Today I received the lens mentioned mentioned in this post.  It is an exciting lens for me and though I’m the most amateur of amateurs when it comes to photography I am aware (hopeful? haha!) that practice makes perfect, and eventually my photos will be straight up awesome.

This new lens is a 40mm macro lens so these photos were mainly me practicing with the lighting (as always) and aperture.  Any constructive criticism is welcome, you’d be doing me a favor! 🙂



I always have qualms about sharing things because I’m such a private person so I really hope you enjoy what I have to share now and in the future.

Thanks for stopping by! ❤

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Elizabeth’s 8 Month update

March 14, 2016 | 8 months

Happy Pi day from this 8 month old!! Elizabeth is constantly moving, multitasking, and babbling. She is a blue eyed blonde and still has just two teeth. Elizabeth enjoys walking as long as she has something to hold onto to help steady her, and has just begun to stand and squat without any assistance. She absolutely loves walks and runs; especially when Oscar or Charlie are right next to the stroller. She will hold a bottle for herself, claps her hands, and is ecstatic about being in water.


Yardsale Nightstand Redo

nightstand redo

I say this almost every single time I do a project, but this one is one of my favorites.

Since we have lived together and been married we have never had designated furniture for our nightstands.  We had a 3 shelf fish tank stand, a small sewing table with a drawer, a huge ladder shelf, a teeny tiny plant stand, and the list goes on.

Each of those items have lived in many places and served many purposes; the sewing table is between my washer and dryer and fits perfectly, the ladder shelf is now a bookshelf in our guest bedroom, and the fish tank stand is at the top of our stairs in the hallway as a decorative shelf.

I am too cheap to go to a furniture store and buy what I want/envision being perfect for my home.  I wait, and I hunt on used yardsale pages (craigslist, bookoo, local b/s/t pages on facebook, etc).  I hit the jackpot one morning when a fellow Marine spouse posted these two identical nightstands for $40.  PHENOMENAL!

These nightstands are Coaster Sandy Beach and I practically stole them from this woman for her asking price.  The following photo is the photo she took after she painted them for her own home, and the photo she used on the ad.  I instantly loved them, but had a vision.


I like mirrored furniture that isn’t huge.  I couldn’t do a buffet or a dresser, but a night stand or small accent cabinet would be perfect.  However, the more I thought about it, with my dogs’ slobbery noses and everybody’s finger prints, I decided against mirrored.  I then fell in love with the thought of leafing furniture, but my husband was not having that (maybe the next project).

To get a similar affect we agreed upon silver paint.

I sanded the nightstands down with my mouse detail sander to give the paint a better base to stick to, and to remove some existing drips and imperfections.  After that we cleaned them off with a damp cloth, and waited for warmer weather.  The cold was my greatest struggle during this time, it was always too cold to paint.  It seemed that we were only ever able to get one coat at a time before it became too cold for weeks, so discouraging!

After about 3 or 4 light coats of the spray paint we used a paint-on enamel which improves the finish drastically, and helps strengthen the finish.  The last thing was to let it rest, add the new hardware, and finally drag it inside the house.  My poor husband, each nightstand is about 83 lbs and our bedroom is upstairs! (Thank you, amazing husband, I’m sorry I didn’t help carry it upstairs!)

 The wait, which was about two and a half years, was well worth it!


Do you spy Charlie under the bed?  Or my really hideous temporary lamp hiding behind the nightstand?  That explanation is that my favorite glass lamp was shattered in our most recent move and we haven’t been able to replace it due to the store being so far away from our new home.

**Please excuse the really wrinkly comforter, I had just taken it out of the storage bag from our move 5 months ago…. And if that doesn’t summarize my life, I don’t know what does.**

I’d like to introduce myself…

I'd like to introduce myself...

My name is Katrina and I’m married to the love of my life, William, who is a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Together we have the quirkiest “mini” Australian Cattle dog, Charlie. We are the Butlers, and this blog will follow our journey. The life we live is an interesting one, and I hope to provide tips, advice, encouragement, and a feeling of sisterhood for other milso’s out there! I love crafts, animals (dogs in particular), diy projects, baking/cooking, and being lazy with my hero!