Happy Hour Stitches

No Wine-ing About It!

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Today, the Fall/Winter 2016 issue of Make It Yourself magazine hits newsstands! I absolutely LOVE this magazine — it’s inspired by Pinterest and Etsy crafts, with a focus on hip décor, fun parties, and fast and easy projects using all sorts of craft materials.

Earlier this year, I got the pleasure to model for this issue in their The Perfect Blend wine tasting party. I got to bring along my hubby and our two close friends, too! (We had just gotten back from our honeymoon in Napa a few weeks before, so were feeling very prepared to “host” this party.)

All crafts in the party were designed by Amanda Kingloff (who also did the Duck Tape kid’s crafts in this issue, too!). The photographer was the amazing Rebekah Molloy (who was coincidentally our wedding photographer), and the story was art directed by my friends Elizabeth Stumbo and Alison Gamm.

The shoot was so fun! We ate cheese, sipped wine, and caught up with friends while the photographer captured the moment. It all felt very natural and I was right at home. The burlap and cork accents, jewel-tone color palette, and easy party printables (you can grab those freebies here), make this party SO doable, no matter how much space or time you have.

Because wines are one of my great loves, I HAD to throw this party. (Side note: Right now, I’m drinking the Robert Mondavi Private Selection Merlot 2014, which is one of my favorite cheaper wines. We always have it in our house for an end-of-the-day glass or unexpected guest!). Below are some pics from my own wine tasting party. I stuck to only wines from Napa, so we were comparing grapes from one region. It was fun to hear guests’ opinions about the wines and guesses on the varietal.

The “Wineology 101” is something I wrote for the party and is part of the free downloads. I love the cork frame! The bottle numbers are originally meant to be used for iron-on transfers, but I just printed on paper and attached to paper bags with embroidery floss.


The centerpiece was a glass bowl filled with corks. I actually always have this sitting out in our home. Once it’s full, I craft with the corks! The fabric flowers are something I designed for HowToSew.com and look cute tied around the bowl with baker’s twine!


Also, fresh flowers are a MUST for parties! They make any event feel instantly special. And the burlap coaster for the vase tied in a natural look. Burlap shapes also made an appearance on the cheese and snack table for cute accents.


(Not pictures are the whites because our group was more of a red group). The Smoking Loon Pinot Noir and the Benziger Merlot were the winners (although personally, that Cabernet Sauvignon was my favorite!).

I hope to host another of these soon! It’s such a fun party and would be perfect around the holidays! Next time, I’ll use the wine and cheese pairing guide found in the party kit to really add another dimension to the tasting.


I also got to model this beautiful woven bracelet, too, so watch out for that! I’ve never tried weaving with yarn before, but the weaving story has a lot of great tutorials and fun projects (look at that wall hanging!), so that’s next on my list!

Make sure to pick up an issue of Make It Yourself Fall/Winter 2016 (you can find it at most Barnes and Noble, Target, Walmart, and your local crafts store or online at zinio.com). This issue is one of my favorite they’ve done and it’ll definitely by my go-to during holiday crafting!

Thanks for joining me for “happy hour,”

Lindsay


Do you love wine? Share pictures with me on Instagram @lindsmayland!

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