Random thoughts on a sunny Saturday:

1. My favorite flowers just showed up at the garden center. I wait all year for the Dipladenias to arrive. We buy them every April and they bloom(with proper watering) through September.

Dipladenia and Mandevilla are cousins (except I think Dipladenia is cuter).

2. It has been storming here in Texas. Thunderstorms and lightning and hail.

Someone posted grapefruit size hail on social.


3. We are all about the NFL draft here. Zack and my husband haven’t missed a round yet.

Are y’all watching?

4. It was an amazing week on the blog. This week we talked about:

5. In amazing news, I just got an advanced copy of my next book. It’s SO GOOD and all about easy 10-minute decorating ideas. I’ll be sharing some of the details and teasers coming up in the next couple of months.

And now?

It’s the weekend.

Time to share all of my favorite finds from the week.

You can see them all here.

This Mother’s Day table setting.

Isn’t that tiny flower pot silverware holder the cutest?

See the table setting here.

I love potting benches.

They are useful and pretty all at the same time.

Here are some tips on creating a garden potting bench.

One idea for the porch?

Mix faux and real plants together.

Here are all the details on how to mix them.

You know I am all about a faux flower.

All you need is a little know-how to make them look real.

See 7 tips to make your faux flowers look real.


And in random news:

These blueberry parfait popsicles

This Swedish country house with a party barn

I just ordered these for the front porch (they are solar)

How to replace garage doors with french doors

How to decide if you need shutters on your home

Soft peanut butter cookies

This wheelbarrow container garden

Home renovations to skip

The best high-fiber fruits

The simple beauty of a New England farmhouse

No-bake blueberry pie

Pecan pancakes with maple butter

This beautiful home tour

And one more for the road:

This trash-to-treasure story is my favorite.

Over 70 blue and white finds

all linked here


Happy random Saturday to you

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  1. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    Numerous reads for me. I love it. I hope you enjoy your Saturday. Its chilly, wet and cloudy her in West Ohio.

  2. Image for Kris Kris

    The New England farmhouse is wonderful. It looks like a place to plop down and find rest for your soul. Maybe while eating the blueberry popsickle--yum.

  3. Image for Gretchen Z Gretchen Z

    My poor husband this am, as I was reading your wonderful post I kept saying,” oh my gosh, garage doors! oh my gosh shutters!” Both subjects we have been discussing in great length with the results always being, “if you can find me more information and photos we can work on it”. New garage doors for my gym and shutters coming soon! You are the best ! xx

  4. Image for Anna Anna

    Hi KariAnne- I love the story of the table your brother built. No doubt the twins will love it while using it at Baylor. Thanks for keeping life real. Your decidedly imperfect friend. Anna.

  5. Image for Cindy Cindy

    Happy to see Thistlekeeping still thriving. NJ can't make up its mind with the weather. We have been taking care of our girl Peanut. We are very worried and upset in this household right now. Your stories brightened my day.

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