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Quick & Simple Frame & Matte Guide + Diagrams

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So you bought a piece of artwork that you love, yay! Now what?

Yep. As printmakers and sellers we get these questions on daily basis from our online shops and in person at craft & art fairs. If you are wholly unfamiliar with the elements of framing prints and artwork it can seem like a math puzzle with multiple sets of numbers to keep straight. But really? It’s simple, we promise.

And to prove it, I’ve broken down the main elements in the below diagrams that I illustrated for you. Ta-da!

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The 3 Basic Framing Elements:

  1. Artwork: The print, water color painting, vintage wallpaper, etc. that you want to display. This will be the smallest element in size. Shown here as my illustration of a tulip, including the entire artwork area.
  2. Matte: A thick paperboard “frame” with an opening where your artwork will be centered. Mattes can be any color (white or black are the most common), any width, and you can even “double matte” (or triple matte if you are feeling ultra fancy) artwork by layering 2 different sized mattes over one another and over your artwork to be framed. Your matte will be longer and wider than your artwork at it’s outer dimensions, but the inside opening will cover the edges of your artwork (the green areas as above) for a seamless fit. The matte doesn’t have to cover your artwork uniformly, it just needs to lay over the edges so that your artwork is centered in the matte’s opening.
  3. Frame: The frame that you choose, yep, it’s pretty self-explanatory. But like mattes, frames come in many sizes, but also in a wide variety of materials such as metal and wood, and in practically any color and finish that you can imagine. The frame will be your largest sized element, and like the matte goes over the edges of your artwork? Your frame will go over the outer edges of your matte (which in turn are over the outer edges of your artwork).  Framing is basically a layering game!

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However, note that a matte can be an optional element of your framed art, depending on your style and the artwork itself. Above you see a my diagram of the same artwork in a frame, but without a matte. To illustrate that difference further below are two examples of our Ghost Ship By Day Print framed, one with and one without a matte.

Example A:

With a matte below, in the upper right corner (photo by a sweet customer with great taste in prints @mylittlecherry on Instagram):

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Example B:

And the same print without a matte in the middle between two cuties (photo by one of our lovely retailers @apple.village on Instagram):Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 3.24.01 PM

As for the actual framing? Again, lots of choices to fit every aesthetic and budget are available. We love our local Frame Shops here in Pittsburgh:

We adore three places online that have great frames and mattes and both places offer all American Made materials, plus all frames and mattes are cut to your specs, which is amazing and really great. They all ship quickly and safely. All very affordably!

  • Frame USA – Our favorite online go-to! No really. For DIY framing or bulk frames, and super specific specs and variety Frame USA is the tops. All of their materials and frames are made here in the USA, featuring an incredible selection of reclaimed and first-use wood, metal, and composite frames in a huge array of color options, including mattes and accessories from super affordable to super high end. They make framing projects so easy.
  • All Barn Wood – many of their frames have a more rustic and camp vibe with lots of reclaimed wood options.
  • Matteboard And More – offers custom size, color, and material options in mattes, backing boards, frames and show kits and more.

There are of course off great off the shelf options these days now too at places like IKEA, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond also where frames usually come with a matte included. If you are going that route, we suggest that you find a frame that you like, and then get a matte custom cut to your artwork’s size for about $10 at places like Michael’s & JoAnn’s craft stores, or at your local favorite framery (see ours above) or art supply shop.

So there you go! If you have any questions feel free to comment below. We hope that this post helps you get you new artwork up & beautifully displayed.

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T-Shirt Art Show with Lightning Bug Gift Co!

(Above: strawberryluna’s Forget Me Not Flower Birds tee for the Tshirt Art Show by Lightning Bug Gift Co.)

The T-Shirt Art Show! We’re thrilled to be a part of this wonderful project by our good friends at Lightning Bug Gift Co that is helping artists help artists stay on their feet and survive financially during the coronavirus pandemic.

For us late late Spring – Winter is a time full of art festivals and craft shows. We do about 12-15 shows a year, all around the country and those kinds of shows + wholesale comprise the majority annual income. Not to mention our social lives! So many of our closest friends are folks we’ve met through our travels and at art fairs.

