Healthy Home for the Holidays

Monday, December 5th, 2011
Be healthy for the holidays

Women for a Healthy Environment educates and empowers women to make healthy choices. Visit their link to learn more about WHE's mission.

Please consider joining Fresh Heirlooms and Women for a Healthy Environment on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at Pittsburgh Public Market.  Visit the market located on Smallman Street (between 16th and 17th Streets) in the Strip District from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm to visit local businesses who offer fun, safe and creative gifts for the holiday season.

Wood toys, sustainable home furnishings, soy candles, and natural bath and beauty products are just a few of the items that will be available at the Healthy Home for the Holidays show.    Fresh Heirlooms will offer creatively reused, handmade home accents, like beer-bottle drinking glasses, jewelry boxes made from Reader’s Digest condensed books, ornaments made from recycled materials, and more!

Admission to the market is free.  We hope you will be able to join us and celebrate the season!

Fresh Heirlooms’ New Kensington location will be CLOSED on Saturday, Dec. 10.  Visit us on Friday, Dec. 9 from 10 -6 or Sunday, Dec. 11 from 11 – 4. 

Green-Gift Ideas

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
Holiday table setting at Fresh Heirlooms

This setting features a handmade tiered plate and napkin rings made from Grandma's buttons.

We just added a new album of green-gift ideas to our Facebook page.  Click below to check out images of our handmade products, like vacuum-tube ornaments, scrap wood photo holders, light-globe centerpieces, and trays made from reclaimed materials.  While you’re there, become our Facebook fan. 

And remember, everything in the photos is here at our showroom at 
887 5th Ave. in New Kensington, PA. 

Our holiday hours are:
Fri. & Sat., 10AM – 6PM; Sun. 11AM – 4PM

Click here to view our photos on Facebook. 

Holidays in the Rough at Fresh Heirlooms, New Kensington

Ready or not, we’re opening the doors to our “showroom in progress” at our new New Kensington location, beginning Friday, Nov. 25.  Our collection of handmade, creatively reused home accent pieces includes some of the old favorites, a few new creations, and even the work of other local artists, too. 

While you’re in the neighborhood, treasure-hunt for unique, vintage, and antique gifts at  handful of shops just steps from our door!  Hartman’s Second-Hand Store is also celebrating its opening day, just across the street.  We’d love to see you!

Our holiday hours Nov. 25th through Dec. 24th:
Friday & Saturday, 10AM – 6PM
Sunday, 11AM – 4PM

Drinking glasses made from reclaimed Kombucha tea bottles

Party of four? Never forget whose glass is whose. Best of all, these glasses are made from reclaimed Kombucha tea bottles. Click to see more images!

Handmade Holidays

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Handmade Arcade is back on November 12th!Along with 139 other awesome craft vendors, Fresh Heirlooms is proud to be participating in Handmade Arcades’ 8th Anniversary holiday show.  While we are showcasing our reclaimed glassware collection (plus other goodies, too), shoppers at this free event can also find lots of other affordable, hand-constructed wares from some of the country’s most imaginative and talented crafters.

Find Handmade Arcade, Saturday, November 12 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA from 11AM to 7PM.  Visit www.HandmadeArcade.com for more info.!

Joseph turning reclaimed bottles into drinking glasses

Mt. Lebanon Magazine images of Joe at work

Find a lovely article about crafters in the Mount Lebanon area in this month’s issue of Mt. Lebanon Magazine.  There’s a feature about Fresh Heirlooms’ glassware, as well as Mt. Lebanon crafters Kim Fox, Jennifer Baron, Greg and Linda Mitchell, and Jan Loney.

Grannequin poses at Fresh Heirlooms

Is it Grandma? Is it a mannequin? It's Grannequin!!

Check out Grandma Shirley, seen here posing in her Halloween costume as a showroom “Grannequin.”  Someone please give this woman extra treats for that costume! 

Also, Fresh Heirlooms turns four today!  We are celebrating by polishing up our showroom-in-progress for our opening on November 25th and by polishing a ton of reclaimed glassware in preparation for Handmade Arcade on November 12th.

