Thursday, February 12, 2015

Goodbye Brown Grout!



We have tile and lots of it. It is great because we live by the beach, so clean up is always easy; however, our grout, is well, dirty looking. I promise you it isn't. I have scrubbed, bleached, hydrogen peroxided the heck out of it and it just remained brown. EEK! So, I started doing some research and found a great blog with great results. Young House Love had raved about using Grout Renew, so I thought, I might as well give it a try.



Before I went all crazy on our bathroom, I tested a small area first. We have some hidden tile where we keep our trashcan, so I did it there. I flipped out over the results. It just looked so CLEAN! and FRESH! and NEW! So, I stayed up until 2 am and did the bathroom. The remainder of the house is now on the list.

I achieved this result by:

1. Sweeping and doing a really good mop. I made sure it was super clean and dry before I applied.

2. Squirt a little on a toothbrush and rub into the grout. Keep a wet cloth by you to wipe up excess on the tile. (You may need to practice to get the hang of it) A little goes a long way.

3. Repeat Step 2.

It is time consuming as you can only work small areas at a time. My bathroom took a little under an hour.

I will keep you posted as I do the remainder of the house!

Squeeze - Liz

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

My Dad Got Married!

That is right folks, my dad got married!!! The thing is, my dad is kind of awesome. I know, I know, people always think they have the "best" Dad, Mom, Sister, Brother, etc., but in all seriousness, my dad takes the cake. He has been there for EVERYTHING and I mean everything. Even when I was a punk kid, angry at the world, (and everyone for that matter) my dad was never far. I often say that he is the kind of man that was both a father and a mother. He made lunches, taught me how to play ball, watched me cry over boys, held my hand, laughed with me, yelled at me and the list goes on and on. My dad is in the simplest of ways, the best man that I have ever known. 



Me, My Brother (Tommy), My Dad (Tom) and My Sister (Jehn)

I had always thought my dad to be a happy man. He was and always has been, but when he met his now wife, Susie, I didn't know that he could be happier. Yet, he was. He had found a woman who complimented him so exceptionally well, that it was remarkable to see the love blossom between them. Susie is one of the kindest, most heartfelt people I have ever met. She could have easily looked at my dad and his 3 teenage-ish, young adult kids and said, "no, way." But, she didn't. Instead, she took the time to get to know each of us. She understood that we came first for my Dad and she embraced it. She entered our hearts and our family and it was if she had been around all along. 

 
My Dad and Susie

It was no surprise when they announced their engagement. To me, Susie was already part of the family; but, marriage represents so much more. My dad had not only found his match, he had found the woman he would share the rest of his life with. And she just so happens to be pretty awesome as well. 

Anyway, (sniffs and wipes eyes) let's get to the creative stuff!

I LOVE weddings. I seriously do. I love all the little touches that personalize a wedding. My Dad and Susie had an absolutely beautiful wedding. The one thing (and I swear I am not being biased) that really stood out was their ceremony. It was one of the most heartfelt and personal ceremonies I have ever seen. Simply put, the day was full of love and it kicked off with the ceremony.

Gilligan and Brinkley are integral parts of the family. They are two ridiculously cute dogs. Susie wanted to make sure they were incorporated in the wedding and she knew she wanted to have them in a decorated wagon. So, without further adieu...

 
Brinkley (White Dog) and Gilligan (Black Dog)
 
 
Don't you just want to smush their faces?! So, I decorated the wagon with lots of tulle and bows! Susie wanted it fun and I think we nailed it!
 
 
 
I made a double sided sign for the aisle. When Susie walked down the aisle, it read, "Here Comes the Bride" and when she and my dad finished the ceremony, it read , "Mr. and Mrs."
 
 
 
 
 
Going with the same theme of hand painted signs, I made some for the back of their chairs:

 
 
 
No wedding is complete without a cute chalkboard! So, I made this too:
 

 
 
I really enjoyed working with Susie. She knew exactly what she wanted and was quick to send me her ideas. That is always a plus! I am so happy to have been able to help with some of the wedding day touches!
 
Welcome to the family Susie, Gilligan, and Brinkley!!!
 
 

 
Squeeze - Liz



Thursday, October 9, 2014

Why I Haven't Posted That Much Lately!

This past month has been a crazy whirlwind. Over at the ranch, Dubost Winery, we are in the middle of harvest (almost done!). This means picking grapes, processing, repeat. I cannot and will not take credit for the work as I only help in small spurts, but it is a VERY hectic time in our lives. So, I thought for an update, I would fill you in on what life looks like outside of the home. 

A LITTLE BACK STORY

I met Lucas about 11 years ago. We met in San Diego when I lived there for a short period of time. He became one of my closest friends and we maintained a solid friendship throughout the years. A little over 3 years ago, he was living in Sacramento and I, in my hometown of Scottsdale, AZ. I paid him a visit in Sacramento and well, two months later, my bags and car were packed. I was on the craziest journey of my life. I moved to Sacramento and we started a life together.   

Yep, that's us about 11 years ago!
The more serious we became, the more we looked at what we wanted our future to look like. Thus, we decided to move to Paso Robles, to help with his family's winery. It has been such a treat learning the ins and outs of the business. In fact, the day after we moved to Paso, we started at 5:30 am in the vineyard picking the Viognier grapes. That was the start of our first harvest, and now we are on number three! 

I am often questioned as to where we live, etc. So, to answer this, we currently reside in Morro Bay. Our home is about 45 minutes from the winery; the winery is located in the hills of Adelaide (part of Paso Robles). No one lives at the winery (we refer to it as the ranch). Most of the family lives in Paso Robles, with the exception of me and Lucas. Confused?! 

