new bag AND updated lighting!

Ever since I started Gradschool, I have been study-study-studying all of the time.  Now, it is getting close to my finals for one of the classes, and I want to do anything BUT study!  So, I am compromising and studying-something else-something else-something else-studying.  Sounds like a plan, right?

After my first bag train-wreck…it looks WAY cuter in the picture than in real life…I made another one and actually used burlap.

I know the lighting is super bad (still using my phone!) but this one turned out much better.  After making it, I decided I wanted the lining on the outside because it was so much better than the scratchy burlap! And, ps., burlap sheds all over.  Boo burlap.  But the bag turned out super cute.  Even June (the cute pup below) thinks so.

Now, on to the lighting.  My home, goodness I love it (no, really I do), is about 12 years old and NOTHING had ever been updated, touched, painted, redone before we moved in, EXCEPT the carpet.  As you can imagine, there was brass EVERYWHERE.  We have since replaced almost all of the lighting in the house, with the exception of our entry way, dining room (both for another day) and the outdoor lighting.  During one of my many online blog searching, I came across a blogger who had (cleverly) spray painted her existing brass outdoor lighting and it looked fantastic!

It was already ugly, so what did I have to loose?  So, $5.97, painters tape left over from repainting last summer and some old newspaper later, I was ready to start.

You might think this is a little much, but TRUST me, the last thing you want on the side of your house is black spray paint!

At this point, I was SUPER nervous that I had not actually taped EVERYTHING and somehow the reveal was going to show how I had ruined my house…

But, turns out, I didn’t ruin my house!  A little sand paper got the excess spray paint off of the grout and viola!

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2 thoughts on “new bag AND updated lighting!

  1. Yes, precious Kristen, you have really made a pretty hand tote bag! I agree with you, burlap is scratchy and does shed…so the colorful lining is much superior to show and use! I think you did a really good job on the outside light of your home. None of the brass fixtures are able to withstand the outside elements. The black color looks great, too! Perhaps we should do the same thing with our exterior lights….but not during the hot, hot summertime. Anything outside has to wait!!! Hope you do good on your next Final exam. Keep us posted re: you, Isaac, and Junebug, and what you are doing…..only when you have a moment. Love you so,
    Grams

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