Fireworks for the Fourth in Pittsburgh

Hi yinz,

Happy fifth of July! After getting home late from the Regatta, I didn’t have the energy to post photos of the fireworks. My fourth of July holiday was certainly happy with a cook out, shopping and the Regatta, but having a one-day holiday on Wednesday is rough. After a day of work and watching the Buccos sweep the Astros tonight (Zoltan!), this photo is pretty much all I can muster.

Pittsburgh is a fantastic place to watch fireworks because the three rivers converge at the point. I remember pre-recession fireworks being shot from three barges on the river. However, the fireworks were still great this year. I saw some fireworks that I don’t think I’ve seen before – ones that shot red and green streaks that scattered like marbles dropped on a hardwood floor. Though this photo is a little blurry, it’s worth sharing because this is what I imagine an alien attack would look like… A little too much like Independence Day, am I right?

I hope you had a happy fourth of July.



Mirazozo: Is this what it’s like to walk through a rainbow?

Hey yinz kids!

Today, I went with my nephew and his family to the Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival in Oakland. The festival offered crafts, musicians, a petting zoo, free carousel rides, face painters, funnel cake and lots of other cool things kids love and adults might expect. The centerpiece of the festival — and a delight for young and old alike — was the Mirazozo, a giant inflatable sculpture. The luminarium is a network of radiant domes that has delighted visitors worldwide since 1992.


Maybe I should say, “Is this what it’s like to walk through a kaleidoscope?”

If you haven’t seen it yet, you have one more day! Mirazozo will be open in from 9:30 to 5:30 tomorrow on Mazeroski Field. Admission is $5. It’s definitely worth it.

ImageHope yinz make it dahn,


I Made It! Market gifts to delight your Valentine

Hey yinz,

If you’re looking for something for your Valentine, stop by the old Joseph Beth Booksellers store in the South Side Works on Saturday for the I Made It! Mine market. The event is from noon to 5 p.m. 

I Made It! Market posted a list of artists who will be attending, so you can check them out before the event. There will be more than 55 local artisans and craftspeople attending. So, you’ll be sure to find fancy soaps, like those found at the Handmade Arcade, to pamper your sweetie as well as more unusual, usual suspects, including handmade jewelry, cards and stuffed animals. There are also some less conventional gifts for your loved ones, like dog treats shaped like pizza, fancy jams, pottery and painted eggs! I love these upcycled bottles.

Even if you don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, go ahead and treat yourself. I Made It! Markets are better than a box of chocolates because you never know what you’re gonna get. 🙂



Handmade Arcade starts holiday shopping early

Hey yinz,

Handmade Arcade, which calls itself “Pittsburgh’s Largest Indie Craft Fair,” gave a preview of the frenzied holiday shopping season with its annual pre-holiday craft show in David Lawrence Convention Center on Saturday.   There were so many vendors selling jewelry, homemade soaps, recycled/reused/upcycled notebooks, screen-print T-shirts and my favorite, plushies!  Most of the items are reasonably priced for gifts, which I think is one of the goals of the event. The pre-holiday shopping extravaganza for handmade wares began in 2004 with 32 vendors, and this year, the event had more than 150 vendors. My favorite part about this event is that most of the craftsmen and artists are Pittsburgh-based.

Here are some pictures from the day. I asked all of these vendors for permission before photographing their work. Some asked for me to send them my photos. I also decided to add their websites if available. The Handmade Arcade website has a complete list of the vendors with their websites.

On a side note, you’ll notice that I played around with my photo presentation. It actually was not that easy, so if you don’t like it, I’ll happily go back to the usual format.

Wade Caruso woodwork’s Picasa album   

Rebound Designs rebound-designs.com

Rebound Designs

Rag Trader: Vintage Reborn ragtradervintage.com
Friend or Foe plushies made in Pittsburgh and sold at Divertido in Lawrenceville
Narwhal plushie by Zooguu zooguu.com

Pittsburgh-based Green Bubble Gorgeous http://www.etsy.com/shop/greenbubblegorgeous

Pampering treats from Green Bubble Gorgeous

I can personally vouch for Green Bubble Gorgeous because I’ve purchased Krystal Doring’s expertly crafted, organic cupcake bath bombs, and Popsicle- and donut-shaped soaps for myself and for gifts. 🙂

There was also a great interactive area for the kids, where they could make silk screened wrapping paper (I got bison wrapping paper!), create a cardboard tube city and dress up like monsters.

Congratulations to the organizers on another successful Handmade Arcade!


Welcome to Pixburgh N’at!

Hey, yinz!

Fellow journalist, Sarah Vinski and I got the idea to start a Pittsburgh-centric blog to get us back into thinking like journalists. We both worked at The Pitt News together. She was a photo editor, and I was a news editor. So, that’s what you can expect from this blog: photos from around tahn n’at.

Sarah and I are both furill (for real) Pittsburgh girls who hail from Shaler Area, so our Pittsburghese isn’t that thick — or maybe we just redd up our speech right quick.  If you’d like to learn more about Pittsburghese check out the Wikipedia article and this nifty Pittsburghese translator. The translator is a lot of fun but sometimes it splices words. It this the challenging speech lesson from “My Fair Lady”: “In Hertford, Hereford and Hampshire, hurricanes hardly ever happen.”

And made this: “In Hertford, Hereford and chipped chopped ham pshire, hurricanes hardly ever happen.”

Well, thanks for stopping by!

See yinzes later,

Estelle Tran