We are living on the edge here at Thistlewood.

Thistlekeeping on a Monday.

I know…right?

I missed Thistlekeeping on Saturday, but I had to share because it’s fall and there are so many amazing ideas in blogland right now. So here are some random thoughts on a cold Monday morning in the beautiful state of Texas.

1.  I missed Saturday Thistlekeeping because my house was full of incredible, amazing individuals who attended the second annual Inspire Workshop.

It was a day that I need a week to recover from.

I set out to inspire them.

But instead?

They inspired me.

With their grit and their determination and braveness and authenticity and willingness to share their heart.

2.  I wish you could have seen the food this weekend. It was straight out of a Hallmark Movie. I had it catered by my friend Barbara, one of the most creative people that I know. She designed an entire theme for the event called “Fall Forest.” There were giant charcuterie boards and cupcakes from Magnolia and layers and layers and layers of the yummiest food I have ever seen.

3. It was a good week on the blog. We talked about slipcovered couches and toured a Waco farmhouse and discussed how to turn our winter decorations into fall.

4.  I’m working in the dining room today on a project idea that popped into my head in the middle of Poldark.

Fingers crossed it works out.

And now?

Let’s see what I found from around the internet this week.

This recipe is filed under so easy I could make it.

Pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls.

See the recipe here.

Simple and easy ideas for decorating your front porch.

Love this wreath in a chair.

See the rest of the ideas here.

This super simple easy alternative to wallpaper.

Such a fun project.

See the entire DIY here.

This is such a creative idea.

A centerpiece that’s edible.

See the entire centerpiece and the how-to here.


And in random news this week:

How to paint your grout

Fun podcast ideas

This beautiful living room

These creative ideas for a handmade gift

This autumn charcuterie board

This SUPER simple pumpkin DIY

These handmade ornaments for your tree

Fun ceiling ideas

Five ways to style a throw

These small front porch ideas for fall

And this wreath stopped me in my tracks.

It’s so pretty and you can see the entire DIY here.

And one more for the road.

This festive tour of a Christmas cottage.

See the entire tour here.

Happy random Monday to you.



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  1. Image for Denise V Cox Denise V Cox

    I missed you Saturday!! I kept checking and checking and thought, " What's going on?" So, now so least I know I wasn't losing it. I'm so glad you had a delightful time Saturday!! No doubt, I'm sure you're the hostess with the mostess.

  2. Image for Betsy Betsy

    See why you're the Queen Of Creativity! Able to multitask during a show. When Poldark comes on my eyes never leave the screen. The lead character has my full attention! : )

    1. Image for Deb in Oklahoma Deb in Oklahoma

      I'm with you there, Betsy--when Ross Poldark is on screen, I'm not really noticing anything else, especially the set decoration. We all find inspiration in different ways, I suppose. ::wink, wink:: But I do love all the wreaths Karianne found this week! That autumn confection in the chair is just lovely and makes me want to

  3. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    I can’t wait to see what you came up with while watching Poldark!!!!!! Thanks for the wrap up and sharing all these wonderful ideas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Image for Lynn W Lynn W

    Sounds like an amazing event on Saturday!!! I hope you took some pics of the food.....the Forest theme sounds wonderful and I’m sure yummy 😋 These are great ideas you rounded up....the wreath tutorial from Magnolia is gorgeous and I loved the living room from House of Silver Lining. 💜 Happy Monday 🌞

  5. Image for Ellen Rossano Ellen Rossano

    Saturday was AMAZING! More to come from me you you about all that. 😉 I do believe you’re psychic as I’ve been looking for a way to spruce up the grout in my office bathroom - perfect timing!

  6. Image for Kim Kim

    I always look forward to Thistlekeeping! It's just what I needed this dreary Monday morning! I hope y'all didn't have any damage from all of last night's storms!

  7. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    Everything, and everybody, in that Inspire weekend looks and sounds amazing! (You're forgiven for being busy on Saturday, by the way.) Heavy sigh here, as much as I would SOMETIMES like to start a blog, I'm not sure I have the time to devote to it right now. However, I want to come to the next one just to hang .out! LOL!

  8. Image for Julie Briones Julie Briones

    I thought you may be doing an every-other-week-thing with Thistlekeeping... Fun surprise to see it in my inbox this morning. I had no idea Barbara was such a 'wonder' at food art! LOVE! I'm so glad your time was blessed with the group!

  9. Image for Kristin Kristin

    So many fun ideas this week KariAnne, most came while sitting right around your table! But love all your Thistlekeeping too!! Have the best week my friend!

  10. Image for Jackie Jackie

    I didn’t even realize I missed Thistlekeeping because I was at your house on Saturday! Thank you for an amazing workshop. (And the food was incredible!)

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