Thursday, September 18, 2014

San Franciso

Joe and I started our Honeymoon in the fabulous city of San Francisco. We spent three days exploring, and these are just a few of the highlights!

We absolutely loved San Francisco- every single thing about it! I know we'll visit again sometime because we feel that we only got a very small glimpse of the city.

SF has made it's way into the "if we ever drop everything and move to a new place" list. Actually, it's probably one of the top 5 cities!

Throughout our entire honeymoon we made efforts to get away from the tourist traps, and we found that's when we really enjoyed ourselves.  San Francisco was no exception- picking up dinner and a bottle of champs from Whole Foods, or a pizza from Goat Hill made for the best nights in. We explored the Mission; popping into little boutiques and a few bars. We hit one (so-so) antique shop,  and strolled around the city hand in hand. It was amazing!
We booked our Bed and Breakfast through AirBnB. We chose this A M A Z I N G private garden cabana in Potrero Hill. The cabana opened up into this sanctuary/oasis/garden where we ended every night with beers/wine on the patio. 

We spent time exploring the old victorians in quiet neighborhoods.
Hazel's Kitchen in Potrero Hill. I wish we'd discovered this place sooner and eatten more meals here. If you're even in SF. Seek this place out- you won't be disappointed.

Our private garden cabana.  

We took the night tour of Alcatraz, which ended up being so much cooler than I expected. We'd highly recommend it. I think it's one of Joe's top 10 honeymoon stops. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Mercury Glass Window Pane Mirror

I spent a large part of the weekend working on a few lingering home decor projects I've been excited to tackle. It felt great to get to this one in particular; a new mercury glass mirror for the top of the stairs. 

I'd found the window pane last weekend on a buying trip with my mom in Pennsylvania.  And while I had planned to buy a pane at the beginning of the day (they are plentiful in our area!), as soon as I saw this pane, with extra long sections, I knew this was the piece for my project. 
Since I've had so much practice with "mercury-glassing" from our wedding, this was a fairly easy project to complete. The most time consuming part- applying all the painters tape and waiting for the varnish sealant to dry overnight. 

Budget Breakdown:
Window Pane: $12
Can of "looking Glass" spray paint: $8
Painters tape, hanging supplies, vanish: on hand
Not too bad! 

As the holidays get closer I look forward to hanging garland at the top of the mirror!

A few progress shots:

There are plenty of tutorial on Pinterest explaining how to make your own mercury glass. It's really easy and provides instant gratification. Don't be afraid and give it a try!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Honeymoon Overview

Monday, July 21, 2014

Life Lately

 This is life lately. Lots of travel; both business and pleasure. We had an amazing honeymoon in early June and explored the pacific northwest and in early July I found myself jetting from Atlanta to L.A. for work.   I'm happy to be home for now and look forward to sharing more info on all the travels soon.

All these photos are from my Instagram and you can find me under the username LizMathews83. Follow me, let's be IG friends :)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The French Slides

 As promised in my video, here are detailed photos of the french slides I purchased recently. 
They are in my shop now.