Into making or refurbishing? We’ve tracked down a handful of our city’s hands-on movers-and-makers who are working hard shaping cool stuff from raw materials or breathing new life into worn objects.

So whether you are a maker, seasoned refurbisher, wanna-be or just a visionary dreamer you have our permission to be nebby and follow these folks to get your creative fix.


  • @refurb_the_burgh, Instagram

@refurb_the_burgh is refurbishing a home in the heart of Lawrenceville and doing other maker projects. Her posts will fill your feed with “fix-it-up” ideas to fawn-over and other fun glimpses of the hipster capital of Pittsburgh.


@imadeitmarket, Instagram
@imadeitmarket, Instagram

@imadeitmarket hosts pop-up events all over town which feature many local artists. Following their account will get you a sneak-peak at a variety of local makers — often some who aren’t even on Instagram and whose work can only be seen at one of the I Made It! Market events. A great account to follow to see variety of fun, locally made art.


  • @buttercupthistlepgh, Instagram

Who knew handmade soaps could be so interesting and photogenic? @buttercupthistlepgh has a super fun feed featuring their small batch soaps mixed with some fun shots of Pittsburgh and beyond.


  • @neighborhoodblonde, Instagram

If you are into upcycled vintage materials @neighborhoodblonde will feed your vintage decor desires.


  • @cj7designs, Instagram

When we first scrolled thru @CJ7Designs all we could say was “yeeeesss!!” and additional drool come blubbering out our mouths. Into upcycled industrial? This is the account to follow!


Arts & Crafts meets Arts & Cats. If you are into the warm-and-fuzzies @articrafthandmade brings you both crochet and cats!


@handmadearcade, Instagram
@handmadearcade, Instagram

@handmadearcade is another great “catch all” of artists/makers. While known for their once-a-year holiday event follow their account to both fill that 11-month void and to find what other events and artists are out there making unique gifts for you.


  • @vampetz, Instagram

Add some adorable hand-sewn no-two-are-exactly-the-same cuddly creatures to your feed by following @vampetz. Their stuffed animals are technically vampires but we totally want to adopt them all.


We would be amiss to not include a ceramics maker and @wolfsdenpottery has not only beautiful pottery pieces but really knows how to showcase them in their Instagram feed. If you love pottery, nature, or just eye-pleasing serene pictures you must follow them.


@atelierglass makes beautiful glass pieces of art and shares many behind-the-scenes peeks at how their rainbow beauties come to life. Follow them if you want more shiny rainbows in your life.


@studebakermetals is all about the industrial chic vibe – just with a jewelry-focus. Follow them to accessorize your feed with copper-toned, metal-toned, all around jingly bangles-and-dangles goodness.‘s posts are a calm color palette of oatmeal-hued objects and views. A great account to follow to bring a little calm to you life while looking at visually pleasing creations.

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Mo Macel

Mo is a pun-loving Pittsburgher who likes to take photos and write. She blogs at and

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