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.
[my dream bachelorette in charleston]
What a whirlwind the past six months have been! From Vegas to San Francisco, Charleston, Portugal and France (several which were work related trips) I never imagined that I would be fitting so much mileage into such a few short months. My big news? In May, Joe and I got married at the most beautiful vineyard north of Lisbon in Portugal and have been on cloud nine ever since, and because we decided to hand make as many of the wedding details as possible (invites, stationary, calligraphy, gifts to name a few) I decided to take a little break from blogging and enjoy the planning process. Now that we’re nicely settled in to married life, I’m excited to get back into all things Paper Vines and also of course share many of our wedding crafting activities! In the meantime, here is a little snapshot of the past six months in photos.
A couple of weeks ago we decided to take a day trip to Red Hook, Brooklyn. We first heard about the area one night at a Valentine’s Day whiskey + chocolate pairing class at The Flatiron Room in NYC. The class was given by the Head Distiller of Widow Jane distillery, and saw us tasting 6 whiskeys from across the world whilst pairing each with different flavours of Cacao Prieto chocolate, an artisanal, organic bean-to-bar chocolate. Who would have thought that whiskey and chocolate could pair so well?
During the evening our teacher gave us a little more background about the Widow Jane whiskey that he distilled and told us how it was produced locally in Red Hook, Brooklyn. He also explained that Widow Jane is part of the Cacao Prieto Distillery (hence the pairing) and that they offer daily tours of both the chocolate and whiskey production facilities. So we decided to wait a couple of months until the weather warmed up and ventured out for a day trip to Red Hook.
Charleston was always one of those places that despite never having visited, I knew I would fall in love with instantly and oh boy was that the case. Last weekend we finally took a trip down there for a long weekend to visit some of our closest friends. What an incredible place it was, from amazing food to sunsets on the harbor, it truly was everything I thought it would be. Here’s a little round up of what we did and some of our recommendations!