Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Kitchen Light Fixture

Hey guys! I'm super-excited to show you my new kitchen light fixture today because it's a lesson in "making do." This project came about because I desperately wanted to change our kitchen light and was so inspired by all of the DIY light fixtures I featured a couple of weeks ago, that I thought I'd try my hand at making my own, too. I thought. And thought. And just when I was about to give up and buy one, I had a Eureka moment when I found a basket I had. Hmmm. Would this fit?

You guys! It was like it was made to be my new lampshade! I unscrewed the old fixture and took off the globe, revealing the electrical plate. The basket fit perfectly around it. But I had to spray paint the part I was still going to use, so I had to take the whole thing down from the ceiling. Here it is prepped for paint. As you can see, I was very careful to wrap the wires and light socket with painter's tape so it would remain free of paint.

After the paint was dry, I put the plate inside the basket (and again marveled at how perfectly it fit), pulling the wires through the bottom of the basket. I did have to bend the socket a little so that the bulb would hang down right in the middle of the basket. I used the same screws that had originally secured the light to the ceiling, because luckily they were long enough to accommodate the extra depth of the basket (small though it was). After adding a clear bulb, voila! Here's the before and after shot.

Like I said, I'm so happy with the way this turned out, mostly because it cost nothing and was a cool exercise in working with what I have.

Other DIY Lighting Projects:

DIY Light Fixtures

Spray Painted Light Fixture

Chandelier Makeover

Monday, February 23, 2015

Watercolor-Inspired Home Decor Projects

Hello there! Hope you had a great weekend! My husband and I had a weekend away and it was much-needed. Now it's back to reality. And snow. Lots and lots of snow. I'm so ready for spring, aren't you? I've been seeing lots of watercolor projects around the blogosphere lately, and they are totally getting me in the mood for warmer temperatures, flowers, and oh, I don't know...seeing the ground for the first time in 3 months! Check out these ways to embrace the watercolor trend this spring. So pretty!









Wednesday, February 18, 2015

White Chocolate Raspberry Scones (ala Cheesecake Factory)

white chocolate raspberry scones

You guys. Do you love the white chocolate raspberry cheesecake at Cheesecake Factory as much as I do? Well, lemme tell you. I've come up with a scone recipe (I loooooove scones) that tastes exactly like it! I've got two words for you: you're welcome. (I wish I could tell you these are better for you, but they do have a stick of butter and a cup of heavy cream in them, so they probably aren't.)

White Chocolate Raspberry Scones
2 c. flour
2 T. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 c. cold, unsalted butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. heavy cream
1/2 c. white chocolate chips
1/2 pint fresh red raspberries

Preheat oven to 450 and line a sheet with parchment. Stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Cut in ½ c. cold unsalted butter.
Gently fold in the white chocolate chips.
Add 1 tsp. vanilla and 1 c. heavy cream. Stir just until dough forms.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead a couple of times to ensure the mixture isn't crumbly. Add the raspberries to the dough and knead in with your hands. (You will get messy!) Pat out until 1 ½ inches thick. Cut with biscuit cutter and place upside down on sheet.
Bake 12 to 14 minutes.


You may like my other scone variations (I told you I love scones!):

S'more Scones

Cinnamon Chip Scones

Lavender Vanilla Cream Biscuits
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