Random thoughts on a Saturday morning with the sun hopping up over the horizon:

1. Can you smell fall?

Oh, good. Me, too.

I’m clinging to all the fall with the 100-degree temperatures around here. Don’t tell the other seasons, but it’s my favorite. All those fall bins are making their annual pilgrimage down from the attic.

2. Another episode of “What I Bought Wednesday” is live on my YouTube Channel. It’s a good one. I found the CUTEST trash can that opens all by itself.

You can see it here.

3. Have you ever made cucumbers with vinegar and lemon pepper seasoning? It’s the perfect cool treat for a hot summer day.

4. It was an amazing week on the blog. We talked about

5. Have you heard quilted jackets are in for fall?

Hello 1992.

What are your thoughts?

6. Did you know this is my 349th Thistlekeeping? That is a LOT of research. And I’m here for all of it. πŸ™‚

And now?

Today is the day for inspiration.

Good thing I have tons of it for us this week.

Isn’t this the cutest wreath DIY?

And she made it with bed springs.

You can see the entire project here.

This is such a clever idea for fall arrangements.

Such an easy DIY.

You can see the tip and how to make the arrangement here.

This table runner is so cute.

It’s perfect for fall.

You can see it here with 8 other fall DIY projects.

And decorating for fall doesn’t have to be expensive.

But it can look like it.

Here are 12 budget decorating ideas that look way more expensive than they are.

Remember when we made these last year?

They are the perfect project for fall.

See the DIY here.


And in random news:


This house is perfection

How to style faux branches

This fun fall DIY

How to add board and batten to a staircase

Peach guacamole

This easy solution for a window in a door

This beautiful design office

These calzones (I’ve never tried to make these before)

19 ways to style a dough bowl

How to paint a vintage tub

Top three organizing habits to build into your day

And this

This garden is truly, truly beautiful

I know I’ve shared these a zillion times before.

But they are my favorite thing about fall.

How to make your own pumpkin rolls here.

Happy Random Saturday to You

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  1. Image for Dianne Miley Dianne Miley

    Quilted jackets? Um, no thanks. Growing up in the snowbelt of northeast Ohio (aka the great white north) fall was never my favorite. Summer - brief as it was - was always my favorite. Fall meant that too short season of warmth ended. Now I live in the south. Praise God for long summers and trips to the beach! But after a long, hot summer, fall has gained some appeal. πŸ˜‰

  2. Image for JC JC

    Oh, how I need to catch up with you here! It's been awhile. I'm looking forward to perusing what you've done and found. I did see something about quilt patch jackets being back. I think I'm going to have to pass on that one.πŸ˜‰ Happy 349th birthday! You look so good!😁 Thank you, friend.

  3. Image for Kris Kris

    I'm still embracing summer. Fall is my favorite season but I'm not ready for it yet, although I'm totally digging the unusually rainy and cool weather we are having today. Perfect excuse for a nap, and I could use one! Once again you have a fun roundup, Karianne. I especially like the wreath and the table runner. I've made stromboli for many years using frozen bread dough and it's always a hit, so I imagine the same would be true for calzones. And .... no to quilted jackets. I avoid clothes that make me look like I've gained 10#, thankyouverymuch.

  4. Image for Nancy Carr Nancy Carr

    I love fall, too. The crisp air and being able to wear a sweater and looking at beautiful leaves are wonderful. I had always made cucumbers with vinegar and water and salt like my mother. Some people add sugar. A friend suggested just using mayonnaise was also delicious. Today I’m making cucumbers with vinegar and lemon pepper like you posted. Thank you for the inspiration.

  5. Image for Cindy M. Cindy M.

    KariAnne….#349 was full of AWESOMENESS!! I better run now, have lots of ideas and projects to start on πŸƒπŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ˜ƒπŸ

  6. Image for Mary Anne Russo Mary Anne Russo

    So many wonderful fall ideas! I want to make the pumpkin bread! Oh and that vintage bath tub!!! I’ve always wanted one!!! Thanks KariAnne you always share the best inspiration!!

  7. Image for Sharon Sharon

    Congratulations on so many Thistlekeeping posts! I haven't used cucumbers because I have so much zucchini in my garden this summer. I finished my last pickle in a jar earlier in the summer. Poured all the leftover juice in a pan and brought it to a boil. Poured it back in the jar where I had put sliced zucchini and onions! They've been delicious and so easy!!

  8. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Happy Birthday! 349 that's alot for SURE!! and THANKYOU Hey I got 1 for you did you see the Tote Scan app? You can scan your bins and find everything!! Just saw it on(my wee abode) this sounds great! Check it out Great ideals from you again!! Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

  9. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    Stopped by for a Sunday read. Try and help clear my mind. Congrats on 349. But I must let you know, the house in this blog was pretty but a little too dark and moody for me. Your house is much brighter and pretty. Thank you Jodena

  10. Image for Wendy McMonigle Wendy McMonigle

    I always love reading Thistle keeping, I can not believe you have written 349 of these, way to go girl!!! Your posts are always full of such great inspiration, I cannot wait to try these rolls this year. Thank you so much for featuring my wreath, you are the sweetest.

  11. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    OOOOhhhh well I am def not ready for anything fall yet but understand the pros need to saturate us with it - so I will probably be more enthused as soon as the corn stalks start drying up, haha. It's perfect summer weather right now. And all those kids are going back to school. Too sad. That house tour was jaw-dropping. I think the homes you find to thistle for us are most appreciated.

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