Tuesday, April 29, 2014

friends from far away

last week, janine and justin b. made the long trek down to south carolina from virginia to visit us. and it rained again! seriously, this is their third time visitng, and it has actually rained every time. but we didn't let that dampen our fun. read on for tips on what to do with your guests on the cheap:

day 1
it rained all day, so we took this as a sign from god to go bowling. over on cleaveland, there is a divey little bowling alley where you can test your luck at the ten pins. afterwards, we went to quest for the first time! gosh, those guys are just the nicest. the owner took us on a brewery tour and answered all our silly questions, and the brewery is just the cutest (is bad to call a brewery cute?) little place: full of wood and cool artwork with a stage for performers. after that, we embarked on a long game of monopoly and watched some movies.

day 2
luckily, it cleared up for day two, so we went to the greenville zoo for the first time! (lots of firsts this weekend). we saw baby keiko the giraffe, who i guess is more of a teenager now, and the elephants, and the red pandas and all the animals. cuteness overload. then, justin and justin b.built me this picnic table with their bare hands as an early birthday present (!!!i am the luckiest girl) and then we grilled everything in the refrigerator and had a feast before game of thrones came on.

day 3
we headed to asheville and started out at jack of the wood, home to greenman brewery, where we played darts, gnoshed on fried pickles and blue cheese dip, and sipped some quality beers. afterward, we crossed the street to the thirsty monk for some killer sandwiches and pizza, along with some belgian brews, before heading over to the orange peel to dance the night away with local natives. i wish i had pictures of day four, but we mostly just went to work and crafted...actually, more on that later!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

terrarium class at urban digs

last week, indie craft parade threw another amazing event. this time, it was a diy terrarium class at urban digs. (wine! tiny plants! crafting! what more could you ask for?!) i had never been there before, but oh my gosh, will i ever be back! it's right next door to community tap and dapper ink over on wade hampton boulevard, and it is so, so cute. they have home goods galore from furniture to tiny plants to books and knick knacks. plus, the owner, Amy Walchersis super nice, and she's actually the one who taught the class. she has a major green thumb and was kind enough to share her knowledge of what it takes to build the perfect terrarium with us. check out some tips and pictures below, and if you don't have a green thumb, go pick up one of her living master pieces over at urban digs!

1. charcoal, charcoal, charcoal! it's important to put this in between layer of rocks on the bottom and the layer of dirt because just like us, plants are living organisms that produce waste. the charcoal will help filter out all the gross stuff.

2. height: don't be afraid to layer your dirt or make a little hill. you can actually fit more plants this way or create something cool like a stair case.

3. shape: use plants with a variety of different heights (2 small; 1 tall ratio) to create interest. you don't want to use too many larger plants because remember, they'll grow!

4. color: don't be afraid to put a pop of color in there. a dash of pink, a pop of red? these colors will really stand out against the green.

5. texture: use plants that have different leaves, otherwise everything will sort of blur together. and don't forget that sticks add texture while also drawing the eye up the full length of the jar. stones add a smooth contrast and subtle detail.

6. light: use pea gravel to add something light and bright to your terrarium. it's cheap and easy, plus you probably have a bunch left over from filling the bottom of your vessel.

7. visit your favorite thrift stores to look for interesting pots and figurines to add some character to your next terrarium!

8. maintenance is minimal! you only need to water your terrarium when the soil turns a light brown. (it should always be moist, never soaking wet.) after you add water, leave the lid open for a day or two, if you have one. if not, place that bad boy in some indirect sunlight, and you're ready to go. also, trim as necessary-plants need hair cuts too.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

weekend edition: brooklyn

it's been a while since i've had time to post, but luckily i can say that there have just been so many fun things going on that have kept me away from the computer :) 

some of you may know that i moved to new york when i was 18. it was okay, but me not so much. i ended up moving back to virginia, getting my shit together and living happily ever after. anyways, when i was really down and out in new york, my brother came to visit me, and it was one of the most meaningful things anyone has ever done for me. i hadn't been back to the city since i left, but i knew when my brother invited to me come up that it was finally time to go back.

family, food and fair weather, it was just what the doctor ordered after some long weeks of working. my brother and his girlfriend live in williamsburg and greenpoint, and they definitely know how to show a girl a good time. think long walks around the neighborhood, dog watching in the park and lots and lots of pinball, which is so, so addictive by the way. (i had no idea there was so much more to pinball than just slapping the flippers!) get the details below:

night & day 1:
late night dinner at jimmy's diner with tots and a boozy girl scout milkshake / r robots murals / donuts (cruller and red velvet) from peter pan / a trip to sunshine laundromat and pinball emporium / a big ol' polish smorgasbord for lunch  / rainy day reading and shopping / coffee at sweetleaf / brisket and beer at delaney barbecue / lots of pinball and drinks at jack bar

day 2:
walking around mc carren park / sushi, ramen and sake brunch at samurai mama's / pinball by day at jack bar / twenty-sided store / ear wax records / thrifting at beacon's closet / naps / a 27 oz steak dinner at the brooklyn star

day 3
breakfast at cafe habana (that's corn covered in mayo and cheese!!!) / trying on super fancy clothes at if / shopping in soho / lunch and all the cheese samples from gourmet grocery / lusting after all the yarn at purl soho / enjoying the first iced coffee of the summer from konditori / flying home

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