Walk into Metro Wines on the 3rd Thursday of the month and there, in the back of the store behind organized rows of reds & whites, you’ll find a gathering of excited DIYers. Stephanie Mergelsberg, the creative mind behind Darned Ideas‘ Meet + Make + Take Craft Nights greets each guest as they arrive and equips them with drink tickets and a paper bag brimming with all the supplies needed for tonights projects and then some.
The Meet + Make + Take Craft Nights are new to Asheville and totally amazing. I watched as dozens of pairs of eager hands skillfully filled kitschy thrift store cups with wax and dried lavender under Stephanie’s gentle guidance. Vats of wax bubbled away on portable burners and it felt like a science class of crafty proportions. Crafters surround the table, sip wine, and share conversations & laughter. I am certain that these nights won’t stay intimate for long–they fit in perfectly with Asheville’s creative culture of DIY enthusiasts.