Saturday, August 8, 2015

Fancy That!

Original image by Tori Watson

Today we're back again, sharing all the smaller things we're into (or fancying, hence the series name) that might not fit into a single post for one reason or another. Sometimes there might be a long list of randomness, other times it might be a single gem — whatever the case, here's what we're into right now.

-Instagram to follow: Patrick Janelle, snaps beautiful photos all with his iPhone around NYC.

-What's been cooking around here? Huevos rancheros over fried green tomatoes,
 Summer cucumber salad (from Tim's grandmother's recipe arsenal), and this stuffed heirloom tomato salad to help use up the bounty of summer produce.

-12 of the best giant pool floats out there right now — I'm partial to the white swan and pink flamingo.

-We're big fans of creating tables from reclaimed materials with a flashy new set of table legs — check out this smart roundup of modern table legs to make one of your own (the brass ones are calling my name!).

-Weekend Project: DIY wooden succulent planters <----- so simple, and a great modern gift idea.

-Just loving the oversized balloons in the Oh Shiny Paper Co. Etsy shop! We're already fans of giant number and letter balloons, but seriously — this hot dog & hamburger, and a jumbo watermelon? So good.

-Also, Basil say hello :)

-Finally, this truck. We passed this beauty for sale on the Boulevard last weekend and have had "truck fever" ever since. Can't you just picture us with Basil in tow in one of these classic gems

Hope everyone is enjoying this start to the weekend!

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

‪The Thrill of The Hunt: #‎FindTheGirlsOnTheNegatives

We wanted to pop in today to share an interesting photography story that's unfolding here in Richmond. Perhaps you've already heard about the film transparencies that Meagan Abell, local Richmond photographer, uncovered at a nearby Antique Mall? If not, you're in for an intriguing mystery we've been having fun following along with...

For context, we follow Meagan, better known to us as "AlwaysAbell" through Instragram where over the last week she's been sharing images and from a small batch of film transparencies she came across during a recent stop into Heritage Antiques. Meagan had the transparency negatives developed at Richmond Camera and what the photos revealed was pretty amazing:

Aren't these images beautiful? Keep in mind, these come from an era where digital image previews, Instagram filters and photoshop didn't exist — what you see is what you get. Meagan's guessing the images are from the 60's based on the dress and hair styles in the photos. She's now actively looking to uncover any information about who the photographer and the women in the photos may have been.

As you can see, it's an interesting story and we love a good mystery around the thrill of the hunt — it's a story we wanted to share and perhaps one you may even know a little more to help Meagan learn about them. Head on over to Looks Like Film to read more of the story, see additional images from the transparencies, and follow along with updates over on Meagan's Instagram.

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P.S. As individually credited, all images in today's post come via Meagan Abell and Looks Like Film. Big shout out to buffalomtnmom, another one of our Insta friends for helping to surface this story with us!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Giveaway: Durathon Digital Steam Iron With Hamilton Beach

Today we're excited to be hosting a giveaway in collaboration with Hamilton Beach for a Durathon digital steam iron, just like the one we used to make a set of no-sew sachets with dried flower petals from our wedding:

Yesterday we shared how to make DIY potpourri using a portion of the dried flowers from our big day. I originally made the potpourri to use as filler in the set of no-sew sachets for special (and useful!) mementos from our wedding. Find the full tutorial for these simple to make no-sew sachets featured on the Hamilton Beach Everyday Good Thinking blog here.

The Durathon iron we used in this project was a heavy duty and reliable tool — it's literally one of our favorite new household helpers. We love the retractable cord and easy to navigate digital settings for use on a variety of fabrics from synthetics to cotton.

As an added bonus, check out more summer craft ideas and find out how to pin your favorites for another chance to win one of 10 Durathon digital steam irons in the Durathon summer crafts contest gallery.

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One of our readers will win the Durathon steam iron featured in today's giveaway. To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter form below — there are several options for you to choose from for entry. Feel free to use a few or all for more chances to win. For those unfamiliar with Rafflecopter, you fill in the fields using your choice of Facebook or your email, which is only used to contact the randomly selected winner (no spam) — it's that simple.

