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?

Close.

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

Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

Good morning rock star.

I hope the sun is shining where ever you are.

Spring has almost sprung and it’s another random Saturday.

Before we start.

Before I discuss all the randomness that was the week of 3-14-14.

Have you seen the new IKEA collection?

Seriously.

Coolest ever……in the history of ever.Continue reading

Trash to Treasure:  Almost Spring Door Decorating

Trash to Treasure: Almost Spring Door Decorating

 

The other day I went looking for spring flowers to decorate the front door with.

It looked kind of empty….

….after I took the Christmas wreath off it. :)

I looked everywhere….from home improvement stores to local nursery’s.

Nothing.

Zilch.

Nada.

Nothing to decorate a spring front door with.

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One Day I’m Going to Live In a Mansion

One Day I’m Going to Live In a Mansion

 

Yesterday was crazy hair day at school.

Just in case you hadn’t marked your calendar yet…..crazy hair day falls somewhere between crazy-sock day and crazy-dress-up-like-your-favorite-book-character day.

And let me tell you…..

….it can get a little crazy.

I spent all morning trying to create a hairdo for one of the twins that was a cross between a waterfall and a faux hawk…..with a mouth full of bobby pins…..

….wishing I had gone to beauty school.

Twenty minutes….a can of hairspray….a double twist on the hair ribbon and two extra helpings of patience later….

…..I watched at that faux-hawk-waterfall twirl its way to the bus stop along with her sister.Continue reading

Get the Look:  Adding Color To the Kitchen

Get the Look: Adding Color To the Kitchen

 

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

It all started with the rug.

When I first saw it…..the kitchen finally made sense.

Before the rug….I had the white cabinets and the white shelving and the gray counter tops and the white walls and the gray and white flooring.

Can you tell?  I like neutral and simple and classic.

We are all friends.Continue reading

The Top Ten Greatest Hits of a Marquee Letter

The Top Ten Greatest Hits of a Marquee Letter

 

the story of the almost Mayflower table

Last year our high school got a new marquee sign for the entrance.

It’s beautiful.

It’s electronic and fancy and blinks all the time and has graphics and dancing birds and the time and the temperature….

…..and announces everything you wanted to know and more.

But that is not even the best part.

The best part of the story is that when the new electronic marquee sign showed up in town….the old marquee and all its letters immediately became persona non-grata.

And Greta the vinyl maker who also happens to be Greta the marquee letter and number seller….

….called me and asked me if I wanted to buy a few of them.

Why….yes Greta.

As a matter of fact….

….yes I would.  :)Continue reading