{events} KATE PAYNE IS COMING TO TOWN

I am pumped with excitement to announce that Austin-based author, Kate Payne, is coming back to the Capital Region for a THREE-DAY Extravaganza!!!!! I love Kate, you love Kate, we all love Kate! Kate is coming to town June 6, 7 & 8th to celebrate her newest book in the “Hip Girls” series: Hip Girls Guide to…

{events} Kate Payne Visits the Farm

EDITOR’S NOTE: Author, blogger and From Scratch Club’s inspirational springboard, Kate Payne, was in town last Wednesday and Thursday for a handful of book tour events. We will be recapping these events over the weekend, but first up, Erika will share a special {FSC Field Trip} to Kilpatrick Family Farm she organized. The FSC ladies…

{events} Kate Payne Is Back!

Grab your cheesecloth, mason jars, white distilled vinegar, salt, a swap item and let’s party! Because… she’s baaaack! With great delight and excitment, I’d like to officially announce that the fabulous Harper Collins author & blogger, Kate Payne, author of Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking: Decorating, Dining, and the Gratifying Pleasures of Self-Sufficiency–on a Budget!,…

{hip girl’s guide to homemaking} A RECAP

Where to begin? The 24 hours that took weeks to plan felt like it was over in 4 hours. (And almost a month to write a recap post Geeeez, sorry about that!) Nom Nom. Chatter Chatter. Hugs. Whoooosh. That’s All Folks… Bye Bye Kate, have a safe flight. {the only picture of Kate & I,…

{FSC Community} DIY Projects 2011

{pine paneling from my childhood room = raised garden beds} We were so blown away by the insightful, inspiring and enthusiastic responses we got from our Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking book giveaway question–What DIY Project are you most excited to tackle this summer?– that we are posting all responses, plus our own d.i.y. dreams….

{giveaway} and the winner is…

I was so excited to “draw” the winner…who could it be? Congratulations to #18th Commenter: “Everything! I am hoping to put our house on the market this spring so in addition to the garden, this year I am tackling the hardwood floors and lots and lots of paint!” – Kim Kim, you have ONE week…

{GIVEAWAY} Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking

The day has arrived…Kate Payne’s Hip Girl’s to Homemaking has hit the stores. It was released on Wednesday- hurray! Along with other fabulous blogs, Harper Collins Publishers have graciously provided us one advanced copy to giveaway to one of our readers. To up the “ohhhhh ahhhhhh” factor, our copy will be SIGNED as Kate will…

{HIP GIRLS} Updates, Announcements N More

{The book arrived in stores yesterday, April 19th, 2011. CONGRATS KATE!} Our book party is on Friday. The word “exciting” doesn’t fully describe how I’m feeling about the pending party. I’ll be picking Kate up from the Albany airport Friday afternoon and then we will spend some quality time in my kitchen. You see once…

{weekend reading} LOCAL EDITION

WINTER FARMERS MARKETS: SATURDAYS, 9am-1pm unless otherwise noted. The countdown has begun, just three weekends left indoors until the outdoor markets and Wednesday markets return or open for the first time, in the case of Troy… We can do this folks, just a few more weeks! Empire State Plaza Market, Concourse Level at the bus…

{EVENT} Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking

{This is Kate. She is awesome. Come meet her.} It was hard keeping this a secret for the past month. Popular blogger and published author, Kate Payne, is launching a book tour for her soon-to-be-released book, Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking: Decorating, Dining and the Gratifying Pleasures of Self-Sufficiency–on a Budget. She is making a…