Random thoughts on a freezing cold winter morning:

1. Is it kind of random that I’m so excited about Valentine’s Day?

Maybe it’s because Christmas is over and I need a new holiday to look forward to.

To celebrate I posted the cutest sweaters at the end of the post.

2. And what do we think of Valentine’s Day trees? Are you team heart tree or team pack it up after Christmas?

3. It is so cold in Texas. It’s supposed to be 8 degrees next week.

I’m not sure what’s happening.

Someone forgot to tell the weatherman we are not Canada.

4. I just saw an estate sale sign on the corner.

Guess where I’m heading. I’ll be right back.

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

5. Have you used a sugar scrub with oil this winter? It’s such a great way to keep your hands soft and hydrated.

And now?

Ready for a little inspiration?

Here are some of my favorite finds from this week.

This wreath is so beautiful.

And it’s made from paper.

You can see the DIY here.

Be kind to yourself.

You. Are. Amazing.

Here are 40 positive affirmations to start your day.

You know how much I love a topiary.


And this one is made from live moss.

You can see the DIY here.

This past week was the beginning of the New Year.

After the holidays it’s a good time to slow down and reset.

Here are some tips to get yourself ready for 2024.


And in random news:

7 decor trends to try right now

How to declutter your home in five simple steps

Wall patterns to create with pens or paint

These 2024 fashion trends

How to give wood a wire brush finish

This was my best seller from last week (I think because it’s so cute)

15 easy no-bake desserts

These love quotes are so sweet

This cozy home in snowy Finland

This sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Life lessons from 90-year-olds

These cozy cabins

And this

Have you ever heard of bobbin trim before? I’m thinking about DIYing a dresser with it

One more for the road

Did you know you can paint plywood?


This is plywood we painted in a checkerboard pattern.

You can see how to paint plywood with a checkerboard here.

// L O V E Sweater // leopard heart sweater // red star sweater //

// pink star sweater // gray heart sweater // red sweater with white heart //

I also wanted to pass along a tip a wonderful reader gave me.

She suggested that these tote labels are a good tool for insurance claims. If you have to do inventory for an insurance claim you have a record of what is stored in totes. Trying to remember every item can be so overwhelming. You can use the labels as a way to itemize your home in case of a flood or fire or natural disaster. What a great idea.

You can see the tote labels here.

Happy random Saturday to you

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  1. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    Here in west Ohio we have been having high dangerous winds for over 24 hours. Some over 60mph. It is so cold here and snowy. But as for sugar scrubs? Yes please. Mine have coconut oil. Enjoy the estate sale. And stay warm.

  2. Image for Rachel Harper Rachel Harper

    KariAnne, Stay warm! Thank you for all your inspiration each week. I love the bobbin trim. Can’t wait to find a project for it.

  3. Image for Diana Diana

    Everyone should read the Life Lessons from 90 yrs old it was amazing and on point. This bobbin trim is interesting, but long term it would need to be on the right furniture piece. Cozy up and make soup 8 degree's is freezing and hopefully the power will hold.

  4. Image for Cindy Cindy

    Yikes 8 degrees. How is that possible? 60 in NJ and I'm not happy. We have had so much rain. The town I grew up in many are flooded and it's so sad to know how hard it is to gothrougha flood.. Living through a flood is such a mess. I remember it happening unexpectedly to us when I was a teenager. Stay warm and send the cold our way.

  5. Image for Barbara Barbara

    Soooo many great ideas and eye candy! Yes the 90 year olds' lessons are wonderful. Love the no bake desserts- heck everything was enjoyable:)

  6. Image for Renee Renee

    I'm not big into Valentines, although we do always have a nice meal, cards, etc. to celebrate. Our anniversary is 2/6, and we almost always take a little trip, so I guess that is more on my mind. : ) This year we are doing antiquing for 3 days! I do hang a big puffed heart made from grapevine on the front door with a bow of cute heart patterned ribbon and a valentine flag on the house. I have a flag for every season/holiday! LOL I love them!! It's cold here too (TN) and I do not intend to get out of the house today. I might have to add an extra blanket this coming week! Stay warm!

  7. Image for Marlene Marlene

    I always enjoy these and especially today, it's 11 degrees and 6 tomorrow and 1 Mon. although the sun is shining bright. I loved those Scandinavian homes and the bobbin legs. Stay warm and cozy

  8. Image for Rizae Rizae

    Snowing here in Idaho! Due to get 8-10 inches by tomorrow. And it's only 11° and blowing.... Hot cocoa, warm french bread with butter and homemade cream of chicken noodle soup is on the menu!!! With a good book and a cozy throw. Yup, winter has arrived ❄ Big Hugs,

  9. Image for Janine Janine

    KariAnne, Stay warm! It's raining here in San Francisco, and winter is here! I love it when I can retire my flip-flops for fuzzy socks! Hey, that rhymes! Also, thanks so much for featuring my paper wreath! As you know I love anything paper! :) Happy Weekend to you!

  10. Image for Kris Kris

    It's nice to come home from work to another chapter of Thistlekeeping. The wreath is sooo pretty. And you already know that I love love love the Scandinavian home. On the topic of weather, have you tried making no-knead bread? Nothing makes the house feel cozier in wintry weather than the smell of yeast bread baking.

  11. Image for Kim Waldorf Kim Waldorf

    I’m here for all those cute Valentine’s sweaters!! Stay warm down there, friend! It sounds more like the weather in the Mitten!! 🥶 Thanks for sharing my sweet Valentine’s treat!

  12. Image for Gloria Forelli Gloria Forelli

    Each year here in Pa we usually get a couple of power outages in winter snowstorms so prepare by covering the windows with blankets, fill bathtubs with water to flush toilets, get the snow pants & below-10 degree sleeping bags out and the little BuddyL indoor propane heater ready if needed. So far haven’t needed the heater!

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