vintage sale!

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

My friend Mary is having a big sale at her rental shop, Bluebird's Garage. She's digging into her collection and selling some of her vintage rentals to make room for new stuff. She'll also have some of her retail pieces on sale. Three Ships Coffee will be there too, serving their finest brew to keep you warm.

I'll be selling my vintage collection as well. All sorts of vintage goods including rustic and industrial housewares, home decor, accessories and some furniture items. No, this isn't a 6 petals comeback (right?) but just a way to find a new home for the remaining "inventory." There are so many cool pieces for such great deals. Let's call this a little 6 petals liquidation sale.

So come shop small this Saturday, December 13th from 8am to noon!

Find Bluebird's Garage on Map


Monday, 8 December 2014

A little bit of Christmas popped up yesterday. We decided to use our two fiddle leaf fig trees as our Christmas tree(s) this year. We have so many plants already, and didn't need another big one in the living room. Don't worry, Jay found evergreen scented sticks so they smell like the real deal. With those, lights and ornaments it's perfectly festive. 

And after a relaxing weekend, I'm quickly realizing it's time to start Christmas shopping and gift making. I have a few handmade projects on my list– some that involve a new skill. I've watched a handful of YouTube video tutorials, so I'm basically a professional. 


Thursday, 4 December 2014

Where can I find one of these hanging pods? Gosh, I'd spend every morning (and evening) sitting in that spot just listening to the birds and thinking about the day. And how about that gorgeous tree, those winding branches and lush greenery. Go away, cold weather. Far away.

image via Pinterest

around the house

Thursday, 30 October 2014

This Halloween we'll be celebrating 2 years in our home. While we are perfectly content with everything, I can always find little projects to keep myself busy and make it even more special.

Baked (my first loaf!) of the best banana bread. It's my mom's recipe and the whole house smelled sweet for hours. 

This little ceramic air plant hanger is a cute addition to the plant window. 

Meet Frankie. This is my husband's cat (although he acts more like a little dog) and he's still a badass at 16 years old.

a few things

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Just some pretty little things that caught my eye recently. 

a much anticipated weekend at home

Thursday, 16 October 2014

My husband and I are in our late 20's. Like most around this age, we're celebrating engagements, weddings and babies of close friends and family members. It seems we have a party every weekend (can't complain about that!), and it's so special to celebrate with the ones we love most. However, this weekend's little calendar boxes are mostly empty, which means I can finally pick up that to-do list and nail out some house projects.

On the agenda: decorate rooms in the house that haven't had much attention, like maybe hang something in the guest rooms or set up little vignettes here and there. We have the "jam room" that I want to cover in pillows and plants. It's a small space that holds my husband's old drum set and friend's bring over their instruments for late night jam sessions. It's pretty fun! Maybe something like this...

And besides the never-ending cleaning and laundry, I have lots of stuff I want to make. You know, little storage solutions and wall decorations that make everything a bit more organized.

I also plan to dust off the old DSLR and get some of mine own photos back here on the blog. And I'd love to do a home tour once the house is ready! Here's to a productive weekend at home...mixed in with a few skydives, of course.

photos via Pinterest

the last 6 petals photoshoot

Thursday, 16 October 2014

The weather is starting to take a turn here in Virginia with cool, crisp breezes throughout the day. I can handle fall, but it's the forthcoming winter that has me worried. So let's take it back to early summer today.

Back in May (before I decided to close my vintage shop, 6 petals) I worked with Mary and Zoe on a bold, bohemian, beach wedding shoot. Kristen and I chose bold vintage outfits from the 6 petals vintage clothing collection. I tend to gravitate to more earthy and neutral tones. Kristen is more trendy and colorful, so I knew she could help style all the ladies with bright pops of color.

We gathered a handful of amazing people to play dress up, have some fun on Fort Story beach (check out those rocks!) and look good. They totally nailed it. All of the girls are wearing dresses from 6 petals, and we even found some vintage tops for the guys.

I also designed the invitation using a photo of the heart backdrop that Troy of OnieTonie created for us. I love how it turned out!

