Refinished Dresser

I realized I never told you guys about the dresser I refinished last year. I found this dresser at Goodwill for around $100. It was an okay deal; it was pretty well made but it had wood veneer which made if tough to sand because I had to be careful not to sand through it….

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DIY – Installing New Baseboard

We just finished installing new trim and baseboards in our entire house so I decided to write a post detailing how we did that. Thankfully we installed all the baseboard in rooms that had hardwood floors (we later installed carpet in the bedrooms but that was done afterwards) which made for easier painting and clean-up….

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Foggy Morning

This morning I woke up at 3:30am so I could be at an event an hour away as a volunteer photographer. I was worried there wouldn’t be much I could take pictures of at 5am (I was right) so I had to wait for the sun to come up before I could really start making…

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Blog and House Update

The Project Board has a new look! I thought it was time to make a change and I wanted to go with something that looked like more of a website and less like a blog. Please let me know what you think. The navigation is different and I hope that doesn’t prevent anyone from finding…

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Flat Lay Photography

I was inspired by Peter McKinnon’s YouTube tutorial on flat lay photography so I decided to spend time this morning putting his suggestions to use. I am nowhere near as talented as he is and my equipment isn’t as good/expensive but I’m happy with some of the pictures I got. The first thing that came…

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Practicing with the Macro Lens

I’ve had my macro lens for 4 years and I feel guilty because I don’t use it that much. I’m sure it’s user error but most of the pictures I take with it have a shallow depth of field even if I shoot at lower aperture settings like 15f. It is a really nice lens…

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Exploring Editing Techniques

I’ve used Photoshop to edit my pictures for about 6 years but I only used the basics for a long time. Thanks to some online tutorials, I’ve learned a lot more about Photoshop and feel more comfortable editing my pictures more than I did previously – even though I’m definitely no expert. I decided to…

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Our House Over the Years

We’ve lived in our house for almost eight years. It sounds like a long time considering we’re only in our early-mid 30s but it’s gone by fast. When we first bought our house as first-time home owners in 2011, we knew we were buying a fixer-upper. The first time we unlocked the door to OUR…

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Grandma Shirlee’s Coffee Cake

This is a recipe I got from my husband’s grandmother. I am not sure where she got it… perhaps from an older cookbook, a friend, or a family member. We make it often because it’s really easy and quick and everyone always likes it. Ingredients 1 box of yellow cake mix (Duncan Hines or Betty…

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Back to Photography

I took an unplanned break from photography last year while we focused on house renovations. Other than during our trip to Glacier National Park, I did not take many pictures last year. Today is probably the nicest weather day we’ve had so far in 2019 so I thought it would be the perfect time to…

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