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Under the Sea AKA My Baby’s 6 AKA I Wanna Be Sedated

11 Feb

My first-born turned 6 last Sunday and I’m having feelings about it. I am in disbelief at how quickly he’s growing up. I wish I could hold on to every moment, remember every silly joke and the belly laugh the follows, and hold him in my arms like I did when he was tiny…but I am also incredibly proud of the little man-child he has become. His kindness, his generous heart, and his loving spirit are daily reminders that growing up also means growing within.

He asked for a “Under the Sea” party theme this year and he even reminded me on Wednesday that if I didn’t start decorating soon I would run out of time (totally my son!) I like making the party look and feel homemade but I don’t have a lot of time now that the shop is open and I work 6 days a week so I chose a few simple crafts that would make a big impact with little investment.

I employed the use of a few rolls of crepe paper and created a homespun water wonderland for his Birthday lunch. I was thrilled to find our favorite local toy store, Just Kidding Around, carried the Djeco paper fish decor I saw on Amazon the night before. I added some handmade yarn pom poms as bubbles and hung them from our chandelier. They also provided the fishing game we used as part of our scavenger hunt.

Paper Fish and Yarn Poms

Paper Fish and Yarn Poms

I am a huge fan of Beistle festooning…what a festive name!…so I used 3 colors of it to create “waves.”

Crepe Paper & Festooning Seaweed & Waves

Crepe Paper & Festooning Seaweed & Waves

I also saw a cute jellyfish craft online that inspired my crepe paper jellyfish. Instead of their suggested muffin cups I used coffee filters and layered them to be fluffier. Tape, coffee filters, and crepe paper – can’t get any easier than that.

Paper Poms and Jellyfish

Paper Poms and Jellyfish

With a bag of candy melts and an ocean-themed mold from the craft store, I created quick Fish lollipops.

Fish Lollipops

Fish Lollipops

For his cake, I colored each layer of a white cake a shade of blue, colored the icing blue, then scraped a tool along the surface once frosted to emulate waves. I added a few Swedish Fish and some Pearl Dragees to complete the look.

Make a Wish!

Make a Wish!

I used two bamboo skewers, some bakers twine and a bit of felt to quickly stitch the cake bunting.

Homemade Fishy Cake

Homemade Fishy Cake

I stopped by my local fave, Rock Paper Scissors, to pick up two yards of themed fabric to use as a backdrop and table cloth. It adds to the theme without committing time or energy to a project, and it is reusable for a future craft!

A little yard of fabric goes a long way

A little yard of fabric goes a long way

His “other cake” was a chocolate fish I stumbled upon in the Valentine’s Day section of Target the week before. I added a number 6 sparkler and sang the Persian version of Happy Birthday as I brought it out to him.

Chocolate Fish (the hole is from the "6" Sparkler)

Chocolate Fish (the hole is from the “6” Sparkler)

Hunter’s expression when he came home to the decor was priceless! 🙂 He even got his wish…a new pet fish!

His Birthday present: Max the fish

His Birthday present: Max the fish

We had a wonderful time celebrating his special day! It was more low key than previous years – if you’ve been following the blog awhile, you know I really toned it down from my months of prep back in my SAHM days.

I am still correcting myself when people ask me how old he is. Six seems so “old” …where did my chunky monkey go?

Hunter at 6 months

Hunter at 6 months

He will always be my Hunter Boo…even though he has already planned his wedding, named his children, and decided where he wants to live when he’s 30. I am one lucky momma!   

Shop-Keepin’ Up…

9 Jan

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

So, we have a store now. It’s only been 5 months since my last post so obvs I haven’t had lots of time on my hands to share. For that, I am sorry. There has been SO much share-worthy news!

If you are into the shop-news thing…go here. 

Otherwise I will do my best to keep up with the blogosphere because I truly miss writing a mini record of my thoughts & feelings & more importantly, my DIY projects.

If you read my last post, you know that we extended our Etsy shop into a brick & mortar in our small town of Montclair. It has been a whirlwind of wonderful and a soul-nourishing learning experience that continuously challenges and inspires me daily.

