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A Busy Week

Well, this is a busy, busy week for us. We added a couple last-minute alterations to our schedule. We’re both knee-deep in silk, chiffon, and wool working on Sarah’s wedding dress and winter coat – post about our progress on that coming soon! Julia is training and covering for the stage manager for several performances of For the Boys, currently playing up at the Marriott. I am gearing up for a wedding on Saturday, in addition to my 45 hours of day job. To say we’re looking forward to Monday (which is our Saturday) is an understatement. In fact, I think we may both collapse in a giant heap by then.

But – things are happening! Julia will be the assistant stage manager on the next mainstage production at Marriott, which is a great step for her career; and we’re continuing to get inquiries and grow our business a little bit every day. We told you little while ago that we’d bought our first advertising over on A Practical Wedding and today out introduction post is up. Unlike many places on the internet, where advertising is just an image in a sidebar, Meg (the founder and editor) takes the time to get to know each vendor and then write a whole blog post about the business. In fact, it was her encouragement that led us to add wedding stage management to our fledgling business, in addition to the custom clothing work we began with. So, thanks Meg!

Here’s the post, if you’d like to go read it:

Crafty Broads on A Practical Wedding

And if you’re interested in custom clothing, have a garment that needs alteration, or you want a wedding stage manager, you can find all the details over on the Crafty Broads website.

We’ll see you back here, bleary-eyed, on Monday for one last catch-up post and then we will be back to our regular chatter, which means we better think of something amazing to cook pretty soon. Got any suggestions?

What I Love About Chicago

(Hint: It’s not Navy Pier or the Mag Mile.)

Oops, I blinked and missed it – my guest post has been up on Sarah’s blog since Tuesday! Go check it out if you want to know what we love about Chicago.

I’ll be back soon to tell you all about the belated anniversary dinner we had at Chalkboard on Friday night, and some of the drool-worthy meals my lovely wife has cooked for me on my vacation this week. (Which is sadly ending today.)

Coming Soon: More Crafting!

Hi. Can you do something real quick for me? Look up at the top of the page. Do you see there, under the title, where it says, “eating our way through our first year of marriage”? Well. Julia and I are coming up on our first wedding anniversary on Tuesday. Which means that year of eating will be up, and this blog is going to enter its second year. (Yeah, I know, I really haven’t been writing consistently for a year, and I didn’t start on our wedding day either, but the year of eating is up, and now we must starve. Or something.)

Never fear dear friends and people I’ve never met in Singapore (HI! You read every post! Who are you?) – the blog is not going anywhere. It’s just going to be a little bit different. For the better, I think. Starting next week, I will be blogging about anything and everything, which will certainly still include food, and is likely to include sewing and crafting and stage managing weddings and starting a small business and trying to grow plants on our porch in the crazy-ass weather we’ve been having and life in general. So. I hope you’re cool with that. And if you’re just here for the food… I totally get that. Check my blogroll for some excellent food-only reading.

I’ll be taking the rest of the weekend off blogging to celebrate (and also to stage manage Ms. Bunny’s wedding, more on that later, maybe) so this will be it until Wednesday probably. I know, how will you live without me?*

Have an excellent long weekend, eat and drink good things, and please come back next week to see if you still like my ramblings.

*You’ll be just fine. You did it for all those months when I wasn’t posting, didn’t you?

Welcome APW Readers!

Just a quick post to say hello to the awesome ladies (& gents?) popping over from A Practical Wedding today. Welcome! I’m glad you’re here. Thought you might enjoy a brief summary of us and our blog.

Julia and I are theatre people. We both have lengthy backgrounds in stage management, and in more recent years we’ve also branched out into costuming. We met in 2006 at an opening night party for a show I was working on, became inseparable despite the fact that Julia started dating someone else, and eventually after relentless pursuit on my part, she realized what I already knew: that we were perfect for each other.

Julia and I got married just about a year ago and because we are crazy we didn’t like the options we could afford, we decided to make our dresses, the cake, and do all the invitation and website design ourselves. And I wrote our ceremony from scratch with a little help from a great writer and equally excellent friend. (If you all want I can post the ceremony text. A chunk of it is on APW this morning. Which is maybe why you’re here. But I digress…) It was awesome.

Around the time we were planning our wedding, we’d made an effort to start eating better and cooking more exciting food, so once the wedding madness was over, we started this blog to document our first year of marriage via the yummy things we were cooking and eating. You can read the very first post here.

Shortly thereafter, we decided to put our sewing and other creative skills to use and we started figuring out how to start a business doing the things we love. And thus, crafty broads was born. We are still figuring out exactly what we want to do, but for now we are focusing on custom clothing and corsets, and putting our stage management skills to good use offering sane wedding management. If you decide to check that link out, be warned: I haven’t finishes the website yet.

That’s enough rambling for today. Please poke around, stay for a while, comment if you feel so inclined, and have a great PRIDE week!

This Barely Qualifies as a Post.

Before I write my lame paragraph about why I haven’t posted, quick, do one thing for me, ok? Post a comment and tell me why you read this blog. I have no idea who my audience is or what you want to hear. (more recipes? more rambling? both?) and I need your help. So please. Go now. I’ll wait.

Seriously. You went and commented, right? Right??? (You guys know google stats tells me how many people read this post, don’t you? I’ll know if you didn’t. I won’t know who you are, per se, but I’ll know. And more importantly – you will. I promise I’ll never try to force you to comment again, ok?) Good. Carry on.

I know! It’s been a week. I have pictures of something yummy on my camera to share with you as soon as I can muster up the energy to upload them here and then write about it. It was a busy week, wherein I madly wrote and edited and got other people to edit a blog post and went through 1100+ wedding pictures to put into said post about our wedding which will appear next week over at A Practical Wedding. I finished that late Thursday night and then dashed out of town for a quick weekend visit to St. Louis, which entailed a surprise 60th birthday party (hi, mom) and an equally short visit with my best friend (‘sup yo?) and I was also trying to get at least a basic draft of our crafty broads website up (obviously not done yet if you clicked that link)… so no post happened over the weekend either.

But tomorrow? Tomorrow I’m done work at noon. I suppose I could manage to throw some pictures up here and blabber on about them. And you? You can comment again tomorrow, if you like.

A New Title!

It came to me in a flash of brilliance (while pondering what to blog about today.) What do you think of this:

CRAFTING A MARRIAGE
cooking, sewing, laughing, talking, dreaming, fighting, making up a life

…thoughts? edits? too cheesy? help.

[p.s. to anyone who wandered over here from Lollygag Blog today… I’m not usually this short-winded and boring. Sorry. Please check the archives for something more exciting. Perhaps our very first post, which features one P.J. Schoeny, wedding officiant extraordinaire. Or some New England Clam Chowder? I have a feeling you’re a bunch that might appreciate that.]