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Goods for You and Your Home at Handmade Arcade 2017

– By Jolene Miklas Schneider

From the perfect bowl to serve your homemade soup to bedding you love to snuggle in, Handmade Arcade 2017 is offering an amazing selection of items for your home. Get ready to browse items for the cozy, contemporary, and eclectic.

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Imagine peering into a vintage curiosity cabinet filled with weird and wonderful artifacts. Local maker Gina Chalfant of White Swan Illuminations helps you capture that feeling with her marriage of pottery and original drawings.

Put her jars, creamers, brie-bakers, cheese-servers, and other elegant items to work in your kitchen, or enjoy them on display in your home. Animals and the English countryside inspire her work, so you’ll find her functional pottery pieces adorned with farm, city, and woodland animals — and sea creatures, too!

jennyjen42 strolls along a wooded pathway to get to her studio, then gets to work with felt and her sewing machine to recreate the birds and nature she sees along the way. She uses the sewing machine as a freehand drawing tool, bringing to life beautiful birds on aprons, oven mitts, napkins, pillows, eyeglass cases and more.

You’ll love her plush bird sculptures — charming owls and hummingbirds that are ready to nest in your home.

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We’re in a smit over Close Call Studio’s felt botanicals. Bring home a squishy cluster of cacti or mushrooms mounted on a mini slice of wood. Decorate your home or Christmas tree with colorful carrots, avocados, kiwis and more. Artist Amanda Adams uses all recycled and vegan materials to create with compassion.

You’ll find more botanical themes in her woodcut prints, featuring butterflies, owls, and more. And fans of the X-Files, Stranger Things, and Veronica Mars, she’s got unique treats for you, too!

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Melissa and Lew of Whimsical Wonders scour Pittsburgh flea markets, estate sales, thrift stores, yard sales, and auctions to find the ingredients for what they lovingly call their “craft stew.” The result? Tinkling, twinkling wind chimes made from recycled kitchen items, silver-plated flatware, and natural stone and vintage beads.

Turn your breezes into sweet music with their one-of-a-kind chimes. You’ll also find jewelry all made with silver-plated utensils and natural stones, dichroic glass or vintage marbles.

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Reiko Yamamoto of Reiko Yamamoto Studio makes modern, versatile and functional pottery for everyday use. Her pieces are designed, made and fired in her studio in Pittsburgh.

Having grown up in Japan, Reiko ate meals every day using handmade pottery. In her family, there was no concept of a complete dinnerware set; instead, the table was a vivid array of dishes of various sizes, colors, shapes and patterns. Now, she offers her mix-and-match sensibility, as well as her appreciation for well-designed functional objects, for your home! She hopes you enjoy good meals and conversations over her bowls, scoops, spoons, and more.

Excited yet? That’s not all. From clothing to bath and body products, there’s lots more to see at Handmade Arcade 2017.