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Downtown Sydney - I would move there if I could!

Liebster award!

Hey friends! This week I’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award. For those not spending much time in the blogosphere world, it’s an award passed among bloggers as a show of support for our favorite blogs!

Liebster award!

I was nominated by Sweet Sunsets and Pura Vida: thanks Macarena!

Interview questions:

Where are you from?

I grew up in Durham, North Carolina and have lived their most of my life. I think of myself as somewhat southern: I’m addicted to sweet tea and think “y’all” is the best word for the job, but I don’t have the adorable accent. However, I was born in Hawaii and love that I’ve got a little aloha in me!

What is your favorite destination?

Ash too hard! I’m hoping my next major trip will take me to Africa somewhere for a safari adventure, but realistically that’s not happening this year. My favorite place I’ve ever been has to be Australia: I nearly moved back after graduating university!

Do you practice any sport? Which one?

I love pickup sports, but let’s just say I’m not the most talented. What I lack in skill I make up for in scrappiness. My favorite is basketball!

Downtown Sydney - I would move there if I could!

My favorite skyline of all time: Sydney!

Beach or city? Why?

Why pick? Sydney gave me easy access to both! But if I had to choose, probably city. I love the international atmosphere you get in a major metropolitan area: great food, cultural events, and not needing to own a car? Yes, please!

What is your job?

I run a design shop, making stationery and party decorations. You can see my work here!

What is your favorite thing to do?

Travel! I’m obsessed. I’m headed to North Carolina & Virginia in July, and trips to both Montreal and Mexico in the works for this fall!

What is your biggest dream?

Hm, I’m not actually sure. I have a lot of dreams, but no one big overarching one. A few of them include making my design shop successful, someday getting paid to travel, and training my dog to be really well-behaved.

Sweet or Savory food?

Having just finished Whole30, I have to say sweet food. I am unabashedly obsessed with desserts. You can see a few of my favorites here!

Chimichurri beef kabobs from my Whole30 adventure! How'd it go? | Teaspoon of Nose

Chimichurri beef kabobs – delicious, and perfect for a day at the lake!

What is your favorite restaurant?

Seeing as I live in a tiny town where restaurants aren’t a strong suit, I’ll have to say two of my favorites from my hometown are Shiki Sushi & Angus Barn.

Flip flops or closed shoes?

Flip flops! I have Hawaiian toes – they need to be free!

Favorite quote:

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? – Mary Oliver

I’m nominating:

Confidently Elegant

Boho and Blush

Forever Gigi

Brand Travels

Life of an Imperfect Mom

Castles and Cathedrals

Simply Saidy

Cassidy’s Adventures

Miss Talking Feet

Wanderlust fulfilled while traveling around Italy!

My questions:

  1. Where are you from? What about you shows where you’re from?
  2. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
  3. What’s your favorite meal?
  4. Coffee or tea? What’s your favorite version (latte, flat white, jasmine tea, etc)?
  5. What’s your dream job? Are you doing something right now that could get you there?
  6. Ocean or mountains?
  7. What’s the best book you’ve read in the past month?
  8. What’s your favorite season? Why?
  9. Would you rather own a home in your favorite place in the world or be able to travel nonstop? Tell us about what that would look like?
  10. If you could get a degree (or go back and get a different one), what would it be? Why?

If you’ve been nominated:

When you’re nominated for the Liebster, you answer a series of questions that help readers get to know you a bit better! Then you nominate 5 bloggers as well as shouting out who nominated you (that’s me!). Make sure to let those you nominate know!

I can’t wait to hear your answers!! Thanks for joining the party!

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Mary Lynn van Deventer teaches hammered dulcimer, french horn, and piano! Here's a few shots from our recent photoshoot! | Teaspoon of Nose

Photoshoot: Mary Lynn’s Music

While I do a lot of creating with gold foil, I also do custom work that branches a little beyond what usually shows up in my Etsy shop. Today, I want to share with you one of the projects I worked on this past spring with musician Mary Lynn van Deventer!

Mary Lynn is a fantastic music teacher as well as performer: in fact, she’s one of the most respected hammered dulcimer players in the U.S.! She’s also a dear friend and former music teacher of mine, so when she reached out needing some updated marketing materials, I was overjoyed to see what we could do together!

Mary Lynn van Deventer teaches hammered dulcimer, french horn, and piano! Here's a few shots from our recent photoshoot! | Teaspoon of Nose

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Shrimp scampi is quick, easy, and so good! Talk about addictive food!

Quick Shrimp Scampi

It’s not too late to enter the giveaway! You can see how here!

You know that moment when its 5 o’clock and you don’t know what to cook for dinner?

I hate those evenings. What in the world am I going to cook? 

That moment happened to me. I knew we had shrimp, which meant there were some tasty options to choose from, but I hadn’t picked a recipe and was blanking in the moment.

On a whim, I decide to look up shrimp scampi, because who doesn’t love pasta and garlic  with their shrimp?

Shrimp scampi is quick, easy, and so good! Talk about addictive food!

Turns out, shrimp scampi is really easy to make!! 