Looking back at these photos makes me miss my little vintage business. It was a good run, but I'm also happy to not have two jobs. I'm enjoying more time and adventures with friends, family and my husband.

photos by Zoe Grant

30 days // no social media

Monday, 13 October 2014

I've been thinking about doing this for a long time. Now, after talking about it with my sister-in-law who recently disconnected, she's given me the motivation to deactivate. So I'm joining her. She told me she's loving it. Mostly because she's finding herself appreciating small details she would have missed with her face glued to a phone, and she's experiencing more simple pleasures. Her husband (my little brother) never got on any of these platforms to begin with.

For me, social media includes the three I use-- Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (Pinterest doesn't count here because I don't socialize on it. I think of it as a digital magazine). I've deactivated Facebook and removed Instagram and Twitter apps from my phone. I will not be visiting them on the computer either. This is nothing life-changing, and who knows, maybe I'll hate it and be back in 30 days. Or, maybe I won't miss it at all and continue to stay disconnected.

If someone actually calculated the time I spend on these sites in a day I'd be sick to my stomach. It's easy for me to get my "fix" every 15 minutes because I'm at a computer designing for 8+ hours a day. I'll mock up a mobile app page, check Facebook, work on button styles, see what's new on Instagram. It's an addictive cycle that's been challenging my attention span and brings multi-tasking to a whole new level. There's a lot of comparing and wanting going on during the bottomless scrolling. Why does she get to travel to Tulum while I'm here working? I just NEED that $1,200 lounge chair! 

There is too much in my life to be thankful for, and I should stop to think about those things when I have an extra couple minutes. Or catch a sunset, go on a walk/hike, read an article about maintaining house plants, learn HTML and CSS, call an old friend to say hello, cook my husband dinner, stretch more, moisturize, plan a weekend trip somewhere new, make something, watch a documentary, paint...the options are ENDLESS!

My plan is to blog more during this time too. I miss writing. Today is day 1. I'm excited to see how this goes and what I'll discover in the next 30 days. Would you disconnect for a month? Have you done a social media shutdown yourself? I'd love to hear.

top photo by Eva Kolenko. bottom photos via Pinterest, mostly my adventure/carpe diem board

the eye of the tiger

Friday, 5 September 2014

I stumbled across this image on Pinterest today and it struck me.

A love for animals, the texture of the fur, the detailed artwork in the iris and imagining what this beautiful creature was thinking at this exact moment. The past month has been a whirlwind (really, this entire year seems to be) and I've been having intense internal battles.

I'm so grateful for my family and friends that are constantly supportive. I need to be more positive about all the good things in life. I mean, for real, I have a great life...snap out of it, Christina. I need to rediscover my eye of the tiger.

There are quite a few reasons to smile:

  • Finishing a half marathon with my little sister last weekend. During training the last few weeks, I think we talked everyday, and then she flew up to visit and run! It was such an amazing memory to share with her. I may be older, but I sure as hell look up to that girl. 
  • Turning 29 tomorrow. Another great year (soon-to-be) in the books. Early birthday sunflowers from close friends really brightened my day.
  • Seeing my family soon. My cousin's wedding in New York will bring everyone together next weekend. Family time is the best...especially spending time with my 4 little nieces who are growing like weeds.
  • Skydiving with my husband. Sometimes I take this for granted. Getting to fly with the love of my life is damn pretty special. 

life outdoors

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Life is sweet...and kinda hectic. But I wouldn't have it any other way. With August coming tomorrow, I've been thinking about where exactly July went. It started in late June with our camping trip and every weekend since has been booked. I've visited new sites (Boston, Colonial Beach and Jamestown) and re-visited places (Harrisonburg and Yorktown), all while having good friends and family in tow.

This weekend I'm crossing my fingers to stay home and work on some house projects that have been on my mind since February, but sneak away for a little bit to get a few skydives. Hope you're enjoying every bit of this sweet, sweet summertime.

you can follow me on instagram @christinaprock

to wallpaper, or not to wallpaper?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

I probably spend a good hour or two daydreaming about house projects (ripping out the upstairs carpet, building shelves out of wood slabs, painting the exterior to cover the termite treatment, painting the kitchen a deep indigo to name a few). As I slowly transition an upstairs bedroom from the 6 petals vintage studio to an actual bedroom, I'm trying to acquire a proper bedroom furniture and decor. Unfortunately, it's one thing to find these great pieces, but it's another skill to actually style it. Not easy.

