Thursday, April 10, 2014

Craftiness is Happiness for These Three Creative Summit Vendors!

Meet Brittany Fechko from FetchCrafts...
I moved to Ohio about 3 years ago after graduating with a degree in Nutrition from the University at Buffalo and getting married to a Cleveland boy.
I am a running enthusiast, who loves to travel everywhere. Last year I got to go to Glacier NP in Montana and this year I am excited to go to Yosemite NP in California.
I am trying to make this my best year yet (which is hard because I had a season pass to Cedar Point last year) and that is one of the reasons I want to do this craft show. 
                         
I have been crafting for about 3 year now. It all started because I wanted my friends and family to have unique presents. I felt like they had everything already and I did not just want to buy a gift card. After a little time of doing this, I figured out, I'm not too shabby.   
                        
My process usually starts while running, it really easy for your mind to wonder when you are on a 20 mile run by yourself! There have been so many time when I am on the towpath and I go "I got it!" or "Great idea" and then hope no one is around to see me talking to myself. I also have a great group of running friends who I can bounce ideas off. And a few times when I am substitute teaching I ask the kids what they think because most of my items are for their age and it is nice having their input.

My crafts are all about fun and finding the perfect item for yourself or someone special in your life. I hope you enjoy Fetchcrafts!

Meet James WeckBacher from Let's Face It Caricatures...
This is my first Avante-Garde show. I have been drawing since I was 2 years old.  My Father is an artist so I grew up in a creative atmosphere.
                                               
I have been doing caricatures professionally for ten years.  I fell into it accidently on purpose.  A friend of mine got me started filling in for her when I lived in California.  Since I've moved back to my home state here in blustery Ohio,  I decided to start my own business and thus,  Lets Face It Caricatures was born. 
My company, J W Visual Arts encompasses various types of my work including caricatures, photography, illustration, graphics and eventually film and video. My slogan is "A picture is worth a thousand words but a caricature is worth a million laughs."    


Meet Kathy Garber from Birdie Girls Treasures...
My name is Kathy Garber and I currently live in Hudson, Ohio. I enjoy bird watching, gardening, hiking, metaphysics and crafting. I have been creating and crafting all of my life, but have just recently started selling my creations online on Ebay and Etsy (BirdieGirlsTreasures).

                             
My love of nature and animals inspire my creations.
My picture collage creations were born from a frustration of searching for, and being unable to find specific animal and nature themed home décor and gifts in the past. My luminaries have developed from my past volunteer experience in creating centerpieces for parties and special events and the realization that there is a great interest in custom made items.
This is actually my first craft show, so I will be testing the waters to see if there is a greater interest in my items and hopefully that will help determine which direction to head in the future regarding my crafting business.  I am looking forward to becoming part of the craft vendor community and hope to be part of many more shows in the future!



2014 Summit County Spring Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday April 12th- 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday April 13th- 11:00am-5:00pm
St. George's Fellowship Centre
3204 Ridgewood Rd.
Fairlawn, OH 44333
For more information, contact Becki Cooper, Event Coordinator
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring time is calling and these vendors are listening!

Meet Terri and Jessica from The Glass Lotus 
We are just crafty folk...plain and simple.  We have a great appreciation for the past, and we also have a great concern for our planet. When we integrate our craftiness, our appreciation and our concern, we end up with The Glass Lotus.
We are a mother-daughter team who repurpose vintage glass and crystal into beautiful and unique pieces of art. Our main focus is our glass garden flowers. For these, we search high and low for pristine vintage glassware and crystal. Our workshop is full of glass organized by color - literally hundreds upon hundreds of pieces.  We stack the glass until we find the absolute perfect composition. Then, each flower goes though a seven-day cleaning and fusion process.
Many of our glass flowers are inspired by real flowers, and others are inspired by suggestions from our large following of customers on Facebook. We are also working on new creations such as repurposed glass mushrooms, hummingbird feeders and bird baths.
We like to think that our work serves three main purposes. First, we hope to add to the warmth and character of our customers homes and gardens. Second, we hope our work elicits an appreciation for the beautiful glass that was hand-made so many decades ago. Last, we hope our work inspires people to take care of our precious planet by reducing, reusing, recycling, and re-purposing.

