Random thoughts on a Saturday morning with the sun hopping up over the horizon:

1. Can you smell fall?

Oh, good. Me, too.

Don’t tell the other seasons, but it’s my favorite. All those fall bins are about to make their annual pilgrimage down from the attic.

2. Have you ever made cucumbers with vinegar and lemon pepper seasoning? It’s the perfect cool treat for a hot summer day.

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

4. Have you heard sweater vests are in for fall?

Hello 1992.

What are your thoughts?

5. Did you know this is my 400th Thistlekeeping? That is a LOT of research. And I’m here for all of it. 🙂

And now?

Today is the day for inspiration.

Good thing I have tons of it for us this week.

I’m trying to figure out a place to add this project in my house.

It’s a DIY fireplace.

You can see all the how-to’s here.

This fun fall project.

This blanket was “finger knitted” in a day.

See the entire how-to here.

This fun dessert bar for football season.

Yes, please.

All the recipes and ideas found here (including those adorable football strawberries).

Sometimes the littlest things can make a big difference in decorating.

Here are some super simple tweaks you can make to your home.

See them all here.

And decorating for fall doesn’t have to be expensive.

But it can look like it.

Here are 12 budget decorating ideas that look way more expensive than they are.


And in random news:

The sweetest cottage by the sea

These mini pancakes

How to add board and batten to a staircase

Peach guacamole

This DIY is so pretty

5 easy fall front door decor ideas

Top three organizing habits to build into your day

How to propagate a hydrangea

These thrifting finds

Easy decor ideas here

And this

You won’t believe it. I found the cutest clear stadium purse that’s 50% off right now. Use this coupon and the discount will appear when you check out.

Use the coupon here.

I know I’ve shared these a zillion times before.

But they are my favorite thing about fall.

How to make your own pumpkin rolls here.

Happy Random Saturday to You

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  1. Image for Lisa Lisa

    Karianne, it's always a pleasure to wake up to Thistlekeeping on Saturday mornings (and the occasional Sunday). You're able to find the most fun projects and ideas that I would never have discovered for myself. It's great to discover new creatives and blogs, and you help that happen every week. Hope you have a fantastic weekend. Oh, and also, I never get tired of your adorable pumpkin rolls-lol. xoxo

  2. Image for Connie Sumner Connie Sumner

    Happy Saturday KariAnne! I had my fireplace lime washed last weekend like the one in your post. It was a GameChanger in my living room. Can’t wait to see your DR transformation and your Fall post. I’m holding off decorating for Fall until I see your ideas!

  3. Image for JC JC

    Just a peek at fall here in the Midwest, our new home for a week now! Some maple trees are giving a hint of color already! It's my favorite time of year too and more so as our new home should be finished being built in a couple months we hope! Thank you for sharing all this fall inspiration! That Swedish cottage is adorable! Each thing selected for the decor was a 10 on the cuteness factor. I also love the decoupage shells! What a pretty gift to make and that blanket.....so cozy. Happy Saturday!

  4. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    Yeahhh..I do not think I will be sporting any sweater vest. I'm still digging on my fur vest in the fall and winter. I love those little breads, I must try them sometime. All these articles and you have done this 400 times. I am exhausted for you. Lol Thank you for all your loyalty to your followers. Happy Thistlekeeping Saturday.

  5. Image for Be Be

    Congratulations on 400th!!!! Thanks for all your hard work and taking the time to share with all of us. I may not get a chance to always comment but I look forward to reading everyday!!!! You are the best!!!

  6. Image for Rizae Rizae

    400!!! WOWZA!!! CONGRATS TO YOU... We are all waiting (im)patiently for your end of summer and fall decore ideas and hacks. LOL!!! Big Hugs to You

  7. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    GREAT thistles this week, KA! WOW!!!! And a huge ginormous GRATS on being your 400th installment of Thistlekeeping. That is a very big deal and has been a big inspiration for your readers. Thank you. And NO I am not smelling autumn yet - it is blazing stupid swampy humid rain forest-y weather that I can barely stand right now. I am not even thinking about it, though school has started and all the decor stuff is being shown. Yikes. Nope, I am waiting a bit - but nothing like thinking about it! It's my all-time fav season too, but also makes me super sad to watch the earth go to sleep again. Winters are long and tough here and I am in no hurry for it this year.

  8. Image for Patti Patti

    I NEED to make those pumpkin rolls but pardon my ignorance; it says to cut them and let them rise and then cut them again and let them rise again. Do you only cut a few snips at first and then more the second time? I’m an avid cook but can’t figure out these directions. 🤣

  9. Image for LIsa LIsa

    KariAnne Would you share the proportions of vinegar and lemon pepper for the refreshing cucumbers.thanks so much. Would be perfect for BBQ tomorrow!

  10. Image for Gail Cunningham Gail Cunningham

    Happy 400th blog! It's always a pleasure to ready your weekly blogs and gather some inspiration together from you. Happy weekend!

  11. Image for Kris Kris

    I'm the outlier here .... depending on the style, I like sweater vests. Don't hate me! Meanwhile .... that cottage, and those shells. Sigh.

  12. Image for Marlene Marlene

    Congratulations on 400 Thistlekeeping posts!!! I have enjoyed them all, they make my Saturday or Sunday so special and fun.

  13. Image for Anna Price Anna Price

    Oh my gosh - I worked at JC Penney in the Juniors Department when sweater vests were a thing . . . I love the links you shared. Liz Marie's pottery collection is jaw dropping. Love the advice on propagating hydrangeas. Most importantly CONGRATULATIONS on your 400th Thistlekeeping post. That is truly admirable. Also, yesterday on IG, I saw that your brother is in the hospital. Please know I am thinking of you and your family and sending prayers your way.

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