ECO CHIC CRAFTACULAR VENDOR SPOTLIGHT

Meg's Mix is the new sweet treat in town!
1. Please describe what you make.
I make yummy baked goods from scratch under the Ohio Cottage Foods Law. Cookies, cupcakes, icing, cinnamon rolls and chocolate-covered strawberries. 

2. How did you end up making this/doing this?
I began baking with my mom when I was a little kid and absolutely loved it. It's been my hobby ever since. 

3. In what way are some of your creations "green" or eco friendly?
Right now I am looking for more green solutions for delivery that will still provide a quality product in the end. 

4. Is this your "work" or your "hobby" or both?
Baking is a little more than my hobby but one day I hope to make it my full-time job.

5. What do you love about participating in arts & crafts shows?
I love to meet new people and shop local!

6. If you could have any superpower what would it be?
Teleportation. Cheap travel to anywhere.

7. Describe your dream vacation.
I would love to take a world cruise.



8. Name your top 5 favorite things to do/go to/see in Columbus.
1. North Market
2. Hollywood Casino
3. Farmers Markets,Craft Sales, and Local Fairs
4. Columbus Zoo
5. Easton


We agree! Great choices Meg!


Stop by and visit Meg's Mix at Eco Chic Craftacular 2015!!

Thank you to our sponsor Virtue Salon.  Virtue Salon prides itself on being Columbus' only vegan hair salon.  They use only products that are vegan, not animal tested, and botanically based in the salon.  They recycle every bottle, cap and container. Cut hair is collected and composted, and they use no paper products at all, and the towels are washed with biodegradable detergents.  Their goal is to become a zero waste facility.  They are a full service hair salon in Clintonville.  



We have a great music line up for you for 
Eco Chic Craftacular 2015!

SATURDAY MAY 16th 

*Remember to tip the musicians and by a CD! These wonderful people have donated their time to benefit the Whetstone Community Center! Support local music!

12:30 to 1pMidnight Coast


Midnight Coast is a 4-piece alternative rock band with primary influences from Twenty One Pilots, Ben Folds, and Coldplay. The members of the band are not set to just one instrument but jump around stage playing everything from piano and guitar, to ukulele and synth. They currently have two albums on iTunes and Spotify. "Midnight Coast EP" and "Everything in White". Songs are supposed to make you think. 


1:15 to 1:45pRyan Pope Band

       

Straight out of Cleveland, Ryan Pope is an aspiring singer-songwriter who has worked hard to establish himself as an up-and-coming artist. With parts spread deep into pop, hip-hop, soul, and rock 'n roll; Ryan's eclectic background is a springboard for his upbeat, acoustic-driven music. 
Ryan started out at open-mic performances, and in 2010, he moved down to Columbus. With persistence and dedication, he is now expanding his band and his catalog of original songs. He is striving to reach audiences throughout Columbus and the surrounding area, and eventually hopes to embark on a national tour. Catch the Ryan Pope Band as they frequent local bars, restaurants, and music venues.
Ryan has a breakthrough sound that is beginning to touch the masses.
You won't hear original music like this anywhere else! 


2-2:30pKrenelka Trio

     
This acoustic trio plays very cool tunes from the 70s to today - from Steely Dan to KT Tunstall to Ziggy Marley. Todd's unique guitar interpretations and Bec's bluesy soulful voice blend in a way that only many years of playing together produces. Jason's tasty percussion ties it all together to give this trio a very unique sound. 

2:45 to 3:15pOne Eye Theory

  
One Eye Theory is a Columbus-based band of five songwriters who bring their musical influences together to create music based in rock with tastes of alternative, jazz/rock, Americana, and funk. Established in 2008, OET has performed at Comfest, Lifestyles Community Pavilion, Woodlands, The Shrunken Head, and dozens of other top music venues in Central Ohio. 


4:15 to 5pMonkey Rider


Monkey Rider is an alt-country/blues/rock band that does original music and covers. Band membership: Tony Young (lead guitar/vocals), Bill Rish (lead vocals/harmonica), Tim Hammond(rhythm guitar/vocals), Jim Sites (bass guitar) and John Anderson (drums/vocals).

