9.27.2013

descent into madness



In the last two weeks a bunch of opportunities have piled themselves on top of each other and I am a little stressed out and EXTREMELY exhausted right now, to say the least. I said yes to every single offer, and now my to-do list is a mile long and I slept for three hours last night so I could work late and get up early to work some more and I'm feeling pretty crazy. But I also feel like this is really the beginning of something exciting so it's worth it to me. This is more or less the first time I've been paid to do something since my last architectural project ended four years ago. I call it "starting a business", but it's really just me diving in to a ton of work. No website, no business cards, no logo. I'm just Tiffanie Turner of papel SF and I'm rolling with it for now!

A handful of people have asked me to share a D.I.Y. tutorial for the "closed" piñata I shared photos of in my original giant peony piñata post (the hot fuschia one). I have gotten half way through it but I need to get the piece I was using for the tutorial finished and shipped to Maine in the next few days so I had to abandon photographing as I go for now. I will come back to it, because it is a bit easier than the larger peonies and is still a stunner, and it's cool that people are asking me for it.

I do want to write about more than just paper and flowers, and I also don't want to only show up here every time some cool opportunity comes along, but just bear with me a few more weeks, there's so much going on right now. The season has changed and so will my content I am sure. I do want to tell you that I just signed a contract to teach a paper craft LIVE online and with a studio audience in November, which pretty much guarantees I won't lose a pound before then. I'm really excited about that one and I'll keep you posted.

I hope you have a really great weekend, and I'll see you next week. I leave you with a photo of a giant peony stamen cluster I cooked up a few nights ago. Thank you for continuing to come by here, it still means a lot to me!

xoxo







16 comments:

  1. Oooh would that video be for Craftsy perhaps? That would be cool, but no matter what, it's great!! Just try to stay sane these next few weeks.

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    1. Hi Jeanne! No, not Craftsy, but I'll have to look into that! :)

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  2. This girl is on Fi-yah! We need to get wine soon.

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    1. Yes, but when? If I don't see you when you're down here for Blurb, all hope will be lost! ;)

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  3. When it rains, it pours. Always.

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  4. All your new opportunities are so exciting, Tiffanie. Take care of yourself (and breathe) while you're working so hard. Good luck with everything, can't wait to hear + see more! xo Sonya

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    1. Thank you, Sonya! I think my eyebrows, which were already sad, are coming out because of the stress! I am going to have to dial it back a.s.a.p. It's amazing how good it feels after each thing comes off the to-do list. About two more weeks (and then I'm sure it'll all happen again, right?). xoxoxo

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  5. So exciting! Congratulations! I'm kind of in the same spot at the moment, being completely overwhelmed by requests and orders. But as tired as I am every morning, it's a great feeling! I'm sure you'll tackle that massive to do list, keep up the amazing work!

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    1. Chelsea, your work is so beautiful. I'm a BIG fan, and so I'm really happy for you as well. It's crazy when you can actually start making a little money doing what you've been doing for so long WITHOUT any income. Good times!

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  6. Have just found your amazing work googling up giant paper flowers as I have 8 months to make a bunch of them for my wedding!! I'd be ever so grateful if you could post the tutorial for the 'closed' peony as I'd love to incorporate it into my wedding decors. xx Sam

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    1. Hi Sam!

      I will try! I hopefully will have some time later in January to put the tutorial together. I can't make an promises, but I will really try! Congrats on your upcoming wedding! :)

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    2. Thank you thank you! I'll likely try to make the other peony as well, and also variations of the dahlias (have already made 5 large 'Martha Stewart' crepe paper roses). If I do make any of your lovely designs, I'll let you know and send you photos! Thank you for your generosity in sharing your patterns to the masses! xx

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    3. Hi again, Sam. It is looking like there will be little to no time to do it in January, but I will try in the next few months. Would it help to tell you that for the closed ones I start on the outside and work inward, instead of the other way around? That's all I got, for now! :)

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