But, clearly due to the coronavirus pandemic that way of life has changed. Traveling to do shows and sell our artwork in person has been put on the backseat for the foreseeable future, likely well into 2021 heartbreakingly.

So when our friends Lightning Bug Gift Co hatched this virtual pop-up shop plan and invited us to be a part of it? Well, we couldn’t say yes fast enough!

Our Pennsylvania Dutch folkart inspired design, Forget Me Not Flower Birds will only be available *exclusively* through the The T-Shirt Art Show website and for a limited time only so don’t snooze, or you’ll lose! All shirts are available for pre-order from July 5th-19th. All shirts will ship by August 3rd. Click here to purchase our Forget Me Not Flower Birds Tshirt and to see all of the designs in this time-limited show click here.

(Above: Lightning Bug Gift Co’s Tshirt Art Show, all hand printed tees with designs by working artists, hand printed in Pennsylvania.)

Here’s how it works for all of the artists involved:

Many of our shows through September have been cancelled, and while we know this is for the best, we’ll really miss seeing all our art show friends this summer. We decided to put together a little t-shirt art show so we can check-in with our friends and help recoup some of all of our lost sales from canceled shows + you can get some new shirts with fun artwork!

$10 from each shirt sales goes directly to the artist and we use what’s left to cover garment, printing, and shipping costs. All shirts are available for pre-order from July 5th-19th. After the preorder closes we’ll need two weeks to print and ship all the orders, so all orders will ship by August 3rd. Support the arts and get come cool gear = win/win!

For our design, we reached back into Allison’s childhood in Southeastern PA and worked with traditional Pennsylvania Dutch symbolism via color, flowers, and birds with some strawberryluna style updates for a little hexology in every shirt. We chose Forget Met Nots for the flowers over the more traditional Tulip motif, as we are all a little lonely in quarantine and social distancing mode. Blue represents Protection, Calm, and Peace. The goldenrod orange-yellow color symbolizes Abundance, Love, Health, and Sunshine, while the Red connects to strong emotions of Love and Creativity. The 2 birds connected to the Forget Me Not stems are Distelfinks, small Goldfinches, symbolizing Double Good Luck & Happiness, and when facing away from each other like Doves of Peace, they also represent Trust.

Below are all of the Tshirts and designs on sale now through July 19th., 2020. The participating artists are (in the order shown):

Virtual Three Rivers Arts Festival – 2020 Coronavirus Edition

The strawberryluna booth at a previous Three Rivers Arts Festival. (Photo credit Larry Berman.)

2020, what a year. Already. Normally I would be in our booth in downtown Pittsburgh right now at the Three Rivers Arts Festival. Unsurpisingly many art festivals and fairs had to cancel this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing. The wonderful and huge 10 day long Three Rivers Arts Festival is clearly among them. Typically drawing in up to 500,000 visitors over the course of the Festival, TRAF transformed into a virtual Festival this year from June 5-14, 2020. Why? As the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Says: “Because art matters, and that’s really the heart of our iconic, one-of-a-kind Festival. We wouldn’t miss it for the world. Read our full statement here and follow us @CulturalTrust for updates.”

This time is challenging all around, and art festival artists like us are especially hard hit. For us personally, art fairs and festivals make up about 60% – 75% of our annual business and sales. Meaning that we expect to lose 60% – 75% of our studio’s income this year. So the financial loss is massive to full time working artists. Additionally we are truly missing the lively and fun in-person interactions with thousands of people talking about everything from art, to movies, to dogs, to yes…the rain! The best part about this Virtual Arts Fest? Rain won’t be an issue!

Three Rivers Arts Fest built a really beautiful website with lots of ways to find and share your favorite parts of the Three Rivers experience, click around and explore! All of the artists would be immensely grateful for any support. One benefit to the Virtual TRAF? We ship! Anywhere and everywhere. So you don’t even have to find parking, or wade through crowds. Our website shop is here, and our Etsy Shop with our new line of Petite Prints is here. You can explore the Virtual Artists Market here and visit the artists social media accounts to see how we make our work, or visit our websites (like ours here) and web shops too to buy original art from hard working, and now hard hit artists from around the country.

