Random thoughts on a September Saturday morning:

1. Remember a few weeks ago when we talked about taking a trip together?

I’m seriously considering it. I think I want to stay in the US (to make it more affordable–maybe Austin or Cape Cod) and host a few craft/decorating workshops along with shopping and eating and laughing and all the storytelling. It would be super small (about 10 people). I’m working with a company called Trova Trip and they put the entire trip together for us.

Could you do me a giant favor and fill out this survey here?

You aren’t committing to go or anything like that. We just want to know if anyone is even interested and where you want to go. I’m SO SO SO excited about this.

2. Have you ever played Pokeno before? I’m hosting a Pokeno party here at the house this week and it was so much fun. Pokeno is kind of like Bingo.

You can see the game we used here.

3. We are having a watch party for Baylor tomorrow. Last week was a little shameful. We went to the game and it was so sad. But today is another day.

Football fingers crossed.

4. I decided there are two things I am not about. Scary movies and roller coasters.


No. Just no.

5. It was a fun week on the blog. We discussed:

And now?

Let’s see all the amazing stuff I found for us to start the week off right.


Love, love, LOVE this inset tiled niche.

It’s such a brilliant idea.

You can see all the details here.

Isn’t this the cutest?

I love anything pumpkin—especially if it’s baked brie.

See the recipe here.

Look at this pretty fall table.

That sheet music.

See the entire fall table here.

Yard sale season is in full swing around here.

Here are seven things to look for at yard sales and thrift stores for fall.

You can see the entire list here.

Easy autumn decorating ideas.

It’s everything that is right about fall.

See the entire list of autumn decorating ideas here.


And in random news this week:

This fairytale chateau

This is so inspiring

How to choose grout color

How to make a slipcover for a recliner

This double chocolate banana bread

Pumpkin waffles and spiced butter

This fringe table cloth DIY

These dried orange Thanksgiving place cards

How to hang silver platters

This pretty farmhouse tour

These beautiful front porches

These spiced pumpkin doughnuts

And this

And speaking of traveling— this is on my bucket list

It looks like a slice of absolute joy.

Outfit of the day

Wore this last week and got SO many compliments.

It’s so cozy and comes in tons of colors and it’s the perfect summer-to-fall outfit and it’s on sale for 20% off right now.

The pants are actually a little longer than this. I rolled up the waistband because I’m so short. There are buttons on the top, but the top two buttons are just for show. Hope you love this as much as I do.

The outfit is linked here.

And here’s one more for the road

This Dollar Tree pumpkin wreath was one of my most popular projects recently.

You can see the how-to here.

Happy Random Saturday to You

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  1. Image for Kimberly Westby Kimberly Westby

    HI Karianne Could you look at the first linked story, it seems the wrong one is there, when clicked on. I really wanted to see that gorgeous kitchen. Great Saturday blog as usual, my favourite day because of your blog. Kim

  2. Image for PJ PJ

    Good morning! You found some really fun things this week. If only there were good yard sales here....sigh. By the way, your hair looks so pretty and chic pulled back. Have a good weekend.

  3. Image for Gina Gina

    You look amazing. The outfit looks better on you than the actual model! My mom's family played Pokeno when we were young. Let me know if you plan something in South Florida! One day I will meet you. Bucket list.🙂

  4. Image for Jeannette Layfield Jeannette Layfield

    I would love to find out where you bought the curtains in the blue and white room. I am desperately trying to find them. Could you please let me know where they came from?


    KariAnne, You are so sweet to share my Fall Kitchen Decorating Ideas. I appreciate you so much. Your new book is just the cutest ever. I appreciate you sending me a copy and I'm sharing it again tomorrow on my Dirt Road Adventures.

  6. Image for Rizae Rizae

    Good Morning, I cant get the survey to open! I've tried so many ways to open it...I've given up!!! 😳 Any ideas??? Thanks

  7. Image for Marlene Marlene

    So much Fall inspiration and I loved it all. Now to try and decide what I want to eat and how I want to decorate.

  8. Image for Kris Kris

    Love the story about the 104 year old swimmer. She's amazing. I had a feeling the French chateau would show up on Thistlekeeping. It's so gorgeous. And I love the tiled kitchen niche.

  9. Image for Carrie Carrie

    Hope you have a great football weekend! The travel/craft trip sounds amazing and I love the outfit you’re wearing!!

  10. Image for Nicolle Nicolle

    Hi KariAnne!!! Firstly, thank you so so much for sharing my pumpkin baked brie! Secondly, I need that lounge set, it's perfect for fall! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  11. Image for Jill Brewster Jill Brewster

    I have never played Pokeno, but a group of my lady friends get together at my home once a month, we play Keno (kind of like Bingo), but with a deck of cards. We have a potluck luncheon, we laugh, sometimes we cry and we always have a good time. We win small gifts, supposed to be under $10, but we never stick to that rule. Being a crafter most of the gifts I give are something that I have made, and the ladies love coming to my house, and tell me it's like walking into a magazine. There is always a lot of love and fellowship to go around. If you're ever my way (Springtown, TX) we would love to have you join us!!! Jill

  12. Image for Peggy Bayer Peggy Bayer

    I always enjoy your blog posts! Are you in cahoots with my iPhone or something? hahah! I just talked to my husband about my aversion to scary movies and roller coasters! They were in the same conversation!

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