My visit with THE KariAnne Wood from Thistlewood Farms

My visit with THE KariAnne Wood from Thistlewood Farms

If you don’t know who KariAnne Wood is from the blog Thistlewood Farms, you’re missing out.  She’s kind, smart, sweet as pie and the cutest thing since the color pink.  I love her!  Her blog is about her life, her family, her beautiful farmhouse in Kentucky and her DIY projects.

Carol who blogs over at invited her and a few others over for a book signing.  Yes you read correctly, KariAnne wrote a book!  It’s called So Close To Amazing.

I’ve been excited for days and even wondered what people wear to a “private” book signing.  Should I wear something casual like oh-she’s-my-bestie-and-we’re-just-hangin-out (we met in person in July)  or maybe wow-she’s-the-queen-of-farmhouse-decor-and-I-should-kiss-her-feet-so-don’t-wear-heels-because-it’s-going-to-be-awkward-when-I-can’t-get-up?  I went with casual to keep us all safe.


KariAnne Wood from Thistlewood Farms and Cindy Richter from at the So Close To Amazing book signing

She has inspired me so many times through her blog and given me such great advice that I truly believe you’ll love her book.  I remember to this day the first time she ever commented on one of my blog posts.  I was so new and thought it was a mistake.  But nope, she’s just that sweet!

So Close To Amazing is about her move to Kentucky from the Dallas area and how the Lord laid out her path.  It’s about how she has questioned the Lord just like me and about DIY projects gone wrong just like so many of our own.  But what I love the most about the book is how she learned to rejoice in the small things, embrace the imperfect and celebrate the mistakes.

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The book So Close To Amazing by KariAnne Wood of Thistlewood Farms

During our time together we watched her smile and lift her hands in excitement, listened to her giggle and speak in “total asides”.  That alone kept me on my toes trying to keep up.  She’s genuine and sassy and crazy funny and sincere and rambunctious.  She’s a motivator, a mentor and my new forever friend.

If you’d like to order the book, click on this link.  

If you’d like to check out her blog, click on this link

And let me know when you get the book.  We’ll get together and do a project from the book then celebrate how amazing we are!  🙂

KariAnne's book So Close To Amazing with Cindy at Countyroad407


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  1. Patricia
    October 1, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    KariAnne is a total HOOT! Just like you!! Can’t wait to read her book. Thank you!!

    • October 1, 2017 / 8:54 pm

      Haha. You’re funny just by saying that! So glad you could go with me. Maybe you can come next time when we have lunch?!

  2. October 1, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    I’m so glad you got to meet her!! I wanted to come yesterday but had a family conflict.

    KariAnne really is special to us all.

    Can’t wait to meet you myself!

    • October 1, 2017 / 8:55 pm

      That is sweet of you to say. Yes she’s is something special to us for sure. Hope to meet you soon as well!

  3. October 2, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    KariAnne is contagious…. in a good kind of way. She lifts you up with her words and life, and spreads joy with her laughter and stories. She makes you believe in yourself. I missed being at Carol’s for the personal book signing, but hope that soon our paths will cross in another gathering of Texas bloggers.


    • October 2, 2017 / 3:50 pm

      Yes Judith, she is totally all that you said. Hope to meet you sometime too. We should ask on FB where everyone lives and see if there’s a central place to get together?! That would be so fun!

  4. October 3, 2017 / 7:48 am

    Cindy, it was awesome to meet you at my home for KariAnne’s book signing. What a fun day!! I should have told everyone to bring their pajamas and we could have had a sleep over. Thanks for bringing your friend Patricia.

    • October 3, 2017 / 1:06 pm

      Oh a PJ Party – that would have been so fun! Patricia loved it and KariAnne. Many many thanks for getting us together!