Meet the Maker: Matt McDole

Matt McDole is our March Maker of the Month!

If you're new to the blog or have never been to the shop, we want you to know that at Handzy aspires to be a platform for other independent makers and designers. This month we are featuring the work of a Louisville based artist that we have been following on Instagram for quite some time. Matt's eye-catching art is simple yet bold and will be hanging on the walls of Handzy for sale until the end of the month! We've got shirts, prints and original art. If you haven't seen Matt's work you're going to want to come and check it out in person! We like it so much that we even commissioned Matt to paint a mural in our studio space!! 

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DAAP Student Work We're Eyeing

Work you can also be eyeing IRL if you come to the DAAP Makers Market this Saturday!

This Saturday we are excited to be back inside the walls and halls of DAAP for the first DAAP Makers Market! The DAAP Makers Market is an event where students and alumni can sell and buy goods as well as interact with other members of the Cincinnati design community. We see it as a gathering of old friends and new friends alike! We are excited to touch base with vendors we stock (Amanda Bialk, CKTC Ceramics + James Billiter) but we are most excited to meet new people and check out the student work! 

The vendor list for this event is long and filled with incredible talent! The DAAP Makers Market Blog has done an amazing job of spotlighting/interviewing makers leading up to the event (you can read our interview here)—which inspired us to do the same! So, without rambling on for too long—here is a preview of four vendors we are excited to meet/check out their work in person! 


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Rachael is a fifth year in the Graphic Communication Design program at DAAP and has an impressive portfolio of design work and photography on her site. At the Makers Market she will be selling these super fun, brightly colored hanging planters that were inspired by her two favorite hobbies—crafting + gardening. We share those hobbies with Rachael and could probably use a hanging planter since our window shelf is already completely full of plants! 

Shay Xie

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Shay is in grad school at DAAP with a focus on UX. Aside from her impressive resume and portfolio of work, she also enjoys drawing and sharing her creations on Instagram! On her blog she says, "To me, drawing is also a way of seeing the world, a way of thinking, and a way of meditation." and we are absolutely captivated by her work! At the Makers Market she will be selling greeting cards, post cards and posters. Greeting cards are kind of our thing so clearly, we're excited to see what Shay has created! 

Jia Lu Ni

Jia Lu is an industrial design student at DAAP with a midwest mentality and an adventurous curiosity. She is drawn to design for the same reason most of us designers are—we just love problem solving! At the market she will be selling leather and canvas products. We are eager to check out her capstone product in person! If you're as interested in these beautiful, minimal high quality bags as we are you can follow her progress on Instagram

Bryce Wong

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Bryce is a senior industrial design student at DAAP with a knack for illustration. And when we say knack we mean he is seriously talented! At the makers market he will be selling prints and illustrations. You can check out more of his work by scrolling through his Instagram feed—a mesmerizing gallery of clean lines that will have you dreaming about your next tattoo.


Like we said before, this is just a small snapshot of the incredible work you are going to encounter at the DAAP Makers Market this year. For the full list of vendors click this link. Trust us, you won't want to miss this event. Mark your calendars for Saturday March 4th from 1–5p and we can't wait to see you there! 

Intro to Meditation Workshop!

Recap of our very first meditation workshop!

This past Sunday we hosted the first of three meditation workshops at Handzy! It was an intro to meditation class hosted by our good friend Mija Speakman! We wanted to share a few snaps and encourage you to sign up for our next class coming up in March—Meditation for Creativity + Reflective Journaling! Registration opens on the morning of Friday, February 24!

Close up of some lovely candles and crystals that Mija provided to set the tone of the workshop!

Close up of some lovely candles and crystals that Mija provided to set the tone of the workshop!

All set up!

All set up!

Lighting some candles

Lighting some candles

Snacks!

Snacks!

And more snacks!

And more snacks!

Valentine's Day Workshop!

DIY valentines + flower bar workshop!

We hosted our first real workshop this morning and it was an absolute blast! We had mimosas, pink sprinkled donuts, mini cupcakes from Ungrained, plus a super cute flower bar with stems from Gia & the Blooms! Oh, and the whole point of it all, we made cut-paper valentines! 

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Cute + delicious!

Cute + delicious!

Red Velvet Dove chocolates. YUM!

