Monday, September 29, 2014

Ten on Tuesday

I've been getting these emails in my inbox for a couple years now, but have never really thought about doing them. Although, my lack of blogging over the last month has pitiful and figured I should get back at it with something. So here goes.

10 Things You Stress About that You Didn't Stress About 10, 15 or 20 years ago.

1. Taxes. Having your own business can be so rewarding. Trying to figure out sales taxes will make you feel like an idiot.

2. Yardwork. How is it we have the ugliest yard in the neighborhood and we worked so hard this Spring on it?

3. Eating well.

4. Accomplishing Goals. Both personal and professional.

5. Caffeine. When did this become a necessity in my life? I hate that I'm so dependent on it, considering three years ago I couldn't the taste of it!

6. Spiders in our house! Why? Just tell me why they have to be IN the house.

7. Having babies.

8. Monday mornings.

9. How quickly time flies by. And it just keeps getting worse with every year. I can't believe I'm just months away from turning 30. Feels like just yesterday I was graduating college and moving to Virginia.

10. Staying true to myself.

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92 Days of Summer Wrap-up

Another year down. I was well on my way to completely the entire list, until life got in the way. August was more busy than normal this year and this list just fell by the way side. But, with four left unchecked, I'm still feeling pretty good. Except about the taxes one... 

2. Do Taxes
3. DIY Necklaces
37. Monthly Self Portraits: June, July, August
39. Coconut Truffles - I actually did this and forgot the made-up recipe I used...
and forgot to take a photo!
49. Play Tennis
52. Wave a Flag

Sunday, August 24, 2014

August Self Portrait & A Special Thanks

At the beginning of June, John and I submitted a proposal for the City of Norfolk's first parklet program. Truthfully, I didn't really want to be tasked with building a parklet, but why would my juvenile proposal get picked anyway. Since it was one of three submitted, the Downtown Norfolk Council decided to go ahead with all three ideas, reimbursing half of what was purchased up to $2,500. Wait, what? My fantastic reading skills lead me to believe that all materials would be covered up to $2,500. So now we have to build a parklet and pay for it? How much will all of this actually cost? How are we psychically going to construct this thing? Who is this we? Where do we get "parklet materials"? How will we make sure it's ADA compliant, weather proof and withstand Norfolk in general? 

The answer to all these questions? Just ask Norfolk. John asked Drew Richards for some help gathering pallets, to which he brought us these massive 6'x8' pallets, making the perfect base. I called Sherwin Williams in Ghent asking for donations of paint, to which they handed over a trunk-full of colors. We asked Amanda Page Stephens to paint a 'forest floor mural', to which she gathered a team of tweens and spent four evenings in my basement perfecting. John was put in contact with Lancaster Farms, who donated four Willow trees and more than 40 plants. We got a gracious donation from Brother Rutter, discounts from local shops and strangers transporting murals across town. We put a call out on Facebook asking for plants, lumber, tools, paint supplies and volunteers, to which more than 30 people showed up for a seven-hour work day at The Plot and what would become the DisplacedForestNFK (i.e. parklet). The DNC went above and beyond to provide lunch, extra soil and gravel (which was crucial), but most importantly volunteered a staff member to keep the trees and plants watered everyday. And to top it all off, we got a visit from Senator Mark Warner before his appearance at The Parlor!

It was a magical day in the Arts District. And a fantastic day for Norfolk. The city is changing. The scene is expanding. People are learning. It takes time and lots of effort. But with each project, the community is growing braver to want to tackle green-spaces, murals, pop ups, zoning, regulations and the overall idea of a different Norfolk, a prettier, more artistic, more welcoming Norfolk. We are making the difference and it will continue to happen, and get easier, if we just ask.

