Archive for March, 2010

birthday sale

i n f u s i o n turned 2 years old today! And in other exciting news, we reached 900 sales this week. To celebrate, I am offering 10% off all purchases from the shop.

When you place your order, you can either wait for a revised invoice, or you can go ahead and make your payment and I will then send a refund for the difference.

Huge thanks to all my customers for making this such a successful and fun couple of years.

(about the rose. That rose is the first to bloom this year. Hard to believe. A birthday rose! And a deer  (we think) has already eaten it!)

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Toast’s spring/summer 2010 house & home catalog is like a mini escape to warmer places. I love their house & home collections, but this one really makes me long to live in a Mexican Hacienda… or at least take an extended vacation. Love all the linen, natural fibers and the way their photos really manage to bring in the feeling of warm, sun-drenched aftermoons.

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Happy spring. I know its not very spring-like in some parts of the northern hemisphere, but things are sure coming alive here. Felt like summer yesterday. So warm that we were seeking shade, and so much sunshine we have rosy cheeks even still today.

I have been working almost non-stop for the last couple weeks and things have been going well. Cruising right along. I’ve had a really nice momentum. TODAY however, has been a weirdly challenging day. Just plain WEIRD! Instead of throwing a tantrum (I mean some things can be irritating, but the one-thing-after-another thing can make a person just crazy!) I decided to just sit and chill for a bit. A better choice I think, and while I have been sitting here, I managed to get some photos edited, and I have just added the Ruche in Red to the shop.

I hope everyone is having a super fab weekend, void of streaks of weirdness haha.

Time for me to get something to eat, take some deep breaths, have a long stretch, and then get my groove back on!

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it’s Tuesday

…but I’m not sure I could have told you that without looking at the little clock on my computer. The last few days have really been somethin’ else, for this little one woman business. Can I just say, yowza! I was in front of my computer for much of the weekend, answering questions, attending to orders, re-listing items, thanking customers and thanking you wonderful people for all your fun and friendly, and very interesting notes. I am still working on catching up on emails, so if you are someone who I have not yet responded to, I will get there soon.

I spent much of yesterday cutting. And cutting and cutting. I can feel muscles in my arm that I certainly usually don’t. After all this excitement and sustained hyper focus I was feeling a little bit hungover yesterday, probably from lack of fresh air, proper nourishment and sleep – so we headed out in the late afternoon to mail some packages, shop for food and just get out of the house for a bit. Admittedly, I was really looking forward to getting back home and having a glass of wine, which I did, and which I really enjoyed.

a Batch of Slippers Ready for Sewing

I will be focusing entirely on filling orders in the coming days and weeks, and if there are any questions from any of my customers out there, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

With genuine thanks and appreciation…

And as Liane might say,

xo to eternity!

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It is a remarkable weekend for  i n f u s i o n ! A big thank you to etsy for inviting me to be the featured seller this weekend, and a huge thank you to all my supportive customers and readers.  The inflow of conversations and emails has been stunning.  I have appreciated every one of them.

Seeing how far  i n f u s i o n  has come over these last couple of years brings a real sense of excitement and satisfaction.  New doors have been opening up this year, and somehow this weekend feels like a launch pad for the next chapter to come.  When I started selling on etsy almost 2 years ago, I had no idea what would become of it.  I had no real expectations, and it was a simple effort to bring some active, creative flow back into my life.  Today I am a full time designer and seamstress!  While working for myself in this way is a lot of work, with no guarantees of a consistent paycheck (though when is there ever??), and I probably work more hours each day than I have at any conventional job… I truly enjoy my time – I own my time! and I have the freedom to  shape my days to what ever works for my flow.  There is no limit to what one can create for themselves, or the extent to which one can shape their life, and what one has to express.  I have always known this, but to see it in motion in such a dynamic way is totally radical, really freeing and inspiring.

Thank you again for your support and enthusiasm.

Here’s to getting that flow going!

Enjoy the rest of your weekends.

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New items in the shop! Lots of wool, linen, hemp and leather.

Happy Friday!

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new home for pink yarn

Dear Valerie,

Your luck is looking up!

xo abby

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I’ve been interested in trying my hand at re-upholstery for a while now. A few weeks ago I found a great little chair at the thrift store, with a solid wood frame, and a simple design I really liked. It was in rough shape, with water stains everywhere, and the vinyl seat was torn and worn. BUT it was only 3 bucks and it was quite solid. It seemed like it had a lot of potential and like the perfect begginer project. I have taken this chair from a funky vintage leftover that was ditched in the rain, to a Danish Modern beauty… for almost free.

Here’s my process. It really was very simple, and so satisfying!

I started by removing the seat. This required taking out 4 screws. Then I started sanding…

and sanding and sanding… this part definitely took the longest (and this type of sander is probably not ideal for this type of job).

I then returned to the seat and removed all the staples fastening the vinyl cover.

The foam pad was in fair shape, but if I’d had some wool batting on hand, I would definitely have replaced it.

Then I cut a new cover. I used hemp canvas. I traced the shape of the seat onto the fabric with a pencil, then included a couple extra inches for wrapping. Be sure to leave enough to fit around your cover and around the edge of the seat. More is better than less as you can cut any excess off when you are done.

Staple all the way around, making sure to pull the fabric tightly, for a smooth, taut finish.

Looking really nice!

The final step, which I have yet to complete, will be to refinish it. I am thinking Tung oil or perhaps making my own finish of a beeswax/walnut oil blend.

I would definitely do another of these projects, and knowing how easy it is has opened my eyes to furniture I might have otherwise overlooked. Things that need a little love and care, are usually priced in your favor, and in the end you have a unique piece of furniture done the way you like it.

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