A few random thoughts on a sunny Monday morning:

1.  This Memorial Day I want to honor all servicemen and women who have lost their lives in service to this great nation of ours.  Your sacrifice is awe-inspiring.

2.  My cute husband and his father are putting up a fence in the backyard.  They started at dark thirty because it is so hot this week.  I am supporting the entire project with water detail.

3.  This weekend was senior prom.  Zack went with one of the sweetest, nicest, cutest girls on the planet that he used to slurp popsicles with on the back porch when he was four.

4.  We went out last night with friends.  There was birthday cake and hamburgers and sun and laughter and joy.  Not to go all Pinterest quote on you, but I’ve decided friends are what makes the world go round.

5.  This week on the blog we found this at a yard sale and figured out how to keep our trash safe and told a story about a time when phones had cords.

6.  I read every single comment on this post.  Seriously.  How could I not?  You all are so inspiring.

And then?

I ordered the fabric.

Spoiler alert.  I may have ordered two. 🙂

I missed the spring cleaning and just went straight to summer cleaning.

I was trying to figure out the best way to clean our windows and I found this.

Did you know window cleaning should be done on a cloudy day?

More tips here.

Planning on thrift store shopping this weekend?

Or yard saling?

Here are 10 things you should be on the lookout for.

I’ve been wanting to make my own topiaries because they are so expensive.

And then I found this tutorial.

See all the how to’s here.

And in random news this week:

This easy duvet cover project

These free printable placemats

How to build a raised garden bed

Top 10 Pinterest entryways

This house tour and built-in cabinet

These peonies and how to make them last longer

This wall and this room

How to propagate plants

This is such a clever DIY

This home tour just made me happy.  And want to paint my own art.

And one more for the road.

I’m recreating this in my new house.

See the DIY here.

And a little life lesson I learned from this project.

Happy Monday to you.

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  1. Image for Julie Julie

    Have a lovely Memorial Day! What a wonderful project you chose to re-create in your new home, the original recipe on the wall in your old house was a favorite of mine, and since you couldn't take the wall with you, I am happy you brought the inspiration to your new home! All the best

  2. Image for Julie Briones Julie Briones

    Love this 'episode' of Thistlekeeping. I think we should start a new 'play' on spelling... "Yard Sailing". I dunno... *I* think it's pretty clever! LOL! ;-) Love Lauren's vases/baby's breath... so pretty, so simple! Have good rest of your weekend. I have tomorrow off, as well, and then back to work for two days, and then off for my granddaughter's birth! Exciting stuff! Hugs, friend! (Your kids are young adults! What?!!!)

  3. Image for Laurilyn Laurilyn

    I love the plate rack with the recipe painted behind it. I'm trying to decide if my kitchen needs something similar. 😊

  4. Image for Linda Linda

    I just love your wonderful sense of humor, I really look forward to your stories ! Thank you for making me smile, then laugh, then fall on the floor!

  5. Image for Terri Terri

    Karianne, I have no doubt that whatever fabric you use, it will be beautiful. Thank you for another great "Thistlekeeping" post! I learn so much and am always inspired to get off of the couch and try something new in my home.

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