Pick Up Sticks

We love sharing little household traditions with you guys. There are just so many cheap and easy ways to commemorate special dates and display unique items in your home that can make it feel more personal and meaningful.  For example, we whipped up these vacation jars a while back…

… and also explained that we love sending a postcard to ourselves to help remember all the details of every vacation that we spend together (they look great tossed in a large glass vase):

We also shared how we framed old keys to commemorate all the places we lived before moving into this “forever home” of ours (as seen to the left of the postcards in a vase above).

And how I snagged a vintage map on ebay, mounted it on cork, and framed it for a simple pinboard that helps us chart all the places we’ve traveled together (we’ve since added a bunch of pins thanks to our big Texas road trip):

And how we love to pose for some cheap-o photostrips on big days like anniversaries and other momentous occasions (like the day we found out I had a bun in the oven):

But enough looking back, let’s get back to 2010 shall we? Speaking of the brandspankingnew year, John and I actually have a strange little New Year’s Eve tradition: a nice romantic sushi dinner. It actually became a tradition after we were together a few years and realized that we had subconsciously gone out to a sushi dinner on Dec 31st ever since we began dating. So after accidentally enjoying a nice little Japanese feast together in 2005 and 2006, of course when the end of ’07, ’08, and ’09 rolled around we kept the tradition alive. And somewhere along the line John suggested that we save a pair of chopsticks from each restaurant (unused ones of course) and label them with the date, the occasion, and the place where we dined. It’s such a cheap (well, free actually) way to keep tabs on our year-ending whereabouts- and it’s fun when they’re displayed en masse atop a lacquered box, stashed in a cup on my desk, or even stuck in this Ikea vase:

We love that we can glance at them and remember evenings spent celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of another- and it’s great to see that we actually kept the tradition alive no matter where we were traveling at the time (from Georgia to Delaware and of course on the home front in Richmond, VA).

Oh and not to worry guys, this year it was only cooked fish and veggie sushi for me since the bean is “on board.” But it was still just as delicious and memorable. So that’s our odd little sushi inspired tradition. What about you? Do you have any “momentos” that you collect or even label to help you remember special events or milestones? Matchbooks? Bottle caps? Sea shells? Wine corks? Snow globes? Menus? Shot glasses? Tattoos? Do tell.



Holy Homeslice, That’s Us!

Holla. We’re donning our best homie gear (via Photoshop… is there any other way?) to pop in and say “really?!” and “thanks!!” to everyone who nominated us for Apartment Therapy’s Homie awards, a fun little year-ending blog love-fest. Over the last week more than six hundred home blogs were nominated (we had fun voting for a slew of them!) and we were beyond excited to find out that we’re one of six finalists in the “Home Design” category! For shizzle? We can hardly believe our slightly narrowed eyes.

It feels amazing to be grouped with such an ill (in homie talk, this is a compliment and has nothing to do with bad health) collection of bloggers. We still find ourselves shaking our heads and wondering how the heck we got here.

The voting officially ends tomorrow so feel free to drop in and log a vote for your favorite home design blog- whether it’s us or not! Everyone gets one vote in each category (like “Green Home“, “Home Cooking“, etc) so we’re also having fun moseying over to support other online reads that we love. If you’re already registered at AT, just click here (and if you haven’t registered yet click here and once you’ve confirmed your registration by email just click here to cast your vote).

Like we said, it’s a veritable blog love-fest over there and it makes us feel better than busting a cap. Whatever that means. We’re no good at this whole hardcore thing. We’re really more comfortable with terminology like “cohesive color scheme” and “functional floor plan.” Off to study urbandictionary.com a bit more. We obviously have to brush up on the whole homie thing.