Our Pittsburgh, City of Bridges Prints in grey. Teal is also available and both colorways come in different sizes. And yes! Can be bought together or separately.

We know this time has been and will continue to be very hard for so many. We have been making substantial donations to organizations that are dedicated to doing the most good like the Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and more. And we will continue our weekly donations of all online sales to direct action organizations throughout these times for as long as we can. So each purchase from us also helps many in our community. For real.

Our Peacebird hand pulled silkscreen art print. Available in our online shops!

Below are some of the other ways to explore the 2020 Virtual Three Rivers Arts Festival. Click on the images to go and check them out.

And finally, we hope that you stay safe and well during the pandemic and this time.

Winter Market by Handmade Arcade in Market Square

Wrap up the year with the new Handmade Arcade Winter Market!
Winter Market Dates: Saturday 12/28 – Tuesday 12/31
Winter Market Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Pick up a New Year’s treat for yourself or a friend when Handmade Arcade takes over the Holiday Market chalets with extended dates and new artists.
Support local artists, crafters, and Pittsburgh makers at this new holiday shopping experience, only open for a limited time. Scroll down for the complete vendor listing, with new vendors being added.

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Hello Handmade Arcade 2019!

Hooray! Hooray! It’s finally Handmade Arcade Time! Our favorite show of the year is the 15th annual incredible showcase of handmade artists, makers, and crafters not just from around the Western PA region but from around the country.

We will have many new goodies and classic favorites at our booth for all of your Holiday gift and Treat Yo’self needs!

Details on all 3 ways to experience Handmade Arcade, do Handmade Arcade are below:

  1. Friday Night Preview Party, Friday, December 6 5:30 to 8 p.m
  2. Early Birdie Shopping Hour, tickets $15
  3. Handmade Arcade Official on Saturday December 7th itself, FREE TO ATTEND!

Hours & Location:

  • The David L. Lawrence Convention Center is located at 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
  • Handmade Arcade proper is from 11am-7pm on Saturday December 7, 2018 – one day only! And Handmade Arcade is FREE TO ATTEND.
  • The Friday Night Preview Party: is the night before Handmade Arcade on Friday December 6, 2019 from 5:30 – 8pm for $20.
  • Early Birdie Shopping Hour: is a great way to experience Handmade Arcade minus the crowds and enjoy the exclusive opportunity to shop one hour before the event opens to the public, from 10-11am on Saturday December 8, 2018 for $15.

Handmade Arcade presents an annual marketplace that:

  • Showcases 250 innovative craft-based artists, designers and makers from around the region and country
  • Empowers makers of all ages
  • Recruits emerging and established artists, new and returning vendors and under-served audiences
  • Features arts groups, nonprofits and individual artists in its popular Hands-on Handmade Activity Area
  • Bolsters the local craft and maker economy
  • Connects artists to more than 12,000 attendees in one day
  • Stimulates economic opportunity and growth
  • Features never-before-seen emerging artists in its Craft Corridor
  • Supports Youth Makers through a scholarship program

 

Holiday Chalet in Market Square 2019

It’s the Holidays yinz!

And we’re so happy to be back as vendor-artists the 8th Annual Peoples Gas Holiday Market again this year. The Market will kick off on Friday, November 23rd on Light Up Night and will run through December 23rd, 2018. We at strawberryluna are sharing an adorable & hygge af wooden Chalet (see below) with our friend Worker Bird right Downtown in Market Square. We have so many new handmade holiday gifts and wares like our Pittsburgh Bridges Prints, Tea Towels, PGH Ornaments, Enamel Pins, PGH Mugs and more! All of which are perfect for gift giving for friends, family, and even just for you! Come out and get into the Holiday spirit!
Experience a one-of-a-kind shopping village as you stroll through an illuminated Market Square, weaving through wooden chalets brimming with high-quality gifts. Click here to see a list of vendors.

