December 31, 2012

Best of 17 Apart in 2012


This past year seemed to fly right by and before we knew it, here we are again at the end of the year, looking back at all the projects we took on and memories we made. In keeping with last year, we thought it would be fun to post a roundup of the top 10 most popular posts we published over the past year.

December 30, 2012

Holiday Bits & Photos


As the holidays come to a close this year, we wanted to take the opportunity to share a few more pics from the first big Christmas we hosted in our house. You can see all our holiday decorations here and today we wanted to post a few random bits and pieces along with some family shots to help remember this holiday season.

December 28, 2012

Decorating for the Holidays

Our steel deer head from The Steel Fork gets in the holiday spirit.

We hope you've been having a wonderful holiday week and finish to the year. Tim and I were both able to take a little time off to celebrate Christmas with our families and are enjoying getting a few little things done around the house that have been in the back of our minds to cross off the list.

December 22, 2012

Basil Weighs In...

We have some great news!

December 21, 2012

My Best Man

This past weekend my parents came over and spent the weekend with Mary, the kids and I. We had been planning for them to come and stay in order to teach me how to cook the traditional country ham we have at Christmas dinner each year. This is the first year Mary and I will be hosting Christmas dinner — it's always and forever been at my parents' house, so it's kind of a big deal for all of us.

December 16, 2012

Recipes: French Onion Soup & Hungarian Cabbage and Noodles

We got a lot of comments from last weekend's post on the French onion soup mention so I wanted to share the full recipe for my version now that it's published.

December 13, 2012

The "JOYS" of dog ownership...

Sometimes when Basil doesn't know we are watching, we catch him doing the funniest things. For example, the other day, we snuck up on him as he was propping himself up on the couch to get a good look out the front windows...

December 12, 2012

Giveaway: Custom Printcopia Canvas Print

Today we're excited to share a quick home update we created from a photo of Basil and have a special giveaway for you at the bottom of this post so you can customize and try canvas prints of your own.

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

December 11, 2012

DIY: Tomato Cage Christmas Tree Lights

Over the weekend we tackled a fun and easy little Christmas decor operation — making lit up Christmas tree decorations from tomato cages and a string of LED lights!

December 10, 2012

Weekend Basics (Blue Christmas Edition)

This weekend was all about decking the halls and calling this year's holiday decorations complete. In order to take on such a mission, spinning a few vinyl Christmas tunes were a must...

December 6, 2012

We've Got a Photographer!

All images via Tori Watson's Marvelous Things Photography Facebook Page.

Great news — we nailed down a photographer for the wedding! We're excited to be working with Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography for the big day and can't wait to be able to share some shots here on the blog.

December 5, 2012

DIY: Spray Golden Deer Family

Yesterday we had fun playing with letters, so today we thought it would be fun to play with toys! Plastic deer to be specific:

December 4, 2012

Wood Letter Stamps: Fun With Words

Over the weekend when Mary was pulling down her craft basket from the closet in search of her glue gun for making the pine cone wreath, I noticed this beat up little carrying case and asked her what was in it...

December 3, 2012

Weekend Basics

We awoke on Saturday to the sounds of the Christmas Parade getting started down Broad Street here in Richmond. Is it bad that I watched it from the TV rather than making the couple block walk over to check it out? Yes it is. Here's to making up for it this time next year.

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)...

October 31, 2012

We're Seeing Stars: Our Constellation Pumpkin

Happy Halloween guys! This day always holds special meaning for Tim and I since it's actually our anniversary — this year makes 8 years!

October 30, 2012

How To: Fall Pumpkin Planters

Today we're excited to share one of the fall pumpkin decorating projects we've taken on this season — making live planters out of carved pumpkins!

October 29, 2012

17 Apart in Richmond Magazine

We were floored to find a blurb about 17 Apart in this month's issue of Richmond Magazine when our copy arrived in the mail!

Weekend Basics

Are you having a no-school day today like practically everyone else on the East Coast? Richmond is all a'buzz with talk and prep for Hurricane Sandy (aka Frankenstorm). We spent a good portion of the weekend prepping too and we are now hunkered down, but didn't let it get in the way of our regular weekend going-ons.

October 26, 2012

Giveaway: Ana White's The Handbuilt Home

***Update: This giveaway has ended, find the lucky winner at the bottom of the post. Stay tuned for future giveaways right here at 17 Apart! *** 

Today we are thrilled to flip through, talk about and give away 2 copies of Ana White's newly published book, The Handbuilt Home.

October 24, 2012

17 Apart at the Martha Stewart Weddings Bridal Fashion Week Party

Dayna, myself, Tim, Heather, Emily, and Nicole at the Martha Stewart Weddings Bridal Fashion Party

Last Monday night, we had the opportunity to attend the 11th Annual Martha Stewart Weddings Bridal Fashion Week Party while in New York. Tim accompanied myself and 4 of my Etsy coworkers to the event...

October 23, 2012

NYC: Photo Roundup

American flags before the Delaware bridge

By this point in time have you gathered how we love to snap and share pics every time we visit NYC? What can we say — it's a city near and dear to our hearts. It's also a place we feel like we could visit for the rest of our lifetimes' and always find something new.

October 22, 2012

Basil & Daycare

Let's talk about this guy for a few minutes. The furry one, that is...

Weekend Basics

The weekend for us was a bit of a whirlwind — though both in the end getting back to RVA on different travel schedules.

October 19, 2012

Goodbye, NYC

Today is our last day in the big city — a rainy one and always a sad day for us. Above is our Brooklyn view from this go round.

October 18, 2012

17Apart on Apartment Therapy

Can you imagine our excitement to find our little stump table project featured on Apartment Therapy!!??? We're still pinching ourselves. We've been longtime fans of Apartment Therapy, especially the Before & After column, so to be highlighted in this series is beyond cool for us.

October 17, 2012

Our Trip To The High Line in New York City

Mary and I have been wanting to visit and walk The High Line in New York since it recently opened — the High Line is a newly finished and opened public park that was built on an old rail system that had since become overgrown with natural vegetation and trees and was actually in danger of being torn down. It's now owned by NYC and maintained as an incredibly beautiful public park where visitors can literally walk above the bustling streets on the west side of the city.

October 16, 2012

How to Print Instagrams & A Prinstagram Giveaway

***Update: This giveaway has ended, find the lucky winner at the bottom of the post. Stay tuned for future giveaways right here at 17 Apart! *** 

Here's the story of how we created a little wall nook gallery from some of our favorite Instagram prints. We've also got a giveaway from the fine folks at Printstagram, the awesome printing site we used to print our own Instagram photos — find all the details at the bottom of this post after we show you what we did with our prints!

October 15, 2012

Weekend Basics

This weekend was spent cooking, packing, driving and touring — in that order. We even had room to squeeze in one little home project which we've got a little teaser for below.

October 13, 2012

A Few Things...

We are really feeling the spirit of fall and Halloween around the neighborhood as we get closer to Halloween — the decorations are coming out, and in full force...

October 12, 2012

Faces in the Bathroom

October 10, 2012

How To: DIY Stump Table

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You guys, we made a table from a slice of tree stump, no joke! We mentioned tackling a DIY project we were pretty excited about weekend before last — well we finally got it finished and this is it. Here's the whole (very long) story of how this all came about and step by step instructions of exactly how it went down in the event you want to tackle making one of your own!
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