Rosemary and Grapefruit Sparkling Rose Mimosa

August 20, 2017

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Hi All… Welcome to The Craine’s Nest!

Summer’s  in full swing here, in Temecula and we’ll be hosting a brunch at our place this weekend.  I’d like to do something different than the usual Mimosa.  We’re in a new house, surrounded by life, vegetation, and beauty and I want something more interesting (and more fresh) than store-bought O.J. and sparkling wine.  Also, sometimes I like to pretend I’m a chef or drink innovator of some kind and bust out the gourmet ingredients… about 10% of the time this actually works out.  The other 90% it’s everyone saying “oh yeah, this is good… mmm… interesting flavors”  things like that, and a week later the leftovers are still sitting in the fridge, or drinks are left to melt, half full on the table, sad, spurned… but it’s ok, because I still enjoy trying!  Luckily, this one turned out.  At least in my mind it did.  You can try it for yourself and let me know!

We recently discovered a huge rosemary bush that spans about half a city block just behind our back fence line, so I decided that whatever drink I make, that should definitely be incorporated.  We’ve come to realize that rosemary grows wild all over this town… it’s a beautiful thing!

So, with all that fresh rosemary in my possession, I’ve decided to do a twist on the classic Mimosa.  I’ll be swapping the orange juice with fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit and the sparkling wine for sparkling rose.  A rosemary simple syrup and a sprig of fresh rosemary rounds it out.  It’s yummy and refreshing!

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DIY Baseball Bed Canopy

August 11, 2017

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Hello!  Welcome to The Craine’s Nest!

I’m finally getting back in the saddle and feeling more myself, after our big  move to Temecula.  We’ve been here about 6 months now, settled in a bit, made a few new friends, and I’ve regained some energy, happy to say!

What I’ve learned:  it’s hard moving with a 2 1/2 year old!  Hopefully, we’ll stay put for a little while… at least long enough to figure out if Temecula is the place for us.

The people in our family who have decided that Temecula is their beloved home and THE best place they’ve ever lived, are Gabe and Zoe.  They love it here.  In fact, Zoe asks me regularly, if we “can please stay in ‘Mecula forever?”!  Gabe’s made lots of friends and has freedom here that he didn’t have in San Diego (our La mesa neighborhood was a little questionable).  His friends come over a lot, so I thought it was finally time to get his room together and make it something he could be proud of.  We worked hard and Gabe loves it.

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DIY Seagull Bottle Stoppers

August 8, 2017

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Welcome to the Craine’s Nest!

Lately, I’ve been dreaming about Summer.  Mostly, the cooler, younger summers of my teen years, spent on the Central Coast of California. I filled many an afternoon, hanging out with friends, getting beautifully bronzed via baby oil (it was the 80’s, what can I say?!!!), and swimming in the salty ocean water.  Not a care in the world… it was REALLY fun and sort of heavenly, looking back.  Free as a bird and completely oblivious- you just don’t understand that kind of freedom ’til it’s gone!  Soft warm sand, gentle ocean waves, seagulls flying free… I have sweet and happy memories of those sun-kissed days!

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DIY Mid Century Sunburst- A Take on Curtis Jere

July 31, 2017

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This was the first post I ever wrote at The Craine’s Nest… I’m reposting for anyone who may have missed it.  Enjoy!

Hi there!  This is my first post ever at The Craine’s Nest and I’m so happy that you’re here.  Welcome and thank you for stopping by.  I’m excited to finally be starting my blog!  I’ve been wanting to do this for years, but I kept putting it off.  Yeah… I’m a perfectionist.  Starting and finishing things is challenging for me.  I always think they aren’t quite right or not exactly “perfect” enough.  There are LOADS of problems that arise from this way of thinking, the most important being that you never accomplish anything!  It’s all rooted in fear obviously, and I won’t go down that rabbit hole with you today, but suffice it to say, I’ve decided to get over it and get moving with this thing.  I have a lot to learn, but I also have have a lot to share.  In fact, I have more projects, creations, and supplies than I know what to do with!  I could start my own little retail and supplies shop.  Yes.  Being a perfectionist has slowed me down, but I’m here to get things going.  There is NO time like the present, especially when mid-life is creeping up behind you, real quick.  So… I’m here now and I’m really excited to share all that I’ve loved and learned along the way!  Let’s go!!!!

