Making your own holiday gifts this year? Artist & Craftsman Supply has you covered!

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Making your own holiday gifts this year?  

Looking for some unique, funky, and creative gifts? 

Artist & Craftsman Supply has you covered!

 

Located at 5603 Hobart Street in Squirrel Hill, this employee-owned company sells quality art supplies for professional artists, students, kids, and hobbyists. From painting and sculpture to soap-making and leather crafting, screen printing and fabric dyes to specialty papers, candle-making, and drawing- Artist & Craftsman Supply offers a vast selection of materials to go shopping for the artists and “makers” in your life, or create the perfect DIY gift!

The store also features a variety of toys, games, cards, and unique novelty items including puzzles, puppets, musical instruments for kids, gems & minerals, craft kits, and 2017 planners and art calendars.  Check out the “funky gifts under $10” display and fun socks of all sizes!

December PROMOS include:

  • CRAFTING SUPPLIES are an EXTRA 25% OFF (feathers·hemp·beads·yarn·felt·cording·craft stems·wood crafts·gimp + more)
  • Select FRAMES are 40% OFF LIST (MCS Industries + Structural Industries)
  • SHIZEN DESIGN EXOTIC PAPERS + PACKS are an EXTRA 25% OFF
  • Use them for wrapping, collaging, or anything your imagination can conceive!
  • SHIZEN DESIGN JOURNALS are 40% OFF LIST

 

The store is staffed with knowledgeable artists and art enthusiasts who will go the distance to answer questions about products and help you find just what you’re looking for. The space itself is full of colorfully painted walls, ceilings, floors and hand-made window displays.  Local artists’ work is regularly featured, and there are three rooms of interesting art materials and unique items to explore.

Extended holiday hours now through December 24th: Mon-Sat 9am-8pm and Sun 11am-6pm. 

Get a FREE $10.00 Gift Card for every $100.00 you spend- now through 12/31/16!

Special Holiday Art Sets are now available as well as Gift Cards for any amount.

 

Artist & Craftsman Supply
5603 Hobart Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Phone: 412-421-3002
Email: pitpa@artistcraftsman.com
www.artistcraftsman.com
Instagram @artistcraftsman_pgh
Facebook/ArtistCraftsmanSupply.Pittsburgh

Don’t miss these upcoming events!

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Shop small, shop local, shop handmade! Save these dates!

 

I Made It! Market at McCandless Crossing

I Made It! Market, Pittsburgh’s nomadic indie craft marketplace is coming to the North Hills. Find 40 local artists selling all handmade wares just in time for the holidays at McCandless Crossing on Saturday, December 10th from 11 am – 5 pm inside two vacant storefronts near Panera. Join us on Facebook and Instagram to follow along as we highlight our artists.

Food Truck-a-palooza: Winter Edition

It’s western Pennsylvania’s first indoor, winter food truck event! GoodTaste! Pittsburgh and Steel City Media invite you to come in from the cold and warm up with Pittsburgh’s top food trucks! Great eats, live music, kids area, I Made It! Market and Pittsburgh’s Choice voting for the best food truck. Proceeds benefit the Monroeville Volunteer Fire Department. Join the Facebook event here for updates!

I Made It! Mine

Save the Date for I Made It! Mine 2017 – Saturday, February 4 – 12-5pm. Shop 60 local artists who will have sweets for your sweetie! Hatch Art Studio will join us with crafts for kids!  Join our Facebook event page for updates.

What to eat at I Made It! for the Holidays

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When you need some fuel to keep up your shopping momentum, have no fear, we’ve got you covered! Come hungry to  I Made It! for the Holidays! Our friends at Zeke’s will happily supply you with caffeine :) Don’t worry about getting hangry, we’ll have food trucks ready and waiting! In addition to the food trucks outside, you can also find bakery items, take home mixes and more inside.

Outside 

Black Friday, November 25th

Mac and Gold Truck

Pittsburgh’s Original Mobile Mac & Cheesery
Also dishing up fresh salads and frites.

Franktuary

hot dogs, vegan and vegetarian, poutine, frites, and drinks

Onion Maiden

Onion Maiden is a punk rock-fueled, heavy metal- spawned food purveyor specializing in vegetable-based American and Asian comfort foods and baked goods!

Small Business Saturday, November 26th

Pittsburgh Sandwich Society

Sandwiches, fries, drinks, oh my

South Side Barbecue Company

Appetizers, sammy’s and fixins!

Both days, inside

Zeke’s Coffee Pittsburgh

Gluten Free Goat Bakery

 

Jarred LLC

 

Vibo’s Italian Bakery

Aunt Carol’s Gourmet Dips

Get Great Raffle Prizes and Raise $$ for assemble!

