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baasearsCouple of photos from my mom’s birthday dinner last night! The pictures are a little dark, but you get the gist. The earrings are gifted Brazilian rosewood with mother of pearl inlays. Tall tree, small tree.


In April I helped out with Escuela Verde‘s ‘Free Little Libraries’ project. Escuela Verde is a public charter school in Milwaukee that is “designed to support students interested in sustainability, student-led learning, and restorative justice.” Pretty awesome, right?

Students assembled, painted, and installed six free libraries. These bird-house-shaped libraries were scattered throughout the surrounding neighborhood for communal use. I had a lot of fun working with the students. Thanks Bethany for asking me to be a part of this cool project! Bethany, who is a friend and an advisor at Escuela Verde also gets all of the photo credits.


Last weekend we sponsored Riverwest Fest, a two-day multi-venue DIY music festival in Milwaukee. The annual festival showcases local and regional music and celebrates our neighborhood and its local businesses. Some friends came up from Chicago (Scoundrel, Harps of Tartarus), some from Minneapolis (Animal Lover), and Brian Rogers even flew in from California. Check out these bands if you have a minute.

Anyway, it was an awesome weekend. The after party is tonight at Quarter’s on Center Street. The Jam of the Day Crew, which includes Dave Arnevik, is spinning records. Dave is the man. He not only plays great records, but he also designs the Riverwest Fest posters and  Baas Instruments promo materials.

That said, through February 1st, we are running a 2-for-1 guitar set-up special. $50 plus strings for 2 guitar set-ups. Get at us. Happy Holidays!



sign painted by the lovely and talented Vanessa Andrew. Check out her blog here:


Hover Craft was incredible. Thanks to all friends, family and strangers that came out and said what’s up. We met a lot of awesome vendors and shoppers. A special thanks to Sean Heiser for making a killer sign the morning of and to Sweet Water Organics and the organizers of Hover Craft for bringing it all together!!


More exciting haps:

– Updated our Bookcases and Earrings pages with photos of new goods. Check ’em out. Let us know what you think!

– Setting up at etsy page! Loading pics as we speak…or type, rather

– Since we sold out of Wisconsin cutting boards this weekend, we are making many more this week. E-mail us at to place orders

– Sponsoring a local music fest, Riverwest Fest December 21st & 22nd. Dets coming soon

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s article, Hover Craft fair revolves around Wisconsin,

Crafts orbit the Badger State

There’s a quality that sets Hover Craft apart when it comes to holiday season craft fairs: Its absolute commitment to Milwaukee.

Hover Craft is dedicated to mining the treasurers that exist right here in a deep way. More than that, the organizers, Alyssa Schulte, Cortney Heimerl, Ashley Chapman and Vanessa Andrew, actively cajole creative people in to creating things for the fair.

How about cutting boards in the shape of Wisconsin made by a trained luthier (guitar maker)? How about a winter Hover Craft hat in Packers green and gold commissioned by Wisconsin Knitwear? Or what about the painted plates of Tina Shinabeck, the collections manager at the Milwaukee Art Museum?

The fair promises affordable, handmade gifts and a great alternative to the mall. Hover Craft happens from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Sweet Water Organics, 2151 S Robinson Ave. Admission is $2.

– Mary Louise Schumacher


Earrings in the mix

Working on our first few sets of earrings!