With the help of her daughter, Debbie Toedebusch, Washington, has opened her home to crafters and “wannabe” crafters by starting a new business — Make and Take Craft Weekend.
The idea is simple. A group of people who want to get away, be pampered, be inspired, shop or just enjoy the company of other crafters, get together for a weekend to do just that.
The business is located in Toedebusch’s garage at 410 Fair St. with entry from a side door, painted green. Inside, what was once a two-car garage has been transformed into a crafters’ paradise, with bright yellow walls, sewing machines, endless craft supplies and handmade crafts hanging on every wall.
Toedebusch and her daughter Tia Kluesner, who have been crafting together for years, were inspired to start the business when they attended a similar event in Kansas earlier this year. They also had been selling items at craft fairs and people would often ask them for tips.
“We realized this is something we would like to do,” said Toedebusch said. “Washington is such a cool town. We thought we could do this in our own town.”
Weekend participants will do paper crafts, sewing projects, painting and other projects.
The women hope people right here in Franklin County take advantage of the craft weekends, as well as visitors from far and wide. The business will pick up guests arriving via plane or train.
“Our goal is to pull people from all over,” Toedebusch said.
Once there, crafters will make one craft Friday evening, followed by dinner. On Saturday, visitors will have breakfast prepared for them and then time to browse shops in Downtown Washington, eat lunch at a local restaurant, make another craft project and have dinner.
Breakfast also will be provided Sunday and crafters will have time to finish any remaining projects before departing.
Participants won’t find out what they’re making until they arrive, Kluesner noted, adding that the team has a “signature” tote bag that everyone will create.
In a pre-launch event, participants made infinity scarves with crafted pins, scrapped wire letters and words, flip flop decorations and other crafts.
The weekend fee is all inclusive, as Toedebusch has transformed her basement into a bed and breakfast that sleeps nine. Meals and craft supplies also are included in the price.
One bedroom has six twin-size beds with handmade quilts and pillows, as well as crafts adorning the walls. The other room is smaller with three beds.
Toedebusch and Kluesner plan to offer holiday and other themed weekends and even mini-sessions.
They also will offer a craft night the second Thursday of each month, where people can some to the craft house to work on projects. For an additional fee, people can use one of the four sewing machines available.
In addition to crafting, both Kluesner and Toedebusch said they’re excited to show off the community. In fact, they planned several of their weekends around events happening in Washington so participants can experience what the city has to offer.
They are currently seeking sponsors to donate items for “swag bags” for participants.
“I’m looking forward to bringing people from out of town and out of state into town, being able to make new friends, meet new people and give people the opportunity to do something they’ve never done before,” Toedebusch said.
Kluesner said she thinks people will enjoy the pampering, whether it’s a bridal shower, girls night out or one of the mini sessions.
“You don’t have to lift a plate,” Kluesner said. “It’s nice to get away and take a weekend for yourself.”
A list of Make and Take Craft Weekend dates is available online, at makeandtakecraftweekend.com. More information also is available on facebook.