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If you didn’t already know, we are BIG HUGE fans of assemble.

Located on Penn Avenue in Garfield, assemble connects artists, technologists, and makers with curious adults and kids of all ages through interactive gallery shows, community talk backs, learning parties, and workshops focused on teaching STEAM principles (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). They host these activities at our space in Garfield’s Penn Avenue arts district and at events throughout Pittsburgh.

What could be better really? Our artists also love assemble and have donated items to be raffled off at I Made It! for the Holidays with ALL PROCEEDS GOING DIRECTLY to assemble.

Visit with assemble on Friday where kids can do a make-and-take in the second room.

Bid on these fabulous items and MORE!

assemble: BIRTHDAY PARTY!
Wow! what a deal! Get a birthday party at assemble. 

Celebrate your child’s birthday at Assemble! Children will work hands-on with Assemble staff to create and explore STEAM-themed projects. Past projects have included LED bracelets, E-textiles, circuit fun, origami, and more!

Let us know your child’s interests and Assemble’s birthday coordinator will create a personalized party packed with fun activities! Parties start at $300 for 15 children. Parties are held on Sunday afternoons.

 

Artist & Craftsman Supply Squirrel Hill

Our generous sponsor, Artist & Craftsman Supply is donating a gift basket full of crafty goodies!

B.Z. Wood Craft

Win a wood craft piece featuring wood from a PPG Place Christmas tree. Bobby transferred it to a piece of live edge wood.

Camp Copeland
fused glass coasters

Camp Copeland is back. They illustrate pictures of people, places and things using pen and ink. And then print my illustrations on prints, cards, and create magnets using a laser cutter.

Harmonia’s Jewelry Box
necklace

This mother-daughter team is new to I Made It! this year. They have generously donated this tree of life pendant necklace to support assemble!  

Heathen
knitted scarf or hat

Heathen comes out when the weather gets cold. Her hand crochet vegan accessories will keep you righteously toasty.

National Aviary
Membership!

Become a Member of the National Aviary and enjoy a flock of great benefits, including unlimited FREE General Admission for a full year, discounted admission to National Aviary special events, and free or discounted admission to hundreds of zoos and botanical gardens across the country!

Pürxury
Rescue Facial Oil. Retail Value $49

Pürxury is new to IMI this year offering luxury bath and body, skin and hair care products.

Rustbelt Workshop
succulent planters

Rustbelt Workshop brings to market a lush showcase of Driftwood planters each one is unique.

Songbird Artistry

Necklace, bracelet, and earrings set

Located in Upper Lawrenceville, Songbird Artistry now has a storefront at 4316 Penn Avenue near Main.

Songbird offers more than just gorgeous retail – they also host birthday parties, gatherings and much more.

Wood-N-You Like It
1955 Antique Post Office Door Bank


You have to have seen these at I Made It! over the years and wanted one for yourself.

Now you can win your very own and pick one up at IMI for the Holidays for your BFF.

 

Vampetz

“Rocky The Rockefeller Christmas” tree books in our booth. Illustrated by Dina Colangelo

Dina has newly published “Rocky the Rockefeller Christmas” and is giving away a hardback book to benefit assemble. Find Dina at the Vampetz booth. Vampetz are fun, multi-colored, and loveable vampire pets. No two are the same, but they all have one thing in common: nobody can resist their goofy faces!

Wildthing
Mother Daughter Aprons

New to I Made It! Market, Wildthing offers women’s and girls aprons.

 

Whole Foods Pittsburgh & Wexford

Thank you to our generous sponsor Whole Foods for a $50 gift certificate!

Shopping Guide: Ceramics/Pottery

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Meet our I Made It! for the Holidays ceramics artists!  

Araina Marsden, of  A. Marsden Artwork creates handmade, functional ceramics. Originally from Alaska, Araina gathers inspiration from her Native Alaskan heritage. Now that A. Marsden Artwork is based out of Pittsburgh, you can find hand-carved Pittsburgh skylines alongside her many designs.

Lauren H-B Studio –  ”My work is informed by my contemporary art upbringing, taking influence from abstract geometric forms found in both urban and rural environments. The handmade and small batch ceramic objects I produce cross boundaries between functional ceramics, design, and sculpture.”

 Pittsburgh Pottery features pottery of many different shapes and styles from hand painted, off the wall artwork to uniform, solid glazed and decaled pieces. All of the ceramics are food, dishwasher, and microwave safe. Pittsburgh Pottery sells its products at art and craft shows, retail stores and online at Etsy.

