Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

My birthday is March 19th so I always look at St. Patrick’s Day as the kick off to my birthday! While I’m not celebrating by showing my appreciation for Guinness and Jameson with quite the same fervor as I did in my younger days, I still love the holiday. Fun facts: I’ve been to St. James Gate, when I someday get a tattoo it will be a peacock that was on the Irish penny pre-Euro, I’ve kissed the Blarney Stone and my first alcohol as a 21-year old was in an Irish pub in NYC.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here are 9 greens!

1. I’m wearing this necklace today, made by one of my most favorite people, Cathy Zwicker of Crafty Wonderland.

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2. I love this onesie that Baby Emmett is wearing today. It’s a reprint of one of our ICE swag bags and Sarah Keys designed it. Shannon had it printed at Fallen Arrows.

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3. I’m going to get to use this shelving unit for a mysterious project soon!

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4. It’s almost farmers market season! I went to the year-round Morningside Market on Saturday and got this big bag of organic kale as well as eggs, rutabaga, turnips and sweet potatoes.

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5. Outside is glorious! We’re in that awkward time of year where the weather is AMAZING and then gets cold again and then AMAZING and then suddenly sweltering summer is here. I’m trying to soak up the AMAZING whenever I can. Baby Emmett and I went to Piedmont Park on Friday and enjoyed playing in the grass.

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6. I’m going to a potluck lunch today and made a spinach salad.

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7. My seeds have started to sprout! So far we have cucumber, basil, tomato and nasturtium. No eggplant yet but I’m crossing my fingers.

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8. I made a green smoothie yesterday. I just guess with my smoothies and throw a bunch of stuff in the blender! If you want the real deal, tried-and-true recipes, you should get 40 Days of Green Smoothies by Becky Striepe.

My smoothie contained:
Spinach
Blackberries
Banana
Apple
Greek yogurt
Almond milk
Ginger powder (but only because I was out of fresh ginger!)
Honey
Ice

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9. I’ve had some of this bamboo for over 10 years!

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May the luck of the Irish be with you today!
-Christy

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Taking Applications for Downtown Pop-Up Party

We have room for a couple more vendors at the Downtown Pop-Up Party on March 29th at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, 1-5 pm. These few spots will go quickly so if you are a craft or vintage vendor and you’re interested, jump on it!

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Some vendor spaces are inside and some are outside. All will be very visible for this super fun event! Once accepted, vendors will be given the option for inside or outside on a first come, first served basis (we will email you your choices). We will not be offering refunds if the weather is bad.

The application is here. Filling these last few spots will be done on a rolling basis. Meaning, go apply now before it’s too late! The event offers a sneak-peek at some of the pop-up shop tenant who will be located along the streetcar route plus all that the Curb Market has to offer!

 

Taking Applications

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Have you heard? Atlanta is getting a streetcar connecting the downtown tourist district to the MLKing Jr Historic District.
And did you hear? Central Atlanta Progress has organized a group of pop-up shops along the route.
And BIG NEWS!!!! We are going to have a shop!
More details on that a little later but for now join us on March 29th for a Pop-Up Sneak Peek Block Party held in partnership with Creative Loafing.

Pop-Up Sneak Peek Block Party
Saturday, March 29, 2014
1-4 pm
On Edgewood Ave near Jesse Hill Jr Dr
Across from the Sweet Auburn Curb Market
Music, food trucks, beer and a craft & vintage market!

We are accepting applications for craft and vintage vendors on a rolling basis.
We have a limited number of booths available and once we have enough approved vendors we will shut down this application.
MEANING = APPLY NOW
Before it’s too late!
Booths are 10×10.
Booths cost $55.

GO HERE TO APPLY!!!!! NOW!

9 Steps for Starting Seeds

9 Steps for Starting Seeds

I’m getting started gardening with pretty much no experience. Follow along. Tell me if I’m doing something wrong. Join in on the fun. Read my intro here.
-Christy

1. Raid the recycling bin. I had been collecting the white containers for awhile. They are single yogurts from Atlanta Fresh.

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2. Poke or punch holes in the bottom of your plastic containers for water drainage.

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3. Have your seeds handy. Do a little research on which should start as seedlings inside to be transplanted into the ground later and which should start directly in the ground. Pictured below, I’m waiting to plant the peas directly in the ground and I’m starting the cucumber and nasturtium inside.

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4. Figure out how you want to label your seeds. There are a million different ways to do this. I opted for using supplies I had on hand and put washi tape on clothes pins. I want to reuse the white containers as well as the clothes pins so I didn’t want to write directly on either one. Plus I’m always looking for an excuse to use washi tape! Keep in mind, the labels will inevitably get wet so choose your supplies accordingly.

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5. Fill containers with soil and add your seeds. The seeds should be buried as deep as they are long so that it doesn’t have to travel through inches and inches of soil before reaching the top. For example, tomato seeds are buried very shallow because they are so tiny. A bean would be buried deeper.

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6. Add your labels as you go along so you don’t mix up what’s what.

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7. Water your seeds! Make sure you have a tray or something to catch the water that drains out. You’ll be growing these seeds inside so you don’t want to mess up your table or counter or whatever.

