In the Press

6/17/2017: Flint Handmade kicks off 3rd annual Art & Craft Street Fair – ABC12 (video)

“Flint Handmade is kicking off a summer filled with art, food, music and more! The Art & Craft Street Fair runs June 17 through August 12.”

5/20/2017: Happening Today: Flint Handmade hosts a coloring party – ABC12 (video)

“Over 60 vintage and handmade vendors from Mercantile Fairs will setup shot at Crossroads Village in Flint. Crystal Pepperdine stopped by the studio to tell us all about it.”

5/03/2017: Flint Handmade demonstrates ‘crafty’ Mother’s Day gift ideas – The CW 46

“Crystal Pepperdine for Flint Handmade stopped by to show us how to make something thoughtful and creative”

4/25/2017: Local craft nonprofit celebrates 10 years – NBC25 (video)

“It’s a big milestone for one local nonprofit…its 10 year anniversary!”

4/22/2017: Annual Spring Craft Market happening next week – ABC12 (video)

“Flint Handmade is hosting their 10th Annual Spring Craft Market on Saturday, April 29.”

3/18/2017: Fling Handmade Craft Swap Day happening April 1st – ABC12 (video)

“Crystal Pepperdine with Flint Handmade talks about the organization’s annual craft swap day happening April 1st.”

3/13/2017: Pass the petite pie please – NBC25

“Tomorrow marks Pi Day! Of course, Flint Handmade is celebrating by making pie…a very small pie.”

2/18/2017: Flint Handmade ready for yoga and crafts – ABC12 (video)

“If you are on a track to get in tune with your mind, body, and spirit, this could help.”

2/3/2017: Free Flint event offers locally hand-made Valentines Day gift ideas – NBC25

“For Valentine’s Day, we encourage you to show your kids, your parents, your friends, really anyone, that you love them and want to spend time with them,” said Pepperdine.

1/12/2017: Calling all quilters – NBC25

Crystal Pepperdine of Flint Handmade says if you join the group your efforts will help support two area non-profits working to make positive change in the community.

12/6/2016: Crafts and Cocktails – NBC25 (video)

“If you aren’t in the Christmas spirit just yet, we’re about to get you there.
Flint Handmade has some holiday events to get you more into the season.”

11/27/2016: Dozens of vendors gather for Flint Handmade Holiday Craft Market – Mlive

“The event encourages shoppers to buy from local businesses and give handmade gifts, said Crystal Pepperdine, the executive director of the Flint Handmade Holiday Craft Market.”

11/26/2016: Flint Handmade Holiday Craft Market promotes small businesses, local owners – ABC 12 (video included)

“At the Masonic Temple in downtown Flint there was a unique, handmade item for everyone on your gift list.”

11/10/2016: McFarlen to host craft fair – Grand Blanc View

“The Genesee District Library is excited to partner with Flint Handmade for the 3rd Annual Book Lovers’ Craft Fair,” said Kelly Flynn, Community Relations manager for GDL. “Our patrons love everything book-related, and we love our patrons. It’s a perfect match.”

11/8/2016: DIY Success in Flint – Heart Flint Podcast (podcast)

“If you could spend everyday doing what you love, what would you do? On this episode we bring you the story of Crystal Pepperdine, a Flint, Michigan resident who turned her crafting hobby into a full-time career.”

10/26/2016: PUMPKIN PROBS! with NBC25 News – NBC25 (Facebook)

“PUMPKIN PROBS! This morning Flint Handmade is showing us creative ways to decorate our pumpkins this Halloween.”

10/26/2016: Creative Pumpkin Decorating – Kristen Aguirre NBC25 (Facebook)

“Flint Handmade in studio showing us some creative ways to decorate our pumpkins this Halloween! I did a little carving this weekend, myself. See my witch below and post a pic of your pumpkin”

10/22/2016: Flint Handmade supports local economy at Flint Farmers’ Market – Fox 66 (Video)

“At the Flint Farmers Market, a group uses their hands to earn a living and in some cases the results are quite popular.”

10/22/2016: Flint Handmade hosts make-and-take crafting at Flint Farmer’s Market – ABC 12 (Video)

Crystal Pepperdine stopped by ABC 12 to give a demo of the Flint Handmade Halloween make-and-take craft.

