Random thoughts on a Labor Day Saturday weekend:

1. I hope you are doing more funning and less laboring this long weekend.

2. Yesterday my husband came in with a smoothie that he told me he created. He told me I would like it. He told me it was healthy. And when I asked him what was in it? He proudly told me with a smile.

Chocolate and broccoli.


No. Just no.

3. Our Christmas Crafts have started over in the FREE Christmas group. This past week we made a tree with vintage jewelry and a coastal Christmas wreath. If you haven’t joined us yet, I wanted to invite you over to the group. You can request an invite here.

4. I’m putting together the most AMAZING e-book for Christmas and I’d love for you to be a part of it. You don’t need a blog or even social media, I just want to see YOUR amazing Christmas decor pictures. If you would like to send in pictures, here’s the form to fill out for submissions for the book.

5. It was an amazing week on the blog. We talked about some of my favorite fall stems and I shared a simple fall craft and my mother-in-law’s amazing snickerdoodle recipe and my makeover in a month before and after living room.

6. Did you know this was issue 250 of Thistlekeeping? Yep. There are 249 other Thistlekeeping posts I’ve put together. If you want to go down the rabbit hole that is Thistlekeeping you can click here.

And now?

Let’s see what the internet has been up to this week.

I’m all about decorating with vintage finds for fall.

Look how simple this idea is. Tarnished silver + wheat.

Here are five other creative simple ideas to decorate for fall using vintage finds.

This adorable DIY pillow.

And it’s no-sew.

You can see the entire project here.

Did you know you can bleach pinecones?

I didn’t.

Here’s a simple, easy way to bleach your pine cones for fall and Christmas.

And this beautiful ode to Autumn.

I could sit and look at these photos all day.

See the entire post here.


And in other random news:

13 reasons to be kind

Have you ever heard of Monstera plants

This pretty fall farmhouse

This creative Christmas DIY

What everyone needs from Craigslist

This made me laugh out loud

This before and after laundry room

How to make your own apple pie spice

This creative idea for a porch

How to make homemade waffle cones

This looked so yummy

This beautiful bedroom

And do any of y’all know the Novogratz’s? I have followed them since they used to have a show on television. They are some of the most creative, think outside the box designers I have ever met and they fascinate me.

Here’s a preview of their new collection with Target.

And one more for the road.

This is the long-ago before picture of the porch. You won’t believe what it looks like now.

You can see the after over on the Jeffrey Court blog here.

Happy Random Labor Day Saturday to You

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  1. Image for ashley ashley

    chocolate and broccoli is a big no - lol! love all these creative and fun ideas. my mantel is decorated with tarnished silver and wheat this year - it's the best combo! xo

  2. Image for Lynn Mosher Lynn Mosher

    LOLOLOL Oh, you don't know how hard I laughed! Broccoli and chocolate! A friend and I have had a years-long running gag about broccoli and chocolate. I can't even remember when or how it started. You HAVE to watch this video of my friend eating broccoli dipped in chocolate. It's too funny. It may even change your mind! And you know I love your Saturday posts! 😁 ❤ https://www.facebook.com/sandra.h.king.9/videos/1333324781424/

  3. Image for PJ PJ

    Love all the fall ideas even though it's well over 100 degrees where I live, so not thinking about another season just yet. I made the snickerdoodles and they are the best! I had just enough cream of tartar. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Take care and bless you.

  4. Image for Carrie Carrie

    Chocolate and Broccoli? Did he miss the snickerdoodle post??? So funny. Love your Saturday's! Congratulations on 250 posts! WOW.. That's a lot of great stories, ideas and laughter! And always, thank you for sharing. :)

  5. Image for JC JC

    Happy 250th bday Thistlekeeping! You are wonderful and much enjoyed! Can't wait to see what the next 250 Saturdays hold! Hmmm, well, chocolate does cover all. It just might be worth a try. I put spinach in my smoothie and broccoli is kind of like spinach. 😉 Every year I have wanted to try the bleached pinecones!!! This is the year since I have a lot of bleach on hand!! I can't wait to get back to the Christmas Craft group and see what you all have been creating!! Sadly, I have been locked out of Facebook!!!😕 I forgot my password, then reset a new one, send all the documents in to prove I am who I am, and they still haven't let me in!!🤔😖 Hopefully, that will happen soon! Frustrating!!!😩

  6. Image for Brie Brie

    Fun fact: Back in the 90's, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen recorded at least one album. My sister and I would listen to the cassette tape on repeat, and one song was about the beautiful combination of chocolate and broccoli. (I can't say I've ever tried it, but clearly they were on to something if your husband found it so delicious!) Here's a YouTube link to the song, if you're interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxyhNnDvZjc&ab_channel=Mary-Kate%26AshleyMusic 🤣

  7. Image for Juliet Juliet

    First of all, congrats on 250 editions of Thistlekeeping! And, thank you for your MIL’s snickerdoodle recipe, now printed and in first place on my cookbook stand! I too used to watch The Novogratz show and somehow lost track of them. I remember when they did skateboarder Tony Hawk’s house in Big Bear or Mammoth ... for whatever reason that episode stuck with me. I’m laughing (crying) over the pandemic scale debacle. No new scale over here but the old one is no longer my friend. Time to get back to my pre-pandemic eating and exercise regimen... just as soon as I try those snickerdoodles. xo

  8. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    Wow, 250 editions that's a lot of caring for your readers and adding fun to the weekends, congratulations!!


    Wow! KariAnne! This is your 250th issue on Thistlekeeping! Congrats to you! I always enjoy everything I read. This has been a lot of work for you over the years to put this together for us. Thanks, so much, KariAnne! We appreciate you so much,

  10. Image for Julie Briones Julie Briones

    Wonderful features! I love that bike that Kim uses for every season! Thanks for sharing the love! Hope you have a lovely holiday!


    As usual the weekly wrap up is wonderful! Thank you as always for all the hard work. Love the before and after of your porch. Hope your husband is doing better with his back.

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