Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wanderlust: Charleston, SC

One of my favorite things to do is travel. I love visiting a new place and have quite the long travel bucket list. Before I go on trips, I love to hunt down blog posts about the place I'm traveling to, figuring out the best places to stay, eat, visit, etc. So I wanted to start my own posts each time I travel somewhere. They'll always include where to stay, eat, some must sees, dos, and some helpful tips that I wish I'd known  before my trip. Hopefully these posts will be helpful to those of you looking for your next adventure! 
  
Where to Stay: 

Inexpensive:
We stayed at the Sleep Inn on Savannah Highway just outside of Charleston. I'd recommend it. Inexpensive, very clean, good location to visit downtown Charleston and Folly Beach. Also relatively close to the Angel Oak Tree.

Expensive:
Harbourview Inn, Vendue. Ok, I didn't stay here--but they sure looked NICE and had an excellent location.

Must Eat: 

This list could get ridiculous. Charleston is kind of known for it's food. Here were my favorites:

Pearlz Oyster Bar - Savannah Hwy just east of the city, and downtown on East Bay.

Try their clams and Shrimp & Grits.
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Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar - Downtown, East Bay St.
OH MY GOODNESS. I would drive to Charleston just to eat dinner here and drive back. Shrimp corn dogs--do it! Grilled Crab & Shrimp Cake sandwich

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Sol - Sullivan's Island
This wasn't your typical place you'd think to eat in Charleston, but a friend recommended it and it was pretty yummy! I had the Carnitas Napoleon and it was a delicious stack of yum! In keeping with our "things-on-a-stick" theme from Amen Street, we decided we had to get the Tuna Lollipops. They were no Shrimp Corndog, but they were pretty darn tasty. You have to like raw fish, though!

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Poe's Tavern - Sullivan's Island
Poe's is a burger joint. I recommend the Amontillado burger. Guac, Jalapeno Jack Cheese, Pico de' Gallo and Chipotle Sour Cream all on a delicious burger. Also, go for the onion straws.

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Husk - While you're waiting on your table or if you just want to stop for a drink, head over to their old-timey bar next door. It won't disappoint.

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Must See: 
Rainbow Row
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Angel Oak Tree
This tree is utterly fascinating. Seriously. Be sure to check park hours, though--it doesn't stay open late and it's not an open-all-the-time kind of park. 

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Must Do: 
Plantation Tour - Boone Hall Plantation

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Peach/Blueberry Picking at Boone Hall Plantation (if visiting in the summer)
After your plantation tour, stop by and visit the u-pick fields and pick some fresh blueberries, peaches or whatever they offer in-season when you visit. 

Walk up Church Street from the Battery Park 
You'll find some of the coolest homes in Charleston if you start up Church St. from the Battery (where you should park.. we'll get to that!). When you think Charleston, this street embodies all that you imagine.

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Check out the Doors, Windows and Gates of Charleston (#windowsofcharleston #doorsofcharleston #gatesofcharleston)

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Must Know:
Parking... ugh parking. You can park for free down by the battery and White Point Garden. If at all possible, DO THIS! If you head out to Folly Beach, beware. Your tires can't touch the roadway if you're parking on the side of the street. I mean even an inch of your tire touching the pavement will slap you with a $30 parking ticket. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Merry Christmas from Embracing Messy

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I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and thought a little round-up of some of my favorite Christmas projects was in order. The wreath and ornament are two of my most popular posts (thanks to Pinterest!) and the mug cozy is brand new. Enjoy, and have a wonderful holiday!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Coffee Mug Cozy Crochet Pattern

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I've had a lot of people admire my mug cozies lately and wanted to share with you all the pattern. It's adapted from several similar patterns. I always get out a mug and test the length as I go, but these are approximate lengths that seem to be pretty standard for me.

Abbreviations
ch - Chain Stitch
dc - Double Crochet
sc - Single Crochet
hdc - Half Double Crochet
sk - Skip
ss - Slip Stich
st - Stitch

Begin: Ch 8.  
Row 1: 1sc 1dc in second ch from hook, *sk next ch, 1sc 1dc in next ch, rep from * to end of row, ch1 turn.  
Row 2: *Sk next st, 1sc 1dc in next st, rep from * to end of row sk-ing every other st, ch 1 turn. Rep Row 2 until work measures approximately 7-8″ long.
Next row: Sk 1st st, ss in the next 2 sts, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts, turn ch1. These four st will make the "neck" of the cozy where the button hole is.  
Next row: 1 hdc in each st, ch1 turn. Rep last row until button hole strip measures approximately 2″. Wrap around a mug to check length.  
Next row: 1 hdc in 1st st, ch 2 and sk next 2 sts, 1 hdc in last st. Work sc border evenly around, working 3 sc in corners and 3-4 sc into ch2 button hole space. Join with a ss in 1st sc. Fasten off and weave in ends. Sew on button.

If you don't know how to crochet, there are lots of helpful videos on youtube! If you don't want to learn or just need some instant gratification, I sell these in my etsy shop.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Well, hello again!

So it's been a while, hasn't it?! My last posts were at a rough time in my life career-wise and then I sort of abandoned the blog altogether. I certainly haven't stopped creating, though! Here are some of the things I've done as of late:

I learned to crochet..eek!

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I built a headboard...screw spending $100+ for something you can make for around $20!

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And... I opened an Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/kmariecrafts87

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What have you been up to lately?