Thursday, December 3, 2009
The former church turned art and community space will be buzzing with activity as vendors selling handmade wares including plush dolls, natural body products like soap and bath salts, unique t-shirts, reconstructed clothing, items for babies and kids, jewelry, house wares, hand pressed greeting cards and more. If you have not yet started shopping for the holidays, you can fill your list in this one spot – better yet, wait to begin your shopping at I Made It!
To fuel your shopping excursion, the Union Project will offer lunch items and coffee at their café and will also be selling ceramics made onsite in their downstairs studio. To learn more about the market visit our website at www.imadeimarket.com or visit our blog at www.imadeitmarketblog.com to read about our talented artists. Visit the Union Project’s website at www.unionproject.org.
DIRECTIONS: GOOGLE MAP
Friday, October 30, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
The event will have a fort for the children to explore, a storywalk, food and arts vendors, live music and entertainment, vintage cars, and more.
Come help celebrate 100 years of Grandview Park on Mt. Washington. I hope to see you there.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Crafts N’At is handmade crafty awesomeness: Pittsburgh style. Come out to get inspired, support local artists, enjoy some BBQ, to check out an amazing array of goods/services in the silent auction and raffle, to support a good cause, and to have fun!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
A customer at my table at McCarren Park
Watching the crowd at South Side Works during a rare, quiet moment.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Just a steel town girl on a summer night
Looking for the craft of her life
In the real time world no one sees her at all
They all say she's crazy
Locking rhythms to the beat of her tools
Changing movement into her art
She has crafted into the danger zone
When the crafter becomes the craft.
She's a maniac on the floor
And she's crafting like she's never crafted before
She's a maniac maniac on the floor
And she's crafting like she's never crafted before
The original lyrics can be found here.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
When I was quite young, my Gram planted a strawberry patch simply because I loved them. Over the years, the patch grew and produced more berries than we could eat fresh, so Gram began making freezer jam and freezing bags of sliced, sugared berries that could be thawed for strawberry shortcakes or topping ice cream even in the middle of winter. With strawberries in season, my boys and I enjoyed the annual Strawberry Festival at Triple B Farms this past weekend. We enjoyed a breakfast of strawberry pancakes and bought strawberries to bring home. Today, faced with the fact that we'd eaten all we could before they got to the point of being overly ripe, we decided to preserve our own small bit of early summer in jars. Sadly, these five jars won't last long once they start having peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwiches or jam on toast so we'll be making more early next week. Fortunately, freezer jam is quite easy to make.
Strawberry Freezer Jam
2 cups crushed strawberries (we use a potato masher)
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
4 cups sugar
(1) 1.75 oz. pkg. fruit pectin
3/4 cup water
1. Combine fruit and lemon juice in a large bowl. Add sugar, mix thoroughly. Let stand 10 minutes.
2. Combine fruit pectin and water in a small saucepan. Bring water to a rolling boil and boil, while stirring, for 1 minute.
3. Add cooked pectin to fruit mixture. Stir for 3 minutes.
4. Ladle jam into jars (I save ones we've emptied over the year, then clean, & sterilize them) , leaving 1/2 inch head space. Apply caps and let jam stand in refrigerator until set, but no more than 24 hours. Serve immediately, refrigerate up to 3 weeks, or freeze up to 1 year.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
I'll be at the I Made It! Cozy at the American Jewish Museum SUNDAY, June 7 from 2 - 6 pm. Enter the JCC on Darlington Road (near Forbes Ave.)
40+ local craftspeople come together to celebrate the American Jewish Museum's current exhibit, Nests, and to offer crafty objects for your own nest. Artist Anna Divinsky examines birds' nests as a metaphor for Jewish immigrants finding and building new homes in the United States. She is creating a larger-than-life nest installation in the museum and leading workshops with people of different age groups from diverse communities, exploring memories of leaving home and building a new life. During I Made It! Cozy, Ms. Divinsky will give demonstrations about her techniques and conduct workshops with visitors.
I Made It! vendors will be contributing handmade items to be auctioned off with proceeds benefiting the American Jewish Museum.
To learn more about the AJM and Anna Divinsky's exhibition, visit the AJM's website.To learn about some of the IMI vendors participating in this market, visit the IMI blog.
In July, I can also be found vending on the South Side as I Made It! Market joins the South Side Works' EXPOSED ARTIST'S MARKET
July 10, 5 - 10 pm July 11, 2 - 10 pm July 12, 2 - 6 pm
Spend an afternoon and stay into the evening...wander through the artist's market to find fine arts and unique one-of-a-kind goods, stay and dine in the South Side Works or enjoy festival foods from local vendors. Check out the sidewalk sales and enjoy the lineup of live musicians.
