One of the great pleasures of my job is working with our stellar team of bloggers. These writers are passionate, creative, witty, and — yes — volunteers! We hope you've enjoyed following your favorites through 2011. In no particular order, here are a few of our top posts from this year. Enjoy!
When my husband and I moved to Charlotte in 2004, we chose a home in historic Plaza Midwood for a couple of reasons. First, the under-10 minute commute to our jobs in uptown Charlotte. Second, the "no two alike" bungalow homes with generous front porches, located just a few blocks from popular restaurants and a European bakery. Basically, it was the exact opposite of everything that bummed us out about tract-home suburbia. Over time we found a third reason to love our neighborhood: the neighbors. It's the kind of place where you know your neighbors' names. The kind of place where the dad across the street practices guitar on his porch at dusk, and where alert college students living next door call the police at 3 a.m. when your car is broken into and your laptop stolen. (True story: and the thief was caught, and the laptop returned.)
The holidays are a wonderful time of year and one of my favorite parts of the holidays is the food. We can all agree the holidays would not be the same without traditional foods. While I love traditions, I’m also open to trying new and modern ways to prepare holiday foods.
It’s December 21 and you have exactly four days to finish up your holiday shopping. Well, technically three days if you rule out buying stocking stuffers at a gas station on Christmas morning.
Does anyone else feel that around this time of year, there is no textile that is more appropriate than a great tartan plaid? Yeah. Us too. We have decided our last full week leading into the much anticipated holiday is going to be solely dedicated to the amazing pattern of plaid. If you all have ever taken the opportunity to explore the thousands of various types of named tartan plaids, you would be absolutely amazed. It is truly a form of art. Today we have compiled various images of tartan plaid being incorporated in everyday design. Disclaimer: These images are so fabulous they might set you over the top. Viewer discretion is advised.
The holidays are here, which means that Guglhupf Bakery and Pâtisserie's Dresden-style Christmas Stollen is available in the bakery and by mail order every day through Christmas!
If you missed yesterday's post, click here to check out fabulous finds $25 and under...
The items in the “Handmade in N.C. Holiday Gift Guide” have been collected from numerous talented artists in North Carolina. There are so many more that we wish we could feature, but we hope this sampling will inspire you to buy locally handmade gifts this holiday season!