Random thoughts on a chilly sunny two-weeks-from Christmas morning:

1. I cannot THANK YOU ENOUGH. You all are the BEST readers on the planet. Whenever I am struggling like I shared in this post, you all SHOW UP. You encourage. You uplift. You REPRESENT.

You all make this world a little brighter.

2. I discovered red nail polish again this week. I have been giving myself a manicure every week now that we are staying in. I’ve painted them cream. I’ve painted them taupe. I’ve painted them navy. I’ve painted them dark gray. And this week?



3. I listened to a list of the top 10 Christmas songs on Spotify this week.

Guess what number 1 was?

This song.

4. It was an amazing week on the blog. We talked about Christmas mullets and the rooms that love them and discussed easy gift wrap hacks and I shared 7 simple, last-minute Christmas decor ideas.

5. We discovered yesterday that my Santa mug holds 1 1/2 cups of coffee of a regular coffee mug. That’s where I’m getting all my extra energy from. 🙂

And now?

Let’s see all the amazing things I found for us this week (it’s a good one).


Leslie sent me this post and told me I needed these gift wrap tag ideas for my family gift exchange and she was RIGHT.

These are the CUTEST tag ideas (and a cute video of her, too) here.

Shhhh….don’t tell my brothers and sisters.

And in other gift wrapping news.

Look at this DIY nutcracker. It’s a cylinder you can put a note or other gift in.

See the DIY here.

This beautiful European Christmas tour.

It’s so classic and traditional.

Take the tour here.

This Christmas table setting.

It’s so elegant and so easy to recreate all at the same time.

See the entire table here.


And in random news:

We all need these for Christmas morning

I’m trying this cookie idea

This tour of a Swedish home in the winter

This super cute present topper

This cottage Christmas house tour (so many cute vintage things)

Simple tips for introverts during the holidays

These ideas for decorating under the Christmas tree

These free winter printables

9 food tips from the longest living people

This DIY wreath

And this y’all.

This is a recipe goal for me. I can’t even imagine the look on my family’s faces when I make this.

And one more for the road

If you are looking for creative ribbon for your presents?

This is SUCH an easy project

happy random Saturday to you

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  1. Image for Lou E Gipson Lou E Gipson

    ~KA~ Once again Rockstar ,your AMAZINGNESS reigns supreme.. especially on this overcast Saturday on Florida's Space Coast! Totally enjoyed each and every snippet of inspiration.. as i sipped my morning coffee.. yep I'm still in jammies at nearly noon! Now off to tackle the mundane chores... before excitedly trying several items from your random list.. I have been inspired!! Rock On!!!

  2. Image for Marti Marti

    You are amazing....thank you for sharing your life with us! One thing, I could not pull up the site featuring the bracelets, please provide when you get a chance. Have a Merry Christmas 🎄⛄️❄️⭐️!

  3. Image for Kris Kris

    SO many beautiful things this week. I don't know where to start. The Scandinavian Christmas home? The European-styled home? The adorable cottage? Those nutcracker cylinders? The bells on top of the old linens? Ahhh. Enjoying this from the comfort of my home while watching the rain turn to snow. It's a nice way to spend time on a Saturday.

  4. Image for Carrie Carrie

    The wreath! The bread! The little tree stirrers! The foods 100+ year old people eat! The nutcracker diy....as always...you deliver EXTRA!!!!! Love all of the links and ideas. Thank you!

  5. Image for Marilyn Marilyn

    We love your wrapped gifts. We have the same paper. Wishing you and your family a Blessed and Merry Christmas and a Happy,Healthy 2021. Joan,Marion and Marilyn

  6. Image for Kim | Shiplap and Shells Kim | Shiplap and Shells

    It took me a little longer to get to your Thistlekeeping post today. The power went out this morning, go figure. But what a lovely surprise today KariAnne as I started clicking on all your wonderful inspiration and finding MY CHRISTMAS TOUR! You have no idea how appreciative I am of you. Thank you.

  7. Image for Nancy Nancy

    I have wanted to be brave enough to make embossed cookies. Now thanks to you I am a step closer. Your instructions and tips are excellent. Thanks so much!

  8. Image for Teddee Grace Teddee Grace

    I always enjoy this weekly blog post. The cottage Christmas tour was my favorite. I couldn't get the cute gift topper to open though.

  9. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    Thank you for all these wonderful finds. It's snowing here today and I stayed at home was glad i had Thistlekeeping to read made for a great day of staying warm and cozy.

  10. Image for Jane Jane

    As always I enjoy your blog and wonderful ideas! You put a smile on my face all the time and I love seeing your emails in my inbox. Have a Christ filled Christmas!

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