I knew the Olympics were coming.

I remember discussions and promos and pictures of rings and vague references to summer 2016.  But I had no idea they were next month until I watched the Olympic trials last night.  I turned on the television and there was Bob Costas who never looks any older and the Olympic swimming pool.

I couldn’t turn away.

Each of the swimmers perched on the edge of the pool had worked hour after hour and month after month and year after year for that moment.

And in an instant it was over.

Some were victorious and some not so much.

I think there’s something about watching someone’s dream come true right in front of your eyes that’s fascinating.

Rio 2016….

….I don’t want to miss a minute. 🙂

Anyone else joining me and Bob Costas?


I got all inspired when I read this post.

Plate racks aren’t just for plates any more.

See the entire kitchen here.


Love this screened in porch tour.

Galvanized anything makes me smile.

See the entire tour here.


Easy DIY designer knobs.

And they take only five minutes to make.

See the DIY here.


And those pillows?

Seriously?  Check on one side, floral on the other?

See the rest of the guest bedroom makeover here.

And in random news this week:

The floor in this bathroom

Fourth of July popsicles

Can’t wait for this book

A cute faux finish for summer

Such a cute idea for a photo booth

Faux tile wallpaper

So happy to hear this

A such a great reminder


And one more for the road.

I’ll leave you with some of my Fourth of July stories.

Like this one and this one and oh wait…..this one.

Happy Random Saturday and have an amazing Fourth. 🙂

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  1. Image for Jeanne @ I Dream of Jeanne Marie Jeanne @ I Dream of Jeanne Marie

    Good Saturday Morning KariAnne, What fun things you shared with us today! I always love your Thistlekeeping posts...You must collect your ideas all week and then decide what is "worthy" to share each Saturday. It's always a treat! I'm just like you...glued to the TV when the Olympics come on...not that I'm the least bit athletic, I love to see what others can do. My favorite links were the knobs: I thought they were probably covered with pieces of fabric... not paper...(I bet you could use fabric though...) :o) I also liked reading about the bathroom makeover... that was beautiful... ... and I liked that book, "Life in Season" and might have to get that one... I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family and can't wait to see what fun things you do with them. Blessings, Jeanne

  2. Image for Michelle Mortensen Michelle Mortensen

    A friend of mine had a son who went to the Olympic trials for swimming this year. I met him about 14 years ago - when he was just a kid. It was exciting to see how his hard work and dedication to swimming has paid off after all of these years. WOW! And, behind every great athlete is a dedicated parent. My friend drove 2 hours several days a week to get her son to a good swim coach - not because she thought he would be an Olympian, but because her son was passionate about swimming. Thanks for your post. Best & Bisous, Michelle from Simply Santa Barbara

  3. Image for Lisa Lisa

    I love the Olympics. I have ever since I was old enough to remember watching them. I used to go outside and hang upside down on my swing set and pretend to be on the uneven bars and what not. Can't wait for Rio!

  4. Image for Pat Pat

    Yes, I have been dedicated to Olympics summer and winter watcher for years, 24 - 7 for several weeks. I so admire the work, challenges and friendships made during their years of preparation and later into life. One of the best highlights for me is when the commentators share the back grounds of the competitors, where they live and their love for their individual talents. And the little villages that support them thru the years to the end. Happy 4th of July.

  5. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    Replace the round bales with square ones and that could be our field! Love your photos as always and your stories - they're the best! (Well except for my almost 4th of July story-it's on the blog) :-) Hugs Cecilia

  6. Image for gina gina

    I will be right with you and Bob Costas during Opening Ceremonies! A favorite ritual! And can't wait for your book!

  7. Image for Lucy ~ Patina Paradise Lucy ~ Patina Paradise

    Karianne, I hope you are having an amazing 4th of July weekend! Some of my fondest memories are of watching the Olympics while on vacation with my parents and in-laws, as well as World Cup Soccer and I am not a sports fan in the least. But something about seeing people at their peak performance and showmanship representing the best that their country has to offer is definitely inspiring. And it makes the world a smaller more friendly place. Oh and thanks so much for sharing my faux planked table! You are the best! xo

  8. Image for Diane Diane

    Almost everything I own is in storage 3 states away... including my TV. Wonder if I can watch the Olympics on my laptop? Hmmm... I really hate to miss. Have a happy and blessed Independence Day celebration!!

  9. Image for Nick Mayers Nick Mayers

    Those door knobs are fantastic, when I saw this I was googling while i found how to made them. I change all knobs on kitchen cabinet, it looks fantastic know.

  10. Image for ananda ananda

    thank you so much karianne for the feature!! =) i am in love with everything from the red barn, the plate shelf, to the galvanized lantern and pillows!! there are just too many beautiful things and too little time! hope you had a great trip and july 4th! we might be moving soon, from big city to the country! scary but yay barns! wish you a lovely summer! xo

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