pergola project

Yesterday we spent all day at a basketball tournament.

I know you are thinking that it’s baseball season.

But we live in Kentucky.

At the end of a day of dribbling and passing and bouncing and shooting and running and lay-uping….

….we landed here.

Sitting around a fire laughing and talking and sharing and planning and hoping and dreaming and listening to crickets chirp under the stars.

It made me so happy that on that long ago day when our knees shook and our hearts trembled and we were so scared….

….that we jumped.

icebox pie

I just discovered another story teller.

A girl after my own heart.

Here’s a lemon icebox pie recipe

….story included. 🙂


I never heard of a lisianthus flower before.

But now I’m their biggest fan.

Here are a few easy ways to add summer to your home and a little lisianthus arrangement.


I love following along on this make-over.

The before is truly a BEFORE.

So looking forward to the after.


This is such an easy way to make-over a side table.

Love the detail the project adds.

DIY found here.

And in random news this week:

No bake cookies and cream cheesecake

17 easy art ideas for your home

I’m making this for my back yard

Easy kitchen island update

Flower ice cream cones

Cute Father’s Day printable

New house with so much personality

And….this pillow stopped me in my tracks


One more for the road.

Never look at a bookcase the same way again.

Here’s the DIY.

Simply Eclectic Party

And in super exciting news…..I’m heading to Virginia this week!

I’m speaking and laughing and giggling and red-lipsticking it and giving away fabric so you can make projects like these.

I’ll be at the General Store at Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, VA from 2:00-4:00pm.

I’d love to meet you!

Happy Random Saturday to you.

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  1. Image for ananda ananda

    happy summer kariann! your backyard is stunning!!! congratulations on your fabric line! when i saw "Hoffman California" i was thrilled thinking you are coming to Cali! nope! still thrilled for you!! xo

  2. Image for Christine Christine

    Reading your posts are like a breath of fresh air! Thanks for sharing how you 'jumped'...I just made the biggest leap of my life and love reading how perfectly yours turned out! So happy for you and all your successes ❤️

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

    I am so glad you took "the jump"! Just think of all the things we would have missed had you not decided to move. All of the great stories, and photos, and how to make a pot roast or figure out BAM. My life would have missed out on a lot of important information. I'd forgotten about Pi but you reminded me. We need you for all those reminders. Oh! I went over and introduced myself to Ellie and Elizabeth -- thank you for telling me about her -- I love stories!! Have a beautiful day. Sending hugs!! Be SAFE!!!!

  4. Image for Pam Pam

    Thank you so much for sending me to Ellie and Elizabeth! My mom made that lemon pie when I was a girl a hundred years ago and I have been looking for that recipe for a very long time. The importance of asking our parents for history, recipes and stories of their lives while they are still available to us is sooo important, a lesson learned too late by me unfortunately, so I am happy to have this opportunity to say to people, ask questions, share what you love with your children, pass it on, they will be so glad you did. I think I am talking to someone who knows this lesson well, KariAnne, you are a master! I love your stories and look forward to Thislekeeping every weekend and now you have sent me to a new blog I am sure I will look forward to everyday, thank you for everything you are!

  5. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    The lemon ice box pie and story were my favorites! Of course, I grew up in the 70's so it was a sweet reminder of my childhood. :-) Safe travels and enjoy! Hugs, Cecilia

  6. Image for Stephanie Ray Brown Stephanie Ray Brown

    So happy to see you and your beautiful friend!!!! Love recipes and their stories so hope to do more for my children to have. Your girls are so beautiful.. Just like you!!!! Hope week is kind. Our last basketball shootout is this Tuesday. Love love basketball but with these hot temps love the pool more!! Prayers for safe travels and adventures. Keep shining sweet super star you are!⭐️

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