Crafts N’At: Pittsburgh Craft Show this Sunday!

Hey gang! There is a new craft show in town from the Pittsburgh Craft Collective called Crafts N’At, and hot dog! It’s this weekend at Soldiers & Sailors in Oakland ūüôā

We’ll be there vending and chatting and hanging out at Crafts N’At with the quite large and super talented host of Pittsburgh crafters and DIY artists all day Sunday. So come check out the best that Pittsburgh’s fresh, upbeat and hardworking craft scene has to offer. Plus, this year’s 2nd Annual Crafts N’At is benefitting the amazing Animal Friends shelter. (That’s where we got our lovely little Sprite in October.

Also, there is a SUPER awesome party tonight to benefit the incredible Animal Friends too. The kick-off party is at Wildcard in Lawrenceville, recently voted “Pittsburgh’s Best New Boutique” by Pittsburgh Magazine, so yeah…it’s a pretty cool handmade haven shop. Come to the part & support both local crafters and local animals in need ūüôā It’s a twofer of warm and fuzzy proportions.

Both the Friday night Kick-off party at Wildcard¬†and the Craft Show¬†Crafts N’At are FREE to attend. And at¬†Crafts N’At there will be fun, family friendly¬†activities sponsored by¬†Creative Reuse Pittsburgh and the¬†Society for Contemporary Craft, food from¬†Coca Cafe and¬†Square Cafe, and performances by¬†Brad Yoder and Shay and Joe Serkoch.

The Important Details, Just For You:

Crafts N’At Benefit & Kick-Off Party (FREE!): Friday, 8/27 from 6-9pm at Wildcard – 4209 Bulter Street, Pgh. Pa.

Crafts N’At Craft Fair (FREE!):

When: Sunday, 8/29 from Noon to 5pm

Where: Solldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, Grand Ballroom – 4141 Fifth Ave, Pgh. PA (in the heart of Oakland!)

Hope to you see you tonight & on Sunday for Crafts N’At!

2010 Crafts N’At Vendors:

Red Raven Studios
Literary Tease
ZuZu Blue
Spooky Kelly
Cosy Knits (literally)
Mitchell Glassworks
Barker Bell Herbs and Heirlooms
Recycled by Carla Morris
Silent Lotus Creations
Pickled Porcelain, Pickled Aliens
Wren & Rita
Modern Mackenzie
L2 Design Collective
Rebecca Zastany
Bei Mondi
Endless Hats
Cardamom Press
Odd Owl
FMS & Sons Woodworking / Air and Nothingness Press
Charmed By Nature
Sapling Press
Burgh Baby Gear
Whimsical Wonders
Rockyn Robyn
Jilsy Designs
Vehement Romantic
Naturally Lela
Amaryllis La Crème
European Girl’s Ethnic Egg Art
Patriot Press
Amy DiPlacido
CAZ Designs
Lobster Books
Angela Rocco Photography
Ringo Wild
Pink Bathtub Designs
Iron City Upcyclery
Rabbit Dance Design
Bella Sol Bebe
The Surreal Banana Peel
Ashley Andrews Art
M & J Creations
Once lost jewelry
Pretty Debonair
Treasures in Glass
Lake Erie Artists
Larry Berman
Diane Wright Designs
Anna Leah Designs
Extra Impressions
Dulcet Design
Lost Marbles
Carol H Designs
The Pretty 1
Soap Alchemy
On the Rocks Designs
Strawberry Luna
Miss Chief Productions
Fresh Popcorn Productions
Robyn’s Nest Pottery
Ricardo Washington
CKing Wood Works
Matthew Buchholz
Elizabeth Keating

Additional Sponsors:

Society of Contemporary Craft
Creative Reuse Pittsburgh
Coca Café
Square Café

All Proceeds Benefits:

Animal Friends

CANCELED – I Made It! Mine Market this Saturday @ The Union Project

Click for more info!


Due to the humongous snow storm that hit Pittsburgh ūüôĀ

Awww, just in time for Valentine’s Day sweeties!

The I Made It! Market team has pulled together a great bunch of Pittsburgh artists and crafters for their first show of 2010. This Saturday (only!) check out the I Made It! Mine DIY crafts fair at the historic and always cool Union Project in the Highland Park neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

50 local area artists and crafters will be on hand selling their kickass handmade items and work and hanging out so that they can talk with shoppers and Pittsburghers alike about their process, craft and work. There is a huge local community of crafters in Pittsburgh, many of whom are a part of the fantastic Pittsburgh Craft Collective and this is a great chance to get to see their handiwork up close and personal.

So come check it out! For fun previews of who and what will be there, look over here at I Made It! Market’s Blog for artist spotlights.

The details:

What: I Made It! Mine Craft Fair

When: This Saturday (only!) February 6th, 2010 from 12-5pm

Where: The Union Project, 801 N. Negley Avenue (visit The Union Project website for more info here)

Why: On account of handmade being awesome!

Thank you Chicago & Renegade!

Just wanted to give a bustass shout out to everyone in Chicago who came out and made this year’s Chicago Renegade Craft Fair so fun and so amazing. It’s always so great doing a busy show and getting to meet so many awesome people. I was a little overwhelmed with the idea of working this 2-day, outdoor festival solo, but man oh man, things could not have gone more smoothly. Perfect weather, lovely neighbors, and awesome shoppers. The crowd was really big, and everyone was super friendly and nice. What else could a craft show boother ask for?