Lately, so many beautiful wallpapers are popping up on design and interior blogs. I know it's trendy, but I can't help but want to slap some on our walls.

Some only covering certain areas, like just the back wall in that bedroom above. (After reading more about this wallpaper it has beautiful silver leaf detail that changes as it ages. I'm sold.) I really love the dark background and floral pattern below too.

Or, as an alternative, just some large scale artwork or textiles on the walls. I love that big number 8 (I'd look for a 6) and the colors in that mountain below.

photos credit:  1  |  2  |  3  and 4  |  5   6 and 7   8 and 9 and 10

colonial beach + a new addiction

Monday, 14 July 2014

A few months ago,  I signed up for my first (sprint) Triathlon. Jay signed up too, and it was his second. We've been training for each event and excited to see how we stacked up against others. We drove up to Colonial Beach on Friday evening and stayed with some great friends who were also planning on doing the race. Colonial Beach is on the Northern Neck, a small town and golf cart community with a whole lot of character.

It was a bright and early morning Saturday as we made our way to the event HQ to get ready for our early start times. It was such a learning experience for me about the transition areas, tri gear and the pre-race nerves. I read a ton of articles, but knew that going through the steps would be the biggest lesson.

I'll spare all the details, but it felt so great to run across that finish line. Having played sports through college, these days my work life is pretty sedentary Mon-Fri from 8-6pm. It's a necessary evil, which I'm sure some can relate to. With triathlons, I think I've found my newest addiction. Here's to many more swim/bike/runs! Plus, we can visit new towns and find some pretty cool things to do on our road trip. I didn't get many shots (all from the phone's camera because I can't seem to ever remember the actual camera) of Colonial Beach, but we had a few great stops along the way.

A lucky find: The Dog and Oyster Vineyard. Can't go wrong here – friendly dogs, delicious local oysters and tasty wine. It was the perfect pit stop for our Sunday drive home, and the owner/manager, Mark, really treated us well. We could have stayed here alllll day.

And of course a random antique store on the side of the country road. This one was an old two-story home with seven other buildings on the property, filled to the brim with antiques and architectural salvage. I left with an ice cream scoop.

artist spotlight // first landing woodworks

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

With Summer in full swing, that means tasty beers. The same goes for Fall, Winter and Spring too. I was lucky enough to meet Adam, one of the guys behind First Landing Woodworks, at a photoshoot a few months back. With my semi-new woodworking interest, I was immediately draw to this brand, and was excited to hear more about what he and his woodworking partner, Philip, were up to.

First Landing Woodwork’s mission is to provide high–quality products that are made with pride in the United States of America. We feel there needs to be attention paid to the products we use and those products should not be disposable, yet a quality heirloom piece that will last generations.
In addition to their signature walnut handles, they also use Maple, Bocote, Padauk and other hardwood...even the occasional antler! I love seeing the different wood grain shine through. It's awesome to have this kind of talent locally. 

Get your own bottle opener in their shop, or find them around Hampton Roads at a show or festival.

sophia amoruso

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

During an average work day, I spend too much time on the computer. Mostly designing in Photoshop, taking breaks to scroll through a few blogs and occasionally online shopping. Instead of shuffling through my Spotify stations, I'm opting for interviews, podcasts and videos. The latest interview I watched featured Nasty Gal's Sophia Amoruso. I'm reading #GIRLBOSS now, and I'm constantly impressed by her. Though I'm not even a fan of the clothes from the site, I admire her drive. She's genuine, logical and a total badass.

image via The Coveteur

work style

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Most (week)days are the same. Shower, brush teeth, get dressed. That "get dressed" part is always a mystery. I totally fall into that stereotype of girl with lots of clothes and nothing to wear. I've been doing an okay job of donating clothes every few months, but the story is the same. This mostly applies to work. Like many, I have a desk job. Our office isn't too strict about business attire, so most of the time I can get away with pants and a nice-ish top. If I could afford it, I'd just stock up on Elizabeth Suzann basics, be comfortable and happy. In the meantime, these are the types of pieces I'm on the lookout for...

images via my style board on Pinterest
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