Thistlekeeping on a Monday.

I know…right?

Sometimes life hands you a Monday and you just have to live on the edge.

Random thoughts on a cold Monday morning in the beautiful state of Kentucky.

1.  I missed Saturday Thistlekeeping because I was up at dark thirty helping with an all-day charity golf tournament.  It was so worth it because we reached our fundraising goal.

2.  I don’t want to give it away in case you haven’t watched Poldark yet, but I’m just going to put it on the table.  I knew it.

3.  I had the cutest idea for pumpkin cupcakes.  I bought a mini bundt pan and I was going to put two mini bundts together to make a pumpkin.  It didn’t work out.  The icing covered crumbs are still sitting on the counter.

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 better than the cupcakes. 🙂


In the super cute fall porch idea department, how cute are these cabbages in baskets.

Love the neutrals on this porch.

You can take the rest of the tour here.


To make up for my lack of pumpkin cupcake posting, I discovered these instead.

Pumpkin Mini-Cheesecake Tarts.

Recipe found here.


Clever ideas for the Thanksgiving table.

10 of them to be exact.

You can see all the ideas here.


I just found a chair similar to this at an auction for less than lunch at a fast food restaurant.

I’m using this makeover as inspiration.

You can see the entire DIY here.

And in other random news this week:

I think I’m going to try this

Simply beautiful

Great idea for basic doors

New favorite Instagram feed

What to do with leftover Halloween candy

Love this wreath DIY

And this.

I saw this on CBS Sunday Morning and cried

Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas Wood Slice Place Holder

One more for the road.

Here’s some more table setting ideas to get this Thanksgiving party started.

Now go take on the week.

Happy random Monday to you. 🙂

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  1. Image for Nancy @ Slightly Coastal Nancy @ Slightly Coastal

    Oh I needed Thistlekeeping on a Monday! Perfect! I spent the weekend running the kids around and finishing all my blog posts for the week. I'm feeling oh so organized today but that meant I couldn't do my usual blog hopping to see what wonderful things others have been doing. This gives me the perfect excuse to grab a cup of coffee and enjoy a Monday. Thanks! Nancy

  2. Image for Raquel Raquel

    Poldark: I hate that this happened!! I saw it coming early in the episode, but am so sad. Things were looking good, so I shouldn't be surprised. ?

  3. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    Thistlekeeping on a Monday works ! I've got Poldark dvr'd...I've got 3 episodes recorded...guess I better get on it! Enjoy your Monday! ;)

  4. Image for Ellen Ellen

    I missed Thistlekeeping so much, but it makes Monday morning better! I have to admit to having a busy Family weekend anyway, made not having my weekend Thistlekeeping tolerable. Many, many years ago when making cakes was my thing I had a two piece cake pan to make pumpkin cakes. They looked much like bundt pans and it wasn't easy to frost those either. That was long before my youngest daughter became a pastry chef! I leave the cakes to the expert these days, much easier. Thank-you for this post filled with great ideas, you never disappoint!!

  5. Image for Toni Toni

    Really!!! How did I miss the clip board place setting... love it... using this year. Fun, original and quirky!!! Ideas running through my head. Gotta go catch some! Brilliant, fabulous and so fun. Thanks sooo much for the inspiration. ???

  6. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Loved all the Thistlekeeping Monday inspirations, even the failed cupcake pumpkins! How about piping a little green frosting on the plate for one teeny bunt pan cupcake to sit on so it looks like the rest of it is hiding in the pumpkin patch...or something like that...? We missed you but yay for the fund raiser!! P.S. I post this cautiously but I had google what a 'Poldark' was lol.

  7. Image for Terry Terry

    OK so I'm mad at Poldark! I was beginning to love the new and improved Francis & (spoiler alert!) if what I saw online is true, it only get's worse!!! Elizabeth is sooooo gorgeous,,,, poor precious Demelza! Sorry, but you got me off on a Poldark tangent! Hugs!

  8. Image for Jeanne Jeanne

    Happy Monday - sorry...I didn't know about Poldark...but now I need to find out...I do love the ceramic white bunny plate on your opening photo...just lovely. :)

  9. Image for Kris Kris

    I was gone over the weekend, so a Monday Thistlekeeping is perfect for me. And I know that you are trying to work your posts around my schedule. ;) LOVE the closet door ideas and I love "dark thirty"--I may be stealing your phrase for my own use.

  10. Image for Mrs Mike Mrs Mike

    thank goodness someone is talking about Polkdark, it was SO upsetting!!!! So many cute Fall ideas. Now if only Houston would stop reaching the 80's during the day so I can have fall too, lol.

  11. Image for Janine Janine

    Ok, a friend and fellow blogger got a bunch of us hooked on Poldark! I don't have cable tv so I have to wait till I can stream it! Ugh! I think I may have to pay for some new episodes now that I read your post! Your blog is my fave! Thanks so much for all that you do!

  12. Image for Sondra Sondra

    Hey girlfriend! I'm reading 'Thistlekeeping on a Monday' - on a Monday NIGHT! Glad I did, if only to get some commiseration on the Poldark episode!! Aggghhh! I knew he had made too radical a change for it to last, one way or the other!! BTW, my hubs and I now want to make a trip to Cornwall SO BADLY!

  13. Image for Sherry Sherry

    Monday is over now; It's my day to recover from the weekend! However, I had to get up and go get a flu shot, visit the library to get books and then redo a little project for my master bath. Hubby's away on a golf trip so I created a simple pasta and salad...then made decadent no bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies...I'm into balanced diets! Haha I only ate four ....I'm ending the day with Thistlekeeping! Love it!! And on a side note, I saw tragedy coming-Poldark will do the right thing....ooooh, I loathe that George!! Here's to a new day!

  14. Image for PJ PJ

    So I read your Poldark comment while waiting between coats of paint on the guest room trim. I had to force myself to finish my painting before viewing Poldark. Oh dear, I was once again brought to tears by this show. In addition to "dark thirty", we use the term "quarter to dawn" to describe the time that the phone rings with substitute teacher assignments. I enjoyed all your wonderful Thistlekeeping ideas. Thanks, Karianne!

  15. Image for Susan Susan

    Watching the story about Heather Krueger and Chris Dempsey made my heart a puddle...thank you for thinking to share this, helps me to see that the world can still be a beautiful place! I want to try some of those door makeovers to liven up the boring ones I have! And, jumpin' jiminy, those pumpkin cheesecake tarts need to be mine...ALL MINE! I'll also take those icing covered crumbs, if you don't mind...hehe!

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