I got a quick chance to step out into the crowds on Saturday & take this one. Busy all of the time!

I got a quick chance to step out into the crowds on Saturday & take this one. Busy all of the time!

A typical view of the weekend from booth #135, strawberrylunaville.

A typical view of the weekend from booth #135, strawberrylunaville.

A special thanks to Sue Daly & everyone else of Renegade for all of your hard work, I can’t imagine the monumental kitten herding feat it must be to bring this fair to order. You guys did a phenomenal job! And a double extra special thanks to my homies in Pittsburghtown, the little area of Renegade where fellow Pittsburgh Craft Collective crafters Rag Trader, garbella and Cosy Knits and myself were. Thanks for looking out for me, and most huge thanks to Rag Trader Beth & ¬†her brother Joel, I could not have done it without you cats.

This trip was super special as it was the 2nd part of a 2 week show tour that I did with friends and fellow print and poster artists Hero Design & Delicious Design League too. Thanks for your hospitality Delicious! We love hanging around Chicago, as the photos while working and playing below can attest to. And there are more boring photos on my Flickr page here!


Lamps by neighbors Bright Lights Little City made from vintage ribbon. Click for more info!

And below, some photos from our day off in Chicago on Monday. It’s always so nice when we can build in a little time to walk around and do quintessential things in other cities.

A bag by Pink Corporation that I wish I'd bought. Can't find it anywhere online now, Darn!

A bag by Pink Corporation that I wish I'd bought. Can't find it anywhere online now, Darn!

Heading into Wrigley Field, go Cubs!

Heading into Wrigley Field, go Cubs!

The awesomely pretty field before the game got started.

The awesomely pretty field before the game got started. PS-those are bleachers on the buildings across the street...yowza!

Instant Cubs fan. The whole field smells like popcorn, cotton candy  happiness.

Instant Cubs fan. The whole field smells like popcorn, cotton candy happiness.

Wizard Car!!!! Found in Indiana, with Mark Hero feelin' the magic.

Wizard Car!!!! Found in Sandusky County, Ohio on the way home, with Mark Hero feelin' the magic.

Crafts’n’At Craft Fair in Pittsburgh!

Go check this craft fair out!

Go check this craft fair out!

September is a lovely month, isn’t it? So many changes and new things going on, it’s no surprise that this September is loaded with awessome craft shows too.

Although I won’t be a part of this show, as I will be in Seattle for another Flatstock poster show during the¬†Bumbershoot Music Festival, I think that you fine folks who will be in Pittsburgh should check out the awesometacular Crafts’n’At Craft Fair at the Union Project over Labor Day weekend, put on by the Pittsburgh Craft Collective (PCC).

The Who, What, Where, When, & Whys:

WHO: Crafts N’At is brought to you by the Pittsburgh Craft Collective. We are a group of 51+ members working to create a strong and vibrant craft community through social and resource networking, education and workshops, and information sharing.

WHAT: Crafts N’At is an opportunity for independent crafters to show and sell their wares, establish their business, and to celebrate creativity. It features over 50 vendors, make & take crafts for children and adults, craft demonstrations, live performances, a Chinese auction and raffle, and an outdoor BBQ.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor, click¬†here for more information.¬†If vending isn’t your thing, but you still want to help out please send us an email at¬†¬†If you are looking for promotional items for the show {including banners, buttons, and flyers}, click here.

WHERE: The Union Project at 801 North Negley Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

WHEN: Saturday, September 5, 2009 {Labor Day Weekend} Open to the Public: 10am to 6pm

WHY: The PCC will work each year to raise money for a charity in conjunction with this event. This year’s show will benefit [ gravity + grace ] and the Parkinson Foundation of Western Pennsylvania (PFWPA).

[ gravity + grace ], a contemporary opera written by Frank Ferraro, reveals his struggles with Parkinson’s Disease and will premier Sept 25th at the Hillman Center for Performing Arts.  All net proceeds of [ gravity + grace ] will be used to support the PFWPA programs and services for people with Parkinson disease, their families and caregivers.

Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair this Sunday!

Crafty fun! Super duper! 

Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair, December 7th, 2008

Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair, December 7th, 2008

The Pittsburgh Craft Collective is busy these days, putting on shows and great local events for the Pittsburgh area artisians and crafters. The Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair at the CC Mellor Library in Edgewood is just the latest offering. This holiday show is loaded with local talent. What does that mean? Crafters and artisians who live in your town and make all of their work by hand. 

Here are the official details:

What: Holiday Arts & Crafts Show

When: December 7th from 11am to 5pm

Where: CC Mellor Library at 1 Penwood Place, in Edgewood, conveniently located just off the Parkway East and easily accessible from Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Edgewood, Wilkinsburg, Forest Hills, and all points Pittsburgh!

Click here to download the official flyer for the show.

Buying local, and buying handmade for the holidays is a fantastic way to affect your world, at the community level. And, the event doubles as a fund-raiser to benefit the historic community library. Win-win for the civic minded and arts and crafts lovers alike!