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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!

Big news. Big. Huge. I have to go shopping now.

4 Aug

I’ve been keeping something from you. A secret. A BIG secret.
And now that the paperwork is signed & the keys are *almost* in hand, it’s time to share.
……….

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{verdigreen} is opening a store in our beloved town of Montclair!

How cute is the building? It’s located in MC’s “GLAM” district and is also home to Modern Yarn, another creative outlet shop. 🙂

I have much more to share but for now we are clinking glasses and pinching ourselves. A dream come true!

Procrastination Project – Vintage Camping-Inspired Art

19 Jan

While it may be obvious that I am a MAJE procrastinator I like to think of myself as more of a creative sort with ideas to spare and time to, well, not spare…so “real” tasks are sometimes put off until my right brain urges are sated.

I’ve been eyeing the white expanse of wall in my sons’ vintage camping themed room…a vast blank canvas awaiting a personal touch. I considered vintage pennants from Etsy (already have a pennant garland) or something wooden and nautical (more on this later) or an oversized map (already have this in the playroom) and then it came to me…I wanted something kitsch and whimsical and playful and remembered how fun it was to draw with chalk markers on the black Kraft paper I use in my Etsy shop, {verdigreen} to wrap customer orders. Here’s an example of a {verdigreen} holiday order, wrapped & bowed with upholstery ticking:

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For this project, I began by cutting a massive square of black Kraft paper — didn’t really measure it — and then using my no-fail Uchida Broad Tip White Chalk Marker to create a design as I went. I wouldn’t recommend doing this, but since I am not a pre-planner when it comes to my doodles I hoped for the best since it was only paper and I could start over if I needed to. This is what I ended up with:

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I tacked it on the wall and framed it by nailing four vintage yard sticks around it, then carefully cutting around each yardstick to remove the excess paper. It is the lazy-man’s art project…perfect for a tired mom of toddlers who wants a major change with little effort. 😉  **note – funky photo angles are a result of their bunkbed being in the middle of the room…hopefully you get the picture. literally.**

The wall looked much better but was still lacking the over-theming-Azie-touch so I found a super inexpensive wooden child’s oar, taped it with painter’s tape and “wrote” the word CAMP on the paddle with mailbox decals, then spray-painted it with four different Krylon colors. Once dry, I removed the tape and stickers and sanded it to create a less-than-perfect vintage-y look:

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After I added it to the wall, I sat back & admired my quick handiwork then Googled to see if anyone else had thought of it and found this. Wh-wh-what? Oar decor at Pottery Barn Kids for $29?? Well…I like my color scheme better but that is really affordable for PBK! The benefit to painting your own is personalization – you can negative-space a name and choose your own color palette.

Now that their room is *ahem* almost complete I s’pose it’s time to face the bane of my existence…the fitted sheet fresh from the laundry. (scanning room for empty walls)

Procrastination Project – LEGO Jar Head

17 Jan

Tonight I was assigned Recycling Duty (dragging our weekly mega bucket of recycling to the icy curb, flattening all the Amazon & Fresh Direct boxes then tying with twine) because hubs is on a business trip. Due to my OCD/Sensory-Issues/Preference-To-Not-Touch-Icky-Things I stay far away from this chore under normal circumstances. It took a bit of prepping and pep-rallying to get into trash mode and prior to that shift in mentality I spied a few lonely *clean* glass jars.

Within 2 minutes I transformed the jars into LEGO Minifigure heads for my son’s upcoming LEGO-themed Birthday party. All it took was a quick brushing of yellow paint on the interior and an easily doodled design with black paint pen on the exterior to complete the look. It’s a shame the project didn’t take longer as I was hoping to prolong the inevitable (putting on my big girl pants and taking out the trash).

Please note that if you are doing this with a “used” jar (i.e. marinara sauce jar) then wash & dry the jar thoroughly then clean it with alcohol to ensure the paint affixes to the glass. 

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Prior to posting this, I Googled to see if anyone else had a “Jar Head” moment and learned someone had this very idea using baby food jars which are a more accurate shape. Her method was different and I like the look of interior painted glass better (although her idea of spray painting is much quicker if you have several to paint.) I prefer the size of these canning jars versus baby food jars because they are more practical for my needs, such as holding silverware on the party food table, but the baby food jars she uses are great as favors or Kid-Assisted DIY.

In my Google search I also came across this Etsy shop full of beautiful painted jars in home decorator colors and in my quest to promote fellow Etsians I wanted to share. Happy Painting/Shopping! 🙂

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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

Can’t Sleep – Allergies Win

4 Apr

Insomnia is not something I am EVER afflicted with until tonight after 2 rounds of allergy meds appeasin’ my sneezin’. Today has the potential of being rough. The optimist in me thought since I was up I should be productive so after putzing around on Twitter and FB and Etsy I opted to create a Treasury (a curated collection) loosely based on Game of Thrones. 

While I’m here and since it’s been seemingly difficult to tend to my WP of late, I’d also like to mention that I am besides myself with anxiety (the good kind, if there is such a thing) about the upcoming Salvage ATL event. I am honored to have been invited/accepted onto their list of vendors as I am a mere novice amongst ATL greats in the vintage community. I want to treat this as a learning experience since it’s my first foray into the actual marketplace (versus my virtual vintage {verdigreen} on Etsy where I normally live). But I’m also excited at the possibilities of theming/decorating my booth to attract like-minded collectors and those thoughts paired with the lack of time I have to dedicate to such grand ideas have left me hopeful that I will somehow pull it all together like a magical wedding planner.

So without further ado, I bid you adieu so I can officially begin my day with 3 hours of sleep, 2 itchy eyes, 1 runny nose and unlimited daydreams.

Master Retreat a la Little House on the Prairie

24 Feb

Here’s our Master Bed & Bath all dolled up for the Sadie Hawkins dance. Actually, no…it looks like this every day. It’s Shabby Chic (although I kinda shudder at that term since it’s gone so mainstream and is oft used incorrectly) and also Flapper Chic and also Farmhouse Chic and also Granny Chic and Thrifty Chic and Upcycled Chic also Eclectic Alternative Chic. SO basically it’s just like totally chic, y’all. But what it is to me is a relaxing place where my eyes and mind can rest. With two monchichis underfoot all day e’ry day, a retreat is an important place to have. I would say this is the most “done” room in the house. Mainly because there is no more wall space.

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