In which we get crafty.

When I lived in Tallahassee, I frequently would open my home for dinner parties and movie nights. I'd gather together with friends for book club meetings and crafting get-togethers, and it makes me sad when I think about not doing those things anymore. 

But over the past three years, I've discovered that although I don't make time for hosting in my home as much as I used to, or as much as I'd like, I am doing an awful lot of hosting at this store I now call mine. The Bookshelf is the gathering place for all kinds of fun events, and this Thursday, we thought we'd try something a little new: We're breaking open some crafting kits, and we're making our own Zooey Deschanel-inspired brooches. 

Craft night is just $5 a person to cover supplies, and our new Bookshelf interns are hosting the whole thing. (I'll actually get to attend and make a brooch or two! Huzzah!) Not every event works, and crafting night may not seem like a natural fit for a bookstore. But I always want to be willing to try new things, and any time our doors are open a little later, attracting new, friendly faces to the shop, I feel like that's a good thing. I want The Bookshelf to become a cozy, comfortable place for you and your families to spend your time, whether you're reading a good book, learning a new skill (chess lessons coming soon!), or crafting with a group of friends. 

So stop by the shop tomorrow night at 6:00! We'll be open for business, gathered around the table, swapping stories, and working with our hands. I can't wait.

-- Annie