Our friends at Hamilton Beach generously providing the Durathon Steam Iron we used in the sachet project and another for one lucky reader included in today's giveaway. All the thoughts and opinions are (as always) our own — thank you so much for supporting the partners that make 17 Apart possible.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

How To: Make DIY Potpourri With Wedding Flowers

When Tim and I got married over 2 years ago, I ended up saving my bouquet and the large centerpiece from our florals, allowing them to fully dry out. I wasn't sure what I'd do with them at the time, but didn't want to throw them away and knew at some point an idea may strike for how to preserve them in a meaningful way.

Image by Tori Watson

Using a portion of the dried flowers, I recently made a small batch of potpourri to store in a glass mason jar and for use as a filler in a set of scented sachets. I'm always surprised at how simple making a DIY batch of potpourri can be once you have the right materials. You can use a variety of your favorite dried flowers and herbs (we had peppermint buds on hand from the garden) to mix with scented essential oil in a container of your choosing. The result is a beautiful and decorative scented helper great for freshening up any space.

  • Dried flower petals
  • Dried lavender or peppermint buds
  • Scented oil*
  • Glass jar
  • Small spoon
*You can find scented oils in most craft or floral stores and they come in a range of options to choose from. I went with a lavender scent for its calming qualities.

Combine a mixture of the dried petals and herbs, filling the jar about one third way full.

Apply 2-3 small drops of scented oil over the mixture. Fill the jar two thirds full with more petals, repeating with 2-3 more small drops of scented oil.

Using a small spoon, gently mix the contents of the jar to distribute everything evenly.

Fill the jar with the remaining dried petal mixture, topping with any particularly decorative elements. I chose to top ours with a few small round peony buds and a single dried frond from the eucalyptus leaves. Finish with a few final drops of scented oil.

There are several uses for freshly-made potpourri. Place in a space that could use some freshening up, like the bathroom or entryway. Top the jar with a lid to pack along when traveling or give as a DIY housewarming gift.

I made this specific batch to use as a filler for a set of scented sachets to nestle inside our chest of drawers and to toss in the suitcase to keep things fresh while traveling. They're not only useful, but pretty little reminders and a memento from our wedding day.

Find the full tutorial for these simple to make no-sew scented sachets over on the Hamilton Beach Everyday Good Thinking blog today. Also, look for a special giveaway here on the blog tomorrow for one of Durathon's newest steam irons, the same version we used to make these sachets with and one of our favorite new household helpers. For more project inspiration, check out more summer craft ideas and find out how to pin your favorites for a chance to win an iron of your own in the Durathon summer crafts contest gallery.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Our UK Trip: London Snaps

It's been 2 weeks since arriving back from our quick trip in London and we're still reeling from such a great time. All of your recommendations for things to do and places to see made for a memorable trip we won't soon forget — we took them to heart and you helped us uncover bits of the city we'd never have stumbled across on our own. Thanks to everyone that sent along tips via comments, Facebook, Instagram and email.

The main purpose of the trip was for work, which we ended up stacking a day on either side of to explore the city. In addition to making our way around town, we were able to celebrate Etsy's 10th Anniversary alongside my UK & US marketing friends — such a special memory for this milestone moment.

Today we've rounded up several of our favorite shots from the trip — a big mix of collective camera and phone snaps we've been looking forward to sharing here on the blog if you care to see...

