Friends and Food

inside the house
meat and cheese on a slate tray

Getting together with friends can prove challenging sometimes. Where to meet, when to meet, and what to do are hard questions to answer when you are synchronizing 3 schedules. We finally decided on a date which left where and what. After discussing places to eat I decided to ask my friends to come over to my place. Simple grilled cheese sandwiches were the cuisine of choice. The weather has been rainy and cool and there is nothing like comfort food on a chilly day! We used a raclette so that everyone could make there own sandwiches. I laid out a spread of meat and cheese and baked some no-knead bread. My friends brought over some meal supplements – tea, chips and artichoke dip, and cookies. Raclette, in the simplest explanation, is a clean version of fondue. We enjoyed sitting around the raclette grill, talking and laughing, while we waited for our bread to toast and cheese to melt. It was the perfect way to catch up and feed our hungry stomachs.

inside the house
homemade bread

Event Design – Weddings

Event planning is overwhelming because there are so many factors and variables to consider. The first time that I faced this challenge on a grand scale was for my DIYBrit and Tory - Pittsburgh Wedding - 608 wedding. My family put together big Christmas parties so I was used to doing a lot of work for a celebration, but this time, I was in charge. (cue panic). It would have been a lot easier to have an event planner, elope, or find a destination where you show up and all of the work is done. However, I thoroughly enjoyed planning and designing my wedding from start to finish.

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Entertaining in a small space

My husband and I live in one of the most expensive counties in Pennsylvania. The houses here are beautiful and full of history. Town homes and stone farmhouses paint the town and landscapes around us. As lovely as it is, it does provide a large problem. High rent. For a young couple starting out, it was a little stressful at times. This past year however, we were greatly blessed when a couple from our church offered us an apartment above their garage. A few months later, we called the place home.

It is a studio loft. About the size of a typical European apartment, we say we are practicing for the day we might get to move to Austria. It is the kind of dreamy spot you would find in a upscale or hip part of a trendy city. We are not living in a trendy city, for sure, but we are in a fun, little (almost non-existent) town. Continue reading

Opening an Etsy Shop

I used Etsy to buy a few items for my wedding. Etsy provides daily inspiration, much like Pinterest. Since I am currently staying at home and working on graphic and interior design projects, I decided that it would not hurt to open an Etsy shop. I love and hate the shop world of Etsy. It is a great platform for getting stuff out there without the worries of figuring out payments and orders on your own online shop, but then, you are just one in a million. However, since I am new to this woodworking and home items process I have nothing to lose. Continue reading