Field + Foundry with Bing // Virginia

field + foundry with bing // a thousand threads
Field + Foundry was created with the goal of bringing creatives in the greater DC area together to form new connections over a great local meal. And by that standard, I hope I can safely say that our first event was a wild success. 25 amazing creatives from all over Virginia, Maryland, and DC (but mostly Virginia, this was our Virginia event, after all) gathered at a gorgeous little farmhouse on the sprawling acreage of Holy Cross Abbey (where Melissa was lucky enough to grow up) for a night of good conversation and new friends the stretched long into the night

It was the first of three small dinners we have planned, in partnership with Melissa Hope and with Bing, this summer and fall. Each evening will feature an outstanding creative or local business owner who will share a little bit of their inspiring journey with the group. Each will also feature a short workshop that will allow folks to create something they can take home.

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Vacation Friday

a beautiful dinner party, a sale at need supply, diy drink stirrers, and mini chocolate coconut pops // a thousand threads
Things currently making me happy…

1 // The success of our first Field + Foundry event, which I can’t wait to share soon. (Did you see Carlene’s and Morgan’s recaps?)

2 // The fact that my auto-responder is officially set and I am officially off the grid (okay well, sort of) for four days in Newport… a beautiful place only made better by the annual addition of all things folk.

3 // Your sweet, candid, amazing help on our survey. Thank you beyond thanks for being here and supporting what we do here on this little blog. I really can’t tell you how much it means.

4 // And last but most certainly not least… Weird Al’s #1 album. I don’t readily admit it, but Mr. Yankovic’s was the first concert I ever attended at the ripe old age of something like 12.

I usually say it was Bush, because they came next and because Gavin Rossdale… but if you count it, and the casino it was in, it was totally Al. So this one takes me back to say the least.

Have an amazing weekend of fun you guys! (Mandatory fun… get it? Okay I’ll stop.)

It’s so nice to have a few days off that we’re planning to make the most of every second.

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Eye this beautiful dinner party from Bustle Events and Apartment 34.

Buy some good stuff (like this hand cream) from Need Supply’s sale.

Make these pretty reusable gold drink stirrers.

Bake these mini chocolate coconut popsicles.

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Oh Joy on the changing business of blogging.

Have you heard of “One Year, One Dream“? I love everything about this idea.

This packing list is pure brilliance.

Learning = sucking.

The Bloggess explains feminism, and is amazing as always.

This article on John Lennon and Paul McCartney is so good in so many ways.

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What are your favorite travel resources?

what are your favorite travel resources? // a thousand threads // photo by tin nguyen
When Mark and I travel, we tend to put a disproportionate amount of effort into eating (surprise, surprise). Our meals are mapped out well in advance, usually with a little wish list on the side of places we’d love to eat if we could just manage to stuff it all in. (And I’m glad you asked… yes, we do usually feel sick by the time we come home.)

So, needless to say, some of our very favorite travel resources involve finding the best places to eat — Anthony Bourdain’s “Layover” guides, for example, are amazing, and Yelp is always an old standby. I’m also a big fan of Fodor’s (and when we’re feeling really fancy, a quick look at the Michelin guide).

But when it comes to other planning resources, we’re not so well-versed.

What tools do you love to use to plan your vacations? Do you worry as much about food as we do? Or do you have an awesome resource that hits the nail on the best activities every time?

We only have a month until we leave for Ireland and France, so I’m dying to know!

Photo by Tin Nguyen.

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Small business diaries // Our DU website

our du website // a thousand threads
If you’re really on top of things, you might’ve already realized that our DU website has been up(ish) for months. But you might’ve also realized that it was a looking a little neglected and glitchy. (Sorry about that!)

Since our launch in May, we’ve been working with our amazing friend Matt Novak (who did all of our awesome branding — which, really, is so perfect — in addition to designing our site) to get everything working smoothly before moving ahead. And now, finally, I’m so excited to share what we’ve done!

Head on over to the site to check it out.

In addition to applauding Matt’s awesome work, you can learn all about what we’re up to and, if you’re in the area, how to get your hands on some DU goods!

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Essential Newport Folk no. 2

essential newport folk fest playlist no. 2 // a thousand threads
So it might’ve been kind of hard for me to weed this one down (even now I’m still mourning the songs I left off) but that’s because the lineup at Newport Folk Fest this year is so. good.

… and we’re leaving in just 2 days, which means that at this point I’m pretty much doing nothing but staring at the clock and running circles around my cell office, counting down the hours until we leave.

It’ll be hard to top our experience last year… the perfect evenings, the perfect shows, the best luck ever that kept us out of the rain and in the room just a few feet from some of our favorite bands… but I can barely stand to wait. So I made a list.

