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Online Holiday Shopping Event!

If you want to support local Rust Belt businesses (and of course you do), Cleveland Bazaar, Crafty Mart (Akron) and I Made It! Market (Pittsburgh) have teamed up for an amazing holiday shopping option. A beautiful online catalog, which features over 150 local artists and artisans, is now available to view at http://www.shopholidayhandmade.com/shop-now/. Flip through like you used to do with the holiday catalogs you got in the mail when you were a kid…without the paper waste.

Retail changes

What a year. I’m sad to report that Curate & Co. in Hartville has closed its doors. They are in my thoughts as they move on to an uncertain future. I know that Kylie is a talented photographer, so if you have some photography needs, check out her work or reach out to her at https://www.kyliebrickerphoto.com/

On a more positive note, I was approached by the fine folks at Cuyahoga Valley Art Center as a vendor and I had a very fun afternoon with them this past weekend  selecting pieces to put in their gift shop. They chose a little bit of everything, so if you are near Cuyahoga Falls and need some gift options, check them out on Front Street. While I was bringing in my wares, I saw two classes going on, all socially distant and masked up. Check them out.

Some of my d├ęcor is also available through Christmas at Hazel Tree Design Studio in Downtown Akron. I recently brought in a bunch of candles, coaster sets, planters and more. They have a beautiful shop with art for almost any price range.

Etsy!

Funky Designs is on EtsyI have started adding my work to the popular handcrafted site  Etsy, beginning with the Concrete & Steel earrings. Rather than making specific pairs for the site, I thought it would be more fun for you to be able to choose your own colors. So, for each listing, you can select one of 24 color palettes for your earring stones. 

I will continue to add my work to the site. You can find my Etsy listings here.

Concrete Rainbow Pride Bracelets

Thank you so much for the support you showed during the rainbow pride bracelet fundraiser. The fundraiser is over now, but it will return next June in some form. Together we raised $243.75 for The Trevor Project.

Again, thank you for your interest. This was a labor of love and a tribute to the many friends and students that have trusted me during an emotionally challenging time. I love you all and I am proud to call you my friends.

-ERIC STRICKLAND

Events

2021 Event Schedule

11:00 – 4:00

May 16

720 Market

St. Paul’s/North Canton City Square

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11:00 – 4:00

June 20

720 Market

Kent State University at Stark

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Yankee Peddler Today

10:30 – 6:00

September 11-26 (Saturdays and Sundays)

Yankee Peddler Today Festival

Clay’s Park, Canal Fulton

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TBD

December 3-5

Christmas Craft Show

EJ Thomas Hall, Akron

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More will be added as Funky Designs receives acceptances to shows.

A list of previous events can be found here.