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Welcome to This Awful/Awesome Life! My name is Frances Joyce. I am the publisher and editor of this magazine. We'll be exploring different topics each month to inform, entertain and inspire you. Meet new authors, sharpen your brain and pick up a few tips on life, love, entertaining and business. Enjoy and please share!

Tanya Bashor and Gypsy Artistry by Fran Joyce with contributions from Cindy Ellek

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When Tanya Bashor entered her new business, Gypsy Artistry, a traveling art studio that offers pop-up style art and crafting services, in the 2018 Pittsburgh Business Show’s Pittsburgh Business Pitch* Competition she wasn’t sure what to expect. The Pittsburgh Business Show is the largest business-to-business trade show and networking event in the city. It was held on April 25-26, 2018 at the David L. Lawrence Convention center. Much to her surprise and delight, she was the winner of the first Pittsburgh Business Pitch competition for her Gypsy Artistry business pitch.

Bashor received congratulations from Linda Jo Thornberg, the President of the Pittsburgh Business Show and in addition to the actual award, she and Gypsy Artistry will receive support and services from generous business sponsors including Higher Images, Dollar Bank, Fyre, INC, Steel This Mag, Quantum Source, Print Tech, and Elliot & Davis.

 According to Bashor,“Winning the Pittsburgh Business Pitch is an incredible once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an entrepreneur like me who is just starting her business. During the Pittsburgh Business Show, I was able to connect with hundreds of people who listened to my business pitch. They offered suggestions, praised my idea, and were a wonderful source of information and inspiration. I believe that this business is what I was meant to do – I’ve never been more passionate about anything I’ve done before. I’m so thankful for the support and services I’m receiving from the Pittsburgh Business Pitch sponsors.”

“Pittsburgh is a great place to start a business, and our Pitch sponsors, as well as our passionate entrepreneurial community, will help connect Gypsy Artistry to the resources needed to be successful. Tanya is at the start of what I know will be an amazing journey,”said Thornburg.

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Gypsy Artistry, founded in January 2018, is a traveling art studio that focuses on taking the hassle and fear out of crafting, ensuring a stress-free crafting experience with all materials and instructions provided.  Whether you choose to follow our lead or branch off into your own unique design, you will leave with a creation that you're proud to display in your home or gift to a friend.

Workshops are held regularly at Schoolhouse Arts & History Center, Bethel Park, and we partner with local venues such as bars, wineries, and coffee shops so that everyone's favorite spot can be a creative space!

We customize projects for private parties and fundraisers too!

Workshop offerings constantly change, and include flower arranging (fresh and silk), seasonal crafts, mosaics, beading, painting, creating shadow boxes, terrariums, succulent plant displays, wooden signs, multi-media canvas work, mason jar and glass block crafts, paper crafts, quilling, felting, and more!

This Awful Awesome Life is pleased to announce Tanya Bashor of Gypsy Artistry will be a regular contributor starting with the November 2018 issue of our publication. Look for craft ideas and decorating tips from Tanya as well as Gypsy Artistry’s Calendar of Events so you and your friends can attend a fun workshop or schedule your own event.

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For more information about Gypsy Artistry and their crafting classes, visit their website at or call 412-956-6001.

For more information about Gypsy Artistry and their crafting classes, visit their website at or call 412-956-6001.

Fall Wreath Workshop

Tue, Oct 16

Hobby Prodigy

Oct 16, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Hobby Prodigy, 100 Robinson Centre Drive suite 1840, Pittsburgh, PA 15205, USA

Join us for a step by step instructional class on how to create a one of kind fall wreath.

 Wine Bottle Light Workshop

Thu, Oct 25

Hobby Prodigy

Oct 25, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Hobby Prodigy, 100 Robinson Centre Drive suite 1840, Pittsburgh, PA 15205, USA

Do you love wine? You will love this craft!

 Wooden Pumpkin Trio

Sun, Oct 28

Uncommonly Beautiful

Oct 28, 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Uncommonly Beautiful, 168 W Main St, Monongahela, PA 15063, USA

Create a trio of wooden pumpkins

 Greenhouse Winery -Wine Bottle Light Workshop

Wed, Nov 07

Greenhouse Winery-Main Winery Irwin

Nov 07, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Greenhouse Winery-Main Winery Irwin, 1048 Pinewood Rd, Irwin, PA 15642, USA

Do you love wine? You will love this craft!

Wilcox Winery Lighted Wine Bottle

Sat, Nov 17

The Winery At Wilcox

Nov 17, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

The Winery At Wilcox, 1940 Settlers Ridge Center Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15205, USA

Lighted wine bottle craft and wine tasting.

Sign up for the workshop you would like to attend. Show up, get crafty, and have fun!

Booking Policy:

  • Booking should be made online a minimum of 48 hours in advance of the workshop, as we need to prepare all of the materials needed for the project.

  •  Payment is due at the time of the reservation and guarantees your spot.

  • Check in with either your ticket or your name 15 minutes before scheduled start time.

  •  Refunds will not be issued for cancellations after 10 days before a workshop. No shows and late arrivals will not be issued refunds. However, all tickets may be transferred to another user.

  • A credit that may be used towards a future workshop will be given for individuals canceling with at least ten (10) days notice.

Gypsy Artistry reserves the right to cancel a workshop if fewer than 3 people register and also reserves the right to cancel workshops for unforeseen emergency circumstances. Registrants will be notified at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled workshop time whenever possible and refunds will be processed if the workshop is cancelled by Gypsy Artistry.

*The Pittsburgh Business Pitch, sponsored by the Pittsburgh Business Show is a 10-county wide competition for western Pennsylvania start-up business and concepts. From the nominees, six finalists were chosen to present their business ideas at the Pittsburgh Business Show to attendees, exhibitors, and Pitch sponsors. Votes were cast using a text-to-vote system that is sponsored by Fyre Inc., a Pittsburgh-based company that provides solutions for businesses with mobile marketing needs. The finalists were invited to share their ideas on social media to gain more votes from the community, friends, business executives, and investors.

Nominations for the 2019 Pittsburgh Business Pitch can be registered at beginning on January 1, 2019.



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