Being the list-making person that I am, I had to put together a list of resolutions/goals for 2012, or as I like to call them - New DIYear Resolutions (get it- because it's DIY stuff!) I will be updating everyone on my 2011 goals soon (spoiler: I did surprisingly well) but in the meanwhile I wanted to share what I hope will be on the docket for twenty-twelve.
2012 New DIYear Resolutions:
Refinish Garage Sale Chest: Back in July 2010, I bought a dingy and dirty, but full of potential, wood cabinet at a garage sale for only $2. But embarrassingly, this diamond in the rough has been sitting in my garage as-is since the day I bought it. It's high time to restore this beauty.
Refinish Our Fireplace: Our fireplace was already on my to-do list back in 2010 and I achieved my goal for that year when my Dad built an expanded mantle shelf (see the improved before-and-after below). Since then, I also figured out how to disguise our flat screen TV cables. But, I'd really like to take the fireplace one step further by getting rid of the brass accents, painting the mantle, and maybe adding some new tile.
Daily Photo Project: This year, I'd like to take one photo every single day that captures a highlight or something memorable from the day. I'm hoping that this will be like a visual diary where I'll be able to look back on the year and see the memorable moments. In the 11 days that I've been doing this so far, I've also found that it's been getting me to think creativly. I'm taking the photos with my iPhone and the simplicity of the phone camera is making me put a lot of thought into how the image should be framed and getting me to see simple everyday things as camera-worthy moments.
Learn to use SLR Camera: My other photo related goal for the year is to learn to use a DSLR camera. I purchased a Canon Rebel T3 over the holidays and am really excited to join the SLR world. I've been playing around with the camera, but I really need to sit down, crack open my manual, and learn the ins and outs of it. I know there are a lot of great resources online to learn to use DSLRs, are there any resources you can recommend?
So those are my goals for 2012! I have a few projects that I'd really like to accomplish, but I've left a lot of time for myself to accomplish home projects as they come up. What are your goals for the year?
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