Random thoughts on a sunny March Madness Saturday morning:

1. Are you watching? Who are you cheering for? Baylor plays at 11:10 am today. I’m a little worried. We are playing UNC and they are so good.

2. I just posted another edition of “What I Bought Wednesday” on my YouTube this week. I added extra finds because I didn’t post last week including the best self-tanner.

You can see it here.

3. I just saw the best salad tip. You know how it’s hard to get the dressing on all the lettuce? Put it all in a ziplock bag and shake it up.

4. It was an amazing week on the blog. I shared:

5. The new season of Sanditon starts tonight. I’m setting my timer.

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And now here are my favorite links from this week.

Yard sale season is almost here.

I can’t WAIT.

This house tour decorated with yard sale and thrift store finds is so pretty.

If you have open shelves and need help styling?

Here are some easy and simple ideas.

(total aside: isn’t that pegboard such a clever idea for kitchen shelving?

This table was FREE.

But wait until you see the before.

See the table’s journey to this beautiful after here.

This before and after kitchen.


See the before and after and the journey here.


And in random news:

How to make an artificial plant look cuter

Bacon avocado grilled cheese

Should you paint your wood trim?

I’m adding these Jane Austen film adaptations to my list

Starting an organic garden

This house tour is beautiful

These pretty spring wreaths

This carrot cake would be perfect for Easter

This post brought me so much joy

This DIY clothespin picture frame (so cool)

Easy lemon muffins

How to have more fun

And this

Y’all. I know I have shared these before but they are SUCH A GAMECHANGER and will save you so much money on produce. They keep my food so fresh. The other day my mother came over and I gave her grapes from one of these food storage containers and I told her they’d been in there for THREE WEEKS. She couldn’t believe it.

You can see them here.

And one more for the road

Here’s how to turn a bookcase into a built-in and 16 other home projects you can finish this weekend.

You can see them here.

my favorite finds from this week:

happy random Saturday to you

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  1. Image for Linda Linda

    I hate to say this but your page has more advertising than any one I go to. It’s just so annoying. Makes me not want to look. You must get paid by the advertisers. Think of your readers too please. It’s awful

  2. Image for Lori Lori

    I'll root for your team KariAnne just for support! The spring season gets very busy with all the new things to do outside. I wonder about the before and after above, looking at that kitchen how does a builder/renovator/home owner decide on which way the ceiling wood beams should go? Are they suppose to go in the direction of the wood floor? The wall tile? Is there a rule for that? Just curious:0) Love the tanning stuff, I'll have to try as I never do my face as it gets into my pores and then I just look splotchy after awhile but I'm seeing this one is for face..excited to try soon. Go Baylor!:0)

  3. Image for Cathy Rinehart Cathy Rinehart

    Hi KariAnne!! Love your posts!! I am a KU girl!! Rock Chalk!! Good luck to your Baylor Bears, but not too much!! 🤣🤣 Cathy

  4. Image for PJ PJ

    KariAnne, I liked your idea of distributing the salad dressing on the salad, but instead of plastic bags, I will use a lidded Rubbermaid glass bowl. I am trying to reduce the amount of plastic in our lives, especially single use plastic. Thank you these Thistlewood posts. I look forward to them every weekend.

    1. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

      That's a brilliant idea amping one up to KA's idea, too PJ. We all must do more to reduce whenever possible. I love the idea of mixing salad ahead of time like that. Now if I can just remember to do it!

  5. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    Always a comfort to curl up and read Thistlekeeping…a great Saturday tradition…at least that’s what it is here! Happy weekend!

  6. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Another great weekly wrap up. You are lucky Sanditon doesn't start here until Sunday night. The Jane Austen film adaptations link sent me to the Swedish house tour (which is fabulous by the way). Thanks for a list of great projects.

  7. Image for Kim Waldorf Kim Waldorf

    Always love your Saturday posts! And yes! I am all about March Madness! Michigan plays Tennessee today. You know, I am a Michigan girl but I bleed orange and white!! #govols! Happy Saturday!

    1. Image for AnnTN AnnTN

      It was a sad day for the Vols. :( I'm in Tennessee and saw the end of the game. We had just gotten home from watching(in person) the Lady Vols beat Buffalo. That game was something else.

  8. Image for Kim Kim

    Thanks so much for another fabulous Thistlekeeping post, KariAnne! So many great ideas here -- I love that beautiful table transformation! Not quite as much March Madness joy in our home now after our Wildcats lost Thursday night, but at least one person in our home still loves following along with the madness! Good luck to your Baylor team! Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. Image for Karen Karen

    Thanks for sharing the link about having fun. (I've said many times these last 2 years, especially, "I need to do something fun/have fun.") I realized that it looks a lot like JOY-happiness in spite of circumstances-and I can choose it!

  10. Image for Harper Harper

    What about those Tarheels! I am a true southern girl and Carolina Blue all the way, but still feel your pain when your favorite team loses.

  11. Image for Barbara Barbara

    Another great Thistlekeeping! Now I want a bacon, tomato, avocado grilled cheese with that carrot cake for dessert!!! We are Auburn fans here- made it through the first round. War Eagle!

  12. Image for Katy Katy

    Hey KariAnne…always look forward to your Thistlekeeping on Saturday mornings. Your first photo of your entry is so inviting. The bench looks comfy and everything so white and clean! Thanks for all the tidbits on offer today!

  13. Image for Kris Kris

    I KNEW you would feature that house from myscandinavianhome.com today. It's perfection. I want to move there right now!

  14. Image for Peg Peg

    The house tour was glorious!! Do you happen have the correct link to you Jane Austen favs? It sent me to My Scandinavian Home. Thanks!!! xoxo

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