Confessions of an Upholstery Fledgling: How Things Have Changed

Changing jobs is always a big transition, especially when you go from an office job to physical trade work as an upholsterer. Now in my fourth month of work at Spruce, I feel very comfortable in the new environment and can look back on my old job with a sense of humor about how things…

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Home Projects 2010

For the Sprucettes, New Year’s resolutions are often based on sprucing up our own homes and 2010 is no exception! Amanda is reupholstering a Bergere chair for her living room. Tessa has some big plans for our favorite Schumacher fabric and one of her side chairs. And, I have 2 major projects to do. First,…

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Pimp My Apron

So one of the things that made me most excited about my new job at Spruce was that I got to wear an apron all day. As a long time collector of different aprons, this was a dream come true to sport one all day at work. On my first day, I was able to…

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Confessions of an Upholstery Fledgling

So it finally happened. I knew it would eventually as it has happened to all the other girls here at Spruce. And it is only fitting that my “initiation” into upholstery would happen only three days after my apprenticeship ended and midway through my first week of real production. I stapled my finger. This was…

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Spruce Hosts Austin’s 12 x 12 Project

On December 12th (12-12), Spruce will be hosting an opening reception featuring artwork of the 12 x 12 Project. From 2-5 pm, exhibiting artists will be available to discuss their pieces over wine and light snacks. Here is more information about the show from the 12 x 12 founder, Mary Gatling. “The 12 x 12…

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Spruce gift ideas

As you may have seen in the last entry, we love the holidays! We have some great gifts and stocking stuffers available in our shop. We can certainly help you out by boxing up a chair for someone special on your nice list! Yep, it’s possible! If you don’t know exactly what they want, we…

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Inspiration of the Week: New from Schumacher!!

Last week a representative from one of our all-time fave fabric lines, Schumacher, came by the shop to show us their latest collection from Austin-native, Bonnee Sharp! The collection is called Studio Bon and the fabrics are great! There are a lot of the yummy coarse linens we love and lots of fun bright colors.…

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Thankful for…

It’s very seldom that we take the time to appreciate the things that make our lives easier at Spruce. In honor of Thanksgiving, we compiled a list of things we are thankful for. 1. The Sprucettes R to L: Steph, Lizzie, Amanda, Keegan

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Inspiration of the week

Over the past few weeks I have been working on broadening my horizons in the creative world. Besides leaving a desk job for trade work in upholstery, I am making a vow to seek out more art in Austin and expose myself to others’ creative self expression on a more consistent basis. This was overwhelmingly…

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Upholstery Journal

In the work we do at Spruce, we aim to show that upholstery doesn’t just have to be putting new fabric on an old chair. The process of reupholstering a piece of furniture can be a creative outlet and offer the client a breath of fresh air in their home. The Spruce shop is nestled…

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