Thank you to everyone that shopped this weekend in honor of Small Business Saturday! I’m delighted that I’ve got my first few online orders and even some custom orders for the holiday!
That being said, I wanted to join the cool kid and let you know I’m offering a 50% off sale for a download of my digital cookbook – laura lee’s kitchen. If you’ve been interested, now is the time! As my mom would say…”Five dollars, no hollers!”
Just looking at the calendar today, I realized that we are officially in the first days of fall. In Texas, it means there is one more month of the heat of summer before we can start pulling out long sleeve shirts and sweaters. Even if it is just to wear them at night. At our little homestead, we’re prepping the beds for fall, beginning to daydream of stacking firewood for winter, and pulling seeds from our catalog.
On the made by laura lee front, I’ve been working up my own plans as well. I have made the decision to begin phasing out of performing on a regular basis to solely focus on crafting, canning, refinishing furniture, and more. I will be rolling out a new line next month too, just in time for Christmas shopping. While it feels too soon to even mutter those words before the Halloween decorations are put out, the holidays will be here before you know it! There will be some major work done to the website too.
I’m excited to share with you my progress along the way. Thank you for your continued support. Have a great week and I look forward to sharing more with you soon.
With moving and sprucing up a new (older) home, I feel like I’ve actually been Spring Cleaning for months.But now that Spring, however slowly, is on her way in, the real tidying up can begin.In my last post, I mentioned the longing to be in my wood shop.If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been lacking in the refinished furniture department quite a bit.
My poor neglected shop had really become a storage unit while the dust settled on the home front.And as soon as it settled, I went ahead and stirred it all up again, with the appropriate respirator, of course.
This past weekend, I completely reorganized my shop space.I mean, moved every piece of furniture, took out every paintbrush, went through every container of stain and paint.I’m grateful for the pot of coffee faithfully by my side to help aid in the process.
I said farewell to several pieces of furniture that were past salvaging, made a list of new items to join the shop, and have cataloged all the pieces I will be refinishing soon.
I wanted to share with you what I have in store for these pieces!
Wood Chairs – Pair
These wooden chairs are in great condition.They’ll be getting a light sanding, painted either red or more of a dark turquoise (still deciding) with a stained finish, and reupholstered with this Frida Kahlo fabric.
Freda Kahlo Fabric
This dresser came from Germany in the 1960s.It does have some water damage on the bottom and I will do what I can to salvage this part of it.I’m thinking of painting with a dark grey and having these fabulous leather wrapped brass pulls from Anthropologie for the outer handles.
Someone gifted me this coffee table a while back.I’ve been so intimidated by the veneer, but I think I have found a solution.Inspired by the painted benches at Fresa’s Restaurant on South First in Austin.
Chairs- Set of 6
I posted these chairs way back when.They have beautiful yet simple carved designs in the back.I wanted to stay true to the originals on these.I’ve begun staining them a little darker than how they came to me.I’m planning on refinishing the seats in a plush velvet, perhaps turquoise.
This little beauty needs a lot of work.Removing the original paint is a beast of an undertaking, and the mirror frames need a lot of work too.I have every intent on keeping the original glass, despite its age and blemishes.I’ve started painting it pink.That’s not too much, right?
I’m not going to lie, I wish I had space for this piece myself.I am planning on painting it a light grey with a walnut stain and keeping the legs with the original wood and, of course, getting glass in the door.
If any pieces speak to you, let me know. I’d love to find a home for these gems and make more room for neglected pieces to come in for love and a spruce.
Really. To say that I’ve been a little quiet may in fact be the biggest understatement since my last blog post and should cover the understatement bases for the remainder of 2019. I have come back to life. In fact, Life is kind of what got in the way. So much has changed since my last post, I don’t even know where to begin. Rather than recapping and rehashing the last year or so, what I will focus on are the things that have recently taken place to get me back on track.
Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork
I have found my tribe. I have teamed up with some amazing people to help push me forward, grow, learn… and learn things that I really needed to know to help grow laura lee… like that online store, a better website, etc. It’ll be a slow process to build, but I’ll get there. Despite sometimes what I think, I can’t do everything by myself. This team is the A-Team.
New Home… New Homestead
To wrap up 2018… I moved. I left my adorable little apartment that I’ve called home for five years and completely uprooted myself to a little home in the country. I’m surrounded by hundreds of acres of rolling hills, cows, pastures, some trees, and John Deere tractors. I’m greeted by the wagging tales of dogs every morning and coffee already brewed. (*note: we have not trained the dogs to make coffee yet) I will start prepping my garden beds this week so that I can start growing my own produce for my canned goods!
I have not forgotten about Kickstarter Incentives. I have learned that I signed myself up for too complicated of incentives, which is taking me much longer to fill. My sincerest apologies… thank you for your patience.
I’m still working on the cookbook. I will post a teaser soon.
I now live on the same property as my furniture shop, you can expect to see more updates about that once I finish unpacking boxes.
I’ve fallen in love, despite my greatest attempt not to.
I am working on a new line of embroidery goods.
