School for us has begun. We have been homeschoolers since the beginning of my children’s education, 8 years formally to be exact. Each new year is so incredibly different from the year before. It began with homeschooling one, to homeschooling two, another year with a newborn, and then a newborn and a toddler, and yet another dealing with IEPs and reading delays. This year’s item is balancing a growing business. And, so far so good. We have a schedule down. We have help from grandma (Mr. Ruji’s mom) and we have shifted some family roles. When I am in production, dinner is thawed but Mr. Ruji is cooking dinner. Yes, this is only two weeks in. And, yes, our family commitments with the YMCA Great Y Circus (as in unicycles, juggling and trapeze) hasn’t begun yet but the horizon looks manageable. I like manageable. In the mean time, before our schedules run us, we are trying to soak up these last few weeks of summer with trips to the beach and mid-week trips to Disneyland.
On to business…I seriously LOVE my clients. And I use the term ‘clients’ loosely because really, by the time I install, we are friends. It all starts with an email or a Facebook message.
This client was having a heck of a time finding fabric. She ordered swatches, they rolled in one after the other…met with disappointment. I could tell by the swatches she was ordering that we have similar taste. I happened to be shopping for myself (I can’t wait to share!) and discovered Grey Line Linen and their Home Furnishing Linen. A beautiful 11 oz. linen with lovely texture and affordable with a discount over 25 yards. I ordered some swatches and encouraged her to do the same. We both fell in love with Oatmeal. She chose not to pre-shrink to keep the crisp linen look (making it dry clean only). And, ruffles! She sent me a couple of inspiration pictures with short ruffled skirts. During design and fitting we chose a 4″ ruffle with a 2″ rise off of the floor so her new legs peek from underneath. Please excuse the wrinkles. I bag them for installation and it happens.
Before, there were stains where the steam cleaner pulled the foam through the white corduroy:
This particular linen has a grain (similar to a cut piece of wood). All pieces were cut with a vertical grain to match.
Ruffle skirt with welt detail:
Arm detail (excuse the lumps and bumps in the back pillow. When opening the original cover -at 10 pm the night before instillation- the fluff wasn’t contained in a membrane. We have plans to fix that ;):
Future and returning clients: My scheduling is booking up for fall! If you are thinking about getting work done before the Holidays, now is the time. I will be closing the week of Thanksgiving through January 1st. Currently, turn around is about two weeks out.
Have a wonderful weekend, friends!