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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!

Craft Away the Winter Doldrums with Tanya Bashor of Gypsy Artistry

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Tanya Bashor of Gypsy Artistry has some exciting workshops coming up in early 2019. We’ve listed the workshops below. You can register online at Gypsy

Tanya will be back in February with some exciting workshops, craft ideas and tips for bringing a little color into your home this winter and decorating for Valentine’s Day.

The New Year is a perfect time for a Vision Board. Determine what you want to accomplish and plan it out using pictures i a Vision Board Workshop.

Find a clever way to say “I love you,” this Valentines Day with a Valentine Wine Glass Painting Workshop.

Welcome spring by making an Ombre Picture Frame with Paper Flowers.


Wed, Jan 30

Whitehorse Brewing at the Street

Jan 30, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Whitehorse Brewing at the Street, 400 Adios Dr suite 20, Washington, PA 15301, USA

Create your own vision board for 2019. Turn your dreams into a reality by creating a visual reminder!


What are your goals for 2019 in the following areas: relationships, career and finances, home, travel, personal growth; including spirituality, social life, education and health? Come to a workshop where you will learn how to create a visual reminder of those goals, using photos, inspirational quotes and scriptures all while chatting and creating with others. Please bring along any quotes that are meaningful to you, along with old magazines you don't mind cutting up and sharing - the more of a selection we have the better! We provide a poster board, glue sticks and instructions.



Tue, Feb 12

Hobby Prodigy

Feb 12, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

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

Create a pair of Valentines' Day wine glasses!

In this 1.5 hour class, you will hand paint a Valentine's Day design on 2 wine glasses guided by an instructor from Gypsy Artistry. All painting supplies and wine glasses included. BYO food or drinks encouraged! We teach you STEP BY STEP so no experience is necessary. Sign up with your friends or your sweetheart <3!



Tue, Apr 16

Hobby Prodigy

Apr 16, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

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

Make something special for mom! Better yet make it with her!

About The Event

 This is the perfect workshop to do alone or with your mom - think Mothers Day! We will learn how to use paint to create an ombre look on an unfinished frame, then we will create flowers from paper. Finally we will arrange paper flowers and leaves onto the frame for a unique one of a kind picture frame.

If you can roll a pencil between your fingers you can do this craft! Slide in a 5 x 7 photo of you and mom and give as a gift or display in your home. You may bring your own drink and snacks to enjoy while crafting.

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



New Year, New You by Patricia Petrusik

Cutting Cable Part 2 by Fran Joyce