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Don't waste a long layover! Here's how to spend 12 hours in NYC!

How to spend a layover in NYC

This post is part of our month-long European trip from last August. Check here for our whole trip! 

In planning our adventure, we found ourselves with a 14 hour layover at JFK. Rather than spend our first day of vacation bumming around an airport, we grabbed our bags and headed into New York City for a day of exploring!

Don't waste a long layover! Here's how to spend 12 hours in NYC!

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Killer butternut squash soup from my Whole30 adventure! How'd it go? | Teaspoon of Nose

Whole30: I made it!

Y’all, that long-awaited day is here! I finished my month of Whole30 on Wednesday. Thirty days of no sugar, dairy, grains, soy, beans, and more. We did it!

Chimichurri beef kabobs from my Whole30 adventure! How'd it go? | Teaspoon of Nose

Chimichurri beef kabobs – delicious, and perfect for a day at the lake!

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Golden branch stationery, customized by Teaspoon of Nose

Interview AND GIVEAWAY with Confidently Elegant!

Happy Thursday, friends!

Gold stationery, customized by Teaspoon of Nose

I just wanted to tell you about something super exciting: I did an interview with Elizabeth of Confidently Elegant! She wanted to hear a bit about my design shop and my stationery inspiration, and we had a blast.

Confidently Elegant is an NYC-based lifestyle blog where Elizabeth shares her joie de vivre of  her Manhattan life. I had a blast getting to know her and I know you will too!

You can read the interview here.

Even better, Elizabeth and I teamed up to host a giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a set of my stationery of their choice!

Golden branch stationery, customized by Teaspoon of Nose

Here’s how to enter:

  • leave a comment on either this post or the interview post (1 point per comment) – you have to do this one so we know who you are!
  • Follow Teaspoon of Nose on Instagram or Pinterest (1 point each)
  • Follow Confidently Elegant on Pinterest or Twitter (1 point each)

The giveaway closes on Thursday, June 22 at midnight EST so enter now! We’ll share the winner next week!

Antique sewing machine stationery, customized by Teaspoon of Nose

If you won, what stationery would you choose? Let me know below!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited.  Open to legal US residents (incl. DC), who are 18+ (19+ in NE and AL; 21+ in MS) at entry.  Begins 07:00:01 AM ET on June 15, 2017; ends 11:59:59 PM ET on June 22, 2017.  To enter, comment on blog posts and do option follows. One winner will be awarded one set of custom stationery.  Total ARV of all prizes: $15.  Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. THIS GIVEAWAY IS IN NO WAY SPONSORED, ENDORSED OR ADMINISTERED BY, OR ASSOCIATED WITH FACEBOOK, INC., PINTEREST, INC., OR INSTAGRAM, INC. ]

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There's tons of things to do in your own house when the internet goes out. Here's 30 things to do without wifi! | Teaspoon of Nose

30 things you can do without wifi

Having the internet go out sucks. Being without it for days can be really rough! Here’s 30 things to do that don’t need an internet connection! 

Oklahoma is known for tornadoes, but what I didn’t think about before we moved here is that those winds make regular appearances even if they don’t funnel into a cyclone. We had a stretch here when tornado-force winds hit our area every four days or so! Between that and the accompanying hail, there’s bound to be some property damage.

In spite of it being somewhat normalized, our small town don’t move quickly on repairs. We lost our wifi during one and were told that the earliest appointment available was nine days away! Oh, the joy of a small town.

Altus storms are no joke, and can knock the wifi out. Here's 30 things to do without wifi! | Teaspoon of Nose

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Classic cars to crazy creations at the Altus Rockin' Rumble, Oklahoma! | Teaspoon of Nose

Life in Altus: Rockin’ Rumble

In Altus, Oklahoma, one of the biggest events of the year is the Rockin’ Rumble.

It’s talked up for months. People plan their schedules around it.

What is it? It’s a car show, folks.

Classic cars to crazy creations at the Altus Rockin' Rumble, Oklahoma! | Teaspoon of Nose

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Spend a few days in the idyllic town of Chinon in the Loire Valley- its the perfect way to relax!!

Relaxing in the Loire Valley

This post is part of our month-long European trip from last August. Check here for our whole trip! 

Our stay in Chinon felt like a retreat into another era. Time slowed down, life got quieter. The biggest question we answered each day was, “where should we eat dinner?” The necessary logistics that go into a multi-stop trip faded as we relaxed.

Tucked away in the heart of the Loire Valley, Chinon is a tiny town in a region of small towns. Fields, vineyards, and dairy farms cover the landscape dotted with idyllic villages. When I asked a friend about the Loire Valley, she summed it up with “Wine and castles. That’s why you should go.” Yes, please.

The big event of Chinon was less an activity and more the place itself. We splurged and stayed in a castle! A château, to be exact. Chateau de Marcay is an old rambling property, complete with horses and a tree-lined entryway. From the lobby full of velvet couches to the attentive staff quick to address you by name, the hotel exudes a feeling of aged European grandeur.

Spend a few days in the idyllic town of Chinon in the Loire Valley- its the perfect way to relax!!

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