Miller Gallery Opening

Last Friday I was excited to attend my friend’s gallery opening on East Bay Street! Sarah and I were both Adpi’s at College of Charleston and she was always one of my favorite younger girls.  When we heard she was opening a gallery, a group of us decided to head downtown to check it out and grab dinner after for a fun Friday night.

Miller Gallery is located at 149 1/2 East Bay and couldn’t have a better location.  If you’re familiar with Charleston, it’s toward the end of the shops / restaurants on East bay and right before Rainbow Row and the Battery – great for foot traffic.

There was a wide variety of art in the gallery – from painted dogs, sculptures, jewelry, pillows, furniture, trays, massive paintings and smaller paintings.  I loved walking around and checking all the different art forms out!

Here are a few of my photos from last Friday night.  Check out the gallery’s website  and Instagram account if you want to see even more! Of course our previous president Catherine coordinated an Adpi photo of all of us who were there supporting our girl.  We live for each other, right?
After we left the gallery, we went next door to grab dinner at Minero. I’ve been a few other times, but haven’t been since they moved upstairs.  The 4 of us devoured the queso fundido and I really liked the Mr. Niebla drink I had.  All in all a great night with the girls!

Congratulations, Sarah!  So excited for your new venture and getting into the Charleston art world more through you!

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Patio, Porch & Planting

The first weekend in the new house we were busy tackling some of the smaller projects we had identified on the screened in porch, patio and yard.

First things first, the front porch.  There was a hook for a hanging basket, but we decided we wanted 2 baskets so we unscrewed their hook, measured and screwed in 2 screw hooks into the wooden frame so they were equally spaced out.

The old flowers in our hanging baskets had a rough few weeks, so I went to Lowe’s and decided on 2 vinca flowers and a blue haze trailing flower in each basket.  Then up the baskets went!

Next step was to remove the old piece of plastic that used to be a flag holder from the porch pole.  This took a little effort, but eventually it was down, a new flag holder was screwed in and our American flag was hung!

The rocking chairs went on either side of the window, my American burlap wreath was hung on the front door and the porch had a little bit of us on it! Now to the backyard… We have a screened in porch, deck area, then some beds around the deck and grass elsewhere. There were some random plants (and lots of weeds) in the beds so we took the plants out and did a lot of weeding.

The strangest thing was the previous owners had put some of the plants in pots and buried then into the bed and we had no idea until we dug them up and found they were in pots!

Note: Apparently this is actually a normal thing, aka my mom had heard of it before. When we were at Lowe’s Hunter found some autumn blush coreopsis (mounding perennial with yellow flowers) that were pretty and we also picked up lavender – 6 of each.  We alternated those around the deck, with our pots that used to be by the fire pit at the old house on either side of the stair.

Long term plans for the deck include finally retiring the plastic chairs I’ve had since my first solo apartment and getting a table and chairs so we can eat outside.  We’ve also talked about totally replacing the deck and redoing it with stone (super long term there).  Shorter term projects include cleaning up all the trees in the yard, replacing the fence (it’s dry rotted), possibly sodding the yard to the fence and pine straw beyond the fence to the fairway and edging the beds to create a distinction between them and the lawn. We have our work cut out for us!

Finally, the screened porch. When we moved in, we put our previous patio furniture out there and that was about it.The previous homeowners had some rope lights screwed in around the perimeter of the porch so we took them down and unscrewed all the clamps holding the lights up.  The door was also missing a handle on the inside, so we screwed one of those in too.

We found some great string lights from Target in white (so the wires blend into the walls) and bought more screw hooks from Lowe’s to hang the new lights around the patio.  I also hung our anchor door hanger on the post, put an outdoor tray out on the table with a pot of succulents.

