Random thoughts on a beautiful sunny Saturday morning:

1. In the exciting news department? Remember the whole no-sugar thing I’ve been on? I LOST SIXTEEN POUNDS.


16 wonderful, amazing, glorious gone-forever-pounds.

2. And in the spirit of saying goodbye to 16 pounds, I had to share these leggings.

They have TUMMY control and the leggings come in a zillion colors and they hold their shape through multiple washes and they have over 10,000 reviews on Amazon.

3. Yesterday I turned on the music in the house and lit candles and opened up the windows and DANCED.

4. It was an amazing week on the blog. I showed you my fall front porch and we made buffalo check pumpkins with supplies we already had around the house and we discussed decorating for fall with what we already have and I shared a story and my kitchen with all its fall finery.

5. I helped a friend pick out paint colors for her entire home and I found a new neutral for all of us.

Are you ready?

If you are looking for a good white paint color? Try Oyster White SW 7637.

And now?

Let’s see what inspiration I found for us this week.

Look at these fun mason jars.


I told you this week I was all about buffalo check.

See the DIY for these and 12 other projects that cost less than lunch.

LOVED this post about drying hydrangeas.

I have a method that I use, but the post shows three different methods.

You can see them all here.

Wait until you see this house tour in Vermont.

It’s full of beautiful rooms and inspirational ideas.

See the entire tour here.

And this y’all?

This is a drop cloth runner.


Drop cloth.

You can see the entire DIY here.


And in other random news:

How to clean stinky furniture

This beautiful island cottage (those window sconces)

This creative fall DIY

How to stop procrastinating

This super cute centerpiece

This Scandinavian home tour (the bathroom, y’all)

I need to find these for fall

This foraged fall mantel

How to paint pumpkins to look like cement

I’m going to try this healthy recipe

I’ve never made this in a slow cooker before

And this.

Every year I think they can’t top themselves.

See Magnolia Market decked out for fall here.

One more for the road.

These DIY sweater vases.

Step-by-step instructions here.

Happy Random Saturday to You

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  1. Image for JC JC

    Awesome news!!! Keep up the great weight loss progress!! You can do this!! Thanks for all the fall inspiration! I'm going to need to check it out on my bigger screen! I'm in the crafting mood! Happy weekend to you🌻

  2. Image for Betty in Arlington Betty in Arlington

    Congratulations on the weight loss! I lost 27 lbs with the Covid, but it came back - bet you keep it off! Good for you - sugar is evil! What wonderful ideas with the sweater vases, and super buffalo check everything accents. I actually chalk painted the various ceramic pumpkins I had around; they really "festivize" the livingroom.

  3. Image for Chas Greener Chas Greener

    Love Love Love all of these things you've shared as always friend! Congrats on the journey, after cancer I had to make a bunch of changes too so I totally understand what you're going through. Hugs and high 5's!

  4. Image for Teddee Grace Teddee Grace

    Congratulations on your weight loss! It does make you feel like dancing doesn't it? Keep on keeping on! I've given up cheese and think it is making a difference. And thanks for all of the interesting links. I have been amazed at how many brown and amber glass bottles and jugs are showing up on blog posts and am kicking myself for giving away three brown vintage snuff bottles, one that still had the tax sticker on it, a couple of years ago in a fit of cleaning. I've had two larger ones out on my balcony with fairy lights in them for years so think I'll bring them inside for a bit to honor the trend.

  5. Image for Anne Anne

    Great job with going sugar free! Dropping 16 lbs is a huge accomplishment! Go to the store and find a 15 lb bag of dog food to see just how much that is. So happy for you! There’s so much fun in this post. Thanks for including us this week! ♥️

  6. Image for Julie Julie

    Greetings~ First KUDOS on the weight loss! So happy for you in your accomplishment because it is not easy, and yet may this encourage you for however more pounds you wish to lose. And yes, as a reader suggested, take the weight of 4 sugar bags (4 bags x 4 lbs each) and lift them to give you an idea of how much weight you were carrying and the wonderful feeling of it being gone!! Enjoyed many of your 'random thoughts' shared today and THANK YOU for that. I especially liked The Ponds Farmhouse drop cloth runner design. I've already taken that simple flower drawing and adding it to the front of my note cards when mailing to friends! Overall lots of ideas to mull and will be reviewing this all again.

  7. Image for Donna Donna

    Congrats...great time for a happy dance.?That drop cloth table runner is fun, I may have to try it. Thanks for sending us Saturday ideas.

  8. Image for Kathy Menold Kathy Menold

    Great job on your sugar free diet. I have gained the Covid 19 lbs and need to get moving!!. Love to read your Saturday blog. So many neat ideas and beautiful house tours, yours included! Stay safe and well .

