National Aviary Maker Challenge – Roseate Spoonbill

The National Aviary is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. Located in right here in Pittsburgh, on the historic North Side, The National Aviary’s diverse collection comprises more than 500 birds representing more than 150 species from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild.

On July 1, 2017 The Aviary announced The Maker Challenge, a partnership with the Monmade, which is trade group for creative, maker-based entrepreneurs that we are a part of here in Pittsburgh and we were honored to be among the 18 chosen local makers for The Maker Challenge.

The Maker Challenge features one local craft business, maker enterprise, or entrepreneurial artist each month who have been hand selected to create new and exclusive products for their gift shop. Each Maker was assigned a particular bird and month in the Aviary to highlight the conservation struggles and efforts worldwide for that particular species.

Our month is March 2018 and our special bird is The Roseate Spoonbill, a wading bird of the ibis family with distinctive white, buff-yellowand pink feathers. Once common, the Roseate Spoonbill was avidly hunted for its plumagein the US to near-extinction in Mid-to-Late 1800s. Now returning and found in the coastal Gulf regions of the Southern US, as well as in the Caribbean, Central and South America.

Shown here (and the last photo below) are some of the illustrations and designs that we created exclusively for The National Aviary to carry in their gift shop, and available there through the summer of 2019. Our suite of products include prints of all 3 of the above illustrations in 2 standard sizes (8×10 and 114×14 inches), as well as greeting cards, tea towels and canvas tote bags too.

As a part of our Maker Challenge Month, Allison did a silkscreen print demo at the The National Aviary onto blank greeting cards of our new Peace Dove design that also double as a coloring page that both the little ones and grown ups can color, (or leave as is in striking black & white) to frame or to send to friends and family. If you are heading to The National Aviary in March, definitely drop by the front entrance gift shop and check out our Roseate Spoonbill exclusive pieces, as well as the items from some of the previous artists in The Maker Challenge!

Come Christkindlmarkts With Us @ People’s Gas Holiday Market!

Downtown Pittsburgh for the Holidays

We’re getting extra hygge with it for the Holidays this year! Come Downtown and join in the festivities all season long with 3 local, handmade maker/artists (ourselves Allison & Craig here at strawberryluna, our friend Kim Fox of Worker Bird and Kirsten Lowe-Rebel of KLoRebel) as we pop-up our 1st ever Holiday Shop in beautiful Market Square through the Holidays!

We are 3 Pittsburgh artists, and a part of the new Monmade craft entrepreneurial trade group here in Pittsburgh, and are sharing an adorable Chalet for the duration of the People’s Gas Holiday Market. We’ll be nestled with many other vendors in Market Square in our Chalet Shop 7 days a week through 12/23/17 (yes, for 6 weeks yep!) offering our hand crafted goods, all made right here in Western, PA by our hands. It’s pretty special yinz.

Screen Shot 2017-11-23 at 11.56.24 AMMonmade is a trade group of regional craft businesses, maker enterprises, design/build shops, and entrepreneurial artists. Monmade Producers use traditional handwork processes and manufacturing technologies to transform raw and reclaimed materials into products that have utility, durability, and good design.

See our Chalet Shop below (photo by the talented Matt Dayak) and come find us in Market Square through 12/23!


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 17th – 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.

Below is just a small sample of work by strawberryluna, Worker Bird and KLoRebel


The Market features 35 vendors of unique gifts that can’t be found anywhere else in Pittsburgh. The Market will be open daily (except for Thanksgiving) through Saturday, December 23. To see the complete list of vendors, click here.

Pittsburgh Today Live stopped by and chatted with us, here’s a fun little piece on our Chalet here!

This year, the Holiday Market will showcase some fantastic local talent with live performances. And of course, be sure to visit Santa in his Downtown Pittsburgh home, right in the heart of the Holiday Market. By making a donation to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (suggested $5), you will receive a complimentary photo with Santa!

With a twinkle of lights, a few flurries in the air, and a warm drink in your hands, who knows…the Holiday Market might become a bit magical, if you just believe.

Mark your calendars now! The Holiday Market will open on November 17th for Light Up Night, and will remain open until December 23rd. 

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