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Last weekend we were invited to Thistlewood Farms and it was So Close to Amazing Standing Next to KariAnne!
Have you ever experienced a full-circle moment in your life? That’s what last Saturday was for us. KariAnne Wood is the owner and author of the blog Thistlewood Farms. Most recently she is the author of her debut memoir of her #1 bestselling book So Close to Amazing.
We were invited to her beautiful home in Kentucky for a Home Tour and Book Signing Event.
Right about here is where we were wishing we had brought our good cameras. The following photos were taken with our iPhones.
And yes, these are real pumpkins gracing her porch steps!
Perfect front door greeting. Cotton boll wreath and happy fall sign.
Mentor, Idol, Friend
We have known KariAnne for a few years now. Actually Thistlewood Farms was the very first blog that we ever read before we even knew what blogging was. It was so exciting to read KariAnne’s stories and see her DIY projects. Exciting still was that a new post came out almost every day! She was the inspiration for us to take the leap to start our own blogging journey and begin 2 Bees in a Pod.
When we had the opportunity to be mentored by KariAnne a few years ago we leapt at the chance like a brass ring. She is a champion cheerleader, sage advice giver and heart of gold personality. She wants everyone to succeed.
When we walked through her front door she was in the middle of her book signing, with a line of fans clamoring to talk with her. We were met with a cheerful greeting of “Oh my gosh! I’m so glad you made it all the way from Georgia!” She always makes us and everyone around her feel that special!
Refreshments, live music and the home tour were on the agenda. KariAnne also had her sister Kijsa showcasing her handlettering artistic talents. She created these art pieces for each of us with our names and “You are Amazing”. Now we have the proof to show everyone 🙂
Once inside the house, it was a feast for the eyes. It was all of Thistlewood Farms blog photos coming to life and they did not disappoint.
Believe it or not, this recipe wall was the highlight of our trip. There was a plan in place well ahead of time to take a selfie in front of this wall after we arrived. Thankfully, we came to our senses and had someone else take the photo so that we had a more decent photograph. KariAnne created this recipe wall with a vinyl printout and then made a plate rack. Genius!
Chalkboard made from a vintage window.
Love all of her cute signs and typography.
Aren’t these crates clever?
Cute vintage signage.
Who doesn’t love a bark wreath with curly cues?
Can you believe that these shutters fit like perfect puzzle pieces?
More than a couple of times one of us was looking for a place to hide so they could live in this house, while the other was having to figure out a way to tell dad that mom wasn’t coming home 🙂
It was a fabulous day, a wonderful open house and we felt So Close to Amazing Standing Next to KariAnne.
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By the way, we highly recommend KariAnne’s book. She shares personal stories spun in a way that make anyone want to be her best friend. Here is a link to So Close to Amazing.