Life Through a Brand New Camera Lens

I finally did it! I upgraded my camera. I got tired of using my cell phone and the poor quality pictures I was posting to this blog because I felt like it wasn’t doing some of my craft work and displays justice so this past week I purchased my new Nikon D3200 Camera.

It was quite the ordeal getting the camera because at first I thought that I didn’t have the battery when I was surveying my inventory. I took it over to my parents to help me look and we found the battery but realized that what it was actually missing was the charger. I called Target where I purchased the camera and asked what could be done. They didn’t have any cameras to exchange it with since this particular camera is not the most recent model and won’t be reordered but they did say that they would give me a full refund.

I did some quick research to figure out what a replacement charger would cost and found out that it was $50 on Amazon to replace the Nikon charger. When I went into Target I asked them if it was possible to still keep this camera but get $50 off to cover the cost of the charger. The manager there was happy to oblige my request (one of the many reasons I love shopping at Target) so I got to keep the camera. I went on Amazon and did some research and actually found some really favorable reviews in an off-brand charger that was made specifically for Nikon camera batteries. This charger was only $14.99 instead of $50 so I ordered it and with my Prime membership I had it the next day! The charger worked great and my camera was up and running. This is a thrifty lesson for everybody – you don’t get anything unless you ask. I ended up saving $35 on this camera + it was already on sale + it came with a free wifi adapter which was a $70 value so really I saved well over $100!

I decided to take some pictures for you all of some of the vignettes and décor that I have already put out there. A sort of recap of where I am now and then I have some major things in mind (not to mention some newfound inspiration and energy to get it done which I attribute to my new 5:00 am runs with Rusty that I just started last week) for where my house is going to go from here.

So here’s where I’m at:


My nightstand arrangement in my bedroom

My nightstand arrangement in my bedroom

Living Room

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Adorable Dog and Cat

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And now I’m off to spend my newfound inspired energy on some projects to share with you all in the weeks to come!

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Behind the Curtains

Finally! I have been waiting for the moment when I would get to share with you all my projects in my new house. Of course, in order to do that, first I have to COMPLETE the projects. I am forever doomed to have a million more ideas in my head than I could ever possibly complete with my hands. However, in an attempt to make at least part of my house a little homier, I did push for my bedroom project to be completed.

bedroom before

The master bedroom in my house is not very big, but I like cozy so the size wasn’t really the issue. I love looking at rooms and doing what I can to maximize the space and style. This room did however, pose a bit of a challenge due to an off center window on the wall where I wanted my bed.

Here was my solution:

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I painted the room “Requisite Gray” which I find to be a soothing and more modern neutral. I created this wall of curtains to highlight the bed wall and disguise that off center window by rescuing things from several different places.

Here’s how I did it:

CURTAIN RODS: I found the curtain rods left in the house when I took possession and moved them from the room they were in to the bedroom since they went with the colors that I was using. Similar heavy duty curtain rods such as this retail for around $50.00. The smaller rod is a basic one that retails for around $3.50.

CURTAINS: The chocolate brown curtains on the outside of the curtain wall were the same ones I used in my bedroom in my duplex so I was very excited that I got to keep reusing those. (They were a Target clearance-rack find for $11 when I was looking for curtains while decorating my duplex but since they are reused, for the purpose of pricing out this project they were FREE.) The print fabric was bought from a discount fabric store online – 5.5 yards for $9.48 a yard ($52.14 total). These types of stores give you a great deal on fabric because a lot of it is remnants or end of bolt/discontinued fabrics. This color and pattern were perfect for me as it was a more gray toned beige and really complemented my wall color. I took a bit of a chance on this ordering online since you can never truly know what the color will look like when you only see it online, but the second I saw this fabric (after persuing several hundred pages of fabric) I knew it was the one. I can’t fight those feelings. The off-white sheer panels that make up the underneath part of my fabric wall I got on an online garage sale site for $8. They are the Target threshold brand and retail currently for $16.99 EACH.

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Store price for all of this new: $187.46

My price by recycling and reusing: $60.14

I absolutely love how it turned out and knowing that I saved $127.32 by doing what I love – rescuing – makes it even better. To finish out my bedroom display I added the nightstand from the South Eden Flea Market (Thrifty Thursday: Wheeling and Dealing) and on top of it grouped together my pitcher that I got at 3rd Sunday (Thrifty Thursday: Let’s Go SLEDDING!), a doily that I also got at 3rd Sunday, a Gone With the Wind lamp that was not only mine as a child, but also my aunt’s which makes it that much more special for me, and a bird decoration that I had used in my kitchen at my duplex that I got at Hobby Lobby on clearance. It makes a very sweet arrangement.

nightstand arrangement

Since the room is so small, it doesn’t really warrant having another nightstand in it but I did come across this 1950s lamp at Lucy Davis Thrift one night after restocking my booth and its style and color fit into the bedroom perfectly.

So, there you have it. Part of my bedroom is transformed. I still have to add some wall art and finish the window treatment on the other window but I am so happy with how this has turned out so far.

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Happy Thrifting!