Tuesday, July 30, 2013

August Update And First Friday!

August promises to be a busy month at Walrus!

On Aug 2nd from 6-9 we have First Friday in the Alley and a reception for Holly Wach, a talented painter from New York supplanted to Oakland. Come join us for the usual wine and nosh to see her work and chat with Walrus ladies!

Here's a sneak preview of some of her beautiful work. 

We also have few new products at Walrus this month, including Catsanova bowties, a line of cat and small dog bowties and peter pan collars handmade from vintage fabrics by Wendy's talented sister-in-law, Nancy Casanova.  

We'll be running a contest on First Friday to name our new in-store dog model. Prize for winner! 

Even Jack from the Alley tried one of the new bowties and looked very dapper! 

We also have new handmade upcycled fabric barrettes and hair accessories from goRoco created by Morgan Roquette.

We've been having tons of fun teaching painting workshops! We are teaching a private furniture painting workshop for HowAboutWe... for couples coming up on Sunday August 18 from 3-5:30pm in the Alley. So if you're a couple seeking a unique date and want to learn about furniture upcycling Walrus style, then check this one out! 

Best of the LAST WORKSHOP held on July 28 2013 included:

 Vintage fame from Walrus collection painted with Graphite color chalk paint and waxed to hang cow skull! 

IKEA hack: stool painted with Graphite and  feet dipped in Barcelona Orange chalk paint.

Last but not least, we are going to the Alameda Antiques Fair on SUNDAY AUG 4 from 6am-3pm! Come see us in BOOTH J12! We'll be selling all sorts of new vintage aquistions such as Army metal cases and racks, 1950's tiki bamboo and gold living room set, mid-Century modern dressers, and MORE!

See you at Alameda or in Walrus, Temescal Alley!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Truth of Triangles

As you may have noticed we've been really into triangles lately. Something so simple and true about the 3 sides and 3 angles. 

Most recently this cabinet. We used a light turquoise and sage to paint triangles on front and sides while leaving lots of raw wood exposed. We used gloss yellow to paint the vintage knobs and alternate feet.

Before that we did this small table. Found the metal piece in a backyard and then cut the wood block and painted triangles. Sealed with wax and tongue oil. 

The first piece we did with triangles was this work table we built from a butcher block someone was using as an door. We cut a bigger hole in the door to fit an Eppendorf beaker with work tools and cut a second symmetrical hole for another beaker or cords. We used metals legs given to us and cut corner blocks from scrap wood. We painted the table with long black triangles to look like a giant backgammon board. Waxed and sealed with tongue oil to give it an inlaid look.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

July First Friday is Upon Us!

June flew by and now its almost First Friday! Please join us at WALRUS to hang out, nosh, sip and see what's new on Friday July 5 from 6-9pm.

We are having another painting workshop on July 28! Its a steal: for $35 we will provide paint and other supplies to help you do your own small piece of furniture in Temescal Alley, while you enjoy adult refreshments! This price can't last forever so register now at http://shopwalrusjuly.eventbrite.com/.

This month we are featuring the beautiful family photography of Lori Fuller as the Artist of the Month!

Lori is offering a raffle for those customers who come and sign up in-person on First Friday (or this Sat or Sun). Good luck to all!