Welcome to My Handyworks

        Regular Business Hours:                    

                 Wednesday-Thursday 11am to 6pm.                                    

                                                           Friday and Saturday 11 to 8pm.                                                                                   

                                                           Sunday-Monday-Tuesday CLOSED.                                                                                 

Just a friendly reminder, Greg, the owner is an Iraq War Veteran who served our country to keep citizens...like you and me... free.

After his return from Iraq, life was different. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was diagnosed and medical retirement was determined

by the United States Air Force. Yes, a retirement at the age of 33. So, the question was asked by the psychologist at Scott AFB, what

do you want to do with the rest of your life. Greg's response was art. (He is a man of FEW words.) Greg has been hospitalized

for the PTSD twice after the opening of the storefront on Main Street. Heather took care of business while he was "getting better".

The last stay took Greg to 4 different hospitals from July 10 until October 21st. Heather manages the business, two school age

daughters, a dog and a bird while fitting in time for herself, which usually includes running.

Many will say I should not write this on the website... I say It is my duty to be a reminder that we are a nation still at WAR. The

United States of America has troops in Afghanistan... I feel it my duty to bring awareness about Veterans with PTSD. I love my

husband, he is kind, caring, loving. Has the war messed him up a little? Yes. But I am thankful for him and cannot change our

life's experience. I can only praise Jesus he is alive, we are not divorced, and I can help educate others with my experience.

Heather's focus is not only on My Handyworks...Her focus is also on keeping Greg alive which includes communicating with

dr's and counselors about his care. Many times the phone calls take place from My Handyworks.

We have 1 year 4 months remaining on our lease. What does that mean? We will have to wait and see. Greg is ready to live the retirement

life though. We have taken no pay from My Handyworks. There is none to take as it really seems to operate more as a not for profit.

Maybe we would be able to handle the comments from other small business owners who say, I am not trying to tell you how to run your

business, BUT... OR,

this handprintpainting doesn't look like the one on the board...Yes, ma'am, your child's hand is 5 times smaller than the example

and your painting is being free handed... right in front of you... If Greg free hands it the results will be different than if Jessie free

hands it and different from if YOU free handed it... OR The best one yet... It actually made Greg and Heather both laugh out loud...

The guy you sent to do art with us appears to be high as a kite... My response... Yes, he is prescribed the meds he takes by a

psychiatrist... I separate his meds for him weekly. (he usually looks down...so I'd love to see him high as a kite)

But first...the guy I sent happens to be my husband and the whole reason we started the business.

Greg and Heather both would serve in the military again.

Maybe we would be able to handle these comments (as I am sure they are every day comments in the business world)

better if we didn't have all the extra stress in our life...like the PTSD, the VA Claim, and the frequent hospital visits.

I know a lot of you are return customers and the majority of you do like us and have returned to us to support small businesses,

veteran owned businesses and/or simply like our art work and what we do. THANK YOU so much!

 


    

March WINNERS: K-2ND:Madalynn Orosco. 3RD-5TH: AJ Vargas. 6TH-8TH:Kaylee Orosco

They each won a $10 gift card to Main Street Books. 

April  VOTING DATES:  

Drop off COMPLETED project by Saturday, April 19.

VOTE IN OUR STORE UNTIL April 30th. 

WINNER ANNOUNCED: May 1st. 

It is FREE to participate! 

 

Hey kids! Looking for something fun, creative and FREE to do this spring? Here at My Handyworks we are challenging YOU to use your imagination, recycle, get a little messy and be creative! So put down your computer games; get out your scissors and glue and put that empty cereal box to good crafting use! Then get your friends in on it!

Each month until the end of the school year My Handyworks will announce the mystery items and theme of the month. It may be recycled paper towel rolls, baby food jars, bottle caps, etc. Come by the store to pick up your crafting item and a rules form.

Take your mystery item home to create, according to the monthly theme and rules, a craft project of your very own design. Create using everyday household items of your choice. When you are finished, bring your masterpiece back to the store so we can show it off!

Tell your friends, your family, your friends families, and your teachers, to come in and VOTE for your project. The more people you tell the more votes you will get! The project with the most votes wins.

At the end of each month we will announce a winner who will receive a 1st place prize, a My Handyworks Crafter of the Month certificate, and their project will be be displayed in our window display for the next month. Each 1st place winner will be entered into the Grand prize contest to be held at the end of the school year.

Age Group 1: K - 2nd

Age Group 2: 3rd - 5th

 Age Group 3: 6th- 8th

Visit My Handworks to register today!  This is FREE! 

EASTER ACTIVITIES

DECORATE AN EASTER EGG

1. Wax Egg. Dye your egg the color of your choice. $12.00

2. Plaster Egg. Use paints, brushes, hands to decorate the egg even write on the egg. $15.00

3. Yarn Egg. Use paints, brushes, and hand prints to decorate the egg. $25.00

Click here for pictures.

 

 

Kayla, one of our employees, is going on an 11 month 11 country mission trip called the World Race.  To support her financially and read her story click here.

