Spring Is In The Air

by maura buchman


The last week has been a whirlwind. In the midst of of all the preparations for the upcoming NotWedding, we've been asked to handle the event design for the Community Farmer's Market "Spring Tonic" farm-to-table dinner at Crack in the Sidewalk Farmlet on April 6th. 

Chefs from The Giving Kitchen, Kimball House, Leon's Full Service, along with the amazing bar tending staff from Empire State South will be providing scrumptious food and refreshing "tonics" for those who participate. 

Accessibility to fresh, local produce is something I strongly believe in. Proceeds will support Community Farmers Markets' double SNAP (supplemental nutrition assistance program), Crack in the Sidewalk Farmlet, and The Giving Kitchen. Your support comes at a time of year when farm income can be both most critically needed and in shortest supply.

If you're interested in signing up for this great event you may check out the details here: https://www.facebook.com/communityfarmersmarkets

 


Preparing for The NotWedding

by maura buchman


Things are a whirlwind as I prepare and organize for the 2nd Athens NotWedding on April 2nd. I'm up to my elbows in bubble wrap and boxes and the house is in a constant state of disarray and flux. Our guest room has been hijacked, our dining room is now home to about 50 teacups (soon to be 75) and there are crates and dishes everywhere. See for yourself...

Organized chaos, but chaos nonetheless.

Organized chaos, but chaos nonetheless.

Needless to say, I'm beginning to feel a bit overwhelmed by it all. I've decided that the best way to deal with the anxiety is to come up with a step-by-step plan for total and complete organization and then eat a bowl of coconut ice cream before continuing on to my other projects.


Adventures in Email: Part 2

by maura buchman


It is a known fact that technology is not my strong suit, a point which has been further validated by my monumental screw up of what was once a perfectly fine working website. In truth, I blame Pinterest, but I'll get to that in a moment.

A week ago I was up late playing around the inter web, making sure that everything was linked appropriately and working. In hindsight, perhaps I should have left well enough alone. I was trying to "verify my website" on Pinterest so that I could link my posts, but just couldn't seem to do it. This is the conversation between me and my brain:

Me: "Ugh! Why won't this work? This should be working! Blasted technology!"

Brain: "There must be a way to fix this. Hmmmm...."

Me: "I knew I should have taken that computer class in college. This is crazy. What is the problem? Why won't 'this work? Grrrr."

Brain: "Maybe if we go through and look at the domain settings we can determine the source of the issue. Yes, we should do that."

Me: "Maybe if I go look at the domain settings I can figure out what is wrong. I think I'll do that. Wait a minute- what is a domain? Where did that thought come from? Whatever, I'm gonna check it out."

Brain: (Evil Mr. Burns laugh) "This should be interesting"

So, I did it. I visited the Domain Setting page. It was terrifying. It was confusing. There were icons of  triangles with the exclamation points in the middle all over it and to make things worse they were in red and yellow.  

Now, at this point, any sane person who had not been up and working for 14 hours would have probably decided to let it go and deal with it after a good night's rest. Not me. No way. I was gonna get to the bottom of it if it meant I watched the sun come up. 

I tinkered. I toyed. I read the tutorial on domain mapping at least 5 times. I even had in opened in a separate window so that I could refer back to it for guidance (I know this seems like a no-brainer, but I grew up with DOS so don't judge.) Just when I though I had nailed it, I went to view the page and WHAM! Red everywhere! No home page- just a big warning sign that alerted me to the fact that my webpage may actually be a phishing scam. What had I done?! I was thisclose to tears. Did I mention it was almost 2:00 in the morning? Because that wasn't helping me out any, either. I took a deep breath, cursed my brain and it's stupid ideas, and then:

Two words. Two magical, glorious words suddenly popped into my head: Customer Support. I quickly typed an SOS pleading for help, guidance, forgiveness, anything that would resolve the fantastic disaster that I had (rather predictably) created. They responded quickly, weren't snarky or judgmental, and after three days of waiting to see if the settings changed, were able to ascertain whatever it was that I had done and tell me how to fix it.  These people are geniuses. Mind-reading, world saving,  geniuses. How they ever figured what I did is a complete mystery, as I'm not even sure what I did.

So, Wednesday is the THE day and I'm fully expecting the site to be up and running ship shape and Bristol fashion.  Now, whether or not the Pinterest issue will be fixed remains to be seen...

 

 

 


Adventures in Email

by maura buchman


I grew up playing Lemonade Stand on a hand-me-down Apple IIe computer that we got from my granddad. It came complete with dot matrix printer and everything. Man, those were the days...

It has recently come to my attention that the website email is not working correctly. I thought I had had this resolved months ago but, alas, that is not the case. Please know that I think I have remedied the problem, but won't be sure for another 48-72 hours (and here I was thinking that the internet offered *instant* gratification!). In the meantime, if you have any questions or are interested in securing a rental date, feel free to contact me at: thelostandfoundatlanta@gmail.com. 

Fingers crossed!


The NotWedding

by maura buchman


You Guys-

Big News! We will be participating in the April 3rd NotWedding at the Foundry Inn & Spa in Athens, Georgia! I cannot even begin to blog my excitement. I've recently quit my day job in an effort to redirect my energy toward the things that make my life exciting and it is already paying off. I am so thankful (and lucky) to have a wonderful husband who supports me and encourages me to live a more authentic life. It's going to be a wild ride!

So, come check us out -live and in person- on April 3rd. You may purchase tickets for the event at: www.thenotwedding.com

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Frolona Farm

by maura buchman


Good Morning! 

This week has been super busy as I prepare for my one of my dearest friend's wedding AND another fabulous farm-to-table event, this time at Frolona Farm! Needless to say, our house looks like a tornado has gone through it. I'm pretty sure the dogs think I'm crazy.

