I can’t believe we are in the last full week of fall. Even amid the joy and bustle of the holiday season it is hard not to also feel a tinge of sadness because this wonderful time of year is so fleeting. But it is its brevity that makes us enjoy it so. It reminds us to celebrate and cherish the here and now, the happy moments.
The pursuit of happy moments is what motivates me to host these Makery events every season. I hope they provide an escape from the usual day-to-day routine, connect people, and, ultimately, are happy little gatherings. The theme for the Fall Makery was Giving (Thanksgiving pies and handmade gifts) and so many gave of their talents to make this event all that it was. The photos shared here were captured by my talented photographer friend, Kerry Mulhern of Kerry Renee Photography and there are also a few from another talented photographer friend and Makery attendee, Donna Hopkins (the ones from Donna are noted below the photo). Thank you both so much for bringing your artistic eye and attention to the event and sharing your photos.
Last month a group of 11 women, including myself and Kerry, gathered at the Riddick House at Stevenson Ridge for an afternoon of working with our hands, sharing a meal, and relaxing in a peaceful setting. These women, their creativity and personalities, are what transform these events from “creative workshop” into the “happy moments” that they become. At one point as all the attendees were busy laughing and making pies in the kitchen, I noticed how there is an energy and vibrancy to a room full of women and I was so glad to be taking it all in. (I should note that men are very welcome at these Makeries, but so far only women have signed up.)
In addition to the group that was present that day, there are also the event partners who contributed to making a day that was a true celebration of creativity and fall—Kelly and Cameron of Dier House Coffee Roasters, Beth of Beth Sperlazza Pottery, artist Paige Meredith, and Sarah of Forage Modern Home.
Dier House Coffee Roasters is a coffee roasting operation right here in Fredericksburg and I was so impressed with how good their coffee was when I first tried it. They provided all the attendees with one of their “mini” 2-oz. bags of coffee that they roasted just two days before the Fall Makery. I love their Costa Rican coffee so much that we will be getting a bag for all our Christmas coffee drinking. Right now their coffee can be purchased through their website or at 2530 Espresso coffee shop in Fredericksburg. Kelly and Cameron are such a great addition to the community here, both as people and entrepreneurs. I hope you will check out their coffee.
Sperlazza Pottery is run by Fredericksburg, Virginia ceramicist Beth Sperlazza. She creates lovely earthenware items for the kitchen and home including mugs, ring dishes, bowls, and planters among other things. Beth gave each of the attendees a small handmade star ornament. I love the understated design of these ornaments and of Beth’s work as a whole. Beth’s work has a style that I really connect with—it is modern and minimal, while also being thoughtful and has the warmth of something made by hand (which it is). She sells her work at many regional craft shows and through her Etsy store.
Paige Meredith, aka Paige Meredith Ray, is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in the Ozark hills of Northwest Arkansas. She created these custom pie-themed coloring sheets for the attendees. I follow Paige’s work on Instagram and am a fan of her thoughtful and strong voice both, in her written musings and the images she shares on there, so even though she was not uber local, I asked her if she would be interested in contributing as a part of the greater creative community. I love what she came up with for these custom coloring sheets for the attendees. I am a fan the whole coloring trend right now and having this hand designed item from an artist whose work I admire was a nice addition to the Fall Makery.
Forage Modern Home is curated by my dear friend, Sarah Brammer. Sarah has a keen sense of style, is a natural trend-spotter, and I couldn’t be happier that she started an Etsy shop recently. Her shop features vintage finds that reflect a modern bohemian sensibility. These unique vintage copper measuring cups came from her shop and when I saw them I knew they would go so well with the look I wanted for the pie-making workshop. I highly recommend following her on Instagram where she shares first looks at many of the items in her shop.
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Photo courtesy of Donna Hopkins
I really want the Makery events to continue to be a welcome table where friends and strangers alike can join the conversation, create, and just be as they are. An opportunity for makers and artists to share their work and for me to share mine. I hope to gather around the table again and again with like-minded spirits in the future. While the faces may change from season to season, I hope the spirit of fun and creativity is always there. Thank you all for making the 2016 seasonal Makeries the delightful gatherings that they have been. And stay tuned for Winter Makery details soon (date tbd in February 2017).