Flea Market Decor Thistlewood Farms


Dear random wonderful, creative, incredible new friends from the Books-A-Million magazine department,

I adore you.


And I just wanted to say thank you.

You are amazing.

Magazine Feature Thistlewood


Thank you for not calling security when I ran up to you in the bookstore with the magazine open to pg. 20…….gesticulating wildly and saying, “This is me!  Can you even believe it?  I’m in a magazine!”  

I know I was a little loud and over-excited and I was kind of stumbling over my words and pointing to the page.

I know there was a lot of pointing and an occasional odd gulp.

But you were wonderful.

I mean….I know we haven’t met before, so I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your sweet smiles.

And encouragement.

And joy.


Flea Market Decor Thistlewood Tips


I couldn’t help it.  I mean….I saw the magazine and the article and my heart was singing and joy was bubbling over right there in the middle of Books-A-Million.

And I just had to share.

I had to share it with someone right then.

Someone who looked like they appreciated flea markets and yard sales and a collection of party dishes and the story of how I had been collecting them for years and how we bought this old farmhouse and renovated it and how the butler’s pantry used to have nothing but a red linoleum faux brick floor and a water heater.

And your eyes didn’t even glaze over one time.

You totally understood.

Flea Market Decor Thistlewood


And there in the middle of the bookstore……we laughed and laughed and talked about how you were decorating your rooms and why didn’t everyone just shop at thrift stores and yard sales……and then you inspired me and gave me that cute idea of using old tackle boxes to hold crayons and putting art supplies in fishing buckets.

It was a shining moment of absolute sparkling joy tied up with a bow.

And you shared it with me.

I still can’t even believe it.

Thistlewood Flea Market Style


I’m never going to forget you……or that moment.

And one day….when I’m telling future generations about Thistlewood Farm and blogging and the joy of seeing your name in print…..I will smile to myself.

And think about the moment in time when four strangers in the Books-A-Million magazine department laughed and talked and rejoiced…..

…..over whiteware and a little blog that could. 🙂

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  1. Image for Donna Earley Donna Earley

    KariAnne, I anticipate the arrival of your blog to my email everyday! I get carried away into each blog post you write. It is like you take me on your journey with you! Today's was no exception! I felt like I was in that magazine section with you!! Congratulations! I will be going to get that magazine today!! Donna

  2. Image for Patty O Patty O

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! How amazing and fun! OK...well, is it really any surprise that you are published? Look at you! You're fabulous! I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog and soaking in your words of wisdom and fun and informative tips! Here's to much more success! (clink of glasses)

  3. Image for Patti Patti

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you. I wish I had been there to do the happy dance with you! I always enjoy receiving up dates from you! Hugs, Patti

  4. Image for Kim Banta Kim Banta

    Oh, Kari, I'm just so tickled for you I can barely stand it! I can sure tell of your excitement! You must have been SHAKING with it while you took the pic! Your excitement is palpable! Love the layout and colors of the piece, too! So proud to know you!

  5. Image for susanmarysunshine susanmarysunshine

    I'm so happy and excited for you that I've started to well up with tears. How amazing! Hope you bought a bunch of copies. I can't wait to buy mine.

  6. Image for Terry Terry

    Congratulation girl...you deserve it! When this happened to me, I had the biggest goofy smile on my face at the grocery store and all I remember is it made everyone smile back. I was walking on a cloud that day!

  7. Image for Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage

    Those poor gals - they probably still don't know what hit them! Wish I could have been there to get caught up in the whirlwind at Books a Million - but did they have to call security to politely escort you out?! Congrats - you are amazing. Kelly

  8. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    Can you see me jumping up and down...you did it girl!!!...i knew you would and this will definitely not be the one and only....I am sure!...I can just imagine those ladies at BAM....after the initial impression of "what is wrong with this girl?"...they realized the incredible excitement of our accomplishment....Now, I am surprised you did not grab the "PA system" from the manager and announced your very first magazine feature...Next time Kar!!...Congrats, congrats....can't wait to run to the store and grab a copy....

  9. Image for Kimm at Reinvented Kimm at Reinvented

    Woohoo! Congrats, girl, you are so deserving of fame and fortune and magazine articles! I must find a copy of that magazine! I can see the title, but what are the words at the top left?

  10. Image for Bethanie Bethanie

    YAY!!!!!! So excited for you my friend!!! Cannot wait to go have my own Books a Million moment. I will tell everyone, "this is my friend!!" They could put your whole house in a magazine, Im sure they will before long!! Im a little jealous of those ladies for being the ones to share that time with you!!!

