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