Red Velvet Dove chocolates. YUM!

What's a Sunday morning without mimosas? 

What's a Sunday morning without mimosas? 

We somehow managed to make room for 10 people in our tiny studio!

We somehow managed to make room for 10 people in our tiny studio!

Supplies for the DIY valentines!

Supplies for the DIY valentines!

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Flower bar all set up! Everyone got to make a mini bouquet!

Flower bar all set up! Everyone got to make a mini bouquet!

Cutie little flower creation!

Cutie little flower creation!

The girls gettin' down with some DIY!

The girls gettin' down with some DIY!

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We loved seeing what everyone came up with! So cute!

We loved seeing what everyone came up with! So cute!

Love those shapes + colors!

Love those shapes + colors!

We had leftover flowers so Suzy and I got to make our own little arrangements!

We had leftover flowers so Suzy and I got to make our own little arrangements!

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So, as you can tell, today was super fun! We're eager to host more workshops and we already have a few lined up! Check out our next one, intro to meditation + reflective journaling, and send us a message if you have an idea for a workshop or want to host one with us! Also, scroll to the bottom of the page and sign up for our email list to be the first to know about upcoming happenings at Handzy! Thanks for following along :)

Weekend trip to Louisville!

Quick weekend trip from Covington to Louisville!

This past weekend, my husband and I took a quickie trip to Louisville (only 1.5 hours away) to celebrate 6 months of marriage! It was a quick and easy drive and we had a blast so I wanted to share some of the places we ate, drank, and shopped!

Please & Thank You
So P&TY is first on the list because we went there first, and also because it was my favorite! We went both days... Please & Thank You is a coffee shop/southern bakery and let me tell you right now—GET A CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE! This is no joke. They even have a sign out front claiming that they have the best chocolate chip cookies in Louisville. I mean, I didn't eat any other cookies while I was there, but I promise these are GOOD. They also had the cutest hearts painted on their windows (by Matthew McDole), which inspired me to do our v-day windows at Handzy when I got back in the studio on Monday! Lastly, I wanted to note what P&TY is more than just coffee + food—they also have a backroom record shop! Good coffee, biscuits, records....COOL.

Mahonia
I found this place on instagram and immediately put it on the list of places to visit while we were in town. It is a green paradise! I'm obsessed with plants (even though I kill most of them) but luckily, my husband can keep them alive. We spent a lot of time just admiring the thoughtful arrangements and beautiful displays. One thing I really appreciated was the owner's obvious knowledge + passion for plants (I think she was the owner? Maybe not but she seemed on top of things!). In the end, we opted for an air plant and a cutie little succulent (because hello, low maintenance) but I pretty much wanted one of everything. Worth a visit even if you only leave with a pretty photo to instagram. 

Dot Fox
Being the owner of a cutie little retail shop, I always want to check out other cutie shops when I'm traveling! Dot Fox did not disappoint. I wasn't planning on buying anything but I got sucked in! I found the perfect denim jumper, some super cute earrings, and 2 matching smiley face buttons (I had to bring one back for Suzy, duh). The woman working greeted us right away and was super sweet and helpful without being pushy or salesy. Score! I also saw some of the same brands that we carry at Handzy in this shop! Would recommend if you're looking for a unique little somethin' for a friend—or yourself!

Hey Tiger
This is another cutie little shop on the same street as Dot Fox! Lots of vintage goodies and some handmade stuff, too! I walked away with the cutest pair of handmade clay earrings for $10! If I hadn't spent so much at the last shop, I definitely would have dropped some cash. They had super cute fanny packs in all different patterns that I really wanted to buy for me + Suzy to use at our craft fairs! Sorry Suz, maybe next time! If you can't shop Hey Tiger in person, check our their Etsy shop!

Without going into much detail, here are a few other places we went and liked!

Hammerheads for dinner. Yum! 
Harvest for breakfast/brunch. Also very yum.
Gifthorse for gifty things (mostly jewelry + Kentucky themed things)

One last thing:
This is where we stayed! It was so beautiful and comfy and close enough to walk to all sorts of things! We drank tea in bed and laughed and talked and slept in late and felt like we were staying in a tiny cozy clubhouse. Would 100% recommend! 

What are some places that you'd recommend for our next weekend trip to Louisville? Let us know!