wood stick pumpkin project

In a couple of months this blog will be almost five years old.

I know, right?

I’m as surprised as you are.

Almost 5 years, over 5,000 pictures and over 1,000 posts later….

….and I’m not even a little bit tired.

I was thinking I should be.  I was thinking I probably should have run out of ideas or home decor or stories by now.

Not even close.

Not even one tiny bit.

I love writing this blog so much it makes my heart happy.  I love waking up and having coffee with you and laughing and touring the house and telling you about School House Rock and what happened to the encyclopedia.

So thank you.

Thank you for the encouragement.

Thank you for inspiring me every, single day.

And thank you for listening. 🙂


I was so inspired by this home tour.

Love the soft neutral details.

You can see the entire tour here.


And this tour?


Don’t you want to grab that pumpkin off the chair and curl up by the fire?

You can take the entire tour here.


You probably knew this already because you are super smart.

I had no idea.

One of the best baking tips ever.


I was looking for easy appetizers for football games.

This salsa has only two ingredients.

Sign me up please.

Recipe found here.

And in random news this week:

This tour

Best wall idea ever

Home decorating ideas from a store (check out the wall art)

I’m all about my new online classes

This podcast

Easy project

Great farmhouse tutorial

Trying this recipe

Clever ideas to lighten a kitchen

And I can’t WAIT for this book

pumpkin fabric tutorial

And one more for the road.

I made these easy pumpkins from my first fabric line.

You can see the DIY here.

You can purchase the fabric on Houzz here.

Happy Random Saturday to You!

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  1. Image for Lisa Lisa

    Wait just a minute girlfriend...I had this exact idea to use your fabric for pumpkins! LOL Happy weekend!!!! XOXO Lisa

  2. Image for Lynn Mosher Lynn Mosher

    You are the most precious soul! Love that special heart of yours. Love your stories and posts. Love your ideas. Love your home! Congrats on your 5 years. May you be blessed to enthrall your readers with many more! :D <3

  3. Image for Joi Welch Joi Welch

    Out of all of the blogs I follow, yours is the one that I never want to miss one day of your entertaining posts. Everyday they brighten my morning as I read them and picture you writing with such heartfelt passion wearing bright red lipstick.

  4. Image for Linda Linda

    Iam a " new comer " to your blog, but I sure do enjoy your home and the cute way you write! So iam glad you aren't tired ! Keep up the good work and keep those ideas coming. :-)

  5. Image for Claudia A. Claudia A.

    Girl, are you sure??? Five years??? I mean you're like one of those people I've known forever. Love, love, love this blog...good thing you don't plan on shutting it down, cause I'm not sure what I'd do. Umm no one to schoolhouse rock with for sure. *giggle*. Congrats on your five years, may we have many more!

  6. Image for Ellen Ellen

    I love Saturdays because of Thistlekeeping ! You are my best never-met friend! Love your blog, it is the best place to get a smile- sometimes a much needed one too! You never fail to inspire and amuse! May you continue this beloved blog until I am to ancient to press the keys to find it. THANK-YOU, THANK-YOU, THANK-YOU for just being YOU and sharing your wit and wisdom on the best ever blog!!

  7. Image for Christy Christy

    Congrats on 5 years! I found you about a year ago and so glad I did. You have given me inspiration, you've made me laugh and you've made me get all teary eyed with your stories from the heart. Never stop being you.

  8. Image for Sara Syrett Sara Syrett

    I love stopping by your blog. I am usually quiet when it comes to commenting, but I had to say thank you for the feature of my chalkboard wall. You have such a great way of drawing us in! I often think I should be out of ideas or projects, but I could not be farther from it! Thanks again and congrats on 5 years!! Amazing! I look forward to hitting that mark!

  9. Image for Sheila F Sheila F

    My, how time flies... for real! The doors that have opened! The friends that you've made! The lives that you touch! The opportunities that you've embraced! In five short years... the blink of an eye! We look forward to more stories, adventures, DIY's... whatever you choose to share with us. Cheers! ✨☕️?☕️✨

  10. Image for ananda ananda

    happy 5 year blog-birthday karianne!!! i was just searching for family photo ideas for this week's round-up, and saw the most gorgeous picture frame wreath and it is from YOU!! =) should have know LOL your twig pumpkin is just drop dead gorgeous!! and thank you so much for the recent feature =) happy september! xoxo

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