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about kate schmate


I’m Kate Stuart, and I live in Nashville with my husband JD, daughter Maggie, and dog Lucy.

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Kate Schmate is my blog. I started it in the summer of 2008, and it has become a place for me to share my life’s fun moments, exhibit other artists’ work, and attempt DIY projects and other personal goals. At one time, I had hoped to earn some income from Schmate, but at this point, I just enjoy the regular record-keeping and sharing without worrying about ads or readership. This will do for now… I’m just thrilled you’re visiting. 

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A little about me… I was born and raised in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, a small town with a lot of love and character. I went to college at Vanderbilt University after high school and absolutely fell in love with Nashville and my college sweetheart, JD. We got married shortly after college and spent a few years in Athens, Georgia, where he went to law school. We moved back to Nashville in 2007 and plan to stay here for a while. Now I work for my alma mater at the Vanderbilt Alumni Association. (Here’s where I get all official on you: The views and opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of Vanderbilt University or Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and they may not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.) I enjoy my job, but it is not a big part of my blog, with the exception of being where the above picture was taken, at an event I conducted in September 2010. The photo is by Steve Green.

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Expect to find on Kate Schmate… recipes, reviews of shops and products, stories about what’s going on with me and my family, and what my latest interests are for approximately 2-4 times a week. I am not an authority on any subject… I just enjoy regularly sharing with you some things that I find interesting.

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I like… bright colors and simple designs, planning ahead, working with paper and ink, details, staying healthy, writing thank you notes, clean sheets, finding smart solutions to difficult problems, glazed doughnuts and frozen margaritas, learning about gardening, being frugal, tea towels, good music, cooking, our home, the fall in Nashville, our church, my friends and family, and our dog.

CONTACT Want to contact me? Please do! My email address is katezabstuart (at) gmail (dot) com. 

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FAVORITES AND MOST REQUESTED POSTS

“Where is the recipe for…” Just press the “Friday Feasts” category on the right, and it’ll guide you to all of the recipes I have attempted.

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I am on a valiant quest to finish thirty things before I turn 30 years old on February 6, 2012. Here’s a link to my list and my progress.

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Infertility and the messy three years trying to get pregnant is detailed here, as well as our pregnancy announcement.

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The epic Birth Story, Part 1 and Part 2. Plus, how our new baby girl is doing with our beloved pup.

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Each Christmas, I recommend gifts! Here are the Gift Guides of the past few years:

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2010 was the year of the Stuart Family House Tour. Check it out! (I’ll try to update soon!)

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I like making things. Here are some of my favorite DIY projects over the past few years:

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