Monday, November 30, 2009

Artists & Designers of Winter Blast- Holiday Handmade Market

Lauren Sohacki owner of LRS Art & Design has been making art for as long as she can remember. As the years went on, she was certain that she wanted a career in art and received a BSFA degree with a concentration in graphic design. Lauren has had a career in graphic design for a few years now, however she loves the studio arts and hopes to one day make that her full time job. She enjoys painting, drawing, sculpting and just creating, being able to create makes Lauren "feel alive". Check out Lauren's portfolio on her website and her wonderful creations that she also sells on her ETSY online shop

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Artists & Desginers of WINTER BLAST- Holiday Handmade Market

Mara Bianca is an artist and designer with a passion. Mara received her degree in Theatre Producton and Design from State University of New York at Fredonia. She loves to draw, paint, sculpt, make crafts and crochet. Check out her online shop

Through the Snow

Purple Boucle Shawl

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Artists & Desginers of WINTER BLAST- Holiday Handmade Market

Firelight Jewelry & Designs was started in 2007, as a creative hobby making earrings as presents for close friends and family. With a little nudging from those friends and family owner and designer Jenn Quinn started an online ETSY shop and artfire shop and began selling locally in Astoria at church fairs and coffee shop markets. Two years later what started out as making simple earrings has expanded to include necklaces, bracelets and beaded bookmarks using natural and manmade gemstones such as: amethyst, labradorite, garnet, turquoise and rose quartz, as well as sterling silver and silver plated wires and chains. Jenn strives to source the best material she can for the best price she can passing the savings on to the customer, creating designs that can easily go from cubicle to cocktails without breaking the bank. She believe great accessories should not be a luxury. Recently Jenn has incorporated her love of photography into her love of jewelry making by making photo tile pendants-her original photographs adhered and glazed onto square metal pendants creating wearable art. Firelight Jewelry & Designs will be showcasing next at Winter Blast. For more information about where Firelight Jewelry & Designs will be next and what new products are being worked on you can become a fan on facebook

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Artists & Desginers of WINTER BLAST- Holiday Handmade Market

For the past seven years, Lisa Volta has been providing her community in Philadelphia with wholesome, all-natural soap and other body products. Volta Soap, is committed to providing high quality bath and body products. Their products are formulated for a variety of skin types and with many interesting scent combinations. Check out the Volta Soap online shop and the Volta Soap website.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Giving thanks for "Winter Blast" Holiday Handmade Market

We have a great event planned for December 13th, don't forget to stop by
"Winter Blast"
from 1030am-430pm
@ The Cretan's Association"
32-33 31st street in Astoria

between Broadway and 34th avenue
under the N/W train

Our special guests Seeds of Love will be raising money at "Winter Blast" for "Winter Wishes" (NY Cares). Danielle Mahoney, the founder of the non-profit was "New Yorker of the week" last year. Checkout this video clip to get an idea of one of the many ways "Seeds of Love" helps families in need NYer Of The Week: Neighbors Sow "Seeds Of Love" Through Community.

We will have a raffle drawing with wonderful prizes that have been donated by our generous sponsor "Sanfords Restaurant" and many of our handmade artists & designers.The proceeds from the raffle will be donated to "Seeds of Love". We will have over 40 handmade artists and designers that will be showcasing. Our vendors will be selling, jewelry & fashion accessories, clothing, crochet, toys, baby clothes, bath/body & beauty products, soy candles, holiday ornaments & decor, greeting cards & stationery, photography & art.

Come and have a BLAST, with the most talented handmade vendors from the NY metro area, skip the mall this year and head over to "Winter Blast" the one stop place to shop this holiday season!

Thanksgiving is a few days away and we want to give our thanks to:
  • "Seeds of Love" for helping families in need and getting Astoria,our community involved.
  • Sanford's Restaurant who has contributed to our event and raffle prizes,
  • Our returning vendors for joining us again
  • The vendors that contributed to our raffle prizes
  • All our new vendors for joining us at "Winter Blast"
  • Our families, friends, supporters, customers/shoppers, fans & followers

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Artists & Desginers of WINTER BLAST- Holiday Handmade Market

Soap that Makes Scents is a bath & beauty company that is owned by Karina Gallo . All Soap that Makes Scents, soap bars are Vegan-safe and free of parabens, SLS/SLES and skin-drying chemicals. Soap That Makes Scents was chosen to be Featured Entrepreneur of Business Owners Idea Cafe in 2008. Soap that Makes is also know as KreatedbyKarina on Etsy, visit her online site Come and check out "Winter Blast" and browse through these irresistible & delicious smelling soaps.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Artists & Desginers of WINTER BLAST- Holiday Handmade Market

Bridy Fuhrman is an artist and designer, her vision is a quest for new life in discarded objects. From unwanted paint colors to construction materials and CD's, she recreates them into art pieces. Her inspiration and design are heavily influenced by architecture, urban landscapes and the abutment of these with the natural world. Bridy has a degree in art as well as a degree in jewelry design and repair. Nearing 20 years of design, Bridy strives to create timeless, sculptural handcrafted pieces. Check out her website