  11. Image for Doreen Doreen

    How wonderful and what a great memory you have for the occasion! I can't wait to run out today and buy my own copy and I'm going to show my hubs and friends and say - that's my friend, karianne!

  12. Image for Betsy(@coastal-colors) Betsy(@coastal-colors)

    Congratulations, Karianne! You are a precious friend and I'm thrilled for you! Your photos and home a re lovely!

  13. Image for Teri Teri

    Congratulations! What an exciting moment! Keep on doing what you're doing...it's working and I love your blog. - Teri

  14. Image for Sharon Sharon

    Well ! It is a dream come true ! Congratulations ! I don't blame you one bit , I would be excited too . Looking forward to getting that magazine .

  15. Image for tammy hebert tammy hebert

    Congrats Karianne- well of course they featured you. Why wouldn't they feature someone with great taste - but also someone who totally appreciates it so much - with an over abundance of happy energy. That is you- over abundance of happiness in the most awesome way. I love your blog and you. tammy

  16. Image for Pinky Pinky

    No surprise here, of COURSE you are in a magazine. You should be in ALL of the magazines!!!! What fun, though, to actually SEE it for the first time. I have to go get a copy now!!! XO, Pinky

  17. Image for sheri sheri

    That's so awesome! I'm going to get the magazine today and I'm gonig to tell everyone in my Books A Millions that I know you ;) Yay for you!!! xo

  18. Image for Candace Bertalan Horner Candace Bertalan Horner

    What I have discovered about the Blogging community (as a follower, so far) is that the support and encouragement is just so uplifting; after all, there's plenty to go around!! Enjoy and Bask in your success!! Oh and By the way, I know you spell and pronounce is differently, however I can't read your updates without singing in my head: HEY KARIANNE WHAT"S YOUR GAME GIRL- CAN ANYBODY PLAY!!!.... every single time...!!!

  19. Image for Marian Marian

    Man, do you have a lot of friends, girl! Wow! Karianne, that is SO EXCITING! I truly wish I could have been in the store with you, gushing and jumping up and down maniacally. My post this week is about happy little things (not that being published is little by any stretch), so I'll be linking to this post. I still have to write it though. Hopefully tonight or tomorrow... I am so crazy happy for you. Marian

  20. Image for Regina Regina

    Yay!!!! I'm so glad you had someone to share it with!!! I love getting into deep and meaningful conversations with people I've never seen before . . . . sometimes those are the BEST! :) Happy rainy Monday!!

  21. Image for Bliss Bliss

    We knew her when.... Bliss P.S. Which one of those ladies asked to see your drivers license for proof and then asked for you to autograph their magazine?

  22. Image for Lisa R Lisa R

    Congratulations!!! That's so awesome for you. You're my favorite blog to read because you always make me smile and laugh. Thanks so much for that!! You truly brighten my day.

  23. Image for Cindy Cindy

    Congratulations, KariAnne! You deserve it if anyone really does. How fun that you could share it with complete strangers, I need that magazine! Enjoy your day! CINDY

  24. Image for Susan Susan

    How proud your family must be of your accomplishment with being featured in this magazine! As part of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Apron, I'm especially proud to know such a creative person. Must get to a bookstore and pick this up, XOXO

  25. Image for Sandy Sandy

    If HGTV held a contest with a number of DIY bloggers, hands down you would win. Maybe I should give them this ides. Start thinking possibilities for naming your series! Congrats on the article. I am hoping there is still a magazine for me to grab.

  26. Image for Audrey Zumwalt Audrey Zumwalt

    I share your excitement Karianne ... CONGRATULATIONS ... I am sure there will be many more times that you will be featured in a magazine. What fun you must have had when you opened that magazine. I so enjoy having your blog come into my mailbox every time. Keep being yourself. Blessings, Audrey Z. Timeless Treasures.

  27. Image for gina gina

    wow! I would totally do the same thing! and if i were with you, i would be bragging on you to all the customers! So great you had the ladies in the store to share the news with, and now you have all of us!!!

  28. Image for talia talia

    How exciting! I would have done the very same thing! I am so glad there were others in the store to share your excitement. I am totally running out after work this evening and grabbing a copy. Congratulations! Celebrate your big success!!

  29. Image for Chris Chris

    You go, girl!!! Congratulations.....and I'm picking up my copy tomorrow then I can tell everyone "See this? It's my friend Karianne!! She's famous!"

  30. Image for Robin Robin

    I think any blogger who has been featured on another blog can imagine what it would be like to be in a national magazine--is that a stretch? Well, maybe, but your talent lead you there and we are all cheering for one of ours--is that too assuming? Congratulations and it is well deserved.

