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i am a self-defined Nuyorican creative (that is a Puerto Rican who is from both the isles of Manhattan, NYC and the Caribbean). I share daily in the joy of education and live in a cute port town in New York, in a 'teensy-weensy' apartment with my two dogs and canary named Valentino. Check out my Etsy shop for purchasable pieces. Please do not reproduce imagery off of this site without explicit credit and no derivatives may be made of my original imagery- Thank You.

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Primitive Folk Art, Fruition and Furnishings @ 18th Century Furniture 

I know we think the whole arts and crafts community has been 'Etsified'... but surprisingly some of it hasn't- which means you gotta do it the ol' fashioned way and go there to get it! So I thought I'd do a post where I bring it to you in hopes that one day you can make it there.

Manon VonUchtrup (Left) and Linda Gargano (Right)

Many people may not know I have a soft, mushy, heart spot for primitive, folk and country art. I guess moving out to bear country will do that to a person.

I've written about the wonderful arts and crafts community I found in Sugar Loaf, New York before (very close to Warwick NY great day trip from NYC).

Now I want to share a wonderful business collaboration that has just taken place between two of my all time FAVE Sugar Loaf business owners! Linda Gargano of Fruition and Manon Von Uchtrup from 18th Century Furniture and Builder- just think wood and fabric!

Aprons by Linda from Fruition available ONLY at 18th Century Furnishings and Builders in Sugar Loaf NY photo by m.diaz Prim Signs handmade by Manon VonUchtrup and she does CUSTOM! Housewares in an Antique Kitchen photo by m.diazHousewares from 18th Century Furnishings photo by m.diaz 18th Century Furniture and Builders owned by Peter and Manon VonUchtrup

All the wood furnishings you see in these pictures, in addition to the building itself was built by Woodworker Peter VonUchtrup! He is a phenomenal woodworker and like the Taj Majal, he built for love. He has equipped this space with all Manon's needs to make a bountiful, BEAUTIFUL space to sell her signs and fabric pieces as well that of others.

First Story of 18th Century Builders owned by Peter and Manon VonUchtrup of Sugar Loaf Handmade fabric crafts by Manon - most likely taught by Linda!

Recently Linda of fruition Dolls and gifts (a local SugarLoaf fabric design shop) was about to fold and close its doors.

Manon, I and others love Linda's fabric shop so much and we shuddered at the thought of losing Linda, her shop and her amazing sewing classes. So what happened?

Manon being the amazing and savvy business owner she is, decided wood is only a compliment to fabric. She altered her 18th Century shop to house all of Linda's ware's within it. In addition, she altered the second story to make a stunning spot within which Linda can continue to teach her sewing classes, which I am a die hard fan of.

Linda Gargano in front of the Quilt Chest at Manon's 18th Century Furnishings shop photo by m.diaz Handmade Primitive Folk Art Wares at 18th Century FurnishingsEntrance with Wood Furnishings and Linda's Bags photo by m.diaz Antique shoes at !8th Century Furnishings and Builders photo by m.diaz

Ok So now the next time your Antique loving heart says I want to take a drive out to the country and see some shops - Because of me- you know where to go! Sugar Loaf is an easy day trip from New York City. Both of these business owners do commission and custom if you are interested in doing a MAIL ORDER please click the links at the beginning of this post for their contact info and contact them via email or phone to place an order. But I have even one better for you- These lovely ladies will be at a craft fair in Vernon NJ in two weeks and I have all the info:

Saturday, April 17th from 10am - 4pm
at the Minerals Resort, 2 Chamonix Drive, Vernon NJ 07462

No worries -I haven't forgotten tomorrow is the GIVEAWAY - so get those comments posted, leave your emails/blog/website address and start thinking about that special number that you're going to comment about tomorrow BEFORE 9pm!!

