Valentines Day is Coming!

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Are you running around like a maniac, trying to find the perfect gift?  Well, please take a breath.  Take two.  Sit down a spell in this comfy chair. Here, have a glass of wine.

Now, let us help you with your shopping!  We have two exciting events coming up this weekend – expertly timed to help you find the tokens of handmade affection for your sweetheart, good friends, and even yourself.

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Saturday, Feb 11:   Kim Morris Trunk Show –  Fabulous craftsmanship from start to finish.  Kim is the *real* deal and if you haven’t seen her work, please do yourself a favor and drop in.  We’ll have complimentary snacks and bubblies while you browse!

Kim will be in-house with her jewelry and Japanese silk scarves all day, from 11- 5pm.

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Sunday, Feb 12:   Valentine Party with Special Guest, the *Mistress of Good Fortunes Foretold and Love Advice,* Miss BAM! 

Because we know our customers enjoy having another day to shop for Valentine goodies, we’ll be open from 12:00 till 4:00 on Sunday to help you find the right gift and to celebrate the season of love with yummy bites, bubbling beverages, handmade greeting card making (free!  Just bring your creativity!  Small children are discouraged from this activity due to sharp scissors.)

And the BEST treat?  All day our talented seer of good news (no doom here, folks) will be onsite, doing 15 minute readings for a mere $10 donation; a portion of which she has earmarked for one of her favorite local animal charities.  We are scheduling readings HERE – so please go to this link and snag your spot!  You don’t want to miss out on this.  She only has 11 spaces.  See you this weekend!

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New Events, Workshops, and Fun!

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Wow!  We are completely overwhelmed here with so much news to share.

Here are all the new classes, trunk shows, and fun activities coming up at our place!  We really hope you can take part in some of them.

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Thursday, Feb. 2 –  Larry Pile, aka the Kessler Craftsman – is offering his first Fused Glass class here at Makers Connect.  Create a set of 4 Coasters/Tiles.
Cost is $40 per person.  6:30-8:30pm.   Sign up here!      CLASS IS FULL!

Friday, Feb 3 – The Lord of the Ring, a Bracelet Making Adventure with Jessica Barst – moving from Friday, Jan. 20 to Friday, Feb. 3.  Price is lowering from $28 to $25.  Space is still available so sign up now!        ALMOST FULL!

Saturday, Feb 11 – Kim Morris will be here for a pre-Valentine’s Day Trunk Show, all day. 11 – 5pm.  Treat yourself and a good friend to a fabulously colorful piece of her gorgeous, uniquely graphic handcrafted silver jewelry with shots of bright color!

Sunday, Feb 12 – Valentine’s Fun!  Special guest:  “Venus Fortunes & Counsel on LOVE…Saint Valentine’s Amoure Answers…Charmed Guidance & Fortunes  Foretold” with our amazing goddess of good news, Beverly Ann Moore!  Plus special drinks, drawings, give-aways, balloons, cupcakes, candy….and shopping all the new Valentines’ handmade gifts.

Thursday, March 2 – Kessler Craftsman/Larry Pile will lead Fused Glass Bowl making.  Create two 5.5″ bowls.  Cost is $60 per person.  6:30 – 8:30pm Thursday

Friday, March 10 – Selena Dixon painting preview.  Bright spring tones and sprightly, modern geometries make these paintings so perfect for the season and for our mood here at Makers.  Come welcome Selena and her work with a wine and cheese reception from 6- 9 pm.

May 4 – Kessler Craftsman/Larry Pile.  Mother’s Day Special!  Come and bring your child, or your mom, and create jewelry together.   Only $40 per person, $80 for two

*Please go to our Classes & Workshops page for more details on classes and links to sign up.  We look forward to seeing you soon around the craft table! 

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Giving Thanks, Small Business Saturday and Trunk Shows!

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So much coming up – but first I’d like to wish everyone a very happy thanksgiving.

Enjoy all the wonderful things about this holiday – the food, friends, family, and most of all…. our continued freedom.

This was my father’s favorite holiday because there were no other things to focus on (other than football, which he enjoyed a vague passing interest in) and he really did love the opportunity to exercise his amazing cooking skills for the enjoyment of all those who assembled (including random ‘straglers’ – friends or acquaintances who may not have had a place to go on Thanskgiving.)

Now, Steve and I also enjoy cooking at our house; feeding friends and family and keeping our new and old recipe traditions alive – including my great aunt Al’s cheese ball that employs some weird salted chipped beef that will soon be impossible to buy but tastes AMAZING – so obviously,we’ll be closed on Thanksgiving.  We hope you’ll come see us on Friday, Saturday, and even Sunday.  (If you want my aunt’s cheeseball recipe, I’ll be glad to share it.)  Have a great holiday, ya’ll.

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Saturday, November 26 – SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Come in, have a fizzy beverage, and dig your hand deep into our Fish Bowl of treats and Discounts!  Lots of great deals and give-aways, so please make it a point to stop in.

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December Trunk Shows:

Sat. December 3 – Cindy Bagwell Trunk Show.  Sophisticated *and* funny dwell together in Cindy’s earring and necklaces designs, realized in mixed metals, wire, fiber, and gemstones.

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Sat. December 10 – Audrey Legatowicz Trunk Show – Bright, soft, and oh so lovely dyed silk scarves; beaded “Baby Boomer” necklaces; felted pillows and garments, and the most amazing woven scarves, shawls, and handbags.  You will want to treat yourself; one for you, one for your friend/sister/mom/sibling…..one more for you!

