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It Is Still March, Right?

March 31, 2010 08:44 by ehouston

This month has flown past so quickly that I feel like I need to grab my head to keep it from falling off.  With the melting snow and incoming warmer days it seems that everything is coming alive here in Richmond, VA.  I have gladly left the house with the Little Guy to enjoy the great weather and get a little more acquainted with what the city has to offer in the spring.  Here’s a little recap:

Went to the Home and Garden Show at the Richmond International Raceway.  (I find the “International” part of that name funny for some reason.)  I was expecting an over-the-top flower show, home decor packed booths and lot’s of designer panelists.  What I ended up with was a lot of siding and gutter guard experts trying to sell their wares.  I was disappointed to say the least, but realized I had to stop comparing everything to what Nashville offered.  On the bright side I did end up finding a cabinet refinisher and a place to get inexpensive mulch .  Yeah!

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Doesn’t she have the cutest font for her logo?  Plus,she seemed like a super cool lady, especially running such a tough guy kind of business and all.  That alone makes me want to buy from her.

The following Thursday I made my first trip to the “DC area” and went to visit a friend in Alexandria.  It was a wonderful time chatting with her and playing with her sweet young brood.  They seemed to have a good time playing with the Little Dictator too and he was all smiles.  On the way home I got to experience “DC area” traffic for the first time too.  yeah…  At least I got to see IKEA!  (Yes, I am one of the few people on this planet that loves cool, simple design and DIY projects, but has never set foot in an IKEA.  Go figure!?)

A week later I attended the Craftsman Fair at the same raceway complex and bought three great matted photos from a semi-local photographer, William Bell.  He and his wife own a little shop called Bell Gallery & Garden over in Floyd, VA.  Two of the photos are in process of being framed while I await the arrival of the third.

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I can’t wait to get these up on the walls!

St.  Patty’s Day was met with huge helpings of a traditional Irish meal; corned beef, cabbage and potatoes.

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I had to include the following shot, featuring a close up of the mini fruit tarte I purchased from The Fresh Market (that place gets me every time with their yummy treats!).  The Mister informed me that “they don’t have peaches in Ireland” (kidding), but I just said it’s too bad for them since we will be enjoying them with our “traditional” Irish dinner!  It was quite delicious!!

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I also commemorated the holiday with a picture of our little leprechaun next to the one and only daffodil  that came up in our yard.  (the yard is so sad really….)

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The following weekend we celebrated The Mister’s birthday with a ‘surf and turf’ meal hot off the grill, along with a home made key lime pie (whew, that was a new one to pull off!).  By the time  Sunday hit we were worn out, but there was more to come.  The last weekend of the month I decided to hit up yet another craft fair and attended the Bizarre Bizaar.  I had heard such great things about this particular event, but after checking it out I found it to be more “Hallmark Store” than a true craft fair.  Apparently the holiday version of this Richmond tradition is much better.   I will have to say that I miss when craft fairs required that the items truly be handcrafted and I am hoping that this summer brings some artisan fairs instead.  Not a bad time, though and I did score some great snack foods, including this concoction that you mix with Pinot Grigio for a slushy vino treat.  It is called Frappe Vino and it’s from D’Marie.  It is definitely odd, but I cannot wait to mix ours up this Saturday so we can stay cool while soaking up the sun our first spring day on the deck.

The best part about this past weekend was that I had spent all week with my dates off and I kept thinking we had one more weekend left in March.  Thank GOD I came to my senses because I had tickets to Wicked and it was the last day of shows here in Richmond.  What a bummer if I had completely forgotten about it and missed the show.

I really did not know what the play was about and was very surprised…in a good way, though!  It was pretty terrific!  And the theatre was beautiful….

The Landmark Theatre, Richmond, VA.  (This photo was found online.  The interior is really nice too, but unfortunately I did not get any shots inside.)

I don’t yet know what April holds aside from visit this Easter weekend from my mom.  I hope it’s as much fun as this past month, but maybe at a little slower pace.  So, what did you guys do this past month?  Have you been out and about in full force, enjoying the beginnings of great weather?  Or, are you still sledging along in the snow?  Any fun plans for the month ahead?

