Posts Tagged ‘wedding’


Handmade Ceramics by Sarah Kupcho of In Her Words

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I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while. But let’s be honest, I’ve been meaning to write a lot of posts for a while now! 2012 just hasn’t been my year for blogging as I’ve had a million other obligations and freelance design work to tackle on top of my regular jobs.

I’m getting off topic. If you’ve been reading We are not Martha for a while, you might remember that last spring I wrote a post on buying non-registry items for wedding and bridal shower gifts. I mentioned a bunch of unique but tasteful gift options that a newly married couple might enjoy. To be honest, I just scoured the internet looking for very pretty, fun, and cozy things that I’d like to own one day ;)

It’s no secret that you can almost always find nice gifts at a bigger chain store but as an artist myself, I always like to support other artists too, especially when I have the platform (the blog!) to do so. That being said, I remember when I wrote the post last year I went straight to Etsy to find some talented artists. Not thinking a whole lot about it, I recommended a couple of simply stunning handmade ceramic plates and platters from an Etsy shop called In Her Words, owned by Sarah Kupcho.

Fast forward many months later. I received an email earlier this year from Sarah saying how thankful she was for my post and how much it’s helped her shop grow and bring her traffic! Just by me simply linking to her shop and mentioning her on We are not Martha! As a thank you, Sarah offered to make me a dish, which obviously I agreed to because I ain’t no dummy and I was thrilled to finally own one of her pieces! She asked what I wanted written on my catch-all plate and since I’m a sucker for anything initialed or monogrammed, I gave her my initials, CLA, and told her to have at it!

A few weeks later, a package arrived in the mail. By that time I had pushed this little gift to the back of my mind, so you can imagine how excited I was when I opened the perfectly packed box to see that it was the woodgrain plate Sarah had made just for me. I couldn’t stop smiling!

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The catch-all dish is just the perfect size. I often have nail polish, extra bobby pins, or hair elastics on it and it’s a great way to keep everything in one place instead of scattered all around.

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Some of my other favorites from Sarah’s shop:

Cereal Bowls

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There’s no excuse to drag in the morning when you have simple motivational words looking up at you from your cereal bowl! Can’t you see these in Anthro?!

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Oval Shaped Baking Dish

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This baking dish is stunning. In Sarah’s description on Etsy she mentions using it for artichoke dip. CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE HOW WONDERFUL THAT WOULD BE?! Can’t contain my excitement. Oh, and if you’re wondering what it reads on the inside of the dish:

“It’s fun to get together and have something good to eat at least once a day. That’s what human life is all about – enjoying things” -Julia Child

Hello. Your dinner guests would go wild over this.

Wedding Platter

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Adore. I actually feel like this would be wonderful just hung up on a wall. Or to serve an appetizer on. Whichever.

Lunch Tray

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Confession: this makes me want to have 12 babies immediately so I can line them up at the dinner table and feed them using this tray. So fun, right?

Monogram Napkin Rings

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I’ve actually never met a single person who didn’t love a monogramed item. And if they say they don’t, I can generally talk them into digging it. These napkin rings are all I’m focusing on in life these days. And they would make a terrific gift as well as a great conversation starter at the dinner table.

“Ohhh, la la, I love those napkin rings! Where did you get them?! They must have been so expensive!”

“Oooh, you know, just from Sarah Kupcho on Etsy!!! Just $50 for 8 handmade napkin rings, no biggie.”

Wood Grain Wedding Set

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Let’s get real for a second. I’m not even having a wedding and I want this. It could also be titled Wood Grain Birthday set as my bday is coming up at the end of this month ;) It comes with one large platter, six napkin rings, and six appetizer plates. And for a completely custom and personalized gift, it’s $125, which I think is a great deal!

So, I thought long and hard about where I should display the plate Sarah made for me and I decided to place it on my nightstand. It’s one of the last things I see before I go to bed and one of the first things I see when I wake up (sounds like the start of a great relationship!). I use it as inspiration and motivation from one artist to another. I absolutely love when artists support each other and being in that position many times myself, I know that there’s no greater feeling than knowing that someone is madly in love with the work you do and tells all of their friends about you.

Sarah is a mother of two and an art teacher. She never studied ceramics but when she and her husband realized they were spending so much money on wedding gifts for people, she started making her own. One wedding platter at a time, Sarah is making her dreams come true and I’m absolutely honored that my one little blog post has contributed to her success. I absolutely love Sarah’s story and I adore her work.

Also, please know that if you’re inviting me to your wedding any time soon, expect that you’ll be receiving something from In Her Words as a gift ;)

What artists or Etsy shops are you completely in love with? Share in the comments… let’s support them all!

