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    "Color Is To The Eye, What Music Is To The Ear"

    "Color Is To The Eye, What Music Is To The Ear"

     

    Choosing the right colors/design for Hitch's exterior was really important to us. The options were endless and the more we discussed, the more confused we got.  We toyed with options to keep it classic with dual colors, going full modern, changing it to all one color, even shrink-wrapping the entire camper.  We finally decided that keeping the design as close to it's vintage roots as possible.  DUAL ACTION IS IT!!

     

    After careful consideration and hours of research, we decided to go with Sherwin Williams Paint.  The specific paint we chose for exterior painting already has the primer built in. Such a money saving score for us since we needed to order 2 gallons of each!  This particular paint is called SHER-CRYL™ HPA High Performance Acrylic Gloss Coating. One major catch to this type of paint, it takes one full month to completely dry!  Since we keep Hitch exposed to the natural elements daily, one entire month of drying gives us absolute anxiety. Thankfully we are coming to the end of hurricane season in New York!  PRAY FOR US!!

     

    Now the hard part, choosing the right colors.  We felt like the green/mint family was a good route to go since it's gender neutral (hopefully to cater to both our male and female customers) and very 1960s.  Standing over the color chips, we pulled out all of our favorites.  Some beautiful, but not quite what we were looking for as far as a camper, some completely different from what they looked like hanging on the wall.  We pulled out "Vintage Vessel" and knew immediately this was the color.  The name alone obviously spoke volumes to us.  The harder selection, believe it or not, was the white.  White can be so tricky.  Too pure and it looks shark, too ivory and it looks dirty.  We knew we wanted more of gray/white than anything else.  We pulled out every white option they had.  Put them on the floor next to the green, on the counter, took them outside for natural light, even asked the in-store professional that was helping us her opinion.  We really wanted to make sure we got it right.  We finally decided on "Nebulous White." 

     

    We absolutely cannot wait to see the finish product!!!  

     

    That's So Cheesy

    That's So Cheesy!

     

    Merchandise is a huge factor in who you are and what you want to be represented by as a retailer.  While researching and separating merchandise by LOVE IT or I think we can find better, we decided that along with blogging about our reno, we wanted to blog about our amazing merchandise as well.  It is so important to us to make sure that we test, try, and love every potential product that will be sold in Hitch.  Where to begin?

     

    As a long time cheese lover, the DIY cheese box was naturally our 1st choice.  The Urban Cheesecraft kit comes in multiple different options.  Goat, Brie, Feta, even tons of dairy free options!  Love it already?  You can shop our site here.  Each kit makes about 8 servings.

     

    Like the true Italians we are, we opted for the Mozzarella and Ricotta kit to be the pioneer.  Each kit includes the below.  

     

    Cotton Cheesecloth, Thermometer, Rennet Tablets, Citric Acid, Salt

     

     

     

    Our first step was to gather the remaining ingredient, cow's milk.  Be sure to double check the pasteurized options.  Ultra pasteurized in this case would not work.  We discovered this after two trips to the grocery store.  A pinch of this and a dash of that and it was starting to feel like a full blown science experiment.  The instructions did recommend using gloves.  Unfortunately the only options we had were lemon scented.  It was Joe's bright idea to boil the gloves to remove the manufactured lemon scent.  I wasn't exactly sure on this, but we just ran with it anyway.

     

     

     

    Another good idea when performing an experiment, or as many other people call it, cooking, is to make sure you have the lingo down.  We must have ran around the kitchen for a solid 10 minute trying to figure out what the "whey" was.  After following the step by step instructions, Mozzarella cheese started to form right before our eyes.  It really was just like one, two, three and there was cheese.

     

     

     

     

     

    Not only did this take less than 20 mins, but it was a very large serving and DELICIOUS!!! As self proclaimed cheese aficionados and full blood Italians, WE KNOW GOOD CHEESE AND THIS WAS AMAZING!!!  We highly recommend this product and look forward to making the remaining 7 servings.  (Definitely a lot of bang for your buck on this one!)

     

    Order yours today at http://www.hitchlongisland.com/shop-1 

     

    For full on instructions, check this you tube. 

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iz-kwnPhCk

     

    Hurricane, Schmerican!

    Hurricane, Schmericane!