Meet Kathy Garber from Birdie Girls Treasures

My name is Kathy Garber and I currently live in Hudson, Ohio. I enjoy bird watching, gardening, hiking, metaphysics and crafting. I have been creating and crafting all of my life, but have just recently started selling my creations online on Ebay and Etsy (BirdieGirlsTreasures).My love of nature and animals inspire my creations. 
My picture collage creations were born from a frustration of searching for, and being unable to find specific animal and nature themed home décor and gifts in the past. My luminaries have developed from my past volunteer experience in creating centerpieces for parties and special events and the realization that there is a great interest in custom made items.

This is actually my first craft show, so I will be testing the waters to see if there is a greater interest in my items and hopefully that will help determine which direction to head in the future regarding my crafting business.  I am looking forward to becoming part of the craft vendor community and hope to be part of many more shows in the future!

Meet Terri Brewer from Necklascarf
I am Terri Brewer, co-owner of EverExpand Inc,  and creator of Necklascarf (tm), a collection of magnetic jewelry scarves.  I began EverExpand in 2012 as a springboard for creative products in fashion because of my belief and experience that life is ever expanding.  One idea or creative endeavor builds on another, ideas merge and create new ideas which inspire even more ideas. Necklascarf  evolved from my frustration with buying beautiful scarves only to have them pile up in the closet due to my  frustration in tying them, dislike of the long hanging ends, and an inability to get them off quickly.  I went to the internet to find a better product and was surprised to find that it didn't exist, other than infinity scarves which can be bulky and require being pulled over the head. 
Eighteeen months and over 50 prototypes later, I had created Necklascarf, a magnetic scarf that goes on in two seconds and cascades perfectly into place every time.  It has no back or front so you can put it on either way.  I scoured the world for jewelry components to make each one an elegant necklace as well as a scarf, and chose a wide spectrum of fabrics with content that yields the cascading effect that Necklascarf instantly gives.  Many fabrics simply don't work as a Necklascarf so we carefully choose only those that do and are in the process of designing our own fabrics. As my partner Sharon Fedor and I began exhibiting Necklascarf, we were amazed to find that women of every age from 9 - 99 were enchanted with them.  In two seconds a woman could pop on the Necklascarf and have a soft , flowing splash of color around her neck.  Each time a woman would put one on, we would see a shy smile as she looked in the mirror and realized "oh, I look nice."  We have come to enjoy that emerging smile from each woman who dons a Necklascarf. We learned that every woman of every age cares about how she looks, although many don't want much fuss when it comes to dressing.  
I also wanted my company EverExpand to do good in the world beyond making women look nicer, so I teamed up with Esperanza Threads, a wonderful non-profit organization in Cleveland who teaches women to sew and find jobs in textiles.  Esperanza Threads works with migrant workers, refugees and other women in transition to give them marketable skills in sewing.  Esperanza Threads now employs women highly skilled in sewing and monitors quality output carefully.  I am proud that my Necklascarf line is hand sewn by these women.  Cleveland has become part of a national movement to return textile manufacturing to the U.S., and we are part of that movement.

For me, the creative process, begins with a child-like curiosity and an openness to allowing inspiration to come from anywhere and everywhere. I believe that when one is open to creative ideas, the Universe rushes in to give you connections and inspiration.  


2014 Summit County Spring Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday April 12th- 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday April 13th- 11:00am-5:00pm
St. George's Fellowship Centre
3204 Ridgewood Rd.
Fairlawn, OH 44333
For more information, contact Becki Cooper, Event Coordinator
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Fashion, Art, and Something Sweet for Spring!

Meet Kelly Kemp from Kemp Custom Confections…
First of all my name is Kelly Kemp. I have been happily married for 18 years and have three  teenage children. I have recently left my everyday  job to pursue Kemp Custom Confections full- time, which is very scary. I have always worked in bakeries and loved to try new things out in decorating and candy. I loved making treats for my children's classrooms and birthdays,so I decided to try and make a business out of it. This is my first year of business,so wish me luck!

I have never participated in the Avant -Garde arts and craft shows,but look forward to meeting everyone and working with all of the venders and customers.

My inspiration comes from  mostly seasonal flavors and colors. I love celebrating the holidays no matter how small. Additionally,the  customers
inspire meet to create new items every show.  For example, I recently added a sugar free line of products to my line.

