Two girls with a passion for decor and design working together to create beautiful things! We believe in being good stewards of what the Lord has blessed us with and hope to help you fill your home with what you love!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Aftermath of Christmas...What Now?

If your house looks anything like mine, then it looks like a Christmas bomb has gone off in your house.  From the scraps and piles of used wrapping paper still strewn here and there, to the boxes of packaging that come with each and every toy (seriously, do they really have to tape every strand of My Little Pony hair to keep it perfectly in place???), I am a bit overwhelmed with trying to keep my sanity as I wade through all the debris.  Yes, I am showing you a picture of some of the mess at my house.  (Please note:  this is only a small portion of leftover wrapping paper!)

To top it all off, the kids are home for an entire week and, of course, don't know what to do with themselves.  It's not like they just received a ton a presents (a bit of sarcasm here).  You would think that they would be contentedly playing with all their new treasures, but NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!  All I have been hearing for the past two days is "what now"?  Here are a few ideas to help the next few days go by without a case of the "What Now's". 

Make a play date with friends!  I'm sure that you're not the only one out there with kids who have not a clue what to do with their free time.  Call up some friends and invite them over (or better yet, see if they can go over to someone else's house).  Sure your house will be a bit chaotic, but they will play with each other and have a great time while you get to work on some of the mess.

Send the kids outside!  We just recieved a huge snowfall and the kids are chomping at the bit to get out there in all the lovely soft stuff.  Grab the snowsuits and head outside for some snowman making, sleigh riding fun.  If you didn't get any snow, there is still so much to do (sidewalk chalk, bike riding, hula hooping...).  This is also a great way for the kids to expell some pent up energy.

Make a craft!  My kids got so many Crayola and crafting kits from well meaning family members, that I was a bit overwhelmed thinking about all the little parts, glitter and glueing things together that would ensue.  Of course, they wanted to do all of them right away.  My solution.....  a craft a day for their entire Christmas break.  That way we tackle them one by one and it gives them something to look forward to each day.  Even if you didn't get crafting kits, here are some easy craft ideas that use things you might already have at home! 
  • Make a graham cracker gingerbread house!  No baking required!  PBS Kids has a great tutorial on how to put these little cuties together.  The best can eat it when you're done (after snapping a few pictures of course!)
  • Make a brown paper bag puppet!  The sky is the limit for these terrific creatures.  Make them into an animal/monster/alien/person....the possibilities are endless!  What you'll need may depend on what kind of creature you're making.  My kids used markers, crayons, stickers, ribbon, scissors, glue sticks construction paper and scrapbook paper.  Just don't forget to put the mouth on the correct flap of the bag or your mouth won't move.  After they're finished creating, they can put on a puppet show for you and all of their stuffed animals.
  • Bake something!  Grab some ingredients, tie on the aprons and try out that new recipe that you've been waiting to create--just make sure that it's not too complicated for little hands.  There is something for everyone to do and the end result is yummy!  I know that you probably have endless baked goods lying around at this time of year, but you can always freeze these for another time (after sampling some of course!).  Here is our favorite recipe to bake together:  "Megan's Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies"  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  You will need:
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt (heaped)
1 stick butter
1 stick margerine
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
12 oz. chocolate chips
Combine butter, margerine, sugar and brown sugar in a bowl.  Blend with a mixer.  Add egg and vanilla to mixture and blend with a mixer.  Add flour, baking soda and salt--mix slightly with a mixer.  Add chocolate chips and mix well with mixer.  Place spoonfuls of dough on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  Enjoy!
Hopefully this has given you some ideas for the "aftermath of Christmas".  Overall, I have decided that the house can wait, but making memories with the kids will last a lifetime.  My house does not have to look magazine ready--sometimes the "lived in look" is far more beautiful and makes me realize how truly my nest is blessed.  


Friday, December 21, 2012

In the Works!

We are very excited to announce that in 2013 we are going to start an Etsy shop for some of our smaller items.  Now you will be able to purchase our inspired designs from the comfort of your own home.  This is an added bonus to those of you who do not live close to us.  Of course, we will not be able to post furniture pieces, but our Etsy shop will include items such as pillows, wreaths, frames, chalkboards and much, much more!

Stay tuned for our launch date--we'll have some special deals coming your way!

We will continue to post our furniture pieces (as they become available) on the blog or facebook page.  Sweet dreams! 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Baby It's Cold Outside!

As the weather gets colder we realize with sadness, that our unheated workspace is less than ideal for creativity.  Of course we are still looking for the perfect location, but in the mean time, we'll just have to stick it out!  Our solution?  Warm comfy old clothes, some gloves and a pot or two of coffee!  I think that we are going to also break out a space heater or two! 

Picture it.... two gals covered from head to toe in paint covered, old clothes--paint brush in one hand and huge cup of coffee in the other.  I wish I had a picture to share with you...  Trust me when I say, the creative process is not always pretty (just hopefully the end result)!   

We have gotten a bunch of lovely new treasures just waiting for us to get our hands on.  I see some painting in our future!


Friday, December 7, 2012

What's Up?

