Random thoughts on a beautiful Saturday morning:

1. I’m so excited. We are attending a black tie dinner tonight in Dallas. I haven’t seen my husband in a tux in years and when he tried it on I kind of fell in love with him all over again.

I’ll try and remember to get pictures.

2. Have you watched the series “Beckham” on Netflix? It’s really good. I didn’t know a lot about either of the Beckhams and watching their love story (and all the soccer drama) unfold was kind of amazing.

3. If you’ve noticed a few extra fall decorations this year? I have a magazine coming to take pictures of the house for fall in a couple of weeks.

I keep thinking of places to add pumpkins.

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

5. Have you ever read The Count of Monte Cristo before? We started listening to the audio book of it, but it is LONG. So I found a movie made from the book and we are going to watch that instead.

And now?

Let’s see all the inspiration I found for us this week.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

Looking for easy Thanksgiving table ideas?

Here are 17 creative tables for the holidays.

Look at this orange slice garland.

Isn’t it so cute? And you’ll never guess what the orange slice are made from.

See the DIY here.

It’s never too early to start planning for 2024.

I love a simple calendar that so pretty like this one.

And it’s free to print.

You can see the printable calendar here.

If you are looking for a fun gift idea for the holidays?

Look at these paperwhite gift bags.

You can see all the details (including those adorable tags) here.


And in random news:

Have you heard of the art of Ikebana?

These peanut butter truffles

How to decorate mixing vintage and new

16 books to read for fall

These inspiring fall quotes

Reba’s house rules

This pretty winter houseplant (and how to take care of it)

These pumpkin bars

These DIY fall flashcards

This is one of the prettiest gardens I’ve ever seen

These cozy reading nooks

These DIY velvet pumpkins

And this

Did you know my name is Norwegian? My Norwegian name and I want to live in this cottage.

These farmhouse Christmas finds

One more for the road

This no sew pumpkin pillow was one of my most popular DIY’s from last year.

This pumpkin placemat is discontinued now, but I found one that’s similar if you want to make pumpkin pillows this year.

You can see the DIY here.

And the pumpkin placemats here.

Happy Random Saturday To You

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  1. Image for Judy Young Judy Young

    I’m curious! Which magazine is going to feature your home dressed for Fall? That is so exciting!! Probably won’t appear until next year though right? Be sure to let us know so we can purchase the magazine. Have a great time at your black-tie dinner tonight!

  2. Image for Rizae Rizae

    We want pictures!!! I know you will be dressed to the nines and look so beautiful 😘 Have fun tonight... Big Hugs,

  3. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    GREAT thistles this week, KA!! I really loved how she did the paperwhites as a gift idea. I had to read The Count of Monte Cristo in FRENCH my senior year. And yes, I read the English version at same time so I could pass that class, haha. It was challenging to be sure. Back over 20 years ago we bought the AWESOME movie with Jim Caviezel. He is one of my all-time fav actors and it was done soooo well. I have watched it dozens of times. SOOO good. My hubs loves it as much so it is one we watch together. Another one we watch over and over is Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World with Russell Crowe. Another good one, but it involves some war so not for everyone. I loved it so much. Never read the book but my hubs did. HAVE A FABULOUS TIME AT YOUR BLACK TIME AFFAIRS!!! Do hope to see pics. Have fun. ♥♥

  4. Image for Diana Diana

    I love the pumpkin pillow and the cottage is adorable, but it looks really cold. I need pictures of dress up tonight, can't wait. Be fabulous.

  5. Image for Kris Kris

    Yes, let's head to the beautiful cabin in Norway! I love a great reading nook--the tree-as-a-bookshelf was fantastic. And I know the mushroom pillow is quirky, but so am I, and I love it.

  6. Image for Anna Anna

    Hi KariAnne! Have fun at your black tie dinner. I loved seeing you make the gingerbread house that you thought might turn into “apartments “ 🤣. It turned out perfectly. Can’t wait to click on the links you shared. Have a great weekend.

  7. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    Well I love nothing more than dressing up and and being a fancy pants. I can't wait to see how beautiful you look. But also some great reads.

  8. Image for Sydney85 Sydney85

    I really enjoyed the Beckham series. I saw David Beckham play in Dallas when he was playing for the LA team. He was brilliant. He did not score every goal but he was behind every goal that LA scored (7 goals)! I did not know how horrible he was treated when he made a mistake that had him sent off in one game. I was in awe of his determination to come back and be as successful as he is has become. The series did show a really nice family.

  9. Image for Kate Riley Kate Riley

    How lovely to see my ikebana floral arrangement pop up in your list of inspiring links! Thank you so much! The Count of Monte Cristo movie is quite good, I enjoyed watching it with my teens. Hope you enjoy it too! xo Kate

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