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?

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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A Summer Party & Ginger Lime Honeydew Skewers (Recipe)

While we were on vacation a couple of weeks ago, Jaime and I spent some time putting together a menu for a summer party.  We wanted to serve a summery menu of heavy hors d’oeuvres that would minimize–albeit not entirely eliminate–our oven use during the party.  We hosted the first of what we hope will be many gatherings in our new home this past weekend.  Here is what made our final menu–displayed on my DIY chalkboard:

Chalkboard menuThe sesame chicken, stuffed mushrooms, and prosciutto rolls all required baking, but we baked these at the very beginning of the party and then turned off the oven and kept them warm in chafing dishes.  We served some of our favorite recipes at this party and I plan to share many of the recipes here on this blog. Continue reading

Vacation Recap: Part II: San Francisco, California

As promised, here is part two of my recap of Jaime and my recent California vacation.  (If you missed it, you can read part one here.)  After spending a few days in the Sonoma and Napa area, we headed back to San Francisco for a few days.  I’ve already shared a bit of serendipitous crafting that I did at the Asian Art Museum so I just wanted to share a few additional photos of activities we enjoyed in San Francisco.

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