My creative process occurs in two  ways. First I love growing local confectionary stores looking for new products.  Molds for suckers, new sprinkles,flavor gels, cupcake papers,and  the like send me in to fits of excitement. Secondly, I like to challenge myself to create at least one new product every show I attend.  This process has helped me to build my repertoire  for custom orders.

In five years I hope to have purchased a store front to sell my products.  I would also like to create a mail order system for my products as well.
The main message behind my work is celebrate with fun yummy treats!

Meet Margot from Memories by Margot…
I am a newlywed to an amazing husband that is so supportive of my business! I work full-time as a high school Spanish teacher, and spend much of my time outside of work in my studio working on my personal scrapbooking, but also on developing pre-made and custom made scrapbook pages and albums for Memories by Margot.  


Memories by Margot is the scrapbooking business born out of my love for creating unique scrapbook pages that capture life's many exciting moments.  After gifting scrapbooks to friends and family, and having produced scrapbooks of my own for over 12 years, I finally decided to share the opportunity with others to have creative, unique, and personalized pages that capture life's special moments. 

I am relatively new to the craft-show circuit, so this will be my 1st Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show. I am very excited to be part of such a great show, and am very much looking forward to participating in shows down the road!
 I am most inspired by the events in my life that I get to share with my family and friends! Attending weddings, family vacations, new babies, holidays together, and the everyday fun we have together brings me so much joy, and I love capturing these memories in my scrapbooks!  It’s my mission to provide this opportunity to others!

Though I have always been a scrapbooker, it wasn’t until my husband and my close friends encouraged me to sell my work! When the people closest to you are your biggest cheerleaders, it builds a confidence to launch your own business!

The majority of my “creative process” is driven by the joy that others get from the Memories by Margot pages and completed albums. My favorite moments are getting a thank you e-mail or a message that somebody was moved to tears by the gift of my work! It very much validates the time and thought that goes into each page, and drives me to want to bring Memories by Margot to more customers! 
In five years, I would like to see my business have a presence at even more craft shows, and I hope to find myself OVERWHELMED with online orders. Though this business was started with the goal of supporting my own hobby of scrapbooking, who wouldn’t want to have a successful and profitable business?!?!

The message behind Memories by Margot pre-made and custom made pages is to provide creative, unique, and personalized pages to capture life’s precious moments at an affordable price. These pages make great gifts when added to picture frames and shadow boxes!
Visit my website at: www.memoriesbymargot.com

Yvonne Davis from Grasshoppin by Yvonne…
 My name is Yvonne Davis and I am 37 yrs old. I grew up between Thompson and Perry and currently live in Rock Creek.  I enjoy activities outside with nature like bike riding, canoeing creek hiking and walking the beach.  I love family/friend gatherings where we gather to eat, share stories, laugh and play games.

This summer will be my second full year of vending shows but this is my first Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show.

What inspires me to create is not always the same. Sometimes ideas will just come to me and sometimes I will see something that will inspire me to tweek it and make it my own. I have always been somewhat creative, it’s just been hiding for awhile. What brought it out has been a conglomeration of things. The big push to vend my creations was getting let go of my job...A Blessing in disguise! My creative process is simply a Blessing from The Higher Power.

 I think my wood burning and paintings are my talents. How I discovered wood burning is my ex-boyfriends mother gave me hers and said “here, you do something with this". I found some wood, borrowed my step dad’s sander and thought ok, now what do I burn on this? I have always thought henna designs were so pretty so I went on line and found some inspiration and away we went! The fairy paintings came from an old Time magazine add from the 50's or so. This beautiful lady standing on the edge of a cliff just taking in the glories of the universe (well, that's how I interpreted it). I love fairly pictures so I thought how cool would it be to get a tattoo of a fairy on a cliff side. I had a tattoo artist draw me up one on paper (because I could not draw people) but I didn't like it. Needless to say I didn't get the tattoo.

Years later, when I bought my house my friends threw me a house warming party and brought a very large canvas and paints for all that came to paint me an abstract. Each person was to do one stroke and then I would have my friends and family's love with me in my home with this picture. It turned out obnoxious! I felt bad to not have it hanging so I thought I would use it to paint this fairy picture on. That is how I got started painting. 

In five years, I am seeing myself having a store, possibly like a local art co-op. The message behind my work is inspiration, beauty within yourself, peace, love, caring, sharing...anything positive! Whatever kind of good it makes you feel.

Meet Lindsay Jean-Marie from LJM…
I’ve been designing and studying the art of crochet and knit for over 10 years thanks to my artistic grandmother and mother.