10/10/2016: NBC 25 Coloring with Crystal– Kristen Aguirre Tweet

“Just call us Picasso! Thanks @FlintHandmade for stopping by @NBC_25 this morning! #ColoringParty @AhmadBajjeyWx @mikewoolfolk @leslietoldo”

10/10/2016: NBC 25 Coloring with Crystal, Kristen’s Finished Product– Kristen Aguirre Tweet

“My coloring masterpiece is complete! #FlintFWD @FlintHandmade #artist”

10/10/2016: NBC 25 Coloring with Crystal, Working Hard– Kristen Aguirre Tweet

“Thanks to @FlintHandmade for helping us de-stress this morning with some coloring…sigh @mikewoolfolk @AhmadBajjeyWx @NBC_25 #relax”

10/10/2016: Coloring craze hits Vehicle City – NBC 25

The NBC 25 morning crew get busy coloring with Crystal Pepperdine.

8/21/2016: Glass Painting Event Happening at Sloan Museum – ABC 12 (video)

Crystal Pepperdine talks about how the glasses are made and the partnership with the Sloan Museum.

8/12/2016: Paint Your Own Glass and Drink From it Too – NBC 25

“We see them everywhere…those wine glasses decoratively painted. But there’s a problem, they can be expensive. Which is why Flint Handmade is showing you how to make one yourself.”

8/12/2016: Flint Handmade Glass Painting– Kristen Aguirre Tweet and Video

Crystal Pepperdine and Kristen Aguirre have some fun on Twitter talking about painting glasses.

7/7/2016: Tour Dozens of Genesee County Landmarks, Venues, Attractions for $1 – MLive

“New this year includes a stop at the Flint Handmade Summer Arts and Craft Street Fair where local artisans sell handcrafted wares, including jewelry, garden art, purses and pottery on First Street between Stevens and Wallenberg streets near the Flint Farmers’ Market.”

11/12/2015: GDL, Flint Handmade to Host Book Lover’s Craft Fair – The Burton View

“This fair is especially unique because all crafters will have a selection of book-themed goods, such as notebooks made from vintage board games, magnets and coasters featuring literary quotes, comic book collage canvases and much more.”

7/16/2015: Hip to be Flint: Soul Art of the Street Goes Viral – The Burton View

“Flint Handmade is thriving, relentless, industrious, and a vital social mechanism.”

6/18/2015: 5 Things to do in Genesee County – MLive

The Flint Handmade Art & Craft Street 5 makes the top 5 things to do in the county this week!

04/30/2015: 5 Things to do in Genesee County – MLive

The 8th Annual Fling Handmade Spring Craft Market makes the 5 things to do in the county this week!

4/9/2015: Spring Craft Market Coming May 2nd – The Burton View

“Flint Handmade has plentiful assortment of programs and workshops that bring together people from all walks of life in celebration of area creative union and exposure of the vastly varied talents sprouting into state-wide recognition and beyond.”

4/9/2015: Hip to be Square, BEE There – The Burton View

“Whaley Historic House Museum and Flint Handmade have paired together to present an Old- Fashioned Quilting Bee Workshop Series every third Saturday of every other month in 2015, and for interested readers the next opportunity to become a part of the buzz-worthy trend of renewal and much gratification is just around the corner.”

2/12/2015: SUPERGala: 100 Years of Charity Matters – Burton View

“We are just a local-based organization. We try to use local talent. It just made sense,” Bailey said of seeking the artistic creations and warmth of pairing with Flint Handmade.”

2/10/2015: Get Crafty this Valentine’s Day – NBC 25 (video)

Crystal Pepperdine and Kristen Aguirre getting crafty.

1/22/2015: SOUL Much Fun February at the FIA – Davison Index

“On Valentine’s Day Flint Handmade is hosting a themed free art fair at The Flint Farmer’s Market…”

12/16/2014: FLINT: Farm Fresh……. – DETROITDVOTION Blog

“The room is simple, understated, what a cool place to hold an event like this; tables are arranged into wide aisles, successful shoppers are loaded down with bags, the holiday spirit is palpable.”

11/29/2014: Local vendors featured by “Flint Handmade” (video) – ABC12 News Team

“The eighth annual Holiday Craft Market in downtown Flint was another chance to keep your money local.”