Inspired by the original German Christkindlmarkts (or “Christmas Market”), the Peoples Gas Holiday Market brings a cherished European tradition to Pittsburgh with an international flair, a touch of local charm, and a pinch of sugar, spice, and everything nice. From Friday, November 16th – Saturday, December 23rd, drop on by Market Square in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh to see for yourself! As you weave through the Alpine-style wooden chalets, brimming with high quality gifts, you’ll experience a one-of-a-kind holiday shopping experience.

Location & Hours:

Peoples Gas Holiday Market
2 Market Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

November 22 – December 23, 2018

Monday – Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
(Closed Thanksgiving)

 

A Fair in the Park 2019!

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Hello Pittsburgh friends! It’s time for the 50th Annual A Fair In The Park! And it’s so nice for us to do a show here at home. So come on out and see us + 100+ other amazing handcraft artists from around the region. We will be Booth #66, in a corner spot the lower section under the trees

A Fair In The Park – Friday September 6th – Sunday September 8th, 2019 at Mellon Park, in Pittsburgh PA. Presented by the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh, entirely artist run A Fair in the Park is held in the lush surroundings of Pittsburgh’s Mellon Park. An estimated 20,000 dedicated visitors enjoy the opportunity to interact with over 100 regional and national artists working in a variety of mediums including clay, fiber, wood, jewelry, glass, metal, mixed media, and two-dimensional art. For more info CLICK HERE.

  • What A Fair In The Park, is held in the lush surroundings of Pittsburgh’s Mellon Park. An estimated 20,000 dedicated visitors enjoy the opportunity to interact with over 100 regional and national artists working in a variety of mediums including clay, fiber, wood, jewelry, glass, metal, mixed media, and two-dimensional art. A Fair In The Park is FREE to attend and very family friendly!
  • Where: is held in the lush surroundings of Pittsburgh’s Mellon Park located at 6300 Fifth Ave. Pittsburgh PA 15232 in Shadyside / Point Breeze.
  • When: September 6-8, 2018. The show hours are FRI: 1pm-7pm, SAT: 10am-7pm, and SUN: 10am-5pm.
  • Why: Because local & handmade are best!

We will have lots of our hand pulled silkscreen Art Prints, our popular screenprinted Alphabet Prints, our silkscreen printed Rock Posters, all of our current Greeting Cards (some examples below) and lots of new goodies along with us so come on out and enjoy the summer day celebrating handcraft and art by working artists and craftspeople.

 

See you soon Woodland Art Fair & Lexington, KY!

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Hello Lexington! We’re thrilled to be heading your way again this weekend for the the 44th annual 2019 Woodland Art Fair. You will find us at Booth #114, closest to High Street.

Brought to you by The Lexington Art League and Lexington Parks & Recreation The Woodland Art Fair dates, times, and location are:

  • Saturday August 17th, 2019 – 10am-6pm
  • Sunday, August 18th, 2019 – 10am-5pm
  • Throughout beautiful Woodland Park, 601 East High Street, Lexington, KY 40502

Every August for 44 years, Woodland Park transforms into a venue featuring over 200 nationally juried artists and craftspeople selling unique, handcrafted items. Items for sale include ceramics, wood, hand pulled prints, jewelry, painting, metal, fiber, mixed media and photography. In addition to the hundreds of art sellers, The Woodland Art Fair features live  music, Kentucky & regional food and a regional craft beer garden, and free hands-on art activities for children and families all available with FREE admission. For more info CLICK HERE.

Below is a map for you (our booth is #114) and the details you need for this year’s Woodland Art Fair 2019:

  • When: Sat.8/17 – 10am-6pm and Sun. 8/18 – 10am-5pm – RAIN ☔️ OR SHINE☀️
  • Where: 601 East High Street, Lexington, KY 40502

We will have lots of our hand pulled silkscreen Art Prints, our popular screenprinted Alphabet Prints, our silkscreen printed Rock Posters, all of our current Greeting Cards (some examples below) and lots of new goodies along with us so come on out and enjoy the summer day celebrating handcraft and art by working artists and craftspeople.

 

Come See Us @ Chardon Arts Festival 2019 Sunday!

Hello there Chardon, OH! We’re excited to meet you at our first time at the 2019 Chardon Arts Festival on this Sunday, August 4th in Chardon Square.