 My goal is to design my knitwear collection to encourage women to express themselves with one of-a-kind wearable art accessories. 
With my unique open weave design, each piece has been created to bring sophistication and sex appeal to all of the confident professional women in the world.
My motto:
Beauty = Confidence
Confidence = Success

Women who are Confident wear Wearable Art Pieces


2014 Summit County Spring Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday April 12th- 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday April 13th- 11:00am-5:00pm
St. George's Fellowship Centre
3204 Ridgewood Rd.
Fairlawn, OH 44333
For more information, contact Becki Cooper, Event Coordinator
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Friday, March 28, 2014

Handbags, jewelry and glasswork...OH MY!

Meet Tonya Raies of Just "T" Jewelry...
About myself, I am an Instructional Designer for a local utility company. I am creative by nature, so I am blessed to have the opportunity to use my creativity in my 9 to 5 life.
I began my artistic endevors as a young adult..I dabbled in several different mediums, but it was't until I found jewelry making  about 10 years ago that I really found my passion.
I'm inspired by the colors in nature, and usually walk with my eyes scanning the ground for intersting shaped rocks, leaves and the amazing colors of moss growing on our local trees. So many things inspire my work, I'm am always picking the brains of other artists, for tips and tricks. One of my most favorite things to do is to rummage through my friends jewelry boxes. 

My only hope for my creations is that they will bring joy to the person who wears it. 

Meet Tammy House of One and Done Designs...
I am a graphic designer of trade and consumer magazines by day, sewing fanatic by night. I enjoy making handbags, blankets and pillows — it lets me get my girly creative side out.
Realizing that I needed a creative, stress-relieving outlet, about a year ago my mother-in-law recommended I get back into sewing. I borrowed one of her machines and started going with her to her sewing classes at Lackman’s Sewing Center. There, I learned how to use her embroidery machine. For my first project, I made a cross-body bag for myself, and my friends and family loved it. It just clicked with me. I really enjoyed making unique bags.
A few friends at work talked me into having a show during a lunch hour and it was big success. Now they said I needed find a way to sell my designs. So I needed a name for my business — One and Done Designs — perfect. That’s what I do. I find remnant fabrics and trims and put them in my stash. I never know in advance what I will do with the fabrics I purchase. I make them on the fly, which makes each of my bags unique. No two are the same. I add a little bling to all of my pieces. I use a combination of decorator fabric, reclaimed fabric, trims, embroidery, crystals and beads. I add beaded pulls to all of my bags with zippers. And the inside of my bags are just as fun as the outside. There's even a surprise pattern inside the pockets for an added treat. I enjoy combining fun and different colors and patterns.
I started a Facebook page to post my designs (https://www.facebook.com/oneanddonedesigns) and I was getting more requests for my bags. I started looking for a show that had other artists and crafters who were also unique. I found the Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show.
The Avant-Garde Show is my first public show. It’s exciting and inspires me to come up with even more unique bags. I am looking forward to seeing how this all plays out!

Meet Pat & Pam from Classy Glass Creations...
Pam and I have always created much from little. We learn most things by hands on trial and error. Talent? I think talent is much like beauty; it lies in the eyes of the beholder. 

How we got started.. we were treasure hunting in Michigan one day and we found a beautiful yard sculpture made from beautiful glass pieces. We really wanted to bring it home to our own garden, but the price was far above our reach. Pam decided right then she would learn how to make them for her and eventually, others.
Family history is our inspiration. We come from a long line of artisans: our Dad worked with metals and wood for many years crafting unique and useable items, one grandmother took up painting at 84 and left behind beautiful works of art, and our Mom did ceramics for many years and took great pleasure in giving them to others to enjoy. I have a strong appreciation for antiques and hand crafted treasures. I also have a talent for sales and marketing, and am skilled in seeking out great pieces to build our items. Pam’s talent is in seeing things differently. She is inspired by finding new beauty in the plain and ordinary. For her personally, it is therapy that allows her to share her visions with others.
The message behind our work is that everything holds value and beauty, if you look beyond the surface or expected use. You can draw outside the lines and make one of the most beautiful pictures ever. And finally, it is our responsibility to preserve parts of the past for future generations to learn from and love as we have.

