Saturday, September 26, 2009

First Hint of Autumn

Ada and I found these on the way to the farmer's market this morning. So beautiful.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Cool Little Mod Red Footstool

So, here is my first upholstery listing on Etsy! I plan on adding more from now on. Check back, I have some cool little chairs to list.

I plan on promoting my upholstery business a little more the rest of the year. If you might have something for me to redo, let me know. I also sell upholstery and drapery fabric, have tons of fabric books at the studio to choose from. Feel free to call or e-mail!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Gift Guides on Etsy!

Crafty Bastards Picks

Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair is an exhibition and sale of handmade alternative arts and crafts from independent artists presented by the Washington City Paper. The fair is all-day, outdoors, free to attend, and will offer goods for sale, food, entertainment, prizes, and more! Crafty Bastards will take place Saturday, October 3, 2009 in Washington, DC. More details about the fair can be found or not you can make it to the fair in person, be sure to browse the selection of work from Crafty Bastards vendors below.

check it out here!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Ada's Creation

Found in my daughter's sketchbook after watching Spirited Away. On the left is a "Wind Spirit" and on the right is a "Bear".

I love these, had to share.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Faceboook Biz Page

Hey, everybody!

In the spirit of networking and promotion, I finally got it together to start a page for the Tigerlillyshop. Please be my fan, sign up here;)

Monday, September 14, 2009

My ottoman, Upholstery Before and After

So, I got this beauty about 5 yrs ago. I traded for it -the other guy got a very sad worn out computer. This little mobile ottoman is a nice thing to have around to prop your feet up on, roll through the house as a toy, and seems to be one of my daughter's favorite play things. Slowly it has been leaking it's contents all over my house. It was time for a makeover.

This is it open with it's guts out. Some sort of fibrous fill that I have never seen before in my 11 yrs as an upholsterer. Anyhoo, I used the pattern, sewed an new one in leather, stuffed the heck out of it... TA DA!!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

New Electroforming Bath!

I have upgraded to a 5 gal tank of electroforming solution and have been doing tests. Finally getting good results. Going to be doing some larger items. Hopefully I'll be doing some silver plating and some larger sculptural pieces. Hooray!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Reaching the Children

In response to all of the fear mongering about the President's speech to the youth of our nation next week, some people have decided to keep their children home from school Tuesday in protest. I personally think that having our President acknowledge our nation's kids and encourage them to take personal responsibility for their lives is a smart move. I mean, duh. Education is what makes life rich and the only person who can learn is the one who takes the initiative. Hearing it from the President has the potential to improve the choices kids make in regards to their education and ultimately their lives.

There has been a lot of chatter among my friends and family on this issue, and I have one funny smarty-pants friend who nailed it. She imagines her response to a hypothetical school that won't show the speech to to their students:

"to whom it may concern, I chose to keep my son/daughter home from school today, in the hopes that the president and I might be able to teach him/her any number of things that you seem to have decided he/ she doesn't need to know. I'm willing to take the risk that he/she didn't miss much there today. I understand that life lessons and encouragement... Read More to succeed may not help him/her pass your standardized tests, but I think we can both agree those are a crock anyway. Sincerely, open Minded, Responsible Parent"

Yeah, that's right on.