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This is a Mid-Century inspired DIY/Reno that I made with a Target bought sunburst mirror.  The artist/art house that inspired this piece, is called Curtis Jere.  If you are a Mid Century buff, you may know this label.  A couple of brothers-in-law started this company and made many a sunburst, seagull, and geometric sculpture in the 60’s and 70’s.  I happened upon one of their gorgeous seagull sunburst mirrors while watching stumbling upon The Real Housewives of New York City.  I, of course, don’t watch that crap, but I was nursing my baby, channel surfing, and there it was.  Ok.  Sometimes when I want to feel like a super awesome, down-to-earth person I tune in.  Ok, alright… I do watch it.  But only very sporadically and really only for Carole Radziwill, who was married to a Kennedy, and really and truly has a beautiful and awesome sense of style!

She renovated her apartment and hung a giant seagull sunburst mirror on the wall under her staircase.  I fell in love with it and started researching what it was, who created it, where I might find it, etc.  After a long and exhaustive search, I came to the conclusion that it was probably a Curtis Jere Sunburst sculpture.

The sculpture I found online that looks most like the one I saw on the show, goes for about $2,500.  Curtis Jere made many variations on this sunburst, ranging in price from about $200 to $2,500 (and up, I’m sure… those are just the ones I found).  The one that I happen to love and adore is $2,500.  Of course.  So… since paying that price for a piece of art was not in our budget, I started scouting around for mirrors and seagulls.  I found this mirror at Target for 50 bucks and found the Seagulls on Etsy,  You get 4 dozen for about 25 dollars, right here.  Finding the seagulls was a challenge-  I bought many a seagull and even tried to make my own out of clay, but nothing really worked until I found these little guys.  I used a 24K Metallic Gold paint that I found at Michael’s, cut some of the seagulls down to give variation in size and shape, and sanded the bejeezus out of them… and voila!  I love the result!

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IKEA Hack: DIY Ombre Wood Backdrop for the Mid Century Sunburst

July 30, 2017

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Hi again and welcome to my second post!  I’m so happy you’re back!

This is a follow up, to walk you through the making of the Ombre Wood Backdrop, for the Mid Century Sunburst.  The Sunburst looks beautiful on it’s own, but on our tall, white, rental walls, it just sort of gets lost!  As renters, we’re not supposed to paint our walls, so I have to find innovative ways to make our space more exciting.  Don’t get me wrong… for all of its flaws and many a year of renters’ grime, it’s a great house.  It’s a 1959 A-frame with a wood beamed ceiling, and a giant white brick fireplace in the living room.  The kitchen is semi-open to the living room which is AWEsome, because I can cook AND watch my crazy (and adorable) 2 year-old daughter run all over the place!  I also have a very energetic and wonderful 9 year-old son, who just started 4th grade.

Our living space is small, but feels much bigger than it actually is.  When they built this house in 1959, the idea of the “great room” or the “multipurpose room”, as it was once called, was just catching on.  The theme is not fully integrated here, but it’s a well-thought-out, small-version-attempt at the Mid Century idea, made popular by Joseph Eichler in the 50’s and 60’s.

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The main wall in our living room, rises up to meet the A-frame, which is where your eye goes, right when you enter the house.  I needed a fairly large piece of art to go between my bookshelves and above the TV.  It’s basically the media center of the room, so my goal was to take the focus off of the television and electronics.  We live in about 1300 sq ft of space, in total, which includes 3 tiny bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  Our living room houses all that we do.  We don’t have any extra playrooms or media rooms.  I try to fit everything in, while still keeping the look uncluttered and pretty.  My goal was to place the spotlight on one beautiful piece, that would pull your attention away from the chaos, while still providing a useful station.

And this is what I came up with!

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Solid Gold Record Organizer

June 15, 2017

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Hello and welcome to The Craine’s Nest!  Thanks for dropping by.  Today, I hope to inspire with a quick and easy DIY for your record collection… the one that’s been hanging around your house, looking for somewhere to go, while collecting dust… yeah, that one.

If you’re not a person who has records, ever wanted to have records, or ever even considered buying records, the notion of having so many will sound crazy.  But if you’re like us, then read on!