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8. Have an adorable gardening assistant. The best ones like to wear their socks half on, half off. And love being outside.

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9. Consult some resources. These are some books I borrowed from Shannon. Read up on the whole process while you wait for your seeds to sprout. The seeds should be sitting inside where they are warm and get plenty of light.

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Gardening, Here We Go!

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I’ve decided to grow a vegetable garden this year. For several reasons besides just loving veggies. I want to know where my food is coming from. I want to eat food that didn’t travel far to get to me. I want to make sure I’m feeding my baby good food. I want a reason to compost. I want to spend more time outside. I want to turn my backyard into an asset. I want to save money. I want my baby to know what vegetable plants look like and not just what a vegetable looks like on the dinner table. I want to garden as part of my exercise routine. The list goes on and on.

Despite my excitement about this new project, I’m actually feeling very unconfident about it. Below I will list my gardening experience:

1) In 3rd grade-ish I brought home a cucumber plant that I started at school. My mom helped me plant it in the yard. It grew a tiny cucumber. I ate it.

 

Um, yeah. That’s it.

My next door neighbors when I was growing up grew a great garden of mostly tomatoes, and I tended to the garden a bit for them when they were out of town. My parents attempted to grow tomatoes once or twice, but I don’t remember being involved or if there was even any fruit to their labor. My grandfather grew a beautiful rose garden and yummy tomatoes when I was little, but he lived 2 hours away so I didn’t get to witness what went into that.

So I have all these fears…what if I get started with all this and then get busy with other things? What if I have some success but then animals eat all my produce? What if I “wing it” (something I do a lot) and don’t do the proper research and end up forgetting some critical step? I don’t know why, but I’m nervous about this project. It seems a bit overwhelming to me. Alas, who cares. I’m jumping in. What if I actually grow some great veggies for my family??? Then we’ll let the good times roll. And if it doesn’t work out, I’m sure I will have had some fun along the way!

I got started this weekend, and would love for you to follow along. If you see I’m doing something wrong, let me know in the comments. Otherwise, maybe you’ll learn something with me. Maybe you’ll give it a try as well.

A special thanks to Shannon who gave me a bunch of seeds and lots of tips! Stay tuned tomorrow for “9 Steps for Starting Seeds.”
-Christy

Christy’s Weekly Roundup, March 1

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Here’s a little Saturday morning roundup for you, a baker’s dozen to be exact, of some of the best things I read this week and everything I watched. Did you have any favorites this week?
Happy March! It’s my birthday month!
-Christy

Read This Week:
Colorfest/66 – DesignLoveFest
5 Essentials For Improving Your Food Photography – The Kitchn
4 Green Cleaning and DIY Beauty Recipes – Glue & Glitter
Good Art is Popular Because It’s Good. Right? – NPR
Micro Trend: Teepees – decor8
Oversized Landscape Pop Art – A Beautiful Mess
This 4-Year-Old Makes Paper Dresses With Her Mom – Huffington Press
Fully Loaded Kale Salad – Zooey Magazine
DIY Pantry Staples: 35 Crafty, Creative Recipes – Crafting a Green World
Make This: DIY Paper Crown Garland Made from Recycled Book Pages – Paper & Stitch
Orphans’ Lonely Beginnings Reveal How Parents Shape a Child’s Brain – NPR
Start Tomorrow Right With 4 Energy-Filled Breakfast Ideas – Refinery29
Infographic Shows Every Best Actress Dress Since 1929 – Stylist.co.uk

Watched This Week:
House of Cards – Season 2, Episodes 1-6
Downton Abbey – Season 4, Episodes 8
Dexter – Season 8, Episode 7
On Golden Pond

Why I Love Vintage

 

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It’s true. As a child, I got a lot of my clothes from the thrift store. My family had a tight budget, and this was one way to save money. It was embarrassing to me for a while. After all, this was the 80s and the brand name of your clothes actually mattered. There were several thrift stores within a couple of miles of my house, and my mom very strategically paid attention to half-off days and coupons that were printed in a local freebie publication. My sister and I would joke about being so poor that we had to use a coupon on half-off day at the thrift store. We weren’t really that poor. My mom just really knows how to stretch a dollar!

I don’t know when it happened, but at some point I began to love shopping at the thrift store. It was a fun outing with my mom and sister, and we were all quite good at the hunt. After patiently flipping through hanger after hanger, inspecting clothes for stains, tears and other irreparable problems and then trying everything on (which sometimes meant over your clothes because the shops didn’t all have a dressing room for some very bizarre reason), we would head home with quite the haul. I can remember giant bags of clothes purchased for less than one pair of jeans from The Gap. My sister and I liked clothes so this was exciting!

In high school and college, when thrifting was cool (grunge-era!), I already knew where to go and how to hunt. Over time, I discovered that the thrift store had more to offer than just clothes. Books, home décor, accessories (I have a crazy scarf collection!), cameras. You name it! The thrift store is where my love of vintage began.

