Welcome to my blog! I’m so glad you stumbled upon my little slice of the internet. My name is Danielle and I’m a wife and mother of three beautiful – and very energetic – kiddos. I can’t wait to get to know you better, but for now, here’s a bit about moi!
From as far back as I can remember, I was creative, driven, and slightly obsessive. I loved to be in the kitchen, mostly watching my grandmother cook and bake. Entertaining came naturally to me; I remember when my parents would entertain their friends at our home. Back then, the orangey-red soft cheese ball covered in chopped nuts was the popular thing to serve with crackers (yes, it’s still around!). I loved to watch my mother remove it from the clear plastic wrap and set it down on a plate with an assortment of crackers. That always signaled that company would be arriving soon. I have fond childhood memories of Danish butter cookies, you know, the ones in the dark blue metal container? My brother and I always fought over the cookie that was shaped like a pretzel and covered in coarse sugar. My grandmother would buy extra tins when they were on sale because, you never knew if company was coming over for coffee! I later realized how smart her preparedness was, and began applying it to my entertaining practices.
Even as a very young girl, I would change my room around constantly, each time hoping it would evoke a new look and feel that I could get excited about. I remember one summer we were in Florida visiting my grandparents. This was the year that angels and cherub babies were very popular. I had decided that it was time for a more grown-up, mature look. I wanted a Victorian style – ha! My bedroom had to be white, lacey and girly. Off to the store we went, hunting for a bedding and throw pillows of all shapes and sizes to stack on my daybed.
Fast forward to my early 20’s, I graduated college and was living on my own. I began hosting casual get-togethers at my apartment. Wine and cheese became a recurring theme. For my 25th birthday, I decided to throw myself a Mexican-themed party. I was so excited to fuss over the details. My parents ordered food from my favorite Mexican joint in town, but I insisted on making the appetizers. I bought my very first cookbook – Martha Stewart’s Hors D’Oeuvres Handbook, and made a gorgeous, bright green Cilantro Almond Relish using my blender. I was hooked. There was a thrill in coming up with a theme, planning the details, devising a menu and bringing it to life for my guests. I still have this cookbook, along with many, many others in my ever-growing collection.
My love and passion for all things home and decor has constantly evolved. Over the span of ten years working for the renowned paint company, Benjamin Moore, I was afforded the opportunity to work with so many talented professionals across the United States and Canada, including interior designers, architects, painters and color/trend experts. I was like a sponge each and every day that I walked into my building, soaking up all that I possibly could. I truly loved my job and will be forever grateful for the knowledge that I acquired during my decade there.
After my third child was born, I resigned to stay home as a full-time mama bear. It was bittersweet and very hard for me at first, but I knew it was the best thing for my family at that time. I had started The Crafty Hostess blog with a friend and co-worker about a year prior. She moved to California and decided not to pursue blogging. However, I stayed with it, then finally gave it up a couple of years ago when my youngest child was three. My kids needed my constant attention and I knew I couldn’t dedicate the time to the blog that was needed. My choice was clear. Family first.
Now, here I am, with three kids in school, in a quiet house where I can drink hot coffee (until 3:00 at least!). My husband and I are still improving and tinkering with our beautiful home in the suburbs of New York. I’m cooking and baking (gluten-free these days, refer to the Feast page) and decorating and filling my home with a unique mix of classic and vintage finds. And I’m happily blogging all about it.