Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
As many of you might remember, an adoption was pending but it wasn't in the cards.
Our customer friend Jodie visited the studio and decided to take it home with her. This girl is prepared for anything. She whipped out her blanket, rope and a tied the four chair frames on the top of her car. The 8 cushions were stuffed inside and away they went.
A happy ending.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
“I had a great time in your store today. Here are some photos of some tiki lanterns I made from salvage. I started by cutting up a matchstick blind I found at thrift store, and using the sticks to make cones. The top of the cone is a short piece of 1 inch bamboo to which I lashed the sticks. Then I lashed the bottom of the cone to a hoop of aluminum wire using jute. To do the wiring, I got extension cords from a dollar store and cut off the ends and then wired on a weatherproof socket. Around the socket is a plastic drinking tumbler that I wet sanded to make the bulb diffuse. The bulb is a 25w amber candelabra-style bulb. I made over a dozen lanterns at almost no cost and they were a huge hit at the company holiday party. " Joe
We really enjoy show and tells!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
We had a blast at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show last Friday! Thank you to everyone who turned out to hear about Salvage Savvy in the Rainier Room.
Lisa and I and our husbands got to the show early in the afternoon to visit the gardens and take a gander at all the vendors.
We got a big kick out of seeing "our" planter chair in front of this garden shed. The theme of this garden was Reclaim, Recreate, Rejuvenate designed by Lucinda McMahan of Lucinda Landscapes and Kerry Sexton-Smith of Walden Garden Services.
Pamela Richards' garden is always one of my favorites. These splendid maple trees are Acer circinatum 'Pacific Fire'.
We got a big kick out of this container garden display.
The following pictures are from our favorite garden, designed by Rebecca Cole. There was a constant line waiting to walk through her imaginative display, so I had to snap pictures on the fly.
Loved the bases of these benches and table.
Fantastic metal planter boxes.
These indoor/outdoor tiles were captivating. This pattern, Flower Power, designed by Rebecca, is available nationwide by Imagine Tile.
And the best green wall at the show!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
We visited the happiest little cottage you could imagine this past week!
Our customer friend, Christie, invited us over. We've watched her buy vintage toys and fun, found objects in red, aqua and yellow colors for the last several years at the studio. We had no idea she was creating CHRISTIELAND! I only wish my pictures did true justice to the magical setting.
Loved how she has used different colors of glass knobs on the kitchen drawers.
A beautiful Perpetual Calendar she made at a workshop at the studio. It is so darling in this space.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Here’s a little preview:
Three garden art gals, made by local artist Kim Groff-Harrington, enliven a container of hardy fuchsias.
The heavy snow only enhances their charming presence.
Here they are giving it their all, which still isn’t quite enough to make this dormant fuchsia look any less sorry! They are really looking forward to spring, along with the rest of us.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
I am so attracted to vintage objects because they have a history and tell a story. -- Beth
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I cut the 7 inches of 24 gauge wire like the video suggests. Then I simplified. I strung on 19 pearls (make it an uneven number) and attached the wire ends together in a tidy little twisted ball. I encouraged the sort of circle-like shape to be a heart shape, with the wire connection part landing in the top center. I attached a large jump ring to one side, and used rayon seam binding tied in knots instead of a chain. The seam binding was too poufy and smooth at first. So I got it wet, crinkled it up and let it dry.
I saved one for myself, and made three more for gifts to special friends. -- Beth
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I have finally discovered what a blast it is to use my sewing machine on paper! I had some artist trading cards left over from our recent swap, and thought they could evolve into Valentine's Day cards.
I'm also finding that I use my machine way more if it is out in the open and not stashed away in its' case. Hauling that big boy out was a chore. I have found a small cubby in our downstairs area, where it is set up all the time now. Less gluing and more stitching for me! -- Beth
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
It's a miracle, but I figured out it didn't have the right skeleton for this project before I ripped off the middle cloth part. If I had, I would have been left with a top part like this and a separate bottom ring.
Back to the lampshade holding area to find this lovely one.
I dumped out my bag of blue ribbon scraps. This was easy because of my ribbon organizing system I explained here.
Ribbon pieces were tied around the top and bottom of the lampshade frame.
Once I started, it was hard to tear myself away to get another cup of coffee. And I really like my coffee in the morning.
Done and happy! -- Beth
Monday, February 9, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Beth will be presenting a slideshow at the F&G Show on Friday, February 20 at 5:15 on Salvage Savvy! It is sure to be informative and entertaining! After that we will be signing our book at the University Bookstore booth.
Come on out and breathe in spring!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
And then yesterday I received my Itty Bitty Valentine Book in the mail. We each made thirty-two pages, mailed them away and received this darling bound book with all of our artwork in it.
Monday, February 2, 2009
After March 21, Lisa and Beth will keep you posted on current activities on this blog and at www.thesalvagestudio.com. Amy will keep you posted at www.fourcornersdesign.net.
Our Goodbye to Retail Sale will be held on March 20 & 21, from 9am to 5pm each day. But until then, we still have a full calendar of workshops and book signing events as well as weekly inventory arriving at the studio. We remind you to please use your gift certificates by March 21.
Thanks for the support and friendship you have given us! We have exciting events planned for the near future so make sure we have your email and postal mailing addresses so you won’t miss out on all the fun that lies ahead.