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!  

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