The concept of our shop (our = husband and I) is explained here in this lovely article the local website wrote about me. 

I’ve been so lucky to have shop neighbors who have been on the block awhile and can provide helpful advice. We ‘re definitely more immersed in the Montclair culture since we opened our doors. 

The process of hand-selecting artists and craftspeople to sell their creations in our shop has also had a profound effect on me…I am suddenly surrounded by my peers and those much more creative, talented, & experienced than me and it feels like home. 

One of my favorite things EVER is decorating and home design so the showroom continuously evolving has sated that need. Here’s a panoramic iPhoto from right before Christmas Eve:

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I’m excited to get back to blogging – I’ve created some fun DIY decor projects for the shop windows & displays I’ll share with you soon. If you’re local to Montclair/Essex/NYC you can join a craft night in our showroom by going to our FB Page  or Etsy shop and signing up for the newsletter. 

In addition to “shop-keepin’ up” I’ve been designing my son’s big fundraiser for his school (a Prohibition Era Atlantic City Casino Night) & planning his 6th Birthday Party (Under the Sea Adventure) so I have several crafts to share in my downtime as well as some fun Before & Afters from the showroom. Check back in soon!

Procrastination Project – Guiltless Gilting

30 Dec

My most favorite weakness of mine (wait, what?) is my (ahem) ability to dream up a bevy of “Procrastination Projects” when I am in need of chore-avoidance (or chovoidance…does that work?)

If there is laundry to fold or guests arriving you can be sure I have reorganized the freezer or painted a canvas affixed with paper doilies. This habit was formed pre-Pinterest and has only spiraled further since its creation.

Thus, I bring to you the 18K Gold Gator’s story:

GatorHead

One brisk Autumn day, the boys wanted to go to the zoo…and while we are members (so it’s free) and said zoo is less than 7 miles away (so it’s quick) Momma wasn’t having it. There were suitcases to pack for an upcoming trip and all I could think of was my list of dread awaiting me at nap time. We compromised and visited an even free-er (no carousel tickets) and even closer (1 mile away) pet shop because it’s basically the same thing as a zoo anyway, is it not? As luck would have it, they were selling a snaggletoothed alligator as aquarium decor on clearance for $3.

gatorhead1creep

Natch, I had to have it. Our home is a safe haven for animal oddities that can be spray painted and added to the lacquered menagerie.

So after saying goodbye to some furry potential pets and a few sprays of Krylon’s super gold paint later, our new friend was inducted into the family.

gatorhead1aftershine

He now rests atop the Mid Century bar in the hallway underneath custom canvas and another gold-sprayed victim friend, the Nate Berkus turtle shell from Target. (I waited until it was on sale because I struggled with being like all the other mommy-diy-blogs but the truth is, it’s good design and I loved the shape and style. Will add its picture to this post soon!) Obvs I am not inventing some cray new design trend…spray painting animals has been around before Etsy came to be…but perhaps you can look at your field trips as a source of inspirado like I did that fateful pretend-zoo day.

gatorhead1home

The only downfall to this project is that like most metallic paint, the Krylon 18K dries instantaneously (which is actually a mega bonus) so this Procrastination Project did not derail me nearly as long as I had hoped. Ah well. Better luck next time.

**Note: This would be a cool project for UF/Gator fans – find a faux gator head like this one and lacquer it blue or orange. In our case since my hubs is a Seminole (and I am a Rollins Tar…never heard of it? because we didn’t have a football team. womp.) our gator head serves as a warning for other Gators who may enter our home. Or not. Whatevz.