ANYWAY...

Harvest is wrapping up and I am trying to get back on the creative work horse. My dad is getting married soon! EEK!!! So, I have some projects from that to post. We finished our front deck and are working on our backyard AND I just finished a wedding at the winery. LOTS of posts to come! Also, craft classes are starting back up! Oh, it is going to be a busy and fun season!


View of the Syrah Block



2014 Viognier Harvest



Me, Lucas, Kate (Lucas' Mother) and Zack (Lucas' Brother and Winemaker)

Toasting to 2014 Harvest!

Cheers Everyone!

Squeeze - Liz



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

DIY: Burlap Ghosts

We are making some easy and fun burlap ghosts today! 


Here is what you need:


Burlap Ribbon

Thread

Cotton Balls

Scissors

String


Remember those old tissue ghosts you would make in school? Well, these are exactly the same, but with burlap! 

Step One: 

Cut your burlap ribbon to your desired size.

Step Two: 

Place cotton balls in center. 

Step Three:

Grab the cotton from underneath the ribbon and grip around the cotton to create a head. 

Like so:

Step Four: 

Tie your string around the base of the head, do not knot it just yet. Add a long string of thread and then knot around the thread. 





Step Five: 

Cut any loose string and separate the burlap at the ends to make it look frayed. 


Hang as Desired!




I also made some grave markers using old fence board and white paint. 



HAPPY HALLOWEEN!


Squeeze - Liz



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Pumpkin Bread


I'll be the first to admit, I LOVE bread. I really do. From a good piece of sourdough with butter to the sweetest of breads, I LOVE it all. Naturally, I had to try my hand at a pumpkin bread. I will be honest, this proved to be a little bit of a challenge. One attempt, it came out like a dense pumpkin pie shoved in a crispy crust... NOT GOOD! Lucas quietly muttered an "interesting" as he tried to finish a bite. In the end though, I ended up with a deliciously moist, pumpkin bread. 

Here is What You Need:

Bread:

1 15 oz can Pumpkin Filling
2 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 1/2 cups Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 teaspoons Cinnamon* 
1 large Egg
1/2 cup of Water

9 inch Bread Pan

*For a more spiced recipe, substitute: 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/2 teaspoon all spice

Topping:

1 cup Brown Sugar
2 tablespoons softened Butter

Step One:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Step Two:

Mix flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon. Set aside. 

Step Three:

Beat egg, sugar and vanilla together. Add pumpkin filling and water and whisk until well combined. 

Step Four:

Slowly add flour mixture and stir well. 

Step Five:

Cut butter into the brown sugar. It will be lumpy and this is good!

Step Six:

Pour the pumpkin mixture into a well greased 9 inch bread pan. Sprinkle the brown sugar and butter on top.

Step 7:

Set the timer to 1 hour and pop the pan in the oven! 


Enjoy!

Let me know how yours turned out!

Squeeze - Liz 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Happy Fall Y'all!



I feel like I am always saying, 'we are coming up on my favorite season!' I think I just love the start of new seasons in general. Summer has come and gone and we are starting to transition into fall and I am so excited! I love the crisp air, the changing leaves, scarves, boots and (let's be honest) all things fall. In my opinion, there is no better way to gear up for a new season than by decorating!  

I wanted to do something a little different for our door. I didn't want to make a wreath, but I still wanted it to be festive. When I start turning ideas over in my head, I always go to my workshop and look at items I have. 

I have a stack of these small pallets at our house:



So, I thought, I could turn this over and make a sign out of it. Making this was actually really easy. I painted it and this time, I hand painted the lettering; however, this tutorial will show you how to achieve a similar look without hand painting. For me, distressed painted wood screams fall and it adds warmth to our door! 



I already had flowers, but craft stores sell them by the bunches. I recommend using wired flowers. The great thing about wired flowers is that you can bend and shape them any way your heart desires. I cut individual stems off of the bunches, so that I could be more creative with placing them on the sign. Don't be afraid to use tacks to secure them!



Of course, I had to give our suspended shelf a fall makeover as well! 



The colors just make me so happy! I am currently working on a pumpkin spice bread. I have not perfected it yet, but stay tuned! I will post a recipe shortly! Also, I may or may not have bought spiced candles already. Oh the joys of this season!

Happy Fall Y'all!

Squeeze - Liz

Friday, August 15, 2014

How to Remove Veneer with Just a Little Elbow Grease

Ahhhhh... Removing that unsightly thin strip of glued on wood that HAS TO GO. What a daunting task. Am I right or am I right? So how do you remove it effectively without breaking your wrist in the process? The answer is moisture and heat. 

This is my next project that needs be stripped: 



Here is what you need:

Towel 
Iron
Putty Knife

Let's get started! 

Step One:
Dampen your towel. It does not need to be dripping wet, but it does need to be pretty damp.

Step Two:
Place your towel on the portion you are removing. I like to let it sit for about an hour before I move on to the next step. 



Step Three:
Set your iron to the cotton setting. Make sure you have water in there for added steam. Firmly iron the towel. I like to work in a circular motion and hover over each area for a few seconds.



Step Four:
Take your putty knife and gently slide under the edge. Move it slowly as you strip away the veneer. 



Step Five:
Repeat the ironing process as necessary. 


Voila!!! Veneer Free!


HAPPY STRIPPING!
(See what I did there?)

Squeeze - Liz