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Modesto Gets Creative with ModShop By Chris Murphy

There is something special about things that are made by hand. Handmade clothes, art, food, are all so special. My wife tells me that there is something special about people that repair, fix and create things by hand, and as an artist, she should know as she is so special. There is something magical and unique about hand made things. Each is slightly different, special and one of a kind. The Modesto area has so much talent when it comes to creating. Music, art, and food are some of the most popular, but there is a whole other world of daily functional things that should be a primary part of our community fabric. Pun intended.

Nearly a decade ago, there was event called Handborn that brought our local crafts people together. Now in 2013 there is a new event that will once again bring our talent together in a showcase for our community to see. ModShop will illuminate J Street between 12th and 13th in this inaugural year. There are dozens of local hand made crafts people and there will be be amazing food, music, treats and fun.

ModShop will run from 6 – 10 pm on November 30. ModShop has had a flurry of activity lately and artisan spaces are almost all filled! You see how much talent we have? Now all we need is you! Our art, music, dining and art scenes are only as good as the people that come out to purchase their wares. We can make Modesto a truly artsy community if we all rally and support it. Live music, art, crafts, locally owned restaurants and boutiques give Modesto character and will draw people from all over to enjoy it. So give Mod Shop a chance and let’s make it a big hit.

ModestoView will be sponsoring the music stage that is right nest to Concetta. Please plan on going and enjoying our local art and craft community. You can finish your shopping today if you play your cards right. Have fun.

Some of the fabulous vendors are: By Kate Trompetter

Cosmic Bath and Body Michelle Adams the creator of Cosmic says: “Cosmic is an indie bath & beauty company from the heart of California. We believe in natural beauty and that honest, natural cosmetics and body care goods should be accessible to anyone who believes they’re worth it. That being said, we take great pride in keeping our line affordable. We design & make everything in small batches to ensure you’re getting the very best quality. ”

Applesauce Designs Elizabeth Buenrostro has created a gorgeous collection of children’s clothing. “I mainly use vintage materials to create something wonderful and sometimes quite charming. I especially like making clothes for all the dear little ones in this world, I get inspired by their whimsical and adventurous personalities.”

Grouse and Badger Lisa Newton blends unusual vintage antique pieces to create one-of-a-kind jewelry . “We make typewriter jewelry watch face jewelry, steam punk, monopoly, full-watch and chatelaine style jewelry. As my sister always says, “we’re in the business of repurposing vintage and antiques into something new and beautiful.”

Cowboy Toffee Company Samantha and Daniel McGinnis make delicious toffee out of Oakdale, such as their So much S’more Toffee. ” Located in Cowboy Country we didn’t have to ride far to find the inspiration for our sweet and fresh toffee. Just one bite and our toffee will be sure to make your time sweeter and your ride softer.”

Mama Cow is brought to you by our very own co-organizer Emily Cowdrey. She has been embellishing and sewing up adorable clothes,hats, and scarfs for children for years. This year she will also be selling clothes for adults and children from her vintage collection.

” HI! I have a little girl named Olive {my model!} and I love making clothes, bags, mobiles, and things for kids out of recycled materials.”

We have quite a few returning Handborn vendors who were thrilled to hear that the indie craft bazaar wasn’t dead forever. We have had quite a welcome reception from past shoppers and vendors about the return of the after Thanksgiving event.

Some of our returning vendors are: Cosmic Bath and Body Applesauce Designs Grouse and Badger Mama Cow Polish by Laura Lorina’s Edible Garden Miss Evil Kitty Two Queenies Blutrees Domestic Divaz Two Queenies

We’re excited about having several local business’s participating such as the Cupcake Lady and Preservation Coffee who will be serving hot cider, coffee and tea. And to add ambiance we have some amazing musicians Francesca Bavaro, Love Core, Wrong Doers ,Bethany Joseph. In Deva we have DJ Matt Torres spinning tunes to help people get their shop on.

Here are a list of vendors at press time: Here are some of the returning Hand Born vendors Applesauce Designs: One of a kind Children’s Clothes Cosmic Bath and Beauty: Natural Handcrafted bath and beauty goods and accessories Domestic Divaz: Aprons, baby items, hot/cold therapy packs Grouse and Badger: Recycled watch and typewriter jewelry Lorina’s Edible Garden: Handcrafted soap, magnets, sachets, garden crafts Mama Cow: Handmade Kids clothing and vintage clothing Polish: Handmade hair accessories for babies and girls Miss Evil Kitty: Jewelry, Scarves, Lip Balm Two Queenies: Vintage items, succulent plants, handmade clothing, small furniture

Check out these new additions Astoria: Fashionable cowls, scarves and oversized winter wear. Beautifully Regular: Plush animals, embroidery, ornaments Birch: Handcrafted Wearables: Handcrafted jewelry/accessores from bass and metal roofing. Blutrees: Bow ties, toddler trousers, plush animals Cowboy Toffee Company: English Toffee Cupcake Lady: Cupcakes Delanna’s Desins: Knit and crocheted hats, scarves, booties, mitts Fairy Clean: Handmade soaps, body scrubs, bows Happy Thoughts: Vintage items, linens, stationary, postcards and vintage crafting supplies Hiral Henna: Henna Body art Jamie Cloud Eakin Bead Designs: Beaded Jewelry Little Haven: Bunny Plushies, geeky felt bows Little Plum: Vintage finds Live painting by FASM of Modesto Murals On the Fringe: Handmade jewelry from upcycled leather Panache: Soldered charms and watch parts jewelry Savlabot: Knit items and children’s items Sis Morris Jewelry and Bead Artist: Necklaces and Jewelry Sparkle Luxe: Rhinestone friendship cuffs, spike cuffs, beaded jewelry Spirit Essence Oils: Chakra and Tranquility Oils Splendid Sparrow Designs: Handmade fine silver and vintage jewelry pieces Stinkopotamus: Appliqued onesies, wall art embroidery hoops, t-shirts Various vendors and artists from Peer Recovery Yarn Craft in Loom and Crochet: Throws, Dolls, Ponchos, Table Runners Zombie Survival Bracelets: Paracord necklaces, bracelets, landyards and keychains

ModShop November 30, 6-10 pm



About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.