Weekend Adventure: San Luis Obispo

This past weekend, my boyfriend Jake visited me in San Luis Obispo, CA for his spring break! Since Jake and I are long distance between Arizona + California, we have to plan ahead to see each other. 

Lucky for us, I live in the cutest town that has SO many fun things to do. I've noticed it's become a hot spot for bloggers to come visit, and I can see why! 

Today I'm sharing some of the adventures Jake and I had, and a video vlog is coming next week with even more amazing places :)

I had some presentations + an art gallery to show at on Saturday, but on Sunday the exploring began! When Jake visited me 2 years ago, we went to Montaña de Oro for the first time. It's so gorgeous there, we knew we had to go back. 

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There's always room for a dance party, am I right? ;) 

But seriously, check out that blue water. This place is insanely pretty! 

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Obviously I am really good at focusing my camera...Note to self, bring the tripod + remote next time!

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Possibly my favorite shot from the weekend? I just love the contrast of fog + flowers! 

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Last time we were at Moñtana de Oro, Jake and I carved our initials into one of the benches, so we had to keep the tradition going. We also searched for our old initials, but more about that in the vlog....

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We found this little nook tucked in between the rocks that was so cool. It had a perfect view of the water, so we just sat and relaxed there for a while. 

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So we didn't stay at the Madonna Inn because I have my own house haha, but I'm dying to one day! But we did stop in for chocolate malts + sweet potato fries after our hike. This is weirdly the only photo I took of the hotel, but I have a lot of footage to go through of the cute, HOT pink interior. 

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Jake's aunt + uncle recently moved to Solvang, which is a cute Danish inspired town about 40 minutes south of San Luis Obispo. We visited them for the day and went to this really fun antique store called Piece of the Past. Antiquing is one of my favorite things to do, so I had a blast. 

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I am still dying over both of these shelves and wish I had space for one in my room now. The store made me very excited to move into a new place next year after graduation and start decorating! 

It was so nice to see Jake and adventure together. Lucky for me, I am heading to Arizona for my spring break this week, so I get to already see him again tomorrow! 

Stay tuned for our upcoming weekend vlog that will go live on my Youtube channel on Tuesday. Jake and I may have filmed another video together too...so that's coming as well! Thanks so much for stopping by today + joining our adventure!

DIY_Portable Pedalboard Case

IMG_0285 Jake and I have been discussing how to make a portable case for his guitar pedals for a while now. His original plan was to use a vintage suitcase, but we scored this old cassette case at Goodwill instead for 7 bucks. While the dimensions of your case may vary, these general tips will be enough to help you make your own!

UPDATE: This case is now sold, but we'd love to build a custom one just for you! Email me</strong> if you're interested.

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Supplies needed: a portable case, a wood plaque (9"x12"), hot glue, matching felt, industrial strength velcro, scissors, and pedals. All of our materials (except for the case) we picked up at Michael's.

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First we removed the cassette tray from the case by simply pulling it out.

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We then cut felt to fit inside the bottom, and hot glued it on to give it a cleaner look. We also repaired the original felt on the seam that was detached, with hot glue.

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Next we cut three equal strips of the fuzzy side of the industrial strength velcro, and attached it to the wood board.

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We then added the loop side of the velcro to the pedals.

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Jake then arranged his pedals in the order that worked for him. The velcro is great because it allows you to try multiple configurations. Remember to leave a little breathing room in between pedals and inside the case for the cords to plug in. (By the way, Jake also made these orange cables himself!)

At this point, just set the board into the case and you are done! It is removable so that you can take it out for playing gigs. If your pedals aren't snug inside, you could also attach some soft foam to the inside of the lid of the case to secure the pedals while you carry the case.

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And here is the finished product! If you plan and measure, this project can turn out really well! We got lucky that the pedals fit so well inside, but if you're struggling, I suggest testing different thicknesses of wood to get you the perfect fit.

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Thanks so much for reading! Check out our other DIY projects here and don't forget to follow on Bloglovin'!