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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Genuine KariAnne of Thistlewood Farm

Have you ever had the experience of having your favorite characters from a book brought to life?

This past Tuesday I traveled to the darling quilt shop, Happiness Is Quilting, to meet a personal rock star of mine ~ KariAnne Wood from Thistlewood Farm.

Dear readers three days later I am still walking on air from this truly magical meeting.

I mean just look at this gorgeous golden haired pixie!


I first met KariAnne in blogland when another blog featured her dining room with its smocked burlap curtains. SMOCKED BURLAP! How had I lived without smocked burlap curtains???

After clicking on the link I quickly fell down the KariAnne rabbit hole and spent the next 500 hours reading all of her past posts and my burlap lust was soon replaced with old gate lust.


Which of course led to an obsession with neutrals and tufted ottomans. (Ok, I may have loved tufted ottomans even before I spied KariAnne’s. ;)

replacement windows

But somewhere along the way I also fell in love with KariAnne and her red lipstick. She who disastrously wore Lee-Press-On-Nails and once took a roast to the garden club to ask if it was done.

With each passing year KariAnne’s posts, and her home, continue to get better and better.  

I laugh, I cry, I pin.

laundry room

When KariAnne recently announced she was coming to McKinney, Texas, a mere 45 minute drive from Storybook Cottage, I knew this was the magical moment I had been waiting for. Unlike the guests who never showed up to her Christmas Ornament Wedding Shower I was going to be there with bells on and profess my love.

Which I did.

In my enthusiasim I may have been just a bit too much for her husband when I hugged him. ~My name is Laura and I happily hug strangers. Hard.

a picture of the two of us

But I just couldn’t help it. Because….meeting KariAnne, her mother, mother in law, twins, sister in law and nieces was like being in the midst of a fantastic fairyland in which all of my favorite characters were brought to life.


Then it got even better because KariAnne gave us a sneak peek of her new Hoffman fabric line, Simply Eclectic, which will be released soon.

fabric bundles simply eclectic

It was so special to see, in person, the beautiful quilt her grandmother had created.

grandma's quilt simply eclectic

KariAnne really knows how to throw a party because she had the yummy food truck from Spoons Cafe on site, passed out party favors of her fabric and there were the cutest cookies you ever did see…


I have plans to create summertime pillows and curtains for my shed with her fabric. Why they might even be smocked!

Sweet Tea Table Setting

Of course I didn’t show up empty handed. I made KariAnne an apron in all white. Because even if she is unsure about her cooking you’d never know it by her beautiful kitchen.

farmhouse kitchen organization

Thank you KariAnne for being even lovelier in person. 

Your #1 Fan,



Eilis said...

How fun! I'm sure she LOVED your white apron.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

How fun is this. I am sure you will put her gorgeous fabrics to great use. Great post.

thistlewoodfarm said...

Awwww!!!!!!! Meeting you in person was WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!! I loved getting to meet Meri, too!


And my apron? Seriously?

Best. present. ever.

Your Number 1 Fan,

Catherine Holman said...

Oh my, a post with two of my favorite bloggers Laura and KariAnne! I'm sure her husband is used to all the hugging from strangers by now.

GSGreatEscaper said...

Dear Laura, I feel the same way - about you!

KariAnne's house is indeed 'da bomb!' Must look for some embellishments for my chandelier!

Katie Clooney said...

Hi Laura...When I lived in McKinney, KariAnne came to talk to a church group. Wouldn't you know... I was out of town. I hired her to do a phone consultation on the phone and she was great. Gave me wonderful ideas. That reminds me to email her and set up a refresh! Have a wonderful weekend.

Sarah said...

What fun! I'm a fan of KariAnne's since the beginning. She is so creative and such a happy individual. She may live in beautiful Tennessee, but we all know she is a Texan. '-)

Stacey said...

I know you had so much fun! I'm glad you got to hug Karianne and her husband. :)

Curtains in My Tree said...

OH MY GOSH I am so glad to hear about her and how lucky you were to get to touch her LOL

I love that wall plate rack in the kitchen
I guess she is pretty famous if she can design her own Hoffman fabric

Thanks for sharing this story

jennifer anderson said...

it does all look lovely

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

I can see from her creative and tasteful home and your recounting of your visit that you and KariAnne are kindred spirits on many levels! I've also taken away some fantastic design ideas from her house. Thank you Laura. Have a lovely weekend.

carol@The Red Painted Cottage said...

How wonderful that you got to meet her! She actually recommended my first person to advertise with me and then I had a wonderful phone consultation with her. She's so down to earth and wonderful. I'm going to Haven this year (my first time), but was so disappointed when she told me she wouldn't be there this year because of another engagement. I'm still hoping to meet her in person someday.

Jeanie said...

How fabulous! What a dream to meet someone you so admire -- and then to find them as authentic and wonderful as you hoped they would be! I can tell from the wonderful photos what a terrific day it was and oh, I bet there was a ton of happiness floating around there!

Pondside said...

That sounded like a lovely opportunity and now I have to go have a look at yet another new blog - smocked burlap sounds very interesting!

xinex said...

Oh how fun! I love this post and your story....Christine

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

I love this. I too am a humungous KA fan. You've done her a solid here, hon.

What a wonderful opportunity - and isn't it exciting how successful she's become? I couldn't be happier for her and her wonderful "storybook" family!

Happy post. ♥

Botanic Bleu said...

Love your wonderfully written post about meeting KariAnne. I'm sure her husband has been hugged thousands of time by KariAnne's fans. I think it's amazing and wonderful that so many of her family came with her to the quilting store.


Mountain Mama said...

What fun - I'm so jealous!!!! I'm a big KariAnne fan also....and those smocked curtains, they just make me drool!!!! Love her house, it's just absolutely fabulous. She totally knows how to rock the neutral look without it being cold or OTT chippy!! Great post....and I'm sure her hubby has recovered by now, no worries! :)

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Thank you for introducing us to KariAnne! I love finding new bloggers to follow and hers looks wonderful from the glimpse you have given us. Going over for a visit.

Daniela said...

I wonder your joy and your thrill, for sure that was an unforgettable experience, wasn't it ?
Thank you for introducing KariAnne to me, she sounds such a lovely lady and the gladness she gave to you spreads out by every words you've written in this wonderful, stunning post, another, of yours, my dearest Laura !

Sending blessings on your weekend,
with utmost gratitude


lynn cockrell said...

That must have been a real treat, Laura. My first thought, every time I come over to KariAnne's blog, is that she looks like such a genuinely nice person. I feel the same way when I visit your blog! Have a beautiful Sunday and a blessed week!

Dawna Motz said...

I love following along at Thistlewood are so lucky to have met each other!! Karianne seems like she would be a very fun person to meet!! Wishing you a happy day and thanks so much for sharing this meeting with us!

deborah said...

How, how fun! It's so neat to meet people from "blogland"! :) I have on a couple of occasions and it was just fun.