Thursday, August 30, 2012

DIY Painted Filing Cabinet (For the Kitchen!)

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So you know all those things that people say about living in New York? (Lack of space, expensive rent, smelly sidewalks, crazy people aggressively air-drumming on the street without any headphones?) All true. Especially the lack of space thing. :) About a month ago when I was still in Indiana, I started working on this little filing cabinet for our little kitchen in preparation of the tight quarters and I'm so happy with the result.

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My roommate, Adele, making breakfast in our kitchen before work. :) PS-- We need some wall art. That's this weekend's project.

I actually got this filing cabinet from my old work-- we had just moved to a new building and there was a ton of leftover furniture from the bank that was there before. After some scavenging in the enormous room full of furniture called "The Graveyard," I found this beauty. (PS-- Thank you Randy and Angie!) ♥

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Hubba hubba beautiful piece of furniture-- I know. ;) The only things you need to paint a filing cabinet are some sandpaper and spray paint. (Maybe a bit of newspaper as well... Protecting the floor-- always good.) I sanded the filing cabinet a little bit to scuff it up, and then went to town with the spray paint. I really like the Krylon brand of spray paint, I think that it drips less and is really tough. I used the "Blue Ocean Breeze" color.

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Only one scuff from moving across the country!

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We use our filing cabinet to store a lot of our pots and pans-- it's really good for hiding clutter. We've used the top part of the filing cabinet to store everything from rollerblades to beer. Hehe.

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Remember this little deer photo holder? Right now he's manning the stove. :)

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The apartment is really coming along. It feels pretty cozy and homey right now-- even if it is a bit small. Now to work on the walls. :)

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Project 365: Week 34


This post is part of my Project 365 where I am taking one photo every day for a year. Click here to see all of my photos in the series-- and if you want to join, feel free to do so anytime! :) (All photos taken with a Nikon D7000.)

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230/365: 8-17-12 Some Friday night martinis-- a regular martini and a Gibson. :)

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231/365: 8-18-12 A Saturday trek to the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor's Island. (SO cool.)

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232/365: 8-19-12 Found a Goodwill nearby. (Hallelujah.)

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233/365: 8-20-12 Some Indiana license plates to hang on the wall in New York. :)

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234/365: 8-21-12 Owl lamp.

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235/365: 8-22-12 A coworker, Scout.

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236/365: 8-23-12 Dog treats. I may or may not have nibbled on one of these. (I checked the ingredients first-- they were human cookie ingredients!) :D

For more photography tips, see this post on digital photography tips for beginners. You can also check out the rest of my photos from the year for my Project 365!

If you want, you can always join the project!









Wednesday, August 22, 2012

DIY Galaxy Shirt

DIY Galaxy Shirt
In my effort to create an entire galaxy wardrobe, (hehe) I've got a tutorial over on The Fashion Spot on how to make a galaxy shirt. :) I've got a dress and a scarf... now all I need are some pants. (That's actually a really good idea. ;))

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Project 365: Week 32 and 33

WHEW! I've fallen off the blogwagon a bit these past 2 weeks-- moving across the country and starting a new job will do that to yeh. :)

This post is part of my Project 365 where I am taking one photo every day for a year. Click here to see all of my photos in the series-- and if you want to join, feel free to do so anytime! :) (All photos taken with a Nikon D7000.)

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216/365: 8-3-12 Roosevelt Arch outside of the Gardiner entrance to Yellowstone. The rehearsal dinner from the Montana wedding I went to was held in Arch park right outside Yellowstone. :)

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217/365: 8-4-12 The wedding day... Up on a mountain.

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218/365: 8-5-12 Dancing after midnight. :)

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219/365: 8-6-12 Packing a rug to move out to New Yorkkkkk.

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220/365: 8-7-12 Packing pictures. Also very important.

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221/365: 8-8-12 A little family photo before all the kids left. Technically I didn't take this photo, but it's with my camera. :)

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222/365: 8-9-12 A little fall photoshoot at work before I left.

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223/365: 8-10-12 Cookie cake on my last day. Soo sweet. :)

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224/365: 8-11-12 Driving out in the cargo van. (That thing was packed unbelievably full.)

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225/365: 8-12-12 Unpacking. So fun. Ha.

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226/365: 8-13-12 Making some curtains!

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227/365: 8-14-12 Sean cooking. :)

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228/365: 8-15-12 A bit of DIY on the new floor. :) Wood photographs so much better than carpet.

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229/365: 8-16-12 We take dinner (and wine, haha) very seriously in this apartment.


For more photography tips, see this post on digital photography tips for beginners. You can also check out the rest of my photos from the year for my Project 365!

If you want, you can always join the project!









Monday, August 13, 2012

A Little Update

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So... An exciting little announcement-- I've moved to New York! These past few months have been some of the craziest and most stressful of my life... finding an apartment, getting a job, furnishing said apartment, and stuffing it all in a cargo van to go from Indiana to NYC... :) Whew! While I am really sad to leave behind so many people that I love in Indiana, I am so excited to start this next chapter in my life.

Right now, my roommates and I are trying to stuff all of our things in our tiny (but perfect) place... and make it as cozy, warm, and inviting as we possibly can. (And I've still got to find me a craft shop in the city. ;))

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A bit of progress... Gotta get stuff on the walls soon!

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Making curtains from shower curtain fabric.

While I'll be living in the city for the indefinite future, I'll always be a sheep-raising, crafting, thrifting Hoosier cheapskate. We'll see how this goes. ;)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A Montana Wedding

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Things have been a little quiet on the blog front over the weekend-- for very good reason. :) My boyfriend's middle brother, Paul, got married in Montana on Saturday, just outside of Yellowstone. I visited Yellowstone for the first time last summer, and it is definitely one of my favorite places in the world. The air. The mountains. The land. The (never-ending, exhausting) adventure. :)

This weekend was such a wonderful set of days full of dancing, drinking, hiking, exploring, photographing, and making new friends. I can't help but to share a few photos from it. :) PS--Paul and Kelsi, the newlyweds themselves, write a wonderful blog over here.

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The rehearsal dinner at the entrance to Yellowstone.
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The reception was at a cowboy ranch 5 miles up a mountain.
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Rustic pies for dessert.
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Mason jar glasses.
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Favors were Yellowstone knickknacks like patches, stickers, etc. Guests could also send a postcard to anyone they wanted on pre-stamped postcards.
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Dinner was brisket, deep-fried turkey, bacon-wrapped green beans, salad, and cheesy potatoes.
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A ranch cat. :)
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This has been one of the most incredible summers of my life. :)
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