September 30, 2013

Origins Farm: Butternut Squash Waffles

Today we're excited to share another recipe made with the fresh produce from Origin's Farm, just in time for the start of fall. These warm, savory and slightly sweet butternut squash waffles will fill up your house with all those classic autumn aromas.

Weekend Basics

The weekend got an an early start for Tim — last Friday he spent some time back at Lockhart Family Farm learning more about bees and different practices around beekeeping. We'd first visited the farm for a community dinner back in August and after keeping in touch about the right timing to learn more about the bees, Tim was excited to go back:

Yes ladies, this man belongs to me. He'll be excited to share more from the farm visit soon.

September 27, 2013

How To: Polish Silver in a Baking Soda & Salt Bath

A couple weeks ago when we shared the story behind creating a full set of mismatched silverplate flatware, we got the following question from one of our commenters:

"For polishing the silver, are you familiar with the trick of soaking the silver in a basin or pan with a piece of aluminum foil, some baking soda, and salt? Works like a charm!"

Neither of us had heard of this silver polishing tip before, but we're always up for trying a new home remedy, especially if it saves us time — so we pulled out the supplies and gave it a go after reading into a few more sources online.

September 26, 2013

Emily Easterly: Get Bothered EP Release

Today I'm excited to share the creative project my best friend, Emily, has been working on over the past year. You might remember Emily and her husband, J, from our first and second summer trips down to Asheville, NC or from the photoshoot we had fun doing 2 summers ago. This time last year we were celebrating Emily and J's wedding here in Virginia. Now she's releasing a new EP, Get Bothered, and kicking off a release tour!

September 24, 2013

Not So Simple Syrup Cocktail Recipe & Giveaway

Today we're excited to bring you a cocktail recipe using lemon all natural simple syrup from Not So Simple Syrup, a brand new company who has also generously provided a complete bar starter gift basket as a prize pack for one lucky reader. Learn more about Not So Simple Syrup, the cocktail we concocted below and enter for a chance to win a gift basket of your own at the bottom of this post.

September 23, 2013

Money Tree Update: Cinnamon Root Stimulator

When we posted photos about our (ahem, mymoney tree accident last week, one commenter, Gin, kindly suggested that we: "PUT CINNAMON ON THE BROKEN TWIG! QUICK! And get it into some soil! The cinnamon will help start new roots as well as keep the fungus & bacteria at bay. Works better than ANY of the store-stuff!"

So what did I do? Well, I dipped that stem in some cinnamon STAT and promptly pushed it back down into the soil of the same planter the main plant is in...

Weekend Basics

We spent a lot of time outdoors for this first official weekend in autumn. First up, we went to see our niece, Virginia, play a soccer game. There aren't many things cuter than watching a group of 4 years olds run around in full soccer gear...

September 20, 2013

Giveaway: Moonwish Jewels Earrings

Earring image from Moonwish Jewels

Today we are thrilled to be hosting a giveaway for one pair of these handcrafted iolite earrings set in both sterling silver and 14k gold from Moonwish Jewels.

September 19, 2013

Estate Finds: Our 8 Gallon Blue Crown Stoneware Crock

What a crock this estate sale was! I say that lovingly as we walked through the backyard of the home having the sale this past Sunday and saw this 8 gallon blue crown stoneware crock in all of it's glory. We fell in love when we set eyes on it. It was really dirty and had some pretty severe paint stains all over the side of it, but we could see past the dirt into the full potential...

September 18, 2013

Autumn in the City: NYC Photo Roundup

We spent the bulk of last week in New York. I travel up often to work in the Brooklyn Etsy offices and we always enjoy posting a little roundup of the sites, scenes and eats once back home. We are guilty of being die hard creatures of habit, so we usually like to hit up all of our favorite places and do all of our favorite things while in the city — but this trip proved to bring on some new adventures outside of our norm so we wanted to share some of the highlights from the trip here on the blog today.

September 17, 2013

Money Tree #Fail

So... After the two posts where we showed how we carefully transplanted the 12 year old money tree from my old office into a new planter here at home and were elated when we began to see new growth — the inevitable happened...

September 16, 2013

Weekend Basics

We got back from New York last week late Thursday night excited to see Basil and head straight into a busy weekend, filled with the feeling of cooler fall weather.

Early Saturday morning I helped open up the South of The James Market, representing the Richmond Food Coop. Later that afternoon, I headed down to Shockoe Bottom to help shuck oysters at Shockoe on the Half Shell...

September 12, 2013

Late Summer Garden Update: Part 2

Yesterday we rounded up all of our smaller and indoor plants for a late summer update. Today we're rounding up progress pics of all our larger and outdoor plants to complete the garden update we've got going on right now.

September 11, 2013

Garden Update: Small & Indoor Propagated Plants

The last weekend in August we rounded up all of the little propagation projects we had going on and took them out back to plant in containers. We've had a lot of luck with regrowing herbs using the cutting/propagation in water method. Find the full step by step method for doing so in this post about regrowing mint and this post where we regrew rosemary. The full lot of freshly planted cuttings are captured in the shot above. It's been just over 2 weeks since planting them all so we thought it was fitting to give an update on all the smaller plants we're looking over these days.

September 10, 2013

#HistoryMeetsHorsepower: An American Heritage Chocolate Giveaway

Today we're excited to share the details behind a recent day trip we made to Colonial Williamsburg to meet Nascar driver, Kyle Busch and his wife, Samantha and we've got a delicious giveaway at the conclusion of this post for one lucky reader!

September 9, 2013

Weekend Basics

This weekend we spent much of our time cleaning up the house and prepping for our upcoming week in NYC — surprise, we're here! I'm working in the Etsy offices throughout the week while Tim eats his way through the city and wraps up a couple writing meetings.

September 6, 2013

Digging Around: Our Set of Antique Mixed Silverplate Flatware

We are the proud new owners of a complete set of mismatched silverplate flatware — and all we had to do was a little digging.

September 4, 2013

Heirloom Vintage: A New Collection in the Jewelry Shop

Over the weekend I launched a new vintage collection in the jewelry shop. After 8 years of solely creating the pieces I offer in the shop, I'm so pleased to include some of the great heirloom finds I come across from the glamorous days of yore.

September 3, 2013

Throwback: Tim's Back To School Lunch Roundup

For many, today marks the first day of the school season — we've had so much fun seeing all the Back to School photos popping up in our Facebook feeds. In preparation for this time of year, Tim published a fun throwback series all about his favorite school lunches his mom used to make when he was going to school over on E.A.T. last week.

Long Weekend Basics: Labor Day Weekend

Well hello September! Time feels like it's been flying by this summer and we have to admit, autumn is always warmly welcomed in our book. For some reason, even though it's still summer, just knowing we are in September makes it feel more like fall. Who else is ready?

Tim and I were both able to take a long weekend to celebrate Labor Day and ended up mainly hanging close to home here in Richmond. We did get to celebrate with friends at a cookout on Sunday evening and ventured out to the market Saturday morning (big surprise there, right?), but overall we really took the time to try and continue to get things cleaned up and organized around the house. Sometimes it's so nice to just have an extra day in the mix to get things done.
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