Random thoughts on a not-so-sunny Saturday morning:

1. I keep waiting for spring. I see it peeking around the corner and then it pokes its head back into its shell and gloomy skies show back up.

How’s the weather where you are?

2. Are you watching March Madness? Baylor is out along with my bracket. Now I’m rooting for Texas.

Fingers crossed.

3. I just got BritBox TV for the second time. I wanted to watch The House Of Elliot again. Do you have it and if so what are your favorite shows?

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

5. If you are looking for a good book for spring break? I just found this list of my favorite beach reads from last summer.

You can see my favorite beach reads here.

And now?

Need a little inspiration for the weekend?

I got it.

Here are my favorite links from the week.

You know how much I love topiaries.

Surprisingly? They are so much easier to care for than you think.

Here are the best tips to take care of your topiaries.

This is the season for spring tables.

And flowers look even cuter in a cabbage vase.

You can see the how-to here.

Have you ever made herbed butter before?

I didn’t even know it was a thing.

This looks so perfect and summery.

See the recipe here.

And why didn’t I think of this?

The perfect spring front door.

I have a basket that looks like this and these faux hydrangeas would be PERFECT in an arrangment like this.

See the entire porch and how-to here.


And in random news

This cookies and cream cake

The best advice I ever got from my mom

This simple sourdough bread recipe

25 ideas to decorate your home for spring

This birch-covered terracotta pot

How to ripen an avacado

This hand-painted Easter Bunny

How to care for cutting boards

This farmhouse is so pretty

Spray paint or rub’n buff?

19 ways to upcycle vintage frames

103 little bits of life advice

And this

If you are looking to whiten and brighten sheets and towels—this my tried and true game changer

One more for the road

Do you have a garden shed like this?

Did you know you can paint it?

And now this shed looks like this.

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  1. Image for Sue Sue

    So many good ideas in this Thistlekeeping! The spring decor tips are just what I was needing to get inspired for spring in this gloomy, rainy weather we are having in Missouri. That farmhouse is amazing and it making me want to travel across the pond to take an art class just to see the house in person! We are all about March Madness every year - our Kentucky is out, but honestly that makes the rest of the games easier on my husband’s (and my) blood pressure. Always love Saturday mornings and Thistlekeeping.

  2. Image for Diana Diana

    I'm really excited about this herb butter, looks tasty. The farmhouse looks are helpful too, I'm in the mood to change things up. Thanks Karianne.....

  3. Image for JC JC

    Great transformation of your garden shed! I think pavers around it would be lovely. Can't wait to see your blue and white office. It looks so beautiful, girly, and ties in so nicely with your living and dining rooms. Have fun creating! Nope, no spring here where I am, at the moment, in fact, we received snow yesterday and it's only getting up to 42 degrees today! Making a pot of hot tea and dreaming of blooming flowers and warm sunny days!

  4. Image for Kris Kris

    Thanks for the advice about ripening avocados. They often take a week on the countertop to ripen, which makes using them challenging. I like the cabbage vase idea as well as the cottage-ey home that she lives in. We are NOT having spring weather today--rain/sleet/snow instead. I did change out my decor to spring this past week, though, to give myself a mental lift.

  5. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    We have an alert for 60 mph winds today so spring can wait because Im staying in. Such a lovely read for a boring windy Saturday. Enjoy your weekend.

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

    We keep getting a little spring tease here and there, and then it gets cold and rainy again. At least the garden is starting to wake up. I'm loving all the inspiring features this week. Courtney's topiaries are so pretty. Thank you so much for sharing my cabbage flower vase this week KariAnne. You've made my day! Have a wonderful weekend.

  7. Image for Ann C Ann C

    Lots of great tips and ideas. Would you show us the inside of your shed, please?I'm curious how & what you store in yours. Thanks.

  8. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    They did a great job restoring that old stone farmhouse. I loved the outside so much but the inside was WAY too much color for me - though that green sun room was kinda awesome. As always, enjoyed these thistles, KA. Thanks for the tea-sippin inspiration! Have a great remainder of weekend.

  9. Image for Marlene Marlene

    That was so good, loved that stone farmhouse, any time someone takes an old house and makes it beautiful is wonderful. Thank you and pray you had a great weekend.

  10. Image for Juliet Juliet

    KariAnne, I am there with you, sweet friend. I amwaiting so patiently for spring, but we've had snow again this weekend. Kinda makes it hard to be patient 😉 Thank you for sharing your sunshine!

  11. Image for Dianne Miley Dianne Miley

    Kari Anne, I love your book recommendations! We have such similar taste in books. Soooo -- I wanted to share some books with YOU! And your readers too. (At least those who read the comments.) I love these stories, the characters, the small town setting, the romance, the faith, the mystery, the suspense.... and the happy endings! The Crystal Falls Series: Lilacs for Laura, Roses for Rachel, Violets for Vanessa, & Sunflowers for Sarita. You can find them on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/stores/Dianne-Miley/author/B001HP1TES?ref=ap_rdr&store_ref=ap_rdr&isDramIntegrated=true&shoppingPortalEnabled=true Thank you for letting me share! I hope you enjoy the books!

  12. Image for Theda Theda

    KariAnne, thank you for 'Thistlekeeping'. The Simple Sourdough Bread link is what I've been looking for. I've enjoyed making this recipe. You're the best!

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