Random thoughts on a cloudy overcast Saturday morning:

1. We dropped the twins and a little piece of our heart at Baylor this week. I can’t type anything else about it without crying.

2. To distract myself, I’m organizing the linen closet and going out to breakfast with the cutest pair of twinkling brown eyes.

3. Another episode of “What I Bought Wednesday” is live now on my YouTube Channel where I share some of my favorite finds including the best tip for frizzy hair.

4. Have you ever heard of the British store Marks and Spencer? 

I ordered the cutest (and SOFTEST) blue and white polka dot sweater that just came in the mail. It was already affordable and now everything is on sale for 25% off if you buy 4 items.

5. Did you know the British call sweaters jumpers? That made me want to order it even more.

6. It was an amazing week on the blog. We talked all about this office closet makeover and simple ideas to organize under your sink and 15 dorm room essentials and how to decorate for fall with what you already have.

7. Has anyone seen those wide hair bands to make your pony tail look like it came from the 60’s? I can’t find them anywhere?

And now?

Here’s what I found this week for us.

Buckle up buttercup. There are so many ideas and so much inspiration.

If you shop at thrift stores and yard sales?

This is the post for you.

It’s all about how to repair antique furniture and have it look as pretty as this.

See the tutorial here (and maybe pin it for later).

If you have a raw wood finish?

You want to make sure and maintain it.

Here are the best tips for preserving a raw wood finish.

Love this moss wreath idea.

It’s a take on a much more expensive wreath.

See the entire DIY here.

And that brick wall behind the wreath? It’s amazing and it’s not real brick.

You can see how make it here.

I never thought about this idea before.

What about painting a dough bowl?

You can see the entire DIY here.


And in random news:

This headboard (and the entire bedroom)

This Swedish apartment

How to wash a down comforter

This DIY project (I have one waiting for this)

How to paint faux leather

These yard sale finds

Are you excited about this?

These chocolate chip muffins

These positive affirmations

How to clean a faux shiplap wall

How to add renter-friendly wall molding

This before and after (be sure and scroll to the end)

And this.

If you have ever wanted to paint your linoleum floors?

This is the post for you.

And if you are looking for fall inspiration?

I got you.

Here’s my fall entry tour (and some free fall decorating tips) from last year.

happy random Saturday to you

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  1. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    So many great things you have to share this morning! Thanks, as always, for your Saturday morning inspiration.

  2. Image for Kimisue52 Kimisue52

    My family is from England. . We LOVE Marks & Spencer! More commonly known as Marks and Sparks or just Marks. My nana had the opportunity to move from a flat in London to her own house (free of charge) in Yorkshire. Her first question was do they have a Marks? If the answer had been no, I don’t think she would have left London. No matter where in the world you go into one of their stores, you know you’re in a Marks and their food delicious. Don’t stop with buying a cardi and a jumper, the nickers are lovely. Oh and the quality the best. As a child I had a kilt from Marks, it went from me to two cousins and then a friend. Thanks so much for your post. I’m going to buy the cardi

  3. Image for Ann Ann

    OH my gosh love Miss Mustard Seed's bowl painting idea. I have an old dough bowl that I don't care for the color much anymore, love it!

  4. Image for Beatrice Murphy Beatrice Murphy

    I love your content and creative ideas. Your sense of humor is great. Lately however I feel like lots of your content is mostly affiliated or sponsored which has become off putting to me.

  5. Image for Bertie Bertie

    I too like M&S, was there a number of years ago when in London. But I notice it doesn't give good description of contents of sweaters, not all are wool and how about washing/laundry/care info. I wear petites since I'm under 5' and a lot of tops are way too long for me. I know you are short too, how do you know what size to buy? I know they are very good quality. Also how long does it take to receive an order ? They have snail may like in US. However it costs we in Us a lot more to send something via US postal to UK than it does for them to send something here. What about returns? Thanks for info, I saw some very nice items.

  6. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Jam packed with ideas! Marks and Spencer -yes have been there numerous times while in London. There are several fantastic places there-I love to go shopping there. Thanks for the weekly wrap up. Hang in there!

  7. Image for AnnTN AnnTN

    We painted our small pass through laundry room linoleum about 3 years ago or so. Maybe longer. It's holding up very well since that is a high traffic area.

  8. Image for Colleen Colleen

    KariAnn..I remember the feeling so well when my own twins went off to university on the same day. Hubby and I balled like babies..lol..But, within a day or two, our tears dried up and we got back to being like newlyweds, enjoying our empty nest. We have never looked back! They will be fine. This is what you have raised them to be...independent young women off to begin their lives. It's exciting to watch them during this stage too. My twins are 32 yrs old now and one is married and I have two grandbabies. Life carries on. And yes, I have shopped in Marks and Spencer’s many times. We lived in .Singapore for 3 years and they have several M&S stores. We liked them. Sizes are a little bit different, but they are (or were) good quality and well made. I found them to be a little more conservative than what I care for, but I did buy a few things.

  9. Image for Janette Janette

    Such a great post with so many ideas, oh my head is spinning haha. Really glad your happy with your Marks and Sparks buys, they do some nice stuff, enjoy.xx

  10. Image for linda linda

    Great post! I used to shop in Marks and Spenser when we lived in Hong Kong over 30 years ago when we lived there. it was also my first time ever in IKEA. Dropping our girls off at college...well, it's emotional.

  11. Image for Crystal Brown Crystal Brown

    Love these round up posts. Lots of ideas. My empty nester years have been mostly wonderful, I love having the kiddos come home for a visit..... and then see them off again to live their happy lives. And don't fret, Mama will always be needed! And are you talking about actual wide headbands? Like Erin Napier wears? They remind me of the 50's and 60's. Or are you talking about the short scarves that we tied around our pony tails in the 50's? I see them everywhere now, my granddaughter (21) wears them and the headbands are available through Laurel Mercantile. Thanks as always for all the great inspiration!

  12. Image for CoCo CoCo

    Thank you for sharing our latest yard sale finds, I really appreciate it. Treasure hunting with my Mom is one of my all-time favorite things to do and we were so excited to find lots of goodies. I know this is a huge time of transition for you and your family so I'm definitely adding my hugs and prayers to all the others that are lifting you guys up right now. My Mom really struggled when we all left too but as we always tell her she was our very first friend and love like that lasts a lifetime. Hugs and thank yous, CoCo

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