Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Junkin' and a Pickin' + Master Bathroom Progress

My mother-in-law and I have a running joke.  Every time I go over to my in-laws' house (their lovely yellow country home that was built in 1904), I usually see some "new" vintage/reclaimed piece, and I always end up gushing over it and asking, "Where did you get that?!"

90% of the time her answer is "Oh, I just found it in the barn."

My answer is always, "Jeez.  I wish I had a barn that would magically produce cool decor accessories like that."

Bless'er House | A Junkin' and a Pickin' + Master Bathroom Progress

Monday, November 24, 2014

Christmas Craft: Burlap Gift Card Holder

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC®. All opinions are 100% mine.

Ever since I was old enough to make a handprint in a patty of salt dough, I have always treasured one type of gift-giving over all of the others- the handmade kind.

Growing up, I loved cooking breakfast for my dad on Father's Day or making a necklace for my mom for her birthday.

Now that I'm living the married life, I always prefer writing a letter to my husband than just signing a store-bought card.

During my teaching days, my students were sweet enough to give me Christmas presents before winter break, and the ones I always cherished the most were the homemade ones.  Because, in the end, they all are made up of a lot of love.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Faves

Happy Friday, y'all!  I am running on about three cups of coffee right now because we are knocking out our to-do list left and right to get our home ready for 26 guests on Thanksgiving Day.  (I'm freaking out but in a good way.)

We just finished our last dining room chair and replaced another builder grade light fixture.  Earlier this week, I finished our living room gallery wall and made over our bookcase.  Whew!  I seriously can't believe how much we've done in one year.  You'll be seeing the fruits of our labor soon. 

This weekend, we'll be taking a break from the DIYs and celebrating Robert's birthday at a local apple orchard bonfire.  It's always a blast there.  

So enough of that.  Here are my faves this week.  Be sure to tell me which ones you love too in the comments!

Favorite Dining Room

Love the look of these full-wall rustic display shelves from Wood Grain Cottage (tutorial on DIY board)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Craft Frenzy Friday #67


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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gallery Wall Reveal and Free Printable

From the time I was 10 years old, I had a keepsake box.

It started out with little things- movie ticket stubs, notes from friends, a few pictures of my family, and even a piece of confetti I'd pocketed from my first concert to see N'Sync.  (Maybe Justin Timberlake had touched it!)  

As I got older, that box grew.  Letters from high school boyfriends were added (and later removed once that phase of life ended).  

To this day, it is where I stash my favorite fingerpaint artwork by my daughter and favorite photos of our family.  But the world needed to see them.  What good did they do hidden in a box only to be seen by me once in a blue moon?

So I framed them on the most visible wall in our house.

Bless'er House | Eclectic Gallery Wall Reveal and Free Printable

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How to Make a Faux Planked Eclectic Bookcase

I've come to the conclusion that from now on when I find myself struggling to define my style in my home, I'm just going to slap the term "eclectic" on it and call it a day.

Every Friday, I post my Friday Faves because it helps me sort through my Pinterest boards always overflowing with inspirations from a thousand different directions- rugged rustic, glamorous French, modern industrial.  And a lot of times I realize I have no clue what I'm doing 99% of the time.  

So as I was styling my bookcase from my latest furniture makeover, I decided.  My home is in the eclectic category from now on.  Because guess what!  That term is defined as "deriving ideas or styles from a broad and diverse range or sources."  Done.  Eclectic it is. 

Bless'er House | How to Make a Faux Planked Eclectic Bookcase

Monday, November 17, 2014

Thrifty Wall Art Tip and an Exciting Announcement!

Whew!  I don't know about y'all, but my weekend was gone in a blink.  I have been putting the finishing touches on several projects, and even though a few are finished (happy dance), I wanted to share one of my favorite tips for cheap wall art.  

Time is of the essence here.  I guess we technically have a month and a half until the official end of the year, but if you're like me and you start getting into a throw-out happy mood around the time you start pulling out your Christmas decorations, I'm here to save you from yourself!

Bless'er House | Thrifty Wall Art Tip - Cut up old calendars!