ECO CHIC CRAFTACULAR VENDOR SPOTLIGHT


Please describe what you make.
Purposefully Restored offers unique upcycled and eco-friendly handmade items.  We specialize in functional art; organizational wall d├ęcor - calendars, memo boards, weekly planners, menu boards, etc.  We also offer wooden peg dolls, travel mugs and tumblers, cake stands, and customizable plates/clocks.  This may seem like an odd combination (and it surely is, lol), but our mission is simple:  To reuse the discarded and promote eco-friendly gifts and culture.  Our items have been given new life as an upcycled piece of art, or have made their way into our shop based on their eco-friendly attributes that either promote reuse, recycling, or sustainable components.

How did you end up making this/doing this?
It’s funny, I never necessarily planned Purposefully Restored but I’ve always been an artist / thrifting / yard sale junkie – so this was pretty ingrained in my way of being! When Tom & I started PR, I had recently become a stay at home mom and life was CHAOS. So, I needed some organizational things to get all of us back into shape at home.  I grabbed a frame from the thrift store down the street, painted it teal, and decided to chalk paint the glass to create our “chore chart”.  I was so excited with how it turned out, and snapped a pic and put it on my Facebook.  People loved it, and I was inspired!  I mean, I love making something old & ugly really neat and interesting; it’s so fulfilling!  A couple weeks later I needed a few cake stands for a party, so I made those from thrift shop remnants too.  Next thing I know, a friend that bakes is trading me cakes for stands, several other people had asked me to purchase them, friends are asking for chalkboards for their homes, and we decided to fill those orders and make a few more things.  A month or two later we did a tiny little craft setup at a local farm market and people loved all of it!  We were hooked! 

In what way are some of your creations "green" or eco-friendly?
Tom & I do everything in our power to keep junk out of the landfills in our everyday life by cloth diapering, recycling, composting, and reducing waste with re-usable goods whenever possible.  We wanted to make ART that can be eco-friendly!  Being green isn’t just about plastic bags and trash – It’s about beauty too! Every frame we use is 100% recycled. Meaning, it came from a thrift shop, yard sale, or Freecycle.  Our peg dolls are made from solid turned wood, sustainably sourced & manufactured in the USA.  Coffee mugs we make are 2nd hand, and the tumblers are so cute you’ll never want to put your coffee in a disposable cup again ;)

Is this your "work" or your "hobby" or both?
It’s both, really.  It started as a hobby for sure, but it blossomed into so much more.  Art is still the most soothing thing we do.  There’s nothing better than looking over at Tom at 11:30 pm after all the kids have been in bed and we’re in our groove working on projects.  He always has a smile on his face while he’s painting or distressing a frame.  I still get giddy and make him stop what he’s doing to critique each design as I’m finished mocking it up.  This is what we love to do.  It may be our “second job”, as we call it, but it’s definitely our favorite :)



What do you love about participating in arts & crafts shows?
We really love talking with shoppers and hearing what they are looking for or why they are in love with a certain piece we’ve made.  Some of my favorite times are when a customer has told me what my piece meant to them – whether it was the skyline of Cincinnati that they were taking to their new home in another state, or the coffee mug that they got themselves as a little “pick me up” for making it another week with without their sister.  Art is love, and I love sharing it with others <3

If you could have any superpower what would it be?
Without a doubt, teleportation!  We have 4 kids!  Can you imagine how much “me-time” I would have if I could stay out of the car?!  ;)

Describe your dream vacation.
I would love to take one of the art tours through Europe! Greece, Paris, Rome!  Ahhhh!!!
I would be in absolute heaven.

Name your top 5 favorite things to do/go to/see in Columbus.

Since we’re from Cincinnati, my knowledge of things to do in Columbus is rather limited.  But - COSI is definitely a family favorite!  We do LOVE Rock on the Range.  Our daughters have requested a trip to the American Girl Store in Easton for birthdays this year too! We want to visit the zoo this summer, and would like to eventually see in Ohio State game at the stadium. 

Thanks Tabitha!


Stop by and visit Purposefully Restored at Eco Chic 2015!