So here it is, why I love vintage:

1) You get to celebrate the style of days gone by. Today’s style is cool. And so is style from the 1960s. And the 20s. And the 80s. And the 40s. And the 90s.
2) It’s sustainable. This cool stuff already exists, and you get to give it a new life. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
3) It may not be one-of-a-kind but it’s pretty darn close. You’re probably the only person you know with that one particular (really awesome)(so cool) item. It makes your personal style unique.
4) If it’s lasted this long, chances are it’s going to just keep on lasting.
5) It just looks cool. Ok maybe this is basically the same as reason #1, but c’mon…it looks cool!

Saturday is the last day to apply to spring Salvage, our vintage market taking place on April 12. Go here to apply. We can’t wait to see your collection of treasures. 

-Christy

5 Things to Look for in a Business Partner

Today is our Shannon’s birthday – Happy Birthday, Shannon!

I’ve had the privilege of being Shannon’s business partner for over 9 years. I say privilege because she truly is a joy to work with, and I feel blessed to have her in my life. We didn’t know each other very well when we first started collaborating so this whole thing had the potential of fizzling long ago, but instead 2014 is positioning itself to be our biggest year ever. There was also potential for just being business partners, but instead I list her as one of my very closest friends.

Truth be told, I’m not a natural collaborator. I tend to not trust that other people will pull their weight. I assume that they will be unorganized, flakey, inefficient and not take things as seriously as I do. I’d rather do it myself (whatever “it” may be) than deal with the repercussions of someone doing it wrong. I also hate asking for help (HATE.) and usually try to go it alone where work is concerned. I’m a very social person and thrive off interaction with others, but I tend to be a lone wolf when it comes to work. This isn’t necessarily a positive thing, and being overly-harsh or critical towards others is a character trait I’m not super proud of (but I’m working on it!). I share this to illustrate how great Shannon is. I don’t collaborate with her begrudgingly. I do it because it’s fun! And over the years, I’ve learned that we can accomplish way more together than I could ever do on my own.

So in honor of Shannon’s birthday, I thought I’d share five things to look for in a business partner in case you ever find yourself on the hunt. This list is not definitive, and I could (and maybe will!) expand on it a lot, but these are five things that make working with Shannon a joy!

In no particular order……….

Generous – If Shannon knows I’m interested in something she brings me what I need. I’m about to start a garden in my backyard (exciting! terrifying!) and she brought me books to read and actual SEEDS. And not just a few seeds, she brought me an amazing assortment of seeds to choose from and only presented me with options that can be planted right now…because she knows how ignorant I am! This generosity is something that extends into our business practices and has helped us build a loyal following.

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I posted this photo on Facebook a couple of years ago with the caption, “Christy and Shannon have a new idea for ICE. Davis is not amused, haha.” The photo was staged and in reality Davis, my husband, is very supportive of everything we do, but it’s true…we have new ideas that require a lot of hard work ALL THE TIME.

Full of Ideas – OMG. There are times when I have literally said, “No more. I can’t take any more right now.” Shannon always has new ideas. This is wonderful for a business. It means we always have new things to try. We’re never standing there like, “Well, I guess we’ve tried it all. Better shut it down.” Ideas are what has kept us going this long and will help us succeed in the future. I tell her I can’t take any more with a laugh. I always want more ideas. There are just occasions when our plates are full to overflowing!

Hardworking – I’m a hard worker and I need to feel like the person I’m working with is working just as hard as I am. If this isn’t the case, I start to feel resentment and the arrangement just isn’t going to work out ultimately. Shannon and I have both maintained full-time jobs for the last 9 years while working on ICE, which is…really hard work. We both juggle a lot. I never have any doubt that Shannon is taking care of what needs to be taken care of, and if she says she will do something, she does it. Lucky for me, she handles a lot of things that I have no desire to take care of, which makes this dream job I’ve created for myself dreamy. We both magically gravitate towards different tasks. Yay!

Fun – If you are picking a business partner make sure they are pleasant and fun to be around. You are going to spend A LOT of time with this person. I get sick of everyone when I spend insane amounts of time with them but it’s very, very rare with Shannon. When it does happen it usually means I’m exhausted and would hate any human I had to deal with at that particular moment. It isn’t specifically about her. We always make each other laugh and find ways to make even grueling tasks more fun. There are few people I would sing classic rock hits to for an extended period of time while driving through the mountains of Tennessee on the final stretch of the drive home from Chicago after a long craft market weekend in hopes of not only keeping them awake while they drive but also hoping to offer some silliness to lighten the gravity of the sleepy situation! And there are few people who would want me to do this. Shannon is one of them.

Enthusiastic – I’ve always felt that enthusiasm is infectious. If you aren’t enthusiastic about your business or project or whatever then no one else is going to be either. Shannon and I are both enthusiastic (and passionate for that matter) about what we’re doing. This is particularly important when you have to work really hard to make something happen. Enthusiasm can wane. Luckily, we are able to share the burden of keeping enthusiasm up by taking turns during tough projects. There have been times when tears were shed (like when we set up our first pop-up shop and had too little time + didn’t know what we were doing) and sometimes you need to take turns remembering why you got into a project in the first place. Shannon is always able to get me back on track with loving what we’re doing.

Thank you for being my business partner, Shannon.

-Christy