I cannot believe 2018 is already here, it feels like I blinked and all of a sudden it was December. Looking back on the past year I feel so happy and grateful, 2017 truly was my favourite year-to-date. It brought me an incredible husband, a new city, a new job, a new home and a new group of friends which already feel like family. I’m so excited to see what the new year brings for Joe and I in this beautiful city, and wish you all a wonderful year full of good health and happiness!
I can’t believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner, to me it feels like we should still only be in September! This entire year has been a whirlwind for us, from getting married in May to moving from New Jersey to Charleston in September, and getting ready to fly back to England for Christmas, I often wish time would slow down a little.
This Thanksgiving we’re staying put in our new home and have our wonderful family coming to visit from Louisville, Kentucky which we couldn’t be more excited about. It’s my first attempt at cooking Thanksgiving dinner (and by cooking I mean adding additional ingredients to boxed recipes) so figuring out the oven schedule will be rather interesting!
This year we’re taking a slightly different approach to our tablescape, incorporating bold blue and grey tones. While it’s rather unconventional, I love the pop that the blue plates add to the setting, and the way the bronze Moscow Mule mugs tie in with the fall colors of the floral arrangements, which I was able to create using leftover stems from my fall wreath (check out the finished piece here). Check out more photos below!
While the temperature might still be in the 70s here in Charleston, it doesn’t mean we’re not fully embracing the Autumn spirit, from heirloom pumpkins to seasonal foliage we’re for sure taking advantage of decorating our new apartment.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to add a touch of Autumn to your home, check out the tutorial below on how to create a simple and elegant DIY fall wreath with just a few supplies! (All of which were bought from Hobby Lobby for under $50!).
Some of you may know that for the past three and a half years I have lived in Hoboken, New Jersey. Growing up in England, it was always my dream to one day work in New York City and in 2014 an exciting opportunity came up which gave me the chance to live out that dream. I packed my suitcases, said goodbye to my little studio in Dublin (where I had been living for nearly 5 years) and hopped on a plane to the ‘Big Apple’. Was it everything I hoped for and more? Absolutely! It was the most incredible experience and I truly loved every second of it. Over the past year, however, Joe and I started to get itchy feet, we were ready for a lifestyle change, a different pace, and more space.
We had visited Charleston, South Carolina on a number of occasions and instantly fell in love with the city and surrounding areas. From the moment we touched down on a visit several years ago we knew that one day we would move here. So a month or two ago when a new opportunity came up with a tech company in the Charleston area, we jumped on it… and now here we are! We’re three weeks into living in this beautiful city surrounded by beaches, palm trees and are happier than ever. While the temperature isn’t quite the Autumn weather I’m used to, I’m loving the warmth while still getting to see the leaves on the trees change colour. I’m so excited about this new chapter of our lives and to share new projects with you on Paper Vines from here in Charleston!
This morning Cricut had crafting and DIY enthusiasts on the edge of their seats awaiting a big new announcement from the brand. What was revealed in an Apple-style keynote streamed live on their Facebook page was a revolutionary new Cricut machine that can now cut fabric and sewing patterns straight from your computer. Self-titled ‘the ultimate smart cutting machine’, this is a huge and exciting advancement for Cricut and its users who have been asking for sewing related capabilities for years.