Why Everyone Needs a Hand-Drawn Turkey and How to Make a Gold Duck Tape Wreath

Why Everyone Needs a Hand-Drawn Turkey and How to Make a Gold Duck Tape Wreath

I was compensated by Duck Brand Products for this post. But all opinions and statements are completely my own.

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There is a box in our attic full of treasures….

….worth more to me than the finest exhibition on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Stacks of tiny dishes that closely resembles plates painted a brilliant shade of bright pink with initials carved into them.

There are butterflies made out of paper plates and baby food jars full of confetti and a santa with moveable arms and caterpillars painted from thumb prints and a popsicle log cabin.

Masterpieces each and every one.Continue reading


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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 
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This is a public service announcement for the double zipper.

Have you ever seen one?

Last week I went shopping for a jacket.

I found the perfect one.  Just a little puffy with a belt and a zipper and snaps in a beautiful shade of navy blue.  I stood in front of the mirroin the store looking at the amazing jacket and wondering where it had been all my life and picturing myself and the jacket at football games and drinking hot chocolate and watching the parade….

….and running gracefully through the WalMart parking lot.

Good times.

And just when I thought my jacket couldn’t get any better….the manager of the store pointed out that it had a double zipper.

What?

What is that and why in the world would you ever need a double zipper?  Then she showed me how with the double zipper you can zip the bottom half up and the top half down, kind of creating this amazing hold in the middle that made you look so skinny and totally unpuffy in a puffy jacket.

My fashion life will never been the same. :) Continue reading


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October I Miss You Already

October I Miss You Already

 
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Yesterday I was in the store staring at the Christmas decorations and I rolled my eyes for the millionth time and thought to myself….

….why does everyone have to put up Christmas decorations so early?

After all….it’s not even November.

And then I realized I was wrong and it hit me all of a sudden….

….IT IS NOVEMBER.

{gulp}

When did that happen?

When did November just show up?

October…I miss you already.

In case you’re like me and you miss October, too….

….here’ are some of October’s finest projects from the blog.

(just click on the links below for the projects)Continue reading


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My New Favorite Camera Lens BFF

My New Favorite Camera Lens BFF

 
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A while back I attended a photography class at Haven.

It’s where I first met Layla….definitely my finest embarrassing moment.

At the class they talked about aperture and focal points and the rule of threes and about a million and one other things to take amazing pictures.  I don’t really remember much about anything else because I got distracted trying to figure out the wall treatment in the room and redesigning it in my mind for the upstairs room.

Focus….KariAnne….focus.

But the one thing that stuck with me.

The one thing I remembered…..

…..was this amazing camera lens they talked about.Continue reading


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The Thankful Tree and a Giveaway

The Thankful Tree and a Giveaway

This post and giveaway are brought to you by Birch Lane.

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One of my favorite books is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

If you’ve read it….you are nodding right about now.

If you haven’t I’ll totally Reader’s Digest it for you.

It’s about a tree who loves a little boy with all her heart.  When he is young he plays under the tree and swings from the branches and eats buckets of apples.  And as he grows older he sells the apples from the tree and uses her branches to make a house and her trunk to make a boat to sail away and explore the world.

And when he is older and his travels are done, he sits on the stump and rests…..

….and returns to the tree that he loves.

“And the tree was happy.”

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My Favorite Decorating Tip

My Favorite Decorating Tip

 

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I started this blog with the lofty intention of perching on the steps of decorating Mount Olympus and handing out sage advice and pithy quips on decorating.

In my mind….I was going to be amazing.

At the time, I had a camera that came in a yellow disposable box and you threw it away after you used it.  The words white balance and manual focus and DSLR were not in my vocabulary.  So I hired a local photographer to come out to the house and take pictures of my Christmas decor.  I worked for weeks getting the house ready and composing witty decorating repartee’ for my big blog debut.

The pictures came back and I loaded them into the computer.

I was so excited.

I couldn’t wait to share my decorating knowledge with the world.  My hands practically danced for joy as they flew over the keyboard writing a lengthy dissertation on how to use neutrals in Christmas decorating.

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Fall Decorating Ideas (and a Thank You)

Fall Decorating Ideas (and a Thank You)

 

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Do you remember the commercial from Dove that ran last year?

It featured women who sat behind a curtain and described themselves in great detail to a sketch artist.  He asked them about their facial features like their chin and their hair and their eyebrows and cheekbones and so on.  They described themselves as they saw themselves to the artist.

He never saw them.

He simply drew the picture from what they described to him.

Then….each woman was briefly introduced to a stranger….someone who had never met her before.  And after a short visit…each woman left and the stranger was asked to describe the woman he or she had just met…..

…..to the exact same sketch artist.Continue reading


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Fall Home Tour

Fall Home Tour

 

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It’s that time.

The much promised fall home tour is finally here.

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If you are stopping by from The Inspired Room or Finding Home…..welcome and nice to meet you.

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I’m so happy that you are here.

Truly.

Mostly because nothing says happy fall like a fancy rhinestone necklace and leopard heels.

(total aside:  have you ever seen anyone so happy to open a door in your whole life).Continue reading


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