Monday, March 5, 2012

building the Lounge/ Studio!

My adorable husband hired a contractor a couple weeks ago and progress is moving right along! I had originally planned to rent space for my "forever" lounge/studio, but quickly dropped that idea once I started adding up all the benefits to having it built at my home. Plus, no building could ever give it the character I was going to need it to have... and I’m really picky on my designs!! LOL

I absolutely loved the 1950's bones and yard of our home when we purchased it a couple years ago, but the unfinished carport and peach paint... has left a bad taste in my mouth for quite awhile!! I've been lovingly referring it to the Peach Pit! bleh...

The first thing to go was the awful brick planter that grew NOTHING, because it only lived in the shade??? So... GROSS!!

Now, I will admit... I only knocked down a small portion, but it felt really good! LOL Then we (and by me, I mean our contractor & hubby) started framing walls in!

It was pretty amazing to see the beginnings of one of my new windows being framed in! :D Natural light is a MUST have in a sewing space... so this is just one of many windows to allow as much Vitamin D as the Oregon weather will give us!! hahaha...

Then the boys... did a bunch of other baloney things, but what i saw next was a door! who knew i could get so excited over THAT word! ;)

Now we're waiting on the windows, slider and all the new siding to arrive next week! We're hoping for an early April finish, but I have a feeling they are underestimating my chandelier needs for this space! :P

You can check out my Lounge/ Studio design inspirations here and here!! It's going to be fabulous!!

x, Heather

Monday, February 20, 2012

the start!! :D

{ House } of A La Mode - Sewing Lounge/ Studio

I’m very excited to announce the start of my dream to own an Urban Sewing Lounge/ Studio. I will now be facilitating classes in my home starting in April! More news to come in the next few weeks!! Thank you all for your extreme loyalty and support in helping me reach my dreams!!

Gen Z { Design } Stars – A Sewing Course for children ( 9 -14 )

Starting in April, I will be offering 6-week courses in my home. It’s my opinion people (in general) learn more successfully in a smaller setting, so seating will be limited.

My coursework will focus on one concept per session (i.e.: pillows, totes, mini quilts) for the entire six week duration. Each project will embody basic sewing skills as well as new design elements/ techniques that your child will learn while completing each project (3 total per session). I believe you must master a skill before moving on, or you will not retain that learned skill. Additionally, they will learn while creating which will allow your child to be engaged through each new taught element. Each six-week session will focus on a new concept to explore, while building of off prior experience.

I will have more information for anyone who is interested in a placement opportunity within my studio after March 10th, as I am finishing up my publishing commitments for my first book’s release this winter.

Please let me know if you have any questions and/ or concerns! I look forward to hearing from you and providing the basics to create fiber art based on your child’s own style and personality!!

X, Heather