A Glass Mosaic from a Trip to Charleston

Earlier this summer, I blogged about Jaime and my trip to Charleston and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.  At the festival we picked up a beautiful glass mosaic.  While I was going through some summer photos I realized that I never shared any photos of the mosaic with you–perhaps because it lived on the floor under our living room coffee table while we debated the best way to hang it.  Two trips to the hardware store later and it is finally hung!

Glass Sunflower MosaicMosaic by Rachel K. Jones

The mosaic is framed in an old grandfather clock door and is by artist Rachel K. Jones. The mosaic catches the light in the morning and glows.  It makes me smile every time I walk by it as it reminds me of Jaime and my trip to Charleston and is the first piece of art that we bought together.

What is your favorite vacation souvenir?

Cut Chenille Baby Blanket

I had been admiring Anneliese’s heirloom cut chenille baby blanket over on the Aesthetic Nest for a while, when my husband Jaime suggested we make a version of this blanket.  Although Jaime often helps with projects that I am working on, it is pretty rare that he suggests we take on a craft project so I was very excited to make this with him.  This was an ambitious project for us as this was my third sewing project–the first two being clutches for my bridesmaids and our wedding programs.  Jaime had a bit more sewing experience having also sewn a pillow in sixth grade. Despite having so little sewing experience, we were thrilled with the results of this project.

Cut Chenille Baby BlanketThis blanket took A LOT of time.  The blanket is very heavy and soft and I think it would make a good play mat.

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Vacation Photo Book

When I go on vacation I tend to take A LOT of photos, but when I get home my photos are usually relegated to the depths of my SD card or, if they are lucky, my hard drive. With all the post vacation tasks waiting for me when I get home–sorting and responding to email, catching up at work, unpacking from vacation, etc.–doing something with my photos is often simply not a priority.  I have tried to make vacation scrapbooks in the past, but never seem to be able to actually finish a book. (This is a pervasive problem as I have been married almost two years and I still haven’t gotten around to making my wedding album!)

For my recent California vacation (which I blogged about here and here) I decided to break this vicious cycle and create a quick photo book of vacation highlights.

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Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon (Recipe) with Corn and Naan

Jaime and I have been trying to avoid using the oven this summer as it further heats up the house, which is already toasty enough due to the South Carolina summer heat.  As a result we have been trying to use the grill as much as possible.  Cedar plank grilled salmon has become one of our go-to recipes for a quick meal.  It requires a bit of advanced planning as the plank requires soaking, but on nights that we don’t have time to soak the plank, we just skip the plank and put the salmon on a grill pan.  Add grilled corn, grilled naan, and a salad and this is an easy weeknight meal that doesn’t require turning on the oven.

Cedar Plank Salmon

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