Summer Camp (click for video) Planning is quickly approaching. Here is a list of our Summer Camp dates:

Monday, June 2-Friday, June 6th.  Monday, June 9-Friday, June 13th. Monday, June 16-Friday, June 20th. Monday, June 23-Friday, June 27th. 

Monday, July 7-Friday, July 11th. Monday, July 14-Friday, July 18th. Monday, July 21-Friday, July 25th. Monday, July 28th- Friday, August 1st.

Monday, August 4th-Friday, August 8th. Choose either 9am-12pm; 1pm-4pm; or 5:30pm-8:30pm daily. 12pm-1pm for 3 and 4 yr. old

Monday- Wax Art/Tie Dye T-Shirts.

Tuesday- A Day in Outer Space.

Wednesday- A Day in the City . 

Thursday- A Day on the Farm.

Friday- A Day at the Ballpark.


Click Here to see Greg featured in St. Louis Kids Magazine. 

 

 

“Like” My Handyworks on Facebook. More pictures and inside information are

available on facebook. 

My Handyworks offers a 50% Military Discount all day every day. Please have your ID with you at time of purchase.  If you know someone currently deployed with children state side, please contact us as wewant the children to complete a hand print painting at no charge to be sent to the parent overseas. 

My Handyworks began with specializing in handprint and footprint paintings, but now with a permanent location are able to complete more creative art work. Listed are many different means of artwork.

BIRTHDAY PARTIES

We have several options for birthday parties at our art studio. Please see the Birthdays / Groups Tab for more information or call 636-724-7337.

HANDPRINT / FOOTPRINT PAINTINGS:

Great Project for...
  • Birthday Parties
  • Daycares
  • Elementary Schools
  • Scout Projects
  • Company Functions
  • Christmas Presents                                                      

My Handyworks allows you to choose a design, pick out the colors used, and we will even personalize your masterpiece at no extra charge. Simply place your hands into washable paint, place them onto an acrylic tile, and we will do the rest. With the paint sealed inside the picture, it only takes about five minutes to complete from start to finish.

For a view of the designs offered, check them out on our gallery tab.  NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY FOR THIS PROJECT. 

SPRAYPAINT  PAINTINGS:

From beautiful beach scenes to light houses, and American flags to outer space landscapes, Brian Matthews Studios creates them…all without using a paintbrush! His tools? Spraypaint cans, free-handed stencils, bowls and newspaper. He can even personalize each painting. Or, bring in your favorite picture and you can bet he will duplicate it! NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY FOR THIS PROJECT.

WAX HANDS:

A mold of your hand is made in wax, dyed from one solid color up to 6 colors of the rainbow, and add glitter if you like.  Couples enjoy holding hands while children enjoy other signs such as hang loose, peace and I love you. (Must be 4 and older to participate in this activity due to the need of keeping the hand still). NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY FOR THIS PROJECT...UNLESS YOU ARE WITH A SCOUTING GROUP OR BIRTHDAY PARTY. 

HANDPRINT ORNAMENTS:

Handprint only: $5.00

Handprint and Name: $8.00

Handprint, Name and Snowman Fingers: $10.00

FILLED WAX HAND:

The filled wax hand gives more stability to the hand as it will no longer hollow. There are more details on the Rates Page of this website. We fill the hollow hand with a mixture of non melted wax chips and liquid wax. 

 

HAND PRINT FLOWER POTS:

Each child will choose a flower pot to decorate. We will help place the hand prints on the flower pot.  The children can then place thumb prints around the pot or decorate with the use of a paint brush.  Three sizes of flower pots will be available. NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY FOR THIS PROJECT. COME WHEN WE ARE OPEN. 

CRAYON WITH YOUR NAME:

Crayons are about 12 inches in length. Can color, but are meant for decoration as they are not the solid color through the entire crayon. Any Color Any: $10.00 plus tax.  No Appointment Needed

PINATA DECORATING:

We will have the hard part completed, you will have to decorate the pinata by adding handprints, hot glue guns, paper, etc.  Turn your pinata into a fish or any other creative thing you would like. Don't forget to bring the candy.  $8.00.

FINE ART:

Crayons are hot glued together to form a lion, which boasts around 6000 crayons. 

 

Yoda was made with 2944 crayola crayons. 


Greg has taken the art of spraypainting and transformed it onto wood, then glued marbles on top of the scene.  

 

Greg also does fine artwork with marbles on wood. 

 

 

         HANDPRINT CALENDARS:

 

Each handprint for every month is turned into something different. You tell us what animal or pictures you want created with the hands for each month.$25. 

      


  

Funky Crayon Art. Melting Crayons. 

Participants glue crayons onto a white board.  Students choose a desired design, such as a duck holding an umbrella, ship, two penguins making a heart, a man and woman facing each other, or a palm tree etc. Then your design is placed on the board for the melted crayon to flow beside the design. 3 sizes from which to choose.

6 inch by 12 inch = $10.00. 1x1 foot = $18.00.   1x2 foot = $25.00.

       


WOODEN ROSES:

These delicate roses are made out of birch wood shavings and are airbrushed in a variety of colors, and finally scented with a rose oil to look and smell like the real thing. The perfect gift for any occasion. NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY TO PURCHASE ROSES.

