May 31, 2013

See Ya When We're Married!

Mary: Today kicks off the start to our wedding events this weekend. Tomorrow I get to marry my best friend and partner in crime. Sunday we'll be driving down to Hatteras, NC for a weeklong getaway which we are both so excited about.

May 30, 2013

How To: DIY Wine Glass Place Cards

Today we thought it would be fun to share one of the smaller diy projects we made for the weekend wedding events coming up. I've always loved the idea of place cards and a seating chart, however our reception won't be a seated dinner, so we wouldn't need them for the larger of the parties.

May 29, 2013

Peas Please! Repurposed Tomato Cage Teepees

Let's talk about growing peas! You might remember we first tackled growing peas in containers with bamboo supports last year:

Since we live in an urban setting, we're always looking for ways to grow plants successfully in containers or in a vertical format. They did so well, we were excited to try it out again this year and got things going by filling up the shallow chicken feeder bowls from last season with soil and planting seeds back in March:

May 21, 2013

Best Bully Sticks 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! *** 

Today we're excited to be hosting a giveaway for a 25 pack of these 6 inch thick odor free bully sticks from Best Bully Sticks, the local Richmond company specializing in bully stick treats (regularly over a $50 value)!

May 20, 2013

Best Bully Sticks: Basil's Two Thumbs (paws?) Up

When Best Bully Sticks, a local dog treat producer specializing in all natural dog treats contacted us about sending some bully sticks especially for Basil to review, we (and Basil) jumped at the chance. The amazing folks behind Best Bully Sticks are also offering up a chance for one lucky reader to win an entire 25 pack of odorless bully sticks, so check back here on the blog tomorrow for the giveaway.

May 15, 2013

How To: DIY Dipped Gold Jar Vases

Today we wanted to share a fun and easy DIY project we tackled over the weekend for our wedding. We created the look of gold dipped mason jars to use as flower vases and pretty storage scattered around the wedding reception.

May 14, 2013

Weekend Basics


This weekend we tried to spoil our Mother's over the Mother's Day weekend — we enjoyed brunch with my parents on Saturday and got to spend time with Jinx, Mary's mom, on Sunday. I sure am lucky to have such amazing women in my life. Speaking of ladies I love, Stephanie (my daughter) officially moved in for the summer last week! Mary and I keep telling ourselves how nice it feels to pass by her room upstairs and see it looking all "lived in."

To kick start the weekend (and pick up some big floral bouquets for our mothers), we headed out to the South of the James Farmer's Market for the first time this season...

May 11, 2013

Our Engagement Shoot: Sneak Peek

Images by Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography, originally posted on Facebook.

This past December we were excited to nail down a photographer for our wedding — Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography. Well, we were even more excited to get a chance to snap some casual shots with her in a photo session Thursday evening here around Richmond. Here's a sneak peek from the photo-shoot when Tori found a beautiful ray of sun glowing through the tree branches down at the Wetlands near our old house...

May 10, 2013

Weekend Basics: Macon, Georgia Edition

If you follow along with us on Facebook, you might know we made a quick trip down to Macon, Georgia to celebrate my cousin, Kyle's, wedding last weekend...

May 6, 2013

Plant Update: Growing Horseradish Root

You might recall how back in the beginning of February we tried our hand at planting a horseradish root. It was the first time we've tried planting a root like this, so we covered it in soil, watered it regularly and wished for the best...

May 3, 2013

Bright Ideas: How To Make a Pendant Light

We've got another lamp update we're excited to share the results from today — this go round, we replaced the hanging fixture in our upstairs hallway with an industrial pendant light I made. Our passion for antiquing, updating and my electrical know-how came into play for this particular update...

May 1, 2013

The Countdown Begins...

It's official — one month from today marks the day we'll be getting married!
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