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make-it, take-it workshops presented by buffalo spree

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.  Workshops are free and all supplies are provided. Seating is limited for each workshop.

Workshop #1 - Instant Garden: Native Plant Seed Bombs.  Seed bombs are an easy, labor-free way to create a new garden or add to an existing landscape.  The perennial native flowers selected for this workshop will add a splash of color to your landscape while providing food and habitat for pollinators and and birds; mother nature thanks you in advance.

Workshop #2  - DIY Hanging Macramé Planter.  This project is fun and easy to complete, making it a perfect activity for any age. Participants will receive all the supplies and will take home a beautiful macramé home décor item complete with a living Chlorophytum comosum, also commonly referred to as a spider plant. Using mostly recycled and reclaimed materials for this DIY, this project hopes to inspire people to be eco-friendly in their homes and lifestyles. 

Workshop #3Reclaimed Palette Signs.  Show your creativity with this rustic,up-cycled project.  Buffalo Home hand-painted wood plank signs.  Whether you are an experienced artist or new crafter this hands on project will send you home with an new addition to your walls - either inside or out.

Workshop #3  Wooden Serving Tray.  Create an 18 inch round wooden serving tray that you can use to entertain guests in your home! Select from a variety of design and handle choices then customize with paint colors to create a finished project that is uniquely yours.

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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.   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. 

Favorite Design Tip: 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.


Project Description: Instant Garden: Native Plant Seed Bombsmelissa Odien

Is your green thumb starting to itch? Or do you love gardens but not gardening?  Seed bombs are an easy, labor-free way to create a new garden or add to an existing landscape.  The perennial native flowers selected for this workshop will add a splash of color to your landscape while providing food and habitat for pollinators and and birds; mother nature thanks you in advance.  This workshop is kid-friendly and your hands will get  dirty.  Towels for clean up will be provided.

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Jackie 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!

Favorite Design TipMix 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!

Project Description: DIY Hanging Macramé Planter haus2home will be offering participants the opportunity to learn a new DIY technique as we will be making hanging macramé planters. This particular project is fun and easy to complete, making it a perfect activity for any age. Participants will receive all the supplies and will take home a beautiful macramé home décor item complete with a living Chlorophytum comosum, also commonly referred to as a spider plant. Using mostly recycled and reclaimed materials for this DIY, this project hopes to inspire people to be eco-friendly in their homes and lifestyles.  The full project and instructions will be available on the haus2home blog at haus2home.com .

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Buffalo Collective is a creative studio that hosts DIY wood sign and apparel parties throughout Western New York. Our patrons can create unique, rustic & shabby chic wood décor from scratch in our stunning studio setting in South Buffalo or by booking a private party. We are also working with local breweries, wineries and local craft rooms as well.

Colleen is a Buffalo native, born and raised in the close-knit16810543_10101252068960995_1478481975_o South Buffalo community. As an active participant in the community from a young age, she grew to love her hometown. She met, and subsequently married her husband (also a Buffalo native) right out of college, and spent the better part of fifteen years traversing the globe from Base to Base as her husband served our country in the US Army.

Jill and her husband are both natives of South Buffalo. The transformation that Buffalo has made in the past few years has left us in complete amazement and our desire to be apart of this change is becoming a reality. We are looking to make our mark on this community and Buffalo Collective is going to help us do just that.

Favorite Design Tip: 
Art is all about what you make it. There is no right or wrong way to be creative.

Project Description: Reclaimed Palette Signs.  Show your creativity with this rustic,up-cycled project.  Buffalo Home hand-painted wood plank signs.  Whether you are an experienced artist or new crafter this hands on project will send you home with an new addition to your walls - either inside or out.

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StudioHue is WNY's original traveling DIY Workshop studio and the brain child of Buffalo natives Alicia Hark, Christine Sugrue and Tina Rigley.  Since May 2015, they've been partnering up with some of your favorite local venues to host an ever-changing lineup of social crafting parties and have recently opened their own space in downtown Buffalo to host private and collaborative events! 


With over a dozen different Buffalo and non-Buffalo themed projects offered monthly, they make crafting a snap by providing all the materials and instruction needed to help DIYers of all skill levels to create their very own custom masterpieces in just under two hours. Their popular DIY projects include Pallet Art, String Art, Coasters & Etched Glasses, Throw Pillows and even customizable cornhole boards.

What they enjoy most about their pARTies is that while everyone is creating the same type of project, each DIYer adds their own details, colors and personality to their projects so every design is different and unique - that’s actually why they picked the name Hue!  Alicia, Tina and Christine love being able to share their passion for creativity with the amazing Western New York community and are so excited to be a part of Buffalo's resurgence. Let's pARTy!

Favorite Design Tip: Surround yourself with the things that make you happy! Create art and spaces that are meaningful to you and bring you joy - live inspired.

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Create an 18 inch round wooden serving tray that you can use to entertain guests in your home! Select from a variety of design and handle choices then customize with paint colors to create a finished project that is uniquely yours.

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