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Maker Monday 002: Little Paper Crane

Again, I'm telling you about someone I met way too late in my stay in Virginia. Anita is one of the sweetest people I've had the pleasure of meeting in a while. It took a little bit for us to finally meet up, but boy I'm glad we did. On a cold and rainy afternoon Anita invited me over to her home to snap some photos of her working. We sipped coffee, talked about Instagram, and I even got to meet her sweet daughter Eleanor. I was SO beside myself while processing the photos of our visit. It was sort of this photographer dream I had come to life: to photograph jewelry and succulents and critter skulls and big dogs and a cute baby and a maker all in one fell swoop! Anita makes jewelry out of metals using the coolest tools. My Little Paper Crane necklace is one of my favorites and it works its way into my wardrobe all the time. She's a real talent. Anita sells jewelry in her etsy shop and also at Pastiche at Main in Downtown Lynchburg, VA. 


Maker Monday 001: Petaline

There aren't enough pleasant words in the world to say about Hannah Coleman. She's incredibly wonderful, exceptionally talented, and all around a gift to be around. To put it frankly, I met Hannah far too late in my Virginia life. I would really like to know her better than I do, but I fully intend on keeping up with her even though I put some miles between us. 

The afternoon that I spent with her shooting these photos was a highlight of my last few months in Lynchburg. Our session began with an Instagram follow and a few comments and then finally I sent the email. I asked if I could come to her home and take photos of her working. She obliged and gave me an address to a farm out near the Blue Ridge Parkway. I was ecstatic to say the least. The Parkway has a huge piece of my heart and I was thrilled to get to see the mountains up close again. 

The home that Hannah has made for herself is like the perfect slice of pecan pie- warm & welcoming. Every inch of her home is infused with little bits of her personality and her likes. Isn't that how it should be? I snapped photo after photo of her home and when I drove away from her mountain retreat I felt much more calm than I did when I arrived. I think the farm has that effect on people. I told her I just wanted to drive out there one warm spring day, throw a blanket in one of the fields and curl up with Anne of Green Gables. She told me I was always welcome.

The next time I get to grace the state line of Virginia I just might. 

To live vicariously through Hannah's beautifully real life, follow her blog! To purchase her fold-over clutches, weaves, or stamps visit her Etsy or Pastiche at Main in Lynchburg, VA.