Wednesday, April 25, 2012

where to start?

image by Linda Winski

Gosh ~ where do I start?!? I'm often left without words after an amazing experience and I'm finding myself, once again, somewhat speechless. I'm still absorbing the abundant goodness that happened at this year's Makerie and frankly still pinching myself that it all was real. When you dream up something in your mind and then realize you're actually living it, it feels like a once in a lifetime moment you want to hold onto forever. (I think I will!) They came from far and wide ~ 18 states and three countries ~ and brought their open minds, kind hearts and a willingness to play. Each person not only gave them self the precious gift of time, something that is often difficult to carve out of our everyday lives, but also gave themselves permission to feed their creative spirit.

I feel like I could write a novel filled with gratitude to everyone who helped make our Makerie weekend such a special experience. I hope they all know how immensely grateful I am for their love and support and felt the need to mention them one more time. Here goes!


My remarkable family ~ My husband Chris for his constant support and belief in my dreams (not to mention impeccable efficiency and organization ~ oh my!). My wee ones Owen and Mia for making my love for creativity stronger every single day. You should have seen their faces light up when I gave them a tour of the classes! I loved that so much. To Jim and Joyce, my sweet in-laws for coming into town to be with my babes. My mother-in-law even took a letterpress class and I've never seen her so proud of something she had made. Aunt Sue (from Bali!) for her errand running and being the pinch hitter all weekend. And my mom ~ oh my precious mom ~ for truly being in this together with me in every single way. She did more than you will ever know behind the scenes and her photographs of the weekend are gorgeous. Wait 'til you see! 

Terrific Teachers ~ Aran, Alex, Allison, Flora, Jenny, Liesl & Marisa ~ worked extremely hard to provide everyone with fabulous workshops and loads of inspiration. It was an awesome team and I feel so honored they believed in this little event of ours enough to want to be a part of it. I'm quite humbled to now consider us all dear friends.

Volunteers ~ Well if I could stand on a rooftop and shout 'thank you's' all week long, I would! I just can't get over the outpouring of support we had this year. The Makerie certainly wouldn't have been what it was with out the help of SO many sweet souls. Laura Kuhn, Kara Lundquist & Emily Clark were absolutely a dream to work with and the countless other volunteers who assisted teachers, baked Aran's cookies & Lillabee brownies, ran things from place to place, wrote signs, unpacked boxes, packed boxes, tidied up... oh I could go on forever... But what I cherished the most about our volunteers is that they made everyone feel loved and at the end of the day, I'm most grateful for that! 

Photography & video crew ~ I couldn't imagine a better way to capture the weekend with a more dedicated, talented team. Teryn Wilkes, Julia Vandenoever, Kevin Von Qualen & of course, my amazing mom Linda Winski came away with stunning images from every aspect of the Makerie. I feel so lucky that we now have this wonderful weekend documented in the most beautiful way. Did you all see the iPad slideshow we had at our booth at the Firefly Handmade Makerie Market? It was stunning and a huge thanks to Teryn for putting it together in lighting fast time! 

Super Supporters ~ Old Glory Antiques, Firefly Handmade, Fancy Tiger, Janome & Sew Vac, Fiskateers, Yoga Junction, Julia Vandenoever Photography, Launch Grow Joy, Joyfolie and Blue Heron Arts for their tremendous contributions to the Makerie. 

Yummy Meals ~ Comida, with their bright pink truck, was a wonderful way to kick off the weekend serving fresh, local and totally delicious Mexcian food. Eat Private Chef & Catering Co. who not only provided the most adorable boxed lunches we've ever seen, but gave us a true experience discovering and unwrapping each sweet surprise. And how delectable were our delightful Dish Gourmet lunches? Little did you know they ran to their shop and back lickity split for a special meal request we had mistakingly forgotten! Such awesome customer service! We loved our family style meals at the Chautauqua Dining Hall and the chef even served some dishes inspired by Aran (ahem... the arugula/fennel salad!). MM Local provided some fantastic local treats, while fresh coffee and chai from Vic's and warm muffins and scones from Whole Foods on Sunday morning felt like the perfect way to end the weekend. It was such a delight working with local companies we love, that's for sure! And while we're on the topic of food, someone even suggested putting together a Makerie cookbook. Wouldn't that be fun?

Our Cozy Creative Lounge ~ It was a huge hit all around. I'm so excited we now have the most inspiring Makerie library to share with everyone year after year! 