We stayed at the Hoxton Hotel in the Holborn area of London (we found out there is one already in the works for Brooklyn). This place was definitely our style and reminiscent of the Ace, Ludlow and Wythe hotels we know back home. Here's the view of the hotel lobby first thing in the morning, which was usually crowded with creatives on laptops by day and happy hour-goers by night:

The lobby was split up into several areas — from lounging to restaurants, bars and even a nail salon. Once we checked into the hotel and settled our bags in the room, I indulged by booking an "express pedicure" at the lobby salon, Cheeky. I figured it would be a fun way to unwind from travel and keep me awake from jet-lag, as evidenced by the cold espresso:

Among the nice amenities at the Hoxton was their daily breakfast. We're used to grab and go breakfasts at most hotels, but the Hoxton provided a paper bag you could place outside your door each night with details for what time to bring complimentary service. Breakfast bags consisted of fresh juice, yogurt with granola and a banana. For morning loungers like me, it was so nice to have breakfast and coffee in the room before heading out to work for the day:

Speaking of coffee, the Holborn Grind was a favorite coffee shop to stop into, located right next to the hotel. We ate a slow breakfast of avocado toast with espresso here the last morning in London before heading around the city to explore. I was a fan of the interior design elements — high ceilings, brass fixtures, exposed brick, hex tiles and cursive neon signage:

The Etsy office was just over a 10 minute walk from the hotel, which made for a great way to get to know the neighborhood in the mornings and evenings on the way in and out:

The inside of the office was just as you may imagine — filled with character, creative charm and smiling familiar faces. The neighborhood was just as cool. Because of the time difference, it was a little surreal working almost a full day before our East Coast peers would begin their morning. 

In the afternoons we'd walk over to Leather Lane, a food truck market filled with local eats for lunch. I couldn't help but get a savory pie meal (with a Scotch Egg!) from Pie Minister while there: 

Monday we walked to the Theatre District to see the show based on Ray Davies' life, Sunny Afternoon. As you may know, Tim is a huge Kinks fan, so watching the musical based on the band's story was a memorable evening:

We generally enjoyed sight-seeing during free time as well. We'd make a plan to hit up a historic or iconic area of the city, then enjoy the neighborhood nooks, crannies and secrets we'd run into along the way. In this format we walked the London Bridge, saw the London Eye, Big Ben, Tower of London, and St. James Palace. I figured out the bus line so we could ride above ground for some portions of the day, and we both agreed that London in general was reminiscent of New York, with even richer history and a more manicured overall feeling.

Can we take a moment to talk about amazing floors? Everywhere we went there were ornate floors — some of made of hex tiles: 

...and others from zigzag subway tiles:

A favorite from the entire trip was Borough Market. Located just under the London Bridge, this place was one from our list of recommendations and just bustling with local food, produce and drink vendors:

After walking through the market for a couple of hours, we took a seat to toss back a couple fresh oysters and sip on a pint and "fizzy" — the equivalent of beer and sparkling wine. We both loved Borough Market and Tim was audibly disappointed he hadn't made it by here earlier in the week, as he'd probably have made it a daily stop otherwise:

Other spots on the recommendations list were Covent Garden, Grays Antiques and a good curry spot — all of which we enjoyed meandering around the city on a mission to see and do:

London eats didn't disappoint. We stopped into fancy spots like Holborn Dining Room for an early week brunch and relished in off the beaten path offerings like footlong dogs and pork buns:

One of my favorite moments? When Tim and I walked to the Waterloo bridge from the hotel for what ended up being an overcast "Waterloo Sunset." You could see Big Ben, the London Eye and other iconic sights from the bridge — not to mention the Kink's reference (we exited our wedding ceremony to Waterloo Sunset):

And as with most quick trips, before we knew it and just as we were beginning to settle out of jet lag, it was time to pack up and head back to the states. I couldn't help but snap a blurry pic of the airplane treats — international flights really know how to nail it, ha:

While we didn't get to everything on our bucket list for this trip, we did have a blast and made some incredible new memories. We'd have loved to have made it to Muswell Hill, Portobello Road and Brixton Markets and I'd have loved to have found a local photobooth to pop into. All things to put on the list for a future trip!

Thanks for taking a look through some of our favorite travel photos from our time spent in London. You can see even more collective shots from the trip on Instagram with the hashtag TMLondon15. We'd love to know — have you been to London? What were your favorite things to do, see and eat?

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