Leeloo The Laser

We named our laser Leeloo and that sweetie has been working her buns off these past few days. 

We recently replaced her tube and she’s been working like a brand new machine. Not that we’ve had any problems with her at all. But we noticed her cutting wasn’t what we were used to. To this day, I am absolutely fascinated by the incredible detail that Leeloo can produce.

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We share time-lapse videos on our Instagram if you’re interested in seeing her in action. One of these days I'll upload them to YouTube, I promise!

 Hi. 

Hi. 

A maker's life can be a little quiet sometimes. John and I have each other to keep each other company as we work through out the days. Not that it is quiet by any means. Leeloo does make some noise. 

 Leeloo is an Epilog Laser made in Colorado.

Leeloo is an Epilog Laser made in Colorado.

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We've been busy cutting and assembling our newest plant stands for a new stockist in Wisconsin. Tons of laser time and by hand assembling goes into each one. The picture above is of John oiling the wood before we assemble them.

Leeloo has the easy job here at headquarters. Lucky girl.

Lasers and love - Thea

Hello Spring!

I’m actually sneezing up a storm 🌸🤧, but no bother, I really enjoy the changing of the seasons. We wanted to share our newest plant stands on this day, the first day of spring. We call this plant stand collection - Nature and Structure. Touches of branches, leaves and a bit of industrial aesthetic too. 

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Industrial Bridge Plant Stand | 6 by 6 Arts

The industrial bridge was insprired by a bridge I’ve travelled over many times in my life, the Deception Pass Bridge. It’s a symbol of home and a place to admire in person. 

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If you’ve visited the listing, you’ll notice that the swordfern design isn’t pictured. We had a couple rush jobs that needed our attention before that design is complete. We’ll add some fresh photos for that style very soon! 

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Medium Cedar Leaves plant stand design.

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Medium Industrial Bridge plant stand design.

This collection of plant stands come in three sizes. Small, medium and large. More details are available in the listing.  

We’re pretty excited about these! What do you guys think? 

Lasers and love - Thea

Inspired by nature.🌲

We’ve posting on our Instagram about our new plant stand designs. If you happened to catch the sneak peek pictures, you can see that we took inspiration directly right out of our backyard.  

 John fine tuning the cedar leaf design. 

John fine tuning the cedar leaf design. 

We were trimming up the backyard and got an idea to create a new styles of our plant stands. We brought in some leaves and branches to create some original artwork.

Small Cedar Leaf Plant Stand - 6 by 6 Arts

Small Cedar Leaf plant stand. 

 Up close. 

Up close. 

We’ve designed three different sizes for this design. They’re not quite ready for sale just yet. The largest one has taken a bit more design work. They are all square in shape and made from walnut wood. 

Small Cedar Leaf Plant Stand - 6 by 6 Arts

We’re pretty excited about them. So much so, that we’ve been talking about them nonstop for days.😂 I guess with the cold weather and growing cuttings from my "mom" plants, I've been motivated to handle plant care. I am embarrassed how many indoor plants I've murdered. My eldest daughter teases me about how I do that but everything thrives outside in my garden. Stay warm PNW! Keep your plants happy!

Thea 

Another birthday week in the books.

Some magic was sprinkled on me in mid January of 1999 & 2002, causing these two share a birthday week.

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Trevor & Nieves

Trevor was not happy about getting a baby sister for his birthday when he was 3 years old. But these days they are thick as thieves.

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Custom pie and cake toppers were had and a ton of food. We’ll be introducing readymade and customizable toppers for whatever special occasion you have planned. Similar in style to the one pictured.

Up next on our celebration calendar is a slumber party for a couple of old girlfriends of mine and someone’s 40th birthday in March! 😁 I can only imagine what fun custom stuff we’ll come up with for those events.

Lasers and love - Thea

Back at it!

Hello! We haven't posted much aside from Instagram posts online because we became so busy in December. We basically woke up worked 18-20 hour days and repeated that cycle up until the Saturday before Christmas. We had our busiest online sales year to date. I believe we owe a lot of thanks to The Seattle Times Gift Guide feature that happened right before prime holiday shopping. Thank you again so much for your support. We're truly a mom and pop shop and depend on local support and word of mouth recommendations. 

2017 was a 50/50 year for us. Overall, much like many fellow makers, sales were slower than 2016. We scaled things back with in person shows. We did have a couple poor preforming shows, but that happens. On the flip side we did have the most profitable show to date too. A total 50/50 split. While it could've been better, it could have been worse too.

I'm a firm believer of the mantra "Keep moving forward". (Anyone familiar with Meet The Robinsons?) So that is what we are doing. New products are on the horizon (new coasters pictured below, just became available today.) I am taking my time to craft things and not letting "the rush" get to me. I know when I take my time, I love my designs more. And I like to like what I do and make. Doing this also allows me to focus on some important relationships. Not just John and I, but long time friends who are like family. Everyday is a gift and I want to fill my days with the people who are important to me. I had some self reflection moments over the past few weeks. This year I will be the age that my dad was when I was born. I always thought that was "SO old". But being almost that age myself, I feel so young still! My dad's health started to diminish when I was a young kid, which isn't too far off from where I am now and I have close friends battling the big "C" battle. Reflecting on that, it changes my mindset a bit and I really place value on my own health and my time and relationships with others. (Again, recommending Candy Chang's Ted Talk here.) I've actually been considering starting a vlog just to document meet ups with friends, to selfishly archive our time together. When you're friends with the same people for 35-25 years, we collectively turn into 15 year olds anywhere we are and its hilarious. Nothing makes me laugh harder than those times.

Coasters - Into The Trees

Even though a lot of the world seems unsavory at the moment, I have hope that many good days are in store for this year. So Happy New Year to you and may good days be on their way. For my friends who keep up with me here, I love you and you make me smile. 

Lasers and love - Thea