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Tinker with us.

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Be part of a Tinker Tank at Fresh Heirlooms

A hands-on approach to a “think tank” and friendlier than a “shark tank,” Fresh Heirlooms’ Tinker Tanks are an opportunity to explore a new medium, receive encouragement and feedback, and build your own heirloom to take home and treasure!

10/16: Tinker with paper collage.  From the French word “coller,” meaning “to glue,” collage is a great medium with which to tinker without fear.  We’ll bust out the glue sticks and scads of paper scraps and help you cut and snip your way to a clever composition.

10/23: Tinker with fabric collage.  The stakes are raised as we open our overstuffed vault of fabric scraps and samples.  This session, we explore how fusible web and hand-stitching can aid us in creating a warm and fuzzy work of art.

11/06: Tinker with assemblage art.  Often referred to as 3D collage, assemblage art relies on found objects, trinkets, and mixed-media magic to create a layered creation that that tells a story or simply looks stunning.  Bring momentos to build a personalized creation.

RESERVE YOUR SPACE HERE.  We recommend preregistration as spaces are limited.

Questions?  Email Lindsay [at] FreshHeirlooms [dot] com for more info.

Gift-making workshops

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Join Fresh Heirlooms for a series of handmade gift-making workshops this November.  Or, shop our creative-reuse showroom for unique gifts made from reclaimed and repurposed materials.

 

Fresh Heirlooms holiday shopping hours (Nov. 2 – Dec. 22): Thursday & Friday 10-6; Saturday 10-4; Sunday 12-4
(Closed Thanksgiving day; OPEN for Black Friday and Small-Business Saturday specials; OPEN Dec. 23 & 24th 10am – 2pm) 

 

Gift-making workshops:

(Space is limited — Register now!)
Make Tags, Cards, & More, Nov. 2, 10am-4pm: Use reclaimed materials to create unique trimmings for your holiday packages.  A free drop-in activity in celebration of New Kensington Winter Festival Market
Give Cash Cleverly, Nov. 9, 1-2:30pm: Craft your own bar of soap embedded with your gift of money; then use reclaimed paper such as comic books to make a functional wallet perfect for presenting a gift card or cash. ($30 fee)  REGISTER
Sweetie Pie Gifts, Nov. 16, 1-2:30pm: Concoct your own scented sugar scrub to give; then use cut, reclaimed bottles to create a sweet-lover’s personalized candy dish. ($35 fee)  REGISTER
Boot Camp, Nov. 17, 1-4pm: Make all projects from Give Cash Cleverly and Sweetie Pie Gifts! ($55 fee)  REGISTER

 

 

Make it a Fresh Heirlooms Summer!

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

We are teaching around town all summer long!  Join us:

The sun is out at Fresh Heirlooms

A vase made from a reclaimed wine bottle is perfect for summer blooms!

Drawing for Kids (ages 7-11), June 17-20, 9:30AM – noon
@WCCC New Kensington Education Center
Register: 724-925-4204

Daring Designers (grades 5-8), June 24-28, 9AM – noon
@ Penn State New Kensington
Register: http://www.nk.psu.edu

Wacky Art Gardens (grades 2-5), June 18, 2-3:30PM
@ People’s Library New Kensington
Register: www.PeoplesLibrary.org

Library Story Hour in the New Ken Community Garden, July 10, 11AM
Register: www.PeoplesLibrary.org

Dig into Drawing (grades 2-5), July 27, 11AM – 12:30PM
@People’s Library New Kensington
Register: www.PeoplesLibrary.org

Book your own workshop in our classroom: Lindsay@FreshHeirlooms.com

Our summer shopping hours are Fri. & Sat. 10AM – 2PM
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We are on Pinterest!

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Have you been looking for some fantastic ideas to put your scraps, odds and ends, doodads, and non-recyclables to good use?  Check out our Reuse Not Refuse pin board for lots of great ideas.

And while you are there, take a look at what you are in store for with out Pin Party!

Come down and check out our Pin Party on April 13 1-5pm

Toast the holidays and Handmade Arcade!

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

 

Handmade Arcade 2012 is December 8th

Ciroc tumblers and vases - oh la la la la

Find us at Handmade Arcade on Saturday, December 8th at the David Lawrence Convention Center.  The show runs from 11AM – 7PM.  Fresh Heirlooms will be showcasing our collection of glassware made from reclaimed bottles, like the Ciroc vodak collection (above).  Check out www.HandmadeArcade.com  or this nifty article in the Trib for more!

Please note that Fresh Heirlooms’ New Kensington showroom is CLOSED on Sat., Dec. 8, as we attend Handmade Arcade.  Our regular Holiday Hours are:
Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-5, Sun. 11-4.
We will be open on Christmas Eve 10am – 1pm.

get creative this summerGet bit by the creativity bug? Check out our list of classes and workshops for grown-ups and kiddos who are looking to make something this summer.

JUST ADDED: Papermaking workshop at the Lower Burrell People’s Library for children up to 3rd  grade.  Register via People’s Library.

Click here to see the complete list of what we’ve cooked up or read on for descriptions and registration information.

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Is your mom seedy?

Friday, May 4th, 2012
Sets of 3 handmade paper cards and 3 matching envelopes are available at Fresh Heirlooms.

Just in time for Mom’s day, we finished up a batch of handmade paper embedded with wildflower seeds.  Sold in sets of three (with matching envelopes), these pretty and practical cards can be written on, sent, and then planted in the ground or in a pot to sprout and blossom. 

We made the paper itself with our used printer and copier paper, so it is truly the ultimate recycling. 
Stop by to pick up your set or send your seedy mom on in!

 

New stuff for a new year

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Stash your winter goods in our stylish container made from reclaimed metals.
Stash your winter goods in our stylish container made from reclaimed metals.

We’ve added a lot of new items to our inventory, like Valentine’s day vases created from reclaimed wine bottles.  We also have new handmade creations, like this unique container made from radiator grating and a film canister, as well as fresh industrial vintage finds.

Click here to see our list of WORKSHOPS, as well as a FREE-TUITION OFFER!

A dose of holiday inspiration . . .

Sunday, December 18th, 2011
safety pin christmas tree

We found this enchanting Christmas tree -- tucked away on a shelf of mismatched dinner plates, rusty tools, and years-old bric-a-brac-- across the street at Paul's Second Hand Store. A crafter from way back created it using beads and safety pins, and it has been inspiring us daily!

Find thoughtful, handmade green gifts this holiday season at Fresh Heirlooms.
Visit Sunday, December 18 11 AM – 4 PM
Friday, December 23, 10 AM – 6 PM
& Christmas Eve, 10AM = 1 PM
Email to visit this week by appointment, any time:
Lindsay@FreshHeirlooms.com

Old vacuum tubes reinvented to deck your halls

Old beer bottles becoming drinking glasses . . . and awaiting you to get you nog on

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!