spring porch decorating flowers

Happy day.

How about some flowers with your morning?

In no particular order, here’s my favorite things about Saturday.

1.  That moment when you open your eyes and the sun is peeking out from behind the horizon and you think you overslept but then you realize it’s Saturday.

And you slide back under the covers.

2.  It’s the perfect project day.  Nothing says Saturday like a morning run to Lowe’s or Home Depot.

3.  Or when you run out of projects or you’re kind of over them and they seem all intimidating and overwhelming, it’s the perfect Hallmark movie marathon day.

4.  But my favorite thing about Saturday?  It’s Saturday.

Enough said.

Mike drop. 🙂

thistlewood farms sign

I had to share this with.

It’s one of my favorite finds EVER.

I saw it online and bought it from this shop and had it customized.

It’s metal and heavy and one-of-a-kind and SO affordable.

You can order your own here.

(not a sponsored link….I just loved it soooo much)


I started looking at this picture because that doughnut looks yummy.

And ended up pinning it because of this barn wood tray.

Easy tray DIY found here.


Simple, easy idea for napkin rings and perfect for spring.

And she made the tags, too.

DIY found here.


What is better than sugar cookies?

A sugar cookie cake.

Especially one so cute and sweet and valentine daysy looking.

Simple recipe found here.


And in random news this week:

I might try this project (but on a smaller scale).

Barbie has a new look.

Easy Super Bowl recipes.

Such a cute Valentine’s DIY gift.

How to create a chippy finish.

And for everyone who wants brighter, lighter photos….

….this is the post for you.


And one more for the road.

I wrote this story last year.

And I still mean every. single. word.

Happy Random Saturday to you. 🙂

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  1. Image for Kris Kris

    The Thistlewood sign is gorgeous. The guys in our house went winter camping last night (!) so it's just my daughter and me ... and we got to have a lazy morning with the sun streaming in the window waking us up, just like you had. Sometimes it's nice to have the early risers spend a night somewhere else. :) Happy weekend.

  2. Image for Leslie Leslie

    Love the story of your Dad most of all....mine left us 44 years ago, today. The most compassionate, energetic and outgoing man! Still miss him and his laughter. Happy Saturday, my friend!

  3. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    I so loved the story about the rocks and your father. Thanks for reminding me again. It's such a cool memory! ;)

  4. Image for Barbara Barbara

    Love the new sign- awesome! And the flowery heart-sweet:) And I remembered that beautiful story, just beautiful!

  5. Image for Diane Diane

    Well reading last year's story certainly made me cry. My daughter is getting married in 90 days and I have such mixed emotions, but the planning has brought back so many memories of my Dad, her grandfather, and I wish so, so much that he was here to celebrate her special day. She was the only grandchild and born on his birthday so they had a special bond. Like you, I miss him every single day. Thanks for sharing such lovely thoughts of your very special Dad...your words apply to all of us who have lost the first man in our lives.

  6. Image for Moriah C Moriah C

    Love your story! And I just ordered a sign. I was wanting to make a sign to go over my version of your plated recipe wall and I wanted it to be special (not desiring my lack of artistic ability to take the focus offf the recipe) and I didn't know what to do. Then your timely post. It's all yet to be made (had to repaint the entire pantry, re-do the shelving, etc. first -ya know how projects go), but I was going to put my great grandpas coffee cake recipe on it. as He had a German bakery in Chicago and came to our house every December to bake his goodies. His coffee cake is an all-time FAVE. I love his recipe as its "a pound of flour....a bit more sugar than flour. Pinch of mace. More cinnamon." So if you wonder if anyone ever puts your posts -old and new- into action, I want you to know we do! And I am very thankful for your posts. I've recreated many things. But these two in particular are helping our family tradition/memories be passed down from one gereation to the next- making our house a home as well. Thank you and may God richly bless you and your family

  7. Image for Shonee Shonee

    Thanks so much for sharing my DIY tray! I love that sign, it's perfect. Saturdays are my favorite, it's my get up early and have the house to myself day. Hope you have a great weekend. Shonee

  8. Image for Susan Susan

    Your new sign is just gorgeous, KariAnne...I would love one, too, but worry that the shipping costs to Canada would break me, so maybe I'll just envy yours from afar. :) Thank you for bringing so many wonderful things together for us...I enjoyed taking the time to peruse the things that caught your interest! I kinda got stuck on those Super Bowl recipes...oh, m'gosh...those black bean nachos and the greek salad dip...I soooooo love greek salad like you just don't even know! And I also got stuck on the Magnolia site...seems I always do every single time I wind up there. I love Joanna's sweet (literally and figuratively) Valentine idea! And, holy smokes...I didn't realise that the Gaines' were creating a vacation home...I want to stay there someday! Of course, reading about your Dad is always a pleasure, KariAnne...he was an amazing man in every sense of the word...no wonder you miss him so. The way you so lovingly describe him, I can picture him as if he was right before my eyes. I wish I could've met him, too...it's always a joy to get to meet people with true blue hearts. Thank you for sharing him with us again today...your story brought many joyful smiles and tears to my heart which are just what I needed today. How did you know? :) Be well and be happy, dear friend!

  9. Image for Mindy Whipple Mindy Whipple

    Your sign is so special! I love the rosemary napkin rings as well as the honey jars with a sprig of the same. I will be doing both. I may have to plant a second rosemary bush! Happy Saturday : ) PS: Your story of your Dad and the rocks - precious.

  10. Image for TwoPlusCute TwoPlusCute

    "Mike drop"! I can't stop laughing. =) I often come to take lessons from your writing. It hasn't sank in yet - I am possibly hopeless - but at least, I am enjoying every word.

  11. Image for Design Chic Design Chic

    I love the simplicity of the napkin ring...must try! And I really want to make the Valentine sugar cookie cake so I can eat it too!! Happy weekend, Karianne!


    Where did you fine the smocked curtains? I think that is what they are called. I love all your wonderful and snazzy ideas. I wish I were so creative.

  13. Image for Donnie Donnie

    Went to tea with my daughter and granddaughters on Saturday. Waiting outside for them to finish looking at a wagon and looked down and found my first two heart-shaped rocks and thought of you and your dad! You make an impression, my friend!

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