Friday, November 20, 2009

Winter Blast- artists and designers

Vivian Dritsas owner of The Little Soap Shop started out making soap as hobby in her kitchen. She was always obsessed with nature's elements, so decided to make her own soap and loved it! During college, she found herself taking all sorts of hands on art classes, like painting, sculpture and pottery. Although, far from being an artist or a painter, working with her hands was always a joy and she found true interest in hand crafting soap. Each batch of soap is superfatted with premium oils and butters. She only uses pure essential oils either cold pressed or steam distilled, and absolutely no synthetic fragrances or colors. All of her soaps are tested on friends, family and herself. Her products are 100% VEGAN. Visit
Vivian's website or her store in Astoria 22-07 36th street.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Artists & Desginers of WINTER BLAST- Holiday Handmade Market

First Floor Down Productions was formed in 2007 as a full-service design studio. "First Floor Down Productions" is comprised of a small group of designers, artists, and open-minded individuals. Functioning out of dual locations across NY, they are focused on providing customers with top-quality designs. Among First Floor Down Productions’ services are illustration, branding, apparel, packaging, advertising and web design. FFD will be showcasing their t-shirts, hoodies and accessories for men & women at "Winter Blast".

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Artists and designer of Winter Blast- Handmade Holiday Market, December 13th

Anna Economides Garcia was born in the Greek island of Cyprus moved to the US to study fashion, where she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. She is the owner and designer of Lithos Du Monde and her inspiration for her handmade pieces comes from the colors and shades of art pieces. Her jewelry can be described as funky but elegant. She makes these wonderful one-of-a-kind cocktail pieces in 14Kt. gold-filled wire rings with semi-precious stones and her exclusive line has Swarovski crystals on each ring as her trademark. These eye-catching bauble stones have drawn rave reviews at dinners and parties and usually become conversation pieces. Part of her collections are these extraordinary necklaces made from gold-filled chains, sterling silver, steel, silk, and even suede and leather chains combined with semi-precious stones such as turquoise, jade, agate, fossil, onyx, tiger eye, and amethyst just to name a few.

"Designs UniQ" is a stunning collection of headbands that are one of a kind. Owner and designer Mariana, uses a mixture of vintage inspired pieces combined with hip and fashionable pieces. These handmade headbands can be worn casually or for a lavish event. Check out her online shop or stop by on December 13th to meet these wonderful designers and view their collections.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Handmade designers and artists of Winter Blast in Astoria on December 13th

Lesley Anne Robinson creator of Pink Graffiti has a full-time job designing interiors for offices and fashion showrooms mainly in the Manhattan area. She graduated with a BFA in Interior Design, with a minor in Fiber Design. She is inspired by this city, by nature and by fashion. The Pink Graffiti collection consists of: jewelry, knitwear, clothing, accessories and decorations, all of Lesley's designs are funky and one of a kind...

Friday, November 13, 2009

Handmade designers and artists of Winter Blast in Astoria on December 13th

We have gathered over 40 of the most talented artists and designers for our Winter Blast event on December 13th in Astoria.

Stop by and see Molly Mahoney! Molly has been seen crafting backstage on the National Tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, at Stages St. Louis, The Fireside Theatre, Musical Theatre West, The Civic Light Opera of the South Bay Cities, Saddleback Civic Light Opera, in Las Vegas, and on board the Galaxy with Celebrity Cruises. She is known for designing wearable knit, crocheted and needle felted pieces with a bit of whimsy.
Check out her Skoodies (hooded scarves), her popular Scarflettes, her happy hair clips and more in her online shop at out her life as a performer at

Thursday, November 12, 2009

"Seeds of Love" will be joining "Astoria Events" at Winter Blast, Holiday Handmade Market

Astoria Events is happy to announce that Seeds of Love will be joining us at our next event, Winter Blast Holiday Handmade Market on December 13th.

Seeds of Love is a nonprofit organization providing financial and social assistance to families in need. They are a small, but growing, group of family and friends who volunteer their time to make the world a better place.

To view some of the Seeds of Love they have planted and their past events,

We have dedicated a section at the event for Seeds of Love
They will be raising money for "Winter Wishes" for kids and families

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

WINTER BLAST- Holiday Handmade Market

Thanks to all the vendors that applied. Vendor slots are officially sold out for "Winter Blast", we are no longer accepting applications. We have selected many talented handmade designers, crafters & artists! Please join us on December 13th for this fantastic holiday event. There will be lots of shopping, a DJ all day long, a bakery/cafe and raffle prizes! Hope to see you all there!

Friday, November 6, 2009

The "Astoria Events' team would like to thank Sanfords Restaurant

The "Astoria Events" team would like to thank Sanfords Restaurant, for sponsoring our
"Winter Blast" Handmade Holiday Market
on Sunday, December 13th
@The Cretans Association
32-33 31st street in Astoria

Sanfords Restaurant is an Astoria landmark, and has been known for their great and affordable food for over 75 years. Sanfords Restaurant went from being a coffee shop to a diner and finally revamped into a trendy restaurant. The Sanfords of today serves exceptionally well prepared American comfort food, in a modern, casual & sleek environment. Sanfords also has the most affordable and diverse premium beer and bottled wine list. Be sure to check out Sanfords if you haven't already!