November 30, 2012

Does This Collar Make Me Look Fat?


You guys, Basil is on somewhat of a diet.

November 29, 2012

Nice Specs! Firmoo Glasses Giveaway

Today we've got a giveaway that will allow you to snag a new pair of glasses for yourself, for a holiday gift for someone else, or even both! We were pretty excited when the team behind Firmoo glasses asked if we'd like to host a giveaway giving out $20 vouchers to 25 of our readers — yes you read that right, there will be 25 winners with a total value of $500 worth in glasses for you guys.

November 28, 2012

Hunting Shark's Teeth: One Generation to the Next


Over Thanksgiving, Mom and I decided to take my sister's oldest two children (4 and 2 1/2) down to the rivershore to get a little energy out of them and see if we could try to teach them how to find shark's teeth. For generations, people have been finding shark's teeth along this strip of the James River and it always amazes me how every time I come, there are still more to be found.

November 27, 2012

Thanksgiving on The James

 Mary's mom, Jinx, at Beechwood

Just to warn you, this is a mega post with over 80+ photos recapping our day at the farm over Thanksgiving — feel free to just scroll along, but we really wanted to include many shots from the day since we made such great memories.

November 26, 2012

Long Weekend Basics


Our long weekend was filled with family, food and my 30th birthday — it was a full weekend to say the least...

November 24, 2012

She's Only Got Eyes for Birthday Cake


Yep, still pretty much feel this way about Birthday cake. It has some sort of strange power over me — see the trance? Things like this never escape us.

November 22, 2012

Black Friday Through Cyber Monday Weekend Sales


It's that time of year again! Each year we look forward to offering Black Friday through Cyber Monday deals to kickoff the holiday shopping season in my jewelry shop, Contrary Jewelry.

November 20, 2012

Fonts & Wedding Tidbits


Can the holidays really already be here? Where is the time going? This time of year is always extremely busy with work, jewelry orders and planning out gatherings with family — and this year we've got wedding planning thrown into the mix too!

November 16, 2012

V is for...


Back in October as I was scrolling through all my favorite blogs in my reader, I came to a screeching halt when another Richmond blogger (shout out to Richmond Thrifter!) was talking about a huge collection of metal industrial marquee letters she'd come across at an antique shop just outside the city lines. When she said they were selling for $39 a pop, I practically got in the car that same moment.

November 13, 2012

Recipe: Sweet Potato, Sage & Goat Cheese Tart


Over the weekend we put together this super simple autumn tart recipe, using scattered ingredients from our fridge, pantry and garden to create a savory tart just in time for seasonal gatherings — like Thanksgiving.

November 12, 2012

Weekend Basics


We woke up early Saturday morning to the sounds of clapping and cheering out front. We'd never been "cheered" out of bed before, but after a quick look out the top landing of our bedroom we realized the Richmond Marathon track was funneled directly onto our street for a short path of the run.

November 8, 2012

Celery Update: Time for a Trim


It's been a couple months since we'd updated the progress of our celery plant. Since re-growing this plant from a chopped off base of celery about 9 months ago, we've really enjoyed watching the plant grow and evolve. The stalks continue to thicken and shoot up from the center and we've been able to chop off stalks here and there as needed to use in recipes like soups or as flavoring in other dishes.

November 7, 2012

Fence Repair: One Point Dogs, One Point Owners


 Remember our cute little neighbor of the furry variety?

November 6, 2012

Pillow Sham Stencil Project & Giveaway


***Update: This giveaway has ended, but we'd love for you to read all about our stenciling project below. Find the lucky winner at the bottom of the post. Stay tuned for future giveaways right here at 17 Apart! *** 

Today we're excited to share a fun and quick stenciling project we took on and have a special giveaway for you at the bottom of this post so you can try out a stenciling project of your own!

November 5, 2012

Weekend Basics


We had Brandon hanging with us again this weekend. Sometimes I still can't believe he's already a senior in high-school. When he wasn't doing homework and filling out college applications (#suchaprouddad), he helped us catch up on season 7 and into season 8 of The Office and got us slightly interested in watching The Walking Dead. Not completely sold on that one yet even though we're huge AMC fans.

November 2, 2012

How To: Snake Gourd Rainstick


After our big sweet potato harvest reveal (ahem, failure), we thought we'd share another long term project we've had in the works that we had a little more success with!

November 1, 2012

Big Reveal: Our Sweet Potato Harvest


The big day we'd waited for, 7 months in the making, finally came! We harvested the sweet potatoes we started growing from slips in our windowsill and then outdoors in coffee sack bags. We'd started way back when with an organic potato split in half that looked like this (more on the whole project here)...
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