Geeky Decor in Honor “The Hobbit” 2 in Theaters

Almost a month later than the premiere, but my intentions still good!

I was able to watch “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” opening weekend in December before my work site-shutdown. In honor of the premiere, I wanted to share my own geeky decor found in the living room of my apartment 🙂

  • First, above the entrance to my apartment is the following quote. I found an easy, cheap, and simple way to decorate is to take a quote you really like, print it on normal paper, and put it in a cool frame. I got this mirror-like, marbled Celtic themed frame from Khol’s on sale for $5. I like seeing the quote before I leave as inspiration for the day.


“The road goes ever on and on…” — Bilbo Baggins, “The Hobbit” (book)

For more info on this quote and where it’s references throughout Tolkien’s works:

  • Second, a poster map of Middle Earth, thanks to Naomi! I simply bought a poster frame from Walmart for $8 and hung it up on the wall. You can also see my Final Fantasy X inspired key decor on the left.


For more info on the FFX key decor, go here:

Hope this helps you think of your own apartment decoration ideas!


DIY Project: Canvas Map Art

*PHEW* I am on that DIY rampage. But this one is very special and close to my heart.


Believe it or not, I have been waiting to do this project for months. This is actually an original project of mine inspired by the 3 cities I have been traveling between for family and school for the past 5 years in college. The idea came to me back in March when I initially graduated while I was brainstorming for decorations for my then-hypothetical new apartment.

Concept & Sketch

As most of my projects, the idea was set into motion with a sketch. I knew I wanted to make 3 pieces of artwork on canvases for each of the following cities: New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. I also knew that I had subway maps from each city that I usually hung on my walls like posters. However, I wanted to incorporated these maps into the the art. What I decided was to make each canvas display the nickname of each city using their respective maps.

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Figure 1. It all started with a sketch.

Here are the nicknames if you cannot read them on the sketch. The word in quotations is represented by the map in the shape of an image.

  • Philadelphia aka City of Brotherly “LOVE”
  • New York City aka The Big “Apple”
  • Washington, DC aka The Capital of the “World”


  • Maps of Philly, NYC, and DC
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Acrylic paints
  • Sponge brushes
  • Mod podge
  • 8 x 10 flat canvases
  • Sticker stencils (for the words)

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Figure 2. My materials all ready to be used.

Methods & Procedures

For each canvas, I painted the background two tones for a distressed look. After stenciling the words onto the canvases, I Googled silhouettes of each picture I wanted to trace out and cut from each of the maps.


Figure 3. This is the image I used for the NYC canvas art.

I used Mod Podge to attach the cut outs of the maps and seal the entire canvas for a slight gloss.

Final Results


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[Click the thumbnails for close ups of each piece of art!]

I think my favorite one is Philadelphia, though I am pretty happy with all three of them as a whole!  Sidenote: I stained some newspaper with water and acrylic blue paint for a texturized ocean! Also, I splotched on some silver paint so that it looks like it has stars.

They now happily hang in my living room where I look at them every day and think about these three very important cities and the people who I love that live in them!

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Hope this serves as inspiration for others to do their own map art! 😀

Kingdom Hearts Game Decal Cover Skin for PSP

So a video game post, which I haven’t had in quite some time! Due to my internship and some ridiculous and random overtime hours, I’ve decided to treat myself to some Amazon purchases! The first thing I’d like to mention is this PSP skin I ordered from Gamer_Skinz.

Granted I still had to pay for shipping and handling, and the skin is not an exact fit for Evelyn the PSP 1000 that John, Scott, and Kirsten got for me (you can also see the charm they gave me for my 21st birthday hanging out there), I am really happy with my purchase!

The directions were great and told me exactly what to do to easily apply the vinyl skin. The material itself is really thick enough for some scratch protection, with a surprisingly efficient adhesive. Also, I am absolutely in love with the design (my Kingdom Hearts fan craze continues).

I also got a set of 3 brand new screen protectors for $1, free shipping (eforcity), and it included a small card to push out the bubbles. Sadly I messed up the first one John got me and all this crap and bubbles got caught on my screen. Now it looks like anything is barely there!

While this is a bit of fun, it’s not a necessity. My main goal is to buy a new laptop before my job ends and classes start again. My current Dell is being held together with duct tape and weighs a good 7 – 7.5 lbs (which would be impossible/ inconvenient to carry commuting from the new apt).

For the meantime though my paychecks help me buy wonderful gifts for those I love, which I appreciate to the upmost (along with all the career experience I’m gaining).


New Apartment Photos!

Finally these are up! Things are always changing in our new home, but here’s a glimpse of what our new place looks like Far better and cheaper than the dorm. Plus, I am more free to decorate as I like with nails and hammer handy 🙂

Order of photos:

  1. My room: door, closet door, back of door, dresser area, bed, sidetable, desk area, windows, puppy poster
  2. Hallway: community shelf
  3. Naomi’s door
  4. Megan’s door
  5. Home carpet
  6. Hallway carpet
  7. Bathroom: curtains, towels, shower curtain
  8. Living room,
  9. Kitchen