Random thoughts on a beautifully sunny March morning:

1. I was on the sweetest podcast this week called The Hop. You can see the entire interview here.

2. I will also be over on my Facebook going live today at 1:00 pm CST sharing how to make the cutest spring pots if you’d like to join in the crafting fun.

3. We’ve been saving our pennies to build a workshop/studio/office for Thistlewood in the backyard. Hopefully we’ll be starting work on it in the next couple of months. I can’t wait to show you all the behind-the-scenes.

4. It was a fun week on the blog. We talked about these 25 tips to make your life easier and my favorite rugs (most of them are under $150 for an 8′ x 10′) and this easy no-bake recipe and why you should never, ever, ever do this.

5. Here’s to all the sunshine. This week I’m going to be working on a fun, furniture makeover, getting the back porch ready for spring and making one of my mother’s favorite recipes.

And now?

Let’s see all the amazingness I found.

Trust me.

You won’t want to miss a single thing.

These beautiful vintage pots.

Don’t they look old? They aren’t.

See how she made them here.

Here’s another DIY pot idea.

And she shows you how to make the topiaries, too.

See the entire DIY here.

This adorable idea for an Easter table.

Look at the appetizer pots.

See the entire table here.

I’m researching plants right now.

Have you ever heard of Dahlias?

They are SO PRETTY.

Here’s the most comprehensive guide I’ve found that tells you all you ever wanted to know and more.


And in random news this week:

This house whisperer

I’ve always wanted to do this

This beach house on Nantucket

This super cute sweatshirt DIY

We are making this in the middle room

This beautiful house tour

These unique Easter eggs

This amazing life lesson

So many cottage decorating ideas

What about this design trend?

The cutest farmhouse DIY

And this.

This inspired me so much today.

She took one room and decorated it five ways.

And one more for the road

How to make a DIY topiary.

You can see the instructions here.

happy random Saturday to you

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  1. Image for JC JC

    I've got spring fever projects on my mind!! I especially love the garden lime wash!! Thank you! This is exactly what I've wanted to do, but thought I'd have to painstakingly paint each one. Wooohooo, this looks so much easier and I love the soft vintage look. Perfection!

  2. Image for JC JC

    PS: Yeah for the Thistlewood studio to be!! Exciting! Dahlias are beautiful. I have a few mini ones in my garden in the summer 😊

  3. Image for Kris Kris

    Fun, as usual. I definitely have some English cottage decorating tendencies lurking around. And how fun is robynsfrenchnest? I'm going to send you a fun link for your Saturday. https://www.dwell.com/article/lucy-the-tugboat-the-brooklyn-home-company-b0136173

  4. Image for patricia patricia

    You find us such interesting links each week. Some I just love and some not so much. The Nantucket beach house is absolutely beautiful. But if they hadn't mentioned it was from 1927, I would have assumed it was a brand new build. It looks like all the 1927 character was erased. Your house (I'm not sure of the age, but the lady has seen some decades) looks like it has lived. It still has its stories. Its charm. Its history. Your house is restoration done right. The house whisperer would like your home.

  5. Image for patricia patricia

    One more thing: you mentioned dahlias. Are you familiar with Texas author Susan Wittig Albert? She has an absolutely charming series titled "The Darling Dahlias". https://susanalbert.com/darling-dahlias-mysteries/

  6. Image for Donna Donna

    Hi, I just wanted to comment with a simple message. I do like thistlekeeping & appreciate other ideas. Please don't think you have to do projects if you are busy with things like senior year, life, etc. Your stories can stand on their own. Thank you.

  7. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    Great Thistle keeping today, KA. I LOVED the house whisperer article and sent to my hubs to read. Really loved Robyn's amazing Easter tablescapes. And I love dahlias - they are quite hardy. Hope your weekend is going spectacularly!

  8. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Wow! Another fantastic weekly wrap-up! Lots of ideas and thinking to do! Love dahlias....so easy to grow and so beautiful.

  9. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    Thanks for all the fun entertainment, you know how to really get me thinking of ways to change things up for spring. Loved it all, thanks so much.

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