Kitsch Krafts


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Traveling Now Equals Moving

June 16, 2009 09:19 by ehouston

I know I have mentioned several times that my travel schedule has been very hectic over the last few months and clearly the lack of regular blog posts backs that up as well.  Just to get everyone up to speed on mi vida loca, we are now getting ready to move to a whole new state!  The Mister was offered a nice opportunity and we have decided to take the leap, so to speak, and just see where life takes us next.  What that has meant is a sudden surge in activity.  First, the Mister is pretty much gone to the new city Monday through Friday and I see him only on the weekends- yuck!  That has meant lots of time in airports, layovers, canceled flights (he has the worst flying luck of anyone I know) and tons of hotel food.  Second, we had to finish the million DIY projects we had going as soon as humanly possible so we could get our current home on the market- not exactly the best timing, right?  And, third, we had to find a home in the new location primarily using the Internet and the Mister's "so-so" camera skills as he viewed homes in between meetings while in the new state.  He then brought the images back to me to try to determine if the home was fit or not.

It has been a crazy ride so far, but we have managed to sell our home in Nashville, TN.  We priced it right (meaning a little low) and had an offer within a week.  The hard part was wading through the relocation process (meaning loads of paperwork!) and the inspection contingencies-ugh!  But, I am happy to report we are done on this end of the move and are just waiting until the date the movers come in to clear this place out.  Also, we were excited to finally find a nice home with the little bit of extra room we were craving now that we are going to be a family of three.  Our offer was accepted and we are now just working through the inspection contingencies there.  Please pray that everything moves quickly and we are down to final signatures by Friday!  If we get to that point by that day I (and the Mister) will have such a weight lifted.  I have learned through this process that it's really hard to make a move out of state in a short time frame, and also hold on to your sanity.

So, now that I have spilled all my boring personal news I would like to thank all of you that have hung in there hoping for new crafty posts, only to get more of "my life" posts instead.  Please, please do not give up on this blog yet!  Since I cannot really start any fun projects because half my stuff is packed up and being stored in the garage right now, I planned to work on my DIY project posts for the Nashville, TN home.  It's funny how right when you get your home to that perfect state of being you have to turn around, sell it to someone else and leave all your hard work behind.  I just hope that the new owners love what has been our humble home for about 7 years now, as much as we have.

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                                                                                                                                   Nashville, TN....Good-Bye old tri-level friend...

                                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                  Hello, new cozy colonial!  Can't wait to decorate you....

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Traveling- Richmond, VA

February 24, 2009 02:19 by ehouston

So, I just got back from a whirlwind tour of the Richmond, VA area.  The Mister is now working for a company based in that area and I came along for the introduction to the new company and great city.  It was a fun trip because it included lots of site seeing and I also got to visit with the Mister's peers and their extended families.  The tough part was that the company had us on such a stringent schedule that by the time Saturday rolled around we were completely worn out.  It was supposed to be our free day to explore the city completely on our own.  Instead we lounged around in the comfy hotel bed, watched television and occasionally hung out on the balcony overlooking some pretty cool old buildings.  We stayed at a little boutique style hotel, the Berkeley.  It was tiny, but well appointed and very cute.  I have already decided that the next time we visit I want to get more actual shopping time mixed in so I can really check out the Carytown district, as well as, spend some time touring the museums and estate homes. 

Section of funky shops in Carytown.  Image from FLICKR, Wahig.

We did eat at a couple of really wonderful restaurants, one is Sensi and the other is Mamma Zu's. 

Sensi stated it is an Italian chop house and had a variety of items making it a good place for a group with very different tastes.

The very unassuming Mamma Zu's had some of the best home-style Italian food I have ever eaten.  Very comparable to places I have been to in New York.  Plus, we went with a bunch of pure bred Italians and they agreed that this was the real deal.

Apparently Mamma Zu's is very difficult to get in to and will only take reservations for 8 or more.  Luckily we had gathered 10 folks for this night out and were able to get right in.  During our couple of hours there the line of waiting patrons stretched from the back of the little building, out the door and on to the street and did not let up for a minute the entire time we were there.  It was worth it, so I know why everyone was so patient. 

There is definitely a lot to do in Richmond and I would suggest it to anyone as a fun 3-4 day weekend getaway.  Although, I would also suggest going at a warmer time of year.  It got a bit chilly several evenings while we were there. 

Have fun exploring!

Kitsch Krafts


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