Sunday, September 14, 2014

"It will get worse before it gets better"

after months
of
waiting for permits
and
inspections
etc etc etc
we
are
excited
that
the 
little
studio
is
coming together

Paul
our contractor
told us
"it will get worse before it gets better"

yup
worse...
take a peek
the driveway (to the right)
 through the yard
and into
the street
was trenched 
to
hook
up
gas and water
lines
fences torn down
shrubs ripped out

  what a mess!!!


this is the side of the studio from the driveway
you can see
there is
an entrance
through the 
fence





through the opening in the fence
you come upon the
entry
and
the front door

straight ahead
to  the left
you have a cute little yard


albeit shabby
the yard
will be
a good 
size
and super private



 the tile in the shower is done


and they are
finishing up
the 
dry wall
and texturing

looking for an Oct 1 finishing date
(2014, we think)

the story thus far......

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Week Seven - give or take a two.....

slowly

oh
so 
slowly
the little garage
is becoming
studio


it is 
little
(tiny)

but
full 
of 
charm
(side view from the driveway)

(cross view of the entrance)

above is the 
entrance

there will
be
two steps
up
to a
stoop
    a great landing for potted
geraniums or marguerites

and
the two steps
will
step
into the
little
yard 


this is
looking
into
the
 living room





looking from 
the living room
into
the kitchen
(sink under the window
fridge to
the left)


the sleeping area
aka bedroom
is
here




look!
from the
bed
you can look up
to the open
loft
(or storage space)
  you can hide
stuff
towards
the
back
and hang plants
(or other cool stuff)
in front

the bathroom
is
under
the loft
and 
large
closet
is that
space
you can
 see
bottom center






........
we have picked out appliances
and flooring
and countertops
and a cute (roomy and practical) vanity for the bathroom

.......  stay tuned

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Week 2 (and some change)

Week 2
(and some change)

progress is
being
made
on
the little
garage
cottage

step by step
inch by inch
and
we can
now 
see
what
the little
cottage
will
look like
 (the kitchen to the left and the loft above the bathroom upper right)

 (looking up to the loft)

 (appliance sizes are so important in such a small space)


 (the side of the cottage - the middle space will be the front door)


(the side entrance - again.  
The front door will be the middle space
with windows on either side)

Framing
is 
just about
done!
more to come...

Monday, May 19, 2014

From a Garage to a Studio Apartment - the Transformation



see that little garage?


starting 
today
you will watch
it 
transform
into
a
charming
studio apartment



don't know
how 
long
it will take - 
hopefully
maybe 
six weeks.....
        but, then 
              this IS 
                   SLO town


the
garage
belongs to
this
little
cottage..

it was built
in
1927
from a 
that
was 
shipped
from 
Los Angeles to SLO
by train
(you can see the original plan when you click on Pacific Kit Homes)

the new studio
will
preserve
the
 integrity
and
history
of
the
little place
 - and it will give it new life
         - it's own little identity



 the garage
has
this 
great
roof 
pitch
to it

the pitch will give the studio 
an 
airy 
and
 open feel


it
will
have it's
own
little
yard
- fenced in for privacy
(and to be pet friendly)

new 
large
windows
-for brightness
(there will be two large windows replacing the garage door
and one where the vent is)

and
it will have
lots of
fun
and
charming touches
that
will make it
a
perfect
little home
for 
someone
one
day

will
take
you 
along
on
this 
adventure...
     it might get messy (as most remodels do)
              but you will be a part of
                    this with us from the
                            start (today) to the finish

follow our ideas on Pinterest:


...
stay tuned




             

Sunday, May 18, 2014

I'm Baaaack...... and wait to you see what begins tomorrow!!!!!!


have 
so
not blogged
in quite a while
.....
can't claim
busyness
    or even laziness
..really
  
just a 
cray-cray
new
ObSeSSiON
....



you see
my dear friend
Barbara (as in Happy Go Smile Barbara)
turned 
me on to
an
online
art course (ecourse, I think its called)
by
(if you click on her name you can go to her website)

Kelly
(and her side kick Lynx)
teach you
how to
create
really 
fun   happy 
and easy
mixed media art

I did the eclass
and then 
Barbara and I
had some fun
both
together
and with friends
making art

AND THEN
Barbara tells me
about the
Art Abandonment Project
where
you make
something (anything) special
and 
leave it for someone to find
....to make them smile
       
       it is so fun!!!  

