Shop Til You Drop This Weekend…Art Abounds!

If you say that there is nothing to do this weekend, let me tell you that you are seriously wrong!!!
This weekend is going to be jam packed with things to do and see that are what make this city and Delaware such great places to live.  I have been gathering info about happenings for 2 days now and am overwhelmed by all of the shopping local that can be done to make your holiday gift giving unique. And on top of that, you can immerse yourself in art in just about every locale in Columbus.

My weekend is filled with shows, already but I hope to make it out to see some of these amazing crafters and artisans, too!  I will be hosting my first Artsy Fartsy Shopping Party at my home this Friday, 7-10 p.m.  Seven artisans (Teresa Morbitzer: Vintage Vamp; Elena Joldersman: The Red Haired Girl; Karen Buoncristiano: Crafty by Nature; Julie McCala: Branching Creations; Jen Roy: Re-Jen; Audra and Sandi Minter: Crazy Craftin’ Ladies; Aisha Echols: Sweet Simpliciteas and me: Paper Pieces by Vicki )will be set up throughout my home with their wares along with wine and chocolate for a perfect Ladies’night out shopping extravaganza!  Allyson Blackwell of The Pastry Factory will be providing goodies and there will be an assortment of wine and nonalcoholic punch.  This is an by invitation party so please contact me at if you would like to be invited!  There will also be a raffle  basket of these lovely ladies’ goods to benefit the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.  Hope you can join us!

On Saturday, I will be vending at the Gingerbread Cottage in Westerville (check below for more info on that) with lots of other talented folks I know so stop by and say hi if you’re going there!!  Saturday night I plan on taking in the Holiday Hop and finally getting to meet Chad Cochran (one of my fav photographers and a featured artist on my blog).  And to end the crazy busy weekend, I am doing a little pop-up boutique Sunday morning at Immaculate Conception in Clintonville from 9-12….whew!   I’m tired just thinking about the frenzy of activity but am jazzed to be a part of so much fun!

So here goes with what else artistic folks are up to!

I tried to put all of this in chronological order so you can see what’s going on starting with Thursday evening.  Every burb and out lying area has something to offer for holiday shopping so stay away from the mall and Support Local!

Ohio Art League

Annual Thumb Box Exhibition

December 5-28
Opening reception: Dec 5, 6-8pm

During the month of December, the Ohio Art League will host the annual Thumb Box Exhibition of small works by OAL members.  Lisa McLymont, Ralph Corriveau and Donna McCarty Estep are just a few of the artists to be featured.

The first exhibition of this type was held during November 1916 and continued annually during the early part of the League’s history. After a many year hiatus, The Thumb Box Exhibition returned in 2006 and continues into 2013. This year it will be held in the OAL gallery at the South Campus Gateway at 1552 N. High St, Columbus, OH 43201.

Members are encouraged to submit up to three 2-D or 3-D works for inclusion in the show.

  • Work purchased can be taken home starting Dec 22, 12 – 6 p.m.
  • Pick up unsold work at the OAL Gallery: Dec 28, 12-8pm & Dec 30, 12-6p

For more information, please contact the Ohio Art League at (614) 299-8225

Good Vibes Winery in Westerville

Good Vibes Winer

Good Vibes Winer

December 5, 2013 at 5:32 PM marks the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition in the United States.

Good Vibes Winery, the first winery in Westerville, will host a

celebration, starting at 5:32 PM on December 5 – the date and time the 21st constitutional amendment was ratified. The celebration to be held in Uptown Westerville, long known as the Dry Capital of the World, will include wine and appetizer specials. Continue reading

OMG….So Much To Do This Weekend…Shop Till You Drop!

    • WOW!  There is so much to do in our fair city and surrounding areas this weekend, it is hard to know where to begin so I will take things chronologically (except of course, I will promote the heck out of the 2 events I am vending in first!!!!)  This is a weekend you could literally shop till you drop!!!
    • marion showMarion County Recycling and Litter Prevention will be hosting it’s 4th Annual Eco-Art Show at the Historic Palace Theater.  I will be vending there along with tons of local artists.  Looks like it will be worth the trip north of Columbus to join in the fun and eats throughout the day so come on out!!
    • Communities all over the country are planning America Recycles Day events on Friday, November 15th. The Marion County Recycling & Litter Prevention 4th Annual Eco-Art Show is a wonderful way to celebrate creativity and a green economy. Artists and crafters have created beautiful, useful items made from materials that would have otherwise been thrown away. Folks really need to see this stuff to believe it—adorable mittens repurposed from shrunken wool sweaters, cool furniture up-cycled from broken pallets and steel barrels, burned out light bulbs turned into pretty tree ornaments, discarded men’s ties sewn into darling hair bows, repurposed greeting cards, scrap metal sculptures, recycled glass art, reclaimed wood birdfeeders, silverware jewelry, hand-woven scrap rugs, and so much more. It’s a great opportunity to find that perfect, unique holiday gift, plus, it’s just a lot of fun to look around. We’ll have Patrick Upp‘s wood-fired pizza, a cash bar, theatre popcorn and The Candy Shack & Sarah Robinson’s Sweet Surrender Cookies to enjoy at The Marion Palace Theatre from 12 noon until 7pm.
  • make a snowflakeThursday, November 14, 2013
  • 6:00pm until 8:00pm
  • Substance is pleased to invite you to a snowflake making party!Don’t recall your elementary school art class days? No need to fret–come join in and learn how to make the perfect paper snowflake!Already a varsity-level crafter? Manager Maddie will be demonstrating how to take your flakes to the next level. Substance  will be providing all the supplies– so don’t worry about bringing anything.Feel free to either keep your creations, or allow the store to use your art to create an in-store winter wonderland for the holidays. In addition, while you’re here crafting, any purchases between 6-8 pm will be given a 15% discount and free hot cocoa. Open to those 12 and over!

