Someone left me a question once on the blog asking me if my DIY’s turned out perfectly every time.

Ummm.  I want to say yes.


But I can’t.  Not even close.

There was my farmhouse table that wasn’t even and the blush that tried to get into the picture and the apples that weren’t ready for prime time and the time my robe took one for the team.

That’s me.

Always trying.  Always hoping.  Always planning and dreaming and thinking and creating and crossing my DIY fingers that it all shakes out in the end.

So close.  So close to amazing.

If you understand.  If you are nodding your head and raising your hand.  If your projects or plans or creative hopes and dreams sometimes don’t turnout exactly like you hoped either….

….come sit by me.

Today is all about celebrating us and our imperfect DIY projects.

(or our book pictures with purple toenails in them)

It’s about lifting each other up and finding out that we’re not alone in our DIY speed bumps in the road.

I’m joining a dozen other amazing, incredible, awesome blogger friends who are celebrating my new book, So Close to Amazing, by sharing their stories about the time that a DIY may have gotten the best of them.

And let me tell you—these friends of mine?  They represented.  They showed up.  They were vulnerable and open and honest and shared their heart and their imperfections. Stop by their blogs to read their stories and their review of the book.

You won’t want to miss a word of their incredible posts.

Here’s the list of my So Close To Amazing Friends with the links to their stories:

Botanic Bleu

My Creative Days

Little House Simple Living

A Delightful Glow

Kim Ink

Not a Trophy Wife

Blue Sky Kitchen

Nourish and Nestle

Noting Grace

Not Just Paper and Paint

Sondra Lyn At Home

Sweet Song Bird

And now—here’s where you come in.

I’m hosting an In-Linz party with my co-hosts for you to tell YOUR story from August 21-September 16.

I’d love to hear your story.

You can link up an old blog post with a “so close to amazing” story.  Don’t have a blog?  Share your Facebook or Instagram post here, too.  To celebrate the book and your stories—we are giving away two prizes drawn by random number from the participants in the link up.

Two lucky winners will be drawn by random number and announced on September 17.

Please note that all participants must be 18 or older.

Now let’s get this linky party started.

Link up below. 🙂

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  1. Image for Lynn Spencer Lynn Spencer

    So happy to be a part of creating soft landing space for encouraging words and acceptance in our currently crazy world. Thanks for initiating this supportive group and many blessings for you and your family. Hugs, Lynn

  2. Image for Botanic Bleu Botanic Bleu

    KariAnne, Yes, I agree with everything Lynn Spencer said. In this crazy world, we all need those who lift us up, encourage us, and bring sunshine in our lives. Your So Close to Amazing book is such a joy to read. The people I've had the privilege to meet (in the virtual internet world) through you have also been blessings. Thank you for bringing us all together to share incredible stories that help us face times when our lives are less than perfect... like everyday. :) I am so thrilled to be part of the blog tour and the launch team. Have a great day, and remember your special glasses while watching the eclipse... such an amazing day today! Judith

  3. Image for Jen @ Noting Grace Jen @ Noting Grace

    KariAnne - you are the rockstar of all blogging rockstars. One whom I admire and aspire to be. What an honor it has been to have a seat at the table to help launch this amazing book - a book that has inspired me to step into the grace we've been given when the not to fun moments happen. You are a light in this world that touches so many lives, so many hearts and my prayer is that God continues to use you as His conduit to bless those who read your stories. Thank you for sharing your stories, thank you for teaching me to laugh at my gaffs, and thank you for being a friend. Love you HUGE!!! Jen @ Noting Grace

  4. Image for Deborah Deborah

    The blog tour is so much fun! I love So Close to Amazing so much! And I've had such fun using the term to describe all the almost-moments that happen in my life.

  5. Image for susan b susan b

    Can't wait for your new book! I ordered tips and everything to make my mother a beautiful cake for her birthday - no bought cakes for this girl :) "They" make it look so easy. Unfortunately the cake turned out looking like a dog's breakfast. When my mother sees the cake, she said just two words...... "Oh My"

  6. Image for Stephanie Ray Brown Stephanie Ray Brown

    I hope to have my blog up Again and running w a story soon! But oh my DIY you know my DIY is putting dead hydrageas in vases and telling my family this is like Karianne's.. Just a bit off and uglier.😜 I know! I know don't compare. I have been listening! You are so amazing and yes now I share that fact with complete strangers that they are amazing too! Bless you sunshine for shining!! You are indeed a superstar! Just the beginnig of God's great plan for you!

  7. Image for JC at the uncommon pearl JC at the uncommon pearl

    I love this post in a world of Facebook, instagram, and tweets that promote and show the amazing side of everything, including people's lives, this is so needed! I'm afraid our social media has created such unrealistic expectations that it is effecting an entire culture. I LOVE blogs and Pinterest, and home design sooo much, but sooooo delighted to read this post and the balance of real life! Congratulations on your book!!

  8. Image for Chris Chris

    Thank you for your post about DIY projects that went wrong. While I have had some great decorating successes, there are always the few things I did that turned out terrible! Thanks for letting me know that it is ok to mess up....

  9. Image for Joy Joy

    What a lovely idea and it is such a relief to find others who had projects that just didn't work the way they were planned. Congratulations on your new book ! Thanks KariAnne. Joy

  10. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    I'm so excited for you! What fun to read about other's mishaps...not that mishaps are good but we all have them and it's encouraging to know I'm not the only one. Because of you and your book, I will now laugh and say, "I was so close to amazing!" Hugs, Cecilia

  11. Image for Bonnie Bonnie

    KariAnne, I ordered your book through Amazon last week and I can't wait to get it! I'm so proud of you for writing it. I know it will be a blessing to all of us who read it.

  12. Image for Wendy Wendy

    So excited to be a part of this journey with you! I've laughed and cried as I've read your book and pretty much every chapter resonates with me! Can't wait to party with you on September 5th!!!

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