melt crayons into shapes

This fall DIY

This lake house tour

And this. If you are headed to Waco, did you know about this?

And one more for the road

If you are looking for a wreath that can take you from now until Christmas?

This drop cloth wreath is the one.

See how to make the wreath here.

happy random Saturday to you

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  1. Image for Cristie Cristie

    Welll! That Blue Paint will go down in History! And I love the velvet hangers! My husband actually ordered some and I rolled my eyes, and had to apologize after they came..🤷‍♀️

  2. Image for Heather Heather

    Oh no!!! Well, it will be a funny memory one day!! 💙 You can also get a box of 50 velvet hangers from Sams Club for $12.98 too!!

  3. Image for Kris Kris

    I sense that the Blue Paint Escapade will live on in infamy. As usual, enjoyed your lineup. I've used Shutterfly for a few years now and periodically order a puzzle from them--they make nice gifts and it's a great way to remember a special moment from a vacation. Plus, they periodically offer them free if you are a member (you have to pay shipping). I'm intrigued by the idea of bleaching wood. I can go down a rabbit hole looking at all the prettiness on myscandinavianhome.com--love love love.

  4. Image for Mindy Mindy

    Your Thistlekeeping posts are such welcome distractions from the daily news of pandemic and politics. You are a joy!

  5. Image for Loryl Loryl

    Love the budget kitchen makeover. I’m getting ready to make some cosmetic changes to my kitchen. It has beautiful oak cabinets, Santa Cecilia granite Countertops and hardwood floors. I want to paint it the blue you have in your dining room. The room is very open and there isn’t a ton of wall space. I think it will really change it up. Right now I have a mustardy/Tuscan yellow that I’ve had for a while. So I need a change. New light fixtures are needed too. We ordered new chairs for our breakfast table but I may want a new table too. LOL and you know how one thing leads to another I’m ready for a change in my family room right off the kitchen. It is currently a chili orange. I’m thinking something more neutral with an accent fireplace wall. I love your Saturday posts because it really gets my creative juices flowing!!

  6. Image for Lynn W Lynn W

    Ohhh Nooooo... the dreaded paint spill 😳 Been there but not in a car. I love the idea that they get their own parking space and get to decorate!! What a cool tradition 🤩 Thanks for the fun links today 💜

  7. Image for maureen maureen

    They won't forget this senior year! And why is it that we get so excited about 50 hangers for 20 bucks? I'm just like that too! Have fun cleaning closets. It brings such a sense of accomplishment!

  8. Image for Liberty Liberty

    Well thank you sooo much for the feature, Karianne! I bought velvet hangers but they are too big for some of my clothes' shoulders... so they belong to my husband. I have to settle for ordinary plastic ones. Have a great week ahead! Liberty

  9. Image for jillian jillian

    Ha ha, love the paint story. When My son and a friend were seniors they wanted to make some extra money so my husband hired them to paint a small floor in a room at the bottom of a stairway in an office building. When he went to check on them they had painted themselves into a corner. They were standing there looking sheepish. :) :)

  10. Image for Barbara Barbara

    saw where you had these blue and white pumpkins on a table arrangement. love them. where did you get them (I'm in such a blue environ these days) lol Barbara

  11. Image for Julie Briones Julie Briones

    Thank you SO much for featuring my DIY velvet pumpkins! I'm thrilled and blessed! Of course, the girls will have a story to tell their children and grandchildren now... have you found a way to fix it?

  12. Image for Juliet Juliet

    KariAnne! Oh my gosh, your Saturday roundup solved a big dilemma for me. When I clicked onto Edible Gardens ... I had no idea. We just added raised beds to our newly renovated yard ... I'm a novice gardener and the beds aren't in the most idea location. I've even looking for a place to get some advice on how to tackle this new addition to our home ... and it turns out that Pine House Edible Garden not only does consultations ... BUT ... is located 15 minutes from me! I love you!!! In other news, what a joy to discover the Park & Oak blog and Instagram. And, I got a good giggle over your daughters car mishap. Looks like they've have a little something to remember their senior year by each time they get into their car! Hope you had a great weekend. Did I already say, thank you?!


    Love the weekly wrap ups! Wait to look at them until I have a few uninterrupted moments to enjoy! You are the best!

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