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  • Frighteningly Ghoulish Halloween Events Abound

    If you love Halloween as much as I do, you are in the right city!!!  There are lots of dastardly deeds and events happening around town both this weekend and next.

    This weekend, the HighBall will change from a one night event to a two day affair.   So much going on there!  Check out this info from their website:


    Friday and Saturday • October 25 and 26
    On High Street between Nationwide Blvd. and Goodale St. in the Short North

    $5 Admission at the gate
    Children 12 and under free Saturday, Noon – 4:00PM


    “…the single most elaborate Halloween event in the country.”
    “…one of the country’s coolest and most fashionable costume parties.”


    HighBall Halloween presented by Pagetech Limited is one of Ohio’s most anticipated Halloween celebrations. So big they had to close High Street to stage it! The best costume spying in Ohio. Electrifying stage shows and eye-popping street performances. The festivities are held directly on High Street in the blocks connecting the famed Short North Arts District to the Arena District and Downtown Columbus.

    To commemorate its sixth anniversary, HighBall is expanding to two days – Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26. The experience begins Friday evening with dancing in the street, bands, stage shows and designer competitions. The fun continues during the day on Saturday with activities for children and families, followed by the outrageous Dogtober Howloween pet costume contest. Continue reading

    I CAN Be in Two Places At Once!

    mopsI have been so busy lately that I totally forgot to mention that I will also have a booth at this short little event at Grace Brethren for the Mothers of Preschoolers group!  Thanks to my friend, Melissa Cullen, I will be able to do both this show on Saturday and Falling for Local!

    If you live in the Polaris area and want to get some early holiday shopping done, this is the place to be!  Held at Grace Polaris Church from 8 a.m.- noon tomorrow, Saturday October 12th.  Free admission!

    This event is held in conjunction with the consignment sale for Kiddie Konsignment.

    Come early and plan to shop!

    Music and Arts Fest in Clintonville on Saturday


    Clintonville will be hopping this Saturday, September 7th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. as 40+ vendors, musicians, Crimson Cup and Weiland’s Market celebrate the 2013 Clintonville Arts and Music Festival at the Whetstone Recreation Center.  Activities and vendors will be both inside and outside at this Experience Clintonville event.

    I’m excited that I will be vending there for the first time with my Paper Pieces by Vicki.  booth set-up

    I also know several other artisans who will be there selling their wares including:

    Deb DiSalvo with Artistic Flair

    Patricia DeMaria with Three Friends One Brain

    Jim Hansel and Michelle Crossman with Debris Mercantile

    Meghan Stout with Megalo Jewelry

    Sally with Redux Jewelry

    Of course, there will also be lots of talented people there that I don’t know yet (hope that changes after the weekend…you know, more people to interview!)  There will be a Kids’ Area along with music, food and warm weather.

    So, pack up the family and come on out to Clintonville on Saturday~~stop by inside the center and say ‘hi’, too!

    Busy, Busy!

    I have been very busy during the last week making 2 custom books for customers.  One was a travel album for a woman who had been on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Italy that her father-in-law treated the entire family to ( 9 people total!!!…I wanna be that man’s daughter-in-law!).  The book was to be a present to him as a way of saying thank you for such a wonderful family vacation.

    The other is for a 9 year old daughter of a repeat customer.  This little girl had to have foot surgery at the beginning of the summer and is not allowed to be very active during summer vacation so her mom requested that I make a special book for her to scrap about her family, friends and fun events for the summer.  This book is still in process so I will post pics of the final project when I get it all done!


    front cover of girl’s book…not finished

    I just love making special books like this for people because I can give them a very unique way to preserve their precious memories, acknowledge wonderful folks in their lives and make one-of-a-kind books!  I also feel like I live vicariously through the creation of these books…like the Italy book led to my reminiscing about my very amazing trip to Italy several years ago and the little girl’s book allowed me to get in touch with being a kid again.  It’s been a great creative week for me…you can check out what I made below.


    inside pages of vacation book


    family vacation book