What is Floopalina?

My name is Jodi Bade, and floopalina was a nickname given to me by an old friend.  Why he decided I seemed like a "floopalina", I'm not sure, but when I decided to start playing around with making children's furniture it seemed like a good fit for a fun and funky little furniture business.  So, floopalina is kind of like my little furniture fairy alter ego and the name of my furnishings business.  I strive to make people happy and encourage playfulness in everyday life by creating colorful, whimsical, and unexpected furnishings, accessories, and play spaces.  I also love to teach, and share my love of woodworking, sewing, crafting, painting, drawing, and media arts with children and adults alike.

 

 

My Story...

 

I have always loved to make things, and my earliest memories are of me saying "Can we make something Mom? Dad?"  Lucky for me, I was blessed with parents who could seemingly make anything.  They built our whole house, my mom taught me to sew when I was about 6, and in general they instilled the idea in me that I could, if I put my mind to it, make anything that I wanted.  After drawing, painting, and sewing my way through school, it was time to make the big choices about what I'd make for a living.  I went to Texas A&M to study Architecture, and while I was there, I added woodworking to my list of favorite ways to make stuff.  I changed directions in grad school, drawn by the lure of the new and exciting world of Computer Graphics, and I landed at Blue Sky Studios in New York.  There I had the amazing experience of helping to make 7 beloved animated films, plus one Oscar Winning Short.  I worked as a Lighter on the Ice Age Series, Rio, and most recently, Epic.

 

 

Act 2 of My Story...

After working in the movie business for 15 years (and moving back to Texas, buying a house, getting married, making babies and chasing them around), I'm ready to get to work and figure out my Act II of professional life.  I hope to make stuff, and teach others to do the same.  I'm trying to keep busy, make things that make me happy, and see if by following my bliss, some path will reveal itself.  So far it seems to be working.  If you think you have a project that might be a good fit for me, give me a holler.  I'd love to hear from you.