Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

Office Reno_Molding & Tiffany Blue

January 22nd, 2014 | by Leslie Saunderlin

The renovation is slow, but each weekend we are making progress when we can afford the time and energy. The best thing that happened last week..the crown molding went up! I was convinced I would be stepping over it for the next three months in the upstairs hallway. Enter Bill Pate— Steve’s best friend from Maryland; with his expertise, nail gun and time, it was knocked out in a few hours. Hooray!

Next, we converted an outdated bookcase my parents generously donated towards my first apartment after college. If I do the math, that was a whopping 14 years ago… is that right? Can that be right? The wood was solid, but the unsightly oak finish had to go. A bucket of clean white paint, and it’s new to me. The best part was filling up the shelves with a few loved trinkets; pantone swatches, a print making piece from college and of course, books.

Not sure where the next project will take us, but that’s kind of the best part.


Crown Molding is Up! Hooray!

Crown Molding is Up! Hooray!

Steve hard at work. We had to thaw out the paint before use.

Steve hard at work. We had to thaw out the paint before use.

Lola's contribution to the work day. Queen of the stump.

Lola’s contribution to the work day. Queen of the stump.

My favorite color, Robins Egg Blue, is painted in as a back accent.

My favorite color, Robins Egg Blue, is painted in as a back accent.

Glitter Desk is still making me very happy

Glitter Desk is still making me very happy


Best air plant ever, Thanks Brooke.

college printing making piece and Rosie, of course.

college print making piece and Rosie, of course.

Prisma Market Heaven

Prisma Marker Heaven



Those that recognize these, know who you are.


Intelligent. Wise. Crow.

Books for reference

Lunch time Reading




feastRVA: democratic and delicious

December 10th, 2013 | by Leslie Saunderlin

While trolling local networking sites and upcoming holiday gigs, I came across a site called feastRVA.

Unfortunately I had just missed their last community happy hour held December 6th at Lamplighters Roasting Lab, offering the chance to meet local thinkers, doers and creators in the RVA community. Although this was my first knowledge of the non-profit, their inception sprouted back in 2011 with the the simple initiative of starting a platform
for creatives to find funding for their community driven projects.
A local Kickstarter of sorts, the idea originated out of Brooklyn where a collective of friends wanted a more localized and sustainable model for art funding that wasn’t based on the exclusive support of private capital. Brooklyn’s inspiration came from a Sunday soup program in Chicago, showcasing the limitless links of inspiration and giving across state lines.

How it Works:
Attend and donate $25 towards a delicious dinner and drinks held at a local venue. Listen to brief presentations by local creatives while engaging and chatting with other attendees. By evenings end, vote for your favorite idea, sending home a talented artist with enough lute to start building their dream.

Who Can Do it?
Anyone, assuming your idea is well thought out, original, local and feasible.
Check out their past winners & their ideas at
You will also need to be able to present your idea if chosen, so start practicing your pitch now on friends and family.

Unlike larger crowd funding platforms out there (Indiegogo, RocketHub, Somolend, AngelList) I was thrilled to see this type of platform on a local level, cultivating and placing resources & talent right back into our community. You aren’t just clicking a donate button on a glossy computer screen, but rather sharing, engaging face-to-face and supporting local artists within a charged creative atmosphere.

Submissions are now open for FEAST 2014,
Even if you won’t be presenting, donate and spread the word about this incredible event happening right here in RVA.
Stay hungry, Cheers!