Random thoughts on a brilliantly sunny summer morning:

1. The twins sent me pictures of their first sorority formal last night. Somewhere along the way they grew up. It’s amazing for them and a little overwhelming for me.

2. I posted another episode of “What I Bought Wednesday” over on my YouTube channel. I’m sharing the prettiest dress and earrings for Easter and a way to waterproof your outdoor cushions.

You can see the episode here.

3. I’m so sad that “The Gilded Age” is over, but we are heading to Newport for a wedding and I’m going to go and see some of the mansions there in real life. I can’t wait.

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

5. We went and played tennis this week. It’s the first time I’ve been able to play since my hip surgery and I literally almost did cartwheels across the court.

6. In exciting news, the Thistlewood Mastermind just opened up for the first time this year. Registration will be open until Tuesday. If you want to be part of an encouraging, creative, supportive group of over 300 bloggers and influencers, this is the group for you.

You can see all the details here.

And now?

Let’s see all the amazing finds I discovered for us this week.

This picture stopped me in my tracks.

Be still my blue and white heart.

See 21 ways to decorate with blue and white here.

I’m always looking for hutch decorating inspiration.

This hutch is so pretty for spring.

Here are all the decorating how-to’s.

Have you shaken off winter yet?

Spring is knocking at the door.

Here are five easy ways to decorate for spring.

Look at the cuteness of this photo.

The egg crate charger and this delicious veggie quiche.

See the recipe and the table setting here.


And in random news:

Grow these flowers to have bouquets all summer long

How to fix paint runs

These Easter eggs are so cute

This DIY Easter basket

How to keep herbs fresh in the fridge

This pretty Easter table

This modern spring kitchen

How to organize and store home decor items

These Easter sugar cookies

This spring cabbage arrangement

This blue and white bunk room

And this

This greenhouse tour is amazing (be sure and scroll to the end to see the hanging shelf)

And one more for the road

Every now and then I find a story on the blog I forgot about.

This one I wrote seven years ago made me cry and smile all at the same time.

happy random Saturday to you

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  1. Image for Jenn Jenn

    I so adore your blog and emails. I use so many of your ideas in my home. So excited for your daughters! I’m going to my chapter’s 50th reunion of being on campus at our university in April and cannot wait to catch us with all my sisters. A group of us are having a mini-reunion in July too. Truly lifelong friendships.

  2. Image for Elizabeth Elizabeth

    Karianne, your girls are beautiful and sweet just like their mom. I love the black and white photo of them. I hope they had an amazing time at their first formal. I love all of the links! Courtney aLWAYS has the most beautiful flowers! The sugar cookies are so cute! The hutch and they blue and white tips are fabulous too! Have a wonderful day and thank you for sharing all of your links and recap of your week.

  3. Image for Joan Bondesen Joan Bondesen

    The egg crate charger is so amazing,it made me think when I was a child on the farm. I brought tears to my eyes. You are awesome. Thank you so much

  4. Image for Kim Waldorf Kim Waldorf

    Hooray on playing tennis again! I'm sure it was a great feeling. When you get to Newport please send pics! I'm so sad The Gilded Age is over. Thanks for sharing my pink and blue Easter table! Enjoy your day! <3

  5. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Love the black and white photo, they are beautiful ! Great picture Happy they had a good time. The tennis that's amazing you go!! Thanks for sharing your life! Have you watched Good Girls? It's soo bad but good, cant stop watching it.

  6. Image for Marlene S. Marlene S.

    I love it when you tell stories about your family, your very good. Thanks for Thistlekeeping, I love them all.

  7. Image for Cindy Marszalek Cindy Marszalek

    I love all of your blogs and You Tube videos. You have such a warmth about you! Please enjoy Newport. So much to see. Make sure you browse the shops along Thames Street. I live in Rhode Island and Newport has always been one of my favorite places. I only live 40 minutes from there. Thanks so much for all your great ideas and blogs.

  8. Image for Linda Linda

    O my goodness. Where was I ? Where had I been ? How did I miss you saying you had hip surgery ? I never miss a day of your blog. Just love it and love you and I think you know by now I love Buddy. So do my two Goldens too. Ok by to the surgery. I had both of my hips replaced last year. Yes two surgeries. I got along fine. The second one didn't do as well as the first one but all is well knowing the Lord heals. How did you get along ?

  9. Image for Shelley Shelley

    I'm so excited you decided to tour some of the Newport Mansions when you go to RI for the wedding! If you accidently walk into the wrong one, tell Jay Leno I say hello. I can't remember the week you'll be in New England, but if it's the 10th through the 15th, drive just a bit more to Brimfield for the Spring Antique Fair! I know how you love to go antiquing! It's the biggest and the best in New England. I hope your recovery is going well. Big hugs, Shelley

  10. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Brimfield is HUGE. Our Massachusetts home is very close to it. We have never made it all the way through Brimfield. Can not believe how grown up the twins are...happened in front of us over the years. Enjoy your visit to the northeast.

  11. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    GREAT Thistles, KA. I am so excited for your Newport trip. One of my very fav places in the world! We've taken a cruise out of NYC with that as a stop three times now. We get a tour of one of the mansions each time. Our first one was on our anniversary and we were able to dance on the beautiful ballroom floor of The Breaker's Vanderbilt mansion. What a treat. You will love that trip. Hope you can stay a while and visit a few of them, since it is so far away from Texas. Your girls are so beautiful, just like their momma. ♥♥

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