Coney Island, An Important Birthday and Leigh Ellexson!

It's been crazy busy around Handzy lately!

Good busy! Don't worry we still make time to go to Coney Island for much needed pool time on Mondays—we just wanted to fill everyone in about what's been happening and will be happening around here!

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To start—on July 1st we celebrated Handzy shop's first birthday and released our very first issue of High Five, our new zine! We feel insanely grateful that we've had the opportunity to make so many amazing friends in the past year. We couldn't keep doing what we love every day if it wasn't for your support. If you came out to celebrate with us we appreciate it more than words can say and hope you had a good time at our little party. We're not 100% sure what year two will hold (we have some top secret ideas but we're not trying to ruin the surprise!) but we are certain it will be exciting. If you're reading this post we are glad you are along for the ride! If you missed our birthday celebration here are some pictures to live vicariously through.

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Shoutout to Donna's Gourmet Cookies and our Pike Street neighbors Buttercup Cake House for making our birthday treat dreams come true and to Brittany Thornton for always capturing our special moments with fun and professional photography!

A thing you won't want to miss this month is our featured maker, Leigh Ellexson.

Leigh is a Cincinnati based watercolor/mixed media magician (in our opinion). Her color palette tastes will blow your mind and her work is soft and breathtaking. I'm not even exaggerating here. We will stock her products, including tons of original artwork, until the end of the month. If you're dying to meet her (she's really nice) and chat about her process or just hang out and eat snacks we are hosting a Meet The Maker event on Friday July 21st from 5–7p. In the meantime check out some of her work here to get excited!

Leigh is also all over the internet. She has an amazing YouTube channel where she vlogs about artsy topics, gives sketchbook tours and more. If you'd like a daily dose of dreamy inspiration definitely give her Instagram feed a follow. If you somehow missed her in our shop but are loving her work you can purchase prints and custom paintings through her Etsy. Get to know her more by watching the video below!