Weekly Class Wrap-Up February 18-22

Calligraphy in the 21st Century A-Z


In part two of Maybelle’s class, students learned the formation of letters M-Z. We also had the chance to try out white ink on black and kraft colored paper, and we got to peek at Maybelle in action while she demonstrated punctuation and symbols.

Collage Workshop


April Walters was back for this months collage class on Tuesday. Each month people come out to get their craftiness on and relieve some stress at the workshops; you’d be surprised at what a pair of scissors, glue, and some creativity can do for your mood. This months prompt was cars and the participants made some great collages like the one above!


Member Mixer


This weeks member mixer featured another mixed cocktail, hello Rootbeer floats with Root liquor, and great chats! It’s always nice to see our members every last Friday when they aren’t heads down working (we love to see that too, though!)

We also pre-viewed the Makeshift video to our members. It’s now live and you can check it out here!

On Our Bookshelf: Past & Present

pastandpresentcoverWe were gifted a copy of Past & Present: 24 Favorite Moments in Decorative Arts History and 24 Modern DIY Projects Inspired by Them by the author Amy Azzarito herself. Thank you, Amy! She is the managing editor over at a lil’ blog called Design*Sponge, ever heard of it?

The book features “24 favorite moments in decorative arts history and 24 modern diy projects inspired by them.” I was already sold on the book just by its cover: illustrations of hammers, measuring tapes, and staple guns mingling with thread, paint brushes and pencils (sounds like my craft closet!) Each section covers an influential period in decorative art history followed by a DIY project that goes along with the style of that time. Some are literal in their inspirational projects like the mirror mosaic planter reminiscent of the 17th Century Venetian Mirrors. Others are less literal, like the black and white geometric tote bag designed by Bookhou that is a modern take on the Paladian Style in Renaissance Italy.


My favorite sections (and their corresponding crafts) are the Brief History of Greenhouses and Art Nouveau. Both appeal to my style of bringing a bit of the outdoors in; I adore decorating with a lot of plants, foliage, and terrariums. The Greenhouse section features a table that uses reclaimed window panes to create a large terrarium that also functions as a coffee table. I know a coat of paint can bring new life to a room, but a coffee table terrarium certainly livens it up!


The branch and crystal chandelier is a stunning take on the Art Nouveau period that took cues from natural elements. This chandelier is a little playful, a little glam, and a whole lot of wonderful. It’s pictured in a home, but as I am engaged and knee-deep in wedding planning, I can picture this as a beautiful wedding DIY. It would fit into any rustic, whimsical, or garden themed wedding soiree.

We have it in our lending library, so be sure to check it out along with all of our other books. Be warned, you’ll be running to grab your tools and craft supplies after reading this!

photos via: here, here, and here



Posted by on February 25, 2013 and tagged with: Library

Drumroll, Please – We Made a Video

Jared first caught my eye back in June of last year with the short films he was making about San Franciscans at work. He had an obvious love of people creating in and for the community here, and I contacted him pretty much right after I signed the lease for the clubhouse. After many fits and starts, the flu, some vacation time and a foot surgery, he came in to film Makeshifters at work and play, and the results are below. I think it captures our ethos pretty well, and you get to hear directly from our members about why they think the Society is so special.

Big big thanks to everyone who agreed to take time out of their day and be on camera, to Donna for making titles to match the lettering she did in our windows, to Kira for hooking us up with Datagrams for the music, and especially to Tribute SF for making us look good.

P.S. Feel free to share the crap out of this. Here’s the direct link.


Weekly Class recap Feb 11-15

Calligraphy in the 21st Century


This was the second sold-out month for Maybelle’s  2- part calligraphy class.  In part one, students purchased their starter kits which included a personalized ink well, an extra bottle of ink, nib & holder and a practice book.  Maybelle demonstrated the formation of  letters A-L on the chalkboard wall, and then we set out to practice, practice, practice!

Anthem’s “Hit” Recipe

This introductory class was formatted, as the title suggests, like a recipe.  Students received an overview of all the necessary ingredients followed by exact steps to creating an effective marketing plan.  The framework that they learned will save them lots of time and solve the mysteries of promoting their product, service, or event.  The group was walked through a sample campaign that will earn the them more “hits.”  That is, more clicks, more shares, more traffic, more buzz and more business!

Success Squad


Success Squad is the perfect platform for makers & creators who are struggling with a business challenge.  Squad leaders Sarah & Lisa, establish a set of rules for the feedback portion of the meeting so the group can get down to the exciting and rewarding brainstorming/collaborative process. This squad had two presenters, and the group provided them with quality answers to their questions along with sound advice and support to move forward with their projects.

Company Memberships

















We are pleased to announce a new tier of membership.

Company memberships are great for firms who want to provide workspace for out-of-town contractors, or give their employees a creative and inspiring location for off-site work.

  • 10 day passes per month for any company employee or contractor to use
  • Discounted conference room and venue rental
  • Unused day passes roll over to the following month (up to 20 days)

$250 / month

Apply now.