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Sewing Machines for Beginner Sewers@merrimentdesign

I’ve gotten a couple emails lately asking me about my sewing machine and what sewing machine I recommend, so here’s some advice for beginning sewers.

The quick answer? You don’t have to spend a lot, and honestly you really shouldn’t!
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Kid-Friendly Pork Carnitas Tacos - Copycat Antique Taco recipe @merrimentdesign

Here’s a pork carnitas taco recipe that’s not only kid-friendly but also foodie-friendly.

Our Chicago home is within walking distance to Antique Taco, the home of amazing tacos and salads set in a throwback antique restaurant. I just love this place so much.

We’ve eaten at Antique Taco so often that I thought I could try to pull off some tacos at home during the week when there’s not enough time to go out. There’s nothing like the real thing, of course, but this is a pretty great substitute.

Kid-Friendly Pork Carnitas Tacos - Copycat Antique Taco recipe @merrimentdesign

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Personalizable Party Decor from @Minted

I want to share the 80th birthday party decorations with you that I got from Minted. Yep, that’s right, I didn’t make any decorations for my mom’s 80th Birthday Open House and I gotta tell you, it was so nice!

Personalizable Party Decor from @Minted

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How to make DIY Monogrammed Wine Tags for a wine-themed wedding gift @merrimentdesign

I made these DIY monogrammed wine tags for a wine-themed wedding gift for our downstairs newlywed neighbors. We gave them three bottles of wine: one to open on their 1st wedding anniversary, one to open on their 5th annivesary, and one to cellar until their 10th. And you can download my free wine tag file below to make your own gift.

How to make DIY Monogrammed Wine Tags for a wine-themed wedding gift @merrimentdesign

Normally, I am strictly a registry girl but my neighbors literally had a full registry already, all my fault for waiting too long. I mean, one of the only things left was a turkey flavor injector at Williams-Sonoma. Flavor injector?!? Ack! Time to get creative.
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