We will have lots of our hand pulled silkscreen Art Prints, our popular screenprinted Alphabet Prints, our silkscreen printed Rock Posters, all of our current Greeting Cards and lots of new goodies along with us so come on out and enjoy the day celebrating handcraft and art by working artists and craftspeople. And look for our good friend & beautiful hand cut paper artist Go Carr Go too!

This juried, outdoor show is free to attend and will host over 100 artists both local and out of state, providing a wonderful opportunity for a day of shopping and dining in a park like-setting. It is estimated that 5,000 people enjoy this beautiful show each year.

The Chardon Square Association’s annual Arts Festival is held on the first Sunday of August on beautiful, historic Chardon Square, located at the intersection of Routes 44 and 6, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

THE DETAILS

  • Who: Over 10 Artists and Craftspeople from around the region.
  • What: Chardon Arts Festival
  • When: Sunday, August 4, 2019 (ONLY!)
  • Where: Chardon, OH – in Chardon Square.
  • Why: Because handmade in the US is best.

 

Lakewood Arts Festival 2019 This Saturday!

Hello Lakewood, OH! We are thrilled to return for our 2nd year at the Lakewood Arts Festival on Saturday, August 3, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m in Lakewood, OH. And yep, one day only! So don’t miss out.

For 40+ years, the Lakewood Arts Festival has brought local and national artists to the streets of Lakewood, Ohio the first Saturday in August. With over 10,000 attendees, this one day show with arts and entertainment all day long this show features over 165 artists.

We will be in Booth #127 on Detroit Ave between Cooke Ave & Warren Rd. Right next to our good friend & beautiful hand cut paper artist Go Carr Go (See Map below – so we’re easy to find!). Our buds from Everyday Balloons Print Shop and Alternate Histories will be showing too, so we all hope to see you on Saturday! We will have lots of our hand pulled silkscreen Art Prints, our popular screenprinted Alphabet Prints, our silkscreen printed Rock Posters, all of our current Greeting Cards and lots of new goodies along with us so come on out and enjoy the day celebrating handcraft and art by working artists and craftspeople.

THE DETAILS

  • Who: Over 165 Artists and Craftspeople from around the region.
  • What: The Lakewood Arts Fest
  • When: Saturday, August 3, 2019 (ONLY!)
  • Where: Lakewood, OH – Detroit Ave. & Warren Rd., Lakewood, OH 44107
  • Why: Because handmade in the US is best.

Come see us at the 3 Rivers Arts Festival Pittsburgh!


Hello there Pittsburgh, it’s Arts Fest Time! Come join us at Three Rivers Arts Festival where we will be showing in the wonderful Artists Market for the 1st Gateway Session! Find us at Booth #74 on Gateway Plaza – but note that we’ll ONLY be in the Artists Market from Friday June 6th – Tuesday night June 11th (and then a whole new set of artists will be in the Market for the next week) each day from 12 noon – 8pm. Handy Market Map below!

Along with a huge lineup of music (click here) and art events, and gallery openings the Artists Market features over 350 nationally recognized artists and craftspeople throughout the 3 Rivers Arts Fest, a real Pittsburgh tradition. We’ll be there for 5 days only in the 1st Session on Gateway Center at Booth #74 from Friday June 7th – Tuesday night June 11th with a fresh crop of new Art Prints including some smaller versions of our Pittsburgh Bridge Prints, and Rock Posters and many more new goodies like Tea Towels and Enamel Pins too.

For a full list of Artists Participating in the Market click here.

The Details:

WHAT: The Pittsburgh Three Rivers Arts Festival, now in it’s 60th year!

DATES: June 7 – 16, 2019

ARTIST MARKET HOURS: 12-8pm each day.

LOCATION: Downtown Pittsburgh, PA in and around Gateway Center & Point State Park primarily, but events are happening all over Downtown. Click here for the full Event Schedule..

ARTIST EXHIBITORS: Over 350 fine art and contemporary craft artists come from around the country to show in the Artists Market, representing the highest quality work including painting, photography, mixed media, printmaking, garden sculpture, ceramics, glass, wood, furniture, metal, jewelry, wearables and so much more. The Artists Market has multiple sections and changes many times throughout the Festival so do check out the Artists List here with dates and Booth locations.