There are workshops/classes being planned.
Keep your eyes peeled for a made by laura lee Youtube channel coming soon.
If any of ya’ll are still reading my humble little blog… thank you. It’s good to be back. I appreciate you.
You asked and I am here to deliver! Laura Lee in an Online Concert Series. While I wish I could drop everything and go on tour for all of you on the West Coast and in the Northeast…. I can’t do that at the moment.
(If I get a large amount of feedback about a different time or day, I’m happy to switch a few up)
As some of you may know I’ve been dealing with some medical issues and bills for a little while now. Just when I thought I was in the clear and made the jump to self employment, mother nature had some different plans.
I will be hosting online shows once a week with a digital tip jar to help see if I can’t lessen the stress of some the medical bills that have been and will be coming in.
I feel as if I have already asked for enough help with the recent Kickstarter that I held back in May for my business, which I have no intention of paying my medical bills with, because that wouldn’t be a responsible use of that money. Folks have urged me to host a GoFund me but I feel as I don’t have the energy to be aggressive trying to make it successful when I need to be taking care of myself.
I love to sing. I love to play. I would like to sing and play for you. There are very few things that make me happy and carefree as singing does.
Let me be clear, a donation to the tip jar is not required to participate in the show. The more that participate, the merrier.
Thank you all for the support. In fact, it’s because of you I’m even brave enough to throw these mini fundraisers. Without it, I’d be sitting here stressing which only makes things worse. Thank you. All of my love.
Yes, PUMP up the jams! Last weekend at the ABGB Austin Flea Market, I had a record breaking sales weekend, outside of the holiday season. This week, I am a jam making fool! I cannot believe that I am wiped out of stock.
Now, I would have been standing over the stove sooner, but I certainly didn’t foresee blowing out my back, which had me laid up for a few days. Still a little tender, I got to it this weekend!
I’m kicking off the fall with blackberry rosemary jam. This one is slowly becoming a silent favorite amongst regulars. It’s got the sweetness from the fruit (obviously), I leave the seeds in for a little bit of tooth and texture, the rosemary adds a touch of savory and is quite aromatic. I’ve heard folks tell me they put it on an english muffin with butter, others use it as a last minute touch on grilled pork chops, etc. I, myself, love it with brie! Whether it’s on grilled cheese or a condiment on a burger with arugula and more brie, of course.
If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Well, let me tell you, things have been heating up plenty in my kitchen lately.
As some of you may know, I completed a successful Kickstarter Campaign back in May. I’ve now been working on the business and more importantly the incentives for all the fine folks that contributed. One of these items is a collection of recipes by made by laura lee.
A cookbook! Yes! This will be so fun! I thought to myself. Well…. I think I underestimated how much work would go into this bad boy. Wowzah! I’m still compiling a thoughtful introduction, testing and getting pictures of every recipe, etc. Putting together a cookbook is a full time job. My hat is off to some of my culinary creatives that have already put one out. I appreciate all the help and pointers that I’ve received along the way.
For those of you that are waiting patiently, thank you. Please know it’s a work in progress.
I know for cookbooks that I purchase, I love pictures! I want a picture for every recipe! Obviously, I rely heavy on the visual side, but is there something you like in a cookbook? What is ideal for you?Let me know, I’ll see what I can incorporate just for you.
Every wonder what I’m up to when I’m not posting awesome things on Instagram, writing my blog, sanding in the studio, or at Barton Springs…. This is it. I have been stitching up a storm on custom embroidery wall art.
I’m so grateful to have all these custom orders coming in. They continue to help me survive as an “old lady” embroidery artist. It’s great. My favorite part about custom orders is that they challenge me to think differently and keep working to create the perfect piece for a client. Ok, the second best thing, is making someone happy.
Take a look at some of the things I’ve been working on. If you need a custom piece of your own, let me know. I’d be delighted to get working on one.
Chair Sale. That’s right, I said SALE. I’ve never had to have a studio sale but my workspace is flooded with one off chairs. These babies have yet to be refinished. I will finish them to your liking. You can buy one or two or all six. (One chair, Chair 6, is already refinished.)
I’m desperate to make space for some bigger pieces that are needing to be refinished but I can’t do it with these lovelies taking up valuable space.
I will be selling these babies for $50 a piece.
Contact me ASAP to let me know what chair you’d like and how you’d like it. firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s Summer. It’s hot and some of my favorite vegetables are in season: okra, shishito peppers, and tomatoes. Watermelon (yes, I realize this is a fruit) and cucumbers are runners up and with cucumbers means PICKLES!
I’ve been waiting since January, when I finished my last jar of bread and butter pickles, for cucumbers to make their come back. I made sure to get some at the HOPE Farmer’s Market from Johnson’s Backyard Garden this weekend.
I spent Sunday afternoon slicing, packing, and brining these crisp cucumbers. I still use the recipe Grandmother, Nettie, gave me. It’s still on the same piece of paper she typed it up on her typewriter eight years ago. My Grandmother passed away a few years ago and my family is delighted that her recipe was passed on.