Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Craft Crush: Tortus Copenhagen

If you're on Instagram, chances are good that you have seen the videos and gorgeous photos by Tortus Copenhagen. If you haven't, you're in for a real treat. We have absolutely fallen in love with the gorgeous ceramic works and oh-so-talented artisan on the pottery wheel. Tortus Copenhagen's Instagram feed provides endless inspiration for finished product and the process of art making.

Plus, they have a shop. Click over to Tortus Copenhagen to see more. We are absolutely swooning over some of these pieces and ready to travel overseas to see some of them in person. They provide classes, as well, so we feel a kinship with other fellow workshoppers.

Brava, Tortus Copenhagen!

Photos courtesy Tortus Copenhagen.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Back to Basics: A Stamper's Toolkit

Last night, I finally caught up with a ton of thank you notes that I have been forgetting to write for some time--that and paying all of the bills and dumping out the nineteen pounds of receipts and napkins I've been carrying around in my diaper bag. I used to be so on top of things like that but with a baby and a new house, things have been left on the back burner far past their boiling point.

Stamps and Ink Basics List
Stamps above: Assemble On the Table Stamp Set, Assemble Mr. Bradley Stemke Polar Bear, Exercising People from Paper Source, Typewriter from Black Ink Boston, Winter Tree, Happy Whale, and Polka Dotted Grid from Impress Rubber Stamps, Date Stamp from Knock Knock, and Calligraphed Return Address from Kathryn Murray Calligraphy
That's no excuse, though, so last night I gathered a few cards and got to work! I always like to do a little something cute or fun on any note that I send. When time is of the essence, I usually end up writing the return address on the back of the envelope, and in the usual area on the front upper left-hand corner, I like to use fun rubber stamp.

Oh my. This opened a can of worms that I wasn't actually prepared for. I use plastic bins for my stamps because they wipe down easily, and by the time I found the rubber stamp that I was looking for, my bin wouldn't even close. Any true crafter has trouble admitting when it's time to throw things away, right? I think I may have about 5 or 6 ink pads that are completely dry that are hanging on for dear life in that bin. Sorting that bin out is most definitely a project for another day, but we thought up a quick list for those of you who are in the mood to get back to basics when it comes to rubber stamping crafts. See below to create (or pare down) your stamper's toolkit.

Your favorite wood, rubber, or acrylic stamps
• Ink pads: dye or pigment (our favorites are Hero Arts and Colorbox)
• Baby wipes
• Fabric or paper
• Test sheets to blot on
• Washi tape for masking
• An iron, if you will be heat setting
• A heat tool, to dry ink
• Embossing powder
• A lino block, pencil, precision knife and speedball cutter if you will be creating your own stamp
• A solid surface and/or cutting mat for stability

What else do you keep in your kit? 

Friday, March 25, 2016

Friday Fun: Print, Paint and Ink!

It's been a long time coming, but our book is finally available for pre-sale. We've shrunk it down a bit from our original title, into a bite-sized fun pack of inky goodness. Included in the text are over twenty of our favorite printmaking, painting and stamping projects that you can do in your own home.

Print, Paint and Ink: Over 21 Modern Craft Projects for You and Your Home

The 21 projects in Print, Paint & Ink are perfect for anyone interested in learning to make their own stamps, prints, and painted goods. From natural dyes and inks to linocut stamps, jewelry, ink transfers and more (plus a bit of embroidery and sewing thrown in!) there are tons of techniques and projects for crafters of all ages within these covers.

Print, Paint and Ink: Over 21 Modern Craft Projects for You and Your Home

Easy and adorable Teeny Tiny Eraser Stamps, stylish Furoshiki Wrap and so much more, there's something in here for every skill level. You might even get a sneak peek of one or two of our kiddos too! Click the link or on the photos above to check it out on Amazon, for pre-sale, available August 16th, 2016. 

More to come!

Friday, September 25, 2015

On Real Life: Our Social Media Break

Hey all--Andie here. Yes, we took a little unannounced social media break. There have been a lot of reasons for the quiet blog, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, but I'll just tell you about a few of them for now. It has been almost a year (!) since we've updated the blog and if you're still with us, I have to say, thank you.

Throwback photo to Assemble circa 2009

As quiet as we have been, we have been busy little bees. The last post from October of 2014 introduced our book, which is still slated to be released in August of 2016. Our tiny team of worker bees--Michelle Beilner of Sparky & Marie and Jaqui Shumate of Jaquilyn Shumate Photography--have been superstars in our eyes. It's such a blessing to be able to work with friends, but when those friends are absolutely stellar at their work, it's magical.

