SOUL STITCHES brings in $1,500 for charity

We're super excited about the direction our quilt program is taking!  Officially named 'Soul Stitches', the purpose of the program is to deliver handcrafted quilts to families who don't have a blanket - let alone a handmade, original heirloom.  

This quilt, donated in memory of Vera Franklin, went for auction at today's fundraising event for the Soul Sanctuary in the Desert.  The charity luncheon was held at The Sanctuary Resort and Spa in Paradise Valley, AZ.  Over 75 attendees were there to support this amazing charity.

The quilt was presented during the auction and drew matching bids of $750.00!  A total of $1500 was raised because of the generosity of quilters who are committed to giving back.

Vera Franklin, (my grandma), was an avid volunteer in her community - spending countless hours at the local library as well as time volunteering in the hospital.  She believed in contributing back to her community and I know this donation would make her very happy.

We are thankful to Coleen Swettman from Camas, WA, for piecing this quilt together and to Peach Pie Quilting Studio in Vista, CA for an exquisite job of quilting!  $750.00 will go to the Soul Sanctuary, and $750 will go towards quilting supplies so that these pieces can keep coming!

Soul Stitches needs donations to purchase 2 sewing machines, assorted fabric and thread for Phase 2 of the program:  To teach quilting classes at the shelter, and involving the families in the donation process.  We already have volunteers who will come out to teach the classes, but need the tools and supplies.

The Soul Sanctuary is a women's shelter in Phoenix, AZ that has been in operation for 8 years and during that time has rehabilitated over 60 women, and 200 children.  All of this is accomplished with an annual budget of $30,000, and help from the volunteers that rally around this successful cause.

The women who go through the program obtain degrees and get jobs, learn parenting skills, learn about nutrition and healthy living, receive psychological and emotional support, and are taught to give back to their community.

Many continue to be involved in the shelter even after graduation from the program.   It is an inspiration to meet these women who have chosen a better life for themselves and their families.

If you are interested in becoming involved please email me at amy@alpentile.com


Water Feature, or Swimming Pool....No need to choose!

Installation by Luke Denny, Alpentile
In a perfect world we would never have to make the compromise between form and function.  We like this pool project because it's a great example of the swimming pool as a design feature.  Which comes first?  It doesn't really matter as long as you can have both.  

This client really wanted a contemporary feel in this cozy backyard space, and icy blue 1x1 painted back glass mosaics were a great choice to keep the palette clean and cool. 

Realistically, we spend 90% of our backyard time looking at our pools, rather than being in them.  Morgan Holt, owner of Earth Art Inc, and Natural Reflections Pools and Spas worked together with the client to create a stunning water feature in this cozy backyard space - beautiful to look at, and also a functional pool or spa when required.   The end result is a great entertaining space, whether for a pool party, backyard BBQ, or a quiet morning cup of coffee on the patio...enjoy!

Hardscape and Design:  Morgan Holt, Earth Art Inc.

Pool Builder: Tyler Mathews, Natural Reflections Pools and Spas

Tile Installed by Luke Denny, Alpentile

Tile: 1x1 Painted Back Glass Mosaics, Dal Tile



Installation by Luke Denny, Alpentile, Phoenix, AZ


Contemporary Glass Mosaic Waterfall

This contemporary water feature introduces the soothing sounds of sheeting water into a backyard Paradise Valley retreat.  

Small spaces like this private patio are the perfect place to add a design element with movement and sound.  

We like the 1x1 glossy mosaics on this project because of light play, and the ability to find the perfect blue for this clients palette. 


Installation by Luke Denny, Alpentile
Design/Build : Morgan Holt, Earth Art Inc.

Tile Installation: Luke Denny, Alpentile 

Product Shown: 1x1 painted back glass mosaics


New From Alpentile - Handcrafted Glass Mosaic Murals!

Mosaic Mural by Amy Denny, Alpentile
Exciting developments  over here in the Alpentile Creative Suite....We just completed our first custom glass mosaic mural. 

We'll be presenting this to The Soul Sanctuary at their next fundraising event, which is right around the corner:  December 12, 12pm, at The Sanctuary Resort and Spa in Paradise Valley, AZ.  

It was a great way to get our feet wet in the custom mosaic arena -  This piece measures 18" x 24", and took approximately 52 hours from start to finish.  It would be considered a tedious task to many, but both Luke and I found the process to be a calming and enjoyable labor of love!

