Random thoughts on a foggy, slightly chilly Saturday morning:

1. I’m speaking at a conference called Workbenchcon this weekend. It’s full of the most inspiring, creative makers who create furniture and set designs and build some of the most amazing projects.

2. In amazing news, the high-waisted leggings with tummy control AND POCKETS are under $10 right now.

You can see them here.

3. We went down to Waco to SING last weekend and the CHI-O’s won second place out of 20 acts in the competition. My two little Red Riding Hoods (that was the theme of their act) took home the prize.

4. I need a new book for the ride home. I just finished “The Amazing Lives of Marjorie Post” and I’m looking for something else to read.

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

6. I have the best tip if you paint your nails at home. Make sure to wrap the polish (and the topcoat) over the top of the nails to prevent chipping.

And now?

I have the best round-up of all my favorite links to show you.


Peeps and Easter go hand in hand to me.

And look at these adorable Peeps cookies.

See the recipe here.

I love fresh flowers.

The challenge is they don’t last that long.

These 5 tips to make fresh-cut flowers last longer.

This little Easter bunny is so cute.

And it’s made from fondant.

See the entire how-to here.

One of the questions I get asked the most?

How do I figure out the size of a rug for a room?

I should have written a post about it.

No worries. Here’s an amazing guide to all things rug.


And in random news:

A tour of the Dr. Pepper house in Waco

Favorite drama period television shows

These beautiful, beautiful floral installations

This beautiful farmhouse

8 long-distance friendship ideas

This home is so calming

Fun outdoor projects to try this spring

This wreath from my front door

Have you ever heard of mise en place?

These egg hung Easter cookies

This faux carrera marble painting technique

How to hang art correctly

10 landscaping projects that add value to your home

This Nashville home tour

And this

If you’ve ever wanted to tour a showhouse? You can take a virtual tour (just drag your mouse around) here.

And one more for the road

Looking for an easy spring project?

Here’s a DIY obelisk (and you’ll never guess what I made it from). 

happy random Saturday to YOU

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  1. Image for Desiree Desiree

    My favorite latest book, you know the kind you can't wait to get back to reading: Amy Tan's Circle of Women by Lisa See - Sooooo good.

  2. Image for Renee Renee

    I just finished reading Kristin Hannah’s book “The Women”—— so good. About the nurses thrown into action in Vietnam war— she’s same author who wrote”The Nightingale”. I could not put it down— I graduated nursing school in 1973 so I was right there beside “Frances McGrath”— but thank goodness not in Vietnam.

  3. Image for Rizae Rizae

    Love the fondant bunnies! This is a cute idea for spring and Easter. Enjoy your weekend and congratulations to the girls. Big Hugs,

  4. Image for Nancy G Ingram Nancy G Ingram

    Would love the info on the blue striped vase. Also what is the story on the little mortar and pestle?? I have one like it. Wondering where you got yours??? You've inspired me to get mine out! Thank you!

  5. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    Great thistles this week, KA! Big grats on your next speaking engagement. It's been so wonderful all these years watching you grow into such a successful influencer and all-around great human being making the world a better place for just being in it. ♥ Also a big big grats on Chi-O's getting #2 in SING this year. Sing is so much fun. I loved attending my nieces at UK. When they won the first year I watched it I thought I'd die from excitement. It's a big deal and those kids work tirelessly on nailing it. GREAT charity work, too. I am proud of your little red riding hoods. ♥♥ LOVED that Nashville home. The custom kitchen and butler's pantry cabinetry is to-die-for awesome. And I adored the customer ironworks. Loved that the pantry door ironworks matched the gorgeous stair rails. Well done, that. I love a light and airy colorless home and that one did not disappoint.

  6. Image for Sharon Sharon

    If you haven't already read Becoming Mrs. Lewis, I highly recommend it. It's made me want to plan a trip around Great Britain to visit all of CS Lewis' old haunts! It took me a bit to get into it, but once I did, I couldn't put it down. Just writing this makes me want to reread it!!

  7. Image for Susan James Susan James

    One of my favorite recent reads is The Frozen River by Ariel Lawhon. It’s historical fiction based on an actual historical figure. The Author’s Note about this is fascinating! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for me! The audiobook is also excellent!

  8. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Love all the ideas each Saturday! You do not disappoint’ Thank you. I enjoyed Lessons in Chemistry (a fictional story) and Barnes and Nobel 2023 Book of the Year. It detailed the difficulty of being a woman in science. Based on the story I estimate I was about 5 years behind the main character. The trials and tribulations were what I went through getting a degree in Chemistry. Once she is in a love match things change and it no longer mirrors my life. I still laughed at the trials and cried at the heartbreaks. 🩷

  9. Image for Cheryl Cheryl

    I enjoyed “Go As A River”. Also I’d love to know about the egg with little flowers next to the fondant bunny! So pretty! Thanks

  10. Image for Joan Moore Joan Moore

    Love to read your post and always get some wonderful advice and ideas. Thank you for all you do! I recently bought the Essence mascara and I like it, especially the sturdy brush, but I find that the mascara ends up below my eye, like raccoon eyes, as the day goes on. I do not put mascara on my lower lashes! Just wondering if anyone else has had this issue?? It's odd I know. 🤷🏼‍♀️

  11. Image for Patti Patti

    Hi KariAnne Love the blue and white ceramic vase in your opening of the March 3rd blog. Could you send the info on how to purchase it? Thank you so much.

  12. Image for Pamela Pamela

    The Amazing Lives of Emily Post was a good book. Try out An Invisible Thread by Laura schroff, also a true story.

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