Random thoughts on a chilly, cold, sunshiny winter morning:

1. Are you a cold weather person or a hot weather person? I always think I’m a cold weather person until the cold actually shows up.

Right now I’d love to be at the beach.

2. I just shared another edition of “What I Bought Wednesday” over on my YouTube channel.

You can see it here.

I’m also posting a fun winter decorating video later this afternoon. You can follow along with the channel here if you want to get a notification about it.

3. I’m about to start watching Yellowstone. I wasn’t sure about the language so I found a service called VidAngel that filters out stuff you don’t want. I haven’t used it yet, but I will report back.

4. It was an amazing week on the blog. We discussed 21 ways to decorate with pinecones and how to fall in love with your house and how to organize a junk drawer and realize that there are some days that you step in it.

5. We are ALMOST done with painting the plywood subfloor in the bedroom. I can’t wait to show you the room.

6. And the rusty jingle bell tutorial goes live next week.

And now.

Without further fanfare or a ticker-tape parade, here are the things I found for all of us this week.


Let’s GO.

Remember all the ways to decorate with pinecones?

What if they were bleached? The ways would all multiply.

Here’s how to bleach pinecones.

These bathroom storage ideas.

I’d never heard of number one before, but I think I might order it.

You can see all the ideas here.

Chocolate chip cookie pie.

Does life get any better?

See the recipe here.

I’ve been trying to be more mindful this year.

Present. In the moment. Finding joy in the right now.

These tips on the art of slow living were so beautiful to me.


And in random news:

This house tour is so pretty (look at the piping on the couch)

This floral design studio

This heart-shaped wreath

13 ways to declutter your digital devices

This post office turned into a home

These infused water recipes

I thought this was such a fun idea for next Christmas

Do you make these shopping mistakes?

This idea to turn old sweaters into a wreath

This pantry is so pretty

This veggie pizza dip

These are such good Valentine’s ideas for teens

And this

This little tiny barn is one of the prettiest getaways ever

And one more for the road

Here’s another idea for a wreath from old sweaters.

You can felt them and make leaves.

See how to felt wool and the DIY for this felted sweater wreath here.

Want to know how to decorate your home for free?
Click here to get my FIVE BEST secrets.


  1. Image for Patti Patti

    That house tour is so calming! And you’re right about the gorgeous piping! Personally, I think Yellowstone needs that rough cowboy language but don’t ever watch Succession! You won’t hear a word of dialogue with that filter!

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

    You always have the best features KariAnne. The flower studio you shared is actually very close to my house. I loved it so much that I'm going to share it on my own wrap-up tomorrow along with your infused water bottle post. Have a great weekend!

  3. Image for Linda F Linda F

    Not sure how the service filters out language but if it mutes it then you're not going to understand much of what is going on in Yellowstone. The foul language does get annoying on some of the episodes. Its like they just put it in to fill up words for the scene.

  4. Image for Marlene Marlene

    That post office made into a home was amazing, she really knew what to do, it's a beauty. Slowing down is what we all need to do, enjoyed reading. Your Thistlekeeping is so fun and great on cold weekends, thanks.

  5. Image for Carol@Blueskyathome Carol@Blueskyathome

    KariAnne, thank you so much for sharing my post in decluttering your digital devices. I hope it’s helpful to your readers. P.S. the language on Yellowstone is pretty rough a d there are too many four letter words, but the characters and the story line are so inticing. You just have to hold your hands over your ears!

  6. Image for Barbara Barbara

    Loved the post office house too! I really wanted the chocolate chip pie recipe, but when you click on it the site says "not secure" which scares me so I got out. Love Thistlekeeping!!

  7. Image for Laura F Laura F

    Thanks for the ideas! Always look forward to my Monday morning "Thistlekeeping" reading :) We LOVE Yellowstone...be forewarned, there is a lot of cussin' and killin' in it....lol....but we are hooked!

  8. Image for Jayne @ Chalking Up Success Jayne @ Chalking Up Success

    You always have the best features, KariAnne! I loved that beautiful flower studio, so pretty! I'm not sure I would like Yellowstone, I even skip over Spotify songs if they have the F word in them haha! I would love to hear how that filtering app works out, I didn't know you could get something like that.

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