Random thoughts on a Saturday that’s 28 days away from Christmas:

1. How was your Thanksgiving? Did your turkey cook? Was your pecan pie all that you hoped for? Did you celebrate with family and friends?

2. A special edition of “What I Bought Wednesday” is live on my YouTube Channel. It’s full of tons of holiday gift ideas under $50.

You can see it here.

3. I have the best fashion hack for you. If you are tying a bow at your waist with a dress or a top or a robe or a coat and you can’t get it to lay right?

Tie it backwards instead.

In other words, if you usually start with your left hand? Start with your right instead. Works every time.

4. It was an amazing week on the blog. We talked about these cute affordable winter fashion finds and creative ideas for a s’mores party and this Christmas tree story that will simultaneously make you laugh and shiver.

5. I’m hosting a baby shower for my niece today. I got an outfit and then the socks and the shoes and the bow and the sweater.


I forgot how much fun it was to buy little girl clothes.

6. I just ordered this cookbook that has 140 healthy recipes you make in one pot. I’ll keep you posted when I try them out.

And now?

Are you ready for a little Christmas inspiration?

Here are all my favorite finds from the web this week.


I love anything velvet.

Especially ornaments.

Here’s how to make your own DIY faux velvet ornament.

I’m going to a cookie exchange and I think I’m making these.

3-D reindeer cookies.

Aren’t they the cutest?

You can see the recipe here.

‘Tis the season for wrapping gifts.

It’s one of my favorite things.

Here are five easy ways to make your gifts look extra special.

And these beautiful ideas for handmade decor.

One of my favorite ways to celebrate.

You can see them all here.


And in random news:

This cozy ski lodge entryway

These beautiful homemade Christmas decorations

How to hang garland on stairs

This Swedish Christmas is beautiful

An entire day of sunlight at the South Pole

How to make a hazelnut wreath

This beautiful pinecone swag

This doggie birthday party

These paper snowflakes

These peppermint candy cane cookies

This free printable for a Christmas wish list

These holiday simmers

This pretty holiday house tour

And if you don’t have space for a tree?

This is such a cute idea

And one more for the road

These DIY holiday gift wrap ideas.

You can see them here.

Merry Random Saturday To You

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  1. Image for Cindy Cindy

    Those velvet ornaments are amazing! I saw all your cute clothes. Love the sweater and went to buy and the small will be to big. So bummed 😞 Thanks for sharing my hazelnut wreath! Detoxing from Thanksgiving food overload.

  2. Image for Marie Kain Marie Kain

    Hi Karianne I always look forward to your posts. Could you source your white top with the semi bell cuffs from What I Bought Wednesday? Happy Holidays!

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      I got it from The Impeccable Pig last season and it's not there now. :( I found this one that's super similar (affiliate): https://amzn.to/3CP4pfF Hope this helps! happy day! KariAnne

  3. Image for Kris Kris

    In the midst of enjoying having your family home, you still found time to bring together another episode of Thistlekeeping--amazing!

  4. Image for Belinda Graham Belinda Graham

    Can you please provide link for the white sweater with bell sleeves that you wore on What I Bought Wednesday on Nov 24th? I need that sweater 😉

    1. Image for KariAnne KariAnne

      Belinda, I got it from The Impeccable Pig last season and it's not there now. :( I found this one that's super similar (affiliate): https://amzn.to/3FU1WCG Hope this helps! happy day! KariAnne

  5. Image for Peg Peg

    Hi KariAnne! The link to the similar white sweater goes to the white collars!! Do you have the link to the bell sleeved sweater? xoxo

  6. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    The song to the south pole, was so cute and I enjoyed watching that and so much more. Thank you and have a great day.

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