[Chels]

Asparagus, Prosciutto, and Gruyere Nachos

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I’m back! In a way, it feels like I was away forever. And in another way, I can’t believe I’m home already. How did the wedding fly by so darn quickly?! I just don’t get it. Words can’t really describe how absolutely incredible both the wedding (and all the events surrounding it!) and honeymoon were. But you know I’ll be trying! After all, that’s what I do. I’m still trying to decide how to write a wedding post since our (best ever) photographer has all of the amazing photos and we don’t have many of our own just yet. BUT she did just post a little preview of the pre-wedding stuff. You can check it out if you’d like. It’s fun.

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And then there are nachos. That was an odd transition, huh? From white dresses to cheese-covered tortilla chips. I mean, we have to get back to reality at some point, right? I went back to work yesterday and am officially done with wedding fun and vacation. Womp. I was trying to figure out a way to ease back into blogging slowly and nachos are really the best way I can do so. After all, I did just return from Los Cabos, Mexico, where I ate my weight in nachos (and guacamole…Seriously. A LOT of guacamole). I may have actually had some form or other of nachos every day. And I could probably continue to happily eat nachos every day for the rest of my life. Maybe Chris didn’t realize that’s what would happen when he married me. I’d hide in a corner and eat nachos all day. Too bad he’s stuck with me now! Muhaha.

These nachos are a bit different. But don’t hate on them. Sure you can have your traditional cheese-laden, chili, guac, and salsa packed nachos any day of the week. And you should. But sometimes it’s fun to switch things up and add a fresh vegetable or two. And still cheese. Just a bit more of a “sophisticated” cheese. Say it with a french accent for extra effect. Even though it’s technically a Swiss cheese. Just trust me on this.

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Asparagus, Prosciutto, and Gruyere Nachos (serves 2-3):
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  • A couple handfuls of tortilla chips
  • Gruyere cheese, thinly sliced
  • 5 slices of prosciutto, chopped
  • 8-10 stalks of asparagus, ends chopped off and cut into bite-sized pieces

(pre-heat oven to 350 degree)

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First couple days back from vacation call for 4 ingredient, 2-step recipes. Amen.

I know asparagus season ended pretty early in New England this year, but I think you can still get some pretty good bunches. The asparagus I used was nice and thin and I decided not to blanch it or do anything to it before topping the nachos with it. I wanted all those vitamins.

I did chop the asparagus into nice bite-sized pieces. Nachos can only handle so much!

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And then on a heat-proof plate, I layered gruyere, prosciutto, and asparagus.

If you’re not a nacho-making aficionado, like myself, you might not realize that layering is key. It’s kind of like when you go to the movie theater and ask the concession stand person to layer your popcorn and butter. When they do it, it’s so so good. But if they just give you one of those looks like, “I’m making $5.50 an hour; you really expect me to layer your popcorn?” you really only end up enjoying the top 1/4 of the popcorn. And by the time the previews finish, you’re done with it. Not worth the $10 you spent.

p.s. don’t you think round tortilla chips make much better nachos? I do.

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You can bake your nachos in a regular oven if you want, but I used my fabulous Cuisinart brick oven. Because it’s one of my favorite appliances ever and you can cook whole chickens in it if you choose to, but I never have and therefore, try to utilize it as much as possible. Some day, I shall cook an entire chicken in my toaster oven and blog the results.

Anyway, nachos baked in an oven are always better than the microwaved kind. Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes, until the asparagus gets bright green and the cheese gets melty.

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And then try to convince your friends and loved ones that yes, nachos with asparagus really are delightful. They might not believe you at first. My husband didn’t. OK fine, I really just wanted to say the word husband. Weird. But really, Chris was all, “why would I want to eat nachos with asparagus?” But then, like usual, he tried them and ended up helping me devour the platter.

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I try to refrain from saying “told you so!” Because I’m just happy he enjoys the food I cook. And also because I completely understand why you might be skeptical to cheer for nachos covered in vegetables. But to be fair, they’re also loaded up with plenty of prosciutto and cheese, too.

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I have a feeling you’ll be seeing lots and lots of Mexico-inspired recipes around here in the coming month or so. After pretty much every meal we had on our honeymoon, Chris exclaimed, “you HAVE to make this at home.” I think he basically planned out my editorial calendar for the next 6 weeks. OK honey…

I’m hoping to do a little honeymoon post later this week. Mainly because the resort that we stayed at was incredible and we ate SO much good food! Le sigh. What the heck am I doing back in rainy old Boston, anyway? But YAY, I’m so happy to be blogging again!

Would you add veggies to your nachos or do you think they should stay far, far away?

[Sues]