July 25, 2014

Heartwarming ‘Hearts and Crafts’ Fair at the Community Center

 

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2014

Heartwarming ‘Hearts and Crafts’ Fair at the Community Center

What would a Valentine-inspired event be without some sweet treats. (L-R) Community Club volunteers Dayna Miller, Magdalena Spinelli and Kelly Meehan.

The Hearts and Crafts Fair on February 8, a fundraiser for the Topanga Community Club children’s programs and playground, was truly a feast for the senses. Whether it was treats for you and your pooch, fragrant candles and soaps or fabric creations you couldn’t help but touch.

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2014

Heartwarming ‘Hearts and Crafts’ Fair at the Community Center

Ianthe Mauro of Objects with Purpose shows off the ingenious “wearable candle,” which is also a lovely aromatic massage oil and solid perfume.

There were one-of-a-kind handcrafted goods for every taste and every budget.

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2014

Heartwarming ‘Hearts and Crafts’ Fair at the Community Center

Topanga artist Liz Dupuy had colorful monotype prints and ceramics on display.

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2014

Heartwarming ‘Hearts and Crafts’ Fair at the Community Center

Edie Irwin and her daughter, Allie, sold decadent but healthy and allergy-conscious, gluten-free treats from their family’s Rising Hearts Bakery in Culver City.

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2014

Heartwarming ‘Hearts and Crafts’ Fair at the Community Center

Kirsty Iredale, who often shows in Topanga, had lovely handmade pottery for sale.

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2014

Heartwarming ‘Hearts and Crafts’ Fair at the Community Center

Brett Woods visited with Allison Jones, who had samples of her bold paintings from her local Magical World Art Studio on display.

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2014

Heartwarming ‘Hearts and Crafts’ Fair at the Community Center

Artist Vicki Kahle, who recently had a fiber arts exhibit at the Topanga Library, spun wool while an appreciative Elliot Rockwell looked on.

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2014

Heartwarming ‘Hearts and Crafts’ Fair at the Community Center

Artisan Teeg Merchant (L) from Standing Stone Studio talked to Roy Miles (R) about his beautiful handcrafted wooden boxes.

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2014

Heartwarming ‘Hearts and Crafts’ Fair at the Community Center

Wendy Ballam’s company Woody & Bud makes one-of-a-kind knitwear from recycled wool and cashmere.

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2014

Heartwarming ‘Hearts and Crafts’ Fair at the Community Center

Of course the real star of the day was Topanga's Only Playground that received part of the proceeds to help with its upkeep.