    As a Long Islander and a homeowner, after hurricane Sandy, the mere mention of a storm makes your stomach turn into knots. Having survived Sandy, myself that is, (most of my belongings may they R.I.P.) you want to take all precautions that are possible.  I live to prep because there is nothing like being prepared.  A wise man once said, "fail to plan, plan to fail."

    My first order of business was to make sure Hitch would survive.  The old tires were complete duds as you know. Hitch has sort of a lean to it. A gangster lean, if you will. I'm honestly not even sure how they made it all the way from far eastern Long Island without riding on the hubcaps! But, who knows? Maybe they did!! Anyway, my main priority was to change the tires so it wouldn't completely tip over.  I put Hitch on a car. jack. Well, that did nothing but increase the lean more. I decide to try to change the tires on that one side. Small problem, I CAN'T GET THEM ON!!! I need a life line. I call my Dad, probably not the best idea since he walks with a cane due to an old hip injury. We figure out how this car jack really works and it finally raises. Within seconds, Hitch completely tips over. Knocks into the house!! Naturally, I start screaming bloody murder and all my neighbors come running out with all the excitement.  My dad tells me that we  we need more jacks. I dash to auto barn. This is a serious code blue. (I think blue is emergency? Too many episodes of Grey's Anatomy).  I run in and grab 3 real jacks. Nothing like the budget ones that come with your car. They really rip you off there!! Anyway, I race back and add the three new jacks.  Raise it little by little.  The anticipation was killing me.  Finally, we get it to the right height and we are able to get the tires changed. Thankfully no permanent damage was done.  The only downside, (or upside- depends who you are asking) the hurricane never came! Not even a drizzle. We rushed through that nightmare for nothing! I guess now we are prepared if Mother Nature changes her mind and wants to send another "hurricane" our way.

    Everything is designed. Very few things are well designed.

    Everything is designed.  Very few things are well designed.

     

    We are still playing around with design inspiration.  Ideas come and go.  Even better ones surface.  It's so hard to commit to one idea when the options are endless.  It's literally worse than packing for a vacation!  If you know us, you totally understand.

     

    We still really love the idea of using the camper for glamping!  We can totally picture us waking up in the morning on beach, mimosa in hand, with our silk robes on, curlers in our hair, and fresh cookies in the oven.  Yes, that how we actually envision us camping.  SILK ROBES AND MIMOSAS!!  We need to really think about how we can make this convertible to a camper and boutique in one.

     

    So needless to say, we are still in the design stages while we just fix up that absolute musts.   We figured what better way to help get design inspiration than walking the NYnow show at the Javits Center in NYC.  It looks like a flea market with basically the same concept.  Instead of you buying for yourself, wholesalers come to shop for their stores.  Or if you are Justina and I, you come to do both! :)

     

     

     

    It was very overwhelming! The amount of talent in the hand-made section was truly incredible and definitely inspiring.  We met some amazing local shops and boutiques.  A bunch of companies with super unique items that we really love, almost borderline obsessed with.  We are so excited to start sharing these amazing products with you!!  

     

    Next on the "To Do" list today was to get our registration in order.  We all know that the DMV is one of the worst places on this planet.  We arrived at 8:30am to wait in line to only get a number.  Our number was C856.   Sitting there waiting for our number to be called is like waiting to win the jackpot at bingo.  Thank goodness this place is located in a shopping center! As we waited for our winning number to be called, we decided to risk it and shop the aisles at Home Goods!  Can't wait to keep you all posted!!

    TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF TIRES

    Now that we have the exterior of Hitch all washed and clean, we decided it was time to get this baby some new shoes!!  Where do we begin?  Oh of course, a phone call.  We contacted our local mechanic.  After a small chat and his expertise we ordered 2 fresh tires with white hub caps. 

     

     

    So now it's time to make the ultimate swap.  Old tires for new ones.  Once again, where do we begin?  We need a jack to lift up the camper.  The only thing we could think of was to use the car jack from our car trunk.  You know when you get a flat tire and you are on the side of the road and there is a small emergency kit in your trunk.  Yes, THAT JACK!  Naturally, it wasn't nearly as big as we anticipated it to be.  We crank and crank in the 110 degree weather and nope!  NADA! This is not happening.  We pile up some scrap wood to help with the height issue.  For the most part this seems to work. Now it's time to pull the tire off and it's stuck!!  OK, panic.  NOW WHAT?  WD40!!!!  We start spraying and it starts shooting at us.  The nozzle is backwards!!  Oh lord help us!! Okay, we got this