Handmade Crafts Blog

Donna Lohr, our January Featured Artist

posted: 26 month ago by Heidi Haldeen  |  3 Comments ;

MountainMade celebrates the New Year with the work of Kingwood, West Virginia, artist Donna Lohr. She creates Whimsical Woolies: Contemporary Felt Folk Art. She may describe her process as felt applique, but it goes deeper. Her art is absolutely “whimsical” and FUN. She reminds us through her fuzzy and furry creations to live in the moment and not take ourselves too seriously. Bold in color and texture, her art both framed and wearables are certain to elicit a moment of sheer joy! It is impossible not to smile.

We feel fortunate to have Donna’s work on display. A newly retired Kindergarten teacher she and her husband have embarked on a creative venture of their own. They are building their home. Follow her journey and comment at www.donna-homebuildingcountdown.blogspot.com. You will catch a glimpse of her spirit here. Donna has and continues to inspire students of all ages with her Whimsical Woolies how she lives her life.



donna lohr 2012

MountainMade Has Moved!!

posted: 28 month ago by Becky Henderson  |  No Comments ;

MountainMade has moved!! We’re moved back to the Peacock Building where the MountainMade Country Store was located. East Avenue, sometimes referred to as Front Street, is experiencing a rejuvenation and MM is excited about being located in the midst of the activity.

You’ll find the artisans you previously found at the Gallery. With a jury on Monday, November 7, we’ll welcome new artisans.

With the holidays fast approaching, MM is getting ready to help you with shopping. Stop in, check out the website or give us a call. We’re always available as your personal shoppers.
All Moved in

MountainMade is moving!!!

posted: 29 month ago by Becky Henderson  |  No Comments ;

MountainMade will be leaving its Gallery location and moving back to historic, downtown Thomas. If you previously visited the MountainMade Country Store, you know the location. The interior will be very different with more of a Gallery look. Rich has been very busy painting the interior. As you can see, the new wall color will not distract from the work of our monthly featured artists or other artisan work that displayed on the walls.

All the same products from food to fine glassware, furniture, and just too many items to mention, will be found at the new location. If you can’t find your favorite item, ask the staff. However, they may need to look for the new placement as well.

MountainMade will close Monday thru Thursday, October 17-20 to pack up and move. We will open Friday, October 21. Everything may not be totally in place but we will be glad to see you.

This is a good move for MountainMade and our artisans.
New MountainMade interior

Leaf Peepers Festival

posted: 30 month ago by Becky Henderson  |  No Comments ;

It’s time for Tucker County’s annual Leaf Peepers Festival September 23-25. Once again the spectacular fall colors are the backdrop for this fun-filled weekend. Friday evening watch the Fireman’s Parade with fire trucks, floats, antique cars and other participants sure to bring a smile to young and old.

Saturday is filled with activities to get out and see nature: Fall Migration Birds Walk, Fields of Fire—Dolly Sods Tour, Blackwater Falls Bike Ride and other outdoor activities. There will be plenty of good food including the Oktoberfest.

What festival would be complete without music? Octoberfest will feature several bands including The Davisson Brothers. The Purple Fiddle will host Grasstowne, world-class bluegrass band.

Don’t forget to stop by MountainMade for tastings of West Virginia food products and specially priced items. Get a start on, or complete, your holiday shipping!!

MountainMade's September featured artist, Joe Henry

MountainMade's September featured artist, Joe Henry

West Virginia Made Trade Show

posted: 30 month ago by Becky Henderson  |  No Comments ;

West Virginia State University Extension Service and Preservation Alliance of West Virginia have joined together to establish a wholesale trade show that provides an exciting new venue for West Virginia artists and food producers, West Virginia Made Trade Show.

The vendors are established businesses making limited edition products. Their work has been juried into the top retail shops galleries and shows in West Virginia. They have been brought together to offer the public a unique show of locally made products not seen on the big wholesale show circuit across the nation.

MountainMade attended the second annual West Virginia Made Trade Show on Friday, September 9. In these photos, Carrie and Rich visit with Connie McColley a jewelry artisan, and Wendy Clark a hand weaver. Also shown is Frank Ceravalo, a landscape photographer.

The Trade Show, held at the Days Hotel and Conference Center at Flatwoods, was open to the wholesale buyer on Friday and the public on Saturday.

Join the trend to “Buy Local” by adding these unique products to your home or inventory.

MountainMade visits with artisans and food producers.

MountainMade visits with artisans and food producers.