Lately

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The past two weeks have been pretty crazy, so that explains the lack of posting :)

On Thursday, May 7, Stef and I drove through the night to SC for my cousin’s graduation. We only slept for two hours at a rest stop in Virginia! So Sleepy. So much coffee. We had a great time, though. So much fun getting to catch up with friends and family.

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The next weekend – May 15  – Eric and I drove to NH after work, arriving around 2 am. Again, So sleepy. Eric was in his best friends wedding and spent all of Saturday hanging out with them, while I just went running and went exploring in Keene, NH. After the rehearsal dinner, there were fireworks and a bonfire :) The wedding was on Sunday, May 17, and it was super hot for May in NH, but everything went smoothly.

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Later that week – May 22 – we went to another friend’s wedding, where I played violin for the ceremony. Unfortunately, Eric did not take any photos of me playing violin :( but here are some other photos from the day… Again, beautiful weather!  photo 5 26 NJ wedding-6_zpsymirpc6c.jpg

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And that’s my past few weeks!

It looks like baby breath is trending for 2015 weddings…

I spent Memorial Day weekend helping my parents with a Cafe Pierrot makeover :) and organizing my craft room!! I’ll have a post about that later this week. For now, let me tell you how happy Eric was that my craft room was finally clean: “It only took 5 months, but you can finally see the floor!!” he said :p

This is one of our projects from the weekend:

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Entry Way

As I was taking these pictures, I realized there isn’t much to see in our entryway at the moment. Last week I posted an Instagram and said I would be posting more about my entry that week… and I didn’t. Major blogger fail.  photo 5 12 before_zpsabwkzx93.jpg

Here are the snaps that I posted last weekend while working on the bench…
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Here’s the “tour” :)

Please ignore the ugly baseboards… thanks :) photo 5 12 entryway-13_zpskrhcplf6.jpg

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Getting used to Snapchat

All the bloggers are starting to use snapchat, so I guess I should start using it for something other than sending photos of my shoes to my sister….

I like that you have the ability to show more real life going on, and all the behind-the-scenes moments, but there’s no way to tell who watched it… Which kind of annoys me, but maybe I’m being picky.

UPDATE: found this interesting article about snapchat and its benefits for business :)

This weekend I tried posting to MyStory about my random weekend activities, and here’s a recap!

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We visited our friends’ new house for the first time, so I brought them the little pot of succulents… I also bought a cactus for my desk :) hoping it will live for a while.

I’m obsessed with the gold planters from West Elm. They were also having a sale on vases on Friday, so I bought a few of those for no reason except they were less than $10 …

And of course… Sunday morning bagels!

How was your weekend? Follow me on snapchat @daniellew1228 !

Scrapbook Sunday: Best Supplies

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As I’ve mentioned before, I have a ton of scrapbooking supplies…. but this is not about all the paper and stickers.

Lately, one of my challenges is the 8.5×11 size scrapbook I’ve decided to use. Most supplies are for 12×12, so if you go the 12×12 route – you will have a million and a half choices.

I’ve been compiling a list of my favorite supplies. I started by just making a “wish list” on Amazon as reference, but I’m going to list all the products below. If you’re going with a normal 3-ring binder, here are the best options I’ve found (A Beautiful Mess also started selling 9×12 notebooks and filler pages on their site if you want to check it out).

If you have something that’s not listed, let me know! Always looking for more sheet protectors!

Here are some of the other tools that I use ALL THE TIME. Couldn’t live without them.
I just noticed right now that they’re all Fiskars brand, but this is not sponsored by them.

Tripod Lamp! (Eric’s Project)

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Eric and I wander around antique shops pretty frequently. Recently, we were looking for a bench for our entryway (haven’t found it yet btw), and stumbled upon a really cool tripod instead! It had a tag that said “make me into a lamp!”

So we did.

The shop we went to is Made in the Shade in Andover Borough, NJ. We family shops here all the time, and my sister practically furnished her entire apartment from this place (Stef’s apartment tour coming soon).

Made in the Shade would have made the lamp, but we were able to take the supplies and Eric put it together instead.

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Sundial Wire…

This project took us less maaaaybe 2 hrs. Super easy. I tried to take a lot of pictures to explain the electric parts of the project – they’re not hard, but you don’t want to mess it up :)  photo 4 6 lamp-1_zpsyjxuxj3h.jpgHere’s the original tripod. It was $70…. photo 4 6 lamp-2_zpsl6ttzz3w.jpg
Removing the surveying part of the tripod…
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We cleaned off the top to make sure it was clean for the epoxy…
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Scraping off the paint for the epoxy… We have antique-looking cloth covered electric wire, and we use it on all old electrical things.

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Adding the light fixture….
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Electrical wires! After we cut the cloth covering off of the electrical wire…
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Stripping the wire… and turn the wire counter-clockwise.
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Screw the black wire to the gold side, and the white attaches to the silver… That’s pretty important…
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Then we add the antique-looking outlet plug…. it also has the black/gold, white/silver attaching of the wires…
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AAAAND it works!!!!
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Scrapbook Sunday: Prep !!

So I’m ready to start the crazy adventure of scrap booking everything. I haven’t scrapbooked  since high school, so I have a ton of pictures to work through…

I was so excited to find these binders on sale at target! Perfect for college photos! Super cheap. Some were a little messed up, but I’ll take it for less than $5/each **the navy binder is the album I’m using for current photos, not this project     I will probably need to get more to cover the summers I worked at camp… They might take too much space.

Ordering photos was interesting… Prints have gotten expensive!

I found several free print incentives for ordering through an app, even if it wasn’t available on the website. I used snapfish: 100 free prints/month on the app + 55 free prints for first purchase. I ordered 300 prints for $18 (including shipping). There’s also the FreePrints app, which gives 85 free prints/month.

The great thing about snapfish was the ability to upload the photos to my account on the website from my computer, and they were available when I logged into the App on my phone – then ordered them from there with the discounts 😊 otherwise freeprints has cheaper shipping and is a great resource if printing photos directly off your phone. Then it was time to organize all the memorabilia and programs I have from college – being a music minor meant I was at a recital or concert practically every week … It didn’t feel like that much in college, but there are a million programs.  I also bought the Sunshine Collection from project life and I love love love it.

Here’s a page that I made – from a road trip to NJ for thanksgiving break. Joanns was having a 50% off all scrapbook supplies last week, so I ordered a bunch of album refills for the 8.5×11 books (kind of hard to find 😕). Can’t wait to show some more of the process! Now, go print some photos!!