August 2015 archive

A little place called Aspen

Most only think of winter when Aspen is mentioned, yet when the snow melts and wildflowers blossom, summer comes out to play in this town in the mountains of Colorado. Thousands of miles covered in crisp pine trees, creeks and rivers come to life and critters roam freely. A town perfectly nested between the mountains with its highest peak reaching 11,212 feet. This is where you find your bliss.

The town is a mere 3 hours away from the City of Denver and the road there could not be more gratifying. The narrow highway that takes you through Independence Pass is surrounded by several charming ski villages. This route goes over the Rocky Mountains exposing you to steep ridges, lakes and unbelievable views that lead to Aspen.
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Meet my travel buddy and dear friend Karla. Excuse our tired, but excited faces.DSC_0058

Downtown Aspen. The population fluctuates with constant tourists from all over the country (including A-List Celebrities) that sustain the high-end shops, restaurants and outdoor activities.

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DSC_0064DSC_0071Now meet Marisol! A now local, great friend and the sole reason of our trip.
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Nothing but. Everyone is happy! There is no real need for a vehicle in Aspen, we roamed the streets, hiked into town day and night without a care in the world simply enjoying our surroundings. DSC_0046 DSC_0080 DSC_0081 DSC_0085

Wildflowers.
DSC_0094Aspen must: Ride the gondola’s up to highest peak at 11,212 elevation. The ride up was pleasant, coming down was challenging for me (to say the least).DSC_0112DSC_0130 DSC_0117At the top of the mountain there is a calm chilly breeze, with a view that will make your head spin. Literally the elevation is alarming.
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DSC_0176Paradise Bakery & CafeDSC_0177 DSC_0179Saturday, local farmers market stroll.
DSC_0194#godmadethis DSC_0185Vintage shop in Glenwood, CO.
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Brunch at Justice Snows, inside the historic wheeler opera house.DSC_0236 DSC_0243 DSC_0251

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DIY | Concrete Stool

Hi!

And my love for natural “raw” materials continues. This time using wooden dowels, concrete and a cake (sort of) to make a concrete stool.  This project was inspired by the Homemade Modern one of my favorite bloggers with my some tweaks. I loved the idea, but didn’t particularly want a smooth concrete top. So I decided to use a cake lid as the mold, this idea only came to me after a potluck at my office. The pattern of the clear cake lid was perfect! The stool is durable, simple to make and more importantly very affordable!

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Here’s what you will need:

-2, 5/8 in. x 36 in Wooden dowels

-Quickrete Concrete Mix

-Cake display container lid

– Spray paint

Other Tools:

-Jigsaw

-Water

-Sand Paper

-Empty tape ring

-Masking tape

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Start by cutting three equal 16 inch wooden dowel pieces, using a hand saw or jigsaw.

You can add or subtract inches depending on how to tall you would like your stool to be.

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Once your pieces are evenly cut remove any excess wood chips by sanding down each end of the wooden dowels. Then begin to mix the concrete. Pour about 3 inches of concrete mix without the pebbles into the empty cake lid or a separate container, then slowly mix with water.

Now let your concrete mix let for about 30 minutes. Then take an empty masking tape ring and push it into the center of the concrete mold. Then carefully stick each wooden dowel piece angled into the center of the ring. Let the dowels rest on the edge of the ring, this will help support the weight of the dowels while the concrete dries.

Refer to  Mix Concrete for more details about mixing concrete. 
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Once the concrete is dry remove the lid mold!
DSC_0373DSC_0380Now add some details. Flip your stool “legs up”, wrap masking tape around each dowel 3 inches from the ends and spray paint whatever color you’d like. Let the paint dry, remove the tape and your done!DSC_0371DSC_0237DSC_0234

My favorite thing about this project is that you can personalize the stool in so many different ways by making the legs taller, use different cake lid patterns, or paint the concrete top and legs in many colors.

 I want to hear your thoughts! Leave me a comment below and keep posted for pictures of my previous before and after rental home!

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