love of flowers

just a few iphone flower photographs. some blooms just in time for the snow.
ranunculus via hipstamatic

jasmine via instagram + hipstamatic and arranged by diptic

tulips via shake it photo + hipstamatic and arranged by diptic. 

daffodils + yoko ono poms at Olga's via instagram
I'm sort of addicted to flowers. I love having tulips in my home at all times. The white ranunculus were a sort of test to see if I could love flowers void of vibrant colors {they passed}. The jasmine was the perfect find at Trader Joes and man does my bathroom ever smell sweet. And those daffodils mixed with green poms are a match made in heaven. Just as the coffee and bagel brunch was. Thank you, Olga's!

and happy leap year! any plans for your extra day?
xo, kim

photo a day challenge : days 18-25

Here are my photo a day challenge photographs. 
day 18 : drink
{my newest addiction, ginger teas}

day 19 : something I hate to do
{work in the cold, cold studio}

day 20 : handwriting
{a possible tattoo inspired from Banksy's graffiti}
day 21 : a fave photo of me part 1
{me + callie}

day 21 : a fave photo of me part 2
{me + phil}

day 22 : where I work part 1

day 22 : where I work part 2

day 23 : my shoes
{newest addiction, chuck taylors}

day 24 : inside my bathroom cabinet
{a broken lock}

day 25 : green
I told you there would be better montages here. This time around I enjoyed this challenge far more, I feel the results are better.
xo, kim

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photo skill a day : days 18-25

Here's another weeks worth of my february photo skill photographs. Enjoy!
day 18 : documentary #2
{afternoon view}

day 19 : freeze motion
{stopped in my tracks}

day 20 : black on black
{my dinner plates}

day 21 : white on white
{my grandmother's doily on the radiator cover}

day 22 : abstract
{abstract flower graffiti}

day 23 : found face
{woman putting on eye liner found on a staircase}

day 24 : framing
{New York City papercut captured in its own frame}

day 25 : documentary #3
{morning view}

documentary 1, 2 + 3
{night, afternoon + morning : my views}
I've been having some fun with diptic lately. I'll admit, this montage above isn't my best. There's more to come. Follow my Instagram photos on Webstagram.

happy monday!
xo, kim

thrifted before and after

I debated for quite some time over whether or not to get this cabinet. I finally decided that for $12.99 what could really go wrong, with a little elbow grease it would only get better.

I set out to get a dusk mask. For lack of eye protection I went with sunglasses, which it turned out I needed, it was darn sunny out that day.

And I sanded away, determined to get every last part even. The cabinet may have been solid wood but it wasn't well built. In the end I had to screw a plywood board under the top for extra stability and fill many spots in with putty.

I nearly stripped this piece trying to get it well sanded. And I removed the knobs that I so despised.

Then came some choices. I found this gorgeous paper on sale at Utrecht but wasn't certain what color to go with as the base for the whole piece. I was leaning toward the mustard yellow on the right. Then a smart twitter friend asked what color the room was that this cabinet was to find it's home in. I realized I didn't know. We are still trying to settle on room colors, suddenly grey was safe and just right.

And I love it!

I wasn't able to remove the hinges but I plan on taking some tools home from the studio so I can carefully remove the paint I got on them and shine them up while I am at it. My attempts to scrape the paint off resulted in scraping off the faux rust revealing a shade of silver underneath. My goal is to get them back to silver with a brushed finish.

And this is the dreamy medium I found {thanks to that ever so helpful and knowing Utrecht employee}. I used this to adhere the paper to the surface of the cabinet as well as provide a protective layer over the paper. It's like magic! 

After some pacing and swigs of whiskey {kidding} I dove in and cut my first piece of paper. I cut it larger than the panel it was to occupy. After the medium dried I used a sharp blade to trim the paper to the exact shape on the door. They weren't perfect to begin with so I used the raised area as a guide and trimmed away. 

I started adding the gloss to to my newly papered panels. 

After three or four coats they seem shiny and well protected. It dried completely clear which was nice as it had a creamy appearance in the jar and it made me nervous. 

My shiny new cabinet found a home near the coat closet and under the key hooks. A sweet little place to store my bag. I'm sure the insides will be overflowing with something soon. The top is also home to my weed clippings from my walk with Callie {here they are on the former table}. 

These knobs really added the finishing touch. It took me a while in Antropologie to decide on the perfect ones as their selection is just amazing. In the end I went for silver to match the glitter in the paper.

A sweet little recap thanks to diptic. It is a great feeling to see this progress in one frame.

We have quite a few projects around the apartment we have been working on. Once we get some of the furniture we got for a song as thrift shops we will have to hunker down and settle on a color/colors for our walls. I look forward to a nice, cozy winter in our familiar apartment that is becoming more and more of a home. 

happy monday! 
{it snuck up on me while I was writing this post, i started it on sunday}
xo, kim

studio weeds

Part of what I love about these studio weeds is having that lovely red brick in the background of my photos. I've been missing my studio while I am home resting and hoping to get better. 

I've missed saying hello to my neighbors as I start my workday. I've missed using tools and playing with metal. But I've also missed being surrounded by all that brick. I don't know what it is, I just love it there. 

happy friday!
xo, kim

ps: I've been playing with a new app called diptic. i think i like it.