How to Spray Paint a Lamp

Got an old lamp that’s begging for an upgrade?

Years ago, I pilfered an elephant lamp from my parents. When its lampshade ripped during some move or another, I just kind of shoved the lamp in the corner. When I finally found a wonderful replacement from Cruel Mountain Designs (an embarrassing number of months–erm, years–later), it became immediately clear that the lamp would need a revamp to do justice to the custom shade!

I don’t have “Before” pictures because the lamp was in a very sorry state. During a paint stripping phase last year (shout out to Citristrip!) I decided to strip the lamp, too.

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Paper Party Banners D.I.Y.

As a New York City Public School kid, Mid-Winter Recess has always been a special time.

It means a week off from school for teachers and students starting on President’s Day. I took serious advantage of my teacherly time off this year by booking a much-needed three-day bday getaway to Woodstock with my beau.

Fun fact: My boyfriend and mom share a February 22nd birthday.

It’s a big year for both of them: Jason turned 30 and my mom turned 70! (Please hold your judgments on my poor daughterly-ness for choosing to spend this bday with my boyfriend instead of my dear mother!)

Since I love crafty things and can’t let my hands stay idle for too long, I made a paper banner to surprise Jason on his birthday morning.

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Practical Goal Setting for the New Year

Happy New Year, villagers!

I think we were all ready to say, “BYE!” To 2016. But as I counted down its final seconds, it felt ingenuine to welcome 2017. I’m totally freaked about the struggles this new year will bring. But, I do believe there are some things about any new year that are worth getting excited about.

I’m talking intentions, people!!

I don’t know about you, but physically taking the action to sit down and write out my wants really does it for me. Figuring out and planning the steps I need to take to get there makes change feel that much more attainable. And, as a novice bullet journaler, the idea of pouring my ideas out in a visually pleasing way feels like even more of a treat. But that’s my own obsession. (Which you will be hearing more about, promise.)

Regardless of what your list ends up looking like, I recommend the practice of goal setting.

Because, why opt-out of a chance to be your best you?

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