Colorado Chautauqua ~ How lucky we are to host this event in a most magical, peaceful and beautiful place. 

Our participants ~ Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking a leap of faith to come. I adored meeting every single person. Always remember how uniquely creative you are and the abundant gifts you have to share with the world!


The energy over the weekend was contagious ~ full of possibilities, connection, community and love. Making creativity a priority does that, I'm more and more convinced. So here's to you, here's to creativity and to another magical Makerie.


Much Love,

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

the sweetest supporters

I am grateful beyond words to the following people and organizations who are making this year's Makerie such a special one!


Blue Heron Healing Arts ~ leading our very first mindful meal

Fancy Tiger ~  coolest pop up shop in Boulder

Firefly Handmade ~ what can I say but they are fantastic in every way

Fiskateers ~ how lucky we are to be treated to Fiskars products galore Makerie weekend

Hands on Hemp ~ our reusable fruit & veggie holders disguised as our goodie bags

Janome & Sew Vac of Boulder ~ thanks to both of them, every person in our sewing classes will have their very own machine & they'll be for sale at a discount at the end of the Makerie!

Julia Vandenoever  ~ we just love her spectacular eye for photography & of course, her sweet smile

Joyfolie ~ thrilled for Jessica's lunch forum about turning craft into a dream business

Launch Grow Joy ~ another lovely, inspiring lunch forum featuring amazing ideas on how to get press for your handmade products

Old Glory Antiques ~ the amazing gift of a full scholarship again this year, outfitting our Cozy Creative Lounge and a gazillion other ways they have supported us!

Whole Foods ~ we've loved bringing creative kids projects to their flagship Boulder store!

Yoga Junction ~ offering two energizing, creative morning yoga classes


Big love to each and every one of our sweetest sponsors! I just can't them enough for their beautiful belief in the Makerie. 

Monday, April 16, 2012

the makerie crafternoon

gorgeous image by Teryn Wilkes

What a fabulous, fun day we had getting ready for the Makerie a few weeks ago! Over 25 people came by to help with the various prep projects for the big weekend. I'm still overwhelmed by the outpouring of time, generosity and love for this little event of ours. Will I ever get over that? I'm not sure I will. 

Another big, beautiful thank you to the following sweet souls:

Beth K.
Beth S.
Kate S.
Kate W.

Love to you all! 

Monday, April 9, 2012

our cozy creative lounge!

This year at the Makerie, for the very first time, we'll be hosting a Cozy Creative Lounge where people can gather at night, relax, read fabulous books and magazines to get inspired, and enjoy some freshly baked treats. We'll be making some of Aran's cookies, popping popcorn with special toppings from Savory Spice Shop, and baking some delicious brownies from Lillabee, a local love. We reached out to some of our favorite publishing houses across the country and local businesses to see if they wanted to participate and got quite an amazing response. A huge, heartfelt thank you to each and every one of them for helping us create our cozy inspired environment and for making our Creative Lounge debut one filled with fun, wonderful reads and adorable accents. Please see below for details on the incredible participating companies and local boutiques. We heart them all!


Interweave is a wonderful company based in Loveland, Colorado that publishes great books and magazines focused on handmade crafting and art. They have generously sent a handful of their jewelry-making magazines. 

Check out Interweave on Facebook and Twitter, and browse through the Interweave Communities too. Their YouTube channel is filled with how-to videos and interviews ~ a great resource!

Modern in Denver is a beautiful design and lifestyle magazine featuring everything modern in Denver, Boulder and the Rocky Mountains. We're excited to share copies of multiple issues! They've been really supportive of what we're doing and we were honored to be interviewed on their blog last month. 

Find Modern in Denver on Facebook and Twitter.

Future Publishing has an awesome team of editorial crafters and publish a plethora of fantastic arts and crafting magazines. Mollie Makes, one of our favorite new magazines out of the UK, falls under their umbrella and we were just thrilled to be featured in the January issue.

Follow Future Publishing on Twitter and check out Mollie Makes on Facebook, TwitterYouTube and their marvelous blog.

Pure Green Magazinea lifestyle and design publication, celebrates handmade culture & green living, just what we believe in too! We can't wait to take a peek at the current issues they are sending our way. 

Find Pure Green Magazine on FacebookTwitter and via their beautiful blog.

