Little Moments Like That and a Fun Pillow Idea

Little Moments Like That and a Fun Pillow Idea


Do you remember that song by Brad Paisley….”Little Moments Like That”?

It’s the little imperfections….it’s the sudden change of plans

When she misreads the directions…and we’re lost but holding hands

Yeah……I live for little moments like that….

I live for little moments

When she steals my heart and doesn’t know it

Yeah……I live for little moments like that

Who knew?

Who knew Brad Paisley was such a brilliant philosopher?

Before I was married….when I was younger….I spent afternoons watching Hallmark movies and planning Barbie weddings and drawing endless hearts and doodles…..

.…I thought love was all about big romantic gestures.

Just like in the movies.Continue reading

How to Stamp Silver:  Make a Stamped Spoon Box Handle

How to Stamp Silver: Make a Stamped Spoon Box Handle


In the land of a million text messages…..

…the hand-written note is king.

The other day I got a simple thank you note in the mail and I stared at it and wondered.could this actually be an antique one day?

Would future generations find it….

…..and marvel that anyone ever took a pen and wrote on paper?

E-mails and texts and Facebook messages get the job done.

They communicate.

They transmit.

They convey.

But a hand-written note?


It does all that and so much more….

….with incredible character and style. :) Continue reading

Striped Canvas Art :  She Sent Me What Party?

Striped Canvas Art : She Sent Me What Party?


Hello from “She Sent Me What?” headquarters.

I’m participating in a fun challenge….where a group of bloggers all purchased thrift store finds and sent them to each other.  We were supposed to think outside the box and create a project and style it in our homes.

My project journey looked a little like this:

1.  Get item in mail.

2.  Exclaim with great joy when I spy the amazing tea towel with it’s intricate hand sewn stitchery.

3.  Come up with a one-of-a-kind totally over the top idea for the tea towel.

4.  Project crash and burn.

5. *sigh*

6.  Watch the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Reunion Part 1 to clear my head and search for inspiration.

7.  Realize the housewives all have more problems and make-up and sequins than I could ever dream of in my entire life.

8. Pour myself a cup of inspiration.

9.  Come up with nothing.

10.  Make this canvas.


I’ll go ahead and save you the trouble and say it for you…..

…this project is a total bless your heart.Continue reading

Get the Look:  Vintage Farmhouse Kitchen

Get the Look: Vintage Farmhouse Kitchen

Disclosure: I was compensated by eBay and Style Coalition for this post.  But all collections and opinions are 100% mine.

I wish you could have seen the kitchen when we started.

Or when we were in the middle of construction and there was only a pipe in the floor and layers and layers of indoor/outdoor carpet and vinyl.

I didn’t really take any before pictures.

Or during pictures.

You see….I didn’t write a blog then….

….and the only camera I had was the kind you threw away after you used it. :) Continue reading

How To Build a Spool Bookcase

How To Build a Spool Bookcase


I titled this post…..”How to Build a Spool Bookcase.”

I wanted to call it….How I Found a Spool in the Middle of the Aisle at the Home Improvement Store and Despite the Incredulous Stares of the Surrounding Employees and My Husband I Overcame Disbelief and Dismissiveness to Create a One-of-A-Kind Bookcase For My Front Entry.

But that title seemed just a little long.

Just a little. :)

If you would have been a fly on the wall that day you might have heard a conversation that went a little like this:

Me:  (finding the spool just sitting in the middle of the aisle and running towards it like it was the Hope diamond) :  Excuse me…..excuse me… this for sale?  Seriously? 

Store Employee(turning around to see what I’m talking about)  The spool?Continue reading

Salted Cocoa Nutella Cupcakes

Salted Cocoa Nutella Cupcakes

If you love chocolate….can you put down your coffee cup…..

…and raise your hand.

This is the post for you.

And if chocolate is not your thing….

….no worries.

Come back tomorrow where we completely transform a free spool from the home improvement store into something that should be in the Guggenheim museum.

But until then…..

….let’s talk chocolate. :) Continue reading

The Fabric That Calls My Name

The Fabric That Calls My Name


If you had to guess….

….what decorating question do you think I get asked the most?

Where I got my smocked burlap curtains?


How does the house stay so clean with four children, two dogs, two cats, rabbits, deer and a tortoise named Fred?

Ummmm….even closer…..but not quite.

It is…however….a great question with an easy answer……

….Photoshop. :) Continue reading

I’m Crossing My Fingers and Toes

I’m Crossing My Fingers and Toes


edited to add (in all exclamation points)…..THE CHALKBOARD WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you sooooo much to everyone who voted. :)

Just in case this is your first time here….

….this is me.

Nice to meet you.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

My name is karianne.

I like big earrings and red lipstick and rock stars and sweet tea with lime and knights in shining armor and…..

…..rescuing treasures from the trash.  :)Continue reading