DIY Rustic Biergarten Sign

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The other day I posted about hosting your own Oktoberfest party and I pointed out one of the decorations – the rustic Biergarten sign.

 

DIY Rustic Biergarten Sign

Chose your font and size. I used Canva.com to create my letters, but word or page would also work. Print out your paper and carefully cut out the letters. I used my little Slice ceramic blade.

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Piece the paper together if you needed to and tape down to your plank. I used a scrap of leftover incense cedar from our fence building project. Maybe eventually I’ll do a yard tour so you can see the new side yard fence.

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Carefully paint the letters. I only needed one coat of paint.

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Touch up as needed with a finer tipped brush if needed.

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Once the paint is dry, coat it with a clear coat to protect it – especially if its going outside.

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It looked perfect on the mantle for Oktoberfest. I may end up drilling holes and adding a rope to hang it up in the yard. We’ll see.

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Host your own Oktoberfest

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This past weekend we hosted an Oktoberfest party. We had at least 20 people attend and it seemed like they all had a blast! We tried to stick to mostly traditional Oktoberfest dishes with a few basics thrown in. Oktoberfest is the largest festival in the world, and people attend from all over the world. Munich Germany becomes swarmed with giant tents filled with thousands upon thousands of people mostly there for the beer and to celebrate Bavarian culture. We’re hoping to attend next year, we’ll see.

 

DECORATIONS

I started party preparations about two weeks before. World Market has a bunch of Oktoberfest supplies and German food right now. At World Market I picked up the plates, napkins, saerkraut, red cabbage, kase-spatzle, mustard and beer bottle decorations. I used Canva.com to create a banner, Photo Booth props, food/drink labels and a typography print. I also picked up general party supplies at Party City. They do have Oktoberfest stuff online at Party City and Oriental Trading if you have time to wait for it to ship to you. I also pulled out a lot of my fall decorations, made a Rustic Biergarten Sign (tutorial coming later this week), picked up more patio furniture at Lowes – yay clearance and I sent J out to get me flowers from the farmers market in town. We offered ladder-ball (Sag-nugs), bocce ball and some friends brought corn hole, plus bubbles and sidewalk chalk for littler guests.

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Attention attention: Download FREE printable – the typography print, the food labels , banner and photo booth props). For personal use only, not for resale or distribution.

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FOOD

We did a Costco run for sausages, cheese, veggie tray, fruit and beer. We also served our own homemade beers, a non-alcoholic cider punch and I baked beer cheese pretzel bites, german chocolate cupcakes (w/o nuts of course) and pumpkin molasses cookies. WE HAVE SO MUCH FOOD LEFT OVER. People brought food even though we said they didn’t need to. Although, our neighbor brought over authentic homemade pretzels which was a nice touch.

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DIY Design Board

As mentioned in my Studio Reveal post, here is the DIY Design Board. It’s really easy to make one, and there are a few tutorials out there, but I worked with what I had and crafted this piece. So far its workout out perfectly.

DIY Design Board

I had a few pieces of foam core board lying around so I placed them on the floor and trimmed them up to make one big piece. I used packing tape to hold them together. Tape front and back.
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I then used strait sewing pins to attached blanket batting to the board. I only needed a crib sized piece, depending on the size of your wall/ design board you can determine how much batting you need. There are a few safety pins as well holding the corners. I saw that someone else had used duct tape, which isn’t a bad idea either. They also used a spray adhesive to attach the batting to to styrofoam. Both are good ideas, it just depends on how much work you want to put into it or how permanent you want it to be. DSC_0054

Careful not to stick the pins straight through the board but to just catch the board. You don’t want to be running your hand over the board and get pricked. DSC_0055

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I used command picture hanging strips to hang it up on the wall. DSC_0058

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Zucchini Bread

Happy September 1st! I’m starting to want fall weather (and rain!), but sadly I think its a ways off here in Southern California. At least I can make it smell like fall in the house?? I had to bake this bread this morning because I had a few zucchinis that needed to be used. Zucchini makes me think of late summer/early fall  because they grow fantastically in the Pacific Northwest and this is the time of year the you find the massive squashes in your garden that you neglected all summer long. The good news is if you have this situation, you just bust our our food processor and grate it all and freeze it for winter!

If I had to pick a vegetable to eat for the rest of my life it would be zucchini. Because you can do so much with it! Zoodles (zucchini noodles made with a spiral slicer), zucchini pizza crust, grilled or roasted, an so on. Just take a look at my Pinterest board for dinner inspiration, its mostly zucchini recipes.

The zucchini recipe I’m sharing today is one from my Great-aunt Ernestine (Aunt Ernie). She passed away earlier this year so I thought as a way to pay tribute to her I’d share her zucchini bread recipe. I called her the “how-do lady” when I was a kid because she always seemed so proper to me. Probably because she had been a teacher. She was an avid scrabble player and participated in water aerobics well into her 80’s. She was a very active woman. I hope to be half as active as her when I’m that age.

So without further ado, here is her really easy and quick zucchini bread recipe!

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Grease your pans or line a muffin pan. DSC_0085

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Grate the zucchini. I’m old school, I use a cheese grater. If you’re fancy enough to own a food processor, go for it. DSC_0090

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Divide your batter into two. If you have two bread pans you can make two loaves, however I have just the one pan so I poured the other half of the batter into muffins. Also, if you choose to go the muffin route, it doesn’t take the full hour to bake the muffins, just 25 minutes will do. DSC_0092

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Zucchini Bread
Author: 
Recipe type: Bread
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2 loaves
 
Ingredients
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 C. oil (or substitute apple sauce)
  • 2 C. Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Canilla
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 C. grated zucchini
  • 3 C. flour
  • 1¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • dash of cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350* and grease pans
  2. In a large bowl mix eggs, oil, sugar, vanilla, salt and zucchini.
  3. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon.
  4. Combine dry mixture with wet mixture.
  5. Pour into pans and bake for one hour.
  6. Note: I don't have two bread pans so I substituted the second pan for muffin pan, makes 12 muffins and 1 loaf of bread. Bake the muffins for only 25 minutes instead of the full hour.

 

Studio Reveal

Hello Everyone! Long time no see! I admit its been way to long since I’ve posted but its for good reason, moving across the country and owning a home is time consuming. Especially when there’s a bit of work to do.

Lets recap the past few months, you’ll recall that my last few posts were about moving from VA to CA. On July 8, J, Gizmo and I set out on a cross country road trip to California. We got into our new home the evening of the 13th and our stuff was delivered the very next day. A few days after that my family was in town and we cranked out a few projects like building a new gate for the side yard, a shed door and closing off one of the walls in the shed, installing motion/solar lights, building a gazebo on the patio, deep cleaning the house, installing new appliances, swapping out shower heads and toilet seats, hanging art work and painting a room or two (just patching in some places). Its been a very busy month! And the work never ends!

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Other than finding a place for everything in the kitchen and getting the master bedroom set up, the next room of importance for me was my studio space. Since I don’t currently have a day job, my full time job is domestic management (stay-at-home-dog-mom? haha…) and a bit of crafting/blogging so its important that I have the space to do all of this. You may have seen on Facebook my live studio tour, and just in case you want more pretty pictures to look at here is my studio reveal! And by pretty pictures I mean, oh-my-wow am I out of shape photographically speaking… can you tell its been a while since I’ve used my big camera? Poor thing was collecting dust.

Studio Reveal

First things first, here’s what the room looked like (before we moved in, obviously we have no need for a bright pink nursery). That Pepto Bismal pink just had to go. Two coats of primer and two coats of Evening White by Behr paint and we were finally able to cover it.

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