Wednesday, September 17, 2014

8 Ways to Make the Most of Having No Money for Home Decor

The glass is always half full.  Every cloud has a silver lining.  When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. (Enter any other optimistic cliche you can think of.)

Whether you're the person to greet every day with a smile on your face or not, chances are a lot of us hit those speed bumps in life and money gets tight. After an unexected medical bill or a hit to the rainy day funds, home improvement projects usually end up dead last on the list.  I'm with ya, sister.

Bless'er House - 8 Ways to Make the Most of Having No Money for Home Decor

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding

Did you read this post title?  Is your jaw on the floor right now?  Mine still is after devouring a heaping serving of some fall-inspired culinary magic.

In our small suburban town on the outskirts of Charlotte, North Carolina, there is a charming well-kept secret of a restaurant that serves Krispy Kreme bread pudding.  The second I took a bite of it, I vowed to figure out a way to replicate it.  Then, when Krispy Kreme released their signature Pumpkin Spice Cake Doughnut, it was like a match made in dessert heaven. (If dessert heaven existed, I'd really want to go there.)

If you've ever had a warm Krispy Kreme doughnut or a hot cup of Pumpkin Spice Latte and instantly fell in love, you'll be forever hooked on this one.

Pumpkin Spice Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding Recipe - Bless'er House

Monday, September 15, 2014

DIY Industrial Pendant Light for Under $10

Happy Monday, friends!  I have about three projects going on at once today.  I've hit total beast mode to knock out several things that have just been sitting and waiting on me to finish.  You'll see a couple of them later this week.

I realized it's been a while since I posted a builder grade light re-do.  If you are new to following my DIY insanity, I've made it my mission to personalize every builder grade basic light fixture in our house...at least the downstairs for now.  

My style isn't for everyone, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with simple lighting.  But for our home, the hubby and I wanted something with more interest, and the one I'm sharing with y'all today is definitely not your average cookie-cutter suburban light fixture.  I know there are other bloggers out there who have shared their versions of industrial style lights, so it's nothing new under the sun.  But I'm stoked to have one for myself!

DIY Industrial Pendant Light: Bless'er House

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Faves

Happy Friday!  This week has been one of those weeks where our family has been super busy and somehow at the end of it all, we don't have much to show for it.  I've had a project sitting in my garage for several days that I started and haven't even had the time to finish (thanks to a stubborn I've-given-up-naps-for-eternity toddler).  Sometimes life happens, the house progress stops, and you just have to embrace that your family is more important than anything in the world. :)

So to kick off your weekend right, here's a little eye candy for you.

Favorite Living Room
Farmhouse Living Room - Bless'er House
Farmhouse Living Room by Austin Home Builders Dalgleish Construction Company

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Craft Frenzy Friday #57 and a Moment to Remember

There was no way I could kick off another week of Craft Frenzy Friday and not acknowledge what today means.

We probably all know exactly where we were and what we were doing the moment the planes struck the World Trade Center.

I was in 9th grade in my 2nd period geometry class, and on any other day, I would have been thrilled to have an interruption to give me an excuse from doing anything math related.  But this...this struck me to my core. Little 14 year-old me, my eyes filled with tears and my heart filled with terror, watched those horrific moments on the classroom television.

Just across town, my husband, with hopes and aspirations to join the Marine Corps upon graduation, knew what he was seeing at that moment was the beginning of a war in which he would have to fight just three years later.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

DIY Distressed Thrift Store Candlesticks

 We live in a house full of distress...and not the bad kind like "I'm so distressed I'm going to scream into a pillow until I'm blue in the face" but the good kind.  The kind where shoes pile up at the front door because we are blessed to have so many friends and family close by to drop in for frequent visits. 

The kind where puzzle pieces scatter our floors because our toddler's brain is always at work (and we sometimes wonder what really goes on in that sweet curly head of hers).  The kind where the dishes in our sink are usually piled high because my husband and I put off chores to laugh and share our stories of the day after dinner.  Distress is good.  


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Little Girl Room Progress: ASCP Dresser Makeover

Did you ever see Toy Story?  And you totally sympathized with Woody because you probably had a beaten up old toy of your own you loved just as much as Andy loved his little cowboy doll?  And then you realized that you hadn't seen that beloved toy in quite a while and instantly felt sad remembering all of the great times you had together?

Then Toy Story 3 came along and changed the entire outcome of an old toy's future.  Because sweet little all-grown-up Andy passed down Woody to another child to be loved all over again.  Remember? Remember? 

with Annie Sloan Old White