Thursday, July 24, 2014

Feeling Americana

Hi All! Do you ever just get in a mood and just go with it? I do and did yesterday. I had a wooden box and a lid to a wine barrel and wanted to do some Americana inspired items! I had a lot of fun with these projects. I think the thing I love the most is the imperfection of it. Uneven lines, misshapen stars, distressed, antiqued, ahhhh... it is so fun! Here we go!

I LOVE hanging items with old chain!

So uneven! Imperfection is beautiful. 

Wine Barrel Sign: $60
Wooden Box: $25

Hope you all are having a great day!!!

Squeeze - Liz

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Guest Bedroom Gets a Makeover (Finally)

Confession: I leave my project stuff EVERYWHERE. I mean, everywhere. I have taken over quite a few spaces in our home with projects that I am working on. The guest room was no exception. For the past month, (or more) the guest room has become a mecca of craft supplies. Last week, Lucas dropped a bomb on me... He asked if I could put the room back together! Seriously?! Here is the thing... I knew that he had a surprise weekend in store for me, but why does it matter what the room looks like? He claimed it was because he was tired of looking at all the crap; however, that is not really a Lucas thing to say. Hmmm.... did this mean someone was visiting? Oh no oh no oh nooooo noooo noooo.... This was not a room for people to stay in. And who was coming? Have they been here before? Is it someone I needed to impress? (you know, like my dad?) My mind started racing and I knew the only way that I could relax was to make the room as comfortable and welcoming as possible. Off to work I went!

When we moved in, the walls were a dark purple. So, I changed them to a bluish grey and plopped a bed in it. Voila! Guest room. (I tried looking for photos of the before and I have nothing. Go figure.)

I didn't have much time, so I worked with items I had around my house. The only thing I purchased for the room were the pillows. (Ross, $12 for both!)

The floating headboard is the back of an old porch swing. I painted it and chipped it up to keep it looking old and weathered.


I had a potting bench that I wanted to use in the house and found that it worked beautifully as a side table. This may very well be my favorite use of space in our home right now!

I had found this at the ranch: 

So, add a little chain, a dairy jar and dried lavender and you have yourself a cute corner vignette. 

I have been wanting to display old family photos in a unique way and didn't want a family wall. Again, these display hooks were found out at the ranch and create a perfect display for old photos. Eventually, I would like to get small antique frames for the remainder of the photographs. 

This picture of the boy and girl was in my room growing up. There is something about it that fills me with comfort and I love the way it looks with some candle holders next to it. 

Finally, the Bonne Nuit sign. This means Good Night in French. I used an old fence board to create this sign. I simply love it!

So far, I feel I have made great progress, though I do have a little ways to go. 

Was it worth it?! 

Heck yes! My surprise was these two visiting me!!!! 

This is my brother (Tommy) and sister (Jehn) and they could not have come at a better time! What a treat to have Lucas and my siblings surprise me!!!!! I loved every minute of the weekend.  

Tommy, Lucas, Me and Jehn

Thank you Lucas!!!! Thank you Tommy!!!! Thank you Jehn!!!! I love you all soooooo much!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you all are doing well!

Squeeze - Liz     

Monday, June 30, 2014

Can I Please Have S'more Gooey Goodness!

Ahh, the Fourth of July is just around the corner and I wanted to make something really delicious. The Fourth is one of those days that screams BBQs and campfires. And what is a campfire must have? S'mores of course! So here it is, the delicious ooey and gooey cupcake for the Fourth of July!

Here is what you need:

1 package brownie mix *check the box for ingredients
(usually requires 2 eggs, 1/4 cup of oil and 1/4 cup water)

1 box of Graham Crackers

12 tablespoons of Butter 

2/3 cup of White Sugar

2 jars of Marshmallow Cream Puff

1 Hershey Chocolate Bar

1 small package of Mini Marshmallows

Step 1:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. (this may vary, follow the instructions for your brownie mix)  

Step 2: 

Melt the 12 tablespoons of butter. While the butter is melting grind 2 packages of graham crackers. This should equate to 2.5 cups. 

Step 3: 

Mix the butter, sugar and graham cracker crumbs until blended. 

Step 4:

Insert your baking cups into your cupcake pan. Firmly press the graham cracker mix on the bottom of the baking cup. 

Step 5: 

Add your brownie mix until the cup is just a little over half full.

Step 6: 

Pop in the oven for the amount of time stated on the box. For me, this was 26 minutes. They will be done when a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean. 

Step 7: 

Let cool. Once cool, take off the cupcake wrappers and apply the marshmallow cream. 

Step 8:

Add some crumbled graham cracker, a mini marshmallow, a chuck of chocolate and graham and Voila! Delicious cupcakes!!!   

Happy Fourth of July Everyone!!!!

Squeeze - Liz

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summertime Pasta Salad

Summer may very well be one of my favorite times of year! I just love the warm air, the cool drinks and the delicious food. Lucas and I are HUGE fans of pasta salad and I wanted to create something fresh and tasty for BBQs and evenings on the porch.  

Here is what you need:

1 lb Tri-Color Rotini

1 Small Red Onion

1 Jar of Sun Dried Tomatoes

1 Jar of Marinated Artichoke Hearts

1/3 cup of Sugar

Bernstein's Restaurant Italian Dressing

Salt and Pepper to Taste

1. Cook the Pasta in Boiling Water for 8 minutes or until pasta is tender. 

2. Drain Pasta and cool down with running cold water and ice. 

3. Chop the Onion. Drain the Sun Dried Tomatoes and Artichokes and set to side. 

4. Pour 3/4 of the Italian Dressing in a Bowl and stir in the sugar. Add the onion, artichoke and sun dried tomatoes. 

5. Add mixture to the pasta and toss. Refrigerate until served.

That is it! A simple, delicious pasta salad! Happy Summer!

