An edible thanksgiving centerpiece from The Faux Martha

If we could redesign the calendar, I’d advocate to spread out all the holidays crammed into the last 2 months of the year. (I’d also advocate to move the weekend, Saturday and Sunday, right next to each other on the calendar and decrease the traditional 8-hour work day. But that’s beside the point.) The end of the year is loaded with the biggest, most anxiety-provoking holidays. I always get twitchy this time of year, the most wonderful time of the year. With only two full weeks until Thanksgiving, the twitch is extra twitchy. And then I remind myself again of the US Navy principle—KISS. Read more

Menu Boards for the Home with The Fauxmartha

The rhythm of the school year is about to play again. The rhythm that keeps us slightly more confined than the loose beat of summer. And with that change comes a tighter deadline on dinner. It requires a bit more forethought and planning, too—some of my least favorite tasks. Even still, meal planning seems to be the only thing that makes dinner time work well in our house. To that end, we installed a 90lb. vintage chalkboard on the dining room wall to keep a record of the weekly meal plan. I’m a visual processor, so a plan only works when seen. If you too are like me, here’s a couple beautiful, doable ideas for adding a menu board to your home. Insider tip: Look for inspiration at cafés. Read more

My favorite reusable food storage from The Fauxmartha

There’s a couple rules of the trail. One of them—leave no trace. I know this from Kev, who likes to backpack. There’s a deep respect of the land when you get that high up, that somehow loses its translation this low down. It’s convenient down here. Maybe too convenient? We never meant to build that trash heap. But like the sci-fi landscape in WALL-E or the ominous pages of May’s National Geographic, we seem to have built a mighty large heap. I know this from personal experience. Tuesday’s. Trash day. My trail—where I roll the recycling, organics, and trash bin from the garage to the end of the driveway.  Read more

Room at the Palihouse from The Fauxmartha

I fell in love with the Palihouse Hotel a couple years ago after seeing it on Instagram. I studied every last nook and cranny of the design I could find online to get inspiration for our home. Their use of color, contrast, and mixture of old and new is so well done. I don’t have a category to file this post under (yet), but it’s too good not to share. I think you might want to steal some of these ideas for your own home. Read more

My favorite enamelware from The Fauxmartha

One of the most common questions I get—where do you buy enamelware? I’ll tell you all my enamelware sourcing details in a second. But first, I want to tell you why I love it so much. It’s so beautiful, so functional, and so light and compact to store. It’s also so easy to clean. So, so, so. Can you tell how much I love this stuff? I even opted to use the baking dishes exclusively in my cookbook instructions, though the pan sizes are a touch non-traditional. It performs so very well, I don’t own any traditional casserole dishes anymore. (I’ve been slowly replacing things for the past 5 years.) You’ll find a lot of enamelware at vintage stores, which is a testament to how timeless and durable these kitchen items are. If buying vintage, check for chips and rust before using in your kitchen. Read more

I’m headed out of town to help throw a baby shower for a good friend from home. But before I leave, I want to share these “Ahoy! It’s a boy!” invites with you. And by share, I mean free download. Keep reading…

Chevron, plaid, craft paper. Oh my!

Tiny, cute flags. Yes please!

Whoever said a slight shade of pink is not welcome at a baby boy’s shower?

Free fonts are a budget’s dream.

Since you kept reading, it’s time for the good stuff! Here’s how to create this same look yourself:
1. Order A-7 Craft Paper envelopes from Envelope.com.
2. Download the 5×7 invite! (The PDF is designed with 2-invites up on a page; front/back.)
3. Download the free font, Museo Slab, to help complete the look. You’ll also need a nice italic font to accompany it that can be found on your computer. (I used Century Schoolbook Italic).
4. Use an editing program to fill in your specific information.
5. Print the invites on a thick, textured white paper. (I used a Neenah paper—Sundance Felt.)
6. Finally, mail those cute suckers out, and plan the party!

Stay tuned for a post on the food portion of the shower. I may or may not be making cupcakes with a cute DIY topper.

 
 
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