Local Business Snapshot: Photographer Ryann Ford

Imagine being paid to jet set across the globe and take photos of gorgeous places for major publications such The New York Times, Southern Living and Esquire. Enter Austin-based photographer Ryann Ford, who has spent most of her adult life doing just that. Envious much? Just a couple of years ago, Amanda was spending some quality time with Ryann,…

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The Sprucettes’ Favorite Makers Right Now

One of the most satisfying thing about working at Spruce is having the chance to be creative, bringing our problem-solving skills to the table on a daily basis to create fun, interesting and beautiful solutions. And since each of us has some background in sewing, design and upholstery, we truly appreciate the hard work and…

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CRAVE Event Sparks Creativity

It’s been a little over a week since Spruce hosted its first CRAVEfuel event, and I’m still buzzing with positive energy. I sat down with four other speakers and 40+ attendees to discuss the ins and outs of creativity and how it affects our businesses and daily lives. Austin’s CRAVE hostess Andrea Genevieve asked, “What…

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West Coast Book Tour Recap

In mid-April, the Spruce book and I ventured out to visit crafters and upholstery enthusiasts on the West Coast. This leg of the book tour was short and sweet and started with a visit to Creativebug‘s headquarters. Creativity oozes out of every nook and cranny in this place; take a look at the craft jewels…

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Instagram Contest: Enter to Win a Copy of the Spruce Book!

Since Amanda is heading to the West Coast this week for book tour, we decided to kick things off with an Instagram contest! Enter to win a free copy of Amanda’s book, Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design, by following Spruce on Instagram and tagging #sprucebook in your photos. We want to see…

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Welcome Baby Sprucette!

It’s been a while since I  picked up my pliers and stapler or shared my two cents on the Spruce blog. As many of you know, I’ve been on a baby vacation for the past six weeks, which means lots of memorable, challenging, and amazing moments. When I started Spruce, one of my main priorities…

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Spruce Featured in Citygram

Citygram paid Amanda a visit at her home in December, just weeks before she was due with baby Lilee. Little did we know our story was going to be January’s feature piece! Veronica Meewes wrote “The Unsinkable Amanda Brown” and the magazine’s founding editor, Chris Perez, took some luscious photos of Amanda in her abode…

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Upholstered Headboard Tutorial and Giveaway: Win a Creativebug Class!

Amanda’s Upholstered Headboard tutorial was just released on Creativebug! This is the second of a series of online upholstery tutorials we’ve partnered to do with the craft workshop website. Students will learn how to make a cool, custom headboard like a pro from this in-depth workshop. Amanda guides students every step of the way, from…

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And Baby Makes Three: Spruce Hosts a Shower for Amanda

Last week we celebrated the anticipation of a Lilee Ann Brown with a sweet baby shower. In case you missed Amanda’s announcement that she’s expecting, dear readers, Amanda will be giving birth to a baby Sprucette very soon! The shower was held at Amanda’s house and hosted by former Sprucette Meredith Carmichael, our friend Mel…

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Announcing the Winners of the Ugliest Chair Contest

We’re excited to announce the winner of The Spruce Ugliest Chair Contest, which Storey Publishing launched on Facebook in October. Audra Trautvetter had what Amanda judged as the ugliest – a wingback upholstered with duct tape (above)! The poor thing was Audra’s grandmother’s chair and has taken a beating over the years. She’ll be receiving a…

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