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We Love the Creepy, Unusual…. and of course Halloween & Day of the Dead!

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Do you too?

We have gathered many cool things to decorate your windows and doors – even your couches, kitchen and yourself!  Here are a few examples:  Why not come see them for yourself and get your freak on?

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Vendor in the Spotlight… Robin Ayres in Japan!

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This is one of the cool stories that make our jobs at Makers Connect so special and fulfilling so we thought we’d share:

It begins on the day that one Robin Ayres came sweeping through our door in her energetic way, having decided to attend our Thursday Makers Meetup.  She was wearing a giant necklace composed of hundreds upon hundreds of pieces of black plastic which  upon closer inspection, were a combination of dominoes and retro celluloid charms  layered on top of one another.  She took it off to show me how much it weighed;  That thing was HEAVY.

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After we learned about our mutual commonalities through her day job as the sole product namer for the Richards Group, we delved more into her photo books.  It was then that minds were blown all over the place.  Her body of work as seen on Pinterest is nothing short of Amazing, Prolific, Colorful, and NUTS!   https://www.pinterest.com/foundcolors/my-jewelry-creations/

Robin explained that she has synesthesia, and can taste the colors she’s using as she works with them.  There are therefore certain colors that you’ll never see in her work.

Fast forward a few months, and a few meetups later, and we were able to talk her into letting us carry Robins’s amazing watch-case necklaces and upcycled globes at Makers.

As far the necklaces she showed us at that first meetup; no, they were still not for sale.  To anyone.  She explained they just took so much time (both collecting and making) that she swore she’d never sell them, but might consider lending them for a museum or gallery show.

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But what she said was heard by the universe, because about 8 months later… a museum shop came calling… and it wasn’t just any shop.  It was Kohei Tanaka from Trading Store Comme des Garcons in Tokyo.  Whoa.

He had located her online via her Pinterest pages.  Both shocked and honored, she wrote to us saying that she had finally found what felt like the right match in a retailer that would truly be able to showcase these incredible art jewelry pieces.

Best of luck, Robin!  We hope they fly off the shelves – we know you’re already busy making more.

Below:  Photo from Comme des Garcons in Tokyo.  Robin’s work is showcased in plexiglass boxes, inside large glass vitrines flanked by black balls.  So mod.

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Makers Connect… what does it mean?

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For some reason, the rain is making me question my existence…. and why my patient husband, feisty mother, and loyal / hilarious helpmate have joined hands in supporting…. this retail endeavor we call Makers Connect.  The other day, I overheard someone say, “Your store has a stupid name.”  Well, perhaps.  It’s not the funniest or catchiest… most of those had already been taken. Originally I loved the name Local Talent.  Three years ago, the dba was already in use and I couldn’t have it… I checked a few weeks ago and it was available again.  But now we’re here and we’re not going to buy another lighted sign (do you know how much those cost??  Shocking.)

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For the sake of clarity and to clear away any cobwebs in case there are others who also think our name is ‘dumb’, I offer this explanation:

Makers Connect – to their tribe.

Makers Connect – to their market

Makers Connect – to their talent

Makers Connect – to meeting other artists

Makers Connect – to learning new talents

Makers Connect – to one another, to neighborhood… to new possibilities.

If you still think it’ dumb, then write to me and we can have a dialogue.  Also, your mother dresses you funny.*

 

 

 

 

*Just kidding.  I know you dressed yourself.

**Really kidding… your mother is absolutely lovely.

 

 

 

 

Two New Reasons to leave your AC and come into Ours!

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Summer can seem like a game of frogger – dodging out to the car, into a shop, back to the car, into another shop, then back to the house…exhausted and hot.  But what if the shop had fun things to look at, nice folks, music, food, cool drinks, and wonderful art and accessories to browse?  What if there might also be something fun to do with the kids that you can bring home and keep or give as gifts?

Hear us now; we have TWO such events coming up – so mark your calendar now!  For the next two Saturdays, we’re having a couple of our wonderful maker/vendors in the shop with a trunk show and charming make-and-take:  Here are the details:

 Saturday, July 16 from 11:00 – 4:00
Trunk Show with Savannah Hoffman Designs!  
Retro-Modern Jewelry with a Boho Vibe
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Meet the Maker this Saturday, July 16 at Makers Connect.  She will bring a fabulous abundance of her eclectic and unusual “Victorian Rocker-Meets-Biker-Chic” jewelry!  Come again, you say?  Think of rhinestones and skeletons; tintypes and old leather….ancient Egypt meets the Silver Screen!
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Felicia has a knack of mixing the old and the new, with an appreciation for history and meaning.  These pieces are super special.  Felicia will even create custom pieces for you.  Grab your friends and check it out- one day only.  Drinks and nibbles will be offered.
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Saturday, July 24
 “Charmed, I’m Sure!”     Make-and -Take Personalized Pendants with Ed Freiheit 
   Noon – 4 pm in store;  no pre-registration required!
We know you love the heart-shaped city charms here at the shop, as well as the many other Steampunky creations of Ed Freiheit.  Many of you have asked how to make them, or even ordered custom work from him.  Now we’re offering the opportunity to sit down with Ed and make some charms yourself.  Bring your own tiny-sized images to make custom pieces or use the images and maps he will have on hand.
 
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Pricing:
1 item $12,  2 items $10 each,  3+ items $8 each.  Subtract $1.00 for each image that you provide.  Images should be on non-gloss paper with water safe inks.  Pay as you go.
Just  drop in any time during the afternoon!

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