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!



american made awards 2014

It's that time of year again where I ask for your vote in the Martha Stewart American Made awards. Some seriously exciting things are happening for me lately, and being considered by the judges would be the icing on the cake. (More later about the craziest week of opportunities I just had!)

It looks like I have not been selected as a finalist at this writing, BUT there is still a chance for me to grab one of the 200 "wild card" slots by having my papel SF American Made page shared through social media. 

Here's how you can help, if you are so inclined. Click through to my papel SF American Made page and you can share it on your Facebook page or Twitter feed through the social media buttons provided there. You can also read a little more about how papel SF got started, where it's headed, and other good stuff like that. I think the deadline for this is September 9th, 2014. If you would share the link, it would mean the world to me.

I thought really, really hard about what "American made" means to me, when asked, and I filtered my answer down to something simple, written maybe too simply, but something I feel I came to honestly.

American Made is the process of finding what it is you truly want to do and being lucky enough to be able to try to do it. Whether it be someone working in their garage after they get home from work and their kids are in bed, or someone striking out on their own to start their own business, being fortunate enough to be able to pursue those things in one way or another means American Made to me.

Have a great weekend, everyone! 

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