Thursday, March 31, 2011

V.I.P. Night at Gifted Hands Gift Shop

It was V.I.P. night at Gifted Hands Gift Shop the other night.

 My friend Diana and her hubby are heading out on a missions trip to China next week. The entire store was 10% off to encourage friends and family to shop. All of Diana's sales went to fund her missions trip to China. She sells beautiful handmade baby slings, jewelry and home decor.

If your in the area and have a chance to stop into the store you'll be glad you did. Shelley (the owner) has done a great job with the shop. It is more like a boutique. You will find great gifts and certainly something for yourself!

Here's a few more pics of what the shop looked like the other night!

Good luck Diana and thanks to everyone who came out the other night!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Alphabet Photography

Just a quick post today. I finally got all of my letters listed in my Etsy shop! Yea! It was alot of long days editing and listing, but so worth it! I think I might have creative exhaustion however I doubt it. I can't imagine going through a day without creating something. It's funny because I went so long without being creative. You see I grew up crafting. Ya know beading soaps with the little pins and beads for the bathroom, and don't forget the macrame plant hangers. I think I got really courageous when I was tenish and tried to macrame a hanging table. I was around crafts the whole time I was growing up. My mom and my grandfather owned a little craft store in Mt. Washington and I spent alot of time there with them. When I became a teenager I just stopped creating and didn't get back to it until about two years ago. :(  Take it from me life is better when your creating! Here's a few pics of letters to inspire you to create.

So don't forget to try to create something everyday!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Brick and Mortar

Okay so lately I've got the art and craft show fever. I don't know why maybe it's all the snow we've had this winter. As I write this we just got another 6 inches of snow. I thought it was supposed to be spring? I'm an outdoor person and can't wait to get out there!

With all of that said, I've been searching for some good shows. Shows that are well attended, advertised, and organized well. It's hard to know which ones fit that criteria based on a small portion of internet information. I have looked for past show vendor lists for a few that I'm interested in, but for some I can't find a thing.... it's frustrating to say the least. I am interested in Discover Presque Isle Days and think I am just going to take the leap. It's beautiful there in the summer and we'll camp. Is there anything better than that?

 I applied to Handmade Arcade, but sadly :( was not accepted. I was really hoping to get in with my Letter Photography, since right now I am promoting my Pittsburgh Series of letters. But, alas my hometown didn't accept me. It's ok they did send a very nice email stating that they had an overwhelming number of applications and only had 100 vendor spots. They also reminded me to reapply, which I will do. I'm a steel town girl born and breed. It's great to know that the DIY movement is alive and well in Pittsburgh, Pa. Don't forget to visit the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on Saturday April 16, 2011 for the Handmade Arcade!

I'm sure your wondering why I named this post Brick and Mortar if I've been talking about getting out to some shows... Well, I ran across some photos I recently took of some of my designs in the Gifted Hands Gift Shop where I have my things and just thought I would share those with you. I would still like to spotlight Artisans that share the shop, so look for that with great photos in the future! So without further ado..... the photos.....

If anyone knows of any great shows to do please leave me a comment in the comment section....

Have a Great Day!

Monday, March 7, 2011


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