Monthly Archives: August 2011

Looking for a Sequel to the Floyd Witch Project

In my next life, when money is no object, I have no fears, and science has made it possible to do so without dying, I want to be a hurricane chaser. I’m sure there’s some correlation to the fact that I don’t like roller coasters, but I love a dark and steep water ride. A tornado does nothing for me, but whip up a mad amount of rain and it’s my thing. I’ll never forget the one hurricane I lived through.

Hurricane Floyd must have happened the fall of 1999. I lived on the eighteenth story of an eighteen-story building that swayed in a decent breeze, so of course I stuck around when the rest of the state was clearing out. Two of my best friends and I even created The Floyd Witch Project, filming ourselves “scared” in dark corners of our dorm rooms with the windows taped up and all of our furniture pulled to the middle. (P.S. Why did we put our furniture in the middle? If the windows broke, wasn’t there a better chance of our stuff getting wrecked now that it was right in front of the window instead of next to it? Anyway, I digress…) The rest of the time was spent watching Stormy Weather Stud, Jim Cantore, and waiting for something to happen.

The hurricane turned out to be a flop in South Carolina. It led to major damage, loss of life and substantial flooding in North Carolina, but all we saw were a few drops of rain and a bit of wind. The sky made it all worthwhile though. (As did having the whole building to ourselves. Finally…no Tri-Deltas wasting elevator time getting up to the fifth floor…) You know when you look at a satellite photo of a hurricane you see circling clouds with a big hole in the middle? Well, that’s exactly what it looked like underneath as well. The entire sky spun in rotation around a clear space off on the horizon. It was breathtaking!

When Katrina hit, Roommate Nicki could attest to the fact that I was glued to the TV that whole weekend. Sorry to say for Randy and his nieces’ birthday party, I expect the same to happen over the next several days.  I do hope that Irene turns out to be as passive as I remember Floyd to be, but it sure is fun to watch in the meantime.

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No Longer Playing Grown-Up 2.0

So it looks like most of the blog posts I’ve started, well, ever begin with “wow, it’s been a long time since my last one.” My apologies again. It’s summer.  I’m a newlywed. I started a new job. Excuses, excuses. Let’s just agree that this blog will never be a daily read and enjoy whatever ramblings I can provide, ok? Wonderful.

That said, I have one more thing to add to the list. I’m starting a side business! In case you’ve been living under a rock, I’ve turned my wedding flowers into a real company. (Well, almost… LLC app is going in this week.) Through  Mark the Occasion Designs (thank you Amber and Scott for the name and Mandi for the logo) I will create beautiful alternatives to fresh flowers that can be used for special events and celebrated for a lifetime. I can use clients’ sentimental fabrics, beads, buttons or other notions, such as a mother’s veil or a collection of bridesmaids’ dresses, to create custom pieces. Every item I make is hand-sewn, glued, or wired by me to give the items the look and feel of traditional floral. I am comfortable working with a number of styles and materials including feathers, wire and beads.

Enough of the commercial…Why do you care about that here? Well, @playinggrownup may actually be growing up. I’ve already stumbled into a number of articles worth sharing and mishaps that would make you laugh, so I see this blog getting a little revitalization. Heck, just trying to balance all the balls I have in the air ought to make for great blog fodder.

So check me out here or here. Or even here, but only if you promise not to judge. I’ve got the Etsy site and Facebook page mastered, but my web site still needs a little work.

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t ask you to please spread the word. As a start-up, my marketing budget is well, nil. I’m counting on my friends and fam to help get my name out there. And why wouldn’t you? Fabric flowers are definitely the next big thing in the wedding industry and I’m a cool chick you know and love. (Er. maybe I should instead talk about my MBA and years of event planning services here… I guess that might make me look a bit more professional. But I am a cool chick!)  I would love to provide personal service like a traditional florist vs. what you’d find simply trolling the interwebs. Let’s do this together.

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