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Leather aprons and greeting cards at the Artisan Market

August 11, 2022   ·   0 Comments

There’s always something different each week at the Tottenham Artisan and Farmer’s market.

Alysha Staudinger, and her mother-in-law, Gail Staudinger, are both talented crafts people and they teamed up to bring their unique items to the Market on Sunday, August 7.

Alysha is responsible for By Lyshe Custom illustrations and Modern Calligraphy. She is a graphic artist professionally, and in her down time, she uses her talents to create unique greeting cards.

She also does customer illustrations and calligraphy.

She sells her cards in packages of six and or individually, and each package has cards suitable for several occasions including birthdays, weddings, party announcements and house warming gifts.

“They’re greeting cards themed around any type of celebration,” Alysha explained. “They are multi-packs and can be used for birthdays, weddings, or an engagement party. Many of my friends are at a stage in their lives where there are a lot of transitional things like people getting married or having babies.”

Alysha leaves the cards blank on the inside so people can write their own invitations or birthday greetings rather than rely on something someone else has written.

“They’re the ‘on-hand’ type of pack to have,” Alysha said. “They’re used for multiple celebrations and they’re blank on the inside so they’re not overly customized for an occasion. They are multi-purpose type cards.”

Gail Staudinger, of Hemmings Bird Hand Crafted, makes leather aprons that are suitable for a variety of uses and at the same time are a rather collectible and fashionable piece.

“I came up with the idea of making the aprons from things I had seen, but, of course, I tweaked it,” Gail explained. “I started making the aprons for my granddaughter, and I love doing it, and people said ‘you should do it for adults do. Everything is hand done and they are all leather. They’re more of a whimsical kind of thing, not necessarily a necessity.”

Many people do buy the aprons for practical reasons. The leather is a great covering for anyone who works in an industrial setting where sparks are flying or a place where the work can is very hands-on.

Children love them and they are great for play time when things can get messy.

“Kids use them for crafting,” Gail explained. “My granddaughter wears one every time she does painting or when she’s helping her mom.”

Gail’s work is all hands on. She doesn’t use machines to attach the fastenings or straps.

You can view Alylsha’s work by visiting her website at:

Check out Gail’s work on Instagram.

The Artisan and Farmer’s Market continues every Sunday afternoon through the summer.

By Brian Lockhart


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