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Hello, and welcome to Riverside Atelier!
A little chilly outside? Right over there is a table with fresh coffee that Craig, he owns "The Wood Shoppe", just made; brewed in the French press, robust and strong! People say that I'm a "coffee snob", but I'm not so sure about that. Anyway, beside the coffee is a tray of absolutely delicious cookies that Hannah just pulled from the oven. My, how that girl can cook! Just the other day I told her I was going to resign and let her take over the cooking; that idea flew like a led balloon. Hmm, in thinking about it, maybe we should add a cookie shoppe. Currently, she works with me in "The Fiber Shoppe", as well as runs "The Piggies Market".
Back to the table, next to the cookies there's a basket of assorted teas, and that carafe to the left is full of hot water for steeping. The pitcher with the grape motif holds cool spring water if that's more to…

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  • Joined August 27, 2011

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About

Hello, and welcome to Riverside Atelier!
A little chilly outside? Right over there is a table with fresh coffee that Craig, he owns "The Wood Shoppe", just made; brewed in the French press, robust and strong! People say that I'm a "coffee snob", but I'm not so sure about that. Anyway, beside the coffee is a tray of absolutely delicious cookies that Hannah just pulled from the oven. My, how that girl can cook! Just the other day I told her I was going to resign and let her take over the cooking; that idea flew like a led balloon. Hmm, in thinking about it, maybe we should add a cookie shoppe. Currently, she works with me in "The Fiber Shoppe", as well as runs "The Piggies Market".
Back to the table, next to the cookies there's a basket of assorted teas, and that carafe to the left is full of hot water for steeping. The pitcher with the grape motif holds cool spring water if that's more to your liking. The little bowl beside it has lemon and lime wedges for either tea or water. After getting your refreshments come sit with me over there by the fire and I'll tell you about our store. Oh, by the way, my name is Cheryl; and you are? It's so nice to meet you!

Pardon me? Oh, how long have we been in business? Well, the actual opening of our store has only been a few years, but the designing and creating has been over 40 years. Around the age of eight I began spending my evenings at the kitchen table writing poetry, drawing landscapes, florals, faces, and designing clothes while my family enjoyed evening TV, and activities of their own. It was at that kitchen table a dream was conceived inside of me to have a business of my own where I could create beautiful things for others to enjoy.
At the age of nine I was introduced to my first pair of knitting needles by a friend of my mother's, but it wasn't till my later teens that I exchanged pencils for needles. Due to the loss of my sight it was not possible to derive the same pleasure from drawing as before, though I tried, it just wasn't the same. The pictures that once emerged on paper would now find their voice in either a crochet hook and yarn, or from my knitting needles. Isn't it amazing how, accompanied by the grace of God, we can find ways to carry out the things we so passionately want to do? I can imagine there are plenty of things that have presented themselves as obstacles in your way and your determination, coupled with the kindness of God, kindness you didn't even realize was extended to you, gave you the strength needed, to climb over and press on. Yes?
What were we talking about? Oh yes, I remember now. So, through the years, like many artisans I know, lots of things have been made and most of it found its way out my door in gift boxes or wrapping paper. Of the things made for myself, I could count on half a hand. There's something so entirely satisfying about creating something for someone, and tasting their pleasure in receiving and enjoying it. It's not about just making something, but creating something with personality, something that's personal to the taste of another; something that they relate to; that makes them feel absolutely lovely when worn. Do you know what I mean?
That's really what motivates us here. Sometimes people find something they enjoy doing, do it well, and so decide to make of business of it. What motivates them is earning a living by doing the thing they love. Then, there's those who do what they do whether paid or not. In fact, they cannot not do it; it's just a part of who they are; they have to create! It's like a living thing inside of them desperately wanting to be born, to be given life, and it's pure satisfaction watching it take form. There's something miraculous about the transformation of an invisible thought into something visible, a tangible creation, don't you think? And that's who we are here at Riverside Atelier.

Craig, as mentioned before, owns "The Wood Shoppe", and, from childhood, has been inventing things. His employment is that of a computer technician, but I venture to say, that like most Einstein's, he works because it's necessary and if he had his druthers he'd be in his workshop winding coils, making sparks, harnessing ways to maximize solar power, making motors, or using his wood tools to fashion something completely unique. Though it's called "The Wood Shoppe", you really don't know what you'll find in there. Just as long as it doesn't move and breathe we'll be fine; right? One thing you can know, his love for originality, perfection and quality is seen in everything he makes.

Hannah, one of our precious daughters, is a fragrant rose in it's unfolding bloom whose talents and interests are many. Photography, music, singing, painting, cooking, crafting, writing, reading, knitting, spinning, are just a few. She's a great asset to all that's done around here, from secretarial to making certain dinner is served, because mom's got a deadline, she makes sure that little gaps in life get filled. That same attentiveness is given to the lovely things she creates; you won't find any gaps in that either. She takes the framework of a normal days activities and paints it full of color; sometimes practical, sometimes humorous and playful, but always sincere, meaningful, and with purpose, just like the stitches on her needles. She is thorough, loving the work of detailing.

I hope this gives you a glimpse of who we are and the pleasure we take in making what we do. It's our sincere hope that you have as much enjoyment with your purchase as we had in creating it just for you.
Whatever shoppe you visit while here, be assured you are buying something made with care, love of artistic beauty, quality of craftsmanship, and the desire to bring you enjoyment, pride of ownership, and very satisfied you made a purchase at Riverside Atelier.

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