Random thoughts on a chilly November morning:

1. All the chicks are home for Thanksgiving and I’m so happy. We are taking family pictures on the front porch and baking this gingerbread village and hosting the second annual family fun run for 26 of us with prizes and official t-shirts.

I’ve been counting the minutes and when the twins walked in the door I had their rooms all decorated for Christmas—with Christmas candles and an entire Christmas playlist going.

My heart is so full.

2. Just wanted to remind you of my favorite cyber sale going on right now. There’s 30% sitewide over at Colleen Rothschild right now–the biggest sale of the year.

You can see the sale here.

3. Are you watching Christmas movies? Have you seen “A Royal Christmas” yet? It was just on and it’s so sweet. I love anything with a castle and a small nation that no one has ever heard of with a Prince who needs a wife.

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

And now?

Grab a cup of something and join me.

I have tons of ideas and inspiration that I found this week for all of us.


This gold hydrangea wreath is stunning.

And the best part? It’s a DIY.

You can see the how-to here.

This Christmas home tour from several years ago is still one of my very favorites. The authenticity of this home tour takes my breath away.

Every detail is perfection.

See the entire tour here.

This DIY Christmas village.

It’s so cute and she made everything in it.

You can see the entire village DIY here.

You know how much I love milk glass.

These ideas for decorating with milk glass are amazing.

See all the Christmas milk glass decorating ideas here.


And in random news:

How to make paper bag snowflakes

5 tips to help you take beautiful holiday photos

This Christmas house tour is so pretty

How to talk to your kids about Santa

The sweetest Christmas tree

These make-ahead Christmas breakfast ideas

These DIY Christmas tree fillers

This red and blue plaid Christmas tree

Three things to do to overcome perfectionism

How to take make-up from day to night

Free printable gift tags

This DIY orange and magnolia wreath

This looks like the yummiest dish to make for Thanksgiving

And this

I’ve been working on  my gift guides and I’m constantly updating them here

One more for the road

I could not let Thanksgiving go by without sharing my mother’s cranberry bread recipe again.

My all-time favorite recipe ever.

You can see it here.

Happy random Thanksgiving week Saturday to you

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  1. Image for Rachel Harper Rachel Harper

    KariAnne, You find the best ideas and I’m so honored that you included my Milk glass decorating ideas. I hope you have a blessed and safe Thanksgiving ! You are the best.

  2. Image for Kris Kris

    I needed the paper bag snowflake guide a year ago! I think I'll try my hand at making more. It's a super fun project and they turn out surprisingly showy. Plus, they add that Scandinavian touch. Oh, and I am totally crushing on the mushroom tree. 💕 There were too many great links to comment on this week. Loving Thistlekeeping today.

  3. Image for Diana Diana

    The cranberry bread recipe looks yummy, it will go on my list to try. I really liked the orange and magnolia wreath. There was another one with tiny houses that was super cute. This year I decided I was going to do less and I just keep getting ideas, LOL. Thank you so much for helping us with great ideas.

  4. Image for Rizae Rizae

    I'm happy that all your "chicks" are home. Enjoy your family time. And thank you for some more ideas for us to try. Big Hugs,

  5. Image for Jan Fusco Jan Fusco

    Thanks for the links to some great ideas. I have ordered a Colleen Rothschild product. I'm looking for a good moisturizer. If I like it I might look into some other products they offer. Thanks. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.

  6. Image for Marlene Marlene

    This certainly will put me in the Christmas spirit, so fun, enjoyed it immensely! Loved that hydrangea wreath painted gold. Have a wonderfully Happy Thanksgiving with your children.

  7. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    GREAT thistles, KA! Kelley Nan's home tour is great, isn't it? Appreciate all the ideas and inspiration you've collected for us this week. Thank you! We're having our nephew and three nieces (two of them the cheerleaders I've talked about over the years) over for dinner tomorrow because their parents are still on vacation and won't be back will Tuesday. Figured we'd stuff them full and send some food home for them to eat for the next few days. Our nephew leaves in a few days for Japan. His work takes him there at least once a year. He has to miss Thanksgiving but we didn't do Thanksgiving foods or their mom would kill us, haha. Enjoy your family!!! I know you will!!

  8. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    I love homemade sweet breads, they, on the other hand, love my waist and hips. It's a fight I never win. But that looks yummy. Guess I will be baking this evening. I never really wanted to fit into those pants anyway. Enjoy the family time. So precious.

  9. Image for Patti Patti

    I watched that home tour last week and immediately watched it again! It’s just so full of warmth and character and I need to learn from her. Who doesn’t want a basket of hats for impromptu parties?

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