Wednesday, June 15, 2016

I've Got the Summertime Blues

Admittedly, I have always loved blue. My great grandmother, Sally a.k.a. GG, was OBSESSED with blue. It is kind of funny, because I always laughed at how much she loved blue. Thinking back; however, my comforters and pillows were always blue. My bathroom knick knacks were always blue. My mom, too, loved blue. So, I guess it is fair to say, the apple has not fallen far from the tree.

I kid you not, I went to go look for a picture of my GG and sure enough, she is wearing BLUE! Oh, how I miss her!



Great Grandpa Jack, Great Grandma Evelyn (Sally), Aunt Sally (top), Aunt Debra (bottom) and my late mother, Linda (far right)


Since the wedding, I have started to tackle projects with a vengeance. I don't know if it is because I have a lot of blue paint (I do) or the fact that I just think it is so darn pretty right now. Either way, I have turned out some projects.  

Here we go:

I love redoing mirrors. I think it is because they tend to be very detailed, but more than that, one can never have too many mirrors. Am I right?




BEFORE





AFTER

I sold this one really quickly. In the process of doing so, I was asked to do another mirror in the same style. So, I did.


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AFTER

I was having so much fun working with these colors, that I decided to do a small table in a similar style.


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AFTER

That's it for now regarding the blue. Though, I do believe I will be working with blue soon. *wink wink* Stay tuned! Also, I am working on my details blog from the wedding and a couple of takeaways that may help you in the future!

Squeeze - Liz






Monday, June 6, 2016

The Kitchen Table that was Free

That's right, free. Sometimes, people just place stuff out on their curb. Sometimes, (I'm lying, always) I take a peek and see if it is something I can use. I simultaneously love and hate that I have this habit. On one hand, hooray for getting free stuff! On the other hand, my garage is sort of a hot mess. I collect and then usually it sits. So when I found this piece, about a month before my wedding, I knew it would sit for a while. In case you haven't noticed, getting married seriously made my furniture flipping non-existent. When I first passed this piece, I said, "NO. LIZ, JUST NO." But... there is sat at the end of the street just begging to be redone. After an evening in our home with friends (and a few drinks), I convinced my sister in law to help me walk it up to our home. It's not light, but not unbearable... So, at midnight, we shimmied it up the street, in flip flops, in the dark, slightly buzzed. I tried to sneak it into the garage, but, there was no way it wouldn't be noticed. It was HUGE! Anyway, there it sat, for almost two months. I am glad she is done and sold to boot. Thanks Vanessa for hauling it up the street with me!!!


BEFORE

I am really bad at before pictures. Sorry.





AFTER

I love that this table has the fold down options. It makes  for a great space saver. When it is fully open, it can accommodate 8 easily. Unfortunately for us, it is too large for our small space.

It is feeling so good to get some projects done around here!!! Hope you all are doing well!!!

Squeeze - Liz

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Flower Girls and Ring Bearers!

There is something about taking the time out to think about a person and specifically tailor a gift to make them feel special. I simply love giving gifts and thankfully, Lucas is in the same boat.

I knew right away that I would need to be themed with whatever we decide to do from here on out. I wanted the gift wrap, the colors and all those small details to blend seamlessly together. Thankfully, there are a lot of available options out there.

I bought a wax seal stamp from BacktoZero. I LOVE wax seals and though my original intent for the stamp was to use it for the invitations, I ended up applying it to our gift wrap. I just love the way it turned out. It adds such a nice finishing touch.

We wanted to be simple for the flower girls. So, I put together a sweet note with confetti. They are both under the age of three, so I didn't want to give them anything too crazy. By the time the wedding rolls around, I have some ideas for unique gifts. (wink face!)



We got a little more elaborate with our gifts for the Ring Bearers. I have to give Lucas credit for this one. It was all his idea to use a teddy bear with a ring pop. I made the bears a little bow tie and added the ring pop! Soooo cute!



The bears we found are made by Bears For Humanity. They are a certified organic teddy bear and for every purchase, a bear is given to a child in need. Not to mention, they are adorable to boot!!! 



 
EEK!!! This is so much fun! Next up: Bridesmaids and Groomsmen!!!

Have an awesome day!

Squeeze - Liz

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Forgotten Item: Vintage Spring

I recently posted my latest redo of a yellow dresser. To stage it, I chose to use dried flowers in a unique vase. I thought it was the perfect use for an old spring I had around! I dry a lot of flowers and like to use them in my decorating. There is something very romantic and sentimental about it to me.