 Shelly Cubarney is an American potter whose one-of-a-kind “Green” porcelain giftware is inspired by and infused with nature — literally.  Cubarney wheel throws and hand builds each functional, artful object. Mugs. Bowls. Plates. Jewelry. Vases. Birdhouses. She delicately presses fresh cut ferns, rusty leaves, and other natural patterns into her clay forms to create her unique “fossil effect” impressions and prints. Cubarney uses a very special “earthly colorant” in her work; recovered iron and manganese runoff that once polluted Pennsylvania streams caused by abandoned mine drainage. The recovered minerals have been painstakingly reclaimed by Clean Creek Products and repurposed into pigments Cubarney uses during her glazing process, enhancing the natural texture of her designs.  Cubarney uses only premium-quality porcelain clay and lead-free glazes. Each piece is microwave and dishwasher safe. Naturally.

Wolf’s Den Pottery is a one woman operation that takes place in a basement pottery studio.  Each ceramic piece is formed by Amanda and then decorated and put through two firings which make the pieces highly decorative and functional.

I Made It! for the Holidays 2016 Shopping Guide: Bath & Body

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There’s nothing better than self care! Treat yourself and a friend/loved one to a gift that keeps on giving. Meet our I Made It! for the Holidays Bath & Body artists!

Apothecary Muse uses simple – but ethically grown and harvested – botanical ingredients and essential oils. Compostable paperboard tubes, plantable paper, reusable tins and glass jars keep these plant-based products gentle on the planet, while they are gentle on your body.

Buttercup and Thistle  specializes in small batch, hand poured,  goats milk and glycerin soaps as well as luxurious foaming sugar scrubs and  Himalayan pink salt soak’s, effervescent bath bombs,  emollient sugar lip polish and balms and bathtub teas.

Devorah Naturals handcrafts earth friendly, plant based organic / natural soap and body care. Their products are mild, gentle and moisturizing; perfect for use by all ages.

Hip Modern Soap is a local purveyor of handmade vegan bath and beauty products in a variety of styles and scents that will make you want to try them all.  They are  launching a new line, B Sides Soaps, this holiday season. These will be soaps made to look like records and will include some amazing scents. They will include funky labels and some clever names that play on some of your favorite tunes. They will of course also offer theirstandard items such as soap, Dead Sea bath salts, sugar scrubs, body butter, bath bombs and alliteration.

Marley Naturals LLC  creates bath and beauty products without using harmful chemicals or additives. Simple and pure ingredients make for happy and healthy skin.

Pürxury is a brand with spa quality products made with the best natural and sustainable ingredients.

Supernatural Soap creates small batch and sustainable soaps and natural perfume made with pure plant essences.

Una Biologicals Organic Beauty & Wellness products. Stock up on your favorites for friends and family as well as yourself.

 

 

Shopping Guide: For the Guys

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Save the hassle of searching for the perfect gift for the men in your life by visiting us at I Made It! for the Holidays!

We’ve got the men’s needs and wants covered! From handmade shaving equipment and supplies to hats, tees, bowties, cajoneswooden beer carriers, coffee, and everything in between, not only will you save the hectic trip to your local mall, but there are plenty more items to check out while you’re there!  Take a look at our artist page to start your shopping list!

See you at the Heinz 57 Center at 623 Smithfield Street in downtown Pittsburgh on November 25-26th  from 11 am – 6 pm!

Meet Cheryl Bier: Mama Made Them

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I Made It! Market would like to introduce the entrepreneur of Mama Made Them, Cheryl Bier.  Cheryl takes a new approach on creating toys for children, inspired by her own, in order to make them “beautiful, durable, and natural.”  Not to mention, much more affordable!  We’ve asked Cheryl to participate in answering a few interview questions to share more about her business, take a look below:

 

1. How long ago did you start your business? What led you to start it?

I started Mama Made Them in 2009. I really wanted my 2 year old son to have wooden toys to play with, but as a single mother working as a nanny, they were way out of my price range. So with no woodworking experience, I decided to make my own. Whenever my son would show off his new toys, he’d say, “Mama made it!” I enjoyed the process so much that I started selling them and named my business Mama Made Them.

2. What makes your items uniquely yours?

I like to simplify a toy to it’s basic function and find the beauty in that. Also as someone who named every single toy I ever owned, I always have people driving my trucks and cars. Because to me, a car is a car, but with a driver you have stories that go beyond the road.

3. How can we find you online or in person?

I do a variety of craft shows in the area that you can find out about on my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mamamadethemtoys), and my website is mamamadethem.etsy.com.