11/13/2014: Pep in Downtown’s Step: Old Souls Revive City Streets – The Burton View

“Crystal Pepperdine is one of the young adults involved in this movement, spearheading numerous progressive projects with great success.

She works full-time in her paid career at Priority Children, advocating for improved public policies and other important social caus- es. She also works full-time with her unpaid position with Flint Handmade and numerous other outreach arts and volunteer projects within the city.”

11/6/2014: Book Lover’s Craft Fair at library – The Burton View

“The First Annual Book Lover’s Craft Fair is one of many passionately cultivated events brought to fruition by Pepperdine and her crew of innovative artists in Genesee County.

Her organization has been a powerful force in the revitalization of downtown Flint in the past decade, joining the arts community with the whole one.”

10/30/2014: Carousel of Creativity: Parks alternative spin on ladies night – The Burton View

“In regards to why McMillan paired with Flint Handmade for the event, she said, “They are a positive movement in Genesee County. It is beautiful. The products are so well-made too. It felt right to marry the group with the village.””

10/16/2014: It Takes a Female Village: Create or Shop at Ladies Night Out – The Burton View

“Flint Handmade has been driven to nurture the creative expression and support of the local handmade economy. The group has been a strong force in informing the public about the value commercially, socially, and artistically of the creation and exposure of purchasing products made in a non-mainstream fashion.”

4/4/2014: Flint Handmade hosting craft supply swap – MLive

“On the day of the swap, crafters should bring whatever supplies they have to share–ranging from yarn to fabrics or any other crafty materials–that will be sorted into appropriate bins by volunteers.”

3/5/2014: Whaley House twist to women’s history March 8 – East Village Magazine

“Local crafters, many from Flint Handmade, will be working on their current projects in addition to the display of embroidery, crochet and quilting work.”

1/1/2014: Flint Yarn Brigade hits the bar for drinks, conversation and some mittens – MLive

“Knitting might not seem like the first thing you’d expect walking into The White Horse Tavern or Churchill’s Food & Spirits — their two bars of choice — but for people such as  Foreman, it’s something she’s been seeking for years.” 

12/2/2013: Christmas shoppers avoid Black Friday lines for homegrown items at Annual Flint Homemade Holiday Craft Market – MLive

“Christmas shopping season is officially underway after Thanksgiving, and hundreds of Genesee County residents opted for a trip to a fair in downtown Flint on Saturday to find gifts for loved ones.”

6/9/2013: Downtown Flint’s Lunch Studio turns to community to secure its future through online donations – MLive

“(Crystal) Pepperdine said that since then, The Lunch Studio has hosted about a 100 Flint Handmade events, including craft markets, workshops and supply swaps.”

11/28/12: My First Show Experience! Flint Handmade Holiday Craft Market– Before It’s News Blog

“Overall, I felt like it was a good first show.  I made a lot of new contacts, which is great since I’m kind of a shy person in real life.”

11/24/12: Motherboard pendants, yarn Pokeballs among handmade gifts at Flint Handmade’s annual winter holiday craft sale – MLive

“There’s a backlash against techy gifts made by machines in favor of “funky, modern, indie, hip, eclectic” gifts made by a real, thoughtful and creative person.”

3/21/12: Downtown party will benefit local arts organizations – MLive

“The Greater Flint Creative Alliance, Flint Handmade, Art at the Market andVSA Arts of Genesee County will also be hosting parties and auctions, collectively auctioning off more than 1,000 pieces of art.”

12/1/11: Flint Handmade’s Holiday Craft Market pushed more than $17,500 through the local economy this year – The Flint Journal

“Flint Handmade hosted its 5th annual Holiday Craft Market downtown on Saturday, with more than 60 vendors and a spike in turn out as the event has now grown into using the Masonic Temple.”

11/25/11: Who needs Black Friday? Head to Flint Handmade’s Holiday Craft Market for Small Business Saturday – The Flint Journal

“Shoppers at the [Flint Handmade] Holiday Craft Market can feel good knowing they are supporting the small businesses of local crafters.”

9/8/11: Flint Festival of Quilts preview: How quilts have come to be an artistic staple in the city – The Flint Journal

“We can tell stories about who in our family made the quilt, who it was given to originally and how it was passed on through the generations. With this exhibition, [Crystal Pepperdine, director of Flint Handmade] hopes to highlight the fact that quilts provide a very tactile and everyday way of connecting families across generations.”

