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. When not focusing on her kiddos, you'll find her pursuing happiness and working on living the American Dream via one craft beer at a time. She blogs at and

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