The best part was enjoying the porch with Hunter and Cleo on our first Sunday afternoon there, once all of our projects for the weekend were done.  We listened to music, I worked on my computer and we just relaxed and talked about our list of projects.
Next up for the porch: Finding an outdoor rug and new pillows for the space.  We will also replace the furniture when we find a great deal on something we like to maximize the space out there 🙂

2433 Home Tour – The Master

This week on the house tour we’re checking out our old master suite! BTW you may be wondering why I didn’t post about this earlier –>  1. I was paranoid something would happen with the 2 closings and didn’t want to jinx anything by posting photos and talking about moving, then 2. When we were in the thick of the move (and you didn’t hear from me), life was a touch chaotic and I couldn’t pull posts together.. so here we are talking about the old house while we slowly start projects in the new one!

Okay, the master suite…. The walls were a dark gray with one dark purple accent wall when we moved in so the first thing we did was have it painted to a lighter sea foam green type color.  The change in color alone made a huge difference.  Everything else in here was put together over time as we found pieces we liked!

Monkey fist curtain tie backs | Red fish painting | Hand painted state pillows

The two paintings we have in our room were gifts from each other.  I have a love of animals and always tell Hunter I want an otter, or pelican, or sea turtle, etc..  as a pet.  Well now I get my animals in art form and I love it!  The lil guy next to my side of the bed is a sea turtle named Louie.  I got Hunter his red fish painting so we both had our animals on our sides.

For any Charleston locals, all of the wooden pieces are from Nadeau and it can be dangerous going in their store if you need furniture! Nadeau doesn’t pay us to say that – we just really love their stuff.

The master bathroom also was part of the recent renovation.  We left the shower and floors as is, but updated everything else!  It’s not the biggest master bathroom, but our goal was to maximize every inch of space and keep it clean.

Floating shelves | Towel rack

One of my favorite things about the house was picking out all of the colors, furniture and pieces together.  It definitely represents both of our styles and I hope friends and family saw both of us when they came into our home!

Bride + Bride’s Mates Tank Tops

Y’all have no clue how much I missed crafting the last few weeks during the whole packing / moving event. It really relaxes me, so imagine not being able to relieve stress when it’s at an all time high… that’s why I had friends and wine instead 🙂

Anyways, my friend Meg’s little brother is getting married soon and she wanted to make some nautical tank tops for her future SIL’s bachelorette weekend in Rhode Island. Meg sent me some examples of what she liked on Pinterest and we got to work!

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Bride + Bride’s Mates Tank Tops

What you’ll need:

Meg ordered all the tank tops from Target and just had them shipped to my house.  Target and Old Navy are great for bachelorette tanks 😉

Alright, open Design Space and start working on your design.  I wrote the text out in all uppercase in Rooney font, and 8″ long.  The plan was for Bride to be cut in navy blue htv (on a white tank), “Bride’s Mates” to be in white htv (on navy tank) and the anchor to be in gold, with a glitter gold anchor for the bride’s tank top.

Since the items are cut on different heat transfer vinyl colors, you’ll have to cut them all separately.  I like to maximize as much of the vinyl as possible, so I’ll rearrange the shapes or letters on the preview screen before cutting, like so:

Once everything is cut out on the different vinyls, it’s time to weed out the excess!

The final step is to iron the letters and anchors onto the tank tops. Put the iron on cotton or high heat, press it on the htv for a few seconds until the HTV starts attaching to the tank top.

When the HTV is attached, the tank tops are done!  

So I started making the tanks before the move and got 5 done before I had to pack up all the supplies.  Well we happened to move these supplies and more to Meg’s house (again, my friends are awesome) so we had a little wine and I put her to work to finish the remaining tanks so she could get them in the mail on time.  She did great ironing everything on while I weeded!  And how cute did these turn out?

Can’t wait to see all the girls rocking their tanks in a few weeks! Hope this gives you some ideas for your own nautical bachelorette weekend – we all know I loved crafting for mine 🙂

We’ve Moved!

After a great 3+ years at 2433, it was time to start a new chapter in our lives.  We closed last week and have been moving everything in the new house and are starting to get settled.

We can’t wait to make it our own and start on all the projects – you know you’ll be seeing them here 😉