My creative spirit has been on reserve for some time, and it felt absolutely amazing to get back in the artistic groove and be fully immersed in this project.  I'm so thankful to Josette and the Soul Sanctuary for being the inspiration that influenced me to make this piece.

 Attached here is our Youtube time-lapse video for your viewing pleasure -  

If you are interested in attending the Soul Sanctuary fundraiser this December, please contact me!  This mural will be presented at the event.  

We will also be auctioning off a beautifully handcrafted original quilt, made by Coleen Swettman and quilted by The Peach Pie Quilting Studio out of San Diego California!



Delivering Warmth and Comfort to the Soul Sanctuary

We at Alpentile are happy to give another batch of beautiful quilts to the Soul Sanctuary in the Desert!  Each quilt is an individual work of art, hand-made with love for the women and children who will benefit from the warmth and comfort each quilt provides.
With this second donation, I was able to participate in the process of creating these quilts!  So in August I drove out to the Peach Pie Quilting Studio in Vista CA, where my parents included me in the selection of finishing touches for these one-of-a-kind works, donated by local quilters and also by the members of 'The Beehive' quilt group out of Vancouver, WA.
So many quilts waiting to keep new owners warm
Here are the quilt tops, displayed on the long-arm quilting machine and waiting for our selection of thread colors, stitching patterns, and batting.  

Selecting stitching designs for the quilts

 We carefully assigned a stitched design to each quilt based on the theme of fabrics used by the quilters who spent hours piecing together each top.  From puppy dog prints to sweet florals in pretty pastels, each quilt received a complimentary design.
Dalmations and Dog-bones!

A 'Fire-engines and Dalmations' themed boys quilt was matched with a fire-hydrant and paw-print design in bright red thread.  Cute!

From this point, the quilts were handed off for final assembly.  Soon these quilts will be keeping kids cozy and warm!  

If you are interested in helping us with this project, I am currently collecting 100% cotton fabric scraps to donate to the quilters.  If you have fabric you would like to donate, or know someone who may be interested in being a part of this fun project, please contact me at amy@alpentile.com!  Thank you!


Horseback Riding at the Ranch

This week was a fun little escape with my fellow Vistage CEO groupies as we headed up to Sears Kay Ranch,  north of Scottsdale to ride some horses and check out the amazing scenery of Arizona. 

Our group has grown together through helping each other to improve our businesses, and it was nice to mix in a little friendship and fun out on the trail. 

What a great time, and special thanks to Howard for hosting, Karie for wrangling us, to Ron, the proprietor of the gold mine we visited, and to our fabulous trail guides! 


From Tile to Teeth.

Not your typical dental office, right?  Luke recently finished this project in Arcadia, a fabulous environment that certainly takes the edge off dental work!  

 Pictured here, the lobby bathroom - 

Amber limestone in an offset pattern on floors and wainscot is a dynamic backdrop for features like teak door jambs, ceilings, and cabinetry, handcrafted on-site to custom specifications.   
While the majority of tile projects we take on are indeed glass tile and mosaics, we also enjoy projects like this.  Unique materials are selected as a part of a cohesive design vision like that of the architect on this project, Greg Seitz.  

Luke collaborates with the other craftsmen of the project, paying attention to the fine details and communicating with the project leaders so the finished product will live up to the initial concept and vision.

Rich color combinations create a dramatic effect, taking patients' minds off pending procedures...

A textural aquamarine feature wall and custom fabricated tangerine vanity complete the design palette.

This project is full of cool surprises, like the hidden door shown here...

Tile Installation by Luke Denny, Alpentile

Location: Dental Offices of Ginger Price, DDS

Architect:  Greg Seitz

Tile Installation: Luke Denny

Millwork: Russel Price


Jazzy Details in all the Right Places

Add glass mosaics to any area and you'll have a conversation-sparking design feature
on your hands!

This architects' library serves
not only as a showpiece of personal interests, education, and culture, but also presents a handsome combination of textures and surfaces.


In this case, Oceanside Glasstile's 1" x 2" Offset mosaics in 'Shadow' iridescent make
the perfect backdrop 
for literary works.
Custom designed and fabricated glass shelves 
are a showpiece in and of themselves 
while allowing unobstructed view 
of this glass mosaic backdrop.

Luke planned his layout to minimize
unsightly cuts while making sure 
steel shelf support rods would 
seamlessly integrate into 
his installation. 
Tile installation by Luke Denny, Alpentile LLC.