 

 

 

 

 

Come Out To Handmade Arcade With Us!

Hooray! Hooray! It’s finally Handmade Arcade Time! Our favorite show of the year is the 14th annual incredible showcase of handmade artists, makers, and crafters not just from around the Western PA region but from around the country.

We will have many new goodies and classic favorites at our booth for all of your Holiday gift and Treat Yo’self needs!

There are 3 ways to experience Handmade Arcade, the regular show day:

  1. The Cutting Edge Fundraiser, tickets $30-$40
  2. Early Birdie Shopping Hour, tickets $20
  3. Handmade Arcade itself, FREE TO ATTEND!

Details on all 3 ways to do Handmade Arcade are below:

Don’t miss Handmade Arcade’s inaugural benefit event on Friday night! (Open to ages 18+.) Tickets are available for The Cutting Edge HERE.

  • GET A FIRST LOOK at the market the night before it opens to the public
  • SHOP EARLY from more than 170 featured vendors (from a total of 239)
  • MEET THE MAKERS from Pittsburgh and beyond
  • MINGLE with Pittsburgh’s craft community
  • ENJOY snacks and cider, craft activities and make-and-takes
  • HELP SUPPORT Handmade Arcade, the region’s largest independent craft fair, and its community of innovative craft-based artists, designers and makers

Lots to do and make!

  • Sip Crafted Apple, an exclusive collaborative release from Threadbare Cider and Handmade Arcade
  • Assemble your own crafty goodie bag
  • Create a glass mosaic with artist Debbie Jacknin
  • Watch live demonstrations from Pittsburgh Glass Center
  • Make block prints with WorkshopPGH
  • Laser cut a custom wood or leather key fob with Protohaven
  • Bid on fabulous silent auction items
  • Music by DJ Jeff Bower
  • Cash bar
  • Light bites

Proceeds will support:

  • Free admission to Handmade Arcade
  • Free Hands-on Handmade Activity Area for all ages
  • Youth Maker Scholarship Program for ages 16-18
  • Craft Corridor for emerging artists

 

 

Want to beat the crowds and get a first look at all of the handmade wares?

Purchase an Early Birdie Shopping Hour ticket and enjoy the exclusive opportunity to shop one hour before the event opens to the public!

Saturday, December 8, 2018
10 – 11 a.m.
Tickets cost $20

Early Birdie ticket holders will receive a black cotton tote bag custom designed by Handmade Arcade vendor Kim Fox (Worker Bird) and filled with crafty coupons and surprises from this year’s event sponsors and vendors.

Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult to the Early Birdie Shopping hour. A limited number of tickets available.

Hours & Location:

  • The David L. Lawrence Convention Center is located at 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
  • The Cutting Edge: A Fundraiser for Handmade Arcade & Preview Party: is the night before Handmade Arcade on Friday December 7, 2018 from 5:30 – 8pm for $30-$40. Tickets are available for The Cutting Edge HERE.
  • Early Birdie Shopping Hour: is a great way to experience Handmade Arcade minus the crowds and enjoy the exclusive opportunity to shop one hour before the event opens to the public, from 10-11am on Saturday December 8, 2018 for $20. Tickets are available for Early Birdie Shopping Hour HERE!
  • Handmade Arcade proper is from 11am-7pm on Saturday December 8, 2018 – one day only! And Handmade Arcade is FREE TO ATTEND.

Holiday Market Downtown in Market Square!

It’s the Holidays yinz!

We are going all in are thrilled to be a vendor the 7th Annual Peoples Gas Holiday Market again this year/ The Market will kick off on Friday, November 16th on Light Up Night and will run through December 23rd, 2018. We at strawberryluna are sharing an adorable & hygge af wooden Chalet (see below) with our friend Worker Bird right Downtown in Market Square. We have so many new handmade holiday gifts and wares that are perfect for gift giving for friends, family, and even just for you! Come out and get into the Holiday spirit!
Experience a one-of-a-kind shopping village as you stroll through an illuminated Market Square, weaving through wooden chalets brimming with high-quality gifts. Click here to see a list of vendors.

