Husband and I are currently *obsessed* with podcasts. We’ll play them on our way back home, while exercising (we do work out! … like.. once a month maybe – okay no we’re not that bad), or while we’re I’m doing chores around the house (alright I won’t lie, Hassaan helps out with the dishes and, god bless his heart, HE TAKES OUT THE TRASH).
I feel like I’m interjecting myself too much. It’s cool. This is my inner dialogue time, my zen time. You guys understand, right?
Okay, let’s start over- we love podcasts, binge-listen to them whenever we can, and I think you guys should too. I promise it’s the most productive thing you can do while doing something, well, unproductive. Naive little me thought podcasts were all about deathly boring things like.. world economics or something. *shudder*
Then we discovered Serial (I mentioned it here), and we fell in love. Desperate to satiate our podcast needs, once we had listened to the whole thing twice over (!), we hopped on to This American Life(every week they tell a different story on a different topic) and Radio Lab (they talk about everything from science, to the human race, the animal kingdom, and so on and so forth – bored? trust me, they make it the most interesting and compelling podcast ever).
If you’re looking for something less heavy to listen to then there’s this podcast I just recently discovered – Our Style Storiesby blogger Hilary Walker and each week she interviews creative people and tells their story. Totally up my alley!
So did I just make your life a million times better, or what? Now you have fun stuff to listen to while you cook, clean, drive, create, run, play, poop (we all know you take your phone in there, it’s cool guys, safe space, remember?) or whatever else it is that you do :D
And hey, if you find other podcasts you like please share them with me! I’d love to hear some recommendations :)
Next time, I’ll be back with a fun project for you guys to do :)
So remember how I told you I’m a grandma? I’m a little completely averse to technology and change. Well, I’m trying to change that by:
>> learning how to use a DSLR camera
>> practicing taking decent pictures first and eventually maybe taking better great ones!
>>improving my Photoshop skills
And, like it or not, you guys are going to follow me on this journey *evil cackle* Are you ready to see some mad Photography skills?! Jk, lol.
Before starting this project I read what a lot of other bloggers and professionals had to say about photography. I read (and still do read) a lot online Blogging Photography resources from blogs like A Beautiful Mess, Pinch of Yum, and iHeartOrganizing among others. I thought it would be fun to share my experiences with you guys, as I learn!
Those of you who follow me on Instagram know that I fiiinally got my own camera! I knew I wanted to start small and purchase an entry-level DSLR which would last me a year or two. Most bloggers and photography enthusiasts recommend getting the Canon Rebel T3i for a starter camera and focus on building a good lens collection. My goal was to get a good set of tools that would last me a while without breaking the bank. And you know how expensive lenses can be (gotta say goodbye to the Prada handbags I was dreaming of.. *sigh*). Eventually I hope to upgrade to a much nicer camera like the Canon 6 or 7D. One day guys.. one day.
Back to reality for now.
I got the stock lens as well which will work beautifully for Interior shots since it’s focal length is 18-55mm (which means I can take a wider shot in a small space, as well as zoom in if I like). However, there’s one little drawback to this lens (which is why it’s super cheap!): it’s maximum aperture is f/3.5-5.6 (depending on the focal length). This means you won’t get that pretty, blurred out background in a picture (aka, bokeh) For interior photography, that doesn’t really matter cause you want everything in focus most of the time, so works for me!
The other lens I got was the nifty fifty, had to get it, right? This is what I was playing around with today when I took shots of my tea setup :) I’m reeally loving the 1.8 aperture!
Here’s a list of my Budget Photography Gear:
Camera: Canon Rebel T3i (got mine from the Canon e-store for a great price)
Today, ladies and gentlemen (are there any men who read my blog?!), I am bringing to you an amazing organizing solution straight from design heaven.
You know that entryway of yours? The one you walk through every day, then fling your handbag to the nearest surface, kick off your shoes in some random direction, and your keys? If you’re lucky they’ll find a resting spot on the counter next to a fat stack of mail. Um, okay I think that’s just me. And I think I just described my own worst nightmare.
So we all agree we *don’t* want this storm-through-doorway-deposit-things-wherever kind of deal, right? You want this to be smooth and simple. You don’t want to be spending an hour trying to find your keys and your sunglasses. Your landing strip should be efficient and not something that requires too much attention from you. (talking just about apartments, guys, let’s keep this PG ;)) I think we’re gonna be on the same page here!
Well, I’ve got two words for you:
That’s it! That’s ALL you need for your entryway, especially if you’re just two or three people living in a small space and don’t have a separate area to create a clutter free landing strip.
