MWL Gathering

We are beyond thankful as we reflect on this weekend's first ever Made with Love Gathering! We held a brunch for all of our DC featured artists to come and have an opportunity to be around each other and get to know one another if they didn't already. We have gotten to feature over 20 artists just in the DC area and it brought us so much joy to see all of those faces in one room together! 

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Katie came to DC to visit Rachel for the weekend so that we could be together as we hosted this special event. It has been a big part of our dream from the beginning of Made with Love to be able to host gatherings and it has been tough to navigate while living so many states away. Part of our mission statement is to "foster community", and though we have loved getting to do that online so far and will continue to, it was amazing to get to be around all of these other creatives who we have invested in over the last 2 years. We hope to continue these kind of gatherings as much as possible moving forward!

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We had the BEST vendors partner with us for to make this brunch possible. It truly would not have been nearly as beautiful or delicious without a single one of these awesome people.

Location // Appointed Co. 

Florals // Sweet Root Village 

Furniture // Something Vintage

Food // Bailey Weaver

Donuts // Astro Doughnuts

Juice // Greenheart Juice Shop

Coffee // Maketto 

Photography by: Katie Jameson | Tea Shop: Tea Bar, Portland


Katie recently visited Portland and, although this isn't a coffee shop, we LOVE the aesthetic and the delicious caffeine that the tea had to offer! Natural wood, white walls, and pretty plants? Thats a look we can get behind 100% of the time! If you are in Portland and looking for something different than your normal cup of jo, this place is a must! 

Weather + Story | Austin Artist

Photographed by: Katie Jameson | Interview of: Lainey Wright of Weather & Story

How did you get started?      

Weather & Story got its start when I came into a time in life where I had an unusual amount of space and decided to dedicate that space to learning a new craft.  I’ve been a singer-songwriter for many years, so the idea of expanding my creativity into a different realm was exciting.  I also love a good story, and though different in most ways, I believe both songs and well-used leather goods can tell some great stories.. I realize drawing that connection could seem like a stretch to some, but it was enough wind in my sails to get me headed in that direction.  

I started an apprenticeship with a local leather worker, with no real expectations beyond learning the craft.  The more I learned though, the more I really enjoyed it and began to wonder and dream about how I could turn this new hobby into something a bit more like a business.  

Once that little seed was planted, I did my best to water it.. which mostly meant using free time to research more about the business, slowly acquire the tools I needed to get started, dream up products and designs, and bounce ideas off friends and family and mentors.. and slowly but surely W&S was born!  

What influences you? / where do you get your inspiration?

Weather & Story was born out of an appreciation for hard work and good stories, and that continues to influence and inspire me.  The idea of my goods becoming a part of all kinds of stories with all kinds of people makes me really happy!  As far as style and design go, I’ve always been drawn to classic, timeless, beautiful pieces that are also functional, meet a need, and fit seamlessly into my lifestyle.  When I find something that fit this description, I don’t feel burdened by the purchase, but rather excited to add an intentional piece into my life.  This idea heavily influences my creative process for W&S. 

I think life can be lived more freely when we don’t have to spend a good chunk of our time deciding what to wear, what accessories to add, and what items to toss into our bag for the day.  Having consistency and confidence in those daily staples creates more space and time to think about all the other variants of each day and to live a bit less burdened.  Ultimately, I want create pieces that don’t add just more stuff to people’s lives, but instead meet specific needs in order to allow more space to really live.

How do you balance your personal time + work? / how do you create separation?

I recently made a few large strides in finding this balance when I moved into a studio space separate from my living space.  Weather & Story got its start in my tiny bedroom, and while I’m glad that’s how it began and often reminisce on the novelty of those days, it was nearly impossible to separate work life from personal life.  I guess for entrepreneurs and small business owners this is often the case, and maybe that willingness to have your personal life a bit invaded is crucial to moving a business forward.  I’m expecting this balance will continue to ebb and flow with different seasons, but I have recently set in place my “working hours” so that I have some sort of guideline. 

I’m also trying to take weekends as time to enjoy life apart from W&S.  I think insisting on that separation is actually really important for the life of the company.  I have found that refreshment and inspiration in my personal life often flow directly into my creative process for W&S.  Rather than feeling like work life and personal life are fighting against each other, I’ve seen that the two can work together in a way that benefits both me as a person and W&S as a company.  I definitely have not found the perfect sweet spot, but small glimpses of this reality encourage me in the journey (probably life-long) of finding that balance.

What keeps you motivated? / why do you love doing this?

I’m incredibly grateful to be doing something that I really love.  Even in the crazy days and stressful moments, I find that pausing to be thankful and appreciate what I’m doing definitely keeps me excited and motivated. 

I’m also motivated by thinking about the W&S customer and wanting to provide him or her with best end product.  Working with my hands and knowing every detail of every piece that I make is something I really love about my work.  I get really excited dreaming about where the products I’m creating will end up and whose stories they will become a part of.  Sometimes I’ll even create stories for the future of whatever pieces I’m working on.. which maybe sounds a bit nutty, but I promise it’s totally normal when you spend hours each day with these products :)

Oh, and allowing myself space from W&S is also important in staying excited about the company.. again, trying to apply that work + life balance! 

