Monday, April 7, 2014

DIY: Monogram Mirror



Isn't she lovely?! This was a really fun project for me. Not only is it super easy, it is a really great way to personalize an item for your home!


I posted this gem of a mirror a little over a month ago as an item I had for sale. My neighbor, Rhianna, scooped it up immediately. (I love her because she is not only one of my best clients, but a sweetheart to boot!) 

Here is what it looked like before:


Not bad, but not great. I do love me some distressed white items, but the detail was so pretty on this piece that I wanted to have it pop. It needed to be a statement mirror, so I got to painting and glazing. To use the same technique, follow these simple instructions here.

Rhianna had received wooden monogram letters as a gift (I will post where hers came from as soon as I get that info!) and wanted to do something fun with them. Specifically, she wanted them painted and hung above her bed. So, I got to brainstorming and thought, what if we just put them on the mirror? She and I both were in love with this idea, so I got to painting the letters and applying them to the mirror.



Once the letters were painted, I made sure the surface of the mirror was clean and free of residue. Once clean, I applied Elmer's China and Glass Cement to the back of the letters and applied the letters directly to the mirror. It dried in about 5 minutes and was really easy to use. *Make sure to use a very thin strip of the cement as it will run out the sides as you push down your letters.*

And that is it!!!!! Super easy, super cute and super fun!



 Squeeze - Liz


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

40 Day Declutter!

Today marks the beginning of Lent. I was raised in the Catholic school system and Lent was always a big deal. Usually, I would give up something I really liked: sweets, soda, TV, etc. However, as a child, I couldn't wait for Easter. Not because it was Jesus' Resurrection, but because I could have what I had been withholding (and lots of it!). I got to thinking... What does this do for bettering myself? Nothing, really, except to prove that I can stop something for forty days. I realized that Lent is a time to change yourself for the better. A time to sacrifice the worldly goods in an attempt to better your life. I was thinking about this and I came across a great post about decluttering your life in 40 days. The challenge: Every day, pick one area that needs organizing and declutter it! By the way, if you have not checked out Ashley's site www.domesticimperfection.com, you are missing out! She is one talented lady!

I am excited to do something a little different this time around. I think that focusing on small aspects in our home (or life) and taking the time to organize it, throw things away and make it a simpler place, is really positive. I will give you a midway update along with a final recap on how this challenge went for me! Feel free to join me and share!!!!

I am a little scared.....


But, I am doing it!

I am curious as to what changes you are making, if any?!

Squeeze - Liz

The Best Caramelized Onion Garlic Flatbread You Ever Did Have (Easy too!)



Easy Bread? No way! No kneading? Yep, I said it. This is the easiest and most delicious batch of bread you will ever make! Lucas' mom, Kate, makes some of the best bread and after obtaining the recipe, we have tried multiple variations of it. This one is our favorite creation. 

(The dough comes from a recipe in No Need to Knead by Suzanne Dunaway)

Here is what you need: 

Dough:
2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 Teaspoon Rapid Rise Yeast (you can use bread machine yeast) 
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Warm Water

Toppings:
2 Cloves Garlic (minced)
1 Yellow Onion (diced)
2 Tablespoons Butter
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil


Dough Prep:
1. Mix together 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon yeast. 
2. Add 1 cup warm water. You do not want the water to be too hot, but want it to be warm to the touch.
3. Stir for two minutes or until everything is mixed well. 
4. Add 1 cup flour and stir until it becomes sticky and one large heap of dough!
5. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and a towel. Place in a dry, dark place. Let the dough rise overnight. 
6. Dough will double in size. (If you are cooking this in the evening, just stick it in the fridge after its doubled and take out when ready to cook) 


Dough will look like this before it doubles. 


Ready to Cook:
7. Preheat oven to 350.
8. Line a baking sheet with foil and add about two tablespoons of olive oil to the bottom. 
9. Plop your dough on the sheet and spread dough out with a spatula (or your fingers). Push the edges out until you cover most of the sheet with a thin layer of dough. 



9. Brown 1 onion, 2 cloves garlic and two tablespoons butter. (Slightly brown the mixture; it will caramelize in the oven)
10. Take your mixture and distribute it on the top of the dough.



11. Place in oven and cook for 35 minutes. The top should be slightly brown and the onions caramelized when ready.


Serve warm and ENJOY!!!




Squeeze - Liz

Friday, February 28, 2014

Suspended Shelf


I collect things I like. It is weird, because I am extremely organized and a "thrower outer" by nature; but, if I see something I know can become useful, I take it. This was the case with this large piece of oak. I wanted it and I knew I wanted to use it as a shelf, but didn't know quite how I wanted it yet. So, there it sat sitting in my workshop when one day, Lucas looks at a large tow chain and says, "why don't we hang it with this?!" I liked that immediately. Originally, I wanted to suspend it on both sides. However, I didn't want to cut the chain, so we settled on utilizing the entire chain and suspending it from the wall.  This was so easy to do!  Okay, I didn't actually install it... Lucas completed it while I was at work. A HUGE thank you to Lucas for doing the work and making it so easy, but next time, take some pictures!!! (just kidding - sort of) Seriously, though, I am so blessed to have a man that gets so excited about my projects!