The spring was found out at the winery. I am not sure if it was a bed spring, but that is what I am thinking it was. If you have any other thoughts on what it was a spring to, feel free to let me know!



Swoon! Am I right?

This is where the vase now resides:


Check out my post on the suspended shelf! Hope you are all enjoying your day!

Squeeze - Liz



Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Dreaming in Color



Hello Everyone! It has been so very long! With the wedding just a little over 40 days away, life has been, well, hectic. I am not complaining, but my poor workshop hasn't been happy. It's loaded with neglected items and half finished projects. I had started this piece almost a year ago. I had a vision, and I kept to that vision, but I most definitely didn't think I was going to leave it for as long as I did. Well, thankfully, I got some time and finished her right up! I am thrilled with the results and it is staying in our home. Where it will go, I have no idea... But, I will not part with it!!! Such a breath of fresh air having this checked off my list and it is soooooo yellow! *Swoon*


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I just love the dark stain on top of such a bright color! What do you all think? I hope to be detailing more fun projects soon!!! Missed you all!

Squeeze - Liz

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I'm Getting Married!!!





You guys, I am elated. I am overjoyed. I am so very excited to be marrying my best friend, Lucas!!!!

I don't even know where to begin... Here is a starter, I did NOT see this coming. Well, I mean, we have definitely discussed marriage but I was envisioning it more in the future, not now! So, when the fourth of July rolled around, this was very far from my mind.

We have two anniversaries. Yes, two. On July 1, 2011, I moved to Sacramento to start my journey with Lucas. That weekend, the fourth, we spent a beautiful couple of days in Napa. While we were there, Lucas said that he wanted to celebrate our anniversary on the fourth, because, that way, there will always be fireworks. Yes, folks, that is right, "SO THERE WILL ALWAYS BE FIREWORKS." **swoon** Since then, we have celebrated it on the fourth, but are also very aware of how important the first is as well.

This year, we celebrated our four year anniversary. My dad and step-mom, Susie, were in town and we held a small family BBQ at our place. The whole day, Lucas was acting so strange. He was visibly nervous and I thought it was because my family was in town. That, or the fact that we were hosting a gathering. Looking back, it is so funny because all the signs were there, especially the closer we got to fireworks, but again, I was clueless.

We went to the beach and as the sun was starting to set, Lucas asked me to slow dance. We do this often, so I didn't put to much stock into it, then I looked over and he was on one knee. This part is a complete black out moment for me. I was so overwhelmingly happy and surprised that I cannot remember what happened!!! Here is what happened according to eye witnesses aka our families. Lucas asked if I would make him the happiest man for the rest of his life, I said, 'are you serious?!' then I shoved him a little and said, 'thank you.' It was a moment of tears and joy. We popped some champagne and Lucas and I spent some alone time on the beach. It was hands down, the best day of my life so far!


Family is the most important thing to me and Lucas nailed it in two different ways. First, my family and his family were there. Not too mention he asked permission from not just my Dad, but from my Sister and Brother as well. (Thank you, Jehn and Tommy, for keeping it a secret from me!) Second, my ring is Lucas' grandmother's EXACT ring. It is so special! (and beautiful!) I think it is fair to say, he is a keeper!!!




Now it is time to do all the fun stuff!!!!! I will keep you updated with all of the fun little details!!!

Squeeze - Liz

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Updated Corner Hutch

It has been a while friends! I feel like I am always giving excuses as to why I have been so busy, but I swear, it is all true! I got a new position at a wine bar and I am loving it! Coupled with the winery, I have been too pooped to pick up a sander or a paintbrush. It is a very good thing indeed, but I have missed my projects!

Did you know that I have a garage full of stuff? Loads of stuff waiting (patiently) for me to beautify them. About a year ago, I bought a corner hutch at a local garden store. I saw it and fell in love with the shape, but was not in love with the look of it. Let's be honest, it needed updating. I feel so bad saying that because I know someone put their love into it. The flowers were hand painted and that takes time. *Says little prayer to the paint gods that I am not doing something very, very wrong.* Anyway, it was time to get this hutch out of the garage and into our home!

BEFORE
 
Just a couple of days and a few coats of paint later:
 
 
AFTER
 
 
I am purposely not showing you the rest of the dining area because I am making some major changes and will reveal that in a later post! Oh and notice the new grout that I showed you in a previous post? So much cleaner!!!
 
I love this piece! EEK!
 
Squeeze - Liz