Where do you see yourself in 2-5 years? / what’s next for your brand? 

Gosh, I feel so grateful that Weather & Story will celebrate one whole year as a business in just a few months!  I will say that allowing myself to dream about the future is scary, but I guess it’s also crucial if I want any forward movement.  As far as a business of goods, I’d love to see our pieces in different retail shops around the state over the next year, and eventually we hope to sell our goods all over the country… and I mean, why not all over the world?  I’m excited at the idea of connecting with unique shops that share in our vision in adding meaning and purpose to the lives and stories that our customers are living and sharing. 

As far as the brand as a whole, I really desire for W&S to encourage folks to live simply, buy consciously, and share their time and lives generously!  I really believe people and communities thrive when they care to engage in each others’ stories, and I hope that in some small way we can foster that among our customers.  My aim, as a person and small business owner, is to live and do business with that goal in mind.  I have dreams of creating events that involve art and music and storytelling — fostering community as well as an appreciation for meaningful art. 

Of course I hope to continue to make and sell quality leather goods, but my hope for Weather & Story goes beyond just the exchange of those goods with my customers — I want to offer more of an experience, create new stories, and invite people into a community.  I can’t say I know exactly how we’ll bet there, but that’s what I hope for and believe is next for Weather & Story! 

Photographed by: Rachel Maucieri | Coffee Shop: Atlantic No. 5

I (Rachel) went to Kentucky to spend some time with my family a couple weeks ago and I rarely ever make the trip without going into Louisville and spending some time there at some favorite spots. The last Coffee Run post we did from Louisville was Please and Thank You which is where you can find my absolute favorite chocolate chip cookie! 

The spot that I visited this time was actually new to me, so I was really excited to try a place that has popped up since I have moved. Atlantic No 5 is an awesome cafe in the heart of downtown. Their food looked amazing and the coffee and no bake cookie I got were delicious. The building is beautiful and right there in the middle of all of that lovely Louisville architecture. Check it out if you're in the area!

Feast + Dwell | Austin Artist

Photography by: Katie Jameson | Interview of: Jessica Scott of Feast + Dwell

How did you get started?

Feast & Dwell was originally born out of a love for baking. A couple of years ago I realized that baking was a way for me to wind down and take a breather from work and the general craziness of life. I would choose one day a week to put on records and bake something delicious. I would take photos of what I baked and as I started posting the images, I had people emailing me for the recipes. The more emails I got, the more I started thinking about starting a blog. My vision for the blog wasn’t just to be a food blog. I have always had a heart for cooking/baking specifically for others and my husband and I love having people in our home, so I knew I wanted a blog that would also be centered around hospitality and loving others. That’s how the idea of Feast & Dwell was born!

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What influences you? / Where do you get your inspiration?

My inspiration for hospitality has mostly come from my mom. Growing up our house was the “hang out” house and my mom always had cookies or some treat ready for friends. She was so great at making it a wonderful and safe environment for everyone. In recent years my inspiration has also come from seeing friends love others well in their home and love those around them. 

Trying out different types of food gives me inspiration for what I bake or cook. I love the way that different cultures use different flavors and it always inspires me when I taste a new flavor combination. 

On a more artistic level, the inspiration for the images and styling comes from how I want our house to feel when people walk in the door. I love dimly lit rooms and a more moody and warm atmosphere, so that’s what I try and accomplish in my images. 

How do you balance your personal time + work? / how do you create separation?

Now that we have a kiddo, I feel like I have been more forced to find that separation which has been a good thing for me (I can be the type that works day and night to get things done). Our sweet boy is on a consistent napping schedule during the day, so I use that time to get work done. My mom also watches Liam on Thursdays so those are my designated days for getting a lot of work and meetings done.
Before kids, I used cooking dinner as a way to wind down from the work day, put work aside, and get into a restful mindset for the duration of the evening.

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What keeps you motivated?/ Why do you love doing this?

This is a topic that I’m so passionate about and knowing that I can help others cultivate community and make their space a refuge for those around them gives me all the joy in the world. I have such a longing to see homes filled with friends, neighbors, and coworkers, sharing a meal together and sharing life with one another. I honestly think this is something that we all long for and knowing I can help people create that in their home keeps me motivated.

Where do you see yourself in 2-5 years? / What’s next for your brand? 

In 2-5 years I want to be one of the go-to blogs for inspiration on hosting and hospitality and all that involves. I want to hear stories of how my blog inspired people to bring others into their home and break down the walls that we can so easily build between us and others. 

I also want the Feast & Dwell Shop to blossom into an incredible, curated shop filled with handmade goods for the home and kitchen. I want people to be inspired by these items and use them for when they have people over or just for everyday life with their family.

Lastly, I want to be hosting events - such as baking and cooking classes - where I can also share hospitality and hosting tips and motivate people to share their space and make it a safe and inviting environment.