Crafting Away The Winter Blues


Rudy’s Hobby & Art at 35-16 30th Avenue in Astoria. 
Photo Tony Barsamian Rudy’s Hobby & Art at 35-16 30th Avenue in Astoria. Photo Tony Barsamian The post-holiday winter freeze causes many of us to do one or several of the following:

Eat

Shop online

Watch football

Create something beautiful – maybe for Valentine’s Day!

If the fourth option appeals to you, there’s something for everybody. Rudy’s Hobby & Art at 35-16 30th Avenue in Astoria specializes in art supplies, puzzles and model kits from Revell Monogram and Tamiya. Owner Marvin Cochran says that the most popular models are of cars and airplanes, although Rudy’s also sells models of boats, tanks and body parts. (How about a heart for February 14?)

He also sells paints, brushes, canvases, pads and other fine art supplies, mostly to budding artists and people who studied art in school.

Over at Artist and Craftsman at 34-09 Queens Blvd. in Long Island City, Assistant Manager Jennifer Onativia says, “No one can go wrong with a fresh sketchbook, notebook, or planner. Sometimes, when you’re cooped up at home due to a cold or bad weather, a brand-new sketchbook can become your best friend!” She added, “Calligraphy and DIY home décor are hot trends this winter. Calligraphy is a fun skill that always impresses friends and family. Homemade paper lanterns and lampshades, as well as decorating glass and porcelain kitchenware are fun, beautiful, and practical gifts.” Also practical, according to Onativia, are knitting and crocheting.


Create a tiny world in a pumpkin. 
Photos Courtesy of Artist and Craftman Supply Create a tiny world in a pumpkin. Photos Courtesy of Artist and Craftman Supply Artist and Craftsman has been at this location for four years and the company is employee-owned. This gives the employees a say in what to stock and the ability to relate to customers on a more personal level, according to Onativia.

They have kids’ classes on Tuesdays and have hosted product demos, community parties and workshops. They are looking to host more events and workshops this year. The local store’s website is www.artistcraftsman.com/store-art-supplies-long-island-city-ny although they are part of a chain of art stores.


Make your own Super-Duper Ball that looks like a planet! Make your own Super-Duper Ball that looks like a planet! If art lessons appeal to you, Q.E.D. at 27-16 23rd Ave. in Astoria has these upcoming classes:

Jan. 14 at 1:00 p.m. – Embroidery for Beginners

Jan. 28 at noon – Soapmaking

Jan. 28 at 2:30 p.m. – Embroidery for Beginners

Feb. 2 at 9:15 p.m. – Beginners’ Origami

Go to www.qedastoria.com for more details about their classes and other events.

So while you’re watching sports, eating chips and shopping online, you have plenty of opportunities to make something meaningful or useful.

Love handicrafts but don’t want to do it yourself? Check out the Queens Craft Brigade’s Heartbreakers’ Market on Feb. 11 from Noon to 5:00 p.m. at Rocco Moretto Post 2348, 31-35 41st Street, Astoria. Visit www.queenscraftbrigade.com for more information.

— Linda Pacheco



What’s cooler than a glitter horse? What’s cooler than a glitter horse?

Artist and Craftsman at 34-09 Queens Blvd. in Long Island City. Artist and Craftsman at 34-09 Queens Blvd. in Long Island City.
  
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