chelseapetaja One of my favorite springtime blooms accompanies one of my favorite stories: In another lifetime, when I was the art teacher at a Montessori school, I was teaching a lesson on drawing objects by starting with their basic shapes to a group of three and four year olds. It was spring, and we went outside to cut branches of spirea to draw. Before we began the lesson, I wanted them to remember the name of this bush so I started with, "Spirea… What an interesting word! What does it remind you of?" Expecting "spider" to be the response, a hand shot up from a tiny three-year-old with blonde hair and bangs who burst out with, "Diarrhea! It sounds like diarrhea!"
"My dad had diarrhea this morning," said her friend.
"Yeah. Diarrhea is terrible," she sympathized.
And then, though I tried so hard to be unfazed and practical, the group of us, sitting cross-legged in a circle, erupted in laughter.
Cracking up about bodily functions. Is there anything more honest?
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chelseapetaja Brunching in Austin and being a Chatty Cathy at @sawyeratx. 6d

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chelseapetaja Stocked up at @bookpeople for a drizzly Austin trip plus a shameless hand-on-hand plug for my lettering in @afarmedia. 1w

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chelseapetaja In Austin for the very first time and duh, happened upon this wall. What are the can't-miss spots? Texas forever (or at least until Tuesday)! 1w
  •   veriad @chaclivemorgan quiero una aqui contigo! 1w
  •   carolinebrewer Austin is the BEST!!! 1w
  •   mkmccalmont Juan in a Million 1w
  •   saralilas @chelseapetaja welcome to Texas! I would avoid places like Torchy's and Rudy's...they're pretty good but are chains around Texas! Try Eastside King, Raman Tatsu-Ya, Via 313, Gibson Street Bar, Frank's, and Yellow Jacket Social Club for brunch on the weekend, Dolce Neve for amazing ice cream, and Gourdough's for a good doughnut. J. Mueller's (John Mueller Meet Co.) is good for BBQ! 1w
  •   tofashionandfloral @morganramos @kristenjrau @carlibatchelor we need to find this wall when we're there... Obvi 1w
  •   shalynnelson Jacoby's (It's on the East Side downtown and so worth it!) for either dinner or for brunch on Sunday's/ cool vibes / great drinks! 1w
  •   jordanbyers Ummmmm go do a tour of all the Friday night lights spots. DUH. Oh, and give Riggins my love. He keeps calling and I keep missing him. 1w

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chelseapetaja Navy watercolor and gold foil and splatters forever. This was a fun one. @12thtable 1w

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chelseapetaja "Day turned to night, His friends scattered and death thought it had won. But heaven just started counting to three." —@bobgoff 2w

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chelseapetaja Yard bouquets and yard sales. Pop by tomorrow to nab some goodies. Email NashvilleSpringCleaning@gmail.com for directions. And PS-These stacking tabouret chairs will be for sale. 3w

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chelseapetaja Teamed up with a couple other Nashville gals and we're spring cleaning, folks! We'll have lots of house goodies, plenty of random nick nacks, maybe a piece of furniture or two, and a range of clothes. Come hang with @carolinebrewer and @jordanbyers and me this Sunday from 2-4. Email NashvilleSpringCleaning@gmail.com for directions! We may even have a cool drink for ya while you shop. 3w

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chelseapetaja I posted my last photo without a caption for a few hours on accident. Oops. So if you missed it, I'm selling a couple couches. In the meantime, here's a glimpse into our new kitchen with our plum tree blossoms making an appearance. Amen and hallelujah for spring and almost finished kitchens. 4w

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chelseapetaja Impulsively bought new couches and now these beauties have to go to a new home. Just wanted to give you Nashville folk a heads up! Leave your email below if you're interested in the most comfortable couches in the world. xo xo 4w

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chelseapetaja All things bright and beautiful make up this one. Passion and compassion, tenderness and fierceness run deep in her bones. She's the one you want with you in your corner and on the dance floor. I've said it before, but as if calling her friend wasn't enough, I'm the lucky one to call her sister. Happy, happy day @jordanbyers! 4w

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chelseapetaja Came home today to our plum tree in mid-bloom and our daffodils beginning to peek through. Every new spring feels like a miracle to me. #inmynisolos 4w

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chelseapetaja Happiest of days to my mama, who is made of all things good and strong. She is tender and resilient, with a heart and spirit as beautiful as those first blossoming trees. It's no coincidence that the woman who embodies spring would be born on the first day of the season. All my heart @debpaxtonhughes. 4w

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chelseapetaja Working from our Charleston rental today and even in the rain it ain't too bad. 1mon

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chelseapetaja How much do gas lamps run these days? A million bucks? Ok, cool. I'll start saving. 1mon

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chelseapetaja From the girl with no Irish blood in her bones, happy St Patrick's day! I wore the only green piece of clothing I own, promptly wrinkled it, and had coffee on @cannongreenchs' minty tables. We're off to a good start! 1mon

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chelseapetaja My dream shirt for so many reasons: it's comfy, it's beautiful, it's unique and it's the mullet of tops—business in the front, party in the back. Thank you for sharing your talent, @elizsuzann! The SS15 collection is live! 1mon

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chelseapetaja Didn't think I could fall in love with Charleston any more than I already do and then I spent the afternoon at @riveroakscharleston. 1mon

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chelseapetaja My birthday and #internationalwomansday is one in the same. I'll always be coming to terms with what it means to be a woman, wife, sister, friend, daughter, creative and tender-hearted human. Here's a perfect reminder from @bleubird:
Here's to strong women.
May we know them.
May we be them.
1mon

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chelseapetaja The future's so bright. Snow two days ago, sunshine and short sleeves today. #everydaymadewell @madewell1937 1mon

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