We hope to see you soon!

A Classroom is Born.

Monday, September 19th, 2011
New classroom space at Fresh Heirlooms

Even without tables, our classroom space is already an ideal spot for crafting!

The room in our building that once held our bicycles, empty cardboard boxes, and an old lab table on nasty red carpet is just about ready to seat you in a Fresh Heirlooms workshop!

Join us by appointment beginning in October to learn how to “sandblast your trash.”  Bring glass jars, bottles, and vessels from your recycle bin or overflowing kitchen cupboards and learn to create permanent, original designs on them.

These handmade and functional works of art make great holiday gifts!   Learn more here!

The cat is out of the bags!

Monday, August 29th, 2011
What's in the bag -- fabric, fabric, fabric!!

What's in the bags? Tons of fabric swatches, samples, and scraps -- all waiting to be transformed into inspiring green gifts and home accents galore!

THANKS TO SOME SPECIAL FRIENDS IN THE WINDOWARE INDUSTRY, we are loaded to the brim with scrap fabric!!!

Production is already underway on great, green gift items made from funky, mod, and elegant fabrics otherwise bound for the landfill!

Fresh Heirlooms is planning several events for the fall and holiday-shopping season.  Stay tuned to see what fabric goodies (and other fun, repurposed home accents) you can find in our new showroom and when our doors will be open.

If you just can’t wait, contact us to schedule an appointment to view our showroom today!  Or, if you’re feeling crafty, ask about booking a workshop by appointment!  We offer a range of custom, creative-reuse workshops for adults, families, and children.

Sneak a peek!

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

 

Sidewalk Sale July 16 2011 at Fresh Heirlooms New Kensington

Visit us at our New Kensington location Saturday, July 16th between 10 AM & 4 PM.  While you’re in the neighborhood, check out the GIGANTIC annual People’s Library Book Sale!  Our friends at Kensington Court Antiques Boutique would love to see you, too!

A Big Weekend Out!

Monday, June 20th, 2011
Quartz cutting board

Our cutting boards are created from food-safe quartz countertops. Choose from a variety of colors!

Fresh Heirlooms is hitting the road this weekend to showcase our creatively reused goodies at two amazing events: the Big REMake at Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse and Crafty Sundays at the Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip.

Get your hands on our NEW, pretty & practical quartz cuttng boards made from reclaimed tile samples.  We’re also toting along drinking glasses made from used bottles, message centers made from funky odds ‘n’ ends,  & more treasures.
Find us:

Saturday, June 25th @ the Big REMake -  Grown-up Play date, 7 PM – 10 PM at Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse ( Construction Junction site)

Sunday, June 26th @ the Pittsburgh Public Market – 10 AM – 4 PM at Produce Terminal Building,
Smallman St.

The big REmake at Pgh Center for Creative Reuse

Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip

Handmade Arcade

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Handmade Arcade and Fresh HeirloomsDrinking glasses handmade from reclaimed juice bottles and sandblasted with a permanent designHandmade Arcade returns to Pittsburgh, and Fresh Heirlooms is honored to join over 100 independent crafters at this annual event.

Find Us: Saturday, April 16th, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm at the David L Lawrence Convention Center

What types of crafts are sold at Handmade Arcade?
All kinds of cool crafts! You’ll find innovative jewelry, scary and sweet stuffed creatures, knitted accessories, silk screened prints and tees, felted fashions, hand bound books, spun yarns, stationery, ‘zines, housewares and lots more.  Fresh Heirlooms is showing off its new collection of glassware created from reclaimed bottles and jars!

Look for:
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Drinking glasses, vases, & candleholders . . .
- Odds & ends like candy dishes, pencil holders, toothbrush holders, soap dishes, & even pet food dishes . . .
- Repurposed vintage soda bottles, many of which were bottled locally . . .

. . .  all diverted from the energy-intensive recycling process!

And, of course, Grandma’s famous reclaimed fabric gift bags are FREE with purchase for Early Birds!

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