Our Favorite At Home Date Night Meals

Our Favorite At Home Date Night Meals - Charleston Crafted

Our Favorite At Home Date Night Meals - Charleston Crafted

I know that a lot of people like to eat out for Valentine’s Day, and I get it, but my favorite date nights are almost always cooking something special at home. And Sean washes the dishes, of course, and we have wine and a fun and delicious time. If you are considering a date night in for Valentine’s day or any day, check out some of our favorite meals below:

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SUSHIhomemade sushi is shockingly easy. Ditch the bamboo rolling mats and roll them by hand! Have fun picking out unique topping combinations and seeing who can make the biggest and craziest roll.

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MAKING PASTArolling pasta is also a lot easier than it seems. You will need a pasta maker, but there are really inexpensive ones on Amazon. Pasta + Wine always makes for a romantic dinner, just ask the Lady and the Tramp!

Easy Cheese Fondue Recipe - Charleston Crafted

FONDUE – don’t really want to cook but wan’t a romantic meal at home? Fondue! Sure, you might need to do a little bit of chopping, but you can minimize it. We are obsessed with this beer cheese fondue, and chocolate fondue is always a big hit, too!

What’s your favorite date night at home meal?

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Quick and Easy DIY Driftwood Frame

Quick and Easy DIY Driftwood Frame - Charleston Crafted

Knocked out a super fast project last week. You know how we love driftwood around here and there certainly is an abundance at the beach. We’ve done things ranging from our coffee table to a mirror frame to a candle holder and more. But I had a coworker who was leaving for a new job, so we wanted to send her off with a little memento of us and I had the idea to make a quick and easy DIY driftwood frame.

I searched my driftwood hoard stash and found two pieces that were naturally bent to almost right angles. I used a coping saw to even them out so they were the same size and would form together to make a rectangular frame.

Quick and Easy DIY Driftwood Frame - Charleston Crafted

I used two really thin trim nails to attach the pieces together. I thought about using hot glue, but I wanted them to fit smoothly and be sturdy.

Quick and Easy DIY Driftwood Frame - Charleston Crafted

Then I simply attached a short, straight piece of driftwood to the back to act as the stand for the frame. I tapped a trim nail through the front of the frame and into the stand at the right angle. The nail heads are so small and are a natural wood color, so you can hardly tell they are there. That was it!

Quick and Easy DIY Driftwood Frame - Charleston Crafted

Quick and Easy DIY Driftwood Frame - Charleston Crafted

This frame took me no more than 15 minutes to make. It was a great gift. We cut out a picture of our group and stapled it to the back of the frame so that she would have a coastal reminder of our group in Charleston. This makes for a great gift or decor item for your home. Driftwood is so crafty and easy to work with that it’s an excellent resource to have around!

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The Three Saws for a New Homeowner

If you’re a new homeowner and you plan on making updates to your new home, both inside and out, I have the three saws you need to have to get the jobs done. There is a freaking saw for everything, I swear, and they all do different things well. Very few construction projects can be done without a saw, and there is a saw for every occasion, but these are the three saws for a new homeowner in my opinion.

Three Saws for the New Homeowner - Charleston Crafted

  1. Miter Saw – this is the single most important tool that I have purchased since becoming a homeowner. I use my miter saw for almost every single project I do. It’s great for cutting perfectly straight lines very quickly. You can make everything very even, very quickly. Plus it’s great for making angled cuts and beveled cuts. I’ve used it for everything from cutting crown moulding to extend our fireplace to cutting wood for our barn door to all the precise angled cuts for our dining room table and benches. The range in size, but I have the 7 1/4 inch blade which works perfectly for me to be able to move it around and adjust it since I don’t have a designated saw station.
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  2. Coping Saw – I could have chosen a hand saw or a hack saw, which both have their own unique uses, but a coping saw is super cheap and easy to use for lots of things. I originally bought it to cut the interior angles of our crown moulding in the front room and dining room, but this little thing is great for cutting natural wood, like driftwood, or for cutting little pieces of anything. It has small, close together teeth, which makes it a great tool for using in a pinch.
    The Three Saws for a New Homeowner - Charleston Crafted
  3. Reciprocating Saw – I’ve had a reciprocating saw from our time in the condo. I first used it to rip apart a pallet to build a shop table on the porch and have used it so many times since, including cutting a door into a Christmas tree stand to making a wood shed from old fence. It’s great for making quick, rough cuts when you don’t need to be precise. Don’t expect to get a smooth, precise cut with a reciprocating saw, but you can tear apart doors, fences, pallet and lots of other stuff quick, so it’s great to have in your arsenal.
    The Three Saws for a New Homeowner - Charleston Crafted

