Fall Transitional Mantel

Yesterday I drove my teenage son to McDonald’s to get a snack on my way into town.  We had just eaten lunch 30 minutes ago and he and his hollow leg were hungry again.

I thought a snack might tide him over until dinner.

A snack.

In the drive-through he ordered an entire cheeseburger meal and asked if it was okay if he ordered apple pies for dessert.

“What?” I said and stared at him incredulously.  “Seriously? We just ate lunch.”

“I know mom”, he said.  “But this is linner.”


You know.

The meal between lunch and dinner.  🙂

kate's place chair

In exciting chair news, check out this makeover.

She spent $10.00 and then added a page from a book with decoupage.

DIY found….here.


Do you dress like your home?

Great read on how sometimes fashion and home decor overlap.

I agree.  My home wears red lipstick sometimes.

The Shabby Nest Pillow

Something about this pillow called my name.

It said please put me on the chair in the hallway.

Pillow DIY found…..here.


Sometimes you wonder if a before and after is worth it?

Here’s a great post on where to invest in your home without regrets.

And I need the faucet on that tub.

And in random news this week:

I would love to meet this artist.

Love how this fireplace makeover turned out.

I’ve always wanted to know how to do the half-tuck.

This deck made me sigh.

And such a pretty home tour.


And one more for the road.

Make your own dried hydrangea wreath.

Happy random Saturday to you!

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  1. Image for Michelle Rudis Michelle Rudis

    Love the 'linner' logic! How funny. I won't get to read or respond to your wonderful stories for a WHOLE WEEK!!! because I'm leaving for vacay with my grown daughter. I'm feeling the withdrawals already...

  2. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Ummm! Do you need me to send cash to help feed the bottomless pit?? I had two of those at one time. If we lived closer I'd bring goodies but sometimes a hamburger is the only thing that will fill that empty space. Oh! And a pastry dessert. OMG! I hope I don't dress like some of my rooms -- I get a cold chill. I'd look like a poor orphan who just stepped off the boat. Or someone who is wearing all of the ill-fitting hand-me-downs. I think you get the idea. Have a great weekend -- it is GORGEOUS outside. I'll be doing some much needed weeding :-)

  3. Image for Kris Kris

    So at what age will my son eat me out of house and home? He turns 12 next week! THANK YOU for the half-tuck! I have a couple of tops that I like but need some definition at the waistline--this may be the answer. Love your thistlekeeping posts. :)

  4. Image for Mimi Mimi

    I love all the different textures in your first two pictures! Those gorgeous thingamabobbles against that crisp white mantel just make me smile. I absolutely adore Thistlekeeping day! Have a fabulous weekend, KariAnne!

  5. Image for terie terie

    HA HA I can relate to the "snack" thing too. 2 hungry girls that played soccer right after school needed "lupper" you know the "tide me over" between lunch and supper! And yes, sometimes it was a full meal - maybe minus the dessert. Girls who play sports that involve lots and lots of running can put away some food and still stay fit and thin. Oh to be a teenager again ( sigh)- well maybe not!

  6. Image for Lanita Lanita

    Oh my goodness....I haven't heard the term "linner" yet, but I definitely know what the "snacks" include. I not only have a 15 year old son, but one that runs cross country and track, so he's forever hungry and raiding the pantry! Here are a few "funnies" from my corner of the world: 1) One night at dinner he asked me what we were having for dinner the next night!? 2) Last week just a short while after a very hearty dinner, he was "scrounging" in the pantry and when I questioned him about it, he said, "Mom, it's been 15 minutes!!" :) Oh the world of teenage boys...... Loved the thistlekeeping, especially the fall mantel..... Enjoy the weekend, friend! Lanita

  7. Image for june june

    Love the fun post today! Had to chuckle at "linner" my boys always called it "lupper":) I have to say I would do anything to be able to pick them up from school and head to the local burger place in town for seasoned fries and a homemade root beer before dinner. Instead today the youngest is doing yard work with his dad and they are having a brew pub date tonight. Where did you get those fun branches - they look like acorns but I can't tell.

  8. Image for Carol Bray@The Red Painted Cottage Carol Bray@The Red Painted Cottage

    You may not believe this, but Mr. Cottage use to call me Hollow Legs. I could eat as much as I wanted and never gain an ounce, UNTIL I had my thyroid removed about 14 years ago. And as far as teenagers go, I had to leave notes on food in the frig or elsewhere, telling the kids HANDS OFF! I'd go to make a meal and find out some of my special items were already consumed. Ah, the joys of parenthood!

  9. Image for Mindy Whipple Mindy Whipple

    Your mantle is so pretty - love the shades of cream and white. I visited the artist link and her work is amazing as is the hydrangea wreath. Sadly mine did not bloom for the first time in several years. Must have been the unusual heat wave we have been experiencing. Off to visit the home tour now...

  10. Image for Debra W Debra W

    I love your blog. You are the sweetest, funniest, most cheerful, inspirational and a talented writer that knows how to tell wonderful stories person that I have never met. :) So glad that I found it. And I absolutely love your home. You have such great decorating style. Everything looks simply and beautifully put together.

  11. Image for Linda M. (Mackie) Linda M. (Mackie)

    You always make me smile. Now, about that linner . . . . I have two grown sons and they also had the hollow leg syndrome when they were becoming young men. Around our house that in between meal was, and still is, referred to as "lupper (between lunch and supper). We now have "lupper" each Sunday with both sons and their families. Keeping up with tradition and making memories.

  12. Image for Nancy @ Slightly Coastal Nancy @ Slightly Coastal

    I can so relate to this! My 13 year old seems to be eating round the clock. The other night I was making dinner and he asked me how long before it was ready. Feeling like he would like my answer, I told him 10 minutes. The look on his face was...That's an eternity! He could hardly wait. That bathroom before and after is great. My current bath looks almost identical to the before. It is slated for the One Room Challenge coming up in October. If you could see me face it says...That's an eternity! I can hardly wait. I guess some things run in the family.

  13. Image for Cindy Cindy

    Ahh...the hollow leg. Yes, incredible isn't it? I have two that had hollowed legs, and it drove me nuts! They used to go to Chipotle and see who's burrito would cost more?! Our oldest took a picture when they sat down to eat because our youngest sons burrito was almost the size of his head -_- I wish I had a hollow leg! Lol! I need one for all the chocolate that I eat.

  14. Image for Julia Julia

    It was called "linner" in our house too when the girls were in sports/cheerleading...my son was in Ag, raising steers and he just ate all the time! Kind of miss those days :)

  15. Image for Lela Lela

    Your Saturday Thistlekeeping series is the perfect beginning to my weekend. I always look forward to seeing what you share each time. Thanks so much for doing these little random collections of internet finds and weekly recollections. Thistlekeeping, a cup of coffee, and the chirping birds in the trees near my back deck is definitely my favorite weekend tradition.

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