The Five Question Interview: Tahnee Sauer

Tahnee Sauer is the chief creator and maker behind Tahnee Rose Design. Rather than focusing on one type of project, she is guided by moments of inspiration and vision of potential for each unique find. Armed with a blend of interior design knowledge and an arsenal of power tools, she repurposes, up-cycles, refinishes, and reworks items to new purpose with one-of-a-kind character.

Projects range in size from cocktail trays to vintage travel trailers. From stitches to Sawzalls. 

1. Why did you move to Elgin? 

When I started house shopping a few years back, I had a few deal breakers: no suburban track houses, a yard big enough to park a 31 ft airstream project, and something with architectural character. I quickly realized that I was on the hunt for a unicorn in Austin and expanded the search. When venturing further, I landed on Elgin being close enough to a job in Austin, but far enough away to offer the space for projects and great views of the stars at night. Since moving here I’ve found several wonderfully creative people and find it a great balance of small-town, without being too far from anything.

2. What compels you to spend time creating?

Well for starters it’s definitely NOT a blank page; when I’m faced with an ominous blank page I go into creative paralysis! Most all my projects start out when I find the first part or piece – this could be a scrap of fabric, old chair, wooden frame or colorful “junk” – when I happen across it, my mind immediately starts running through options and possibilities of what it could turn into. I can see the vision clearly and want to transform it from overlooked into a well-designed piece. Creating fills me up, brings me joy, and helps me feel grounded in my truest self.

3. Tell me three things you’ve learned in the past five years.

Do less and do it better; for a lot of my life, my to-do list is overflowing and headed in a lot of different directions. the more I focus on the few things that are really important to me, the more successful I can be in those efforts. 

Turn inward. I’ve grown to realize how much wisdom is in each of us. When faced with a difficult situation or decision, the decisions I’m most happy with come from tapping into my inner truth.

Disappoint everyone else before disappointing yourself. I don’t mean to act in ways that are at the expense of others, but to live strong in your own values. Do what fulfills you, drives you, and brings you joy in your one wild and beautiful life. Don’t sacrifice those things to serve someone else’s desires.

4. What are you currently making, reading, watching, or listening to?

Making: I have a few projects in the works: I’m refinishing a small wooden rocking horse, testing out yoga bag creation using recycled fabric samples, and designing the water system on my vintage trailer rebuild.

Watching: The HBO series “Undone”; I love a good murder-mystery story or psychological thriller.

Listening: I’m a slow reader, so I consume a lot of audiobooks and podcasts. Currently in my earphones: “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle, “You’re Welcome” with Hilary Rushford, and random music mixes on Pandora.

5. Cake or Pie?

Pie! Who can resist a golden flaky crust?!

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The Five Question Interview: Rev. Amy Meyer

The Rev. Amy Meyer has been with 1st Presbyterian Church in Elgin since 2010. Pastor Amy holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and is an ordained minister in Mission Presbytery and has used her training in both church settings and as a chaplain for Hospice Austin. Before her seminary training, Pastor Amy held positions as a youth director for the Presbyterian Church of Lake Travis and as a graphic designer for a division of Trader Publishing.

She lives in Elgin with her husband, Chris and their two children.

1. Why did you move to Elgin? 

I moved to Elgin from Austin after I was selected to be the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. I stay here because I fell in love with the church and the Elgin community!

2. What compels you to spend time creating?

One of the things I love most about being a pastor is having the space to create. Whether it’s a worship service, a special class, or even a short devotional, I have the opportunity to share my creations with the people I love on a weekly basis. I usually find that the most meaningful creations contain an infusion of the holy while still being grounded in the world. I have also discovered that ‘creating’ is ‘meaning-making,’ and it allows me to explore ancient wisdom as I grapple with difficult questions.

3. Tell me three things you’ve learned in the past five years.

1) If you have a voice at the table, use it to call institutions and individuals to the common good. Always remember to be the moral voice for the powerless.

2) Gratitude and forgiveness have a unique way of opening up a path for hope.

3) When the animal shelter tells you she’s a black lab, she’s probably a pit bull. But you will love her anyway. 

4. What are you currently making, reading, watching, or listening to?

I’m reading “Texas Tough: The Rise of America’s Prison Empire.” It’s both disturbing and informative. I’d recommend it, though I’d also warn any interested readers that it’s not for the faint of heart. 

5. Cake or Pie?

Either one as long as it’s vegan. In fact, if you’re interested in some great theological conversation along with some homemade Chocolate Tofu Pie, I’m your gal! 

You can listen to her podcast Passing the Peace here or wherever you listen to your podcasts. And of course you can find her at 1st Presbyterian Elgin

Pastor Amy will be at the Holiday Luna Market with Beer & Hymns where they will be accepting donations for Advocacy Outreach.