Random thoughts on a chilly falling leaf fall morning:

1. If you are local, mark your calendars for October 22 at McKinney High School. It’s time for the first Christmas craft fair of the year. Every year our local high school has a craft fair where local artisans bring their handmade candles and soap and crocheted stockings and paper mache Santas and painted ornaments and all their other wares and put them on tables.

And then?

We get to shop.

My favorite thing.

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

3. What is your favorite subscription box service? I’m thinking about giving them as Christmas presents.

4. Did you see a new season of The Amazing Race started?

5. I found the best new lipstick for fall. It’s under $6.00 with over 27,000 reviews and it CHANGES color with whatever lipstick pencil you add to it. You can see it here.

6. Westleigh is home for fall break and we are spending the best mom/daughter weekend ever.

And now?

Are you ready?

Are you set?

Here are all my favorite things I discovered this week just for us.

This beautiful arrangement.

Be still my fall decorating heart.

See the details here.

Look at this beautiful fall porch on the shed.

The chickens. The pumpkins. The garland.

See the rest of the decorating here.

Look at this pot rack.

It’s a DIY with all that beautiful copper.

See the how-to here.

And this beautiful fall candlelight tour.

There’s nothing prettier than autumn as the sun is setting.

Take the tour here.


And in random news:

This beautiful English cottage

This is such a cute idea for a table runner

These salted caramel popcorn bars

This before and after victorian house

These pumpkin carving ideas (there are a LOT)

This tour of the Real Housewives house

This before and after table

This DIY copper wreath

This beautiful farmhouse

These roasted pumpkin seeds

This gluten-free granola

These autumn dried flowers are absolutely beautiful

And did you see this? 44 new Hallmark movies are on their way

And one (technically two) more for the road

Here’s the fall living room with all that amazing orange this year.

You can see the rest of the living room here.

And you can shop the entire house here.

Happy Random Saturday To You

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  1. Image for Peggy Peggy

    Please re-send the link to the pot rack DIY. It's not working on my end. Love reading about all your decorating ideas!

  2. Image for Kris Kris

    Have I mentioned that I love autumn? 🍁 Everything looks better at this time of year. The copper wreath was so pretty--not sure I have the patience to make one myself, but I enjoyed looking at hers. Love the English cottage, the farmhouse, and oh, the Victorian house makeover. Be still my heart.

  3. Image for Juliet Juliet

    Stop the presses! 44 new Hallmark movies. Man the popcorn station and let the holiday's begin! So much great stuff here, KA ... as always. Enjoy your mom/sweet daughter time. xo

  4. Image for Patrice Patrice

    Been loving the L'Oreal lipstick for years! The only one that keeps my lips soft all day! My color is Saucy Mauve!

  5. Image for Linda L Linda L

    Our favorite subscription box is something that reminds us of home every 3 months! As life long Long Islanders we were transplanted to SoCal so our son has Long Island bred sent to us. Candles, cookies, barbecue sauce, all different and fun things to remind us of Long Island, New York. Love it!

  6. Image for Elizabeth@pineconesandacorns Elizabeth@pineconesandacorns

    Have a wonderful weekend with your daughter! Love a craft/holiday fair, cannot wait to see what you buy. The pot rack is amazing, love the wreath and the fall decor. Off to check out the rest of the links! Have a wonderful weekend KariAnne.

  7. Image for carol carol

    Morning KariAnne Yeah, I'm back receiving your fun information, ideas, etc. Thanks, your house looks great, as usual Carol

  8. Image for Teddee Grace Teddee Grace

    It was such fun to see the "English" cottage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. I lived in Glen Ellyn for a number of years. My marital home was of a different vintage, but I love what they did in this reno.

  9. Image for Kim Kim

    Ah, that candlelight tour is so pretty and taking the sting out the dark cold nights here. I hope you had a fabulous weekend with your darling daughter...and thanks so much for sharing my table makeover! Happy week!!

  10. Image for Anna Anna

    Hello KariAnne- Thank you so much for featuring my DIY Copper Wreath! I love that pot rack, and the floral arrangement and the potting shed with the cute chickens and pumpkins. Visiting Thistlekeeping is like going on a mini vacation.

  11. Image for Jan Petrucciani Jan Petrucciani

    Hey Friend! On IG messenger just now, odd message from you. Just checking to see if you would ask for m contact info? We message a lot together! You have my email! I’m concerned ! Please confirm.

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