Inspired by the original German Christkindlmarkts (or “Christmas Market”), the Peoples Gas Holiday Market brings a cherished European tradition to Pittsburgh with an international flair, a touch of local charm, and a pinch of sugar, spice, and everything nice. From Friday, November 16th – Saturday, December 23rd, drop on by Market Square in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh to see for yourself! As you weave through the Alpine-style wooden chalets, brimming with high quality gifts, you’ll experience a one-of-a-kind holiday shopping experience.

Location & Hours:

Peoples Gas Holiday Market
2 Market Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

November 16 – December 23, 2018

Monday – Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
(Closed Thanksgiving)

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.

This year, like every year, we wish one and all a wonderful day of Thanksgiving, no matter who, or where you are. Especially this year.

And like every year, the best way I know to recapture that ultimate Thanksgiving feeling is via this perfect and lovely Charles Schulz cell illustration. Why? Because it’s the best there is.

Wanna get cozy and watch the show? Click the image above or the link below:

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving in all of its meanings for you & yours.

Tenessee Craft Fair in Nashville Oct. 12th – 14th!

Hello lovely Nashville! We are heading back to see you this weekend for the wonderful Tennessee Craft Fair and we can’t wait! And in fun news, our good friend Go Carr Go will be traveling along and our booth neighbor too. See the Fair Map below!

Tennessee Craft Fair – Friday October 12th – Sunday October 14th, 2018 in Centennial Park in Nashville, TN. We’re thrilled to be back in the wonderful Tennessee Craft Fair that features national level fine hand craft and artisans gathered together. Join the Nashville tradition of celebrating and supporting American handmade craft at this premier event on the lawn in Centennial Park. Shop one-of-a-kind, finely crafted artwork directly from the juried, award-winning artists. A unique feature of Tennessee Craft Fairs requires artists to be on-site so while shopping, you’ll meet the artists (like us!), learn what inspires us and how we take raw materials like clay, paper, wood, metal and glass and transform them into fine craft.

In addition to the array of high quality craft, visitors enjoy fun hands-on activities in our Kids’ Tent, food from area vendors and demonstrations from artisans aimed to educate as they create pieces in front of your eyes. For more info CLICK HERE.

THE DETAILS:

Who: Tennessee Craft Fair in Nashville, TN is Free & Open to All!

Where: Along the intersections of West End Ave and 26th Ave. S. & 27th Ave. N. in between Vanderbilt Campus and The Parthenon.

When: Full Festival: Friday Oct. 12th from 10am to 6pm / Saturday Oct. 13th from 10am – 6pm and Sunday Oct. 14th from 10am – 5pm.

Here is a Map of the 2018 Tennessee Craft Fair for you too:

An Occasion For The Arts in Williamsburg!

 

Hello Williamsburg! We will be showing for the first time at the historic An Occasion For The Arts on Saturday & Sunday October 6th & 7th in Williamsburg, VA. Yay! An Occasion For The Arts was founded in 1969 to provide Williamsburg with an arts extravaganza. Since then it has grown, year by year, to become the area’s premier art and music festival. An Occasion For The Arts draws outstanding artists from around the country on the first weekend in October each year. Lively performances are held both days on our two stages, and the popular food court provides a culinary taste of fall. For more info CLICK HERE.

We will be at Booth 62 in the Duke of Gloucester Section, with loads of our new Art Prints, and new Rock Posters plus Greeting Cards and Alphabet Prints too, long with 145  artists from around the United States. A list of participating artists can be found here and a full map and listing can be found here.

We hope to see you there Williamsburg!

THE DETAILS:

Who: An Occasion For The Arts Arts & Music Festival in Williamsburg, Virginia is Free & Open to All! With 145 Artists from 21 states + Israel & Canada.

Where: Along the intersections of Prince George, Boundary St. and Duke of Gloucester

When: Full Festival: Oct. 5th – 7th / Art Show is ONLY: Saturday Oct. 6th & Sunday Oct. 7th