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Lemon Lavender Gin Cocktails: 1 Shaken/1 Stirred

June 10, 2017

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Welcome to The Craine’s Nest!

10 days to go, and the countdown to Summer has officially begun!  Despite Southern California’s “Perennial Summer”, we do experience some of our cloudiest weather, this time of year.  Yes- June Gloom has kicked in and while I love cool, cloudy days in January, I find them a bit depressing in June.  It’s a little chilly (around 65ish, which is like, totally burrrrr here, in SoCal!) and VERY grey… I know what you’re thinking… “yeah, poor southern Californian… she thinks 65 is cold… there’s probably one cloud in that sunny sky”… but rest assured, it’s REALLY grey. So, while I await the return of the summer sun, I’ll take this opportunity to perfect some refreshing cocktails.  When those beautiful days come back, I’ll be armed and ready!

I’ve concocted 2 Lemony Lavender Gin Cocktails, 1 Shaken and 1 Stirred. Perfect for a Summer Party or sipping by the pool.  We’re all waiting for you, beautiful Summer Solstice!  See you when you get here.

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Cocktails for Zelda

June 5, 2017

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Hi there and welcome to The Craine’s Nest!

A friend of mine recently invited me to join a book club, and while I’ve always thought book clubs would be stuffy and uptight, I’m happy to have found this one is not!  For the most part, it’s a great mix of girl talk, good food and drink, and an interesting discussion about the book that we’ve read.  The group is made up of creative, entrepreneurial women, which is my comfy little nook, and I like that I’m reading books I wouldn’t necessarily choose for myself.

The first book that I read with the group, was Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, by Therese Anne Fowler.  I’m not gonna lie… I was pretty bored for the first hundred pages or so and then, unexpectedly, everything turned around.  The novel was suddenly brought to life with imagery and color, when Scott and Zelda, the dynamic duo, moved to New York City.  Through many different countries and surroundings, Fowler did a great job of capturing their extraordinary personalities and their crazy, mixed-up love.  She recreated environments of the era in beautiful detail, making me feel like I was right there with Scott and Zelda, at the many speakeasies, clubs, and hotels they frequented.  With her awesomely vivid descriptions of the style, food, and drink of the day, Fowler created a lively backdrop for an array of colorful characters.

Fowler also included many a Jazz Era Cocktail (mostly all about gin!), such as the Orange Blossom, which is one of the drinks I’ll be revamping here, today.  I jotted down all of the drinks as I read through the book, and I’ve put a modern spin on the ones that captured my imagination the most.

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Raspberry and Rosemary Mimosa with Sparkling Rose

May 18, 2017

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Happy Spring and welcome to The Craine’s Nest!

The sun is shining, flowers are in bloom, and Mimosa Season is upon us!

The truth is, while I love the idea of mimosas, I’ve never been a huge fan of the OJ and Sparkling Wine thing… too sweet, too sticky, too much… so this Spring, I’ve been reinventing the traditional version, using fresh ingredients.

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Modern Spring Gift Wrapping with Flowers, Plants, Succulents, and Seagulls

April 19, 2017

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Hi there and welcome to The Craine’s Nest!

Today, I’ll be showing you a modern take on gift wrapping that’s perfect for your Spring Occasion.  Whether your heading to a wedding, baby shower, or birthday party, you’ll be able to find something in this variety of wrapping options, that works for you. From bohemian to romantic to beachy, these gift wraps are beautiful and unique.

My usual practice is to grab something right before a party, throw it in a bag with some tissue paper, and call it a day… but, I do love wrapping presents (especially if I’m not rushed!), and I had fun creating these packages.  Painting the wrap and making the boxes would be a great afternoon project to do with the kids, and if you’re an organized-planner-type, you can do it ahead of time.  It’s always nice to have things on hand when you need them.  Done in advance or on the spot, you’ll find that even the most practical person, really appreciates a beautifully wrapped gift!

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Giving a thoughtfully wrapped present creates a bit of ceremony.  The person receiving the gift knows you took the  time to make it special, and in turn, takes just a little more time to appreciate it.  It’s a “stop and smell the roses” opportunity.  Also, having a beautiful package available for a gift to inhabit, might just inspire and motivate you to buy that present ahead of time, instead of rushing to get it at the very last minute!

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