There are so many other great saws out there (table saws and circular saws for long, straight cuts, hand saws for outside lumber, jigsaws for design cuts, etc) and I have a bunch of them, but being a new homeowner and trying to get projects done around the house, these are the three that I have relied on the most for different projects. I’ve borrowed a lot of stuff from neighbors for one time uses as well, so this is not a “these saws can accomplish all projects” but if you’re looking to get started, these are what I recommend.

Three Saws for the New Homeowner - Charleston Crafted

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Rug Swap in the Sunroom

Mohawk Home Laguna Boardwalk Striped Woven Rug in the Sunroom - Charleston Crafted

Mohawk Home Laguna Boardwalk Striped Woven Rug in the Sunroom - Charleston Crafted

We are slowly but surely updating our sunroom. Recent big updates have been adding curtains to the windows and a gallery wall above the TV. The next thing that really needed to go was the rug. We have only had it for about 2.5 years, but it has gotten really gross looking. I guess that $150 Target rugs just don’t wear well.

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the best pic I have of the old rug!

I had a really hard time finding a replacement for the old rug. I actually wanted to go with a full faux fur gray rug, and saw loads of them at my local TJ Maxx. However, Sean was not on board. He said that it would get nasty – and he probably wasn’t wrong.

Mohawk Home Laguna Boardwalk Striped Woven Rug in the Sunroom - Charleston Crafted

 

I looked at a lot of different rugs – lots of patterned blue designs. Sean was adamant that we didn’t want white (because of staining – but off white was okay if it was clearly off white and not white). I wanted something a bit more plush than our last one and we wanted to keep it under $200.

Mohawk Home Laguna Boardwalk Striped Woven Rug in the Sunroom - Charleston Crafted

We ended up ordering this Mohawk Home Laguna Boardwalk Striped Woven Rug. When it came, we realized that it was a bit more shag than we anticipated, but it really is soft on your feet and has not shed at all. It vacuums easily and is not showing dirt (we have had it for about a month – I wanted to wait to give a good review not just based on first impressions). The stripes are definitely off white, grey, a sort of brownish beige color, denim blue, and teal. It really hits all of our home colors, which is why Sean loved it, and has stripes which are my vibe and are all over our home.

Mohawk Home Laguna Boardwalk Striped Woven Rug in the Sunroom - Charleston Crafted

The only real snag came with my measuring – I really thought that the old rug was an 8×10′. Apparantly it was a 7×10′ which I didn’t even realize was a thing, so this one sticks out just a tad bit further. Not exactly my favorite, but not bad enough to return it.

Mohawk Home Laguna Boardwalk Striped Woven Rug in the Sunroom - Charleston Crafted

So, now our floors are freshly updated. The view looking at the TV is pretty good in my book, but the view in the other direction (towards the bar) is a hot mess. I know what I want over there, it’s just low down our $ and time priority list, so we will see when we get to it!

Mohawk Home Laguna Boardwalk Striped Woven Rug in the Sunroom - Charleston Crafted

the hot mess angle

Any new and exciting purchases going on in your home?

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Going Solar!

When we moved into our new house, we knew that we wanted to make some improvements to increase the value of the home. Well, we never considered adding solar panels but now that I have, we are really hoping that they will be a huge value add to our resale value!

Going Solar - Charleston Crafted

Going Solar - Charleston Crafted

We got our panels through Jon at Vision Solar (let us know if you are in the area and we will get you his info). It is a great set up as it is a zero down financing plan and we own and not lease them. 55% of the total cost is a tax credit (30% federal and 25% state) so we have 2 loans – one for the tax credit and a second one for the balance. They set our payment at the average of our current electric bills, which for us is $145 a month. We will pay that for seven years (except you know I love paying off loans early!) At the end of that period, we will own the panels and no longer have an electric bill. Hopefully, we will actually get a check from the electric company!

Going Solar - Charleston Crafted

Going Solar - Charleston Crafted

We have seen solar panels go up in our neighborhood for the past six months and estimate that about ten percent of the houses have them so far. We really feel like this is the way of the future and that they will be not only a bonus but a must have going forward.

Do you have solar panels? Have any questions about them? I’d love to chat!

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