Random thoughts on a chilly, overcast yard saling Saturday morning that’s full of promise:

1. If you’ve ever wondered if you should move to Texas? You should SEE our yard sales.


I found THE CUTEST chairs last week for only $20. I’ll show you them on Monday in the downstairs office reveal (with the best idea for new baseboards).

2. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your support on “What I Bought Wednesday.”

You can see the latest episode here.

Every time you buy something through my link, I get the tiniest little commission that doesn’t cost you anything extra. And all those tiny commissions add up and are helping to put the twins through college.

Just wanted to say thank you again.

3. I wore a high pony last week. It was amazing. If you aren’t already, you need to add a high pony to your hair rotation. I used this hair texturizing powder to make it stay up and it was so easy to just put the hair in a ponytail and go.

4. It was an amazing week on the blog. We talked about refreshing the living room and the dining room and the craft room and the front porch and the kitchen for spring.

5. Have you seen the new Atlantic Crossing on Masterpiece?

It’s okay. I LOVED the first episode, but after that, I wasn’t that crazy about it. If you are watching it I’d love to know your thoughts.

And now?

Let’s see all the awesome stuff I found for us this week.

This Mother’s Day picnic.

The sweetest ideas.

You can see all the details here.

Healthy snack alert.

These protein balls made with peanut butter.

You can see the recipe here.

This amazing stone planter.

And it’s a DIY.

You can see the entire project here.

How to take better iPhone photos.

7 secrets for better pictures.

You can see them here.


And in random news:

7 things to give your mother that don’t cost a thing

This incredible kitchen

This is such a clever hack

This beautiful outdoor table

So excited for this season 2

The cutest clothes for the Derby

How to build a layered frame

Talbots is having a 30% off sale this weekend

I need this design book

How to build a countertop from flooring

This amazing before and after

25 things to stop wasting time on

What it’s like to have your home featured in a magazine

Julia Child’s actual kitchen

And this beautifully written post. We all need more of this.

It spoke to my heart.

And one more for the road

If you have concrete?

You can make it look like this.

Here’s the simple DIY.

Happy random Saturday to you

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  1. Image for JC JC

    Fun to visit "with" you and see your amazing finds on thistlekeeping today!! I have the fashion tape in my cart already! Thank you! The wood flooring to table project is the perfect fix for a refresh on a farm table we built years ago. Thank you, too! They did a beautiful job on the before and after home. I'm tucking that little tidbit away in case we ever buy a brick home in the future. Happy sailing Saturday, friend!

    1. Image for Inez Inez

      You are one my greatest treasures in people, I have had the best of times reading your post and I told myself it would be a great time if we lived close together. Love your post and love you. I so love your personality. When you are laughing I laugh with you.💕 💕 💕 💕

  2. Image for Cindy Cindy

    Loved the high ponytail. The post Coco wrote about courage was a fantastic read. She's on target with her Friday posts and is great supporter. Hope you have good luck hunting.

  3. Image for Kris Kris

    Weekly fun from KariAnne! So, Atlantic Crossing. I know what you mean--I enjoyed the first two episodes the most thus far, but I'll keep watching it. Sooner or later there has to be an episode about Pearl Harbor and it will be interesting to see how the American perspectives change. Have you watched World On Fire? I like that better but it's pretty intense. It weaves together stories from several different geographic locations during WWII. Our PBS station is currently showing it again and I've been re-watching it. Trying to see if I do a better job with catching the dialogue--those accents can be challenging for my midwestern ears. :)

  4. Image for jillian jillian

    Just a little question, when I watched the latest wed you tube you were wearing a white eyelet top with hoop earrings, but the hoop earrings did not come up in that link, so cute, another link? I did buy the pretty yellow top and the little flower earrings that were linked to amazon. Lol, ann taylor sale, I bought three tops.

  5. Image for Carol Karl Carol Karl

    Sounds like a fun week. Yard sales - in NZ we call them garage sales - probably because it's too wet often to have them in your yard! I loved the before and after over at Southern Hospitality.

  6. Image for Fran Fran

    Karianne, I am amazed at the power one man can have to change so many lives. Think what it must be like to be the President of our great country. It was an enormous undertaking for FDR to commit to the war. So many lost lives but yet so many saved.

  7. Image for Aliya Aliya

    Karianne! I love your post on Saturdays! I'm always checking it out and wondering around the internet with you getting some beautiful inspiration!! ❤ Thank you so much for including my post today!

  8. Image for Jayne Jayne

    Loved the high pony and all your Thistlekeeping finds this week! Coco's post on courage spoke to my heart too and the before and after was gorgeous! Thanks for all the inspiration, have a great Sunday KariAnne!

  9. Image for Kathy Menold Kathy Menold

    Karianne, I have been watching the PBS Masterpiece theater and am enjoying having a history lesson as well as a semi fictional story. Makes me want to dig deeper and do some reading about this time in our country. It is not Doughton Abbey but non the less keeping my interest. I am old enough to remember Kyle McLaughlin as a much younger actor in Twin Peaks one of my favorite shows. Interesting to see him portray Franklin Roosevelt.

  10. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Love the weekly wrap up. So many ideas to get busy on! Thank you! I am watching Atlantic Crossing and finding it interesting. I have studied quite a bit about the time period in German language and of course in English. The non pro Hitler perspective in German was very enlightening. How quickly a country could be overtaken by a strongman not supported by the majority of the population was and is frightening. The terror that is projected on the show was very real. I will keep watching.

  11. Image for CoCo CoCo

    Thank you so much for including my encouragement of the month post, Karianne, I really appreciate it. I can definitely attest that courage doesn't happen overnight but small steps in the right direction make a huge diffference. And thankfully, we can practice every day. Wishing you a week filled with unexpected blessings. Hugs and thank you for supporting our dreams, CoCo

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