Random thoughts on a cloudy wanting to be sunny Saturday morning:

1. The sweetest girl in the world opened her boutique, Thistle & Co, this morning. She’s minoring in entrepreneurship at Baylor and she is spreading her wings. She put together a curated collection called, “Cape Cod Summer” and she has the prettiest clothes and her books and even gift cards if anyone is looking for graduation presents. As I am typing this I want to cry I’m so proud of her.

There’s nothing more amazing than chasing your dreams.

Except maybe chasing them in a pink dress like this.

You can see the boutique here.

2. Hydrangea season is here. Did you know if your hydrangea wilts you can bring it back? Recut the stem at an angle and place it in a cold bowl of water for several minutes.

3. I wanted to tell you about a FREE online conference that I’m speaking at on June 25-27, 2023. It’s a three-day event that talks all about crafting and running a crafting business and marketing hacks and new revenue-earning ideas.

Everything you need to run a successful creative business.

You can register for FREE here.

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

5. Have you ever frozen grapes before? Someone told me they are amazing.

6. We’ve been listening to the podcast, “The Pitch” and it’s so fascinating to me. Kind of like Shark Tank in business form.

And now?

Let’s see all the stuff I’ve found for us from around the web.

Spoiler alert: it’s amazing. 🙂

Look at this brilliant basil pesto.

Doesn’t it look amazing?

You can see the recipe here.

This house tour has such good ideas for the kitchen.

Look at these kitchen cabinets.

Take the tour here.

Look at these lavender topiaries.

They are so easy to take care of if you have all the tips.

You can read everything about topiaries like these here.

And I found the cutest idea for us for any summer get-togethers.

A popcorn bar.

Here’s the list of all the topping ideas for the perfect make-it-yourself popcorn.

And in random news:

This Swedish pool villa

13 condiments you shouldn’t eat after they expire

These air-fried breakfast potatoes

This summer bucket list

This easy DIY is so pretty

This tipping etiquette guide

This bathroom

Have you ever heard of a knock out rose tree?

This DIY moss topiary

18 creative mudroom ideas

This tidy home tip

7 uses for tension rods you may not have thought of

This faux wood treatment is amazing

And this.

This tour of the summer displays at Magnolia.

And one more for the road

Do you have a shed like this?

Here’s a SIMPLE and easy inexpensive way to make it look cuter.

Happy Random Saturday To You

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  1. Image for Diana Diana

    The collection is so cute and summery. I know you are so proud KariAnne :) Those popcorn toppings look interesting, I may have to try them out.

  2. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    Your daughter has to be booming with pride and nervousness. She will do great. Like her mom. Wonderful information and reads thank you

  3. Image for Lara Lara

    Congratulations to Westleigh! The boutique looks amazing and the clothes look so fun and pretty! So excited for her!

  4. Image for Patricia Patricia

    As always, a fun read and a few ideas to pin for later. Off to a local farmer's market. Hope to find cherries! PS It's time for me to put together my summer bucket list. I'm getting a few good ideas. One fun adventure, my sister and I head off to grown up art camp for a week of making creative messes and taking long walks.

  5. Image for June June

    Congrats Westleigh🎉🎉🎉 Love your website. Cute clothes. You are in for the ride of your life. How blessed you are to have your brilliantly gifted mom to be your mentor. Darling models too…loved the creative pictures. I would love to see some fun self care items. Candles, journals, notebooks, body creams, etc too😍


    Congratulations to Westleigh -- and you, too, KariAnne because you have really helped her! Such cute clothing! I wish her all the best in her new venture! So happy for her!

  7. Image for Patricia Patricia

    Karianne, I know you are one proud MAMA ❤️ The blog post was amazing, in all its wonder. To Wesleigh, what a beautiful tribute to your MOM and congratulations and GOOD LUCK in your new venture. Your store is beautiful. 💕🤩

  8. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    GREAT thistles this time, KA! I am so so excited about the boutique! Those items are adorable!! I wish her the VERY BEST and hope it goes well. Did you see that gorgeous stoneware blue and white pitcher at Magnolia? It's stunning and so reminds me of something you'd love. Hope your weekend is going well!

  9. Image for Kris Kris

    Congrats to Westleigh! Well done! Yes, frozen grapes are yummy--you can just pop a couple in the freezer and see what you think of them--it's a minimal risk venture.

  10. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Yay!!! Westleigh’s boutique is live👏👏❣️ Big congratulations! The clothes are so pretty and right in time for our hot summer. Beautiful!!

  11. Image for Lynn Mosher Lynn Mosher

    Sorry. Late to the party. Big congrats to Westleigh! Praying the Lord blesses all her efforts. (Sorry I haven't popped in. Have been sick) Thanks again for all your Saturday goodies! 🥰

  12. Image for Ann Ann

    Frozen grapes, absolutely! I wash them, dry slightly, and place in individual baggies. I put about 10 in each baggie. Then , I put all the little baggies in one large zip loc. The absolute best ones are COTTON CANDY GRAPES. I find them at Aldi. I was skeptical at first, and they do cost a little more, but they are fabulous. This is a great television watching treat especially in the summer. Enjoy!!

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