just living is not enough one must have sunshine freedom and a little flower

Good morning sunshine.

Just in case you were wondering, I think I finally got all the pink out of my hair.

Good thing.

I’m off to speak on the main stage at the Country Living Fair this morning with the mini-thistles who I promised to take shopping after the event to places that don’t sell milk glass or vintage screen doors or shutters or random frames that you can transform into a chalkboard.

Places that rhyme with Forever 21 and the Gap.

If you happen to be in the Lebanon, TN area, I’ll be on the main stage from 12:00-1:00, right before the creative amazing couple from the new HGTV show, Hometown.

PS  I might not have pink hair, but I’ll have red lipstick. 🙂


I’m going to go all Reader’s Digest on you today and share links because I have to serve as a fashion adviser this morning for the seventh grade contingent headed to the fair.

Big decisions people.

Really big.

So while I drink coffee and choose between the headband with the monogram and the headband with the polka dots, here’s few links from my week.

front door spring

In random news this week:

Best project fail ever.

This wallpaper is so cool.

Have you tried any new podcasts lately?

Great idea for built-ins.

Awwww.  Made my weekend.

I want to find one of these at the Country Living Fair.

Love a good lipstick review.

My porch has a crush on this one.

Have you ever heard of Parrot Tulips?

And I’ve been following along with the makeover.  Can’t wait to see the finished room.


And in the one more for the road department.

A year ago a tree fell in our yard.

And here’s what I made from it.

Happy Random Saturday to you. 🙂

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  1. Image for Jenna Jenna

    Happy Saturday KariAnne! I always love your Saturday Thistlekeeping links. Congrats on your connection with Joanna Gaines, I can't wait to see what you use it for and hear your review. I do like that new show Hometown, but the couple seems to be trying too much to act like Chip and Joanna, that it's a little uncomfortable. Psst, I would love to see your pink hair :)

  2. Image for Shirley Shirley

    Karrianne, I enjoy your blog so much! Always looking for the latest post. I know you are very busy, but I hope you keep on truckin, red lipstick and all! God bless you!

  3. Image for Laura Ingalls Gunn Laura Ingalls Gunn

    I think Thistlekeeping is my favorite post of the week. While many of my favorites are your favorites you never fail to introduce me to something special. It's like a gift every Saturday. Now I must go and continue to working on my ORC offering. I finally got the wine rack down in taken down in the bad gas station bathroom and must find something more appropriate to fill the space. :) Yep, a wine rack in the bathroom. Wishing for a large captivated audience for you at Country Living.

  4. Image for Ariel Ariel

    A full shot of your house always gives me goosebumps. Just perfect. Good luck on stage today, not that you need it, I hope you have a blast! Enjoy your weekend :)

  5. Image for june june

    Knock their socks off today! I know you will. I too love the full view pictures of your home. I love my home but oh my to just trade places for a day.

  6. Image for KATHY B. KATHY B.

    Good Luck Karianne!! They will love you and your red lipstick with all the sunshine you bring!! I am hoping to get to the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY in June!!

  7. Image for Mary Alice Kenley Mary Alice Kenley

    About the red lipstick...always a fave for me. Now that I'm 70, I am being told old women don't wear it! NO! As long as I wear the clear liner that keeps it from streaming onto my upper lip, surely...surely it's ok. Yes? No?

  8. Image for Lynette Lynette

    May I tell you that you were absolute awesome sauce at the Fair yesterday!!! I was SO excited to look at the schedule upon arrival and see that I was gonna get to see ya speak. I snagged the end seat on the front row and enjoyed it to the nth degree!!! You did an amazing job, and I loved your stories. Your sweet girls are beautiful! Excited to hear if you found anything while there! Please share if you did. Lynette

  9. Image for Suzann Suzann

    Hi KariAnne my heart is broke I've missed you again! I was at the Country Living Fair yesterday but arrived after you had already spoke. Earlier in the week I traveled to Paducah, Ky (I live in Cookeville, Tn), I missed you at Hancocks of Paducah by one day!!! One day girlfriend I'll luck up and get to meet you. By the way I love your fabric line. I'm a quilter and its so great to purchase fabric I can use to make a quilt or curtains for my home with. Thank you! Love your blog!

  10. Image for Preppy Mountain Farmer Preppy Mountain Farmer

    Congratulations on being invited to speak at the Country Living Fair. I hope all went well and that you survived the teen shopping venture. I'm all too familiar with that. Have a fantastic week!

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