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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!

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!

Happy Snaps – Masonry + Nature = Love

2 Oct

If you are one of the 22 followers who read this blog (but who’s counting?) then you know I am mildly obsessed with our new “hometown” of Montclair.

I document this obsession via Instagram (@aznaz) because I am certain to forget all of its loveliness one day when the Honeymoon is over. I hope not but I’m a realist like that.

I dedicate this week’s Happy Snaps post to some of my favorite photos about town that demonstrate the combination of masonry and nature I love so much:

 

Welcome Home – now get to work!

13 Aug
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Sun coming through our windows to signal a new day

We’ve been “on the run” like a band of gypsies since May. And by “on the run” I mean living with family then running away from family then camping in our newly rented duplex in Montclair then returning to Atlanta to move then arriving back to our duplex with more boxes than space then totally neglecting the box unpacking to write this blog post.

Our transition from Atlanta to Montclair has taken longer than preferred but our decision to live here (versus Upper West or Brooklyn or Port Washington or…) was a quick and easy one. The moment our wheels rolled onto Bloomfield, we looked at each other with goofy grinned faces and breathlessly exhaled “this is it!” This.Is.It. Montclair is a dreamland for me – and while it could be because I am still in the honeymoon stages of living in a new quaint village-y town – I feel at home already. Our neighborhood is peppered with antique stores, bakeries (nomz), the Farmers Market, toy stores and boutiques and family-owned businesses we love to support. In nice weather we mostly walk to run our errands and otherwise nothing is further than a 4 minute drive.

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Montclair Fave – Cuban Pete’s

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Walnut Street with Adi

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Toy Store Storefront Nearby

I’ve taken the boys on a few adventures and we look forward to being settled in and really exploring our new town. I’ll be sure to check in with photographic evidence of our future bakery & antiquing exploits.

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