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daily musing

it’s exhausting.

we truly have been working so hard. so many late nights at the studio. fun, but really tiring.

darra says, "life is hard when you're an entrepreneur."

darra says, "life is hard when you're an entrepreneur."

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the metal side of things

the other night we stayed late at the studio re-upping our goods for the next days show…

i was able to snap a few pictures of richard working his magic on metal.

 

richard plasma cutting

richard plasma cutting

 

sari helping richard twist metal....

sari helping richard twist metal....

 

the remnants of flower hooks cut from a metal sheet.

the remnants of flower hooks cut from a metal sheet.

flower hook

after plasma cutting we get the final product--our most popular item--the flower hook

 

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hosting our first craft show

this past saturday we held our first craft show at our studio space in north portland…and thanks to sari’s amazing PR and marketing skills the turn out was fantastic…thank you to all of the vendors that took the time to set up their wares and weather the cold with us, and to all of our friends who came out and supported what we do…it was a huge success. 

we had hot cider, wine, cheese and homemade cookies to nosh on and plenty of great conversation.

we're all set up

we're all set up

teresa and kathie swapping stories

teresa and kathie swapping stories

plenty of good conversation

plenty of good conversation

and this is what helped us end the evening

a perfect ending

 

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fabric WORLD

actually…it’s called fabric depot.

sari and i took a trip out to fabric depot here in PDX the other day to pick up some miscellaneous materials. the store has a place in our heart because it’s where we used to order our fabric from when we lived on the east coast. so to actually be there, in the place where they used to cut yards and yards of fabric from bolts and pack it up and ship it to us down in savannah, was just heart stopping.
this place is a treasure…..add it to the many reasons portland is UTOPIA.

*update* um, darra, you forgot the craziest part of this entire experience: for some reason at fabric depot they sell tons of strange dutch candies and snacks.  i bought these weird salty black licorice coins that were the texture of rawhide.  mmmm. terrific!

fabric depot

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arrivals and departures

it was my second “official” day at the office today……i have just arrived here to the the wild gray skies of the pacific northwest from sunny savannah, ga. supposedly i got here just three short days after the rain came…mmm……the reputation of Portland, OR as a gray and rainy city is well known, well documented, well talked about, and well dwelled upon….so enough about the weather!

it’s all about the crosbie……………

as the former “customer service and fulfillment coordinator” at our last place of employment, my kind co-workers thought it appropriate that i ship out our first order here at the crosbie… a thoughtful gesture… so upon the completion of a hand screen printed thank you note and a UPS label making tutorial by one of our DELIA friends- i was able to send the coat rack to its new owner…..this is the thank you note (with one of sari’s patterns on it) that was screen printed only minutes before accompanying the package:

the crosbie thank you

                                 ………..our first etsy sale waits to be picked up by UPS……….

crosbiefirstbox

                             ……….look, the return address label is from “the crosbie”……….

crosbiecloseupbox

 

there will be plenty more of these boxes sitting by the door very soon………..!


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our sign! so exciting…

Our new sign!  Hanging on the building!  Milestone!  I love it.  I think the combo is good: rusty metal, gray type, turquoise leaves in the corner, and it all looks so good on the green Delia building…hope the crowds start rolling in soon…

sign-above-door

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step one, the studio

so obviously one of our big needs right off the bat was a good place to work.  we got lucky.  my friend chris owns delia: they make furniture and accessories of steel.  http://www.edelia.com.  he graciously rents us a corner of his shop in north portland…it’s perfect!   this is our door, and when it’s nice out we look out the garage door to the street to see what’s going on in the world…lotsa bikes.

when we were planning what the crosbie would be, we never thought it would involve metal and welding, but since our studio has that potential, richard jumped right in and got to work.  he has a lot of fun…

sometimes our inexperience is detrimental to the shop in general but our studio mates are very understanding…

this is one of the first projects we took on when richard arrived: massive flowers! they’re dangerous and can easily decapitate people.  we recommend you shove them in the yard and leave them alone.  the big guy is about 7 feet tall! 

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