  31. Image for Sarah Sarah

    Sooooooooo Excited for you! I love it when I pick up a magazine and see some of my blogging friends featured. I want to tell the person standing next to me, "That's my friend!" Congratulations, Kari Anne! Wish I had a big ole pantry like yours!

  32. Image for Becca Becca

    Woooo Hooooo ... way to go! See, you TRULY are a rock star! I'm sure those sweet ladies are now happily following your blog along, too! Congratulations!

  33. Image for Stacey Stuwe Stacey Stuwe

    Oh my Dear, I am so happy for you! I'm running out to buy this, so i can say i knew you when!! You certainly have blossomed over this last year! It has been very exciting to watch all of your accomplishments! I may not always comment but i am always reading, keep up the good work Gal! I see even bigger things in your future! CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS!! KEEP ROCKIN' IT!!

  34. Image for Jill Flory Jill Flory

    Congrats KariAnne! So excited for you! If I wasn't so sick i want to die I'd rush right out to buy a mag. And probably gush all over some strangers about how I 'know' you!

  35. Image for Pendra Pendra

    I can say, I knew you when... I KNOW a celebrity!!! Congrats to you, I am so excited for you and just have to get out and get my hands on a copy of that magazine! You and your site so deserve this... I haven't been visiting you for very long, but it always makes me smile when I see an email from you! You are always so kind, upbeat, funny and supportive, and you always answer back so sweetly. Don't forget us little people... now that you're a CELEBRITY!! Congrats hon, let your light shine! Hugs, Pendra

  36. Image for Laura Laura

    Congratulations! How exciting and wonderful! No go out and treat yourself to a large Diet Coke- lots of ice! Have a great week- Laura White Spray Paint

  37. Image for Zolane Zolane

    HOORAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! Congratulations, KariAnne!!! I am so excited for you and I cannot wait to stop after work tomorrow to pick up a copy. Next...a book :) Hugs, Zolane

  38. Image for Karen @ My Reclaimed Haven Karen @ My Reclaimed Haven

    I am so happy for you and not one bit surprised. Can't wait to get my hands on that magazine so I can walk around and say--this is the girl who inspired me and encouraged me to blog and someday I hope to be as successful as you are! Congratulations!

  39. Image for Claudine Claudine

    LOL Karianne! You are so adorable!!! I laughed out loud here, and exclaimed: she is so adorable!!! My husband thinks I am talking straight at you! Well, me and hundreds of followers are rejoicing with you... I had to scroll and a SCROLL... to leave you a comment! Congratulations!!! I am going to look for the magazine!!! And for sure, follow your tips to display my milk glass on my soon to be painted buffet! Hugs! Claudine

  40. Image for Sharon B. Sharon B.

    Congratulations!!! I'll have to look for that magazine too. I love white ware and milk glass and have a small collection. Yours looks great in the portion of the article that you have shown here. You now have a wonderful memory.

  41. Image for Barbara F Barbara F

    What an exciting and gleeful moment! I would have been dancing in the aisles too if I'd seen my house in a decorating magazine. What a thrill for those ladies to share in the joy of the moment. I can't wait to buy Flea Market magazine - and I almost never buy magazines!! Well done KariAnne!!!

  42. Image for tara tara

    congrats, friend! no surprise at ALL that your beautiful home landed in a magazine....I bet there are more magazine spreads coming for you. :)

  43. Image for Barb Schneider Barb Schneider

    Congrats sweet friend. So proud of all you have accomplished. Now I have to go and find that magazine and share it with everyone! How exciting. High Five from across the miles!!! Way to Go!!!

  44. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Holy cow! Congratulations karianne!!! I'm so happy for you. I guess I'm going to have to make a trip to the States, I can't ever find that magazine up here. Good excuse to go on a road trip. Debbie :)

  45. Image for Carmel Carmel

    You are so darn cute!! I can totally picture you in the store yelling ;) I would have been hyperventilating! Congrats - you so deserve this - and so much more! SO happy for you! - Great "seeing" you the other night - I probably seemed like a freak - I don't do online chats very well - ha!

  46. Image for Mary Kay Mary Kay

    Congrats KariAnne!! I am going to check our bookstore for the magazine - I love to go to thrift stores and flea markets!!!

  47. Image for Pat Toler Pat Toler

    Kari you Rock! No one is more deserving of having such an awesome magazine layout! You are so inspiring and motivating, love you blog, love seeing you published more! Keep on doing what you're doing because it works!

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