DIY chunky yarn pom snowball wreath
If you haven't noticed, we have been selling pieces like hotcakes!!  We are receiving some new merchandise this week are excited to get started recreating some new pieces.  Stay tuned to find out more soon!  We cannot wait to show you!  We will get you updated soon!
Have a blessed holiday!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Whimisical Winifred: French Provincial Dresser For Sale



Pretty French Provincial Dresser for sale from the Nest!
Whimisical Winifred is just adorable with her yellow touches and owl stencilling.
You will love her fresh and fun look!
Perfect for a playroom, bedroom or nursery!
Message us if you are interested!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Current Merchandise Available From the Blessed Nest!

Good afternoon everyone!
First, let us apologize for being bad bloggers.
Our blog has been neglected and there have been items that have been sold that are not listed as sold and new ones that we haven't yet posted.
We are definitely going to be on Santa's naughty list :o(
Let me get you up-to-date on what is currently available...
 Chalkboard table and 2 wooden folding chairs - set of three pieces on sale for $100
Sale Pending
Nautical Chair on SALE for $25
Pretty distressed and dark waxed set of cherry end tables -
 set for $80
 Set of four tall wooden stools - antique white distressed and clear waxed - numbered from one to four, really lovely stools for a bar or island - entire set for $125
 Yellow desk and wooden polka dot chair - set for $100
Various pillows $15-25 each
Blue antique upholstered bench - painted and dark waxed - $85
Light and sweet upholstered chair - $35
Glorious green French Provincial desk - "Mossy Megan" - chair not included - $100
Sale Pending
Various decorative pillows - $15-25 each
Purple bookshelf - SOLD
Two lovely patterned pillows - $20 each
Cool old imperfect chair - "Stable Mabel" - $25
Various decorative pillows $15-25 each
Vintage tiered plant stand - hand-painted - "Fresh Fern" - ON SALE FOR $35
Whimisical purple dresser - hand-painted and accented in orange - $150
Sale Pending
If you are interested, please email us at or connect with us on our Facebook page!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String

Every so often we just feel the need to "dish" on the fabulous things we see and just love!  To keep in the spirit of things, I've written our version of the "Favorite Things" song from the Sound of Music!
Hum along and enjoy...

Sanding and swatches and paints of all colors,
Dressers and tables for under five dollars,
Going to yard sales in summer and spring,
These are a few of our favorite things!
Sewing up pillows and painting a chair,
Finding free nightstands that come in a pair,
Distressing a piece with some nicks and some dings,
These are a few of our favorite things!
When the paint spills and the seams rip and we’re feeling sad….
We simply remember our favorite things and then we don’t feel……so bad!
Speaking of our favorite things, here's some fall inspiration pics for you to enjoy....
Scrolly Pumpkins
Halloween Curb Appeal
Don't you just love it!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Fall Fun Has Just Begun!

As many of you know, we have been hoping and praying for a location and we are still looking for the perfect place.  There are, of course, a lot of things that need to work out for that to happen, but we are trusting God to either open or close that door in His perfect time.  Please pray along with us!  In the meantime, we are getting some fabulous new pieces ready to show you at our upcoming show in downtown Honesdale (Harvest and Heritage Days - Oct. 6th & 7th).  This year, instead of our usual "teaser" pictures, we will show you some of the actual pieces available for purchase.  Stay tuned...good things come to those who wait!

P.s.  If you're looking for some fun family time to celebrate the upcoming season, our church (Beach Lake Free Methodist) is hosting a Fall Festival on September 30th!  This is a FREE event for the ENTIRE family and yes, Stacey and I will be there having fun with our families as well!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Yard Sales.....The BEST Thing Since Sliced Bread!

Even though autumn is just around the corner, there is still time to squeeze in a few more shopping trips to some of my favorite places.....the yards and garages of my neighbors!  Labor Day weekend is always a great time to get in some last minute "picking" and frankly, I LOVE it! 
Today was an especially great day for some awesome finds......
Here are some of the best deals of the day:

Stools ~ A Sweet $3 Each!
These stools are solid wood and fabulous!  I can't wait to start creating something special with them!  Stay tuned, you might just see them again (wink, wink)!
My other favorite find/deal of the day is this adorable child sized chair....
I actually bought four of them altogether!
Children's Chairs ~ $2.50 Each!
I have the perfect table to put these with once they've been cleaned up and painted antique white.  I think that there will also be some light distressing involved as well.  Sorry to say, these chairs are already reserved for two special little girls.  You may see them again, but they won't be for sale. 
That's all for today....  Wishing you all a very happy last days of summer and for those of you who are taking advantage of the last "sales" of summer....  Happy Picking!



Monday, August 27, 2012

Save the Date!

The countdown has begun for our next show in downtown Honesdale!  Join us on October 6th and 7th for Harvest and Heritage Days (10 AM - 5 PM).  We've got so much to show you and we can't wait to see you in the nest!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Beautiful Buffet/Dresser For Sale!

We just love this piece and we think you will, too!  Gorgeous sideboard/buffet for sale from The Nest - Voluptuous Victoria is an antique wood French Provincial with twelve glorious dove-tailed drawers! Pretty hardware.  Painted beautifully and lightly distressed.  A stunning piece for $150.  Imagine it in your dining room holding your silverware and napkins!  Message us for more information on this lady!