Rita, is one half of the husband and wife, dynamic duo, that makes up Crafty Life In Style. She is a creative business owner who does vintage markets and makers events all over Metro Detroit. Her business began with a friend and it just didn’t pan out. So, insert her husband, Bill, her best friend, and Crafty Life In Style was born. Rita is the creative stylist, with a Bachelors of Fine arts degree from Wayne State University and her husband Bill is the woodworker that does a lot of heavy lifting for the business. They are the Yin & Yang…the secret to success!
“Our goal is to provide a welcoming, affordable, shopping experience that leaves our customers saying, ‘How cool was that booth!'” Crafty Life In Style creations are designed with wood, glass & upcycled/repurposed items. They offer many regularly stocked items such as beer, wine, and whiskey themed accessories, Made In Michigan magnets, key chains, man cave accessories, outdoor garden décor for your home or to give as gifts. Additionally, they always will have unique vintage, shabby chic refinished, repurposed furniture, home décor and seasonal decorative items at each Market event.
Rita says, “We are inspired by wood! New wood, aged wood, repurposed wood, we love it all! Our creations have unique finishes that provide warmth to any home. Our inspiration comes from current trends in home décor as well as textures and colors in nature. When we are junkin’, checking out thrift stores, looking for treasures alongside of the road, we bring the items to life with a new purpose. Some of our ideas we create prototypes and then see how well our customer base responds and then we go from there! Many of our followers like how we have great gift ideas that are not available in big chain stores. We offer the unique and unexpected handmade décor for your home or to give as gifts. Many of our items are one of a kind. We do custom orders and pride ourselves on our attention to detail and a variety of stains and finishes.”
“What we love best about what we do is seeing our customer’s reactions to our products! Or hearing how much a gift recipient loved their gift. We often hear how unique, affordable and how well made our products are. This bring the most joy to our hearts! We also love to give back to the community. There is a constant stream of donation requests for school auctions, fundraisers and we are always glad to give to those in need. We have recently partnered with Enchanted Makeovers, a Michigan based, National non-profit that specializes in creating handmade, healing spaces, creative programs that unite people, with a focus on women and children in shelters, and hope to continue our support in 2018 and beyond.”
Rita continues to tell us, “We’ve developed friendships and relationships with other local makers, provided reciprocal encouragement, and networked with other small businesses that we have met through artisan Markets. We love the sense of community and support of small businesses these events have brought to the local area. Our motto is “shop local & support small business”. We love what we do and wouldn’t have it any other way!”
Rita has Crafty Life In Style products at Metro Made Collective in Downtown West Dearborn, MI, Kitty Deluxe, St. Clair Shores, MI, Trailblazers, Marshall, MI and Made Up North in Roscommon, MI. More products are coming soon to a gift shop or store near you.
Check out the latest Crafty Life In style creations or for a schedule of upcoming events on Facebook: www.facebook.com/craftylifeinstyle or on Instagram at: #craftylifeinstyle