What a year it's been! As I look forward into 2017 and plan what's next for The Hivery, I looked back to review how far we'd come. As I remembered the journey of this year, tears of joy and pride came to my eyes. The Hivery is on a mission for women and as we move toward a New Year, we are feeling unstoppable.
In case you want to keep shopping and supporting local makers, here's a list of participants from our Holiday Market on December 7, 2016!
Janet Jacobs, Arts - Creator of drawings and paintings based on the landscape. Offering fine art and teaching services
Dolls and Dandy - 25% off all Woman & Men Products (Penhaligon, CA Baxter, beauty products and more! Additionally, 20% off gift cards
Sweet Pea Home Furnishings - a line of decorative bowls and trays. Each piece is hand painted in multiple shades of gray and earth tones, resulting in a one of a kind piece of art.
Bedouin Bling - Funky, cool, modern jewelry for you and your loved ones for the holidays!
Oak & Ashland - An ingredient-conscious line of skin and body products. Created by an esthetician. Made in the Sonoma Valley.
Doie Lounge - Eco-chic, super-soft robes and sleep masks, as well as some loungewear and dresses- at a special discount!
Anne LaFollette - Mixed media art including greeting cards, photography, and original acrylic and hand-drawn pieces.
Transcendence Design & Sherri Silverman Studio - Art prints, notecards, incense, divination decks, Vastu sacred space design rectification tools: yantras, CD for sound healing. Info on design consultation services and courses.
Teri Garsten - Teri is an artist, jewelry designer, maker and craftsman. She incorporates natural materials, gemstones, leather and wood into her work. Her goal is to recycle, up-cycle, reuse, and repurpose discarded materials into her unique designs.
Lisa Joss - Gifts for friends based on original modern watercolor paintings by me!
Lauren Massie Photography - Fine art prints for sale as well as portrait sessions available for purchase
Jasper McCarty Designs - Fine wood ware (cutting boards, serving spatulas, etc)
Epic Sky - Epic Sky girls apparel & jewelry, including original designs by local teen girls
Lisa Pepper-Satkin, MFT, creator of myHeartyKid - This colorful handmade toy and guidebooks teach families how to grow everyone's inner LIKE button. Families develop BIGlove for themselves and for one another in a powerful way!
J'Amy Tarr Outerwear - The perfect San Francisco jackets for women
EVA MICHELE - I design jewelry made from beach stones and SHE ROCK, a gift item for women.
J.Hilburn - For the men in your life, we provide luxury men’s clothing for both professional and social wardrobes without breaking the bank.
Rodan+Fields - Premium anti-aging skincare developed by two leading female dermatologists.
Navora Essentials - Navora Essentials is an aromatherapy company designing ethically-sourced essential oil based products, providing uplifting self-care rituals for your face, body and home.
Beautycounter by Nikol Plass - A line of safe, chic and high-performing skin care products and cosmetics.
Three Circles Jewelry - Everyday 14k gold layering jewelry pieces
Parisian Macarons - Organic artisanal macarons, and gift certificates for Parisian Macarons classes
Rebecca Bruce Couture - Sweaters, coats, vests and scarfs. Many of my creations include vintage leather and feather and fur trim.
Lori Knicely Artisan Jewelry - Handcrafted, original, sterling silver and semi-precious stone jewelry.
Julems Ceramics - Wheel thrown and hand decorated ceramics by Judith Lemmens, a Mill Valley based ceramicist creating functional, fresh, stylish objects for every day use.
Farmhouse Lab - Consciously Sourced & Crafted Salad Dressings
Wendy Verlaine Design - My exciting and one-of-a-kind hand crafted leather cuffs and gem necklaces are designed to showcase the luxurious quality and comfort of fine leather, and the color and sparkle unique to finely cut gems.
Plein Heir by Shannon Kaye - Refurbished painters boxes, perfect for organizing anything, or displaying barware, powder room sundries, and unique collections. Additionally, small plaques from my Good Fortune series, which are art pieces made with affirmations I wrote and had printed at a Fortune Cookie factory on fortune cookie slips.
Sparked - A board game with inspiration, heart, and hilarity!
Heather Soicher - Local, handmade ceramics with an earthy, organic motif.
Elizabeth Street Cosmetics - A boutique collection of lip glosses, lipsticks, and crayons based in San Francisco.
Seamstress for the Band by Gail Biddle - Creative sewing and crafts
At our recent Entrepreneur Retreat, I shared the lessons that I've learned about life from dance class. I'm fascinated by the wisdom that being a student of art or any discipline offers us.
When we create as artists (whether in the traditional sense or the metaphorical sense of creating something new), we own and embody our work as an expression of who we are. We show up and step out.
Back in January, I chose bravery as one of my words for the year. Here we are, just past the mid-point of the year, and I’m reflecting on this word. What is bravery, exactly? How has bravery shown up this year? What will bravery look like as we move through the rest of the year?
I hear these excuses too often:
- I don’t have a business.
- I’m not a writer.
- I’m not an entrepreneur.
- I’m not working right now.
- I don’t even know what I’m doing next.
Women tell me they LOVE the idea of The Hivery. They're excited by the energy of our space and our members, but they wonder if they fit in. They aren’t whatever it is they think they need to be to come to The Hivery.
You are welcome here.
Meet Hillary Sloss, a longtime Hivery member and shining example of a talented woman who used her expertise and skills to create something new in this world. Hillary was an accomplished and sought after photo journalist who had a harrowing experience that caused her to leave her career. After much exploration, hard work, and soul-searching, Hillary took brave, bold action in creating Firefly Institute, a photography camp for women.
Melissa Cistaro most loves to write, spend time with family and friends, support local artists and musicians, work with authors and aspiring writers, read, create and re-purpose books. She’s the author of the memoir Pieces of My Mother, which was recently selected as Best Nonfiction Book of 2015 by the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association.
Last night, we celebrated the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Summer is the season of light and energy, and our gathering was a sparkling reminder of the impact we can have on this world when we each let our unique light shine.
Grace interviews Western Bonime, founder of Marin Fashion Academy, as we prepare for our first collaborative teen program “Fashion Inspiration Workshop” for girls at The Hivery on June 20th through June 24th.
Uh oh. I’m seeing a pattern, here. And it sounds like, “What I'd really love to do . . .”
One of the beautiful qualities of doing anything in repetition, is that patterns emerge over time. And patterns repeated over time, reveal data, right? And data provides insight. So, the study of patterns reveals knowledge and direction, right? I’m a creative brain and a busy mom to two tweens, so I’ve learned that especially when I’m feeling overwhelmed, it’s helpful to look at patterns in categories like my work, my emotions, or my finances to show me what requires my immediate attention.
One of our wonderful Hivery members, Lisa Rueff, has developed the board game SPARKED to bring women together to celebrate, empower and uplift each other (a like-minded mission with The Hivery!). The game is inspirational, aspirational, full of heart and soul—made by women for women—and it's an absolute blast to play! You'll have a chance to meet Lisa next Thursday at The Hivery Circle Game Night on May 10th! In the meantime, join us for our Q and A as we learn about what inspired the game, and what inspires Lisa to create, connect, and be her best self.
Our culture tends to admire individuals who succeed on their own—those who stand on their own two feet or pull themselves up by their bootstraps. But the idea of creating anything in the vacuum of isolation is a myth, and a lonely one at that. I’ve learned not only through my own creative process, but also through life swings of joy, loss, inspiration, and grief, that asking for support is not only helpful, but imperative.