I have heard from 
just
 a handful
of finders
but
creating
something
colorful
and 
fun
and
even
meaningful
has been
 addictive!

here are
a few
of
my
creations


Those
were 
all 
abandoned...  as were about ten more
   

so
blogging
has taken
temporary
back - seat
(I didn't really think my 9 followers would mind my absence)


a new project starts tomorrow.....
Tune in  -  it will super FUN!



Sunday, March 23, 2014

Wine Tasting 101

we
recently
had family
visiting
from 
Scotland

...via South America

as
they
are
in the
throws
of
their
Round the World Adventure


(Ram and Katie at Claiborne and Churchill Winery)

we thought
that
taking
Katie and Ram
wine tasting
   in the
      Edna Valley
         would really
              help them get a
                 "taste"
                     of what the 
                          Central Coast
                               is known for


First Stop   Baileyana Winery

Baileyana Winery
and
Niven Family Wines
Tasting Room
is
housed
within the 
1909
Independence School House
It has
local
color and history
and
is the
perfect
spot
for a picnic
        a bocci ball throwdown
             or just to taste some delicious Niven Family wines



There 
are
methods
to
wine tasting...

the simplest:
1.  Swirl the wine in the glass 
2.  Stick your nose in the glass
                                and breathe in the nuances of the wine    (what do you smell?)
3.  Take a sip and let the wine fill your mouth

4.  Taste the nuances  (does the wine taste like it smelled? or are there different flavors?)
5.  Enjoy!
      



Baileyana and Niven Family Wines
   have many
       different varietals and blends
              to enjoy        
       
and the surroundings are truly breathtaking



We
continued
on 
Orcutt Road
inhaling
the beauty
of
Spring
and the vines
with
their new
growth

we
next stopped at
Claiborne and Churchill Winery

            where we revelled in
                  their Alsacian style wines:
                        Dry Gewurtztraminer
                         Dry and Semi dry Riesling

                            and their Pinot Noir
Katie and Ram
caught on
quickly
to the
methodology
of 
wine tasting....and YES!  enjoyed it quite a bit!!


all are unique    all are charming  and all have stellar wines

We have all sorts
of maps
and 
wine information
at Petit Soleil
and
we would
love
to help
you
with you
own
Wine Tasting 101




Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Run Happy!

The
is 
scheduled 
for 
the weekend
of
April 26-27


Although
this
1/2 
and
full marathon
is
fairly new
it
has become
wildly
popular

you 
run
through
Downton..
whoops...
downtown SLO

around
through
the rolling hills
of 
Edna Valley

back
and around

and 
finish
at
 the
iconic
Madonna Inn

last year
 at
Petit Soleil
we
gifted
our
guest runners
with
little 
goodie bags
of
fruit
water
and
homemade granola bars...

this year
the
granola
bars
will be
even more
    energizing
        and 
          even more
                      delicious



these
bad boys 
are 
chalk full
of 
nuts and seeds
dried fruit
oats
chocolate
peanut butter
and honey
(hey,gluten free runners!  we will use gluten free oats for you)

you need a 9x13 pan
spray or rub with
coconut oil

in a 350 degree oven
on a cookie sheet
toast:
3 c. oats (regular or gluten free)
1/2 c. flax seeds
1/2 c. sesame seeds
 for about 12 minutes

spoon into large bowl and set aside

in same sheet pan toast:
1 c. whole raw almonds
  for about 10 minutes

cool and chop into smallish pieces
    add to oats 

coarsely chop 2 cups Medjool dates and add
to oats along with
 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
and
1 cup coarsely chopped roasted peanuts
mix

In a small saucepan
combine
1/2 c. all natural peanut butter
and
1/2 c. honey
warm until melted

and
add to oat/nut/fruit/seed mixture

mix thoroughly
and 
press into
9"x13" pan

chill in fridge for about an hour or so
and cut into
desired
sizes or shapes


GO
RUN
HAPPY!
Kasey,
will pop 
a few of these
in the mail to you.....  
I promise