Vendors: Apply Here
Friday, May 29, 2009
For some reason, I simply can't seem to force myself to tackle chores I find to be monotonous without breaking them down into small, manageable chunks. Due to that fact, I only finished going through all my vacation photos last Friday, and am now finally getting back to the blog.
Tuesday, we headed to the Aquarium and got there just after they opened. The boys were so excited to be heading into the aquarium, they wouldn't even stand still long enough for me to get a good shot.
In the interest of finally finishing this series of posts, I'm going to just sum up the rest of the trip quickly here so I can move on to other topics and hope to soon post about some of my new art projects.
Friday, we spent the majority of the day driving to Williamsburg, VA which is a convenient halfway point on the way home and gave us a chance to spend the following day at Busch Gardens. The boys had a great time and even though rain was forecast for the day it held off until around dinner time so we were able to enjoy a full day at the park.
Kendall decided he was hot needed to stand where the Escape from Pompeii ride splashes down. He got cooled off in a hurry.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Once Kendall decided to join us, I had the second dozen eggs finished boiling so he could also color 12 (I must be fair and keep things even). His eggs took on a similar theme in keeping with his older brother's ideas. By the time they were finished, I had two dozen boiled, colored Easter eggs. There is a limit to how many hard boiled eggs we can eat. So, I was faced with the dilemma that faces so many others this time of year. What to do with all the leftover Easter eggs?
My personal favorite way to use the extra hard boiled eggs is to make egg salad, by chopping the egg and mixing it with mayonnaise and mustard until it looks right, then adding some chopped dill pickles to the mix. It makes delicious sandwiches.
For a slightly more fancy way to use some of the leftover eggs, you could also make deviled eggs:
Best Deviled Eggs (from my Southern Living Cookbook)
6 hard-cooked eggs
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 Tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt
Dash of pepper
Slice eggs in half lengthwise, and carefully remove yolks. Mash yolks with mayonnaise. Add relish, mustard, salt, and pepper; stir well. Spoon yolk mixture into egg whites. Sprinkle with paprika. Yield: 6 servings
Enjoy! Feel free to comment with additional ideas about other ways to use leftover Easter eggs.
More pictures of our egg coloring adventures can be viewed on Flickr.
Monday, March 16, 2009
While growing up, I spent every weekend I could with my paternal grandmother. She was an avid gardener and instilled a love of gardening in me. Perhaps it was just the time we spent outside together, or perhaps it was the promise of taking a break as a reward for hard work, a concept which I grew so fond of that she would later tell me I wanted to take a break every 5 minutes. Regardless of the reason, she taught me the value of putting forth effort to achieve a desired goal and that hard work would be rewarded. She grew up on a farm, during the depression, in the rural south. This shaped her in ways I never fully understood until many years later. I did, however, even as a child, understand that she grew flowers for their beauty and fragrance and that she didn't grow fruits and vegetables because she didn't have to. The only exception was one apricot tree. After seeing how much I enjoyed the strawberries and cream one of her neighbors shared with me, she planted a strawberry patch just for me. This event would later become a rather momentous occasion in our history together, but enough reminiscing, I must return to my springtime tale of feline woe.
My gardens are cottage style with plants springing up in unexpected places as seeds fall and sprout where they choose. Years ago, I planted a border of flowering herbs in my vegetable patch to attract bees and beneficial insects. The plants have long since escaped the confines of the border and bloom freely throughout the vegetables. I don't mind as it has resulted in adding beauty and fragrance to the vegetable patch while attracting bees for pollination. The downside of this is that I now have several catnip plants growing throughout this area. Where the leaves covered them throughout the winter, they are already growing and the mere process of clearing the leaves away sends out a fragrance that beckons to cats from yards away. Stray cats seem to adopt us, and soon, one of them was happily nibbling on catnip and rolling around in the warm, freshly tilled soil. I don't begrudge him his indulgence of catnip, as I plant it for my feline friends after all, but I envision trampled seedlings in the months to come. If I didn't already have a surplus of house cats, due in part to taking in strays, these garden pests would enjoy a trip to the vet and a home inside but sadly, this is not an option. So, I continue to feed them outside, offer them shelter, and even allow them to sleep inside our enclosed porch next to a heater on cold nights and ponder how to defeat these feline garden nemeses.
