52 dates // 42

dc date // a thousand threads
The date // A night in DC.

One farmer’s market, two parties, fifty leather pouches (ahem… okay about thirty-five that turned out), multitudes of meetings, and one husband and one wife who’ve learned to be sure to savor every little second alone…

This week, on top of prep for our third Field + Foundry event this weekend, we’ve had plans almost every night.

So since one of those plans — the exciting opening night celebration of West Elm’s new Logan Circle store — took us down to DC, we made the best of the moment and took some extra leisurely time to enjoy the city.

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Artifact Uprising Giveaway!

artifact uprising // a thousand threads
I feel lucky to live in an era where we can take as many pictures as we want, and keep them filed away without always needing to pay for printing or find another big box (we’d have so many…).

But with that said, there’s nothing like a printed photograph… and these days it’s harder and harder to find a really high-quality option to print.

That’s why I’m in love with Artifact Uprising and everything they do. They’ve been so wonderful in working with us on Field + Foundry, and when they offered to do a giveaway for all of you, of course I jumped at the chance!

Enter after the jump for a chance to win one of these gorgeous postcard packs… I just love the way they make our photos from Europe look, and I can’t wait to order myself another pack for Christmas cards!

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Camping with United by Blue

camping with united by blue // a thousand threads
A few weeks ago, I was excited to find a unique invitation in my inbox from United by Blue. A group of ladies from the brand wondered if I’d be interested in joining an even bigger group of ladies from around the area for some hiking, campfires, and of course, s’mores… basically all of the things I love most.

This wouldn’t be glamping, they wanted to do it up right… and I was ecstatic to join.

So what do you get when you put a group of lady bloggers out in the woods for a weekend of roughing it in the rain, cold, and snow?

Well it turns out you get a pretty badass camping trip. More badass than I even could have imagined.

… it’s possible that you might also get a pissed off park ranger, but neveryoumind.

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Camp weekend

// a thousand threads
More than ever, Mark and I know we have so, so much to be thankful for — especially all of you and your kind words these past few days. Thank you, as always, for being there with us. It means so much.

And speaking of thanks, I’m busy gathering my gear — and mixing up some cider and rye — for a weekend of camping with an amazing group of friends, both old and new.

It’s been far too long since I’ve spent a night under the stars. I’m a little sad not to be taking my favorite camp partner along with me — but when United by Blue wrote with an invite, I won’t lie, I might’ve squealed a little. What’s better than camping, hiking, and potlucking around the campfire? Nothing in this girl’s book…

I can’t wait to share all of the details of our badass lady weekend next week!

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Eye these beautiful photos of Helen Levi by Nicole Franzen.

Buy these boots I’m coveting.

Make these cute treat boxes for Halloween.

Bake this easy pear tart.

The lazy girl’s (me) guide to de-wrinkling clothes.

We already identify the best schools, what do you think about pointing out the worst?

These great covered bowls.

Homemade corn dogs omg.

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52 dates // 41

barbara fritchie // 52 dates // a thousand threads
The date // Breakfast at The Fritch.

The Barbara Fritchie is a once-great Frederick institution that hasn’t changed in at least 50 years.

The charm of the era it was born in still remains (… along with more than a few of the original clientele) even if it is a little rough around the edges. And it’s become one of our favorite places for a simple breakfast, a cup of coffee, and maybe even a piece of pie.

So this week, with a full schedule on our plates, we decided to wake up extra early and sneak away to our favorite little Frederick diner… still just as great as ever, just maybe in a slightly different way.

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Things to be thankful for

ombre carrots // a thousand threads
I’m guilty of not sharing a real-life update with you all in a while – I’ve been sharing the pretty, easy things instead. But these beautiful carrots reminded me that we’re long overdue.

Our lives are still in limbo, caught somewhere between greatness and complete and total terror… hoping to scratch our way out of the darkness sometime soon.

When we left for Europe, we were certain Mark had a job lined up for his return. But after some time waiting around for the reality to materialize, we’ve found ourselves back at square one. I won’t ramble on about the worry or the stress, because I’m sure you already know. A month, maybe two… that’s manageable. Going on three with no end in sight… suffice to say it sucks.

But, though it might feel a little early for thanks, we’ve also been reminded — so many times over these past few months — why thanks is never really limited to that one day a year.

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Paris

paris // a thousand threads
Of all of the places we visited this summer, I feel the deepest connection with Ireland… which should come as no surprise. My grandmother was Irish, and I grew up in the Pacific Northwest. Ireland feels like home.

That said, I have to admit that the place I was most excited to take Mark to was Paris. As a little girl, I always wanted to visit, but as a teenager, my mind wandered off to more exotic places… feeling certain that the Paris everyone carries on about would let me down. Then, in my early 20s, I found myself there…

And in many ways I mean that completely.

I actually had a terrible experience on my first trip to Paris and a huge falling out with a relative that’s never been fully repaired…

But in the moments before and after, I wandered the city by foot and by train, to the catacombs, the streets of Montmartre, and all the way out to Versailles. I sat in Marie Antoinette’s garden and cried for the mess my life was at that moment, and felt hopeful for what I knew it had to become. I sipped wine, smoked at cafes (part of the mess I left behind…), and indulged in the beautiful food and the beautiful shopping just down the street from my tiny hotel on rue Saint-Honoré.

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Salted caramel pumpkin cheesecake

salted caramel pumpkin cheesecake // a thousand threads
Fall in the Heeley house…

Mark: Has he told you what he wants to be for Halloween?

Me: No?

Mark: He wants to wear a red body suit and carry a machine gun and run around screaming.

[pause]

… that’s what’s in his head.

Austin: [From upstairs, screams like a banshee and hits the bed, again - but thank god it's not the wall - with a light-up sword that only makes the fun noise when it hits something hard.

... because toy manufacturers hate us all.]

Mark [ominously]: How scary is that?

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How to make your own bitters

how to make your own bitters // a thousand threads
Have you ever tried to make your own cocktail bitters? It’s way less daunting than it sounds… all you need is a few herbs, roots, spices, and grain alcohol to make it happen.

I taught a little workshop on the subject at our last Field + Foundry event, and today I’m over on West Elm’s blog detailing the process!

Be sure to stop by, and let me know if you try it out! It’s a pretty fun little science experiment, and we’re sort of obsessed with the orange-cardamom bitters we brought home from the event.

… they’ll be perfect for the long weekend ahead.

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Fall favorites with Joules

fall favorites with joules // a thousand threads

Something about fall always makes me want to start new – clean out the closets, buy a new planner, and especially update my wardrobe. Maybe it’s because no matter how long I’m out of school, I still feel like the first big day is on its way, or maybe it’s because I know the cold hard winter is lurking just around the bend…

Whatever the case, my wish list always seems to be extra long in the fall. So I’ve teamed up with the awesome British brand Joules to bring you a few of my current favorites.

… maybe some sweet person will add them to my Christmas list.

1 // I can never have enough quilted jackets, and I love the deep blue and big pockets on this one.
2 // These Mazama mugs would be perfect for curling up with a cup of cocoa.
3 // Speaking of essentials, this leather tote is everything.
4 // I’m dying for a few new dresses, and this one is perfect for fall.
5 // This perfume is scented with notes of honeyed rose, peonies, dark green tuberose, and tea… does it get any better than that?
6 // I’m not usually one for literal interpretations of the seasons… but this vintage bracelet is definitely an exception I’d be happy to make for fall.

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