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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!

Creativity Never goes on Vacation by Tanya Bashor of Gypsy Artistry

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Gypsy Artistry spent two days at the Pittsburgh Business Show, held a Collaborative Craft event at the Launch Collective Expo, and held several classes around this awesome city of ours!

June started off with a weekend retreat in San Diego with my daughter, where we spent an incredible weekend working with a dynamic life coach. (More to come on how this will affect Gypsy Artistry in a future article).

Here’s what's coming up in July:

The Pittsburgh Business Show and Women Who Embrace Life Conference

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A huge thank you to Linda Jo Thornberg for collaborating with me, and to Susan Kindelberger and Dawn Clarke for helping me with my booth at the show. We helped hundreds of people create coasters at a make and take table. Attendees sat for a few minutes and created a quick craft while learning about Gypsy Artistry's workshops, fundraisers and corporate events.

Launch Collective Expo

Gypsy Artistry held a Collaborative Art Event at the Launch Collective Expo, where the conference attendees all took part in painting this beautiful "LAUNCHED" art piece and it was presented to Melanie Colusci, the winner of the Launch Collective Pitch Competition!

On Wednesday, July 17th, Gypsy Artistry will be presenting at the Launch Collective Intensive Mastermind Workshop. For more information visit our website at

JULY 11th


Gypsy Artistry and Country Hammer Moonshine are teaming up to bring you this fun Moonshine themed Wooden Sign workshop. We will be creating 12" x 12 " wooden signs.

Moonshine Signs $38 plus tax, and tickets include all materials, tools, and instructions along with TWO moonshine drinks!

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Choose from the following three designs:

The moonshine made me do it!

Front porch sittin' ~ Moonshine sippin'

We go together like Moonshine in a mason jar

Gypsy Artistry will be hosting a collaborative art event in one of the gardens at a special event for Hope Grows on July 17th.

Uncorked & Skewered.

A Hawaiian Dinner with Hope Grows!

Hope Grows,

183 Shafer Road,

Moon Township

 Wednesday | July 17, 2019 | 4 PM – 7 PM

Experience the healing and restorative gardens of Charles and Lisa Story. Enjoy a Hawaiian themed dinner and tropical drinks while supporting Hope Grows programs for family caregivers.

There will be fun activities, including a Musical Petting Zoo. And, no fundraising event is complete without raffle baskets! $40 secures your spot. Space is limited to the first 100 people. Free parking at the J.A. Allard School across the street.

Registration is required. 412.369.4673

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Gypsy Artistry does FUNDRAISERS!

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Looking for a FUN Fundraiser idea? Call us!

We were able to raise $800 for a wheelchair for Brianna! Call us and let's plan your next fundraiser!



Gypsy Artistry will be hosting workshops at The Ahfis in Murrysville; with the first one scheduled for August 5th.  We will be making a STEELER Wreath.

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July 2019 What's for Dinner? Ask Linda

The July 2019 Six Degrees of Separation by Movie Title Quiz