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COSMOPOLITAN COCKTAIL


I started making this drink right after the pomegranates in our backyard started ripening, nothing is better than to freshen up your classic cocktails with some fresh fruit. I do making this drink with pomegranate juice if not in season - that does not stop me, this drink is delish!

INGREDIENTS

1 oz Elderflower Liqueur
2 oz Vodka of your choice
1 oz Cranberry Juice
1 oz Pomegranat Juice Fresh or Storebought
1/2 lime
Ice

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How to distress furniture in 3 easy steps!

You might think that distressing furniture is a long project and would take a long time, but there are many ways to do it -- and the one I did on my Armoire is quick and over in 3 steps. So if you have anything in your house, or maybe find from a used store or yard sale that you don't necessarily like the color on, try this method -- you'll be surprised over how quick you will have updated furniture in your house!

1.  Gather what you will need:

Paint (I would recommend water based)
Paint brush
Sanding paper, (if you have a machine this step will go even quicker)
Some cotton rags (you can use an old t-shirt)
A container to mix the paint in

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What you need:

1) A frame with glass or mirror
2) Paint for the wood (optional)
3) Blue or yellow masking tape
4) Buff pad or Sand Paper
5) Chalkboard Paint


If you like I need to update the frame first, you need to use a buff-pad to lightly sand the wood. Second – I am going to brush paint the frame(If you don’t need to do this – jump to the next step).

After it is sanded I mask of the mirror. When the whole mirror is masked off I paint the frame.

Just a few minutes after I am finished painting the frame you have to pull the blue tape off, this is because the paint gets hard really fast and the end might chip and you won't get a straigth paint line.
Step three its time to make a chalkboard! When you spray the mirror you are going to get some over-spray so cover everything on the frame you don’t want any paint on. If you decide on brush painting it might still be smart to mask off the wood frame if you don’t have a very steady hand.
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After you have sprayed on the chalkboard paint, let it dry for a few minutes then pull the masking tape of. You don’t want it to dry completely because it will make it hard to get a nice line between the chalkboard and wood. Voila! Easy little project!
--abella

GIN, ROSEMARY & MUDDLED BLACKBERRIES

I first tried this drink when we had brunch at Fig & Olive in Newport Beach. If you prefer your drink refreshing but not to sweet you have to try this cocktail. I am so in love with this French style drink, rosemary syrup, gin and muddled blackberries topped off with fresh lime-juice. I want to go to France and order this drink! If you are not the biggest gin drinker --go ahead and mix in your choice of vodka.


HOW TO MAKE ROSEMARY FLAVORED SYRUP; 1 Cup Water, 1 Tbsp Sugar and Fresh Rosemary
Add sugar and water in a pan and simmer it on low heat while you keep stirring it. For every cup of syrup you want to make add 1 tbsp of sugar. Add a small branch of fresh rosemary and lower the heat, let the rosemary sit in the syrup for quite some while. Maybe after and hour the syrup will cool and have a hint of that rosemary flavor.

INGREDIENTS

1/4 Cup Blackberries(you can use other berries too if you prefer)
4 oz Gin
1 oz Rosemary Syrup
ICE
1 Branch of Fresh Rosemary for Garnish

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At the moment I am in love with that “old” look. Unfortunately it is usually more expensive to buy furniture and things that is old. But I will show you how to make 2″by 4″ ‘s from Home Depot look like 50-year-old reclaimed wood.
I had my dad make me a console table. I wanted it rough and harsh looking so after he made it I ding it up on the edges for that old look.
So all the wood that made this console table is 2″by4″s and 4″by4″s from Home Depot. The top is a cut out piece of plywood. So in other words very cheap materials.
You will need four things for the finish:
1)White Vinegar
2) Steel wool
3) A Glass Jar
4) Varathane Sunbleached Wood Stain from Home Depot
I went to the dollar store close to me and purchased white vinegar, steel wool and a glass jar (make sure it seals good).
So a couple of days before you want to use the finish, fill your glass jar with white vinegar and put steel wool in it. Just remember to cover the steel wool with vinegar. And then that mix is done. Just let it sit for at least two days. It is the steel wool that will make the color. And don’t worry if the vinegar after two days don’t have any color, it’s not before you put it on the wood it will show.
Before putting the vinegar on the wood I put on that Varathane Sunbleached Wood Stain from Home Depot. If you just put the vinegar straight on the wood it gets very dark so therefore I put something in between to make a barrier.
I use a rag to put the stain on the wood, and after it sits on for 30 seconds I take of the extra stain. You will immediately see that the wood gets a sun-bleached color.
After that its time for the vinegar! On the pictures below you”ll see the big difference when you put on the vinegar. It goes from light to dark in a few seconds.
It only takes minutes for the vinegar to dry. Remember it gets darker with time and the more layers of vinegar you put on the darker it will get. But try to be patient, so it doesn’t get too dark.

So there you have it. A cheap and easy to make new wood look like reclaimed wood. Of course you can use this mix on any wood. If you do try another kind of wood, try it out on a smaller piece first. It will look slightly different on each wood type:)
Here is my final product. I’m very happy with how it turned out:)

When we first bought our house we needed to basically redo everything in the house. We moved walls, painted and laid new floors throughout the whole house. As these projects are of the major kind, I took care of smaller things in the house like – the remodel of an old red bricked fireplace.
I love the old look, and wanted our house to have that old charm even though its not that old.

We started with mixing concrete to hide that white/yellow painted grout line that was just so 60’s. My mother in-law helped me as she has a strong arm and I had never done this before.

Then we sanded some of the brick to get some different colors and brough some of that old red color through.. A little red is good!

Last step was to paint the inside of the fireplace, I did not want that white/yellow color to show anymore. I masked off the brick so I would not get any over-spray on the newly done finish. I found a black paint spray can at my local hardware store, and you might want to get the kind of paint that is heat resistant if you are going to use your fireplace like we are going to.
Make sure you spray until its completely black so that old painted color won’t pop through after a year or two of using the fireplace.

So now we have a new “old” fireplace in our house to add a little charm. Perfect!