Best (and Worst) Moments of Book Tour!

If you were online at all in November, you know that Katherine and I were zipping across the country for three weeks promoting the new Spruce book and meeting so many enthusiastic designers and furniture rescuers. 10 cities, classes, and book signings, 105+ students, and 3600 miles later, I’m still reeling and recouping from the…

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Spruce Lampshade Video is on Creativebug!

You can now learn how to do more upholstery projects by going to Creativebug! Yes, this week the website, which curates a variety of video workshops focused on crafts, launches Amanda’s tutorials. The video featured this month shows Creativebuggers how to make a lampshade from scratch ($9.99). Eventually, the site will have instructional videos of Amanda’s upholstered…

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Book Tour Stops: Atlanta

On Monday, we’ll be in Atlanta, and we couldn’t be more excited! Atlanta is nationally recognized for its interior design showrooms, and there’s a lot of great shopping and beautiful architecture. Our week starts with a book signing on Monday, November 18 (7pm) at Eagle Eye Books, and on Tuesday, we’ll be presenting our Upholstery…

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Book Tour Stops: Tennessee

Early this year when the book tour idea was sprouting, I pulled out my paper map and began plotting our driving route. Knowing the tour would be in November, I shied away from the Northern states. Wintry weather and pulling a trailer don’t mix! And heading west is better left for airplane travel than driving.…

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Book Tour Stops: Texas

Only three weeks until the Sprucettes load up and hit the road for our November book tour! As I’ve been booking accommodations, it has inspired me to get to know each city a little better and dig up the best places to eat, shop, and play. Thanks to a handful of friends and the thoughtful…

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Spruce Happenings: Behind the Scenes with Creativebug and our New Website!

Hi there! Long time no talk! Are you all as busy as we have been? Here are just a couple reasons why things are so exciting and hectic for us lately! Last month we teamed up with our buddies at Creativebug. Spruce is contributing a few instructional videos to their curriculum, which will soon be available for your subscribing pleasure! Three…

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You’re Invited to the Spruce Book Launch Party!

Spruce is ready to make this book launch official, and what better way than to celebrate with a Southern party at Mockingbird Domestics in Austin! Join us as we enjoy Southern-style foods and libations, DIY goodies, and a book signing in honor of Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design by our very own…

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Get Ready for the Spruce Book Tour!

Book tour classes are now open! We’ve been working our buns off planning the most exciting road trip in Spruce history, the book tour! Thanks to Storey Publishing, our phenomenal hosts and hostesses, and future book tour students (we hope that’s you!), we’ll be packing our bags and loading up the Sprucemobile for three fun-filled…

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Photographer Mel Cole

Hope everyone is off to a great start in this new school year! It seems that we have been just as busy here at Spruce gearing up for our fall season of bookish work. Lots of things to plan and study for, which includes an upcoming new website for Spruce, as well as our exciting…

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HGTV Project: Geometric Upholstered Door

nailhead upholstered door

In January, one of my many fruitful encounters at Altitude Summit SLC was meeting a lovely lady from HGTV. Liz took our lampshade class and was so excited by her DIY experience, we decided to team up and produce original upholstery projects for the HGTV website. First up is this showstopping Geometric Door.

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