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The Shop in East Liberty

It’s been here for more than a year in the East Liberty neighborhood.  Where have I been?

Driving back and forth from school each day, I’ve been passing this shop since it opened in September 2012.

Right there on Highland Avenue.

I know mornings when I drive by on the way to school it’s dark and of course closed

but I  thought I had some keen  observational skills.  Ha!

Guess not!    Missed this shop until….

Saturday I was meeting my friend R for lunch at Pig and Chicken next door. (I photographed the Pig and Chicken one night in Feb 2012 before The Shop in East Liberty was established.)

I  had the chance to go inside as I was a few minutes early for lunch.  I met the shop owner Julia Reynolds, and purchased  a unique, Made-in-USA , artist crafted item for a gift – so can’t reveal what I bought yet cause they might see it on the blog today.

The store itself is a work  of art and cool design. You can check out the “unique handcrafted gifts here

A return trip is necessary to  more photos so you can see some of the artists’ work.  You’ll have to click the link to see the art!

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Julia at The Shop in East Liberty

 

 

Ringing up my sale and giftboxing with white and red baker’s string.

 

 

gift box

Took the one above when I got home as I liked the look of the little cube box tied with string.

 

The Shop in East Liberty


Duct Tape Still Life

You can do a lot with Duct Tape-  and now it comes in an array of colors and prints.  And if you are interested in the history and how it was used in WW2 to seal ammo boxes you can click here.  This assortment is not your grandfather’s Duct Tape!

My friend’s daughter Wylie makes Duct Tape wallets and hair bows and all kinds of interesting accessories with this stuff. I saw her rolls of tape all set up, ready to be turned into various creative forms and although it was dark, a bit of light reflected on the pyramid and caught my eye.  She is really good at making brightly colored wallets and has a few customers who order her wares.  Another time I will show her at work. With the start of the new school year we did not get the opportunity for a photo shoot of her at work making duct tape crafts yet.

A lot of the patterned and multi-color tape  is branded Duck Tape but whatever it’s named, most households have a roll of it somewhere in a junk drawer or tool box or garage, waiting to be put into action.

Granddaughter Anna and I made a few Duct Tape wallets and it was sticky business to start but we mastered handling the tape and were pleased with the results.  There are tons of DIY videos out there and lots of written instructions on the web to help.  Getting used to handling it is tricky and not letting it stick to itself and get messed up is key!

Wikipedia says-

“Duct tape is commonly used in situations that require a strong, flexible, and very sticky tape. Some have a long-lasting adhesive and resistance to weathering.”

 


Bedford, PA- Home of the National Museum of the American Coverlet

Laszlo Zongor explains the system of Jacquard Loom(see below) and the punched holed cards, each card a single line of weaving.

 

 

A two hour drive from Pittsburgh.  My book club had a fun and memorable getaway weekend trip.  We stayed at the Historic Bedford Resort.

Sunday, Joan and I went to see the National Museum of the American Coverlet- housed in a beautiful Historic Common School.   A coverlet is a woven bed cover, although there were some floor coverings, too.  The coverlets display changes every four months.  We learned a lot about the history of the coverlets with our knowledgeable guide explaining the differences. The last photos are of the gift shop where you can purchase reproductions of the antique designs and fabric for quilters.

 from the National Museum of the American Coverlet

The Museum and Museum Shop are open daily, year round.
Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
Admission is $6 ($5 for age 60 and over).  Kids under 12 are free.  Group rates available.

Laszlo Zongor explains the punch cards used in the Jacquard loom.

 If you have a coverlet, you can bring it to Melinda and Laszlo Zongor and they can help date it and identify the weaving method.

The Jacquard Loom

There are looms and spinning wheels on exhibit.


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