4. When was your first IMI? What is one lesson you wish you had known when you started that you learned along the way? 

My first I Made It Market was the WYEP summer music festival. I arrived hot and harried after getting lost, and proceeded to have a great show.

5. What advice do you have for artists just getting started in selling their handmade wares?

Just do it. Stop thinking about it, and dive in.

6. How has running your own business benefitted you? 

It’s enabled me to stay home with my son, both when he was a toddler, and now that he’s older and homeschooling. It’s also taught me so many lessons–it’s like getting a business degree along the way.

7. Who has helped you thrive as a crafter? We all know how hard it is to launch a business. Is there a person or resource that helped you get where you are today?

My mom has always encouraged me and supported my business. My parents and my friend loaned me money to buy my own house, which, more than anything, enabled my business to grow. My son has always provided me with inspiration and motivation to keep working and never give up.

8. What do you love about the Pittsburgh community? 

I started out doing shows in South Jersey. When I moved out here, I didn’t do shows right away. I was a little jaded, thought they were too much work for too little profit. But as I grew my selection, I decided to try again. I’ve been amazed how much the people of Pittsburgh appreciate art and handmade wares. They appreciate the work that goes into a creation, and its beauty.

Don’t forget to check out Mama Made Them on Etsy or Facebook, and anticipate meeting Cheryl at this month’s 10th annual Holiday Market!

Meet Paul & Laura Fruehan: Wood-N-You Like It

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1. How long ago did you start your business? What led you to start it? 

We started about 25 years ago when someone asked if we could duplicate a child’s stool that they were given years ago as a gift.  One thing lead to another, and we currently make about 50 of these same stools each year.

2. What makes your items uniquely yours?

As with most woodworkers, I tend to keep just about all my cut off pieces and am always looking for ways to use them.  We use a substantial amount of repurposed and recycled wood that would otherwise end up in the landfill.  Construction Junction is one of my favorite places to find unique pieces of wood.  About 5 years ago, I purchased a few old Post Office Box Doors and they have grown to become our best seller.  A repurposed piece of History!

3. How can we find you online or in person?

You can find us on line at our website which we recently updated and includes a small on line store.  www.woodnyoulikeit.com,  You can also find our items at our Etsy store.  We often have customers stop by the shop (which is located at our home in the South Hills).

4. When was your first IMI? What is one lesson you wish you had known when you started that you learned along the way? 

We have been with I Made It Markets for about 7-8 years.  If I only knew how much business I could have done for the first few shows, it would have been spectacular.  We virtually sold out on the evening of our first holiday market at Bakery Square and could have easily sold 3 times what we started with.  Lesson learned is don’t underestimate your sales potential.

5. What advice do you have for artists just getting started in selling their handmade wares?

I have an extensive background in Retail and Sales.  My advice is to spend lots of time talking to your customers.  Engage them in conversation and talk about the features and benefits of your items. Focus on just a few items and do them well.   Be open to discussing special orders.  And, always thank them sincerely for their business.

6. How has running your own business benefitted you? 

We have grown our business and the equipment in our shop as the result of our sales.  We have also been able to share our good fortune with several non profit organizations that “give back”.  We always donate a portion of our sales to several local organizations.

7. Is there anything specific that you want your customers to know about your business? 

Since our business is focused on reuse and recycle/upcycle, our material costs are not as high as some other organizations. We believe in charging a fair price, not the highest price. We often hear that our prices are very good.  We won’t compromise quality and don’t use any endangered or exotic wood species.  All of our wood is Native American.

8. Are there any parts of running a craft business that you didn’t anticipate (either positive or negative)? 

We didn’t anticipate 10 years ago the impact of the internet and social media.  While we have an online store, we are still working to expand our social media.  The world of marketing has changed significantly since we started.

9. Who has helped you thrive as a crafter? We all know how hard it is to launch a business. Is there a person or resource that helped you get where you are today?

I would have to say my wife Laura has been the single biggest supporter.  She does all the finishing, marketing, book work and helps in the shop at times. As I often tell customers when they ask if I made the items we sell.  ”I make it, and Laura makes it look good!” She is also the company nurse as woodworking results is numerous cuts and splinters.  We have been together for over 40 years, and Wood-N-You like it would not be here without her continued support and contributions to our success.

10. What do you love about the Pittsburgh community? 

We moved to Pittsburgh about 30 years ago and fell in love with the area, people and all the things that you can do.  We raised our two boys and call Pittsburgh our home.  We truly look forward to the limited number of Artist Markets we do as there are many repeat customer that stop by to see us, or make a special trip to the market to see what we have that is new and different.  Having lived in several places in the Eastern US, the Pittsburgh area has by far the friendliest people you would want to be with.