Sep 24 2014

allen designs studio space

over the past several years our business has evolved & changed.
to the point that we have a fairly large space upstairs that doesn’t get much use.
and it has been killing me. the light is amazing up there!

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but no longer, we’re taking action!

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we’ve replaced the ugly brown carpet with salvaged shiplap. and it’s BEAUTIFUL!

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flooring makes all the difference. (as it should since it is so crazy expensive! ugh.)

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we had gorgeous tables custom-made from salvaged wood.
i’ve been scouring garage sales for random chairs… not sure how this part is going to turn out, right now it’s looking a bit disastrous. 🙁

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now we’re down to the details. the fun stuff!

at this point i still don’t have a definitive plan for the space.
i’ve got lots of ideas swirling around in my head.
i do know, that i’m TOTALLY EXCITED about the possibilities!
so stay tuned 🙂

Sep 22 2014

Camp Create – part 2

wow! two blog posts in a weeks time. i’m out of control!
to be completely honest, i came home from Camp Create with a new perspective on who i am.
i can tell you, and if you’ve read my blog at all you already know, i’m not the best writer. and truth be told, i’ve been super INSECURE about it!

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i really want to let that go.
if you can’t handle my poor writing skills and bad grammar then maybe my blog isn’t for you.
and another thing you really need to know about me… i’m pretty much all about the pictures anyways!  🙂

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above and below are samples of what the gals made in the block printing/pillow making workshop i taught.
i was beyond thrilled, they did SUCH A GREAT JOB!

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thank you again Meg & Kimberlee for inviting me and for offering this experience to others.
i’ve come home inspired and encouraged.
and it feels good.

UPDATE: check out Meg’s blog post that has a lot more details and fun pictures!

 

 

Sep 19 2014

Whatever Camp Create – part 1

i don’t know if you remember, but a few years back i went down to Newton, KS to Meg Duerksen’s  Whatever Craft Weekend? it was a blast! so, when Meg asked me if i wanted to come down and teach at her newest endeavor  Camp Create, i was ALL OVER IT!

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i mean really, who wouldn’t want to go to a place stocked so beautifully & creatively with arts & crafts supplies?


and where beds with vintage quilts like this welcomed you!

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like last time, i had to get my hands on her giant chalkboard!

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pretty sure this took me half the day. at some point i would love to take a hand-lettering workshop to learn tricks to make it look better and go quicker. i’m thinking i’ll give this one by mary kate mcdevitt  a go. many people have said great things about it. and she is crazy good!

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we had mini devotional/thought provoking times working on our “god sized dream“,  led by the lovely, wise & oh-so-kind author holley gerth.

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we went to a gigantic sunflower field. it was B E A U T I F U L !!! #duh (as stephanie ackerman would say)

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sunflowers for days!

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the sweet lady herself. her heart is so big. her intentions pure.

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many special moments. friendships made. dreams shared.

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and lots and LOTS of laughter!!! and i’m talking gut-hurting, face-cramping, eyes-watering laughter!

really, all this to say… i didn’t have much fun. 😉