Random thoughts on a chilly sunny December morning:

1. I discovered red nail polish again this week. I have been giving myself a manicure every week now that we are staying in. I’ve painted them cream. I’ve painted them taupe. I’ve painted them navy. I’ve painted them dark gray. And this week I went all Christmas.



2. I discovered this list of the top 100 Christmas songs for 2023 on Spotify.

Guess what number 1 was?

This song.

3. My mother sends me a fresh Christmas wreath every year. 2023’s wreath showed up to the house yesterday and I decided that if blogging doesn’t work out I’m going to move to a Christmas tree farm and become a wreath maker.

It’s on the front door and my front door smells like Christmas.

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

5. We discovered yesterday that my Santa mug holds 1 1/2 cups of coffee of a regular coffee mug. That’s where I’m getting all my extra energy from. 🙂

And now?

Let’s see all the amazing things I found for us this week (it’s a good one).

This Christmas simmer pot.

And there are even instructions on how to make this as a gift.

You can see the how-to here.

And in other gift wrapping news.

Look at this DIY nutcracker. It’s a cylinder you can put a note or other gift in.

See the DIY here.

This beautiful Christmas home tour with a little bit of vintage.

It’s full of so much personality.

Take the tour here.

This just made me smile.

It’s the cutest project and it’s made almost entirely with items from the Dollar Store.

See the entire DIY here.


And in random news:

This easy DIY tree topper

How to make jingle bells rusty

This beautiful Christmas farmhouse tour

This gingerbread house decorating party

The cutest DIY made from a cookie sheet

I’m trying this project

We all need these for Christmas morning

The prettiest DIY tabletop Christmas tree

This stamped spoon ornament

This gingerbread house garland

This beautiful kitchen

Simple tips for introverts during the holidays

And this y’all.

This is a recipe goal for me. I can’t even imagine the look on my family’s faces when I make this.

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And one more for the road

Did you know you can make a bow for your wreath out of a scarf?

Here’s the how-to.

Here are some of my favorite farmhouse Christmas finds I curated over on my Amazon store.

See all the finds here.

happy random Saturday to you

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  1. Image for Yvonne @ StoneGable Yvonne @ StoneGable

    Dear Friend, thank you so much for featuring the Christmas simmer pot. I have it filling our Christmas home with the most lovely scent as I type this. I wish your the Merriest and most blessed Christmas KariAnne. xo 🎄

  2. Image for Laura Laura

    I’ve tried and tried to access that nutcracker cylinder tutorial. I must not be doing something right because I get to the tutorial. Please help!

  3. Image for Rizae Rizae

    Good Morning, Thank You for all the finds and good things today. Just reading and checking them out brings a smile to my face. Big Hugs,

  4. Image for Kim Kim

    Red lipstick + red nails = Holiday cheer! My favorite all time red nail polish is "I'm not really a waitress" by OPI; released in 1999. It's described as a "vivacious chianti red". Haven't been able to find it in stores, but can still order it online. It always gets compliments and love how it looks. It has a bit of shimmer and never fails to cheer me up. Also have to guard it closely at the nail salon. Beautiful post, btw. Fell in love with that beautiful kitchen, especially the table and marble!

  5. Image for S. Marie S. Marie

    Well, NOW I know where the extra energy is coming from!! I need to get one of those Santa mugs! NOW! You say you are "staying in" (in reff. to doing your nails) Hope you are not sick? Everyone in this neck of the woods is sick (N.E.) PS. what is the best one coat pink polish. I think it was on one of your blogs before to order??

  6. Image for Kris Kris

    A fresh wreath is a brilliant gift idea. Guess what--my friend and I attended a wreath-making class at a tree farm and I'm enjoying my personally-made wreath now. They need wreath-making employees for the holiday season, so if it's really a dream job, I know where you can go! :) Lots of fun Christmas-themed links today.

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