Remember that old chair I spray painted last week? (Read about it in my last post) Well that little gem is now sitting next to our front door, acting as a catch-all of sorts for when someone enters or leaves the house. Grab that seat and put your shoes on, rest your handbag or grocery bag on it; this one’s a real multi-tasker. Above the chair, I’ve put up my faithful wall organizer from Target which has plenty of hooks for all our hook-ing (?!) needs. It has two roomy slots where we usually put our mail in (sometimes things get lost in there if we neglect this baby for.. a few.. months. Yes that has happened. Don’t ask.)
There’s a big empty space next to the chair and I think I want to keep it that way. My goal for the new place is ‘less is more’. Live a clutter free life. Airy and light. Okay maybe I’m gonna throw a big fig tree next to the chair, and a wall clock next to the hooks. Rules are meant to be broken, right? Tee hee.
Anyway, you should also check out Apartment Therapy’s post on Copper Spray paint for more inspiration. I want to make *all* of those beautiful, shiny things, now now now.
I think I’m gonna go hug my spray paint can now. It has been a good friend.
Guys, I think I need to break the ice and just put it out there that I haven’t written in a really, really, really long time. I can see virtual cobwebs hanging all over. Like the gross, dusty kind which you don’t even want to sweep cause it would just get even messier. Well, the thing is, my little bloggity blog needs a whole lot of TLC and I’ve been a bad mama these past few weeks :( I could give myself a whole list of excuses like – oh we were moving and oh I was setting up the new place, and oh there’s a lot of other stuff going on in my life right now, blah dee blippity doo – but at the end of the day- they’re all just validation for my own laziness.
So here I am, all pumped up, with lots of new and exciting stuff to share!
It’s been almost two weeks since we moved to our new apartment and I’ve really taken my time to get used to it. It’s just the change that threw me off for a minute and I had to really work on myself to start living and loving the new space.
Last week, my buddy (who I’m attached to the hip with) Marzia and I spent a rainy afternoon armed with gold spray paint and a will to save the world from bad design. Okay, so we were really just spray painting our lamps we got from IKEA and turning them into these gorgeous gold beauties. Now I had already warned Marzia that if you leave me with a can of spray paint, if you make that mistake, you will literally have to hide things from me to keep me from spraying them. Promise. It’s a problem I was diagnosed with in my late teens. Especially if it’s gold spray paint we’re talking about. So here we are with gold spray paint and the objective of painting two lamps. Pfft! Two lamps? Of course I didn’t stop there!
Two lamps, a glass bottle, and.. a chair later, when my spray paint can was all emptied out, we sat down to admire our little craft babies.
And guys, here’s the verdict – I’m in big, fat, sappy love with our gold spray painted lamps which only cost us $20 at IKEA! They seriously look like they walked out of a West Elm. Betcha can’t beat the price of this knock-off DIY version!
I’ve heard so many people say there’s a technique to spray painting and you have to keep a steady hand and spray evenly – well, here’s my thing –
>> I don’t have a technique, I have fun!
>> I can’t keep a steady hand, the stupid spray button is always too hard for me
>> Last, I don’t think I’ve ever sprayed perfectly even, and I honestly don’t take myself too seriously. Even if it isn’t perfect, I love and enjoy the whole process which is the most important thing. Plus, if it’s *really* terrible (which I doubt it is) you can always go over it :)
So now that we all know how awesome and easy spray painting is, and can totally transform something from drab to glam, let’s jump into what I did with one of my old IKEA lamps.
In a brief lapse of judgment, I picked up this ugly old lamp from IKEA a couple of years ago and so it made a prime candidate for a pretty makeover. And since I’ve been obsessing over Dalmatian spots, I thought what better way to combine my two loves than in this cute little project!
After taping off the cord using painters tape, I took my trusted can of spray paint (used copper by Kryolan for this) and covered the whole thing until opaque. Now here’s the interesting part, I actually sprayed water on the paint while it was still wet, so it would get an aged look! I couldn’t find a spray bottle so I just sprinkled water from a glass.
While the lamp base dried, I worked on the shade. This part was sooo much fun! I took some black fabric paint, thinned it down just a little, and painted on some splotchy spots. When that dried up, I took more paint straight from the tube and made some dry strokes over the watery ones just to give it an interesting mix of marks.
Do you see how simple this Spotted Copper Lamp was?! It literally took me less than half an hour to do the whole project from start to finish! You can do this with any old lamp you have lying around, if you don’t care for spots, make any other fun pattern! Tape off geometric shapes on the base and spray the exposed area to give it another cool look. There’s sooo much to do, you guys! Don’t forget to show me your craft babies when you make them, and tag them as #PenniesforaFortune :)