My Favorite Tools for Gorgeous Wood Signs

My Favorite Tools for Gorgeous Wood Signs

I am by no means a woodworker, but I have been able to figure out how create pretty wooden signs with a dash of calligraphy! I could never have figured it out without trial and error, expert advice and wisdom (most from my mom), and probably six different types of stains and sealants. It's taken a few years, but I am happy to say I've finally got the hang of it!

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My Vintage Typewriter

My Vintage Typewriter

There wasn’t a distinct moment when I decided I wanted a typewriter, but I’ve always imagined typing my memoirs on a vintage 1950s Underwood. I have an appreciation for these odd types of things, and I think it stems from the typewriter I’d “play” with as a kid in my grandfather’s basement. Now that I have my own, I wanted to introduce it to the world of A. Taylor Studio…

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Sweet Apple Rose Tortes

Sweet Apple Rose Tortes

The taste of apples baked in brown sugar and cinammon will always remind me of my grandmother's house, where six large apple trees lined her backyard. We'd pick good apples, throw bad ones as far away as possible, and watch for deer to come and eat them. This little batch of delightful rose-shaped tortes was so fun to make, I wanted to share some thoughts behind the process (along with the recipe).

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Why We Chose To DIY Our Wedding Favors

Why We Chose To DIY Our Wedding Favors

For our wedding favors, we certainly knew what we did not want to give our guests: something they would never use, or throw away, or lose. We decided to bottle our own olive oil for various reasons. It represents meaning and of course, function. Here's how I came to the decision, how we bottled it, and the function is served for our wedding!

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5 Ways To Incorporate Calligraphy on Your Thanksgiving Table

 5 Ways To Incorporate Calligraphy on Your Thanksgiving Table

Picturing the perfect Thanksgiving table is easy - just think of the food! My family's table will be covered with dishes like my sister's famous mashed potatoes, maple butternut squash, my mom's stuffing (out of this world!) and of course, a glistening turkey with all the fixings. It will also have tons of calligraphy on it - in many forms - because there are so many fun and crafty DIY ways to incorporate calligraphy into the tablescape.

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Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sage Butter Sauce

Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sage Butter Sauce

I consider myself an italophile. A hardcore one. I took classes, lived in Italy, and savored the many tastes of that glorious land. I could wax poetic about Italy forever. But the one thing I don't think I'll ever understand is why the word gnocchi doesn't directly translate to pillows of heaven. Because that is exactly what gnocchi are. I think the word derives from the Italian word for "knot." Knots?! Gnocchi are not knots. They are angelic puffs of cloudlike magic. They are light, airy pods of richness. An epicurean dream.

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