Quarry Books provides high-end, beautifully designed, visual inspiration and reference books on art, crafts, food, pet care, and lifestyle topics for aspiring artists, artisan hobbyists, food enthusiasts, DIYers, and makers. They are providing a wonderful variety of their inspiring books for our lounge that we can't wait to explore. We love that they published books by two of our teachers ~ Jenny Doh's Creative Pilgrimage and Flora's Brave Intuitive Painting ~ which they will be autographing at the Firefly Handmade Makerie Market. How fun and special that will be! 

Find Quarry on Facebook and Twitter.

Quayside Publishing Group represents a dynamic group of imprints dedicated to providing quality print- and E-Books to its readers. Formed in 2004 upon Rockport Publishers’ acquisition of Creative Publishing international, the Quayside Publishing Group now encompasses Cool Springs Press, Creative Publishing international, Fair Winds Press, Motorbooks, MVP Books, Quarry Books, Quayside Distribution Services, Quiver, Race Point Publishing, Rockport Publishers, Voyageur Press, Zenith Press and Walter Foster Publishing. Visit their online bookstore here.

Visit Quayside on Facebook and Twitter.

Craftside, the wonderful blog for the behind-the-scenes peek at Quarry's crafty world, is certainly one to follow, and you can find them on Facebook and Twitter too.

Recipe For Press is a DIY guide to being your own publicist. The ideas presented in this book are quite valuable for anyone looking for ways to get more press for their products, and shared in a simple way that is easy to follow. We're excited to include a copy in our lounge and have a feeling you'll love it too.  As a side note, have you seen Amy's absolutely incredible Paper-Cut Project? You must see for yourself. 

Visit them via FacebookTwitter and their blog

Roost Books is such a thoughtful company ~ all about finding inspiration and creativity in community and the natural world ~ a perfect fit for the Makerie and certainly at the heart of what we're about. They have been incredibly kind to work with and we are grateful to be able to share a wonderful array of their beautiful books. Have you seen the fantastic free projects on their web site? 

Find Roost on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

Stampington & Company publishes over thirty beautiful and inspiring magazines about crafting and art. You are in for a treat, as they are sending copies of Mingle, one of their newest magazines for us to share.

Find Stampington on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, and take a look at their YouTube channel as well. 

STC Craft has been been a generous contributor to our lounge, not to mention really wonderful to work with. They publish excellent crafting and creative books, including Liesl's ~ Oliver + S Little Things to Sew. Do check out their Spring 2012 catalog and find them on the web below.

Follow STC Craft on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

Where Women Create features the creative spaces of inspiring women to nourish one's spirit and is filled to the brim with ideas. Some of the latest issues will such a wonderful addition to our lounge. 

Keep up with latest on Where Women Create through FacebookTwitter and their blog,

We're also pleased to share copies of Where Women Cook, that will take you into the heart of every home ~ the kitchen! Amazing women are featured is each issue and we're thrilled for you to see for yourself. 

Find them on FacebookTwitter and through their blog,


Lillabee is a Boulder-based company with a great mission: to make food allergy-friendly & delicious baking mixes. They have been so kind to share their brownie mixes with us, which we will be baking fresh at our Cozy Lounge. Yummy and healthy are a perfect match in our book! 

Find the lovely Lillabee on FacebookTwitter and via their blog.

Old Glory Antiques is a beautiful antiques and home decor store in Denver. They have been the best supporter of the Makerie in countless ways (including supporting our scholarship the last two years!) and continue to do so by outfitting our lounge with some cozy furniture and adorable accents to help us create a beautiful and comfy space. If you fall in love with some of their pieces, there may even be an opportunity to take them home! And don't forget to save the date for the Old Glory Antiques Fair coming in June ~ it's very best one in our state.

Find Old Glory on Facebook and Twitter and be sure to visit their delightful blog too. 

Wild Yarns is a sweet new Denver yarn boutique. They wanted to be part of our event and presented quite a lovely idea that we thought would be a perfect fit for the Cozy Creative Lounge. They will be setting up a DIY coffee cozy-making station, with pre-made felted cozies for participants to embellish and adorn. It will certainly be a fun, reusable take-away from Makerie weekend. What a generous gift of time and love from Wild Yarns!

Find them on Facebook and Twitter, and go visit their beautiful store in the Highlands in Denver.


Thank you so much again to each of these generous companies and boutiques. We are truly grateful for their contributions and for embracing our Cozy Creative Lounge idea. We will most definitely see you there!