  9. Image for Elizabeth Elizabeth

    Congratulations on the no-sugar and the 16lbs weight loss! So exciting. I would dance around as well, add in Fall and it is a dance party! Thank you for featuring my salad! IT is delicious, a very healthy and delicious salad and a great way to use up fresh herbs from the garden. Have a wonderful weekend.

  10. Image for Karen Karen

    Yikes! That procrastination post is very convicting! Congratulations on your weight loss, kiddo. Keep up the great work!

  11. Image for Sharon Sharon

    Congrats on the 16 pounds! And I bet you feel so much better without sugar! You had posted a picture of you recently and I could see it on you. You are amazing in everything you do!

  12. Image for Lynn W Lynn W

    So many goodies here today 🌞. Thank you!!! Congrats on sticking with the no sugar plan!! That’s a real hard one for me.... I inherited my Dad’s sweet tooth😌 Keep it going KariAnne 👍👍👍

  13. Image for Liz Birkeland Liz Birkeland

    Congratulations, KariAnne!!! I am sure somewhere, sometime you have talked about how you lost the 16 pounds. I'd just love to know if you followed a specific program. Thanks so much for your blog - it really is such fun!

  14. Image for Betsy Betsy

    With every blog posting you make I say to myself "this woman is an inspiration" !!!! Love all the eye treats this week. Congrats on the weight loss. Did you give up carbs too? Have you added more exercising? Please help! I really need to get moving with losing weight before we have to quarantine again with the cold weather. I baked just about everyday March through the present..........I shared with neighbors but then they shared their bake goods with me. : (

  15. Image for Jean Jean

    Wow 16 pounds that is so awesome just like everything you do ! I didn’t know you gave up sugar and I’m curious what you are eating instead...please don’t say a hunk of cheese 🧀 and did you give up sweet tea 🤷‍♀️

  16. Image for Kris Kris

    Yay, you! :) Thanks for another fun weekly lineup--LOVE those lanterns. What a great idea. And that drop cloth runner was so pretty.

  17. Image for Ann Ann

    KariAnne, You are so gracious my friend! I appreciate the beautiful share today on your blog. Have a wonderful weekend and woo hoo to 16 pounds gone🕺

  18. Image for PJ PJ

    KariAnne, congratulations on your weight loss! I, too, have eliminated almost all sugar. I have found that I have less joint pain if I avoid it. Thank you for all the wonderful links. Have an amazing day!

  19. Image for Jennifer Jennifer

    Congrats! KariAnne. I know you have been working so hard. I’m heading to Sherwin Williams this week. I have not played in the paint in so long and I can’t wait!

  20. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    Who Raa!!! That's a lot!!! I know how hard it is so you keep going girl!!! With your petite stature means you are headed for --New clothes!!! Okay, Denny, I said so!!!

  21. Image for Juliet Juliet

    Congratulation on the weight loss ... dance, dance, dance! In other news, that tour of Magnolia decked out for fall is worth a dance worthy too. xo

  22. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    GREAT lineup this week! Love the drop cloth runner tutorial, Vermont house tour and those sweater candle covers - but most especially love that you have lost so much weight. That has to feel marvelous. You go, girl. Keep up the good work. It's not easy!!!

  23. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    Another great read, you are so good at these posts, i love them. Thank you hope your weekend was pretty great!

  24. Image for Carol Karl Carol Karl

    Well done on the weight loss. I gave up sugar a long time ago (I miss it). It was so worth it, not only for the weight loss but also for the health benefits. Congratulations.


    Thanks for the weekly wrap-up! Congratulations on the weight loss. Those leggings look so comfortable! You have always looked fabulous to me. There are so many great ideas in this addition, thank you :)

  26. Image for pamela smith pamela smith

    Congratulations on losing 16 lbs.! That's amazing! I love all your links today! I made the chicken wire cloche this week and I love it! So perfect to display my little 'grateful' pumpkin in! Thanks for all the great ideas!

  27. Image for Rev. Suzanne Taylor Rev. Suzanne Taylor

    Procrastination, Procrastination, how do I suffer you? You steal my time, energy, creativity and joy. But you shall be defeated! I will get the Note and the Rev's note written. I will get my bedroom painted! I will complete the refinish on the old blonde maple bureau and chest of drawers. Might even do the night stand. KariAnne! 16 pounds? That's amazing! I know you will reach your goal.

  28. Image for Jayne Jayne

    Congrats on losing 16 pounds Karianne, you are doing amazingly well! Love those leggings too and loved reading your round-up this week. Always so much great inspiration here! Thanks for adding my DIY Fall lanterns to your list, I appreciate it so much!


    KariAnne, You are just the sweetest to share my drop cloth table runners. I had not idea until this morning as we were at my nieces wedding over the weekend. No wonder I've gotten so many new subscribers to my blog today. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are the best. Rachel

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