Visiting Charleston, South Carolina

I hope that you all had a nice Memorial Day weekend.  Jaime and I spent a couple of days in Charleston, SC over the long weekend catching up with friends and exploring the city.

Charleston, SC - BatteryI am feeling refreshed and inspired after seeing the arts and crafts exhibits at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and having several delicious meals in Charleston.

The weekend inspired me to add a few items to the very long list of crafts and recipes I’d like to try.  At the top of my list of additions are printmaking, paper magnolias (take two — see my original diy paper magnolias here), and shrimp and grits.

Magnolia FlowerHave you been inspired by a vacation to try to make a new dish or craft? If so, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Also, please check back later today for a post about one of our favorite southern desserts that we often pick up when we are in Charleston. Any guesses as to what it is?

EdStravaGanza

I hope everyone had a nice weekend.  I was very excited to take a break from unpacking this weekend and join some friends at a fundraiser for the EdVenture Children’s Museum, EdStravaGanza. I knew it was my type of event when I walked in and spotted these gorgeous paper flowers in duct tape vases:

Paper FlowersI have a soft spot for paper flowers and I thought that these worked well with the playful vibe of the event.

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Hello South Carolina

We made it! Today is our first full day in South Carolina.  We are still climbing over mountains of boxes getting our bearings and settling in, but I have a craft and a recipe that Jaime and I made to mark our move south to share with you later this week.  Hope you all will check back in on Tuesday and Thursday to find out what we made.

Also, once we finish unpacking I’ll be looking to explore my new state.  Do you have any suggestions regarding things to do in South Carolina? If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

 

Goodbye Washington, DC

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My husband and I are relocating further south – to South Carolina.  I will miss DC and all of its quirkiness (and my friends of course), but I am excited to be embarking on new adventures.  Living in the nation’s capital has been a fabulous experience and I have so many wonderful memories from my time here.  When I sat down to write this post, I knew I wanted to include some photos from my time in DC, but after flipping through the many photos I took during my time here, I realized that my photos do not even begin to capture what the city means to me.  But, because this is a blog and as such it needs pictures, in no particular order, here are some of my photos from my time in DC:

July 4th Fireworks on the National Mall – There is something magical about the 4th of July in DC.  There is so much patriotic excitement.  I love the fireworks display.  Staring up at dazzling fireworks coloring the night sky always makes me feel a little bit like a kid again.

Washington Monument and Fireworks

Re-blooming Orchids*

I wish I could say that I have discovered the secret to getting orchids to re-bloom, but I haven’t.  These orchids re-bloomed in spite of my somewhat inconsistent care.

Last year, after my orchids had finished blooming, I cut off the old stems about half way down.  I watered them about once a week in the sink so that they could drain properly and I even remembered to fertilize them (once), but mostly I just left them alone to do their thing.  Most of the year that thing was hanging out as a couple of leaves in a pot, but for a couple of weeks in exchange for me not forgetting to water them too often they rewarded me with this:

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The Arrival of Spring (Cherry Blossoms)

Each year I eagerly await the arrival of the cherry blossoms as they (and the accompanying crowds of tourists) are one of the first signs of spring in DC.  I wanted to share a few photos of the blossoms with you.  Aren’t the blossoms lovely?

This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the gift of the trees.  You can read more about the history of the trees on the National Cherry Blossom Festival website.

On my walk home, I stumbled across the National Capitol Park’s tulip library.  Somehow I have managed to overlook this gem on prior visits to the cherry blossoms.  The garden had so many varieties of tulips that I lost count.  (A Map for the 2012 Tulip Library from the National Park Service indicated that there were 93 cultivars and over 10,000 bulbs planted in the library.)  The tulips were so bright and vibrant. Continue reading