Make It Take It Workshop

NEW! “Make It, Take It” Workshops – FRIDAY’S ONLY (March 3 & 10)

New this year, attendees can get their hands dirty and have the chance to work on a fun project that they get to take home with them.  The FREE workshops will be taking place on both Fridays of the show.  Learn from the experts, test new products in our new workshop space hosted by local and celebrity designers and crafters including one of New York’s most influential designers, Tyler Wisler on March 10!  Workshops are free and all supplies are provided. Seating is limited for each workshop.

Make It Take It Workshop

Melissa A. Swiatek- Odien is the owner and founder of DIY BFLO.  She is a mixed media artist who loves to reuse and re-purpose old items and has a tendency to think that everything is an art material.  A Western New Yorker all her life, she grew up in Amherst, went to school at Buffalo State and the University at Buffalo and currently resides in Tonawanda.  She has enjoyed watching the city's resurgence and never tires of exploring the region's many gems.   Her experiences as student of Fine Arts and Art History inspired her to found DIY BFLO.  When she's not busy with a DIY project, she enjoys gardening, rollerskating and spending time with her dogs.

DIY BFLO is an alternative source for art, craft and DIY supplies.  We are alternative to Big Box culture, to buying new, and to waste.  Through the sale of secondhand supplies, vintage and salvaged goods as well as creative programming, we strive to encourage reuse, recycling and creativity and promote what we like to call: “eco-conscious making”.  We offer quality items suitable for a range of fine art, traditional craft, hobby and DIY projects. 

Don't worry about what is "trending", focus on what is pleasing to you.  There are really no rules anymore; the most important thing is for your spaces to be comfortable to you.


Workshop participants will learn how to "upcycle" a dresser drawer into a stylish planter box.  We will briefly discuss lead paint safety and teach you how to get the best results when painting and sealing wood for outdoor use.  We will also talk about additional options for unique and rolling footers as well as practical information for successful container gardening.   In addition to completing their own upcycled planter box, each participant will be given a seedling or flower seed packet to take home.  

Melissa A. Swiatek- Odien from DIY BFLO will be at the Make It, Take It Workshop on Friday March 3rd at 1:00 pm and Friday March 10th at 1:00 pm.  Space is limited.

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haus 2 homeJackie Hausler is a Buffalo-based lifestyle blogger. Since 2013, she has been sharing her favorite ideas, projects and products on her blog, haus2home.  She seeks to inspire creativity in the name of reclaiming, reusing and upcycling. With each project, she walks followers through do-it-yourself projects, shows how to give old items a new chance at life, and teaches ways to be eco-friendly and live a green lifestyle. She believes making your house a home doesn’t have to be expensive to be beautiful and is passionate about accomplishing that while being kind to our earth.

Jackie has written for Valu Home Centers, Uncle Bob’s Self Storage and is currently a contributor to the Life + Storage blog.   She is the 1st place winner for the 2016 Habitat for Humanity DIY Contest and Auction for her Dog Pallet Palace. Her interior design work has been featured in Buffalo Spree Magazine and the Buffalo News Buffalo Magazine.

With each haus2home post readers and followers are taught how to tackle do-it-yourself projects, style their homes on a budget, learn how to give old items a new chance at life, find new ways to live an ecofriendly lifestyle, and much more!

Mix textures, colors, fabrics and prints to create a space that represents your personal style. When oldjackier hausler items are paired together with new, you will truly have a one-of-a-kind space! Not sure where to start? Pinterest is a wonderful place to find inspiration from the comfort of your own couch - check out our haus2home Pinterest boards!

Workshop participants will learn how to make their very own rustic wood picture frame. Made from 100% reclaimed wood, the frame is sized to fit a 8x10 photo and will be built with the capability to be free standing.  Participants will also have the option to personalize their frame in a fun and creative way.

Jackie Hausler from haus2home will be at the Make It, Take It Workshop on Friday, March 3rd at 3:00 pm and Friday, March 10th at 3:00 pm.  Space is limited.

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