Sunday, June 09, 2019

Wine shop craftiness

Here at Wine 101, we have an endless supply of champagne cages and corks... mostly from our weekly wine classes and more than a few because we love our sparkling wines.
that's a whole lot of cages!
When I need a little craft time I pull out the needle nose pliers and build some furniture. It's pretty simple and as you can see, I prefer them to be a little wonky. You can google instructions if you need them, there are bunches to look at on the web.

I was trying to find a way to get some good photos and ended up making grown up dioramas. Man, I loved making dioramas as a kid.
did you notice that little cork birdhouse

That's enough fun for one day, cheers!

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Roasted gazpacho
Super easy, super delicious, super healthy, super summery.
You can adjust the vegetables and quantity depending on what you have, here's what I had:
5 plum tomatoes stemmed and halved lengthwise
3 poblano peppers stemmed and halved lengthwise
1 red pepper seeded stemmed and halved
1 English cucumber seeded and rough chopped
1 red onion rough chopped
2 garlic cloves rough chopped
3 scallions sliced
a big handful of cilantro, parsley and chives chopped
1 big can diced tomatoes with juice
zest and juice of 1 lime
salt, pepper, chili powder and a splash of red wine vinegar

Set oven rack close to the broiler and place tomato and peppers skin side up on your ugliest baking sheet
keep checking every few minutes to make sure everyone is getting charred
let them cool while you prep the rest of veggies
Pulse the onion, garlic and cucumber in a food processor until they are very fine, transfer to a large bowl. Add seasoning lime and vinegar and combine. The skin will peel right off of the roasted vegetables at this point, put them in the processor whole with the can of diced tomatoes. Pulse until they are just small, not as smooth as the others. I kept some of the poblano seeds because we like spicy. Mix all together, chill and top with a dollop of sour cream and some garlic toast...
I wish I had garlic toast.

Monday, June 03, 2019

Window dressing

inside looking out
This is the window of our sweet little wine shop
It is so hard to get a good picture of this Rosé all Day themed window. The glare is too much for my camera phone to handle. This is where I get to be a little crafty at work.

I was able to use regular craft paint outside because the window is set in where the rain can't get it. Last year I made giant paper flowers that looked similar to these (craft store) flowers but they faded in time and I am short on time these days.
 Speaking of short on time... look at these cork strings
This was a labor of love! It took hours and hours to drill through all of the corks and then stringing and knotting them but I am thrilled with how it came out.

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Souvlaki Sliders

This is a simple, healthy summer dinner. I start with ground chicken, chopped fresh spinach, scallion, herbs and crumbled feta. Mix and form into slider size burgers. Grill or cook on the stovetop until thoroughly done. Make tzatziki sauce: plain Greek yogurt, chopped fresh dill and oregano, olive oil, grated garlic, a cucumber that has been seeded, grated and squeezed dry.
Prepare greens, onion and tomato, warm the pitas and assemble. Easy and delicious!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Rosé all day gift basket

In the years that I've been gone from this blog I have started a business with my best friend Chris. We are the hardworking, proud owners of a sweet little wine shop called Wine 101 which I will talk about more in the future. I am always happy when I can do crafty things at the shop. This was a custom Rosé basket for one of our regular customers. It's so simple but really pretty and let's be honest who wouldn't want to receive a basket of wine?
I love not using actual baskets, I scour the clearance aisles at Home Goods, Target, TJMAXX, etc. for unique containers that might work. This galvanized bucket was perfect as is but I dressed it up with some pink scrapbook paper to drive the Rosé theme home. The challenge is to keep reworking the items until they look balanced... this can take some time.
I had some pink tissue paper leftover from another project and crumpled it and twisted it into a rose-like shape, cut out some leaf shapes and filled all the empty spots. Again, I'm really wanting the Rosé theme to be over the top.
Shrink wrap and a tulle ribbon and it is done!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Yard sweet yard

To say that we love our yard would be an understatement! It really is like having our own little vacation spot May through mid September. We are so fortunate to have the space that we do living in a neighborhood with houses close together and are able to create a few different areas to enjoy. Come along, I'll show you what I mean.

Ahh, The Lounge. In the late afternoon it's a great place for an outdoor nap amidst the lush green plants, a shady tree up above just listening to the birds. After dinner it's a cozy place to enjoy the fire.

Last post you met our kegerator which is on this patio. This is the work area, my outdoor kitchen with a fridge and sink (not pictured)

The deck is the busy spot, it's the center of everything! Pool, dining and lots of potted plants.

And this gorgeous view!

Last but not least is the back, back yard that is still in progress but coming along nicely. It can be overflow for big parties or just nice to sit and look at the birds and perennial gardens. 
Thanks for visiting!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Kegerator beer cap backsplash

 Since opening my own non-crafty business my creative soul aches for any way to be creative. I've been saving bottle caps for an unknown project, unknown until now... what husband doesn't need his kegerator decorated?

We had some extra fencing that I've also been wanting to use, I just love when an idea just comes together when you least expect it. As you can see, there was not much to this project. I used some tiny nails and secured the caps. Done! Just a simple little project but it made me happy, cheers!