In another area of the house, a cohesive statement is made by using the same material for this 
bar backsplash.   Granite counters marry the distinctive color 
palettes of mill work and tile. 

...now who's ready for
a glass of wine?

Architect:  Greg Seitz
Cabinetry:  Russ Price
Tile installation: Luke Denny

Tile: Oceanside Glasstile Tessera
1x2 Offset in Shadow Irid.

Tile purchased through Facings of America, Phoenix, AZ.


Facings of America and Oceanside Glasstile unite for an evening of inspiration and design in Scottsdale AZ.

Facings of America continues to impress the design and architectural communities of Phoenix with their seasonal networking events.  

Last week, their beautiful Scottsdale showroom was the backdrop for a rare and poignant presentation given by Feras Irikat, Design Director of one of the worlds leading glass tile manufacturers, Oceanside Glasstile. It was a full house...standing room only as many of Arizona's top design professionals took in marketing and design trend forecasts.  

After the show, wine was flowing as gourmet bites and delectable desserts kept the creative conversations going well past dark.  Friendships deepened and relationships grew.  These events have developed into more than just networking opportunities.  Familiar faces and comfortable smiles seem more like a warm family gathering - 

The Facings Family is growing. 


Dark and Gloomy turns Bright and Roomy!

Luke's latest project comes to a fine finish:  This master bathroom renovation by Phoenix Architect Greg Seitz incorporates recycled glass mosaics into contemporary design.

This is our 3rd project with Greg, who approaches each job with a focused and deliberate vision.  The relationship works because we share the same goal:  Our dream is to see every client end up with a gorgeous space of this caliber:

Unique details of this project include a curbless shower pan...The unobstructed effect makes this sizable bathroom feel even roomier.  

A shower niche extends nearly from floor to ceiling with 3 inset glass shelves.  The niche virtually disappears into the background, maintaining clean aesthetics of Greg's design.  

Shower walls were recessed such that the finished tile surface matches the plane of the drywall, eliminating bulky trim pieces.



The Materials Palette:

Shower Walls: Sonoma Tile 'Vihara' 1 x 4 Offset glass mosaics in Jade Iridescent (70% post consumer recycled glass content)

Shower Floor: Cepac "Basket-Weave" in Mountain Meadow

Main Floor: 18" x 18" "Empress" limestone

*All tile available from Facings of America

A sneak peek into Luke's exacting substrate preparation for the shower, including a dropped pan to achieve the curbless shower and a new square drain assembly that modulates with the floor tile.

The 5' tall custom built shower niche is scaled to enhance the shower design, but sized to modulate with the wall tile, minimizing unsightly cuts.

As mentioned above, these floated shower walls are recessed such that the surface of the tile matches the finished drywall surface.
No Trim  required!!!!

These details differentiate fine craftsmanship from ordinary tile installation. 

And below, a final detail...look closely for linear veining in this limestone floor tile - Luke installed it uni-directionally, subtly mimicking the texture and layout of these recycled glass mosaics by Sonoma Tilemakers. 

Tile installation by Luke Denny, Alpentile

Architect: Greg Seitz

GC: Russel Price, Exotic Wood Design

Tile Installed by: Luke Denny

Tile Supplied by: Facings of America

Tile Design Consultant: Erin Leggitt 


Enjoying our 'Underwater Line'

Luke got his hands on an underwater camera this week and immediately took the opportunity to test it out on our new Oceanside Glasstile Waterline!

As we suspected, Muse looks as great underwater as it does from above!  This is a 30% offset brick pattern in an Iridescent custom blend starring Sapphire, Truffle, Incense, and Shadow.

Installation by Luke Denny, Alpentile 


Quilts for Charity!

We recently became involved in a local charity called the Soul Sanctuary. This home for expecting mothers uses an organic approach to rehabilitating these women, teaching them long term life-skills, and creating a positive environment for their children.

We have plans to help with projects around the house, but in the meantime, I was talking about the organization with my parents who own and operate Peach Pie Quilting Company, a long-arm quilting business in San Diego CA.

Charity quilts are one of their favorite aspects of the quilting business, and I'm so happy that they and a few of their customers were inspired to create some beautiful one-of-a-kind quilts, made with love, and donate them to the families at the Soul Sanctuary!

Here are some pics! Thank you so much to Jim and Linda (my mom and dad) and to Dori Vroman and Lynn Vollgraff for their gorgeous creations! These will bring a touch of comfort and peace to the kids!