Random thoughts on America’s birthday weekend:

1. I had an entire discussion with some friends this week that asked this question: If you looked at a glass that had water in it—would you think it was half full? Or half empty?

I’m an optimist.

My glass is half-full.

So in my heart there’s always something amazing just around the corner.

2. We are heading to our town’s downtown parade. It’s full of firetrucks and marching bands. I think I’m wearing a light-up headband.

3. Charles Dickens is one of the most brilliant authors who have ever lived. He knows his way around a random supporting character like no one’s business. I just finished watching Little Dorrit on Prime this past week and it is amazing.

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

5. Happy July Fourth weekend. Happy birthday America.

Do you have any plans for the weekend?

I’m so happy we’re friends.

And now?

Let’s see what the internet has been up to this week.

This porch made me so happy.

Those banners are amazing.

Take the entire tour here.

I almost gasped when I saw this cake because it’s so beautiful.

It just looks like summer to me.

See the recipe here.

This is such a clever trash-to-treasure idea.

It’s an art easel made from a picket fence.

See the DIY here.

Isn’t this wreath so pretty? And it’s made from herbs.

I am here for it.

Here’s the DIY on how to make it.

And in random news:


And one more for the road:

Looking for a last-minute Fourth of July dessert?

This is the recipe for you.

And here are all my fun finds from the week:

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happy random Saturday to you

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  1. Image for Kris Kris

    Love your photo of the berries in a blue bowl. So pretty and summery. I've never heard of copper countertops--interesting. Not sure I'd like it in my kitchen, but I can see where it would work well in certain applications. I think the idea that classic white kitchens can go out of style is ridiculous--part of the appeal of white is the versatility to change up your decor without making major, expensive switches. And .... oh, that Scandinavian Home house--swoon! Happy Fourth!

  2. Image for Marlene Marlene

    You work so hard to entertain us and you do a great job. Thanks and have a blessed weekend and 4th of July, God Bless America!

  3. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    Oh what fabulous ideas and things to read. I love this blog. I'm really glad you are part of my daily life. Happy weekend.

  4. Image for Wendy McMonigle Wendy McMonigle

    i always look forward to opening your e-mail and then to my surprise you featured my picket fence easel. Thank you KariAnne, you are the best. Enjoy your home town parade, we have one that is very similar.

  5. Image for Anna Anna

    So many great links! LOVE that porch. Can’t wait to see your recommendations for jeans. Finding jeans that fit is ridiculously difficult. I love Michele’s herb wreath!! Also - three cheers for being an optimist. ❤️🤍💙

  6. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Hi KariAnne! What a great email that shouts everything summer!! I love your mason jar dessert! I need to bring dessert to a neighbor’s 4th of July party! This would be a big hit. It’s so pretty❣️ and easy. Thank you and Happy 4th! Have fun at your parade. They are so much fun! 🇺🇸

  7. Image for Be Be

    KariAnne, thanks for being so patriotic. It's so great to see all the American flags flying and people celebrating out heritage. Thanks for all the great ideas you share and you creative touch and joy. Have a blest Fouth!!!!!!

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