Nugget of the Week: Sources of Inspiration from the Sprucettes

One of my favorite things about working at Spruce is having the opportunity to work with people who bring a different set of skills, interests and creative ideas to the table. Each of us Sprucettes frequently informs each other about our favorite designers, artists and makers, food, boutiques and blogs we’re obsessing over. Together, we…

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Spruce Upholstery Tip: Replicating a Sewn Upholstery Pattern

I find many people are discouraged from taking on certain upholstery projects because of their lack of sewing abilities. When I started at Spruce, I had very little sewing experience. You may be surprised at how simple upholstery sewing usually is. I have a neat little tip for you to keep in your back pocket…

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Tiny Chair Transformation

When I became an upholsterer, my family thought that they had hit the jackpot. But they soon realized their vision of having their own personal upholsterer was just a pipe dream. After three years at Spruce, I have finally completed an upholstery project for a loved one. I found this adorable vintage rocker at Vintage Tobacco…

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Nugget of the Week: Our Favorite Movies!

We (the Sprucettes) are visual people. Paying attention to fine details is part of each of our job descriptions, considering we work with designer fabric and all of the elements that go into beautiful pieces of furniture. And since we gather inspiration from everything we’re looking at on a regular basis, we thought it would…

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Local Business Snapshot: GirlsGuild (For Girls, By Girls)

Finding ways to be creative is a constant endeavor for professionals who create for a living. Where can you gather and go to be inspired? Austin’s GirlsGuild is filling that niche. Co-founders Diana Griffin and Cheyenne Weaver are creating a space that encourages learning and expanding creativity for girls in a new and exciting way.…

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DIY Honeycomb Fabric Ornaments

Hello readers! I am so excited to be back in Austin. Amanda and I had so much fun on the Spruce book tour, but I was really eager to be home so that I could get into holiday mode.  I have a really fun afternoon project for you! I found this adorable DIY ornament project…

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Holiday Gift Ideas From the Sprucettes!

The Sprucettes love the holidays! Every winter we decorate the shop with festive ornaments, enjoy Katherine’s delicious baked goods (mmm, pumpkin bread!), and start shopping for the gifts we’re going to get our loved ones. This year we put our heads together and gathered a list of some products we think our family and friends…

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How to Make a Party Hat!

Yay! It’s party day! If you haven’t heard yet, we’ll be having a party tonight at Mockingbird Domestics to celebrate the release of our long-awaited book: Spruce: a Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design. In the spirit of celebration, I made these festive party hats using some of the scrap fabric we have lying around…

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Countdown to the Spruce Book!

It’s time to let the flood gates open, ladies and gents! I gave you a small morsel of book candy back in November as I wrapped up the manuscript and have since been planning the most exciting events in Spruce history. Two months from today, Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design will be…

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Local Business Snapshot: Mockingbird Domestics

We’ve made some new friends recently! Mockingbird Domestics is a thoughtfully curated retail shop on South Lamar. Owners, Jeff and Laura Daly, are responsible for this beautiful shop that specializes in home furnishings. One of the many things that we love about this business is their plethora of handcrafted goods by Texas artisans.

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