We are almost completely done with it, besides layout edits and a final cover shoot. That process is daunting and stressful, but we were so grateful to read this post by Emily Henderson. We are not stylists by any means (and have an immense amount of respect for them too!) so it was nice to read that even professionals go through the difficult task of representing their work on something so "quick-glance" as a book cover.

On the other side of the coin, Assemble has been quiet because of, well, life. Social media has always been my part of the game, and I came into this business as a single person. I wasn't married, nor did I have kids (unless you count Assemble mascot, Grady the chihuahua) and Assemble was my baby. I devoted every waking hour to building our brand and loved every second of it. As time went on, I got engaged, then married and eventually had our little baby Alice on December of 2014.

While I was pregnant, I was so worried about finding the time for a baby while working on a book, a side-business and day-to-day Assemble tasks. Now that I actually have a child, I am astonished at the amount of time, heart and grace that Emily is able to give to our mission with two....TWO! The reality of the situation--and something that no one can explain to you pre-baby--is that it's not about finding a way to fit a baby into your life. Something I found to be true for myself, is that every priority that I had in building our business and my dreams, was suddenly sub-par. The book took a back-seat. Our blog was literally an afterthought. Instagram? What's that? And I didn't care. Not one bit. My brain and heart was focused on playing with wooden tambourines on the floor and teaching Alice to roll over. "How boring!" single Andie would say. She would be right for her own life, but not for mine.

Now that things are beginning to be more scheduled, and the baby fog is parting a bit, I've begun to miss the social aspect of Assemble so much. The thing about a regular career, is that a woman can have a baby, take a break and then go back to that career. When you own a business, and you take a break, your business can go on radio silence. It's tough to not be able to return to things exactly as you left them. Regardless, here we are! We hope you'll take us back in (plus one!).

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Our Big Announcement: the Assemble Book

This has honestly been a long-time coming, and most of you are probably aware from our Instagram or Twitter that we have a book in the works (#Assemblebook)! However, we haven't wanted to give away too many details until things were headed on the official track. And...now they most definitely are!

An #Assemblebook mockup from 2013
We are proud to announce that Assemble Shop & Studio will be releasing a crafting and lifestyle book in Spring of 2016, under the wonderful Taunton Press. Tentatively titled, Assemble: 50 Projects for a Well-Crafted Life & Home, our book will combine our love of sharp design, traditional crafting techniques and a modern home aesthetic. While we are rushing to finish the bulk of our work before Baby Powers arrives, we have a fabulous team to help us along the way and are loving every minute of the process.

We are so excited for this new journey and hope you will follow along with us!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Giveaway! Beaded Bracelets: 25 Dazzling Handcrafted Projects

Yay for giveaways!

We were recently gifted a few copies of brand new beading craft book, Beaded Bracelets: 25 Dazzling Handcrafted Projects by Claudine McCormack Jalajas (Running Press, publishers of our good friend Blair's book, Wisecraft). We love to foster creativity of all kinds and in celebration of Claudine's new book, we would like to give a book and beading kit away to one lucky reader! We got to sneak a glimpse at the book, and our favorite project is most definitely the Aegis of Athena (pg 109)!

One reader will receive a copy of the book and bracelet making kit on the right!

A bit about the book: Beaded Bracelets is a jewelry crafter’s guide to 25 original beaded bracelet designs that are contemporary, beautiful, and can be worn comfortably. Fully illustrated with both technical diagrams and photos, the fresh and alluring designs will appeal to both novice and expert crafters.

What you'll receive in the kit
• Thread & needle
• 3mm bugle beads, matte transparent
• cobalt aurora borealis (AB)
• 11/0 Toho round seed beads
• wisteria-lined crystal
• 5mm x 6mm baby bell Czech glass
• flowers
• 14mm x 10mm two-strand tube
• slide clasp

To enter the giveaway for a copy of the book and beading kit, simply leave a comment below with your name and email and we will choose a recipient on Wednesday the 24th of September. Thanks so much to Claudine and Running Press!

 Update: This giveaway is now closed, congratulations, Lisette!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Seattle's Child: Closet Nursery for One, Please

Side job! When I'm not busy with new Assemble projects, I landed a sweet side-job as a contributing editor at Seattle's Child magazine, writing their brand new Making Home section! First order of business, to show off the closet nursery that my husband and I have put together for our brand new baby Powers, coming late this Fall.

If you have a chance, definitely grab an issue at a newsstand around town or skip over to their website to read the article online. Bonus! Our friend Blair Stocker also has a sweet write-up in this issue, about her new book, Wise Craft. Don't miss it!

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