Photo Diary: The Honey Harvest


We suited up in full beekeeper uniform, vaguely resembling those of astronauts. And as we approached the hives, the low grade hum of thousands of bees hard at work grew louder and more resonant with each step forward. Removing the first hive cover unveiled a rare glimpse into their world, instantly submersing us into an all out swarming buzzfest. I was nervous at first, but was quickly reassured we were safely protected by our suits and in good hands with my father-in-law (master beekeeper) by our sides, there to talk us through the collection process. Continue reading

Happy (Labor Day) Weekend!


Lately, I’ve been working on some bigger DIY projects , new marketing strategies for Francois et Moi and also trying to relish every last moment left in summer. So of course something’s got to give and thus I’ve temporarily lightened my posting schedule to three times a week and am feeling pretty darn guilty about it. I love the daily posting schedule, and will get back to it in September, but right now it’s gotten to be overwhelming especially with a  full-time day job. Thanks for stickin’ with me during this growing moment for F&M! Continue reading

5 DIY’s to Try: Back to School Edition

Happy ‘Back to School’ to you! Can you believe the Fall 2014 school year is upon us already? Whether you’re indeed heading back to school or simply feeling creative, I’ve rounded up 5 school-inspired DIY’s to try to carry us into the school year…


Keep your desk organized with this simple wood block pencil holder from The Sweetest Occasion!


I’m loving this cuter than cute, and simpler than simple notebook tote from Say Yes.


How sleek and simple is this  DIY leather iPad case from Pretty Prudent?!


Dress your books for class with Fellow Fellow’s DIY book jackets. Who doesn’t love sewing on paper?!


Hello, pencil clutch. How clever are you?

Via Hands Occupied.

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Culinary Lavender Sea Salt


Lavender is my fave. I love the aroma and flavor, and try to sneak it into just about everything, both in the kitchen and DIY projects whenever possible. So I’m surprised (and a bit disappointed in myself!) that it never dawned on me to make lavender sea salt. I’m not talking about lavender bath salts (which are also lovely); I’m talking the edible kind that adds that je ne sais quoi when sprinkled on anything from homemade pot de creme to crackers to rimmed grapefruit margarita glasses.

Fellow blogger, Nina Graham of Frippery and Curiosities, opened my eyes to it when she mentioned that my homemade herb cracker recipe was a great way to put her lavender sea salt to good use. Of course, I heard the words lavender and sea salt and knew I needed to get my hands on some! Continue reading

A Fitger’s Affair


This past weekend Ken and I stopped in at Fitger’s while in Duluth for an obligatory (ha!) growler exchange at the Brewhouse. (Have you tried their Apricot Wheat Beer? It’s crazy good.) On our way out of the complex, we passed through the courtyard where we held our wedding reception 2 years prior and saw there was another wedding reception underway that evening. It brought back such fun memories of that night, so I thought I’d post a few photos and share our experience in case anyone is considering tying the knot in Duluth. Continue reading

5 Ideas for Throwing an Al Fresco Dinner Party

Summer is fleeting us. And it’s about this time every summer that I start to freak out a little. Fall is just around the corner, yet it feels like summer just got here, and it becomes painfully clear there are tons of things I still want to do before it turns cold. Anyone else feel the same?

Relishing summer nights with good friends over good food is one of those things I can never quite get enough of. So I thought I’d share a few ideas and inspiration to throw one last al fresco dinner party this summer, whether it’s in your backyard or a pop up party in a park. Let’s make the most of these last few weeks. Cheers! Continue reading