Meet Cassandra Julian of Sew Modern Momma Creations...
I realized my talent way back when I was making dresses for my dolls, then it was a good grade in home economics, now it's just a desire to be able to share my ideas and creations with others in the hope I can help them find something that will work with their family's needs. Adding a little income to being a stay-at-home mom has been a nice prospect too, of course.
I have spent years trying to find less expensive and adorable accessories to help keep me organized and in some cases SANE! It's also been super tricky to find stuff that I love that my husband would also like and not be embarrassed to carry. So I decided to make my own, and that is what drives my creativity. 
I discovered my talent when I first started trying to copy the expensive American Girl dresses, and did a pretty darn good job! I try to think about the things that have helped me and my friends on a day-to-day basis with our kiddos, and some things that would be nice to have for my 4-legged kids.
The message behind my work is simply that you don't have to have boring or stereotypical items in your baby arsenal and that you can have some fun with your pet's items too!



2014 Summit County Spring Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday April 12th- 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday April 13th- 11:00am-5:00pm
St. George's Fellowship Centre
3204 Ridgewood Rd.
Fairlawn, OH 44333
For more information, contact Becki Cooper, Event Coordinator
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Friday, October 18, 2013

Find Amazing Gifts from These Passionate Crafters

Meet Barbara Kessler from Two Country Chics Decor and More...
I've been married to an awesome man for 38 years. We have two grown sons with two grandchildren. We live in Mantua, Ohio. I've been crafting for 1 1/2 years. This will be my first Avant-Garde show.
I see something that someone is throwing away and wonder what I could do with it. I get a lot of great ideas from magazines, Pinterest, and the best source - other crafters!
I have always refurbished furniture for my own use and have always gotten compliments. I also salvaged a couple of old vintage windows and used them in my own home for decor. Over the years, people kept telling me that I had a talent and I could see what I do. I was hesitant at first. I decided to 'try' it out. I hit the garage, rummage, and estate sale trail, salvaged a handful of furniture and windows and got to work. I advertised as an open house in my home, passing out flyers and crossing my fingers. It was a hit! People were actually buying my product! I got together with my friend who loves to do the same thing. That's when 'Two Country Chics Decor and More' got started. We started out with small craft shows and worked our way up to Festivals. We have our product and 'The Olde Picket Fence' in Hartville, Ohio. We are excited to bring our product to the Fall Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show for the first time!
I currently work full-time. I hope that in 5 years I can replace my full-time job with what I love to do!

Meet Bob & Ruth from Chocoteer Chocolates...
Bob & I (Ruth) are business as well as personal partners, which makes for a interesting and fun combination.  Bob handles the business side & I the creative side, with input from both. Combined we have 4 grown children, & 3 grandsons, with one more on the way.


Chocoteer Chocolates has been open since January, 2013, but I have made different chocolates & candies for 20+ years. This will be Chocoteer Chocolates' first show.
When I come across a spice, smell, flavor that I like, I have to try it with chocolate. I tend to like bold flavors.  It can be hit & miss until I come up with the right combination of flavors & chocolate, but it is fun and interesting to try. What is the worst that can happen? 

I like everything chocolate; I wanted to do one thing and one thing well. I decided to do chocolate bars only, but with different combinations of flavors. I also make them in milk, dark, & white chocolate. My creative process is simple, when something pops into to my mind, I try it. If it works fantastic, if not, I try again with something different or a different combination until I am satisfied with the end product.

I believe in promoting eating pure, natural foods.  I use only the finest ingredients, without any artificial ingredients, dyes, or preservatives. My chocolate bars are made in small batches, hand poured, and hand wrapped by us.


Chocoteer Chocolates has its own literacy program called READ ON. We believe that every child deserves the chance to read and to own at least one book that is their own. Reading is the greatest gift we can give our children, we read every day of our lives, and is the foundation of learning everything else.                                                
We take 10% of our sales (excluding shipping costs), and buy books from local authors and book stores and give the books to children.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Website: www.chocoteerchocolates.com
Email: Chocoteer@gmx.com

Meet Barbara Berkesch from Backwoods Leather...
I work full-time in the cell phone industry, but I have a lot of hobbies and other interests that keep me busy. I've shown and bred Great Pyrenees for over 30 years and have completed championships on about 20 dogs. I learned how to scuba dive about 20 years ago and take a dive vacation every year. I enjoy hiking and volunteer for the Medina County Park District in their Trail Monitor program.

