Feb 29, 2012

uniquely yours

One of the things I like about custom bridal orders is working with excited brides! These boutonnieres in progress were for Casey, a customer I recently finished a large order for. I was very lucky to meet Casey since she happened to live locally. Casey is getting married in May and has the full bloom of a bride in the final stretch. I loved working with her and seeing her thrilled reaction to her flowers.

Pictures and frequent conversations are very important when I'm making custom orders. I am happy to put in the extra work to make sure every custom order is perfect. If you know a bride or someone else who would be interested in a custom order, send them my way!

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Feb 7, 2012

where I work (or play?)

I finally took a Saturday and reorganized my studio. I'd been in it for about a year and knew I had to rearrange for ultimate efficiency. My space is small (approx. 6 x 8 feet), so every inch counts!

My studio is a shed in our yard that my husband had converted for me. I started out working from a spare room in the house. Among other things, working on carpet was not ideal. I love it here. My shed sits under a huge camphor tree - and I always feel like I'm in a tree house.

This is the main work table I'm at every day. One great thing about a small space is that almost everything is within an arm's reach!

You can see the window air unit in the previous picture and the space heater on the floor. I'm fortunate to work in a temperate climate, so these suffice for the infrequent extremes we experience.

The cutting table on the left is actually a desk. I couldn't survive without this extra work surface.

I keep pretty things around to inspire me: the hangings on the side of the bookcase are collage pieces made by my sister. The picture with the two kids and blue background is a piece by Heather Murray - she works in mixed media. I love her work!

A place for everything and everything in its place! You can see some ready to go flowers hanging in the corner.

While I'm getting most of my fabrics organized, many of my chiffons and organzas are in a huge tub under the cutting table. They will not stay folded and some are too short for a mini-bolt.

My tape measure and camera cord hang near the door next to my Jane Austen calendar. I have a custom made (by moi) wipe board to keep track of things.

And here's the large bookcase I use for fabric and boxing storage. I'm trying to get everything on the mini bolts, but some fabrics are still stored in baskets.

Putting my fabric on mini bolts was a lot of work - but so worth it. Obviously, it makes finding my fabrics much easier.

The things I use most are at my fingertips: thread, needles, candle and matches.

I love seeing other peoples work spaces. Post a link if you'd like to share yours!

Dec 15, 2011

peeky peeky

As you may know, I run two shops: Dinkybird Boutique, where I sell fabric flower accessories, and Lil Lula, where I sell items for children.

Well, poor Lil Lula has been neglected since summer with all the other things I have going on. I haven't really promoted the shop yet for that reason. This is a heads up: I have a TON of new hair accessories that I will be listing after the New Year. Here's a sneak peek for my blogland followers:

Nov 22, 2011

Black Friday and New Shopping Site

Dinkybird Boutique is having a Black Friday sale! Take 25% off any item in my etsy shop from midnight to 3 p.m. PST on Friday. What a great time to load up on holiday gifts!

New! Dinkybird Boutique is trying out Big Cartel, another shop hosting site. Check it out here: http://dinkybirdboutique.bigcartel.com/, where you'll find almost all designs are exclusive to the site. Let me know how you like it!

Have a great holiday and eat a piece of pie for me!

Nov 14, 2011

Kris + Alex

Back in June Kris ordered my "sweetheart" flower. She was kind enough to let me share these picts with you and you can see the pink-petaled corsage as used on her wedding day.

Kris and Alex had an offbeat wedding. Their sense of fun and happiness really show!

You can read more about Kris' nontraditional wedding at offbeat bride. Thanks so much to Kris for sharing!