Leaving Town, Going Home

22 Apr

I have this thing where no matter what the situation or conversation is, my mental playlists cues a related song & oft changes lyrics to better suit my circumstances. So when I got the news we were moving back to NYC from ATL (woot woot!) these songs played on permarepeat in my head:

Going Home by Diddy

Leaving Las Vegas Atlanta by Sheryl Crow

Going Back to Cali New York by Tone Loc

NY State of Mind by Billy Joel

…and the list goes on. And speaking of lists, one of the multitude of to-dos I had on my own list was listing my house. It wasn’t until the realtor was here taking pics that I realized this.is.real. I am going to say goodbye to this beautiful place in search of something else. Another way of life. A husband who works long hours. Kids who will need me more than ever. And it’s not an easy thing to take on right now but I know NYC is where hub’s heart is, where his jobs will be, and let’s face it –>; Atlanta was never “home” no matter how hard I tried. Our home was home, though, and it’s hard to say goodbye to it. *insert pouty sad face here*

I went through the house primping and fluffing to get it picture-perfect for these HDR shots my realtor took in wide angle. Check it, yo:

Front of Craftsman Bungalow

Side View of Our House

Front Patio

Main Living Area

Dining Room

Kitchen

Master Bedroom

Master Bathroom

Kids’ Bedroom

Guest Bathroom

Loft

Spiral Stairs

Backyard

Backyard

Back of House

Train Caboose Guest House

Train Caboose Guest House

I wish there were more photos of it. The whole listing is here. I followed our agent with my iPhone in hand, obsessively taking low quality shots of every detail like some deranged museum curator who needs record of the way things were. (Cue: The Way We Were by Barbra Streisand.) I’m like a hoarder of digital pictures. Which is weird because I am absolutely a purger of physical things. I feel the need to document everything these days so I can try to remember it all. Momnesia has gotten the best of me & I don’t remember many details without the aid of photographic evidence. Don’t tell the kids that, though. They still think I see and know all.

I hope someone buys it who loves it as much as we did and who finds the value in such a special neighborhood. I was the neighborhood bloggesse and I’ve relinquished that to a sweet friend here in the hood (whom I will also miss. Waaaah!) I am slowly checking things off our to do list and it feels good but it also means we are one step closer to completely changing our lives. Thrilling and anxiety-inducing.

I’m off to reluctantly pack. Or eat chocolate cake in denial. The latter…definitely the latter.

Salvage ATL – Holy! What the? F it! I’m doing it.

10 Apr

This Saturday is the Salvage ATL event where my lil’ vintage line {verdigreen} is debuting in the real-space marketplace.

salvage ATL

I have mixed feelings of excitement and terror as I consider my presence outside the safety and comfort of the Etsy interwebs.

{verdigreen} vintage

To try and take my mind off the mounting to-do-list of funnery for the event, I created an Etsy treasury to highlight some of my vendor-mates.

salvage atl vintage vendor - link in treasury

They’re full of unparalleled awesomeness so the curation of their shop pieces had the opposite effect and now I’m feeling even less at ease. So here I sit, sipping Green Tea Ginger Ale which is almost as good as a beer.

green tea ginger ale - for all that ails you (almost)

Please come visit me, in BOOTH #1 (wh-wh-what?) this Saturday from 11am-6pm & bring me a PBR (the event sponsor – total score) to calm my nerves.

{verdigreen} at salvage

Happy Snaps – Bright Bath Vignettes

8 Mar

Our home is a collection of visual daydreams.

This is largely due to my preference for a mix of colors and textures in my decorating design and secondarily a product of vintage-hunting for {verdigreen}.

For every one item I list on Etsy there are two others I keep. It’s an addiction a hobby, of sorts.

I snapped some quick iPhone shots of our master bathroom today to document a few vignettes.

 I feel the need to constantly take pictures for fear I will lose memory of the way things were.

This appeals to the nostalgic in me who is coincidentally plagued by momnesia.

Obsession with the Beautiful the Fantastical and the Anatomical

6 Mar

Long before I learned the meaning behind Día de los Muertos I fell in love with the brightly colored botanical painted skulls. There was beauty in the most unlikeliest of places and I wanted to see more.

I’ve started collecting images here on Pinterestin a pinboard dedicated solely to this style of art.

I also threw my girlfriend Jade a bit of a mini fiesta last year in the same theme:

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