Earring Storage Extravaganza!

So, if you know me in real life, you know that my mom and I own a couple of stores together. One of them is a kitchen and gourmet shop called The Fig Tree, which has been opened for just over two months (!) and the other is a women’s boutique called Vignettes, which we opened in November of 2007. We recently moved to a bigger, much nicer location down the street from our old store, and we’ve been having a fantastic time decorating our new space and making it feel like home. One of the elements we get compliments on ALL THE TIME is our earring display:

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We have two of them hanging in the store and they were a simple DIY project that we completed in one afternoon. (Full disclosure: we had a little help from our contractor when we made them, but the process is really simple and easy to re-create.) Read on for the step-by-step instructions! Continue reading

Knock-your-socks-off White Sangria

I don’t know about you, but I love sangria. I don’t think there is a more perfect summer drink. It’s light and fruity and just what I want to drink with a nice big salad or grilled seasonal veggies and it’s great to take along to a BBQ or dinner party instead of the standard bottle of wine or six-pack of beer. My go-to recipe uses pinot noir and it’s pretty simple, but the best thing about sangria is that you can easily change up one or two elements and have a completely different drink every time. Tonight I thought I’d whip up a pitcher of white sangria as a little treat. I stuck with the lemon/lime/orange combo that’s pretty standard for most sangrias, but swapped out my pinot noir for some pinot grigio and threw in some different fruit. It’s pretty darn good if I do say so myself, and it was super easy to make- including chilling time, it was about 25 minutes from slicing to sipping. I usually use strawberries in my red sangria, but the crisp pinot grigio pairs really well with some tart Granny Smith apples and sweet peaches.

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Sangria ingredients

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Read on for the super simple recipe.  Continue reading