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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.

Boys’ Shared Bedroom – Camping in the Woods (because everything has a theme)

24 Feb

When it was finally time to do away with Kingston’s nursery, I opted to put the boys in the same bedroom and convert Hunter’s bedroom into a playroom. BEST decision evarrrr! The playroom is totally primary-colored-out and looks like a place to store toys. They stay in the playroom. The playroom door is closed at night or when guests arrive. The toyland is out of sight. I heart it! Wouldn’t have it any other way. I feel so strongly about it that if we had a 2 bedroom house I would opt to share a room with my kids just so I could keep the playroom. Ok maybe not. But they’d definitely sleep on the sofa in the living room.

Since I am an over-themer by nature, I went totally gaga for the kids’ room theme. They will likely never go on a real camping trip since they were born into a family of non-campers so their room should satisfy those boyhood camping urges. What’s that you say? It’ll increase their curiosity in camping and make them want to camp more? Dammit all! Well, we can at least hope my theory works.

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