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The Devil Makes Three Old number seven
Lucero Texas & Tennessee
Houndmouth
Hey Rose
Dawes
A little bit of everything
Gregory Alan Isakov
Saint Valentine
Shakey Graves
Unlucky skin
Trampled by Turtles
Are you behind the shining star?
Band of Horses
No one’s gonna love you
Jenny Lewis
The voyager
Leif Vollebekk
Cairo blues
Noah Gundersen
Nashville
Pokey LaFarge
Central time
Shovels & Rope
Birmingham
Hozier
To be alone
Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer
Tam lin (child 39)
PHOX
Evil
Ages and Ages
Light goes out
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Diablo rojo
Deer Tick
The rock
Valerie June
Somebody to love
Mavis Staples
I like the things about me
Jack White
Lazaretto

P.S. You can see last year’s essential playlist here.

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52 dates // 29

52 dates // a thousand threads
The date // A pilgrimage to the original Jimmie Cone
The bonus // An amazing night with friends, old and new

We all fall into our little routines… our happy places, or sometimes just our comfortable places.

Ice cream is most certainly one of ours, especially in the summertime (but let’s face it, always too). Want to do something special but don’t have plans? Ice cream is the answer – or at least an answer we consider – almost every time.

And I’m pretty okay with that. But there are other routines I’m less fond of.

DC has a routine. A go to work, come home, check email before bed and go back to work kind of routine. Maybe you’ll hit a bar somewhere in the mix, socialize with folks who work on the Hill or at a nonprofit like you… talk about work, because who knows who you might meet. Every drink is an opportunity.

… the problem is that I’ve never been one for opportunism.

When I moved to DC to go to George Washington, everyone I met was gunning for the same internships, then the same jobs, and the ones who weren’t seemed even more lost than I was. Trying to find their place in a world that wasn’t catering to them, that might even have felt like it was working against them. A world where the first question you’re asked when you meet someone new is “what do you do” and the second is “where did you go to school?”

But it’s not just the monotony or the intimidation that forces folks back into themselves. In most cases it’s also the fear, or even the true belief, that they are legitimately alone.

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3 years / How are we doing?

how are we doing? // a thousand threads
So we already talked about my birthday, but did you know that this little blog will turn exactly 3 years old this Saturday?

Still just a toddler… and still very much toddling along without a real idea of what we look like to the grown-ups around us.

So, grown ups… this is where we beg you to let us know. How are we doing? What can we do to improve for you? Because you, grown ups, readers… you’re the reason we’re here! How silly would it be if we didn’t try to make you happy?

If you have just a few minutes, we would be so honored if you would let us know your thoughts.

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Small business diaries // Emily Jeffords

small business diaries // emily jeffords // a thousand threadssmall business diaries // emily jeffords // a thousand threads
Today I’m excited to share an interview with Emily Jeffords: artist, blogger, mom, and all-around amazing lady that she is!

Read on to see why I’m so crazy about this hard-working artist who’s taking over the world.

… and also why my new motto might just be, “another cup of coffee and a lot of grace.”

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52 dates // 28

52 dates // a thousand threads
The date // Curling up for a night on the couch.

Sick always seems to come at the most inopportune time.

But then when is there ever really an opportune time?

These past few days have been slow for me, moving at half speed while my body forces me to slow down at just the time I wish it would sit back, shut up, and hang tough.

But there is at least something of a silver lining, in that the sick has afforded Mark and I a good chunk of time to snuggle up on the couch. We’ve been able to keep up with the latest crashes and dropouts on the Tour (wo this year), watch a few more episodes of Breaking Bad, and jump into the new season of Masters of Sex… perfect activities for the dark summer storms that have been swirling outside our window all week.

(Do a little anti rain dance to ward off the storms on Saturday for me, will you? We can move our party inside, but the outdoor location is so gorgeous I’d just hate to have to.

… then how would we roast s’mores?)

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Watermelon salad with goat cheese, basil, and bacon vinaigrette

watermelon salad with goat cheese, basil, and bacon vinaigrette // a thousand threads
Some flavors just shouldn’t go together. Chocolate and olives, strawberries and tomatoes, oysters and kiwi — but they do. I mean not that this dish is exactly salmon and licorice (I don’t know about that one…) but it is pretty weird.

So weird that after tasting a similar dish in Raleigh last summer, Mark and I couldn’t stop thinking about the combination.

Sure, watermelon makes sense… it’s summer, they’re everywhere and they’re insane. Give me an excuse to eat a watermelon and I’ll snack all day. Plus avocado? Sure — two vaguely tropical warm weather fruits. Bring ‘em on.

But bacon on warm weather fruit? Peaches, maybe… avocado, ya… but watermelon?

I mean I know it goes on everything… but that even sounds weird to me. And goat cheese and basil are great together… but what do they have to do with all of that other stuff in the mix?

So when this dish came to the table on a particularly gorgeous, warm summer night, I wanted nothing more than to find out.

One bite and we both knew we had to go home and try to recreate the crazy goodness that was this delicious weirdo of a salad.

Of course, this particular meal was combined with such good people and such good fun that it’s hard to come anywhere close to the whole of that amazing experience… but these flavors sure do remind me why I can’t wait to go back.

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