The weather outside may be getting frightful, but thanks to the internet, shopping for locally made items can be easy from home. Take a few moments during the next several weeks to discover the talents of some of our local makers, creators, and artisans in Northeast Ohio and just a bit beyond. To whet your appetite for locally made and designed items, here’s a list of a few of your creative neighbors.
Places to Put Things
Ken Moran of Mentor has created an Etsy shop, Places To Put Things, which showcases his love of antiques and woodworking. He scours the markets for vintage glass treasures and then hand crafts a lid for each, creating unique and useful storage containers. From colorful Depression glass sugars and creamers, to drinking glasses made from vintage soda bottles, you’ll be sure to find something you can’t live without at his shop. For the next few weeks, shipping for purchases to Lake or Cuyahoga counties will be only $2.50.
Sweet Bean Candies
Kristin Barnes and Bob Barnes make chocolates, and not just any chocolates. Kristin hand-paints filled chocolate bonbons, and Bob is responsible for the bean to bar creations. We eat with our eyes first, and these small batch creations are as lovely to look at as they are to eat. Sound tempting? Drool over their creations on Instagram then visit their website at sweetbeancandies.com to order. You can email Sweet Bean at email@example.com
Find Sweet Bean Candies this holiday season at the following markets:
30th Annual ArtCraft Studio Show
December 2 and 3
Artcraft Building, 2570 Superior Avenue, Cleveland OH
Cleveland Bazaar Holiday at 78th Street Studios
December 10 and 11, 2017
78th Street Studios, 1300 W. 78th Street, Cleveland OH
Book Arts and Ephemera
Looking for unusual handmade blank books, journals, and paper ephemera for your mixed media projects? Then visit Book Arts and Ephemera an Etsy shop owned by Marianne Monaghan of Euclid. Handmade blank books and journals are covered with specialty papers such as those featuring traditional Japanese kimono patterns. The hand-sewn bindings are available in several styles. The paper items are the real thing, not photocopies, and are perfect additions to your mixed media, altered book, collage, scrapbooking, visual, or book arts creations.
The Merry Monk
Browse The Merry Monk, another shop from Euclid, to find handmade jewelry and other treasures that make life merrier. Marianne’s handmade jewelry is formed from found, reclaimed, and new components such as vintage glass, game pieces, paper ephemera, metal bits and bobs, and repurposed costume jewelry. Biblio Bling is where you’ll find literary-themed jewelry or head over to the Wearable Art Glass for jewelry crafted from vintage glassware. Bento-style project bags, progress keepers, and stitch counters for knitting and other needlecrafts can be found in the Knitting Accessories category.
SOHI River Art
Susan Shoby of Eastlake is the creative genius behind SOHI River Art. Susan uses old techniques to create stunning electric, stained-glass lanterns many of which are influenced by Arts and Craft design elements. She also designs infinity and other styles of scarves for men, women, and children ages 4-6 using a combination of fabrics and embellishments. Creative blank cards can be customized for your business. Contact Sue through text, voice mail at 440-567-9226 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org You can also find her on Facebook.
Find SOHI River Art at these Shows:
Holiday Art & Pottery Show
Nov. 18, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Willoughby Fine Arts, 38660 Mentor Avenue, Mentor, OH
30th Annual ArtCraft Studio Show
December 2 & 3, 2017
Artcraft Building, 2570 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, OH
Piazza Red Rock
Frank Pietravoia of Euclid designs greeting cards and custom photo prints from photos he’s taken in Italy, Euclid, and other locations throughout the United States. Choose from blank cards or custom design your own with the wording of your choice at time of purchase. Frank’s cards are available for purchase through his shop on https://www.zazzle.com/piazzaredrock or contact him by email at email@example.com
Belle’s Healing Solutions
I caught up with Kathleen McCarthy of Willowick at the Holiday Open House at The Green House in Euclid. Kathleen is the founder of Belle’s Healing Solutions, an all natural, vegan-friendly skin care company which started in her kitchen. They use “only select herbs, vitamins and essential oils to provide high-quality healing products” which help ease skin conditions such as eczema and rashes. You can find their products at www.belleshealingsolutions.com or follow them on Facebook.
April Fleetwood is a specialist when it comes to making colorful, creative wreaths and novelty items for holidays, sports teams, or anything you can think of. April will take your vision and make it come to life. You can find April’s creations on Facebook and Instagram at Ap_Appeals.
Anyone with special dietary restrictions knows how difficult it can be to find holiday treats that taste good and fit their special needs. Lisa is happy to create specialty treats such as chocolate coffee stirrers, caramels, mints, clusters and more. Many of these items can be made gluten free. She invites special requests and wraps each order so that it is as beautiful on the outside as the inside. Her tasty treats can be seen on Instagram flemingschocolates, and you can contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to order.
Lisa Lee Reflexology
In addition to stress and pain management, Lisa sells natural healing products such as shower vapor tablets, warming wraps, and Bliss Vapor Rub Sinus Balm for these cold months ahead. You can contact Lisa at email@example.com or find her on Facebook to get all the latest news.
And a little further afield…
mrly – High Quality Comfy Clothes for Kids
Trevor Potulski is a 2004 graduate of Euclid High School and is co- creator of the kidswear brand mrly which is located in Columbus, Ohio. At mrly, simple is beautiful. Their clothing lets a child’s personality do the talking. The company makes high-quality, super comfy, everyday clothes in gender neutral colors that are easy to mix and match. You’ll be happy to hand them down to younger siblings or friends. They source the best textiles from Japan and manufacture right here in the USA. Helping families in need is important at mrly, which is why they have partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio to donate one load of laundry for every item purchased.
Mulligan Stew Jewelry
Kate Mulligan is a jewelry designer located in Southeastern Ohio. Her hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces have been carried in artist galleries and boutiques. Her statement necklaces, earrings, and bracelets incorporate a wide variety of components and techniques, and each can take several months to complete. Her attention to detail and workmanship is extraordinary. The necklace at right was featured in a “Food As Art” event at a local gallery. Isn’t it tasty?