Squeeze - Liz

Saturday, June 21, 2014

DIY: Rustic Bath Box

A few weeks ago, I posted a picture of a vintage crate I had redone on my Facebook Page. I loved it so much and those who have come by our home always compliment it; so I figured, I would show you how to make this simple charming bath box. 

Here is the Bath Box I made for our home:


I usually hand paint all of my projects, but for this one, I wanted to use a gel transfer. The reason I chose to use a gel transfer for the letters was because I could get a big, chunky font on the box without worrying about me painting it wrong. I really wanted a specific look and was worried that I couldn't do it on my own. So, a gel transfer it was! Also, this technique is so very practical and helps save a lot of time and energy. Let us get to it, shall we?

Here is what you need:

A wood box or crate

Paint (color of your choice)

Steel Wool

Fine Sanding Sponge or Sand Paper

Computer and Printer

Soft Gel

Danish Oil 

Step One:

Get yourself a good old fashioned wood box. I found these out at our ranch, but it doesn't need to be old. In fact, you can purchase wood boxes from any craft store and those will do just fine. 

Step Two: 

Paint your box. I always do at least two coats, but play with it! Paint it in any way you would like! 

Step Three: 

Pick a font you like on your computer and type out what word or phrase you want to use. Get playful here! Make sure your font is large enough to cover the area you want the letters on. I printed out a few sizes and styles before making my final decision. 

This is the VERY important part. When you have decided on the font and size, and you go for your final print, you NEED to mirror your image. On my computer, this is done through the properties tab under print.

Step Four:
*Make sure your box is dry before starting this part*  

Cut your paper around the letters, like so:

Apply your soft gel to the inked portion ONLY. Once applied simply lay your lettering down and press lightly to remove any bubbles. 

Let dry overnight. 

Step Five:

This is the really fun part! Lightly dampen the lettering with a wet paper towel or cloth. Once dampened, start rolling your finger over the letters (very gently) and watch the paper come off and the ink stay!!!!

You want to make sure this part is done slowly and gently. It is very fragile and while we are going for a distressed, worn look, if you get too rough, you will lose your ink. Some smearing of the ink is normal and you can clean it right off with a damp towel. 

Let this dry. (30 minutes is sufficient)

Step Six:

Take your project outside and start rubbing it down with steel wool. 

You can sand it too, but I like steel wool for a more distressed look that just scratches the paint a little. Do this to the entire piece. 

The surface will be rough, so I like to use a fine sanding sponge to finish off the piece. 

Step Seven: 

I like to bring out the distressed area and antique the color by using Danish Oil. 

I use this brand in Dark Walnut:

Apply the Oil all over the piece using a lint free cloth. 

Let Dry. 

That is it!!! You have yourself a rustic box for whatever your heart desires!

Squeeze - Liz

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

DIY Hamburger Cupcakes and Sugar Cookie Fries

Hey Everyone! I hope you all enjoyed Father's Day. I sure did! We had everyone over to our place and we enjoyed a BBQ and beach day. I wanted to do something fun for father's Day, so I scoured the internet for a couple ideas and landed on these CUTE cupcakes at Bakerella. I did things just a tad different, but her instructions are very well laid out, so I recommend stopping by her site for tips! 

Here is what you will need: 

1 box of yellow cake mix (usually it needs 1 egg, 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup vegetable oil)
24+ Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
2 cans of vanilla frosting (You can use any frosting as long as it is white)
Food Coloring
Sugar in The Raw 

Sugar Cookies:

I used this recipe here *Serving size: 2 dozen*

Here we go!

I started with the Reese's. I mixed up my food coloring and froze the Peanut Butter cups. I used one whole can of frosting for the green and split the other can in two parts for the yellow and red. 

I used plastic bags, just like Bakerella, to apply the frosting. I applied green first, followed by red and yellow and placed the decorated peanut butter cups in the freezer. 

  This totally reminds me of the food scene in Hook!

Next step is the sugar cookies!

Make the dough! Any sugar cookie recipe will do. 

I did not roll out the dough, instead I formed my dough in rectangular shapes creating multiple cookies on one sheet. I did this because cutting big chunks of cookie scares me. I figured, the smaller the cookies, the easier it will be for me to cut the cookies. 

Once the cookies have cooled, simply cut long strips and toss in sugar! Voila! French fries!!!

Last step is the cupcakes! 

Once they are cooled, all you need to do is cut them in half. Take your Reese's out of the freezer and place them on the bottom portion of the cupcake. Apply the top part and sprinkle the Sugar in the Raw on top. 

There you have it! I did these for Father's Day, but think they would be fantastic for the Fourth of July!!!

Happy Summer Holidays All! 

Squeeze - Liz

Monday, June 9, 2014

Forgotten Item: Top Piece of a Hall Tree Gets a Makeover!

Hey Everyone! What a whirlwind of a few weeks it has been! Summer is here and projects are filling up my work space! So, fingers crossed, I will keep the posts coming!

This was the piece before. It only had two intact pieces of hardware. Thankfully, it was the best part, the actual coat racks!!! It was old and rusty and after I cleaned the pieces up, I wasn't happy with the color. I painted them and added some more pieces to create options for hanging anything and everything. After a good paint, distress, oil and wax, she was ready to go!!!


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In my humble opinion, this is a fantastic alternative to a chunky coat rack! Hope everyone is doing well! Happy Summer!

Squeeze - Liz