When we painted our old door this summer, a fall idea started to take shape. I mean, if you have an orange door, why not make it into a Jack-o-lantern in October, right?
I had originally planned to make the face out of black paper, but Jeff offered to create a more polished version out of some of our scrap plywood. First, I sketched out the shape and size on some wrapping paper to get an idea of scale.
Next up, we made sure we liked the shapes with a mock up on our door.
(We used loops of painters tape for this step.)
Spray primer and glossy black paint created the final Halloween look. We used heavy duty double-stick tape to mount the wood shapes to our door.
We're all ready for kids in costume saying, "trick or treat." Jeff even cut a hole in the 'nose' for our peephole!
Light shines through glass objects in the ceiling of this colorful room. Color washed the walls in a therapeutic glow.
This giant piece had myriad colors intertwined and a little shimmer sheen under the lights.
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With family in town recently, I explored Seattle with fresh eyes. On my visit to the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum at Seattle Center, I was spellbound by this wall of Pendleton blankets.
Moving out of my studio of 13 years is not easy, but has involved some adventures. This week I posted, in the Free section of Craigslist, a fuzzy cell phone picture of a vintage sewing machine that I used for window display.
I received dozens of inquiries but I soon realized that Julie the vintage machine expert was the right adopter. She recognized the model from the picture, brought a power cord to test the machine, plugged it in and it worked.
She took it to her weekly craft night with science fiction loving friends. Within hours, Julie sent me the following note:
"Attached you'll find a pic of her all cleaned up. She runs great! :) She needs a buncha parts, but still, I'm so happy to have her, thank you! I'm naming her Laura Bee. :)"
Here's the same Singer machine in a store window display commemorating our eight year anniversary party. I'm so glad to know that I found her a worthy new home (via Craigslist)!
I hope to see you on Saturday, May 2, 2015 for a Saturday Studio Sale. Time to stock up on lockets, jewelry, and pretty goodies! View the official invite here.
After two months away from the shop (now studio), I'm opening the door and turning on the pink OPEN sign in the window for six hours this Saturday from 11 AM to 5 PM. I'll have new jewelry to peruse, and other fun goodies suitable for Easter baskets.
I'll also be offering the last of the fabric, zippers, ribbon and other craft supplies from my stash, so come stock up!
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Our window display features enlargements of our sew-in labels. Each color represents two thousand bags and wallets handcrafted in our shop.
The view from my sewing station shows browsers shopping for crafty inspiration. The turnout on each of our five Saturday Sales yielded our highest volume January ever.
We loved seeing so many long time customers carrying and wearing their Laura Bee accessories.
Here's the team holding a last day sign filled with the signatures and best wishes from customers, signed in colorful Sharpies.
Huge thanks to Kim (left) and Erinn (right) for working so hard to make our last few months special and successful. Words can't express my gratitude adequately.
We're excited to see you this Saturday at our final sale and party! Wear or carry something you own that we made in our shop, show it to us, and save 20% on your total purchase!
There will be a few (but not many) exclusions to this discount.
We hope you'll join us in celebration this Saturday! Learn more here.
Since 2002, I've shared my love of fabric, color, and handmade goods via my retail store, blog, and web boutique, Laura Bee Designs.
Check out our handbag studio blog (2006-2014) here.