Here is what you need:

A sturdy, heavy duty piece of wood (or anything else you want as a shelf)

Piece of chain (you can by the new stuff and spray paint it!)

2 wood screws

2 washers (make sure they are large enough to cover your chain link)

A hook that will hold the weight

Drill Gun

Lucas 

I am so sorry for the lack of pictures, but it is easy enough to walk you through it, I hope!

Step One: 
Measure the halfway point (lengthwise) an inch or two from the end and mark it. Repeat on the other side. 

Step Two: 
Use a drill bit to create the holes for your screws. The drill bit size will depend on the size of your screw. 

Step Three:
Set the chain up how you want it. Lucas did about 4 links in. Drill your screw and washer in. 

It should look like this: 



Step Four: 
Repeat on the other side. 

We had a tow hook on the other side, so I just incorporated it by hanging it off the edge: 



Have fun with your chain, there are so many options!

Step Five: 
Using your drill bit again, drill a hole in the wall where you want it hung and screw in your hook. We were originally going to suspend from the ceiling, but opted against it because it caused the shelf to sway. 


The length of the chain was longer than we had anticipated, so we just looped it at the top. 


Voila! You now have a suspended shelf! And yes, I changed the styling as I am still playing with how I want it permanently. I think I will do a cross between the two styles, but here is what I have now:



It is so nice to have a little more done in our living area. I have so much more work to do, but I am absolutely in love with this addition! Thank you again my sweet Lucas for surprising me with a completed project!!!!! Hope you all are having a great day!

Squeeze - Liz

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Forgotten Item: Wire Spool Turned Wine Rack


Many of you are aware that I spend a lot of time on Lucas' family ranch and I love it. What is not to love? There are so many neat items that are forgotten, that I cannot help but find use out of them. 


This is what I assume to be an old spool used for wire. 

I found this at the ranch and I loved it. Something about old wire and rust just makes me do a little jump. I sat on this item for a while having a few ideas flow through my head and I decided to make it a wine rack!



This spool is perfect for storing wine! The bottles hang downward (little fun fact: the best and most proper way to store wine is cork down) and looks so darn cute this way! So, if you ever find an old spool, you know what to do with it! Next up on my forgotten item list is vintage vents. There are so many uses and I cannot wait to share them with you!!!! 

Squeeze - Liz







Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Fabulous Blue Chair


This is one of those pieces of furniture that is so unique and detailed, that when I was asked to redo it, I said, yes, immediately! The owner of this fabulous chair is Lucas's step-brother's wife, Sarah. (So... my quasi step sister in law?) Anyway, she texted me one night saying she wanted to change her chair to a glossy blue and the discussion began. 




Before

This chair was a dream to work on. Solid wood, excellent condition and really easy to refinish! It is hard to find great pieces that make the work easy for you, but this one was literally a dream! Just a little sanding and priming and she was ready to go. Sarah was a delight to work with as she was open to all suggestions. Originally, she asked for glossy. After I was done, before applying her finish, I convinced her otherwise. (Sorry Sarah!) Not that I don't like glossy, I do, but I felt the color alone made a statement and was worried a gloss would make it look weird. She said, go for it! Once we got it to her home, the finish just did not look right with her furniture, so off to glossing I went. I have to tell you, Sarah was right all along! The gloss was amazing and made all the details stand out. I wish I would have had a before/after photo to show the difference, but you are just going to have to trust me! 





This is her daughter, Elizabeth, enjoying the chair!

What do you think of the redo? I simply love it! Thank you again Sarah, for the work AND for being right in the long run! :)

Squeeze - Liz

Rainy Day Shabby Chic-ing



We have been in DESPERATE need of rain and we are finally seeing some! The other afternoon was a great day to spend in my workshop and work on some projects! 


I love the rain so much!

My dad came to town not too long ago and he brought a few items with him! I love that my family supports me and I also love that he and his soon to be wife chose to drive from Arizona to bring me items to work on! If he isn't the World's #1 Dad, I don't know who is.

A few of the items he brought me were actually my great grandmother's (Dee Dee). She had impeccable taste and most of our family still uses many of her items! (In my Dad's carload were Dee Dee's revered $10,000 chairs- blog post to come shortly!) Anyway, my aunt, Barb, had these two antique tables on wheels that she loaded up with my Dad and now they are mine!   


I said there were two and there were, but I only redid one of them. The reason is that both tables needed some serious work. One of them had an extreme wobble. The way these tables are constructed are nothing short of perfection. Each piece of wood is expertly crafted with joints and construction that are far beyond my skill set. Needless to say, I sold the one that was wobbly and worked on the other one which required work that was within my skill set (phew!) 

I got to stripping and sanding and priming and painting and decided that I wanted to shabby chic and antique this table. So, that is exactly what I did. I have to tell you, doing work with the rain in the background is very enjoyable! 




Item has been sold.



What is your favorite thing to do on rainy days?! 

Squeeze - Liz