8/30/11: See what new arts and culture programs will be introduced to Flint, thanks to the ShareArtFlint program – The Flint Journal

“Grants from the Greater Flint Arts Council to individual artists: … Crystal Pepperdine, $4,450 for “Flint Handmade SkillShare,” a series of Saturday workshops in downtown Flint designed to reintroduce participants to the domestic arts and crafts of American cultural heritage. ”

7/18/11: First ever Buckham Alley Fest draws nearly 2,000 people to downtown hotspot – The Flint Journal

“Guests at Saturday’s event could enjoy any of the 10 local acts that took to the two stages, art and Flint Handmade’s Craft City, as well as some of the good eating and friendly faces like at The Torch Bar and Grill.”

7/15/11: Buckham Alley Fest preview: How it all began and why it’s here to stay – The Flint Journal

“Flint Handmade will set up a “Craft City” area for guests to browse. The first 25 shoppers will also receive a free goodie bag.”

7/14/11: Check out ‘Craft City’ at the inaugural Buckham Alley Fest this weekend – The Flint Journal

“Flint Handmade is taking over the sidewalk next to the Rutherford Parking Structure during the Buckham Alley Fest this Saturday for what they call “Craft City.” Craft City will be a fully contained DIY community within Buckham Alley Fest, open for the duration of the event, 6 p.m. to midnight.”

7/11/11: Entertainment in a tough economy: Flintstones talk about how they keep busy on a budget – The Flint Journal

“Tamra also said the Flint Handmade’s craft and art fairs, held a few times each year, are also a great place to take the family and watch artists at work while listening to live music.”

7/8/11: Lunch Studio brings California style to Flint – The Flint Journal

“One thing that contributes to the restaurant’s ambiance is the onsite Flint Handmade store. The company, which makes logo merchandise, jewelry, paper goods and knitted and crocheted items, among other things, has been inside The Lunch Studio since 2010. ”

7/5/11: 5 reasons not to miss the Buckham Alley Fest – The Flint Journal

“Flint Handmade will set up an entire “Craft City” area for guests to browse. The first 25 shoppers will also receive a free goodie bag. ”

4/20/11: Local crafter gives her top three tips on how to join in on the Earth Day celebrations around town with Flint Handmade – The Flint Journal

“To give a local spin on getting the most of Friday’s push to promote environmentally-friendly actions, Crystal Pepperdine of Flint Handmade has three tips on how to have some green fun around town with the group. ”

4/10/11: Explore the Flint area’s arts scene – The Flint Journal

“Over the years, several alternative art venues have emerged, including The Lunch Studio, 444 S. Saginaw St., home to Flint Handmade; The Good Beans Cafe in Flint’s Carriage Town district, featuring local bands and the Flint City Theatre; and Woodside Church, 1509 E. Court St., originator of the Jazz Vespers.”

4/3/11: ‘Upcycling’ the focus Flint Handmade craft lab Sunday – The Flint Journal

“Scrap fabric and old milk caps served as supplies at a Flint Handmade event centered around the idea of upcycling.”

3/30/11: Free CraftLAB at Flint’s Lunch Studio will help locals tune into their creative side this month – The Flint Journal

“Flint Handmade will teach locals how to create an upcycled wrist pincushion at the next CraftLAB workshop. ”

3/23/11: Artistic legacy Tom Nuzum’s death brings extra meaning to the Cool City Art Auction – The Flint Journal

“The pieces will be available for bid at one of the city’s largest fundraisers in the arts scene. Buckham, The Greater Flint Arts Council, Art at the Market Gallery, Creative Alliance, Flint City Handmade and, new this year, Very Special Arts will auction off local, donated work in a night of art, live entertainment, drinks and hors d’oeuvres.”

3/12/11: Best ways to get in on Flint’s art scene for free – The Flint Journal

“There are certain groups around town that are known to hold events and activities open to the public as well. Check out Flint Handmade, housed at The Lunch Studio downtown.”

2/11/11: The heart of Flint: Valentine’s Day brings a weekend of romantic possibilities – The Flint Journal

“And, if you still haven’t scooped up a one-of-a-kind gift and you’re looking for a special something that screams love for your valentine and your city, visit the Flint Handmade Shop inside The Lunch Studio.”