After much research, it appeared that my best options are introducing smells cats dislike (such as citrus peel, coffee grounds, and lavender) and utilizing chicken wire. Unfortunately, these cats must have missed the memo that citrus peel was supposed to keep them out of the garden. Last summer I introduced a recycling bin for coffee grounds in the office and utilized the grounds for mulch around acid loving shrubs and as an addition to my compost pile. My feline friends did tend to avoid the areas where I used the grounds, but since I'm currently between day jobs I'll have to try to encourage a nearby Starbucks to give me their grounds or resort to other methods. In the meantime, I'll try planting my vegetables in small areas at a time so I can surround the area with chicken wire until the seedlings have grown large enough to avoid being destroyed by a frolicking feline. Hopefully, if I allow them access to small patches of catnip, they'll allow me the undisturbed use of the rest of my garden.
Friday, March 13, 2009
For those of you reading this who live in the United States, I know many of us are concerned about the economy and how we can do our small part to stimulate it. I've given this much thought and my solution is to shop from other US shops and companies. To help my local economy I buy from local companies whenever I can. As the weather warms, I will soon be buying my fruits and vegetables from local Farms and Farmers Markets.
Purchasing an item from Etsy sellers who also live in the United States is a great way to stimulate the economy. Support independant artisans and buy a unique handmade item for a gift or for yourself. Even in tough economic times we all need little indulgences. A small purchase for yourself can bring large rewards in the smiles it elicits. Buying vintage also accomplishes this while helping the environment and keeping lovely items like the pillow pictured above out of landfills.
This post began as a way to say thanks to a fellow blogger who noticed one of my items and ended up being a bit of a rant about something that' s been much on my mind of late. In light of this rant, I think Etsy should adopt a new tagline: "Save the economy one item at a time!"
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I frequently repurpose food packaging, such as cereal boxes or cracker boxes, for inserts while packaging to stiffen envelopes, or as a basis for a gift tag or collage. For some of my collages, I cut a shape out of a cereal box and then build my collage over the shape, such as an egg for Easter, a Shamrock for St. Patrick's Day, or a heart as the basis for my original poem "Key to My Heart" mixed media collage.
The latest venture took me into the world of ACEO's and thanks to a tip from ArtSnark, I discovered a fabulous blog called Paper Mischief. This blog led me to the fabulous images I used in my ACEO's which I built on a cracker box piece, cut to the requisite 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 size. Her Past Portraits group on Flickr provided a fabulously generous source of images and inspiration.
My favorite of these is my piece I entitled Steampunk Fairy. His wings are made of brass stampings that I antiqued (using a process I'll post a tutorial for in my next blog post), and his thought bubbles are made from vintage watch gears.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
As many of you know I live in Western PA, not too far from Punxsutawney and the home of the famous groundhog Phil. Sadly, despite cold, cloudy skies here outside Pittsburgh, Phil saw his shadow, thus forecasting six more weeks of winter. Sometimes it feels like spring will never come! But, as there's nothing any of us can do about the weather, I try to make the best of it.
Groundhog Day is celebrated annually, in the United States and Canada, on February 2nd. According to folklore, if the groundhog emerged from his burrow and didn't see his shadow he'd leave the burrow signifying that winter was about to end. However, if he did see his shadow, he'd retreat into his burrow for another six weeks of winter. Wikipedia has a lengthy entry about the history of the day.
My favorite explanation of the history is as follows: "In the United States the tradition may also derive from a Scottish poem:
As the light grows longer
The cold grows stronger
If Candlemas be fair and bright
Winter will have another flight
If Candlemas be cloud and snow
Winter will be gone and not come again
A farmer should on Candlemas day
Have half his corn and half his hay
On Candlemas day if thorns hang a drop
You can be sure of a good pea crop"
Ben Hughes, handler of the weather-predicting groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, holds Phil in the air after removing him from his stump at Gobbler's Knob on Groundhog Day, Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, in Punxsutawney, Pa. The Groundhog Club said Phil saw his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
I moved from Seattle, WA to Pittsburgh, PA in January 1997, the day after my Gram's birthday, so I wasn't anywhere close to home for my birthday that year. After moving here, it became increasingly difficult to make it home for Christmas. The next two years I literally couldn't afford to go, but Christmas 1999, when my oldest son was just past 1 year old, we made the trip. This would be the last Christmas I would spend with my Gram. Until this past Christmas, it was also the last time I'd been with my family over the holidays.