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Upcoming Events for the Summer!

Our summer is shaping up to be a busy one! We’ve got a bunch of events added to the Calendar.

April: Blackstone Raid and Steel City Con! Steel City is just books.

May: AEthelmearc War Practice

June: We have a few events pending, so we’ll see what happens.

July: PENNSIC!

August: MORE PENNSIC!

So, yeah – Lots going on so far, with the potential for way more, because we have other events pending.

So – Will we see you at any? Are you looking for anything in particular that you’d like to see? Let me know in the comments!

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I Made It! Mine Happening Next Month

Whether you’re into Valentine’s Day or not, it’s coming, and there’s more to look forward to than day-after discount chocolate.

On February 4th, 10 days before, you can join us and a bunch of other local artists and makers to shop!

So, if you’re looking for something for your sweetheart or you’re single and want to show yourself some love, you should come to SouthSide Works and see what’s in store. Carrie and the I Made It! crew always put on a great show!

Here’s the link to the event on Facebook: I Made It! Mine on FB

I’d post an event link to their website, but they’re in the middle of a redesign right now. It’ll be up soon, though!

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Happy 2017!

It’s 2017! I hope you had a great holiday. Ours was… A little crazy, but we’re fine. Any by crazy, I mean four days of over a hundred mile car rides and the power steering giving out on McKnight, but I digress. We’re fine, and we had fun seeing our families and going to the little one’s first violin recital. It was adorable.

But what’s in store for 2017? Well, aside from planning for our future brick-and-mortar, we’re confirmed for Gulf Wars, a massive SCA event down South in mid-March. We also have an event coming up this weekend, the Winter Food Truck-a-Paloosa!

It’s indoors on the 7th at the Monroeville Convention Center, so you don’t have to worry about crappy weather ruining your food. There’s also going to be music, kids’ activities, and a craft market set up, which we will be a part of! I’m really excited, because this means delicious food trucks that I normally can’t get to at outdoor shows. I’m either stuck alone in the tent and can smell them, whch is torture, or they’re so far away I have no idea what’s there and I don’t know if I can eat it or not, so I usually don’t bother.*

Mac & Gold truck, I got you in my sights. Same to you, Oh My Grille. I’ve not seen Billu’s Indian Grille, but if it’s got chicken vindaloo in it, it’s got my money already.

So, hungry yet? Join us this weekend at the Food Truck-a-Paloosa for some delicious local food! Tickets are only $10, and the proceeds benefit Monroeville Volunteer Fire Department #6.

*Fun Bran Fact – I have an intolerance to mammal meat. I react just like someone with lactose intolerance. It sucks, but I deal. Just gotta watch what I eat. Luckily, there’s PLENTY I can eat on Saturday.
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It’s 2016 – What’s the Plan?

That’s the big question, isn’t it? It’s the beginning of January, so it’s time to make some plans and start getting things done. If you’re in the SCA like us, you probably got some cool new Society-themed toys for Christmas. Now that it’s 2016, you’re making plans to finally get that weaving done, or learn how to sew. Perhaps you’ve got your eye on a top combat spot, and you’re eager for your local practices to start up again.

I know it’s early, but Gulf Wars isn’t that far off. If you meet weekly, you’ve got only 8 or so more meetups until it’s time to hit the field! With that in mind:

What do you need to make your persona complete?

I do metalwork, and I know literally dozens of professional artists and craftspeople. I can help you get your look together in more ways than one! Leave a comment and I’ll do my best to get you in touch with people who either sell what you’re looking for, or who can make it happen. My commission schedule is wide open now that the holiday orders are finished, so if you need metalwork, we’ll get it done.

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Coming Up: The Procrastinator’s Ball

Fellow Yinzers, there’s no need to panic! You can do all your last-minute Christmas shopping next weekend at the Procrastinator’s Ball. It’ll be at Spirit in Lawrenceville, from noon to 6.
Here’s the link to their website, and here’s The Procrastinator’s Ball on Facebook, so you can invite your friends! There will be music, food trucks, and drinks to top off the revelry, so come on out and Join Us!

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Sweetwater Holiday mART 2015

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Hard to believe it’s almost the end of October, right? And you know what’s next. I mean, how can you miss it? There are decorations already going up in stores!

But I’m gonna say it, because it’s already on my mind – Christmas.

Yep. Before you know it, there will be snowflakes and red ribbons and wreaths allll over the place. As artists, we have to think months ahead. We’ve been busy looking for holiday shows and checking out gift guides. One of the shows we’re doing again this year is the Sweetwater Center for the Arts Holiday mART in Sewickley, PA. The show runs from November 29th through December 6th.

This is especially good because you have time to browse the works of dozens of local artists in a beautiful indoor space. No weekend craft show rush! Also, they have special events going on during Holiday mART times, some of which include wine.

If you live in Pittsburgh and love shopping in-person, that’s great! But if you’re outside of Pittsburgh or would rather do your shopping with your computer, what this means for you is that some of our work is going to be leaving the on-line shop before then. So, if you haven’t already, sign up for our newsletter with the Subscribe box below and get yourself some discount codes so you can snag your favorite pieces before they go to Sweetwater (where the on-line codes won’t work).

I’ll also be photographing and posting new items several times a week until then, so keep your eyes peeled!

Anything specific you want to see? Bracelets? Cufflinks? Pins? Let me know in the comments!

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Next Up: Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta

We’ve been busy bees around here, going to NOWM, visiting family and, of course, making ALL. THE. JEWELRY. The summer show season is upon us, and we’ve got to hustle to make it good.

In addition to making jewelry, I’ve also been hard at work trying to photograph all the new pieces and get them up here on the website. Here’s three of the latest items! There’s a simple moonstone pendant in a quatrefoil medieval-style setting, a chain necklace that looks good with everything, and a medieval ring pin studded with lab sapphires!

Unless these get snapped up on the website, you can expect to see them and more new things at the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta! It’s less than two weeks away, and right after that is Southside Works Exposed, so we’ve got some forging, smithing and stonecutting to do.

As always, if you’re local to da ‘Burgh and don’t want to pay shipping, let me know and I’ll have it boxed and ready for you at the show.

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Engraving Lessons and More

I hope I get a glimpse of Gates McFadden!

Okay, we’ve got a few upcoming things for you! First off, you can find us this weekend at the Steel City Con in the Monreville Convention center! We’ll be there selling Brian’s superhero novel, The Horrible Plan of Horace Pickle. If you like offbeat superheroes like the Mystery Men, the Red Panda or The Tick and his friends, you’ll like this book. His writing style is often compared to the great (and sadly, late) Terry Pratchett.

We’ll be in the Artist’s Alley, in the first row island. And if there’s any piece of jewelry here that you’ld like to see in particular, let me know. I’ll bring it to the con.

But the big, BIG news is that I will not be mailing out orders from May 3rd to May 10th because I will be taking engraving lessons in Kansas! I want to make you the very best historical jewelry that I can, but let’s face it – Personalizing a piece of jewelry with the lettering stamps available doesn’t really do it. I know you don’t want a gorgeous shield pendant personalized with Comic Sans font.

Imagine – Being able to order a REAL, hand-engraved posey ring! I’m excited at the prospect of making them!

This is exciting, but the more immediate thing is that Mother’s Day is May 10th. Yep. Mother’s Day. Already! So, if you’d like to get anything for Mother’s Day (or drop hints), you need to order soon.

Will you be at Steel City Con? Tell me whose autograph you’d love to get in the comments!

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