(L): Two paper marigolds, the rest real;
(R): I'm racing the clock to construct the biggest marigold ever for Dia de Los Muertos.

Hope you're having a good week!



halloween shop!


I wanted to let you know that my papel SF Etsy Halloween Shop will be going live at noon today. I have loaded it with a handful of lovely floral headpieces and crowns, as well as a photo booth prop set made of five great, colorful remnants from my larger scale work. I had fun putting it together, and I hope you can scoop up something you like!

I am offering a discount code to my blog, Instagram and IRL friends. The code is "PETALSFORHALLOWEEN" and is good through October 31, 2014 (Halloween).

Have a great day! xoxo


what's crackalackin'?

Hey there, long time no see.

I wanted to show my heavily filtered face here and check in. In the photos above I'm wearing something that I might be teaching or sharing a tutorial for in the late fall/early winter, so keep your eyes out for that. Who doesn't need a sparkly and shiny half shower cap for the party season? I know I need it! I will also be loading my Etsy shop with a few new floral crowns and headpieces for Halloween at the end of this week or beginning of next week, just FYI.

I'm coming off of a stretch of hard work, and I've been documenting a ton of it on my Instagram account (@tiffanieturner) if you care to take a peek. I just finished a big commission that was long overdue, and taught a few headpiece classes that I'll recap when I have time over the next few weeks. I have been wheeling and dealing with a major cosmetics line to possibly do some visual merchandising for them, and also trying to secure a potential exhibition in Hong Kong for Chinese New Year in February. I've been busy developing some new things, like the headpieces above, and working with a few new materials. The play aspect of that has been pretty rewarding, as far as hitting on new ideas. I've also been improving my grant and residency writing skills and am hoping for the best on those. And, I was selected by the judges at Martha Stewart Living as a finalist in the American Made awards. The contest is now just about how many daily votes I can garner, so it is unlikely I will get any further in the process. But if you would like to support me and papel SF, you can cast six votes a day through October 13th at the following link. Thank you in advance if you are so inclined to help out. 

All of this led to me getting scared straight about sleep. As many of you know, I work until 3:00 a.m. on average, three to five nights a week. Last Sunday I was so sleep deprived that I finally hit a wall. I couldn't sleep because my head was a mess and couldn't get my brain to stop hurting. I finally truly realized that I am going to have to shell out for a little child care if I really want to keep doing this work and keeping up my end of the bargain over here as far as bills and the like. So now I've vowed to sleep at least seven hours every night. My body is still getting used to it, and I'm running into some insomnia, but I never want to feel that squeezey pain in my brain again, and obviously I never want to be that exhausted of a parent or spouse or friend again, either. 

So, that's what's new with me. If you've left a comment on the blog over the past few months and it hasn't been moderated or responded to yet, I'm sorry. I love my blog and the people I have met through it, and I want to get back here regularly one day (what about my donut project!?), and I really appreciate when you write here, even if I don't get a chance to respond. 

I hope you are all well, if anyone is still out there! Have a great week, and get some sleep!


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