Thursday, December 12, 2019

Time to Get Festive in Chagrin Falls!

Meet R Squared Limited Edition...
My husband and I live in Strongsville, Oh. My day job is in banking and crafts and beading fill much of my free time. I have been crafting for my entire life and have been beading seriously for about eight to nine years. My mom was crafty so we always had something around to work on.

My inspiration comes from lots of places - things I see, other crafters, books, videos, nature, previous crafts. I am constantly learning - changes what techniques I use. I very much enjoyed the journey of learning. I very much enjoy teaching - sharing my knowledge and experience and especially showing people the right way, and the wrong way to do some of the techniques. I share my experimenting and 'fails'!!
Determining what to make comes from various influences. I hate getting stale so I am constantly researching and reading. Once I know what I want to make I begin to select materials. Then I just go for it. This is my seventh or eight Avant-Garde show and I am super excited to return!

Meet Heidi Page of My Caterpillar Wings...
Like most of us, I am so many different people at once! I am joyfully married to my husband of 14 years and we have two incredible daughters with whom I try to spend meaningful time (while I still can!). I spent a couple of years doing musical theater with our 12 year old daughter and this year I am a Girl Scout with our 9 year old. I spend my days at Case Western Reserve University where I was once a research scientist and now work on the compliance and administrative side in support of our researchers.  I love to be outside, to read and to be at the bottom of a snuggle pile.  I would be remiss, and likely disowned, if I did not mention how much I enjoy the newest addition to the family, our Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Sebastian. 
I made hemp and beaded jewelry in my younger years but this, the intention and energy jewelry, I have only been making for about 6 months and selling it for even less time.  My own spiritual and emotional needs drew me back to meditation first, then working with healing stones and creating energy and intention bracelets second. I made a few bracelets for myself out of healing stones and it wasn't long before I started to hear from others, "That's really cool, I need one of those!" Which evolved into, "Do you sell these?" I was honestly surprised others wanted to buy what I created! It is more than putting pieces together to create a pretty bracelet and I think that is the draw. I think it is less about talent and more about the care I put into these. Or maybe the care is my talent? I often cleanse my space with a smudge stick before I begin to work. I might lay out a crystal or two to help me focus my thoughts and energy on what I want to create, and everything I make is made thoughtfully, with intention and cleansed through smudging before being given to my customer or taken to a show. Every bracelet comes with a card explaining the stones used, numerical significance, if any, and the intention that created it.  I suspect that part is more the talent than stringing beads?
People inspire me. I try to hear and internalize the problems and concerns of the people around me, or those that are so common we all cope with. I want to help alleviate those problems for people. I want to provide aides and tools to overcome mountains, to help people persevere, to grow, to love ourselves and others, to evolve into the best of ourselves. The message of my work is that none of us are done yet. We are all still evolving and we have a say in how that goes. Listen to your inner voice (the kind one!) and the Universe and hear what they are telling you, discover what you need and go get it so you can be the best of yourself.  

Meet Lisa Wilson of Nectar of the Vine...
We are a family owned & operated business for over 14 years now with our wine slushy mixes. We take great care to offer a wonderful product with a great deal of selection of flavors and options of how to make our mixes. Our favorite motto is spike it how you like it from wine to moonshine! Though we have done this for fourteen years, this is our first Avant-Garde show.
We love being able to offer our customers a great tasting product & seeing what joy it brings to them. Getting to travel to different festivals and shows & experiencing the people & the surrounding things to do in that area is something we love about our craft.
In five years, hopefully we are growing the company to the best it can be.The message behind out work is to sit back & enjoy life and relax with your friends & family with a great wine slushy or a warm wine cocktail.

Meet Erica and Hope of Decade's Dream Soap...
We are a mom (Hope) and daughter (Erica) partnership. We both have a wide variety of interests and love spending time creating, talking, and laughing. When not soaping together, Hope cares for her aging mom and Erica works as a digital marketer as well as a fitness coach.

We’ve been making soap together regularly for about two and a half years. Initially, Hope took a class on how to make soap around the time her youngest of three children was leaving home. Erica, always curious and eager to learn, thought making soap with her mom was a stellar idea. As making soap is practical as well as fun, we’ve stuck with it. We’d like to believe that we infuse our soap with our care and creativity when making each batch.

Hope loves color, wants to know how things are constructed (fabric, usually), and always wants to rearrange (furniture, appliances, you-name-it) and make things look beautiful while retaining or improving their functionality.

Erica loves to build things (both digitally and physically). She likes to understand how things work and then apply that knowledge to improve her part of the process. Logic and intuition play a part in how she creates, with attention to detail being an asset with both artistic and technical endeavors.

We believe that our products should be practical and beautiful. Our soap is meant to be used, and, while it’s a consumable item, it’s also something that adds joy to the sometimes mundane experience of washing.

This will be our first show with Avant-Garde and we’re very excited to participate as a vendor!


2019 Chagrin Falls Winter Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday & Sunday, December 14 & 15, 2019
Saturday - 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday- 11:00am-5:00pm
Federated Church Family Life Center
16349 Chillicothe Rd.
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, Event Coordinator at
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