Mirror mirror…

I have been admiring in stores, on Pinterest and Instagram driftwood mirrors for some time. But to buy one of these mirrors it would have been well over $100 and I knew I could put one together myself for much less! Not to mention it would be more meaningful to use driftwood I collected myself while on vacation.  So a couple years ago I started collecting driftwood during our summer beach vacations on Lake Michigan. Every time I would bring a piece back from a walk my husband would say we don’t need another piece of driftwood. Part of the reason he grumbled so much was the fact that our beach is 222 steps down the bluff, which means it’s 222 steps to carry the driftwood back up to the house on the bluff…:O

Beach stairs

So I finally decided to put together my driftwood mirror a few days ago and I love the way it turned out! Here are the steps of how I put my mirror together:

 Here’s all the driftwood…looks like a lot but I used most of it.. 

I bought a 12″ mirror at the craft store

 

 I laid it out first to see if I had enough driftwood and to decide how I wanted it to look.

  

I had my husband cut a board just slightly bigger than the mirror. We left it square since the driftwood would cover it up anyway. I painted it to mimick the color of the wood. I used a light and dark gray along with tan and applied with a dry brush technique

     

I attached the mirror in the center of the board with liquid nails. This takes  a few minutes to set up so you can re-position it if needed.

  

After the mirror is attached I began to layout the driftwood with the longest pieces first. I also used a paper plate to help me keep my placement even around the outside of the mirror.  I used my hot glue gun to attach the driftwood to the wood backer board.

 

I kept gluing pieces until I had the whole board covered then began layering smaller pieces in between to hide any open spots. 

   

  

 After I finished I attached a saw tooth hanger to the back and hung it up in my family room where I get to look at it every day and remember our family trips to the beach! 

 

 

Hidden Gem…

Last weekend we finally got to go to a new local winery. We had planned on going on Valenitnes Day but Mother Nature changed our plans with a winter storm that evening…ugh! Anyway we finally made a visit with our friends Clare and Earl, our daughter Molly and her boyfriend Chris last Saurday. It was fun to be able to take Clare and Earl to a winery because they are from northern Indiana and have quick access to a lot of the Michigan wineries.  

The winery is called The Belgian Horse Winery and is located outside Middletown, Indiana on a farm that has been in the same family for six generations.  

 
The building that the tasting room is in, is a nicely refinished barn with several tables to sit and enjoy a glass or bottle of wine and visit with friends. (We were there during the NCAA men’s basketball games and they are equipped with big screen TVs, Mike was happy about that!) 

  
They have a gift shop with a variety of offerings from hats and jewelry to wine related items and pottery.

   

 
The building also has an upstairs where they have entertainment on Wednesday evenings and on Sunday’s they have ‘wine and yoga’ classes! (What’s not to love about a yoga class that ends with a calming glass of wine!)

   
 
They have a nice selection of wines from sweet fruit wines to more dry Pinot Gris and Cabernet Franc. The fruit wines are named after family members and each one’s label has a picture of its namesake. 

We all decided to do a tasting since it was our first time experiencing their wines. 

  
We did our tasting and then had a glass of our favorites. Chris, Mike and I chose the Cabernet Franc for our glass, Molly had the Concord, Clare chose the Pino Gris and Earl was the DD! 

As usual at any winery if you buy a case of wine you get a discount, so we decided to split a case! 

  
The atmosphere at Belgian Horse Winery is very laid back and friendly, just what you would expect in the country. The building is beautifully done with a rustic wine country feel. We will definitely be going back! It’s nice that it’s only about 5 miles from our house so we can run over whenever the mood strikes us. I look forward to going this summer and enjoying a glass of wine and some music outside under the stars!  

Make sure to check them out on Facebook or online at belgianhorsewinery.com and if your in the neighborhood stop by and enjoy!