 

PORTRAITS:

Erica creates a portrait with any of the following means: Charcoal, acrylic, oil.  JUST DROP OFF A PHOTO OR EMAIL IT TO MYHANDYWORKS@HOTMAIL.COM 

Tie Dye T-SHIRTS:

Pick your favorite swirl and colors to create a favorite t-shirt.

CANDY ART/SKITTLE ART:

First choose the design you want made out of candy.  For example: Butterfly, Football, Cardinal, baseball bat and ball, etc... We draw the design on the 11 by 11 inch tile then frame it.  Separate the candy and glue them onto the design forming your own masterpiece. 

 HAND PLAQUES:

What is a 3D handprint Plaque?  

A mold of your family’s hands is used to create family trees, wreaths, animals, or sports themes.  You choose the colors from the leaves to tree trunk from the hands to the background color. 

How young can you be?

We have made impressions with one week old babies. No one is too young or too old. 

Can my pet be part of the plaque?

Yes. We have incorporated impressions of dog’s paw prints into family trees. Please let us know you are bringing an animal in as we have Eden (our dog) at our studio most days. 

NO Appointment Needed. 3D WAX HAND PLAQUE: A mold of the hand or baby’s feet are taken inside our art studio. We professionally mount the wax hands on the plaque with personalization such as name, date, date of birth, etc. No Appointment Needed, but there is a bit of a turn around time. 1'x1' Example Blues Note.


       

1'X2' MOTHER'S DAY, FATHER'S DAY, WEDDING HAND PLAQUES, FAMILY TREE, OR ANIMALS, SUCH AS SEA TURTLES, FLAMINGO OR BUTTERFLY.

  

    

3D 1'X2' Plaque. We add wooden rose petals (painted to the color of your choice) as teh leaves of the tree and rope as the trunk. 



2'x2' Plaque. Family Tree, Family Wreath, Wedding Guest Signature Plaque, or family animal hands. Personalized to your liking. The family tree leaves and trunk are painted onto the board. 

 


3D 2'x2' Plaque. We add painted (your choice in color) wooden roses as leaves and rope as the trunk to create the family tree and wreath.  Personalize how you like. 

  

2'x3' Plaque. Famly Tree, Family hands as animals, such as ducks, elephants, sea turtles. Personalized how you request. 

 

3D 2'x3' Plaque. Family Tree. We add the painted (your choice incolor) wooden rose petals and rope as the leaves and trunk for the 3D effect. 

  



ART CLASSES:

MORE DETAILS (Rates and Dates) on the ART CLASSES Tab PAGE.  Greg teaches art lessons using different mediums. 

Recreate Monet.  The class replicates the work of Monet.  See Art Classes tab at the top page for dates.

Recreate Van Gogh. A class on replicating the work of Van Gogh. See Art Classes page for more details. 

Introduction to Pencil/Charcoal class the students learn proportions, shading techniques, coloring with pencil and charcoal with a 3D effect.

Pencil/Charcoal Landscapes. Students will learn to draw landscapes ranging from sunsets over the Missouri River to mountain scenes.    

Mixed Media Exploration Class. Greg guides the class in a variety of different mediums such as wire art, relief art, crayon art, etc.   

Sculpture Class. 

Cartooning. Students will learn to draw their favorite cartoon characters using various cartooning techniques.  Cartoons will be illustrated using oil pastels, markers, colored pencils.

Watercolor Class. The class will focus on landscapes and still life while teaching students how to mix watercolors. Portraits will be taught the last week of class. 

Figure Drawing.  The focus will be on “quick sketching technique” while maintaining correct proportions. The class will also pay close attention to specific details, such as, eyes, nose, ears and hands. Students will learn how to proportion the face drawing age ranges from new born to a one full of wrinkles.  

Intro to Painting class Greg instructs the student on color choice, then explains how to create still life with watercolor, acrylic, and oils. 

Painting with Purpose is a guided painting class which lasts 2 hours per session.  Students will choose a work of art in which to replicate. Wonderful Girls Night Out Activity or Date Night.    
 

 Mosaics Made Easy Class.  Students will create a beautiful mosaic piece of art using a unique medium. The creation is directed by the participant from light houses to palm trees; dolphins to mountains; there are no limitations to your mosaic piece.  This is a two hour one time class.

Tempera Tots Class.  Fridays at 11 am toddlers 18 months and older will explore with paint.  This is a pay by the month class. See the Art Classes tab for more information and current activities.

3D WAX DESIGN CLASS.  

Create A 1’ by 2’ wax 3D design on wood using molds of butterflies, flowers, palm trees, dolphins, and shapes such as hearts, circles, squares and triangles etc...to create your design. The customer will fill the pre-made molds with the wax color of their choice to create their own individual scene on the wood. CLASS TIMES ARE LISTED ON THE RATES PAGE.        

Mommy and Me/Parent and Me.  

Activities vary week per week. See Rates page for activity and rates.

After School Art Exploration. 

Students will learn to create with marbles, crayons, candy, cardboard, etc. using various techniques to create picture of choice. On-going monthly rates. 

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