I have been doing leather craft for about 20 years. It started when a friend gave me a leather key ring in the shape of a Great Pyrenees, I thought it was pretty cool and I wanted to learn how to make one. I went to a leather store and took lessons on how to tool and how to work with leather. I also joined a leather guild that was active at that time where I gained more knowledge on techniques and different styles. I also subscribe to a publication of leather crafting which provides other ideas and techniques.  

I always thought I did not have a creative mind but I do find myself looking at an object I like and then picture in my mind how it can be put to leather. For special requests I use my mind to figure out how to complete the project before I even cut a piece of leather or trace a pattern. I cannot free hand a design, I need to trace a design and then make changes to accommodate the pattern that I'm working on. My expertise is in the tooling of the leather to create the 3 dimensional affect.

I believe there is beauty in nature and leather and wood have wonderful grains that I think enhance the beauty of whatever I'm making. When I make hiking sticks I use sticks that have fallen from trees, nothing live is taken. Sticks are chosen for their shape and strength. After they are sanded the finish goes on and then the natural beauty of the grain shows through. The dream catchers are made with quartz beads and real suade lace. The necklaces are made with leather beads and stone focals.

I hope to retire in 5 years from my full time job which would give me time to devote to my hobbies. This would also give me weekends off so I can participate in more craft shows. The Summit County fall show will be the second show I've participated in for Avant-Garde.

Meet Rachel Jones from Crochet by Rachel...
My name is Rachel Jones. I am a stay at home mom who runs her own business. I have an amazing husband and two beautiful children. I have a passion for what I do. I love to crochet and create fun fingerless gloves and baby blankets. I also do little girl hair accessories, but,  I love the gloves because they are something a bit different and they really add some pop to an outfit.  I love to help women stand out and feel unique. I make gloves for men and they love them for their practicality.
I have been crocheting for five years, but I just launched my business this past September. The show in Fairlawn will be my first!
I am inspired by my kids, by styles I see in magazines, by colors, really anything different inspires me. I can see a pattern and think to myself, “wow, that would be great as a glove!!”

I have always loved handmade clothes and accessories!  I practiced and practiced for hours! I think I evolved into what I do now, I don’t think it was so much a discovery as it was a process and evolution of what I love to do and who I am.

I usually watch sci-fi shows, such as Grimm and Harry Potter, the fashion in those productions inspire me and get my creativity flowing!

I plan on exporting all over the US and hopefully in Australia.



Dream big and don’t be afraid to be who you are. Being unique is a blessing!

Meet Susan Kurtz from Susie Kays...
I am a mother of three school age children, who is fairly new to Ohio.  The family has moved many times, and my crafting has kept me sane.  I have a Bachelor of Arts in Design, and I am also a graduate Jeweler Gemologist.  I have always had a love for sparkly items, starting from when I was very young.  I would sneak up to my Grandmothers Attic and try on her sequin dresses, and all of her rhinestones.  I love taking something, and creating something different with it.
I have been in the jewelry industry since the 1990’s, and have been crafting as long as I can remember.  I revisited the sewing machine only a few years ago when I started creating the up-cycled mittens.  That turned into Brooch bouquets, but I always return to my first love, jewelry.
I become inspired to create by my general lack of non-creating.  Sounds strange, but if I do not create something for a few days, I get this urge.  One day it may be to sew, one day it may be to bead.  Vintage items inspire me, and I love turning them into something unique. 

I left the jewelry industry when I had children.  By creating my own items, it enabled me to stay at home with them.  I opened my Etsy store in 2011.

I have always been artistic.  I enjoy working with my hands, and my mother taught me to sew.  I have a good eye for design, and create things that I would want to have for myself.
A bouquet usually starts with a color, or a specific brooch that I will work around.  I group them by size and shape and work out an appealing design.  The wool sweaters inspire the mittens.  The jewelry is usually inspired by something that I would actually want to wear.
I would hope that I could still make a little “mad money” by selling my craft items.  I don’t need to be the biggest; I just hope to make a little extra from my work.  I enjoy working with Brides, and love being involved in such a special day.

Create what makes you happy.






2013 Summit County Fall Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday & Sunday October 19 & 20, 2013 11:00am-5:00pm
St. George's Fellowship Centre
3204 Ridgewood Rd.
Fairlawn, OH 44333
For more information, contact Becki Cooper, Event Coordinator
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