Martha discovered at a young age she wanted to use her hands to make things.  At age 6, she learned from a dentist, Dr. Moyer, who lived across the street. It was there, in his basement full of handcrafted trains and sculptures of wood, that she began painting.      "In 10th grade, on a visit to my sister's college, Mount Holyoke, I fell in love with hand crafted silver rings with pockets of enameling." From then on, she was bound and determined to be a silversmith. She studied at Washington University with a famous Finnish metalsmith by the name of Heikki Seppa. His approach was to limit the amount of metal in creating 3D structures and...

We met almost 4 years ago in the most unusual way--on an online blogging site called Tumblr.  I was living in Ohio on my college campus at the time and Alicia was 8 hours away in Maryland. We started talking on the phone, through text, and on FaceTime; dreaming of the day we could finally meet each other in person. We met online in October 2012, started dating that November, and didn't finally meet in person until Valentine's Day when Alicia made the long journey to my college campus for the weekend. Since that day, we have conquered brain surgery twice for myself, a long distance...

KIOTE How do you spell coyote?   Well, one day I needed to remind myself about a rare neighborhood coyote sighting.   I wanted to write coyote on my list of things to talk to my husband about. My dyslexic daughter and I debated for a few minutes about how to spell the word. I should’ve listened her; she knew it started with a C. I came up with kiote… it looked good enough to me for the time being!   When my spelling-able husband came home he was amused at the heroic effort of my thoughtful dyslexic spelling. My husband gently corrected my spelling and asked me why...

Jodi Attar is passionate about food, "my philosophy is--eat good things that taste good."  She's even more passionate about her Gotta Eat Muffins. She grew up in Akron, but moved to Columbus for a pharmaceutical sales job.  Her first masters degree was in Health Administration, but as Jodi said it best, "it just didn't feel right, like Goldilocks and the Three bears, trying all the porridge."  Her husband is a Cardiologist at OSU, so she had the opportunity to stay home for a period of time with her first-born son, Ashton. "After a year, I felt under-stimulated and needed something to do." She got back into the job force working at...

As creatives we’re always finding inspiration in others' work and figuring out who we are as artists. I tend to get stuck in emulating what I see others do and where the trends are headed. These trends have told me to prepare a much needed cup of coffee that takes at least 4 minutes to brew, wrap in flannel and don moccasins, to hike the pine-rimmed summit of a western mountain. Cue the cinematic music and we’ve got it made. While I do, in fact, enjoy every last one of these things (especially as I just shared photo evidence while cheesily posing with our Chemex), I just...

My wedding day was June 4th, 2011. It was a very hot and humid day. Finally, after months of planning, the big day was here. I was excited, nervous, and broken hearted all at the same time. My husband was a sailor in the United States Navy and was being shipped out a few days later. I had planned this party to be the most fun of days. Cotton Candy, Elephant Ears. Popcorn.  Even strongman cutouts and a Photobooth!  All around me were my friends and family. It was incredible and to be honest, I felt sick. The man to whom I had vowed my love and...

Meza Wine Shop is a quaint little "mama n' pop" shop, which is just slang for saying, it's a small business independently owned and run.  And, that hard working owner is Tatjana Brown. She grew up with her father homemaking all kinds of wines, on the east side of Cleveland.  Her parents actually immigrated here from Serbia,  so she speaks fluent Serbian. I mean, her families traditions date back generations and generations. "The culture and lifestyle is embedded in me and the store, because it's important." A central component to Serbian culture is food and wine.  "Meza" actually means "pre-meal," like cheeses and small bites to eat. The shop was established back in...

We are a young family handcrafting goodness. We strive to promote a healthy lifestyle and provide a creative way to eat fruits and vegetables -deliciously.  What type of goodness are we crafting, do you ask? Let me tell you. We started Too Good Eats in June of 2016, but our vision was inspired by our SONShine, little Ali who is 2 1/2 now. As all moms know, we have to be creative, and I was determined to get our son to eat all sorts of vegetables. Some things he was into, and other things he just wasn't. I'm sure you can relate. I began to make Popsicles for our son...

I have to tell this story. I know I have to tell it for two main reasons. There has been a voice inside of me saying, "just do it already!" for months. My friend just happened to start this blog entitled,Columbus Stories, which I took as a sign that it needed to be done. What better reasons to tell a story, right?  You want to tell it, and someone wants to hear it. And so, here it is: Our Story I keep trying to think how to summarize us. In a few paragraphs?  How?  We lived a lifetime in sixteen years together. So fast. Too fast. I decided that even though many...

We've all experienced that moment. The moment when you are on Pinterest, looking for the perfect DIY (fill in the blank) present. For Steph, it was a Mother's Day present for her mom. I should first tell you that she used to be an art teacher, so mess doesn't scare her, and neither does paint, or trying anything new. And, she's obviously very creative. Okay, back to the project. Well, it was a complete fail. I mean, an art teacher mom failed a Pinterest project? Good luck to the rest of us! In a scramble to find another present, she thought, I can make a portrait of her instead. We're not talking about just...