 

Greta is quite skeptical of all the recent goings-on. 

Greta is quite skeptical of all the recent goings-on. 

Frolona is a family-run farm located in Franklin, Georgia and is best known for their grassfed beef and pastured pork. They are also a family of musicians and take great care in creating handcrafted, one-of-a-kind custom instruments:

 

Photo courtesy of Frolona Farms.

Photo courtesy of Frolona Farms.

This beautiful working farm also doubles as an event space! If you're looking for a special spot to get hitched look no further than: www.frolonafarm.com


Atlanta Tour de Farm

by maura buchman


Thought you may enjoy seeing what we did this weekend.

Major kudos to Julia Abercrombie, Liz James, and the entire Tour De Farm/ Community Farmer's Market crew for all of your hard work and planning! 

 

Preparing for a fantastic evening of farmers, food, and friends! Photo courtesy of JBJ Images.

Preparing for a fantastic evening of farmers, food, and friends! Photo courtesy of JBJ Images.

Photograph copyright JBJ Images 2013

Photograph copyright JBJ Images 2013


Farm to Table

by maura buchman


If there is anything I love in life (besides my husband and our animal farm) it's food. I would die without it. To me, nothing is better than fresh veggies from a friend or local farmer- which is why I'm so excited to share our big news! 

The Lost & Found has been asked to provide vintage details and styling for the 2nd Annual Atlanta Tour de Farms! This supercool event takes place this weekend (October 12-13)  is a unique two day bicycle* tour of local urban farms, including farm-fresh provisions, locally sourced and prepared breakfast, lunch and dinners, and an overnight camping at Le Tre Lune Farm in Douglasville. Proceeds from the event will benefit Community Farmers Markets (www.farmatl.org), which direct the Grant Park, East Atlanta, and Decatur Farmers Markets.

If you're interested in purchasing tickets, you may do so at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/470614

Hope to see you there!

xoxo

Maura


The Road Goes Ever On and On

by maura buchman


If I were stranded on a deserted island and could only bring two items with me I'd bring: 

  1.  J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit"
  2. A bottle of champagne. 

I am IN LOVE with sci-fi/fantasy and while everyone is gaga over Game of Thrones I can't help but go back and revisit what is surely on my top-five-list-of-favorite-books-of-all-times. 

I love this book (and Bilbo Baggins) so much that this year, in tribute to his bravery and heroism, I threw him a birthday party. Stop rolling your eyes. It was awesome- and in case you are wondering- his birthday (which he shares with his nephew- the very brave Frodo Baggins) is September 22nd. 

The day of the party I tied a chalkboard to our front gate it read: 

 

I can only imagine what my neighbors thought when they saw that. 

We just so happen to have a Party Tree and set up the bar underneath it. We offered growlers of beer and two signature "Elvish Elixirs"as specialty cocktails. One was a vodka martini I named "The Light of Elendil" but everyone's favorite was the "Prancing Pony" concocted of St. Germain, Hendricks Gin, Champagne, Vermouth, and a twist of Meyer Lemon.  

party tree

Everyone was invited to bring a Shire-inspired dish to share. Our table overflowed with a plethora of savory foods including: individual chicken pot pies, hearty vegan soup, purple potato salad, an amazing chicken bake that smelled like heaven, crusty bread and butter, and stuffed mushrooms. Simply put- it was delicious.

Dessert was comprised of homemade apple pie, blackberry pie, fresh fruit and, of course, birthday cake! 

As the sun sank over the Southern sky, we turned on the projector, started a fire, and sat down to watch "The Hobbit".  It was the best birthday ever.

 

Jake's fire
Oriana, one of our most favorite Hobbit children.

Oriana, one of our most favorite Hobbit children.


Julia & Mat's Burlap and Lace Wedding

by maura buchman


Recently our dear friends, Julia and Mat, tied the knot and when they asked us to attend to the details of their special day we jumped on the opportunity! The wedding took place at the beautiful Cator-Woolford Garden in Atlanta on a perfect September evening.

Julia incorporated many handmade details-from burlap table runners, to hand-lettered chalkboards and an ah-mazing wedding cake created by her oh-so-talented mother-in-law. 

We were able to complete her vision with an eclectic array of fine china, textured mason jars, mismatched silverware, and much more.  

Enough! We'll let the pictures (courtesy of Abra Michelle Photography) speak for themselves: 

 

 

Guests were greeted with hand-lettered chalkboards.

Guests were greeted with hand-lettered chalkboards.

Lace details were seamlessly woven throughout the entire affair.

Lace details were seamlessly woven throughout the entire affair.

A distressed chalkboard added to the rustic feel of the reception, while an antique bar cart added a touch of class. 

A distressed chalkboard added to the rustic feel of the reception, while an antique bar cart added a touch of class. 

The secret's in the sauce!

The secret's in the sauce!

Each place setting was painstakingly mixed and matched to create a balance between the masculine and feminine.

Each place setting was painstakingly mixed and matched to create a balance between the masculine and feminine.

Natural burlap and delicate lace table runners.

Natural burlap and delicate lace table runners.

A whimsical mailbox sits atop a vintage lace tablecloth.

A whimsical mailbox sits atop a vintage lace tablecloth.

Julia's gorgeous wedding cake looked spectacular on our rustic cake stand.  

Julia's gorgeous wedding cake looked spectacular on our rustic cake stand.

 

Star cluster chandeliers hung from the trees above the outdoor reception, adding the perfect amount of romance.

Star cluster chandeliers hung from the trees above the outdoor reception, adding the perfect amount of romance.

Thank you Mat & Julia for including us in your big day!

Thank you Mat & Julia for including us in your big day!