-Ciao Amarettogirl

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Reader Comments (20)

First commenter! anywho i love country things to they seem very calming and give off that "cozy" feeling. I love how alot of the things are handmade thats awesome! My favorite are the fabrics the prints are so cute! I'm excited for the giveaeay tmrw i hope my number is the winning one! :)

April 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRina

Those are all such pretty works, they feel so 'homemade'. I really like the skirts at the top, they are so pretty and I really want to buy one now * w *

April 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHanna

It does look all nice and cozy. Although I am very glad Etsy exists, otherwise I would've missed out on lots of cool stuff and on opening my own little store of course.

I love thi pictures in this post, especially the second one, with the colors, the fabric and the wood.

I have a number in mind, my lucky number of course, but I also feel good about another number, so I'll sleep on it.

Oh yeah, my email adress is blueberrybutterscotch[at]gmail[dot]com, although you can contact me through my blog(ger profile) too of course.

April 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBlue Eyed Night Owl

i loved this post!

April 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi pumpkin pie

loooove those shoes.... i'd love to have my own shop one day...

April 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterisabella

UH! (chin dropped to the ground)

April 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLilian

Hey! Happy Easter!!! Can I choose my number for the giveaway already?
Well, I want number 08, ok?

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLilian

oh man, I'd go, but that's just too far!!
Manon is so kind, and you're right, it would be a major loss! Thank goodness Linda's business was saved.

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterclare

Oh my, I cannot begin to tell you for how many decades I have had a vision of owning my own shop consisting of a number handmade goodies not just from moi and mom but from other artists as well. I will share the extended version when we meet for some tea at Mitsuwa. I am glad to hear your friends shop was saved. It would have been a great lose to have lost such a delightful looking place. If I knew how to drive I would love to check out her shop and items but alas I am but a city dweeb dweller that does not know how to drive....yet.

It has been such a treat to be a part of your blog and be witness to so much about you and become present about me. The ride and journey have been nothing less than fun and inspirational. Looking forward to your show and wish you, Gregg and furkids a blessed Easter.

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSharon <3

what an awesome shop! That is my absolute dream - to open a shop of my own one day. I wish I was close enough to visit!

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSalmezan

I found that handcrafted genuine work can only be found outside the city. I live in vancouver and a lot of things have been machine made or shipped from china. But If I ferry out and travel to smaller towns you find more genuine handcrafted artwork and sometimes even a story behind. you find that the money you pay for the item however expensive or cheap is going personally to the person that made it.

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLi Lian

I'm getting worried people aren't posting comments! lol
Quero muito muito ganhar!!!
I still get number 8, right?!

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLilian

Oops! I forgot to tell you why I NEED to win your gift.
Please, forgive me.

Well, why wouldn't I want to win this lovely basket? It's full of beautiful Hello Kitty things that I don't have here, it has a DAL (wich is one item on my wishlist), I can't find that in Brazil either. It has lot's of yummi stuff. It's has a great cupcake art, printed and signed by the artist herself (I WANT IT!). It has lot's of love... AND it made me know you and your beautiful work.

If I don't get it I'll cry, that's for sure, but I know I already win just by knowing your beautiful website!

Number 08


Boa Páscoa!!!

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLilian

Me and Mami would have a field day there!!!!! I love all the aprons and the quilt chest. We must go when I go up there.

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTital

City girl that I am I too have a supersoft for folk art . I always try to see as much as possible when I'm away from the city.

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTai

Good post!!!Happy Easter!!!
Number :16

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea Ferreira

i like this post! cozy is the word that comes to mind. signs that are welcoming give it that feeling in my opinion.

i want to win the easter basket because it is:

Show - stopping
Example of what your made of!
Raises the roof!

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLindz

soo fun!! i love little shops like these :]

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteryourstrulydear

I trip to Linda and Manon's shop is a very special treat....a relaxing, cozy shop filled with incredible one of a kind goodies. I'm lucky to live right around the corner.

April 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

I like your blog info.
Thanks for sharing with us.

August 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChildrens bed

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