2/6/11: Craft supply swap hosts record turnout in downtown Flint – The Flint Journal

“More than 100 people showed up to trade craft supplies at The Lunch Studio, 444 S. Saginaw St. This was the fourth swap Flint Handmade has hosted, and only around 40 people attended their last swap, which was previously the highest attendance mark. ”

12/31/10: Flint Handmade workshop finds a use for those leftover holiday cards – Booth Mid-Michigan

“Flint Handmade is hosting a Paper Globe Ornament Workshop from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2 at the Lunch Studio craftLAB, 444 S. Saginaw in downtown Flint. ”

12/5/10: Buy gifts that give back this Christmas – The Flint Journal

“If you took part in Flint Handmade’s recent Holiday Craft Show, for example, you know all about this kind of gift-giving and the rewards. It sure makes for some unique and oftentimes one-of-a-kind gifts.”

12/1/10: Flint Handmade offers the perfect solution for old, broken crayons — and just in time for the holidays – The Flint Journal

“Flint Handmade will host a free “Crayon-Making Workshop” this weekend, from noon to 3 p.m. at The Lunch Studio in downtown Flint. ”

11/17/10: Do some shopping at Flint Handmade’s Holiday Craft Market next weekend – The Flint Journal

“The [Flint Handmade]Holiday Craft Market will feature variety of modern handmade items such as jewelry, soap, paper goods, purses and bags, children’s toys, candles and other pieces from more than 50 independent local crafters. ”

10/27/10: Stop in The Lunch Studio for a free craft workshop with Flint Handmade – The Flint Journal

“Flint Handmade is a group that begin in 2007 to promote the local handmade economy and environment in Flint by organizing and promoting craft markets, offering opportunities for social crafting and creative expression and educating the community about both the personal and commercial value of handcrafting.”

9/22/10: Learn Yudu screen printing with Flint Handmade’s free demonstration – The Flint Journal

“As part of [Flint Handmade]’s craftLAB held at The Lunch Studio in downtown Flint, they’ll teach guests how to make screen print designs on fabric.”

9/2/10: Colorful creations: Quilts capture attention at several locations around Flint – The Flint Journal

“The handmade movement in general is often already very environmentally aware because we are producing locally, which limits the amount of pollution and strain on the environment,” said 28-year-old Pepperdine, who founded Flint’s team of handcrafters in 2007. “But it also really encourages people to think green when creating new pieces.”

04/30/10: 2010 Spring Craft Market – 360 Main Street

“Having several downtown locations each housing a nice little group of wonderful artists makes for several fun mini-shows. It’s certainly different that any other show I have done in the past,” says Lori O’Connor, a new vendor to the event, who sells photography-based designs as Basement Art Creations. She applied for the show after hearing “excited chatter” from other crafters. The show’s reputation for variety and originality appealed to her. “My work is a little bit quirky. I seem to do much better with a decidedly ‘unique’ sort of crowd that tends to enjoy and prefer the indie type of shows, like this one.”

4/28/10: Annual Spring Market Craft to be held this Saturday in downtown Flint – MLive

“The [Flint Handmade] market will feature a variety of handmade items such as jewelry, clothing, art, purses and bags, paper crafts, toys and home decor from over 60 indie craft vendors. ”

3/26/10: Cool City Art Auction a great intro to art world – The Flint Journal

“The new addition is Flint City Handmade, a collective of Flint-area crafters and artisans that will add custom jewelry, clothing and traditional art to the selection of paintings, photography, sculpture and more on display.”

03/23/10: Financial Plus Cool City Art Auction – 360 Main Street

“In the past [Cool City Art Auction] has been primarily artwork, but it’s our goal to introduce the community to craft,” said Pepperdine. “The items we’ll have are artistic, but useful—bags, jewelry, home decor and other items that are functional and beautiful and creative.”

02/20/10: Flint Handmade Encourages Creative Economy – East Village Magazine

“Flint Handmade prides itself on being welcoming and diverse. Members includes stay-at -home parents, professionals and students. ”

12/7/09: Shoppers and crafters: What did you think of Flint Handmade this weekend? – The Flint Journal

“Bloggers and Twitter users updated throughout the event about the vendors and items for sale at The Lunch Studio, Brown Sugar Cafe, Crim Fitness Foundation and Raspberries Rhythm Bar in downtown Flint ”