A little bit goes a long way, especially in the winter.
“Small Business Saturday is so special because it’s an opportunity to support local businesses in your community,” Crystal Pepperdine said.”
“Small businesses have been growing year over year in Genesee County, and there’s definitely been a surge in entrepreneurship and people really grasping onto the start-up movement,” said DeAndra Larkin, group vice president for the Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce.”
“Kids are invited to come out for a costume story time session in Grand Blanc.”
“Flint Handmade is doing their part to help out on National Craft for Local Animal Shelters day.”
“Creativity is one of the aspects of life that gets into our humanity … there is something about working with your hands and creating something new and beautiful in the world,” says founder of Flint Handmade, Crystal Pepperdine.
Short video excerpt discussing the Spring Craft Market.
R&B Used Books is having their first monthly family read-aloud with storyteller Miss Shelley, followed by crafts with artisans from Flint Handmade.
Small feature on the 11th Annual Holiday Craft Market
Small feature on Ladies Night Out at Crossroads Village.
A wonderful spotlight of the vendors and activities from the Halloween Mini Market this year.
Crystal and Leslie Toldo talk about decorating for fall on a budget.
Crystal talks with ABC 12 about the Barnes and Noble Bookfair and Coloring Party.
Crystal talks with Leslie Toldo about the Barnes and Noble Bookfair and Coloring Party.
Today she is at the Flint Farmers Market talking about the work of Flint Handmade, which comes in all shapes, sizes, and styles in every imaginable medium. Flint Handmade is a nonprofit organization encouraging creative expression and artistic entrepreneurship in Flint and Genesee County.
Happening this weekend, Flint Handmade is sponsoring a craft supply swap.
Crystal Pepperdine with Flint Handmade talks about the Bubbles ‘n Snacks event being held today in Goodrich with ABC12’s Mark Bullion.
Crystal took an opportunity to stop by and talk about the Street fair and vendors that will be there.
“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.”
“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.”
“Crystal Pepperdine for Flint Handmade stopped by to show us how to make something thoughtful and creative”
“It’s a big milestone for one local nonprofit…its 10 year anniversary!”
“Flint Handmade is hosting their 10th Annual Spring Craft Market on Saturday, April 29.”
“Crystal Pepperdine with Flint Handmade talks about the organization’s annual craft swap day happening April 1st.”
“Tomorrow marks Pi Day! Of course, Flint Handmade is celebrating by making pie…a very small pie.”
“If you are on a track to get in tune with your mind, body, and spirit, this could help.”
“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.
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.
“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.”
“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.”
“At the Masonic Temple in downtown Flint there was a unique, handmade item for everyone on your gift list.”
“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.”
“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.”
“PUMPKIN PROBS! This morning Flint Handmade is showing us creative ways to decorate our pumpkins this Halloween.”
“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”
“At the Flint Farmers Market, a group uses their hands to earn a living and in some cases the results are quite popular.”
Crystal Pepperdine stopped by ABC 12 to give a demo of the Flint Handmade Halloween make-and-take craft.
“Just call us Picasso! Thanks @FlintHandmade for stopping by @NBC_25 this morning! #ColoringParty @AhmadBajjeyWx @mikewoolfolk @leslietoldo”
“My coloring masterpiece is complete! #FlintFWD @FlintHandmade #artist”
“Thanks to @FlintHandmade for helping us de-stress this morning with some coloring…sigh @mikewoolfolk @AhmadBajjeyWx @NBC_25 #relax”
The NBC 25 morning crew get busy coloring with Crystal Pepperdine.
Crystal Pepperdine talks about how the glasses are made and the partnership with the Sloan Museum.
“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.”
Crystal Pepperdine and Kristen Aguirre have some fun on Twitter talking about painting glasses.
“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.”
“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.”
“Flint Handmade is thriving, relentless, industrious, and a vital social mechanism.”
The Flint Handmade Art & Craft Street 5 makes the top 5 things to do in the county this week!
The 8th Annual Fling Handmade Spring Craft Market makes the 5 things to do in the county this week!
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
Crystal Pepperdine and Kristen Aguirre getting crafty.
“On Valentine’s Day Flint Handmade is hosting a themed free art fair at The Flint Farmer’s Market…”
“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.”
“The eighth annual Holiday Craft Market in downtown Flint was another chance to keep your money local.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.””
“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.”
“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.”
“Local crafters, many from Flint Handmade, will be working on their current projects in addition to the display of embroidery, crochet and quilting work.”
“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.”
“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.”
“(Crystal) Pepperdine said that since then, The Lunch Studio has hosted about a 100 Flint Handmade events, including craft markets, workshops and supply swaps.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Shoppers at the [Flint Handmade] Holiday Craft Market can feel good knowing they are supporting the small businesses of local crafters.”
“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.”
“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. ”
“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.”
“Flint Handmade will set up a “Craft City” area for guests to browse. The first 25 shoppers will also receive a free goodie bag.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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. ”
“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. ”
“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. ”
“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.”
“Scrap fabric and old milk caps served as supplies at a Flint Handmade event centered around the idea of upcycling.”
“Flint Handmade will teach locals how to create an upcycled wrist pincushion at the next CraftLAB workshop. ”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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. ”
“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. ”
“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.”
“Flint Handmade will host a free “Crayon-Making Workshop” this weekend, from noon to 3 p.m. at The Lunch Studio in downtown Flint. ”
“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. ”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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. ”
“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.”
“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.”
“Flint Handmade prides itself on being welcoming and diverse. Members includes stay-at -home parents, professionals and students. “
“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 ”