Cleveland Handmade Last Minute Market 2010

MY favorite show of the year is approaching fast. I love being a participating artist and I love shopping at it. It’s a festive, fun and art filled day.

This year there is an extra special early bird admission. Come an hour early and donate $5 to the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland and you get a head start on the shopping, complimentary breakfast refreshments, and entry into the drawing for door prizes. (I know I donated several pairs of earrings, cards, and photographs…I’ve heard rumors of cutting boards, dryer sachets, knit goods and more. These baskets are going to be GREAT!)
Better yet, your donation will go ENTIRELY to the Hunger Network, and that $5 can feed approximately 20 people!
Visit the Last Minute Market site for more detail on the Early Bird Admission

If you can’t make it by 9 am, the FREE event begins at 10 a.m. and goes until 6 p.m. on December 18th. There will be crafts, art,food, a craft-off challenge, and don’t forget the open artist studios in the building as well.

I can’t wait, but if you do WAIT to buy last minute gifts, this is certainly the place.


It’s almost time for the 2010 Cleveland Handmade Market at The Wooltex Gallery

The harrowing mall frenzy that is known as Black Friday is a just a few days away, but if you’d like to avoid that chaos and find more interesting gifts just hold off on your holiday shopping until Dec. 4th.

Check out art and gift items from the following artists: Anne Harrill,Patricia Hodson,Joanna Longo & Matt Orgovan,Katherine R Snow,Jessica Levine, Erika laine hansen, Jamie McCoy, Linda Miles, Daniel echeverry, Therese Taylor, Susan Kleinstub , Jen Nemrava, Valerie Tyler , Beth & Isaac Lewin , Barbara Gorman , Teresa Crompton
and scheduled Special Guest Valerie Mayen of Yellowcake and Project Runway.

The Cleveland Handmade Market at Wooltex
The Wooltex Gallery at Tower Press
1900 Superior Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44114 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

I think Cleveland Handmade is the “BEST” too

I was delighted to discover my Cleveland Magazine subscription in my mailbox this past week, and even more happy to realize that it was the “Best of Cleveland” issue. It’s always one of my favorite issues, as I like seeing familiar favorites, and reading about some new great things to try out or discover.

I had heard that fellow Cleveland Handmade team member Jacquie, of JLynn Creations was going to have an entire interview in the issue. Amber Matheson, of Cleveland Magazine, wrote a really nice and flattering article, and Jacquie looked lovely in her photo so I have to issue her a congratulations on a great feature! You can check it out for yourself at Cleveland Magazine.

There were some surprises too though as I flipped the pages further, several more of my deserving Cleveland Handmade team members were featured as well!

Theresa, of Silvermade studio’s rock and roll cufflinks were featured (You’ve seen me feature her on here before!), and the gorgeous glassware from PrettyMyDrink by Chelsey Hill was as well. I’m also a big fan of Little Korboose products (so cute!) so it was nice to see the line of goods for little tikes, and paper products featured.
If you didn’t get the issue you can check it all out online, but I say go pick up your own copy from the newsstands and keep it for reference. In addition to the shopping tips, there’s plenty suggestions for food, music and more.

Great picks Cleveland Magazine! You picked some great art as the best in shopping, as the Cleveland Handmade artists really do rock and roll!
rock and roll cufflinks by silvermade studio

Cleveland Handmade Presents Their Art at the Wooltex Gallery as Part of the Sparx Gallery Hop

Cleveland Handmade will be participating in the 2010 Sparx City hop with one of their markets at the Wooltex Gallery Saturday, September 11th from 10am-6pm. This event will take place both inside and outside the gallery with a variety of artists welcoming guests with art in various mediums for sale.
If you’re on facebook you can rsvp for the event HERE.

The Sparx City Hop this year will feature dozens of galleries, more than a hundred restaurants, live entertainment, and even a classic car show. You can come right to the Cleveland Handmade market or take a free trolly ride as part of the event to check out lots of the other events happening as part of the hop.

It’s a Cleveland Handmade Market Weekend

This weekend some of my lovely friends from Cleveland Handmade are getting together to throw another one of their delightful markets. You may remember one of their markets last year at either the Lake Erie Screw Factory of the Wooltex Gallery. Cleveland Handmade gives you the oppotrunity to find quality local art, including jewelry, functional ceramics and decor, wall art, and more. This summer they’re taking their show to the East side at the Orange Art Center. The event will be Sunday, June 27th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Chris Zielski, of Copper Leaf Studios is one of the artists who will be at the Cleveland Handmade Market

Getting Ready for Etsy Craft Day

It’s Etsy Craft Party Day! I offered to host the Cleveland Area / Cleveland Handmade Etsy Craft party at my home and it’s now just a few short hours away.

The decorating is almost done, the kitchen and food preparations are underway, and the guests will arrive in a few hours. Here’s a few party preview photos:

We have a lot of crafting planned, such using collage materials to make wall art, cards, book marks and artist trading cards. We also prizes and samples from Etsy for being one of the top 50 parties! Therefore we’re getting some screen printers and porcelain paints to play with too.

In addition a local craft supply company, Consumer Crafts donated many tote bags and a darice mini craft vacuum for each party attendee.

Make a Blanket Brunch

Today I had the pleasure of joining in on an event hosted by my friend, Mary, who is the proprietress of Cherub’s Blankets and makes super soft, organic baby blankets. As part of her company’s efforts to support the community Mary hosted a blanket making event to benefit Project Linus and the Hitchcock Center for Women.

Here’s a few photos to show the progress and a couple of the successful results.
You can also visit Cherub’s Blankets find out more about Mary’s philosophies and sustainable efforts.

Countdown to the New Year with Cleveland Handmade: bjwCREATIVE

The Cleveland Handmade Countdown to the New Year continues today with bjwCREATIVE. JukeboxART is Brooke Witt’s own personal line of illustrations and photography inspired by music. In her own words “It is the blend of visual stimulation and audible references that trigger an emotional connection to a love, a memory or a sweet place in time.”

I decided to feature her print “The Best Thing you Ever Had” which was inspired by Radiohead, since it happens to be one of my favorite bands.

The Best Thing You Ever Had, $18

Countdown to the New Year with Cleveland Handmade: Daniels Beads

I was a bit lax last week with my Cleveland Handmade countdown. (As a teacher, the last week before the holidays is so incredibly hectic!)

I thought I’d resume coverage of the wonderful art and craft available from Cleveland Handmade by showcasing the glasswork of Daniel Echeverry aka Danielsbeads on Etsy.

Small world it is, I actually met Daniel at a party of a friend and only then came to discover his work. He’s a highly talented glass artist who creates stunning lampwork beads.

Boro Lampwork Bead Set $24.99

Countdown to the New Year with Cleveland Handmade: Mandizzle

It’s one of the busiest times of the year, with celebrations and parties, gatherings and gift-giving. This year Cleveland Handmade has geared up to showcase a variety of handmade goods for giving by stocking shops on etsy and throwing three handmade markets.
Here is another featured artist in my ongoing series, to let you know of all the great local handmade items you can find.

Today’s featured shop is Mandizzle. If she looks familiar it may be because you have seen her lovely face numerous times on the front page of Etsy. She has the perfect shop to update your look for the new year with gorgeous hair accessories.

The Siren, Satin Flower Headband, $28.00