The Witty Gritty Paper Co.
Melinda and Meredith Preve
Mother and daughter design duo Melinda and Meredith Preve create clever cards, cute art prints and all manner of paper hoopla from sticky notes to pencils and notebooks. The pair uses high-quality watercolor paints and illustration inks as well as 100 percent recycled materials whenever possible. Find their product line in local shops Thin Ice, WNYBAC, ROVE Jewelry & Accessories or at Thewittygrittypaperco.com.
To stay warm in winter, Brooke Michaels began making knit pieces in her Buffalo State College dorm room. When people offered to buy her handiwork, Little Blueberryy was born. Later she added jewelry-making to her repertoire. Michaels’ pieces are best described as organic and earthy. Relying on simple materials like aluminum and wire, her jewelry incorporates symbols or words that signify values including strength, hope, love, family, luck and security. Each letter is individually hammered into her handcrafted bracelets, which are made for men and women. See more at Etsy.com.
Flo Kane creates symbolic reminders of mortality and mourning that aim to provide people with a unique way to honor and share the experience of their losses. Her tiny artisanal pieces, “Memento mori,” can be seen at Etsy.com.
Lets Party Cupcake
Sandy Wesley of Lets Party Cupcake turned a crafting obsession into a fab little business offering charming handmade party decorations. Wesley crafts items including banners, menu place cards, lollipop centerpieces, lollipop holders, cupcake wrappers, and gable box/favor boxes. Many of her decorations are ready-made and available in several themes — including monsters, construction workers, circus and outer space. She also handles custom orders. Find her work at Etsy.com.
Deborah Florian of ReCreations/Vase Place began creating her glass-suction window vases in 2000 to relieve the anxiety and stress of coping with a loved one’s illness. It became a full-time venture after she retired 10 years ago. Florian’s vases bring the beauty, peace and joy of nature indoors. The vases are created in three- and six-inch sizes in many different themes and styles. Many are one-of-a-kind, and custom designs are also available upon request. See them at Etsy.com and at select area craft shows.
After becoming a stay-at-home mom, Danielle Mommertz went to work making home decor products and refinishing furniture, specializing in homey wood accents and pieces with a contemporary farmhouse feel. Her distressed signs incorporate motivational sayings. To see more, visit Farmhouseheart.etsy.com or Facebook.com/farmhouseheart.