See more photos here and a wonderful video here

Thanks to Amanda Page Stephens, Joe Hamm, Arthur Rutter III, Downtown 100, Downtown Norfolk, Marc Ramsey, Peter Johnston, Jameson Dungan, Josh Roenker, The Plant Outlet at Lancaster Farms, Christina Keeling, Jackson Doughty, Kelly Jackson, Jesse Scaccia Scott Roberts,Eggleston Garden Center, Zoey Apelt, Izzy Cass, Raven Campbell, Amy Nix, The Parlor On Granby, Quincy Brown, Mia Byrd, Noel Gramlich, Mary Elizabeth Miller, Carl Ellis Tarkenton Jr., Rebecca Haynes, Eva Larainne,Leon Guanzon, Honee Guanzon, Chris Holder, Avi Meier, Samantha Hines Meier, Eudaimonia Amoruso, Joshua Akiva Weinstein, Megan O'Reilly, Stephanie Richmond, Brian Malasics, Joe White, Matt Paddock, Lydia Hanssen & Kurt, Erin Cook, Najah Neely, Stacy Ortiz, Mike Hull, Jason Lynch, the DNC Clean/Street Team and everyone else who made this day so great!

For my 92 Days of Summer list, this satisfies: my last monthly self portrait (#37); my last freebie: build a parklet (#81); visit a museum - we just built an outdoor variety (#23); and collage - since this is a piece of art made by sticking various materials together (#59). 

I'm participating in the 92 Days of Summer challenge. Click here to read all about it and here to a see a gallery of pictures of everyone participating. 

#61: Write Letters

I'm participating in the 92 Days of Summer challenge. Click here to read all about it and here to a see a gallery of pictures of everyone participating. 

#8: Pickled Onions

Easy recipe I've tried all Summer and the finished product is perfect! I made a chicken wrap last night with lettuce, tomatoes, ranch dressing and these onions and it was a great combo. They'd also be great on a Ruben sandwich or baked into some bread.

What you need:
One medium to large red onion
1 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp dill
3 cloves garlic
1/4 tsp salt
pepper to taste

What you do:
1. Slice the onion and garlic.
2. Bring the vinegar, dill and salt to a boil.
3. Put the onions and garlic in a heat-safe bowl and pour the vinegar mixture on top. Season with pepper. Cover with plastic wrap. Stir every 15 minutes and recover.
4. After an hour transfer to an air tight container and store in the fridge.

I'm participating in the 92 Days of Summer challenge. Click here to read all about it and here to a see a gallery of pictures of everyone participating. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

#57: Craft Show

Clockwise from top right: From Heather's Hands, Sincerely Stephanie, Kill Devil Skates and Of the Earth Body Care

We are down to just one Town Fair left for the 2014 season! Some adjustments were made to this year's programming, the biggest being the time. Recommendations were made from the merchants that the time be moved to later in the evening, which I totally agreed with and also that it should be on Friday nights. I think we were able to capture more of the leaving-work, happy hour crowd and play on the entertainment that the city books every weekend.

Top: Acara's Jewelry; Bottom Left: T&E Collar Shop; Bottom Right: Kado

We were able to gain more artists and involve the existing Town Center retailers for two "Fashion Friday" events. Each year we plan to introduce new and exciting attractions or ways to promote the participants. If you've ever been to a Town Fair, let me know your thoughts!

Clockwise from top right: Dockside Photography, Yoonique Designs, Sweet Indulgences by Tonja, Dwell Jewelry

I'm participating in the 92 Days of Summer challenge. Click here to read all about it and here to a see a gallery of pictures of everyone participating. 

#80: Window Shopping

....and/or window designing...

This Summer I was lucky enough to design TWO window displays here in Norfolk. The first was at Lorak Jewelry in the Selden Arcade. I met with Anna at the beginning of the Summer and came up with this simple, but pretty design to fit her shop. If you haven't been in to see her jewelry, it's absolutely stunning. And made right here in Norfolk! Lorak is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and located at 208 East Plume Street, Suite 12.

The second window was definitely a bit more challenging and time intensive, but came out beautifully! It's my beloved Table Seven Antiques. Leigh and I decided it would be fitting to decorate with a "food theme" since Fresh Market will be opening across the street in less than a month. We collected all of the shop's food related items, everything from cookbooks to rolling pins, baking tins to aprons, vintage bread boxes and even some 'fresh' felt flowers. It's definitely different than the typical Table Seven look, but a nice change for the Fall, until it's time for the Christmas windows!

I'm participating in the 92 Days of Summer challenge. Click here to read all about it and here to a see a gallery of pictures of everyone participating.