Have you heard about the new specialty lifestyle television channel called Makeful, where the aim is to inspire creativity in everyone? Their programming focuses on the sharing of ideas and techniques for handmade one-of-a-kind projects, food preparation, home design and personal style.
To celebrate the holiday season they invited a group of local makers to an afternoon party, where we were treated to a couple of crafting workshops, delicious food and drink and the opportunity to socialize. It was really fun.
Located within one of the historic brick-and-beam former factory buildings on King Street West, the venue 2nd Floor Events was lovely.
We arrived to a room set out with rows of tables decorated with burlap clothes and flowers in hand-embellished mason jars, with a small bag of crafting supplies at each spot.
I sat beside a very talented lady within the realm of hand-lettering and made a new friend — her name is Doris Wai and her impressive skills are displayed on her site Lovelettering.
Mango Juice and Champagne Cocktails were offered as we arrived …
The event began with an introduction given by Vanessa Case from the network which created the channel, Blue Ant Media …
Then we began our first craft, lead by Katri Luotonen. We made some handmade envelopes from beautiful paper. (They were like the ones I demonstrated in this post, if you’d like to make some yourself.)
Then there was an intermission, where were were invited to socialize and enjoy a variety of hors d’eouvres, prepared by the venue’s in-house chefs, which included Macaroni and Cheese Bites, Shrimp Cakes, Beef Tenderloin on Skewers and Small Lamb chops, each with a unique dipping sauce.
We were also welcome to help ourselves to the candy bar …
Our second crafting workshop was making a Modern Scandinavian style wreath, with yarn, baubles and greenery, lead by Melissa Direnzo.
Here’s a picture of the group holding up our creations, taken by Erin Lion and found on her Instagram here. There I am in the back row on the far right.
We were given those nice boxes to carry our wreaths and envelopes home in. (My things are actually already inside the box in the picture above and that wreath was made by my table-mate.) So, I walked home along King Street carrying that big box with a bow on top. It was a lovely afternoon so lots of people were out, and many jokes about me having a gift for them! “Oh, you shouldn’t have!”
The whole party was very friendly and beautifully done. I really appreciate having been included and thank the people at #bemakeful for an excellent time.